(1/20/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (34 Total):
1. Aaron Pico - 92.8
2. Michael Chandler - 92.7
3. Joey Davis - 91.9
4. Guilherme Vasconcelos - 91.3
5. Rory MacDonald - 91.2
6. Henry Corrales - 90.7
7. Jose Campos - 90.5
8. Goiti Yamauchi - 90.4
9. Devon Brock - 90.3
10. Douglas Lima - 89.9
Bellator 192: Lima vs. MacDonald
Location: Inglewood, California
Elevation: 1,309'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Michael Chandler vs. Goiti Yamauchi
91.2
Fighters & Matches 88.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.2
TOTAL 89.8
87.5
KO
(Spinning Back Kick & Punches)
0:39
     These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Davis unloaded with a perfectly placed spinning back kick to Butler's liver, he dropped him, hit him with a few punches on the ground, and the referee stopped the fight just 39 seconds into the opening round, since Butler was curled up in the fetal position. That was a fantastic first round finish by Joey Davis.
87.6
Decision
15:00
      The first two rounds had both guys trading strikes in a sloppy brawling style, with Gozali bloodying the face of Campos, but Gozali also gassed out in the first round, so Campos was able to pick him apart, especially in the second round, as Gozali was basically just flopping all over the place, trying to keep his distance. The first round was competitive, but I'm assuming Campos is ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had Gozali attempting to clinch, but he was too tired, so Campos was able to pick him apart with clean striking, while Gozali continued to flop around for the most part. They were both landing some solid shots, but it felt like a clear striker vs. grappler fight, and the majority of the fight took place standing, Campos had the clear advantage the entire time. In the end, this was a solid 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Jose Campos in his Bellator debut.
86.2
Decision
15:00
      These guys spent the first half of the opening round trading some random strikes, before Gracie finally shot for his first takedown, but Brock was able to stuff the shot without much of a problem, and then he blasted Gracie with a clean uppercut. Gracie was eventually forced to pull guard with around 90 seconds left in the opening round. Gracie slapped on a triangle choke with a minute left in the round, but he was having trouble getting his ankle under his knee, so Brock was able to create enough space to survive. Brock stood up with 10 seconds left in the round, and threw some wild punches down at Gracie, which might be enough to steal the round for Brock.
     The second round was basically a boxing match, with Brock outboxing Gracie, while chasing him around the cage, and then he even scored a strong takedown to finish the round right before the bell sounded. I have Brock ahead 20-18 going into the final round. The final round was more of the same, with Brock picking apart Gracie with his striking, while stuffing all of his shots, and then he finished the round with another quick takedown. This fight should go to Brock, 30-27 in my opinion. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving Brock the unanimous decision victory.
87.4
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
4:12
      Vasconcelos took down Castillo somewhat early in the first round, for some grinding wrestling. He locked on a tight arm-triangle choke with around 90 seconds left in the round, and he squeezed tighter and tighter until Castillo was eventually forced to submit. That was a really solid showing for Guilherme Vasconcelos.
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
12:28
(Unaired)
89.5
Decision
15:00
      The first round was basically a wild brawl, with both guys landing some big shots, and there were a few moments where they would just clinch, and then unload on each other with short hooks, until someone would fall back a little bit. The first round probably could have gone either way.
     The second round had Corrales taking down Karakhanyan a couple of minutes into the round, as he pinned him near the fence, resting inside Karakhanyan's guard. Karakhanyan tried to setup a triangle choke, but Corrales did a good job avoiding the submission while working some basic ground & pound. Karakhanyan kicked his way out late in the round, and they stood back up to continue brawling until the end of the round. That round goes to Corrales for sure. I'm still not sure who won the first round though.
     Corrales blasted Karakhanyan with a hard leg kick early in the final round, Karakhanyan shot for a takedown, it didn't work, so he pulled guard instead. He sort of tried to setup an armbar, but Corrales does a good job staying centered to avoid Karakhanyan's angles on the ground, so they eventually just stood back up. Karakhanyan eventually took down Corrales, and he tried to take his back to finish with a rear-naked choke, but it was too little too late. I might give that round to Karakhanyan, and the first round was close, so it COULD go either way, but I'm expecting Corrales to probably win this one. All 3 judges gave the win to Henry Corrales. That was a really nice win for him, as he continues to build a solid winning streak.
89.7
KO
(Punch to the Body)
0:37
      These guys both traded some wild strikes to start the first round, it looked like Pico hurt Kruchten with some shots, he knocked him down, but he let him stand back up, only to drop him with a BRUTAL body shot that caused Kruchten to crumble to the ground. Pico then blasted Kruchten with a punch on the ground, and the referee stopped the fight. That was another fantastic first round stoppage for Aaron Pico.
91.2
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, Chandler beat up Yamauchi a little bit and then took him down, and worked some ground & pound while grinding him near the fence. Chandler spent the rest of the round pounding on Yamauchi with punches & elbows, while keeping him pressed up against the fence. Round one clearly goes to Chandler.
     The second round started with Yamauchi throwing some brutal kicks, rocking Chandler, sending him flying back across the cage. Chandler tried to wave him up, telling him to bring the fight to him, but it looked like Chandler was still hurt even a minute or so after those kicks landed. Chandler eventually took down Yamauchi again, and he spent the last half of the round pounding on Yamauchi, working his punches & elbows while grinding Yamauchi against the fence again. I thought this round was clearly going to go to Yamauchi after those kicks, but it's hard to argue against Chandler's ground & pound for 2-3 minutes of the round. Yamauchi tried to setup a Kimura with 90 seconds left in the round, but Chandler pounded his way out of it by dropping some heavy punches & elbows. I have Chandler ahead 20-18 going into the final round, even though I thought he was almost finished early in the second round.
     Chandler threw some big punches & kicks to start the final round. Chandler poked Yamauchi's eye by accident, and then after a brief timeout, Yamauchi came back and landed a series of leg kicks. Chandler then unloaded on him, knocked him down, overwhelmed him, and then pinned Yamauchi against the fence, where Chandler went back to working his ground & pound. Chandler turned it up a few notches in the final couple of minutes, and he unloaded with some BRUTAL ground & pound, nearly finishing the fight, leaving Yamauchi a bloody mess. I have Chandler winning this fight, 30-26, and all 3 judges agreed, giving Chandler the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
90.2
Decision
25:00
      The first round started with MacDonald pressuring Lima toward the fence, while MacDonald picked him apart with punches & kicks. Lima tried to fire back with a few decent shots, but MacDonald was clearly on offense, while Lima was mostly on defense. MacDonald shot for a couple of takedowns, and spent some time clinching, but he was having trouble getting low enough on Lima for a proper takedown. MacDonald finally took down Lima halfway through the round, dumping him in the center of the cage, landing inside Lima's closed guard. MacDonald dropped some heavy elbows & punches, while he continued to grind Lima into the canvas. Round one goes to MacDonald.
     MacDonald caught a body kick a minute into the round, and blasted Lima in the face with some hard punches, but Lima fired back while MacDonald continued to hold onto Lima's leg. They clinched, and MacDonald pressed Lima against the fence for a couple of minutes, and then the referee finally reset them around the halfway point. They slowly traded a few strikes, and then MacDonald kicked Lima right square in the nuts. When the fight started back up, MacDonald shot for a takedown, couldn't get it, so he blasted Lima with a hard elbows, clinched, and then pressed him against the fence again. MacDonald finally took down Lima with 30 seconds left in the round, but he couldn't hold him down at all, so the fight ended with MacDonald still pressing Lima against the fence in the clinch. I have MacDonald ahead 20-18 going into the third round.
     They traded a few strikes to start the third round, and then Lima clipped MacDonald with an uppercut, which caused MacDonald to clinch again, as he pressed Lima against the fence again. Lima tried to take control of the clinch, but MacDonald is pretty good at controlling the clinch, even though he wasn't really doing much of anything from the clinch. MacDonald finally scored another takedown 2 minutes into the third round, pinning Lima back in the center of the cage. The referee stood them up with 2 minutes left in the round. Lima spent the rest of the round picking apart MacDonald with leg kicks, and he even dropped him with a brutal leg kick with a minute left in the round. Lima then jumped on him and worked some ground & pound until the end of the round. Lima stole that round with the brutal leg kick.
     MacDonald immediately started the fourth round by shooting for a terrible takedown, Lima reversed it, and ended up in full mount in the opening 10 seconds of the round. Lima held onto a high full mount, with his stomach pressed into MacDonald's face, but he wasn't really doing anything with the top control. The referee stood them up with 2 minutes left in the round, so MacDonald clinched, and pressed Lima against the fence again. MacDonald's left shin is INSANELY swollen. Lima landed another brutal leg kick, and MacDonald used that split second to score another takedown, pinning Lima with 90 seconds left in the round. MacDonald postured up a bit and dropped some elbows, and since Lima did absolutely nothing with the full mount he had earlier in the round, I'm actually going to give this round to MacDonald, so I have MacDonald ahead, 39-37 going into the final round. This is a pretty interesting fight though, as MacDonald can barely walk going into the final round.
     MacDonald immediately clinched to start the final round, and he threw Lima down 30 seconds into the round, pinning him in the center of the cage again. There was a lot of blood pouring out of somewhere, I THOUGHT Lima was cut, but I think it was actually coming from MacDonald's nose, as he was bleeding all over Lima's face, and the canvas around them, as MacDonald continued to chip away at Lima with punches & elbows. MacDonald continued to pound on Lima until the end of the round, resulting in what SHOULD be a clear 48-47 decision for MacDonald in my opinion, if not 49-46. The judges were all over the place with their scores, but in the end, all 3 agreed with me, giving the unanimous decision victory to Rory MacDonald. That fight was another brutal performance for MacDonald, and it showed a ton of heart.
85.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Sonnen has the clear speed advantage here, and Jackson has the clear power & weight advantage. Sonnen threw a few big punches, but Rampage just ate them, and didn't seem phased at all. Jackson blasted Sonnen with a few shots, and they had some good weight behind them. Jackson picked up Sonnen & slammed him halfway through the round, and then told him to stand back up. Sonnen threw a flying knee, but it didn't seem to do much to Rampage. Sonnen was chipping away at Rampage with soft punches, and Rampage blasted him with a few big shots, and then Sonnen scored a takedown with a minute left, he took Rampage's back, and went for a rear-naked choke, but wasn't able to do anything with it, so Rampage turned into him, and took down Sonnen, running head first into a loose guillotine. I guess the first round has to go to Sonnen for that takedown, and slightly outstriking Rampage with volume.
      Rampage came out swinging in the second round, he landed some hard shots, and then they clinched, and traded control while pressing each other against the fence. Rampage threw a lot of short body shots, while Sonnen pressed him against the fence, and then Sonnen threw Rampage to the ground in the center of the cage with a trip. Sonnen mostly just hung out on the ground in half mount, working for a Kimura on the far side, and Rampage just kind of laid there, throwing elbows at Sonnen's thigh. This fight does NOT make me excited about seeing all of these old out of shape guys fighting in this heavyweight tournament. This fight is fucking terrible, but Sonnen is clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Rampage is in good shape at 205, but 253? Get the fuck out of here. He needs to retire if this is how he's going to show up from now on. Sonnen on the other hand? He also looks like shit, but at least he's winning.
      Rampage tried to throw some strikes to start the final round, Sonnen tried to take him down, Rampage stuffed the shot, and they found themselves stuck in a boring ass stalemate while clinching against the fence. Rampage blasted Sonnen with a lot of hard punch combinations to the body, as Sonnen's back was pressed against the fence. The referee eventually reset them, Rampage started taunting Sonnen instead of going after him, Sonnen just backed away, they eventually clinched, and then Sonnen tripped Rampage to the ground. I'm giving that round to Rampage, but this fight will more than likely be a 29-28 decision for Sonnen. I have ZERO INTEREST in watching him fight any of the other guys in this tournament though. This tournament is going to be fucking terrible. All 3 judges gave the 29-28 unanimous decision victory to Sonnen.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:57
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
1:12
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
5:00
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
10:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
2:43
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:46
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.8
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