(10/12/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Sergei Kharitonov - 92.8
2. Corey Browning - 92.4
3. Mandel Nallo - 91.3
4. Ryan Bader - 91.3
5. Pat Casey - 90.4
6. Janay Harding - 90.1
7. Sinead Kavanagh - 90.1
8. Alexandra Ballou - 90.0
9. Mike Kimbel - 90.0
10. Andre Fialho - 89.8
Bellator 207: Mitrione vs. Bader
Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
Elevation: 259'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Corey Browning vs. Kevin Ferguson Jr.
90.2
Fighters & Matches 87.5
Top 10 Fighters 90.8
TOTAL 89.2
86.9
Decision
15:00
     Xhema dropped Casey with a head kick as soon as this fight started, but Casey was able to quickly scramble back to his feet, and then he took down Xhema 30 seconds into the opening round. Casey beat him up with some basic ground & pound, and then after mounting him 2 minutes into the round, Xhema threw him off to the side and reset back on his feet halfway through the round. Casey eventually took down Xhema again, and setup a guillotine choke, but couldn't quite lock it on. Round one goes to Casey.
     Xhema looked a little sloppy at the start of the second round, and Casey ended up taking him down and securing side control early in the round. Casey worked some basic ground & pound, and he opened up a small cut above Xhema's right eye with a short elbow. Casey is clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Xhema's corner told him "NO KICKS!" between rounds, so he started the third round with a series of kicks, and flying knees. Casey clinched, pressed him against the fence, and then took him down a minute into the round, leading to the 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Pat Casey.
86.3
TKO
(Elbows)
13:28
      These girls threw a few punches & knees from the clinch, with Ballou pressing Blaine against the fence early in the first round. Not a lot happened in the first round, so I'm scoring it for Ballou. The second round felt like a light sparring match, with both girls boxing, but their striking skills look fairly amateur. That's fair though, since neither fighter has fought more than a couple of times. They clinched halfway through the round, with Ballou showing a little more strength, leading to a 20-18 lead for Ballou going into the final round.
     The final round consisted of more clinching, controlled by Ballou. This fight really felt like two girls being grabbed from a Jazzercise class to participate in a cage fight, without either fighter having any interest in being aggressive at all. As soon as I said that, Ballou shot in for a blast takedown, pinned Blaine against the fence, mounted her, unloaded with some BRUTAL elbows, and finished the fight via some hardcore ground & pound. I was ready to write them both off, but that was a pretty badass finish, and apparently it's her professional debut.
86.2
KO
(Punches)
0:06
      Kimbel made his professional debut 8 months ago, and finished Geoffrey Then in 1:03 of the first round, by slamming his way out of an armbar. Here he is, making his second appearance in Bellator, and he knocked out Potts with a right hand just 6 seconds into the first round. You could argue that these wins are a little bit flukey, but... Mike Kimbel is exciting, he just tied Hector Lombard for the fastest knockout in Bellator history, and now his AVERAGE fight time is 34 seconds. I'm looking forward to seeing if he can keep up this finish rate.
84.7
Decision
15:00
      Click clinched a little bit, and then they traded a few punches, and then Click took control of the clinch again, pressing Lopez against the fence. Lopez took control in the final minute of the round, they both sort of took each other down, they battled against the fence while standing back up, and then Click rocked Lopez with a big right hand followed by a head kick to finish out the round. Round one goes to Click, and you could argue that Lopez was saved by the bell.
     The second round started with Click clinching and pressing Lopez against the fence. They spent the rest of the round kind of hanging out in a clinching stalemate. The final round consisted of some more clinching, with Click controlling it for the most part, leading to the unanimous decision victory for Sarah Click in a somewhat uneventful fight.
85.9
Decision
(Majority)
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, Fialho poked Torres in the eye, Torres tried to call for a timeout, but the referee ignored him, so Fialho attacked him and landed a few "cheap" shots. They spent the rest of the round trading some basic strikes, with Fialho controlling most of the exchanges.
     The second round was another round of boxing, with Fialho controlling most of the action, so I have Fialho ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Torres spent some time in the final round working for a takedown, and you could argue that round goes to Torres, but the fight overall should go to Fialho, at least 29-28, if not 30-27. Two judges agreed, and one declared it a draw, so Andre Fialho gets the majority decision victory.
88.8
TKO
(Cut)
5:00
      Kavanagh came out swinging to start the first round. She did a good job controlling the center of the cage, as Harding circled around the outside. Harding landed a slicing elbow 2 minutes into the opening round, cutting open Kavanagh's forehead, causing her face to quickly become covered in blood. They continued to trade strikes at a solid pace for the duration of the round, making it a hard round to score. I thought Kavanagh was more aggressive, but Kavanagh had a huge gash above her right eye, making it look like she absorbed WAY more damage. The fight was stopped between rounds due to that cut. That sucks, since it was a good fight while it lasted.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
88.3
KO
(Knee)
5:57
      These guys traded a few strikes, with Nallo landing the better shots, and then he took down Banks, and slapped on an Anaconda choke. Banks was able to wrestle his way out of the choke, but Nallo was cranking on it for a while. Banks pinned Nallo against the fence halfway through the round, and then Nallo quickly stood back up, still being pressed against the fence in the clinch. Banks took down Nallo with 2 minutes left in the round. Banks pinned Nallo against the fence, and you could argue he stole the round with top control, but I really think the most meaningful offense came from Nallo in the first half of the round, so the first round could go either way.
     They traded some decent strikes back & forth for a minute or so in the second round, and then Nallo randomly threw up a standing knee to the chin of Banks, and he knocked him out immediately. I don't know if I've ever seen a more brutal knee that WASN'T a flying knee or a knee from the clinch, but it was literally just a "I'm going to lift my knee into the air aggressively, OH SHIT, there's your chin" kind of knee. That was a really good highlight reel finish for Mandel Nallo.
90.2
TKO
(Punches)
7:08
      Ferguson started this fight with a few punches, he tried to take Browning down, and then they wrestled around for a while, with Ferguson accepting bottom positions too easily where he would go for submissions that he didn't really have. They stood up a minute into the round, and Ferguson smashed Browning with some big knees while pressing him against the fence. They spent the rest of the round in back & forth grappling exchanges, and Browning secured a back crucifix late in the round, and hammered Ferguson with some elbows, old school Gary Goodridge style. I actually think Browning did enough late in the round to steal the round.
     Ferguson started the second round with some big punches, and then Browning dropped him with a massive right hand, forcing Ferguson to shoot for a takedown to try to find some time to recover. Ferguson setup an arm-triangle choke a minute into the second round, and Browning was able to roll out of it. It looked like Browning was about to be finished, Ferguson mounted him, hit him with some big punches & elbows, Browning gave up his back, Ferguson locked on a rear-naked choke, and then Browning shook him off the side, postured up, unloaded with some big punches while standing above Ferguson, and the fight was stopped. That was a big win for Corey Browning, as he was the biggest underdog on the card tonight.
86.4
Decision
15:00
      The first two rounds were basically a standard kickboxing match, with Larkin picking apart Pascu a little bit, but neither fighter was really doing significant damage at all. I have Larkin ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Pascu finally scored a takedown halfway through the final round, and was able to use his wrestling to win the round, but Larkin still wins the fight, with a 29-28 unanimous decision victory. Larkin is a good fighter, but he really hasn't been very impressive lately. As for Pascu, I really don't see much potential in him at all, as he's now lost all 3 fights I've seen him in so far.
89.8
KO
(Knees and Punches)
4:59
      These guys traded a few strikes, Nelson was down on his hands and knees, and Kharitonov blasted him with a hard knee to the head while Nelson was clearly grounded, so Nelson milked it for all it was worth. (I still think knees on the ground should be legal, I miss Pride rules...) The fight eventually started back up, and Kharitonov started picking apart Nelson with jabs, as Nelson was having trouble closing the distance. They both landed some hard shots, but I really felt like Kharitonov was controlling the striking exchanges for the most part. He really started to hammer Nelson with big punches & knees with a minute left in the round, Nelson tucked his chin and tried to fire back, but Kharitonov was too much for him, as he eventually dropped him with a series of hard knees from the clinch, some big punches, and Nelson landed face first on the canvas a second before the end of the round. That was a great first round finish by Sergei Kharitonov, against a guy that has a reputation for being tough (but also appears to basically be washed up at 42 years old).
88.9
Decision
15:00
      Bader scored his first takedown 15 seconds into the opening round. He spent the rest of the round smothering Mitrione while landing some short punches. He scored his next takedown 20 seconds into the second round, and spent the rest of the round beating up Mitrione on the ground, while also trying to setup a Kimura from half mount. Bader scored his final takedown 5 seconds into the third round, and continued to grind out the clear cut unanimous decision victory, basically dominating Mitrione for 15 minutes, with 10-8 rounds pretty much every round, without doing any significant damage, but he also didn't get touched at all by Mitrione, so... That had to be a frustrating fight for Mitrione.
OVERALL 89.2
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