100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Darrion Caldwell - 93.2
2. Kristina Williams - 92.1
3. Justin Patterson - 91.4
4. Juan Archuleta - 91.4
5. Aaron Webb - 91.3
6. Romero Cotton - 91.2
7. Joe Taimanglo - 91.2
8. Fernando Gonzalez Trevino - 91.0
9. Kevin Holland - 90.9
10. Emily Ducote - 90.9
Bellator 195: Caldwell vs. Higo
Location: Thackerville, Oklahoma
Elevation: 866'
-Fight of the Night-
Darrion Caldwell vs. Leandro Higo
Fighters & Matches 88.6
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 90.1
(Knee to the Body & Punches)
      These guys hit the ground almost immediately, and Grinnell started digging for a variety of arm locks, while Patterson spent most of his energy just trying to escape the submissions. Patterson swept Grinnell with a minute left in the round, but Grinnell setup an arm-triangle choke, and swept Patterson, and then Patterson swept him again, and then they stood up and reset with 30 seconds left in the round. Patterson hammered Grinnell with some big punches & knees to the body, Grinnell curled up in a ball, and the referee stopped the fight. That was a fantastic finish by Patterson, epecially considering he went into this fight on a 2-Fight losing streak, and was getting pretty much dominated for 4+ minutes on the ground.
      Servin started this fight by using some kicks to keep Trevino at bay. Trevino was having trouble closing the distance, Servin unloaded with some wild punches while chasing Trevino across the cage. He blasted him, rocked him, dropped him, continued to throw punches, and then Trevino threw up a magical armbar, and finished the fight with a quick submission. That was a crazy comeback, especially considering I thought Trevino had basically been knocked out.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Cotton took down Reeser quickly, pinned him against the fence, and started working him over with some decent punches. Reeser tried to setup an inverted triangle choke, but Cotton was able to pull his head free a few seconds later. Reeser eventually worked his way back to his feet, but Cotton was able to quickly take him to the ground again. Cotton continued to unload with some big punches while pinning Reeser against the fence, and Reeser looked like he was seriously struggling on the bottom. Cotton ended the round in back control, but he still wasn't able to finish Reeser. Round one clearly goes to Cotton though.
     Reeser started the second round by throwing some brutal leg kicks, and Cotton was just eating them. Cotton shot for a takedown, Reeser stuffed the shot, worked over Cotton with some big punches, Cotton looked rocked, and then Cotton finally scored another takedown. Cotton spent the rest of the round grinding all over Reeser, and then he slapped on a rear-naked choke late in the round for the submission victory. That was a decent finish by Romero Cotton.
      These guys traded some random strikes, they hit the ground quickly, with Carey on top, and Williams spent the next couple of minutes working to setup a triangle choke. Carey slammed his way out of it at one point, but then let Williams continue to work for another one. Carey stood up late in the round, and they just kind of stared at each other, while Williams stayed on the ground. I guess the first round goes to Williams based on his submission attempts?
     Williams pulled guard early in the first round, they ended up standing back up, and then Williams shot for a takedown, Carey grabbed the fence, so the referee warned him, and then Williams completed the takedown, pinning Carey against the fence, where he was able to take his back. Carey spun around into the guard of Williams, landed a few punches, and then stood up with a minute left in the round. I don't know, I'm assuming Carey is winning this fight, but I don't really know how to score it. I'm going to say it's all tied up going into the final round.
     Williams scored an early takedown to start the final round, and then quickly took Carey's back again. They stood up, clinched, and Carey threw some knees, while Williams looked exhausted with his back against the fence. Williams ended up scoring another takedown, tripping Carey, and basically just grinding him out against the fence. Carey stood up with a minute left in the fight, and immediately started walking down Williams. The fight hit the ground again, Carey ended up on top, and I guess I'm going to give this fight to Carey, based mostly on having better cardio? Neither fighter looked that great tonight. All 3 judges scored the fight 29-28 for Daniel Carey, as he hands Williams the first loss of his professional career.
(Triangle Choke)
      The fight started with the Weeknd, I mean... Dooley, taking down Holland. Holland swept him 45 seconds into the opening round, while working to setup a mounted guillotine choke. Dooley swept his way back into top control, landed in side control, Holland continued to work for the guillotine, and I thought Dooley had an opportunity to setup a Von Flue choke, but he didn't go for it, so Holland swept him, and started working some short ranged ground & pound from side control. He postured up, stood over Dooley, and unloaded with some big punches, before Dooley was able to shoot for another takedown, which resulted in both fighters scrambling around for a few seconds, until Dooley found himself caught in a triangle choke, which Holland used for the first round submission victory.
      These guys traded some random strikes, they clinched for a while, Webb looked like he was more aggressive, as he was hammering Lopez with punches every time Lopez would attack him, and after a barrage of punches delivered by Webb in the last half of the round, he dropped Lopez, and put him to sleep. That was a really solid Bellator debut for Aaron "Spidey" Webb.
      These guys both came out bouncing around a lot, they pumped some jabs, and then Archuleta dropped Joplin with some big punches 45 seconds into the opening round, Joplin wrapped him up in his guard, and then Archuleta unloaded with some big elbows. They stood back up 2 minutes into the round, and went back to trading some sloppy punch combinations. Joplin shot for a takedown, Archuleta stuffed the shot, and then punched Joplin in the face repeatedly, while working some knees to the back of Joplin's thighs. Archuleta scored a takedown, and went back to pounding on Joplin with punches & elbows from inside his guard against the fence. They stood back up, and then Archuleta scored another takedown, but was caught in a guillotine choke, which he sat in for the final 10 seconds or so. Round one goes to Archuleta.
     The second round started with Archuleta throwing Joplin to the ground, he beat him up, Joplin stood up, Archuleta kicked him in the face, and then took him down again, and continued to beat up Joplin against the fence. They stood up, traded a few punches, and then Archuleta scored another quick takedown, pinning Joplin in the center of the cage. Archuleta spent the rest of the round beating up Joplin. Archuleta is clearly running away with this fight going into the final round.
     The final round started with Archuleta beating up Joplin on the feet, he scored another takedown, slapped on a D'Arce choke, pinned Joplin against the fence, and then went back & forth between choke attempts & dropping elbows. Joplin tried to stand up with 90 seconds left in the round, and Archuleta continued to blast him with knees to the body. They stood up with a minute left to work, Archuleta continued to beat up Joplin, but he wasn't able to finish him. This was still a clear cut unanimous decision victory for Juan Archuleta.
      The first round started with both girls circling around each other. Williams used her reach well, throwing some decent jabs, and a lot of head kicks. Ducote landed a few hard shots of her own, but for the most part, Williams looked like she was picking apart Ducote. Ducote sort of tried to secure a takedown from the clinch a couple of times, but Williams looks like she has good balance, and she's strong inside the clinch. Ducote finally scored a trip takedown with 45 seconds left in the round, and landed inside the guard of Williams. Nothing really happened on the ground. Round one goes to Williams, based on her striking.
     The second round was another round of kickboxing, with both girls landing some nice combinations, but Williams finished all of the exchanges, and landed a lot more punches & kicks. Ducote tried a couple of times to make something happen from the clinch, but Williams still looks strong in the clinch. I have Williams ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but this fight has definitely been competitive. Ducote is clearly wearing more damage on her face though, so I think Williams has the lead at this point.
     The final round still had Williams beating up Ducote with her punches & kicks, Ducote's face was a bloody mess, and then Ducote scored another trip takedown with 90 seconds left in the fight. Ducote passed to full mount, landed some hard elbows, and then slapped on an armbar to finish the round. That ground exchange should be enough to steal the round for Ducote, but I'm still giving this fight to Williams, 29-28. Two judges agreed with me, giving the hard fought split-decision victory to Kristina Williams.
      These guys both came flying out of their corners, sloppy as shit, Warren fell down, Taimanglo got on top of him for a second, and then they stood back up 30 seconds into the round. Warren scored a takedown a few seconds later, and pinned Taimanglo in the center of the cage. Warren pressed Taimanglo into the fence, and then tried to pass his guard, while Taimanglo just worked his way back to his feet 2 minutes into the round. They both threw some sloppy punches, Taimanglo hurt Warren, Warren smiled and tried to get a hug, and then shot for a takedown, which Taimanglo stuffed. Taimanglo blasted Warren with some big punches, and Warren was no longer smiling, he was starting to look a bit concerned. Taimanglo continued to beat the shit out of Warren with his punch combinations, and he held him off with a guillotine attempt at one point, and then Warren took down Taimanglo in the final 30 seconds. He just laid on him until the end of the round. I'm scoring the first round for Taimanglo.
     The second round was basically a boxing match, with Warren looking like an old man, and Taimanglo looking like he was still young enough to have some fun out there. I have Taimanglo ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Warren came out in the final round looking like a broken jar of peanut butter, trying to smear himself onto Taimanglo, but Taimanglo did a good job stuffing his shots. They traded a few more punches, and then Taimanglo tripped, and Warren jumped on him, so I GUESS Warren scored a takedown? Warren scrambled to pass Taimanglo's guard, again, and Taimanglo used that moment to try to wall walk back to his feet. Taimanglo stood up with 2 minutes left in the round, and immediately took down Warren against the fence. They stood back up, and then Taimanglo scored another takedown. Warren tried to slap on a guillotine choke, but his peanut butter arms slid right off, and Taimanglo continued to grind him against the fence. Taimanglo slapped on a brutal guillotine choke in the final 10 seconds, but Warren popped his head out just in time. I'm scoring this fight 30-27 for Joe Taimanglo, but I always feel weird about the Bellator judging in Joe Warren fights. Two judges gave Taimanglo all 3 rounds, and the other judge gave 2 rounds to Warren, meaning Taimanglo earns the much deserved split-decision victory.
(Guillotine Choke)
      These guys traded some single strikes, things were pretty slow paced for the first 2 minutes, and then Caldwell scored a quick takedown, blasted Higo with some elbows, Higo tried to get back up, Caldwell caught him in a guillotine choke, took him down again, cranked on the mounted guillotine, and finished the fight by submission halfway through the opening round. That was another fantastic performance by Darrion Caldwell.