(8/17/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Ricky Bandejas - 92.8
2. Logan Storley - 92.0
3. Tyler Ray - 92.0
4. Romero Cotton - 91.9
5. Omar Antonio Morales Ferrer - 91.8
6. Darrion Caldwell - 91.2
7. Jason Jackson - 90.8
8. David Michaud - 90.7
9. Tywan Claxton - 89.8
10. Demarques Jackson - 89.8
Bellator 204: Caldwell vs. Lahat
Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Elevation: 1,470'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Ricky Bandejas vs. James Gallagher
90.3
Fighters & Matches 88.0
Top 10 Fighters 91.3
TOTAL 89.7
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
2:53
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
14:17
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
88.3
KO
(Elbows and Punches)
3:30
      Ray came out and immediately started picking apart Bass with some fast punches. He then shot for a takedown a minute into the opening round, but Bass stuffed the shot against the fence. Ray dumped him to the ground 30 seconds later, but found himself caught in an armbar. He spun out of that, and secured side control. Ray beat up Bass on the ground for a while, Bass pulled guard, and then Ray knocked him the fuck out with a brutal elbow, followed by a series of punches. That was a solid one-sided performance by Tyler Ray in his Bellator debut.
88.0
TKO
(Knees and Punches)
4:12
      Whitehead missed weight by 15 pounds, which is fucking stupid. Cotton beat him up with a few strikes, and then scored the easiest takedown of all time 90 seconds into the opening round. Cotton took his back with 90 seconds left in the round, pounded on him with a few punches, and then Whitehead finally stood back up. Cotton blasted Whitehead with a series of knees, dropped him, and finished him off with a few hammerfists. That was a good performance by Cotton, but I don't think anyone really gave Whitehead a chance in this fight, so it wasn't a surprising ending at all.
87.3
KO
(Punches)
1:42
      These guys traded a few strikes, clinched, Michaud sort of scored a takedown, but they popped back up immediately, Davis threw some wild punches but failed to connect, and then Davis shot for a takedown, but couldn't bring Michaud to the ground. Davis tried to take his back, Michaud shrugged him off, punched him in the face a few times, thought he went out, the referee ignored him, so Michaud punched him a few more times, and then the referee finally stopped the fight. That was a decent win for David Michaud.
87.2
TKO
(Punches)
3:52
      These guys traded some decent strikes, Larson tried to take the fight to the ground, but wasn't having any success, and then Jackson dropped him with some punches with 90 seconds left in the round, he pounded on him with a few more punches against the fence, and the referee stopped the fight. That was a decent performance by Jason "The Ass-Kicking Machine" Jackson. That's a terrible fucking nickname.
87.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      There was a bit of clinch stalling from Logan in the first round, and he landed a few hard single shots, but when they split up, Jackson was able to beat him up with his boxing while chasing Logan around the cage for the last half of the round. I'm giving that first round to Jackson. The second round was another round of boxing, where Jackson was able to control most of the exchanges. Jackson continued to beat up Logan in the final round, and he even took his back and went for a choke, but Logan was able to shake him off with a minute left in the round. I'm scoring this fight 30-27 for Jackson, but it was a competitive fight at least. The judges were split, two gave the fight to Jackson, and one agreed with me in giving him all 3 rounds. The crowd disagreed, but Logan was also the hometown fighter, so I guess that's to be expected.
87.9
KO
(Punches)
0:58
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Morales kicked Nawrocki in the head 50 seconds into the opening round, he dropped him, threw a hard punch when Nawrocki tried to get back up, he punched him again on the ground, and the fight was stopped. That was a nice Bellator debut for Omar Morales, getting the first round finish in under a minute.
86.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few hard punches & kicks, and then Claxton took down Lencioni with a body lock 45 seconds into the opening round, pinning Lencioni against the fence with side control. Lencioni popped back up to his feet 2 minutes into the round. Lencioni spent the rest of the round moving forward, beating up Claxton with punches & kicks, and he probably ended up winning that round. Lencioni throws too many spinning back fists though, and he never lands any of them, so I think that could prove to be a weakness for him down the road. Claxton took him down again with 45 seconds left in the round, but let him stand back up. Claxton scored two takedowns in that round, but I'm still giving the round to Lencioni based on forward movement & landing more strikes.
     They threw some weird strikes to start the second round, Claxton slipped, Lencioni went for a guillotine, fucked it up, and Claxton ended up on top inside Lencioni's guard. Claxton passed to full mount halfway through the round, threw some punches, Lencioni scrambled around, and eventually pulled guard again. The first round could have maybe gone either way, but the second round was all Tywan Claxton.
     They both came out swinging in the third round, until Claxton scored another body lock takedown 90 seconds into the round, pinning Lencioni in the center of the cage. Claxton spent the rest of the round beating up Lencioni on the ground. All 3 judges scored the fight 30-27, giving Tywan Claxton the unanimous decision victory.
90.3
KO
(Punches)
2:49
      Gallagher is making his bantamweight debut here, against the Cage Fury Fighting Championship Bantamweight Champion, who is making his Bellator debut. Gallagher came out throwing a lot of hard leg kicks. Bandejas was mostly backing up, and Gallagher was swinging wildly at him. Gallagher shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, but couldn't hold Bandejas down at all. They reset, circled around each other for a few seconds, and then Bandejas dropped Gallagher with a brutal right hand, he let him stand back up, Bandejas blasted him with a few more punches, a hard kick to Gallagher's jaw, he unloaded on him with some big punches, and Gallagher went to sleep. That was a massive victory for Ricky Bandejas. I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye on him after this one. Gallagher looked good too, until he got knocked out.
88.7
TKO
(Elbows and Punches)
8:56
      These guys clashed early, and Storley sort of took down Matthews against the fence, bringing him down to a kneeling position. He spent the rest of the round beating the shit out of Matthews on the ground, until Storley landed an illegal knee from side control (aiming for the shoulder, but slightly clipped the head). Matthews acted like he was ROCKED. The referee eventually restarted them back on their feet once Matthews had time to recover. Storley immediately grabbed Matthews' back, and slapped on a rear-naked choke, but couldn't lock it on, so he just took top control again, and clearly won the round. I don't know what has happened to Matthews, but he isn't the fighter he used to be. He used to be really good.
     Matthews started the second round with a few hard strikes, and then Storley took him down again, landing in side control, where he continued to destroy Matthews' body with hard knees. Storley continued to beat the shit out of Matthews from a variety of top positions, Matthews had nothing to show for himself in this fight, Storley was working on 10-8 scorecards for both rounds, but the score didn't matter, because Storley finished Matthews with a series of hard punches & elbows on the ground, with a little over a minute remaining in the second round.
88.7
KO
(Punches)
7:46
      The Bellator Bantamweight Champion, Darrion Caldwell, has moved up in weight to take on Noad Lahat, a guy that really isn't in the same league as Caldwell. Caldwell took down Lahat early, and beat him up for the duration of the opening round. Caldwell scored another takedown almost immediately to start the second round. Caldwell took his back 2 minutes into the round, and it looked like he was trying to setup a choke. He couldn't get that, so he unloaded on Lahat with some big punches to the head, and the referee quickly jumped in to stop the fight. That was a decent performance by Darrion Caldwell, and a shit performance by Lahat.
OVERALL 89.7
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