(6/29/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Ed Ruth - 92.4
2. Saad Awad - 92.3
3. Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez - 92.0
4. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane - 91.8
5. Valerie Letourneau - 91.7
6. Joey Davis - 91.7
7. Juan Archuleta - 91.4
8. Tyrell Fortune - 91.4
9. Kristina Williams - 90.4
10. Alejandra Lara - 89.4
Bellator 201: MacFarlane vs. Lara
Location: Temecula, California
Elevation: 1,017'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Alejandra Lara
91.2
Fighters & Matches 89.1
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 90.3
87.8
TKO
(Punches)
9:35
     Fortune threw some big punches, they clinched, Fortune blasted Sarran with some massive knees, he pinned him against the fence, and continued to destroy him with a ton of knees. Fortune scored a takedown 2 minutes into the opening round, and Sarran tried to catch him with a guillotine choke, but it didn't work out, so Fortune popped his head free, and punched Sarran repeatedly. Sarran tried to work his way back to his feet with 2 minutes left in the round, and Fortune threw him back to the ground, and continued to pound on Sarran with big punches. The fight probably could have been stopped, but the referee let them continue. That was a 10-8 round for Fortune.
     Fortune scored an early takedown to start the second round, and he continued to beat up Sarran while bullying him near the fence. Sarran went for a terrible guillotine attempt again, but he was nowhere near locking it on. Fortune spent most of that round riding Sarran's back, while punching him in the head repeatedly. The referee finally stopped the fight with 24 seconds remaining in the second round. That was another one-sided performance by Tyrell Fortune.
88.9
Decision
15:00
      Davis scored a takedown almost immediately to start the opening round. He settled into Plaskett's guard, and then wrestled him over to the fence. They stood up a few seconds later, and reset to test their boxing skills. They traded a few strikes, Davis seemed to have the advantage on the feet, and then he scored another takedown with 90 seconds left in the round. He spent the rest of the round beating up Plaskett with punches. Round one goes to Davis.
     They traded a few strikes to start the second round, and then Davis scored another takedown 45 seconds into the round, pinning Plaskett against the fence. Davis spent the rest of the round pretty much dominating Plaskett against the fence with his wrestling. Plaskett went for a toe hold at the end of the round, but wasn't able to finish it. I have Davis ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round started with Davis scoring another easy takedown. He spent the rest of the round beating the shit out of Plaskett with punches & elbows, chopping up his face, leaving Plaskett a bloody mess, while Davis absolutely dominated him with his wrestling and ground & pound. Plaskett went for another toe hold to finish the round, but that was too little too late. This was a clear cut unanimous decision victory for Joey Davis.
89.7
TKO
(Punches)
9:59
      These guys traded a few strikes, they clinched heavily early in the first round, Ruth kind of tossed Murad to the ground after stuffing Murad's takedown attempt, and Ruth beat him up with punches while keeping him smothered against the fence. Ruth beat the shit out of Murad until the end of the round.
     The second round was a competitive boxing match, but Murad's face was destroyed with multiple cuts, and Ruth still looked relatively fresh by the end of the round, so Ed Ruth SHOULD be ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Nevermind... The referee stopped the fight with a second left in the second round, as Ruth was destroying Murad's face with punches while Murad was having trouble staying on his feet while leaning against the fence.
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
0:59
(Unaired)
88.4
KO
(Punches)
10:14
      These guys clinched early, and Archuleta pressed Peralta against the fence while clinging to his back. Archuleta backed out 90 seconds into the round, blasted Peralta with a massive flying knee, and then took him to the ground, pinning him against the fence. They eventually stood back up, but Archuleta immediately went right back to clinching and pressing Peralta against the fence. The first round is 10-9 for Juan Archuleta.
     The second round started with Archuleta throwing Peralta to the ground and pinning him against the fence again. Peralta's response was to basically just try to take Archuleta down, but at this point, he needs something more than a strategy of trading takedowns. Archuleta has controlled pretty much the entire fight for the first 10 minutes, leading to a 20-18 lead going into the final round.
     The final round started with Archuleta dropping Peralta with a BRUTAL overhand right, Peralta went down hard, Archuleta turned into a machinegun of hammerfists, and he finished off Peralta in the center of the cage, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was a fantastic performance by Juan Archuleta.
90.4
Decision
15:00
      These girls both came out trading punches aggressively. Williams looked rocked a minute into the opening round, but Letourneau just backed off and let her recover. Williams then caught a kick and knocked Letourneau down with a punch. Letourneau dropped Williams with a brutal right hand 2 minutes into the round, and she jumped on her, looking for the finish, but Williams recovered quickly on the ground and tied up Letourneau with her guard. Williams threw up an armbar attempt with 90 seconds left in the round, but Letourneau was able to punch her way to freedom. The referee reset them with 20 seconds left in the round. They traded a few more punches, and then the round ended. Round one goes to Letourneau for that huge knockdown.
     The second round was a solid round of back & forth boxing, with a bit of brawling mixed in just for fun. That round could potentially go either way, so I'm going to call this fight all tied up going into the final round, but there's a chance Letourneau could be ahead 20-18. I'm not sure. They both came out swinging in the final round, and I mean FUCKING SWINGING. Punches & elbows flying at lightning speed, and they were both just eating the shots. Letourneau scored a takedown a minute into the round, and she mostly just pinned Williams against the fence. The referee reset them with 90 seconds left in the fight. Letourneau spent the rest of the fight mostly just running away while Williams was throwing wild strikes at her, and then Letourneau scored another takedown with 20 seconds left in the fight, and Williams tried to catch her in a guillotine, but it didn't work. That was a fantastic fight, and it's more than likely going to be a 29-28 decision for Letourneau.
89.3
TKO
(Punches)
4:29
      These guys both came out trading punches aggressively, and Awad kicked Couture in the head. They clinched for a while, and then went back to boxing, but mostly just circling each other in the center of the cage. Awad rocked the shit out of Couture with a huge right hand with a minute left in the round, Couture curled up while trying to stay on his feet near the fence, and Awad unloaded on him, blasting him with countless punches, until Couture finally collapsed and the referee finally stopped the fight. That was a solid performance by Saad Awad.
91.2
Submission
(Armbar)
13:55
      These girls started with a few strikes, and then Lara took down Macfarlane, and Macfarlane immediately started working from her rubber guard. Macfarlane tried to setup a triangle choke, and then tried to setup an armbar, and then went back to the triangle, and then went for another armbar, and Lara used that moment to spin around and take Macfarlane's back with 2 minutes left in the opening round. Macfarlane had a nice little chain of submission attempts there, but for the most part, Lara controlled her for almost the entire round, so I'm giving that round to Lara.
     The second round was all about Lara clinched and pressing Macfarlane against the fence. Macfarlane finally threw Lara to the ground halfway through the round, landing in side control in the center of the cage. Macfarlane mostly just pinned Lara for a couple of minutes, but she still finished the round on top, so I'm giving that round to Macfarlane, which means this fight should be all tied up going into the third round.
     Macfarlane grabbed Lara and threw her to the ground a minute into the third round, and quickly took her back near the fence. She threw some punches, but she was just punching Lara's glove repeatedly. Lara gave up full mount, and Macfarlane made her pay by dropping some big punches, and then she cranked on an armbar halfway through the round, and Lara did a hell of a job defending against it. After a full minute of cranking on a tight armbar, Lara was finally forced to submit. That was a fantastic title defense by Ilima-Lei Macfarlane.
87.5
Submission
(Armbar)
13:15
      Pogues clinched and pressed Young against the fence to get the fight started, but Young was able to break away and reset 90 seconds into the opening round. They traded a few random strikes, and then clinched for the rest of the round. I don't have a strong opinion of who is winning this fight after the first round.
     Pogues scored a takedown to start the second round and he literally held Young down the entire round. No real damage was done, just a lot of holding, while Young sat there, waiting for the referee to stand them back up, which never happened. The third round was basically a repeat of the second round, which I assumed would turn into a decision win for Pogues, but Young slapped on a random triangle choke late in the round, and finished the fight by submission. Congrats to Young for the comeback finish.
88.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:46
      These girls both came out swinging. Melendez was stalking Valle, while Valle tried to create some distance by circling around the outside. Melendez dropped Valle with a violent barrage of punches, she immediately grabbed her back, slapped on a rear-naked choke, Valle tried to escape, it didn't work, so she was forced to submit in the first round. That was another fantastic performance by Keri Melendez.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 90.3
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