(4/6/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (12 Total):
1. Benson Henderson - 91.8
2. Adam Borics - 91.7
3. Brian Moore - 90.7
4. Ed Ruth - 89.3
5. Denise Kielholtz - 89.2
6. Ion Pascu - 86.9
7. Roger Huerta - 86.8
8. Teodor Nikolov - 86.5
9. Petra Castkova - 85.8
10. Giorgio Belsanti - 84.9
Bellator 196: Henderson vs. Huerta
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Elevation: 1,128'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Benson Henderson vs. Roger Huerta
88.5
Fighters & Matches 87.1
Top 10 Fighters 88.4
TOTAL 87.8
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:42
(Unaired)
86.4
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few punches and leg kicks, while circling around each other, without either fighter really working many combinations at all. Pascu threw a high kick with 2 minutes left in the round, and he got sloppy, allowing Ruth to take him down. Pascu worked his way back to his feet, only to get taken down again. Pascu stood up a second time, and then shot for a takedown, but he wasn't able to hold down Ruth at all. Round one goes to Ruth. The second round had Ruth walking toward Pascu, while Pascu walked away from Ruth. They traded a few punches, but neither fighter looked very aggressive. I have Ruth ahead 20-18 going into the final round, based mostly on forward movement, and a couple of takedowns. Pascu scored a quick takedown to start the final round, but Ruth quickly swept him. Pascu caught Ruth in a guillotine choke, but he wasn't able to hold on for long. Ruth ended the round on top, inside Pascu's guard, working some short range ground & pound. This was a clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Ed Ruth.
86.9
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
2:46
      Belsanti came out swinging, he got clipped, and Moore took him down 30 seconds into the opening round. Moore worked some ground & pound from inside Belsanti's guard, while Belsanti mostly just tried to tie him up. They stood up halfway through the round, Moore slapped on a tight standing guillotine choke, and nearly ripped Belsanti's head off, forcing him to submit quickly. That was a decent little win for Brian Moore.
85.4
Decision
15:00
      Kielholtz threw a punch, backed Castkova into the fence, and then took her down with a headlock, pinning her against the fence in a loose bulldog choke position. They eventually stood back up, and went back to trading punches, one at a time, with Kielholtz moving forward, and Castkova backing up. Round one clearly goes to Kielholtz.
     The second round still had Kielholtz chasing Castkova around the cage, while throwing punches, while Castkova was mostly just backing up, like a scared sparring partner or something. This would be fine if Castkova was killing it with counters, but she wasn't. I have Kielholtz ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round was more of the same, with Kielholtz walking forward, throwing punches & leg kicks, and Castkova was just backing up, while trying to block her shots. This was a clear cut 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Denise Kielholtz.
88.4
KO
(Flying Knee)
7:25
      Nikolov clearly wanted to take this fight to the ground, but Borics did a good job stuffing his shots, while picking him apart with some decent striking. Borics dropped Nikolov with a knee from the clinch with a minute left in the first round, but he wasn't able to finish him with his ground & pound. Still, round one clearly goes to Adam Borics.
     They traded some punches & kicks to start the second round, with Borics looking more aggressive, while Nikolov looked a bit scared and tired. Borics landed a brutal flying knee halfway through the round, that put Nikolov to sleep immediately. That was an outstanding second round finish by Adam Borics.
88.5
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
5:49
      Henderson started this fight with a hard high kick, which Huerta caught, and then Henderson punched him as they split apart. Henderson blasted Huerta with another head kick, and then Huerta tried to take him down from the clinch, but Henderson did a good job staying on his feet. Henderson threw Huerta to the ground a minute into the round, and Huerta didn't resist the takedown at all. Henderson dropped back for a heel hook, failed, so they popped back up, and started battling from inside the clinch, while Huerta failed repeatedly with his takedown attempts. Huerta finally scored a takedown halfway through the round, but Henderson quickly spun around to take Huerta's back, and then they just reset again. Round one goes to Henderson.
      They both came out swinging to start the second round, they both landed some big punches & kicks, Huerta fell down, he stood back up, shot for a takedown, Henderson caught him in a guillotine choke against the fence, and Huerta tapped out almost immediately. That was a decent win for Henderson, but Huerta is clearly washed up at this point, and I'm not sure if this will really do much to propel Henderson up the rankings at 155 in Bellator, considering both of these guys have had losing records as of late.
OVERALL 87.8
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