(1/26/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Jake Smith - 91.9
2. Tyrell Fortune - 91.8
3. Lorenz Larkin - 90.8
4. Saad Awad - 90.3
5. Michael Quintero - 89.9
6. A.J. Matthews - 89.6
7. Tyree Fortune - 89.3
8. Fernando Gonzalez - 88.8
9. Kendall Grove - 88.6
10. J.J. Ambrose - 88.1
Bellator 193: Larkin vs. Gonzalez
Location: Temecula, California
Elevation: 1,017'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Jake Smith vs. Steve Kozola
88.5
Fighters & Matches 87.8
Top 10 Fighters 89.9
TOTAL 88.9
86.6
Decision
15:00
     These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Fortune threw Quintero to the ground, and outwrestled him for most of the round, and he locked on a rear-naked choke with around 90 seconds left in the opening round, but he wasn't able to finish the choke before the bell sounded. Round one goes to Fortune.
     Quintero looked aggressive at the start of the second round, Fortune tried to throw him down again, but Quintero ended up on top this time, falling into full mount, where Quintero was able to work some short punches to the head of Fortune. Fortune finally scrambled back to his feet around the halfway mark, but Quintero quickly threw him down again with a back clinch, and he tried to setup a rear-naked choke of his own. Fortune finally scored a takeadown with 90 seconds left in the round, and ended up in full mount. I'm giving that second round to Quintero, even though Fortune finished the round on top.
     The third round had both guys working for a takedown, and Quintero ended up in full mount again, where he immediately started chipping away with short punches again. Fortune eventually wrestled his way into top control, but as usual, he mostly just held down Quintero. In the end, this was a close competitive fight, but I'm scoring it 29-28 for Quintero, based on doing more damage, and spending more time in control, in the last two rounds. All 3 judges disagreed, giving the close unanimous decision to Tyree Fortune.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded strikes at a decent pace to start the first round, Fortune eventually clinched and pressed Hernandez against the fence, and then Hernandez dropped him with a knee to the groin. When the fight started back up, Fortune took down Hernandez, pinned him against the fence, locked on an arm-triangle choke, but he was still basically inside Hernandez's guard, so it didn't quite work. Fortune still did plenty at the end of that round to secure the round on the scorecards at least.
     They traded some strikes back & forth at a moderate pace for most of the second round, until Fortune shot for another explosive takedown with a minute left in the round. He pinned Hernandez against the fence, worked some ground & pound, and then just finished the round on top, grinding Hernandez into the corner. I have Fortune ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Fortune almost immediately took down Hernandez to start the final round, pinning him in the center of the cage 30 seconds into the round, as Fortune settled into side control. Fortune eventually worked his way into full mount, and he continued to work some ground & pound, and he really opened up with some big shots with 2 minutes left in the round, chopping up Hernandez's face, but that was enough to force Hernandez to scramble back to his feet. This was a clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Tyrell Fortune.
88.5
KO
(Punches)
0:57
      Jake "The Half Black Attack" Smith? Seriously? What the fuck kind of nickname is that? Doesn't matter though... Kozola came out pressuring him, throwing some decent punches, and then Smith dropped Kozola with a big right hand, he finished him off with a few more punches, and Kozola was out cold. That was a fantastic Bellator debut by Jake Smith.
87.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had both guys trading hard punches & leg kicks at a solid pace. Both guys got a little rocked, and both guys continued to come forward. I would probably score the first round slightly in favor of Matthews. These guys are both good friends, so that's something to keep in mind. The second round was more of the same, with both guys kickboxing at a decent pace, with Matthews looking slightly more aggressive. I think I have Matthews ahead 20-18 going into the final round. It's been a close fight, but I think Matthews is edging it out.
     The final round had Grove pumping jabs & straight right hands, and Matthews was winging big punches while lunging at Grove's head. By the end of the round, Matthews was basically chasing Grove around the cage, still winging big shots, and Grove was just trying to keep him at bay by pumping those jabs. In the end, this should be a 30-27 decision for A.J. Matthews, and a much needed win after a 4-Fight losing streak. The judges were split, with only one judge giving all 3 rounds to Matthews, resulting in a tight split-decision victory, that should have been a clear unanimous decision for Matthews.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      These guys were trading some decent strikes, Awad seemed like he was picking apart Ambrose with hard punches & leg kicks, and then Ambrose threw Awad to the ground with around 30 seconds left in the round, but Awad was able to scramble back to his feet, and take control of the clinch by pressing Ambrose against the fence until the end of the round. I'm scoring that first round for Awad.
     They traded a few strikes to start the second round, Awad was still chipping away at Ambrose's leg, so Ambrose closed the distance, and then Awad took his back, kind of yanked him to the ground, and then started working on setting up a variety of chokes. Awad secured full back control halfway through the round, and started working for the rear-naked choke, while Ambrose just battled with his hands to try to stay alive. Ambrose was able to scramble back to his feet, but Awad just whipped him to the ground again. I have Awad clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had Ambrose clinching with Awad's back and dragging him to the ground near the fence. Awad ended up scrambling into back control, and spent the last half of the round in control. Ambrose tried to setup a Kimura, but that didn't work out, so Awad just finished the round on top, still in control. This should be a clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Awad, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      The first round was basically a kickboxing match, with Gonzalez picking apart Larkin with punches & kicks. Larkin seems like he's waiting for the right opening, but if he waits too long, he's going to end up losing a decision. Larkin started to fight back a bit in the second round, but I still have Gonzalez ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
      I just checked with everyone else, and apparently I'm the only person in the world that thought Gonzalez was winning this fight. Larkin really started to lay it on thick in the final round, and he tried to finish Gonzalez in the final 30 seconds, beating the living shit out of him from the clinch against the fence, so I guess Larkin should win this fight by decision. I still thought Gonzalez at least won the first round, but apparently I'm alone in that assessment. All 3 judges gave the fight to Lorenz Larkin for the much needed unanimous decision victory, with only one judge giving a round to Gonzalez. The crowd seemed to be on my side though, in thinking that Gonzalez kept it closer than the judges thought.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
KO
(Punch)
2:57
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
KO
(Punch)
2:40
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Neck Crank)
3:02
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
2:12
(Unaired)
OVERALL 88.9
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