(10/13/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (28 Total):
1. Vinny Magalhaes - 92.7
2. Sean OConnell - 92.4
3. Bozigit Ataev - 91.8
4. Rashid Magomedov - 90.9
5. Chris Wade - 90.7
6. Brandon Halsey - 90.3
7. Smealinho Rama - 90.3
8. Natan Schulte - 89.9
9. Islam Mamedov - 89.8
10. Ramsey Nijem - 89.7
PFL 2018 Season Playoffs - Round 2
Location: Long Beach, California
Elevation: 30'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Vinny Magalhaes vs. Bozigit Ataev
89.8
Fighters & Matches 87.9
Top 10 Fighters 90.9
TOTAL 89.4
86.7
Decision
10:00
     These guys both clashed quickly to start the opening round, they clinched, and then Nijem pressed Kawana against the fence. They eventually went to the ground, and Nijem took Kawana's back, working to setup a rear-naked choke while punching him in the head. He spent the rest of the round riding Kawana's back.
     Nijem started the second round with a quick takedown, took Kawana's back again, and spent some more time with back control. Kawana wrestled his way to top control, Nijem took control again, Kawana took control again, they wrestled back and forth, and I think Kawana did enough to win that round. Since this is only a two round fight, for tournament reasons, all 3 judges scored the fight 19-18 for Ramsey Nijem, so he'll be the tournament alternate if necessary.
87.3
Decision
10:00
      The first round started with Halsey shooting for a takedown, and he brought Markes to the ground 15 seconds into the opening round. Markes tried to setup a leg lock from the bottom, but Halsey did a good job wrestling his way into half mount. Markes stood back up 90 seconds into the round, and then Halsey took him down again. He spent the rest of the round wrestling the shit out of Markes. Round one goes to Halsey.
     The second round started with Markes taking down Halsey, but Halsey swept him 2 minutes into the round, and then spent the final 3 minutes on top, beating up Markes, leading to the clear cut 20-18 unanimous decision victory as he moves on to the next round of tonight's tournament.
86.9
Draw
10:00
      The first round took place on the feet, with both guys trading strikes, and Magomedov landed 4x's as many strikes, so round one goes to Magomedov. The second round was another round of sparring, with a little bit of clinching controlled by Will Brooks. I had this fight all tied up at the end of two rounds, and all 3 judges agreed, so Magomedov moves on to the next round based on winning the first round of the fight. That is a dumb rule, but he deserved to win this fight anyway.
87.2
Draw
(Majority)
10:00
      The first round started slow, and then Grishin threw Rama to the ground with a nice hip toss against the fence. He passed to side control, and then Rama quickly got back to his feet. Rama spent the rest of the round slightly outstriking Grishin with punches & kicks. It was a close round, but I'd probably give it to Rama based on landing the better strikes.
     The second round started with Grishin whipping Rama to the ground with another slick hip toss, but he couldn't hold Rama down at all. The second round was a closer round of striking, so it could go either way. I would probably score this fight a draw after two rounds, meaning that Rama should move on to the next round. One judge gave him both rounds, the other two called it a draw, so Rama moves on to the next round of tonight's tournament.
86.3
Decision
10:00
      These guys circled around each other for a minute, and then Mamedov score a quick takedown. He basically just held him down for the rest of the round, so the first round goes to Mamedov. The second round started with Tavares trying to pull guard 45 seconds into the round, with a guillotine choke, but Mamedov landed in side control. Tavares then swept him, and beat up Mamedov for a couple of minutes with some light punches. Mamedov swept Tavares with 2 minutes left in the round, and finished out the round with some ground & pound, leading to a 20-18 unanimous decision victory for Islam Mamedov, as he moves on to the next round.
88.7
Decision
(Majority)
10:00
      The first round was a pretty even round of boxing, with both guys landed a handful of solid shots, and both guys looking ok in the clinch. This fight could be a tricky fight to score if neither fighter takes a clear advantage in the second round. O'Connell turned it up a notch in the second round, unloaded with some big combinations, and then dropped Spohn 90 seconds into the round. From there, he beat the shit out of Spohn, leading to a majority decision, and one of the biggest upsets of the night. Sean O'Connell moves on to the next round of tonight's tournament.
88.4
Decision
(Majority)
10:00
      Wade started this fight with a quick takedown. He threw Watley around for a few seconds, and then took his back near the fence. Watley shook him off with a slick throw 2 minutes into the round, and then took Wade's back. Wade quickly shrugged him off, and then stood up to clinch for a while. Wade threw Watley down with 90 seconds left in the round, and finished the round on top. That's a 10-9 round for Wade as he takes the early lead.
     Wade started the second round by pressing Watley against the fence, and then taking him down. He spent the rest of the round looking for a variety of chokes, all while smothering Watley against the fence. I scored this fight 20-18 for Wade, but one judge thought it was a draw for some reason. Still, that's a majority decision, and Chris Wade moves on to the next round.
88.7
TKO
(Punches)
1:43
      Ataev caught a kick and took down Sordi 10 seconds into the opening round. Sordi did a good job scrambling back to his feet though. Sordi rushed forward, threw some sloppy punches, Ataev did a good job moving out of the way, and then he caught another kick, dropped Sordi with some punches, he unloaded on the ground, and the fight was stopped in under 2 minutes. That was a nice quick finish by Bozigit Ataev.
86.4
Draw
(Majority)
10:00
      Schulte started this fight with a quick takedown, and spent the rest of the round grinding out Case, while Case basically just flailed around from the bottom. Round one goes to Schulte. Case threw some decent strikes in the second round, but he wasn't really going for the kill at all, and Schulte basically looked like he was just waiting to get gifted the decision. After two rounds, Schulte wins, with a majority draw, and he moves on to the next round of the tournament.
88.4
Submission
(Kimura)
1:20
      These guys traded a few strikes, they clinched, Cleveland pressed Magalhaes against the fence, Magalhaes took control of the clinch, threw a few knees to the body of Cleveland, and then pulled guard, slapped on a triangle, cranked on a wild Kimura, and finished the fight by submission. That was a fantastic finish by Vinny Magalhaes in under 90 seconds.
88.3
TKO
(Punches)
8:36
      The first round started with both guys circling each other, without really throwing much offense at all in either direction. Magomedov controlled the center of the cage, as Tavares moved around the outside, and Magomedov threw more strikes, so I guess I would give the first round to Magomedov.
     Magomedov threw a lot of kicks to start the second round, and then Tavares shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, but failed miserably. Magomedov just laid down, Magomedov stood above him, Tavares tried to lock on an ankle lock, but Magomedov shoved his foot up Tavares's ass, which allowed him to pull his leg free. He then stood above Tavares, unloaded with some big punches to the ribs of Tavares, Tavares just curled up in a ball, and the fight was stopped. Rashid Magomedov moves on to the tournament finals.
89.3
KO
(Punches)
1:45
      These guys traded some punches, and O'Connell dropped Rama 30 seconds into the round, but Rama popped back up and fired back with some punches of his own. Rama looked like he had O'Connell hurt against the fence, he unloaded with some punches, and then O'Connell dropped him with a left hand, jumped on him, and knocked Rama the fuck out. Sean O'Connell moves on to the tournament finals to fight for a million bucks.
88.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Wade cranked on a standing guillotine choke, sort of pulled guard, Schulte popped his head free, and ended up on top 90 seconds into the opening round. Schulte spent the rest of the round beating up Wade with short punches, while grinding him out with his wrestling. Round one goes to Schulte.
     The second round was more of a boxing match, with Schulte moving forward, but Wade was picking him apart with his combinations. The second round looked kind of close, but I thought Wade landed more strikes, so I'm giving the round to Wade. Schulte took him down with 90 seconds left in the round, but nothing really happened on the ground, so... Schulte probably won the round with the takedown, but I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round looked a lot like the second, with Schulte moving forward, but Wade was picking him apart with his volume of strikes. This was a close fight, it could go either way, I scored it 29-28 for Wade, but wouldn't argue with either result. Schulte ended up winning the 29-28 split-decision victory.
89.8
Submission
(Kimura)
1:58
      Magalhaes threw some wacky strikes, shot for a takedown, Ataev quickly scrambled back to his feet, Magalhaes clinched, and then pulled guard, Ataev smashed him with some massive hammerfists, Magalhaes sort of had an omoplata locked on, and he used that to sweep Ataev. Magalhaes sat on his face, and then settled into half mount. Magalhaes setup a Kimura from the top, cranked, and finished the fight by submission in under 2 minutes. That was a solid finish for Magalhaes, as he moves on to the tournament finals.
OVERALL 89.4
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