(5/25/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (30 Total):
1. Michael Page - 93.7
2. Gegard Mousasi - 93.0
3. Amir Albazi - 92.9
4. Aaron Chalmers - 92.6
5. Kate Jackson - 92.3
6. Mike Shipman - 92.0
7. Phil Davis - 92.0
8. Charlie Leary - 91.8
9. Costello van Steenis - 91.8
10. Mike Ekundayo - 91.8
Bellator 200: Carvalho vs. Mousasi
Location: London, England
Elevation: 115'
Elevation: 115'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Gegard Mousasi vs. Rafael Carvalho
90.8
Fighters & Matches 88.9
Top 10 Fighters 92.4
TOTAL 90.7
88.9
TKO
(Arm Injury)
6:02
     These guys clinched, Ekundayo threw Mearns to the ground, and then slapped on a guillotine choke and pulled guard a minute into the opening round. Mearns popped his head free, and then passed to full mount 90 seconds into the first round. From there, he mostly just smothered Ekundayo, but he landed a few decent shots from close range while keeping him pinned with his chest. Ekundayo tried to scramble out of danger, but for the most part, Mearns was doing a good job controlling Ekundayo on the ground, until Ekundayo dropped back for a heel hook with 45 seconds left in the round. It looked like it could be the end of the fight, but Mearns didn't seem bothered, even though his leg looked like it was being ripped off. I'm giving that round to Mearns based on his top control, but Ekundayo definitely kept things interesting.
     The second round started with some heavy clinching, Ekundayo tried to throw Mearns again, but Mearns was able to stay on his feet, so they continued to clinch, until Ekundayo finally threw Mearns a minute into the round, Mearns tried to catch himself on the way down, and his elbow was dislocated, so he calmly asked Ekundayo to stop, everyone was confused for a few seconds, and then it was clear that his left arm was flopping around like it was only attached by a piece of skin or something. That's a nice win for Ekundayo, but terrible luck for Mearns, as it was turning out to be a pretty good fight for both fighters.
88.3
TKO
(Punches)
1:20
      Steenis started this fight with a series of hard leg kicks. Fryer ducked under a head kick, and then Steenis scored a takedown 30 seconds into the opening round. Fryer was clinging to a head lock, but Steenis almost had side control, so he had to let it go. Steenis postured up a minute into the fight, and unloaded with some punches, Fryer could barely defend himself, so the referee stopped the fight. Costello van Steenis has two first round finishes in his two Bellator fights at this point.
88.3
Technical Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
0:56
      Filipovic tried to work some strikes from the outside, he shot for a takedown 30 seconds into the opening round, Tokov caught him in a tight guillotine choke on the way in, and Tokov put Filipovic to sleep in under a minute. That was another nice win for Anatoly Tokov.
87.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Carvalho threw a head kick, Crawford caught it, and took him down 30 seconds into the opening round, pinning Carvalho in the center of the cage. Crawford took his back 90 seconds into the round, but Carvalho did a decent job scrambling around, as he was able to toss Crawford off to the side, and stand back up halfway through the round. Crawford scored another takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, and he took Carvalho's back again, clinging to him until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Crawford.
     The second round was a repeat of the first round, with Crawford taking down Carvalho almost immediately. After scrambling around for a bit, Carvalho was able to take top control, and he even sort of took Crawford's back, but he wasn't able to control him at all, so Crawford shook him off, and continued to outwrestle Carvalho in the center of the cage. I have Crawford comfortably ahead with 20-18 after the first two rounds, but Carvalho is at least keeping things competitive. Carvalho also landed some big combinations in the final 30 seconds of that round, but I don't think it was enough to steal the round.
     Crawford was out of energy at the start of the third round, and Carvalho was building some steam, so he was able to beat up Crawford with some big strikes, while Crawford was mostly just trying to stall from the clinch. Crawford shot for a few takedowns, but Carvalho was able to stuff all of his shots in the third round, and he was clearly outstriking Crawford, and Carvalho even scored a takedown with 90 seconds left, leading to a 29-28 decision for Crawford in my opinion. Two judges disagreed though, giving Carvalho the hard fought split-decision victory. After seeing how much energy Carvalho had at the end of the fight, I'm kind of glad he won to be honest.
88.4
TKO
(Punches)
2:23
      These guys clinched early, Ward presssed Hudson against the fence, they hit the ground with an awkward toss, and Hudson somehow took Ward's back on the way down. He tried to setup a rear-naked choke, but Ward was able to shake him off 90 seconds into the round, and Ward ended up on top in half mount. Ward threw some big punches, with low accuracy, but he was putting some decent weight behind them. Hudson curled up in a ball, Ward continued to unload on him, and the fight was stopped halfway through the opening round. That was a decent performance by Ward.
88.4
TKO
(Punches)
9:58
      These guys clinched immediately, and Green pressed Leary against the fence. Green threw some decent knees to the body, and then Leary spun him around and took control of the clinch a minute later. They continued to trade control of the clinch, while Green kept throwing knees whenever he saw openings. Leary opened up with some punches and knocked down Green 2 minutes into the opening round, and he pinned Green in the center of the cage where he continued to work some basic ground & pound, while Green flopped around looking for a leg lock. That was a competitive round, but I'm scoring it for Leary.
     The second round started with Green working some heavy clinching, and then Leary threw him down 30 seconds in, and pinned him against the fence. They eventually stood up, and they both started bouncing around a lot, while trading punches & kicks. Green was backing up while trying to show off his fancy footwork, while throwing punches whenever Leary would close the distance. He got sloppy, and fell down, and Leary jumped on him, punched him in tHe head repeatedly, Green turtled up, and the referee stopped the fight with 2 seconds remaining in the second round. That was a decent Bellator debut for Charlie Leary.
88.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:21
      These guys were both moving around a lot, while trading some decent punches & kicks. Albazi seemed to have the better footwork, as he was dancing around the outside, landing strikes, and then backing out before Bejenari could really respond. Albazi dropped Bejenari with a right hand halfway through the opening round, and then he jumped on his back, clinging for dear life. Bejenari tried to escape, but Albazi's back control looked like an anaconda wrapped around a rat. He locked on a rear-naked choke, and forced the submission with around 90 seconds remaining in the first round. That was a really strong performance by Amir Albazi.
87.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:04
      The first round started pretty slowly, with both guys trading a few single shots, but nothing noteworthy was really happening. Gahadza scored a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, and spent the rest of the round on top, controlling Kauppinen in the center of the cage. Round one goes to Gahadza.
      45 seconds into the second round, they gave each other a high five, and then unloaded on each other with bombs, until Gahadza was able to take Kauppinen to the ground, pinning him against the fence. Gahadza worked his way into back control, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission around the 2 minute mark of the second round. That was a solid performance by Walter Gahadza.
N/A
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
5:00
(Unaired)
90.3
KO
(Head Kick)
11:05
      Vassell threw some big kicks early in the first round, and a few jabs, and then Davis fired back with a big leg kick, but Vassell caught it and almost threw him down. They continued to pump jabs at each other for the rest of the round, while exchanging random kicks here & there. That was a competitive round, but I would score it just slightly in favor of Vassell.
     These traded those same random strikes for the first 2 minutes of the second round, and then Davis finally clinched with Vassell's back and took him down for 30 seconds or so, before they popped back up and battled in the clinch, with Davis pressing Vassell against the fence. They reset with 90 seconds left in the round and went back to pumping those jabs. Vassell then shot in for an aggressive takedown, and somehow whipped Davis to the ground and took back control with a minute left in the round. Davis was able to slip out the back door though, and he finished the final minute pinning Vassell against the fence. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, but Davis could potentially be ahead 20-18 according to the commentators.
     They both came out trading punches to start the third round, and then a minute into the round, Davis threw a random head kick, and knocked Vassell the fuck out. That wasn't a great fight overall, but the way it ended was a definite highlight reel moment to add to Davis's record. That was a really solid win for Phil Davis.
89.9
Decision
15:00
      Jackson threw a few kicks, clinched, and then pressed Yankova against hte fence, but Yankova was able to push forward to secure a takedown 30 seconds into the round, and then Jackson quickly swept her, and took Yankova's back a minute into the round, and then punched her in the head a few times before going for a rear-naked choke. Yankova was able to spin into it, ending up inside Jackson's guard, but Jackson quickly took her back again, and pinned Yankova against the fence to work some more ground & pound. Jackson spent the rest of the round beating the shit out of Yankova on the ground. Jackson looked really strong in that first round, resulting in a clear cut 10-9 round for Jackson.
     The second round was another round full of Jackson bullying & beating up Yankova, until the final minute, where she rolled for a kneebar, Yankova ended up on top, and worked some decent ground & pound to finish out the round. I'm still giving that round to Jackson, but Yankova proved she's still alive at the end of the round.
     Jackson won the first half of the third round as well, but then Yankova fell on top of her, pinned her in the center of the cage, and worked some ground & pound, while Jackson looked exhausted. Jackson had one last rush with a minute left, where she swept Yankova, and then beat the living shit out of her for the final 30 seconds with some big punches & elbows from full mount. This was a good fight, and it should be a clear 30-27 decision for Kate Jackson. All 3 judges agreed, as Yankova suffered the first loss of her career. That was a big win for Jackson.
88.3
KO
(Punches)
0:10
      These guys met in the center of the cage, Shipman knocked down Noon with the first right hand he threw, he jumped into his guard, pounded on his face for a few seconds, Noon tried to fight back, and then got knocked the fuck out. That was a fantastic 10 second knockout delivered by Shipman.
88.8
Technical Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
1:55
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Griffiths shot for a takedown, pressed Chalmers against the fence, sucked him into the ground, Chalmers slapped on a seemingly loose guillotine choke, he popped back up, with his back still against the fence, Griffiths blasted him with a knee to the face, Chalmers dropped Griffiths with some punches, chased him to the ground, slapped on a tight guillotine choke, stood up, continued to crank, Griffiths went limp, and the fight was stopped. That was a fantastic Bellator debut for Aaron Chalmers.
90.8
TKO
(Retirement)
5:43
      These guys both came out bouncing around like a couple of drunk frat guys, looking to poke each other with some jabs, without either fighter really connecting with anything significant in the first 90 seconds or so. Page eventually popped Rickels with a few hard single shots, while he continued to move around the outside where Rickels couldn't touch him. Page blasted Rickels with a hard spinning wheel kick, and Rickels tried to act like it didn't hurt, but it was clear that it hit him pretty hard. They continued to taunt each other, and then with a minute left in the round, Page dropped Rickels with a hard right hand, but he let him stand back up. Rickels tried to fire back with a few shots, but he just couldn't touch him at all. Page finished the round with a sneaky little pop & lock routine, followed by some imaginary jump roping. MVP is a monster, and he pretty much handed Rickels his ass in the first round.
     Page blasted Rickels with a hard right hand to start the second round, it opened up a massive cut above the left eye of Rickels, and he almost immediately waved off the fight. It was confusing at first, but once the referee confirmed he was quitting, the fight was stopped. MVP is one of the most exciting, flashy fighters, that I've seen in a long time. I feel bad for Rickels, and I hope his eye isn't permanantly damaged here, but that was a big win for MVP.
90.8
TKO
(Punches)
3:35
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Mousasi shot in for a quick takedown a minute into the opening round. Carvalho did a good job powering his way back to his feet, but Mousasi just whipped him back to the ground while he worked to secure back control. Carvalho continued to struggle to get back to his feet, and Mousasi continued to dominate him with his relentless wrestling. Mousasi eventually secured back mount, unloaded with some big punches, Carvalho just curled up and covered his head, and Mousasi becomes the new Bellator Middleweight Champion via a first round stoppage.
OVERALL 90.7
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