(10/13/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Dennis Buzukia - 92.0
2. Jennifer Chieng - 91.8
3. Cheick Kongo - 91.8
4. Fedor Emelianenko - 91.8
5. Henry Corrales - 91.4
6. Jeremy Puglia - 91.4
7. Zarrukh Adashev - 91.4
8. Andrews Rodriguez - 90.8
9. Anatoly Tokov - 90.7
10. Benson Henderson - 90.3
Bellator 208: Fedor vs. Sonnen
Location: Uniondale, New York
Elevation: 52'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen
89.3
Fighters & Matches 87.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.3
TOTAL 89.4
85.3
Decision
15:00
     Mickle dropped Fiore with a big right hook 30 seconds into the opening round, and Fiore immediately went into survival mode, scoring a quick takedown and pinning Mickle against the fence to buy himself some time to recover. Fiore passed to full mount 90 seconds into the round, and then Mickle swept him and stood back up 2 minutes into the round, and kicked Fiore right square in the nuts. When the fight started back up, they traded a few strikes, and then Fiore wobbled Mickle with a left hand, and then took him down again with 2 minutes left in the round. Fiore spent the rest of the round controlling Mickle on the ground. Round one goes to Fiore.
     Fiore blasted Mickle with some big punches in the second round, and then took him down 90 seconds into the round, pinning him against the fence. Mickle stood back up 2 minutes into the round, threw some big punches, and then Fiore took him down again with 90 seconds left in the round. I have Fiore ahead 20-18 going into the final round, based mostly on his wrestling. Fiore slammed Mickle to start the second round. Mickle stood back up, threw Fiore to the ground with a slick hip toss, and then tried to setup a leg lock which allowed Fiore to get back on top, where he finished out the round, leading to a 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Nick Fiore.
87.2
Submission
(Armbar)
1:27
      These guys traded some kicks, and then Aydarbekov picked up Espinosa and dumped him to the ground a minute into the opening round. Espinosa slapped on a triangle choke, switched to an armbar, and Aydarbekov quickly tapped out. That was a solid performance by Tommy Espinosa.
87.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys both traded some wild punches & kicks to start the first round. Meshkhoradze was sticking his chin out, sort of taunting Moore, and then he would blast Moore with a hard leg kick when he'd move toward him. Moore unloaded with some big punches with 2 minutes left in the round, they stood back up, Meshkhoradze fired back with some decent shots, and then Moore finished the round with a nice takedown. I'm giving that first round to Moore, but it was close, and could go either way.
     They traded some wild strikes to start the second round, and then they both slowed down significantly halfway through the round. Moore tried to take Meshkhoradze down with 30 seconds left in the round, and Meshkhoradze was grabbing the cage with both hands, the referee warned him, so he let go, and Moore dumped him to the ground seconds before the bell sounded. I have Moore ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but a significant performance in the third round could win the fight for either fighter depending on how the judges scored the first two rounds.
     The final round was another round of back & forth kickboxing, where Meshkhoradze really beat up the legs of Moore with hard kicks. The fight overall was close, but if I had to pick a winner, I would have scored this fight 29-28 for Moore, but Meshkhoradze finished the final round looking like he was in control, so... I'm really fine with the fight going either way. Two judges gave all 3 rounds to Meshkhoradze for the split-decision victory.
87.2
TKO
(Punches)
1:22
      Chieng tucked her chin, started stalking Ruiz, Ruiz was trying to create some distance, and Chieng just kept moving forward, calmly following Ruiz around the cage, while picking her apart with strikes. She unloaded on Ruiz a little past the one minute mark of the first round, and Ruiz just kind of curled up (still standing) against the fence, and turned her back to Chieng, clearly wanting out of the fight, so the referee stopped the fight in under 90 seconds. Jennifer Chieng is an exciting prospect, as this was her MMA debut, and she finished Ruiz in under 90 seconds.
87.2
TKO
(Punches & Knees)
1:08
      Medina had a significant reach advantage in this fight, but it didn't really matter at all. Adashev rocked him 30 seconds into the first round with some punches, Medina tried to take him down, Adashev stuffed his shot, cranked on a standing guillotine choke, let that go, chased Medina around the cage for a few seconds, and then blasted him with a series of knees, unloaded with some wild punches, Medina collapsed, Adashev landed one final knee while Medina was on the ground, and the fight was stopped. You could argue the last knee was illegal, but the fight was already over at that point, so congrats to Adashev for getting her first win, and doing it in just over one minute of the first round. Adashev's striking looked really good in this fight.
86.2
Decision
15:00
      DiOrio shot for a takedown almost immediately, and Rodriguez stuffed the shot and blasted DiOrio with some big knees, until DiOrio was able to press him against the fence for some basic clinching. Rodriguez broke free, and blasted DiOrio with some big shots. They spent most of the round clinching, with DiOrio mostly stalling, while Rodriguez was trying to break free and do damage. For that reason, I gave the first round to Rodriguez.
     The last two rounds consisted of Rodriguez dancing around in circles, while picking apart DiOrio with his boxing. Once DiOrio realized in the first round that his wrestling wasn't going to work for him, it was all downhill from that point forward. Congrats to Rodriguez for the 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
87.8
TKO
(Punches)
2:53
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Buzukia dropped Castro with a big right hand a minute into the opening round. He stood above him for a while, as he threw a series of big looping punches down at him. Castro tried to grab a leg lock, Buzukia stood up out of it, and then Castro tried to take him down, but failed, so they reset for some more boxing. Buzukia unloaded on Castro with some big punches, Castro looked like he was basically out on his feet, so the referee stopped the fight 3 minutes into the first round. That was a solid performance by Dennis Buzukia.
86.8
TKO
(Punches)
3:16
      Puglia clinched and pressed Olsen against the fence. They traded control of the clinch a few times. Puglia unloaded with some bombs 3 minutes into the opening round, Olsen dropped to his knees, Puglia continued to unload on him with massive punches, and the referee eventually stopped the fight. That was a great performance by Jeremy Puglia, as he earns the first win of his career in highlight reel fashion. I'm looking forward to seeing him fight again sometime.
88.3
TKO
(Punches)
12:08
      The first round was a back & forth kickboxing match with both guys landing some solid shots, but Corrales probably won on the scorecards. The second round was another 5 minutes of back & forth kickboxing, with Corrales probably taking a 20-18 lead going into the final round. The final round was more of the same, until Corrales dropped Main with a clean left hand that caused Main to freeze in this tracks, Corrales hammered him with another big punch on the ground, and the fight was stopped. That was a solid win for Henry Corrales.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with both guys trading strikes, and then Tokov scored a takedown halfway through the round, beat up Shlemenko on the ground for a minute or so before they stood back up. The round ended with Tokov beating up Shlemenko against the fence with some basic clinch striking. Round one goes to Tokov.
     Shlemenko kicked Tokov in the dick 45 seconds into the second round. When the fight started back up, Tokov clinched, they traded a few strikes, Shlemenko clinched, they traded a few strikes, etc... The second round could go either way, but I have Tokov ahead 20-18 going into the final round, based mostly on clinch grinding.
     The final round was another round of Tokov grinding on Shlemenko while clinching and pushing him around the cage, while working him over with some basic punches & knees. This fight was a fairly close fight, but I'd still score it 30-27 for Anatoly Tokov, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
88.7
KO
(Punches)
1:08
      These guys traded some random strikes, Johnson got sloppy and started throwing wild punches a minute into the opening round while rushing forward, Kongo sort of smushed Johnson's face with a right hand that barely looked like it connected at all, Johnson collapsed, Kongo punched him a few more times on the ground, and Johnson was out. That was a nice win for Kongo.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Henderson scored a takedown 2 minutes into the opening round, pinning Awad against the fence. He eventually took his back, and basically just held on until the end of the round. Round one goes to Henderson.
     They traded some more strikes to start the second round, and then Henderson shot for a takedown 90 seconds into the round, Awad stuffed his shot, almost reversed him, and then Henderson ended up on top, and pinned Awad against the fence 2 minutes into the round. Henderson beat up Awad until the end of the round, leading to a 20-18 lead going into the final round. You could even argue a 10-8 round for the first round.
     The second round was more of the same. Henderson shot for an early takedown, Awad tried to stuff the shot, landed a questionable knee on the ground (to the shoulder? maybe?), and then Henderson kept driving through until he took down Awad 45 seconds into the round. He spent the rest of the round grinding out the 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
89.3
TKO
(Punches)
4:46
      Emelianenko dropped Sonnen as soon as the fight started with a big left hand. He let him stand back up, Sonnen shot in for a terrible takedown, and Emelianenko fought him off with another punch. Sonnen ALMOST scored a takedown, but Emelianenko used his Sambo to flip Sonnen in midair, and ended up on top in half mount 45 seconds into the first round. Emelianenko stood back up, Sonne tried to take him down, and Emelianenko just threw him off to the side. Sonnen finally scored a takedown with an ankle pick 90 seconds into the round, he took his back, and then Sonnen randomly did a forward roll, allowing Fedor to secure side control. They reset halfway through the round. Sonnen clinched, and then finally took down Emelianenko with 2 minutes left in the round, and landed on top inside Emelianenko's half guard. Emelianenko swept him with a minute left in the round, and then stood back up. Emelianenko dropped Sonnen again, unloaded with some big punches, and the fight was stopped with 14 seconds remaining in the first round. I guess this means we get Fedor vs. Bader for the Championship.
OVERALL 89.4
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