(2/16/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Mike Kimbel - 92.0
2. Marcus Surin - 91.8
3. Patricky Freire - 91.8
4. Ross Richardson - 91.7
5. Vadim Nemkov - 91.7
6. Tywan Claxton - 90.9
7. Regivaldo Carvalho - 90.8
8. Matt Mitrione - 90.8
9. Jarod Trice - 90.0
10. Heather Hardy - 89.9
Bellator 194: Nelson vs. Mitrione
Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
Elevation: 259'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Patricky Freire vs. Derek Campos
89.8
Fighters & Matches 88.2
Top 10 Fighters 91.1
TOTAL 89.7
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
3:52
(Unaired)
89.4
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
9:50
      Hancock clinched with Surin early, and threw him down from a back clinch, but he wasn't able to hold Surin down at all. They spent a couple of minutes trading punches & leg kicks, and then Surin shot for a takedown, and Hancock slapped on a guillotine choke on the way down, but he wasn't able to lock it on, so Surin quickly scrambled back to his feet, and then tripped Hancock to the ground from the clinch. Surin took his back with 2 minutes left in the round, and worked some ground & pound while trying to open him up for a choke, but Hancock quickly scrambled back to his feet, so they continued to battle from the clinch for a few seconds, before Hancock dumped Surin to the ground, and then Surin scrambled back to his feet again. They continued their back & forth scrambling until the end of the round. I'm not really sure who won that round to be honest.
     They traded some strikes to start the second round, and then Surin threw Hancock to the ground with a head & arm throw, and then he took his back on the way down. Hancock tried to sort of slam his way to freedom, but it didn't work, as Surin was clinging to his back pretty tightly. Surin continued to beat up Hancock on the ground with some basic ground & pound, until Hancock finally stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round. Hancock clinched with Surin's back, he suplexed him, sort of ran out of energy for a second, which allowed Surin to quickly take his back, Surin locked on a rear-naked choke, couldn't quite finish it, so he flattened out Hancock, punched him a few times, continued to work for the choke, and then switched it to an arm-triangle choke, finishing the fight by submission with 10 seconds remaining in the second round. That was a nice win for Marcus Surin.
87.5
Decision
(Majority)
15:00
      The first round was basically a back & forth boxing match, with both guys landing a few solid shots, but for the most part, they had too much space between them, so not a lot of actual damage was being dealt in either direction. The second round was another round of random striking, without either guy really landing much of anything with significance, until Howard poked Trice in the eye with an open palm strike. The referee took a point from Howard. At first he called it a stern warning, but then changed it to a point deduction, because apparently it was the second time it happened? It looked like an open palm strike (palm, not fingers) to me though. Howard came out looking for the kill in the third round, swinging for the fences, clearly knowing he was behind after losing that point, but he wasn't able to finish Trice with his 90 second barrage, so things just went back to the random back & forth striking, and then Trice scored a takedown, Howard swept him, Trice stood back up, and then dropped Howard with some punches while clinching with him against the fence. In the end, I wasn't impressed by either fighter, I didn't really enjoy this fight, but I would score the fight slightly in favor of Trice, and two judges agreed, while one declared it a draw, giving the majority decision victory to Jarod Trice.
86.4
TKO
(Punches)
0:17
      This fight started with both guys bouncing around for 10 seconds, Carvalho threw a straight right hand, English dropped immediately, falling to the ground in slow motion, and then Carvalho punched him a few more times on the ground, and the fight was stopped. That was a fantastic 17 second finish by Regivaldo Carvalho in his Bellator debut.
88.5
TKO
(Slam & Punches)
1:03
      These guys both came out full of energy, bouncing around a lot, circling around each other, they traded a few random punches & kicks, and then Kimbel dropped Then with an overhand right, 45 seconds into the opening round. He worked some ground & pound, Then tried to catch him in an armbar, Kimbel slammed his way out of it, basically knocked out Then, and then punched him in the face repeatedly, until the referee stopped the fight around the one minute mark. That was a fantastic Bellator debut for Mike Kimbel.
87.6
TKO
(Punches)
6:41
      Hahaha... Leon started this fight by literally hopping forward like a frog, hopping twice, and then Richardson threw him to the ground, landed inside Leon's guard, and started working some ground & pound in the center of the cage. Richardson threw a lot of heavy elbows down at the head of Leon, as Leon just kind of flailed around on the ground. Leon almost got up halfway through the round, but Richardson just took him back down immediately. Round one clearly goes to Ross Richardson.
     The second round started with a few strikes, Leon tried to slap on a standing guillotine choke 45 seconds into the round, but Richardson just plowed through that, took him down again, and then went back to punching Leon in the head repeatedly. He passed to full mount, postured up, unloaded with big punches 90 seconds into the round, and a few seconds later the referee stopped the fight. That was a really solid debut for Ross Richardson, and a somewhat embarrassing debut for Ronie Arana Leon.
87.2
TKO
(Elbow & Punches)
8:39
      These guys spent the first round bobbing & weaving, and mostly just avoiding each other's strikes. They both landed a few strikes, but there wasn't a lot going on, until Claxton scored a takedown 2 minutes into the round, pinning Perez in the center of the cage. Claxton put most of his effort into keeping Perez pinned, so his strikes weren't landing with much power, but he was sort of chipping away at Perez with some basic ground & pound from half mount. He opened up with some decent elbows in the final minute of the round, but wasn't able to put Perez away. Round one goes to Tywan Claxton in his second Bellator fight.
     Claxton scored another takedown 50 seconds into the second round, and pinned Perez near the fence this time. He went back to chipping away with some basic ground & pound, but again, he wasn't posturing up at all, so most of his strikes were from short range. He opened up with some big punches & elbows with 90 seconds left in the round, the ground & pound was slow paced and somewhat boring, but the referee eventually decided to randomly stop the fight. Congrats to Claxton for another win, but this fight didn't exactly compare to his flying knee knockout of Jonny Bonilla-Bowman in his Bellator debut. Perez on the other hand, didn't show anything at all in this fight.
89.2
TKO
(Leg Kicks)
14:02
      The first round had Nemkov picking apart McGeary with his striking, including some nice leg kicks, and then he scored a takedown in the final 10 seconds. Round one clearly goes to the underdog, Nemkov. The second round started with some back & forth striking, and then McGeary randomly pulled guard 30 seconds into the round, and then tried to setup an inverted triangle choke, but Nemkov was able to scramble out of it, and he stood back up, and went back to throwing leg kicks while McGeary just laid on the ground. He finally stood back up 90 seconds into the round. They went back to trading random punches, with Nemkov in control for the most part. Nemkov is ahead, 20-18, going into the final round.
     McGeary came out limping for the third round, due to all of the leg kicks Nemkov was landing. Nemkov picked up where he left off, by immediately going back to working those leg kicks, and then he took down McGeary a minute into the round, and then stood back up, and continued to kick McGeary's legs, while McGeary continued to lay on the ground. He popped back up 90 seconds into the round again. McGeary continued to hobble around, while pumping jabs, and then Nemkov dropped him with some more leg kicks. McGeary stood up again around the halfway mark. Nemkov landed some BRUTAL leg kicks in the last half of the round, and then he finally dropped McGeary, forcing the referee to stop the fight due to a chopping leg kick to McGeary's knee. That was a huge win for Nemkov, and I'm really starting to feel like McGeary has lost his magic at this point.
87.4
Decision
15:00
      Hardy stomped forward to start this fight, they traded a few random strikes, and then Julaton clinched and pressed her against the fence. Hardy tried to slap on a standing guillotine choke, but it didn't really go anywhere. Hardy threw Julaton to the ground with that headlock with a minute left in the round, and then she spun around to take Julaton's back, immediately going for the rear-naked choke, without worrying about actually securing back control, so it ended up just being a failed bulldog choke. Round one goes to Hardy.
     The second round started with some random strikes, Hardy threw a knee, Julaton caught it, and then took Hardy to the ground, settling into Hardy's guard. Hardy scrambled back to her feet around the halfway point, after punching Julaton in the face a few times from the bottom. Julaton just took her down again, Hardy sort of sprawled against the fence, and then she punched Julaton in the face repeatedly. She took Julaton's back, punched her in the head a few times, and then went for a rear-naked choke again, but slipped off to the side, because once again, she failed to actually "secure" back control, before going for the submission. Julaton ended the round on top, while Hardy was working for an armbar. I have Hardy ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had both girls trading some clunky looking strikes, they clinched for a while, Julaton looked like she was mostly looking to stall, and Hardy was mostly looking for a way to turn this into a fight. Hardy tried to throw Julaton down in the final seconds of the fight, but Julaton rolled with her, and ended the round on top. I'm still scoring this fight 30-27 for Hardy, and the judges agreed for the most part, giving Hardy the unanimous decision victory.
89.8
TKO
(Punches)
2:23
      Campos started this fight by pressuring Pitbull with forward movement, and he threw some solid punches, but Pitbull was able to block most of the shots. Pitbull fired back with some hard shots a minute into the round, and then continued to circle around the outside edge of the cage. 2 minutes into the round, Campos blasted Pitbull with a hard shot to the jaw, Pitbull fired back, dropped Campos, the referee was close to stopping it, but Campos stood back up, only to get dropped again, and then the referee stopped the fight. That was a really solid win for Patricky "Pitbull" Freire.
88.9
Decision
(Majority)
15:00
      The first round started with Nelson throwing some big slow overhand rights, which weren't landing, and Mitrione was blasting him with BIG HEAVY combinations, while showing some solid footwork. Mitrione started to mix in some hard inside leg kicks, and Nelson just looked lost out there. Nelson shot for a desperate takedown halfway through the round, and Mitrione was able to stuff the shot without much effort. Nelson continued to drive through, and he eventually took Mitrione down with 90 seconds left in the round, and he basically just smothered Mitrione against the fence. I'm scoring the first round for Mitrione, based on his boxing.
      The second round was basically just a sloppy boxing match, with both guys winging big shots, but both guys were clearly running out of energy as well. Mitrione was able to open up a cut on Nelson's left eye, so based on damage, and overall boxing skills, I have Mitrione ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Nelson scored another takedown with a minute left in the round, but all he did was lay on top of Mitrione, so I feel like Mitrione should be winning this fight, going into the final round, but the second round was closer than the first.
      The final round started as another sloppy slugfest, between two tired heavyweights, and then Nelson scored an early takedown, this time 90 seconds into the round. Nelson continued to grind Mitrione against the fence until the end of the round, resulting in a boring final round, that you would have to score for Nelson, based on top control, but he didn't really do much damage at all in this fight, and I gave the first two rounds to Mitrione, so this fight SHOULD be a 29-28 decision for Mitrione. Two judges agreed, and one declared the fight a draw, leading to a majority decision victory for Matt Mitrione, as he moves on to the second round of the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament.
OVERALL 89.7
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