(4/13/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Michael Chandler - 92.4
2. Kevin Ferguson Jr. - 91.7
3. A.J. McKee - 91.4
4. Dominic Mazzotta - 90.5
5. Juliana Velasquez - 89.9
6. Logan Storley - 89.7
7. Derek Anderson - 89.2
8. Eric Ellington - 89.2
9. Brandon Girtz - 89.0
10. Justin Lawrence - 88.8
Bellator 197: Chandler vs. Girtz
Location: St. Charles, Missouri
Elevation: 577'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Michael Chandler vs. Brandon Girtz
89.9
Fighters & Matches 87.5
Top 10 Fighters 90.2
TOTAL 88.9
N/A
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
0:21
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
4:27
(Unaired)
85.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys were trading random strikes at a moderate pace, and then Ellington scored a quick takedown in the final minute of the opening round, which was probably enough to swing the first round in his favor on the scorecards. Ellington scored another takedown to start the second round, and basically just pinned Howard near the fence, securing another round on the scorecards. The referee reset them halfway through the round, but neither fighter did enough on the feet to make much of a difference, and then Ellington scored another takedown with a minute left. The final round started with a few decent striking exchanges, and then Ellington scored another takedown, pinning Howard in the center of the cage. The referee reset them with 2 minutes left in the fight, Howard landed a few decent punches, and then Ellington took him down again. In my opinion, this was a 30-27 decision for Ellington, based mostly on his wrestling. Two judges basically agreed with me, and one judge gave the fight to Howard, so Ellington walks away with the somewhat lackluster split-decision victory.
86.8
Decision
15:00
      Mazzotta scored a quick takedown early in the first round, he landed in side control, and tried to setup a Kimura, but couldn't get it, so they just scrambled around for a while, until Sampo turtled up, which allowed Mazzotta to beat him up with a series of punches from a loose back crucifix position. Sampo scrambled around to improve his position a little bit, but Mazzotta continued to beat him up from a variety of positions, leaving Sampo a bloody mess by the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Mazzotta.
     Mazzotta scored a quick takedown to start the second round, and picked up where he left off in the first, as he continued to bust up the face of Sampo with some solid ground & pound while completely dominating him on the ground. Mazzotta gave up position by rolling for a leg lock, but losing a position isn't enough to lose the round. I have Mazzotta pretty comfortably ahead on the scorecards, going into the final round.
     The final round started on the feet, they both traded a few shots, and then Mazzotta shot for a takedown, Sampo sort of took his back, and then Mazzotta quickly shrugged him off, and settled into top position inside Sampo's guard, where Mazzotta continued to pound his way to a clear cut unanimous decision victory.
87.1
Decision
15:00
      These guys clinched early, Anderson picked up Bucia, and dumped him to the ground, only to find himself caught in an armbar. Anderson was finally able to punch his way out of the armbar 2 minutes into the opening round. Anderson tried to work some ground & pound from inside Bucia's guard, and then found himself caught in another armbar. I'm giving that round to Bucia, based on his armbar attempts.
     Anderson came out swinging to start the second round, and it looked like he was well on his way to taking control for a round, but he eventually knocked down Bucia 2 minutes into the round, jumped into his guard, and Bucia started setting up those armbars again. They stood back up a few seconds later, and Anderson beat the shit out of Bucia at that point, but I'm still questioning Anderson's fight IQ. The second round clearly goes to Anderson, and I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was another round of striking, with Anderson beating the shit out of Bucia with punches & kicks while chasing him around the cage. Bucia fired back late in the round, but it wasn't enough to take over. Anderson took down Bucia with a few seconds left in the round, and found himself caught in one last armbar. Bucia made this a hard fight to score, sort of, but I'm going to go with the 29-28 in favor of Derek Anderson. All 3 judges gave all 3 rounds to Derek Anderson, but Bucia deserves some credit for putting up a fight.
86.8
KO
(Kick to the Body)
10:19
      These girls exchanged a few strikes, and then clinched, and Velasquez did a good job bullying Ruth against the fence while they were clinching. Ruth threw a few nice short ranged elbows from the clinch, and then they reset with a minute left in the round. The first round goes to Velasquez based on control I guess.
      The second round mostly took place standing, with both girls trading some random strikes, and Velasquez seemed to be more comfortable striking, especially since she knocked down Ruth late in the round. Velasquez spent a little bit of time sitting in Ruth's guard, throwing some punches down at her, but not a lot was happening, so they stood back up and traded a few more strikes to finish the round. I have Velasquez ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
      The final round started with Ruth coming forward & throwing punches, while Velasquez was throwing front kicks at her stomach. Velasquez blasted her with a clean kick to the liver area, Ruth went down in pain, and the fight was stopped. That was a solid win for Juliana Velasquez.
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
0:29
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
9:34
(Unaired)
87.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
0:34
      These guys both basically came out swinging, with Baby Slice looking a lot more aggressive, as he was sort of charging at Brock, winging big shots. He ended up dropping him with a left hand, he tried to finish him with punches & elbows, Brock gave up his back, so Slice slapped on a rear-naked choke and finished the fight by submission. That was a really solid performance by Baby Slice.
86.5
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few punches, and then Storley scored a quick takedown, pressing Buckley against the fence, but Buckley did a decent job trying to scramble back to his feet a few times, as Storley kept trying to suck him back into the ground. Storley secured half mount, and then just turned it into a grind fest for a while, until Buckley stood back up with around 2 minutes left in the round, only to have Storley drag him back down with a tight body lock. Round one clearly goes to Logan Storley.
     The second round started with Storley immediately shooting for another takedown, and they went back into the grind fest against the fence, where Buckley was spending all of his energy just trying to stay on his feet. The rest of the round just had Storley on top, grinding away, throwing a handful of decent punches, but for the most part, nothing was really happening until the final 30 seconds, where Storley postured up from full mount, and he dropped a series of hard punches, but it wasn't enough to get the finish, so it looks like we have a third round of grinding to look forward to.
     Buckley looked like he was ready to throw down to start the third round, but Storley shot in for another immediate takedown, pinned Buckley against the fence, and the crowd showed their disapproval by booing him out of the arena. The round ended with Storley still grinding away on top. That was a boring fight, but a clear cut unanimous decision victory for Logan Storley.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      Lawrence started this fight by keeping his distance and throwing some nice kicks, but McKee blasted him with some punches a minute into the round, Lawrence shot for a takedown, and after a brief scramble, they reset back on their feet. McKee blasted Lawrence with a brutal body kick that dropped him, but he let him stand back up a second later. McKee spent the rest of the round picking apart Lawrence with his boxing, while bobbing & weaving, avoiding most of Lawrence's attacks. Round one goes to A.J. McKee.
     The second round was another round of striking, with McKee picking apart Lawrence with punches & kicks, and then halfway through the round Lawrence started stumbling around due to damage done to his lead leg. McKee sort of went in for the kill, but Lawrence was able to stay just outside of range for the most part. Apparently in a replay, they said Lawrence rolled his ankle, so that's why he's stumbling around. I have McKee ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round was another solid round of striking, with both guys firing away at each other, and Lawrence was moving forward a lot, but in the end, Lawrence was busted up, and McKee was in control for the duration of the fight, so this should be a 30-27 unanimous decision for A.J. McKee, and all 3 judges agreed, as McKee's undefeated record continues to grow.
89.9
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
4:00
      These guys both came out swinging, they both landed some solid shots, Girtz threw a groin strike, Chandler poked Girtz in the eye, Girtz beat up Chandler with some big punches, and then Chandler took him down, secured a mounted crucifix, landed a few punches, and then put Girtz to sleep with a tight arm-triangle choke. That was another sort of weird fight for Chandler, but it was a solid submission victory after dealing with a bit of adversity.
OVERALL 88.9
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