(11/15/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (32 Total):
1. Adam Keresh - 92.4
2. Christos Nicolaou - 92.4
3. Jamil Ibragimov - 92.4
4. Viktoria Makarova - 92.0
5. Aviv Gozali - 91.9
6. Nika Ben Tuashy - 91.3
7. Olga Rubin - 91.2
8. Sidemar Honorio - 90.9
9. Simon Smotritsky - 90.9
10. Andrei Barbarosa - 90.8
Bellator 209: Pitbull vs. Sanchez
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Elevation: 16'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Adam Keresh vs. Kirill Sidelnikov
88.9
Fighters & Matches 87.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 89.5
86.2
KO
(Punches)
0:47
     These guys are both making their MMA debuts. Rozales came out throwing awkward leg kicks and sloppy punches with his chin high in the air, and then Tuashy fired back 30 seconds into the opening round, and Rozales hit the ground like a sack of potatoes. That was a solid first round finish by Nika Ben Tuashy in his MMA debut.
85.2
Decision
15:00
      The first round started slowly, and then Pop took down Rubinov 90 seconds into the opening round, and pinned him against the fence. Pop threw a few punches on the ground, but Rubinov did a good job avoiding damage. Round one goes to Pop based on the amount of time he spent on top.
     Pop shot for a takedown a minute into the second round, Rubinov sprawled over the top of him, sort of took his back, and beat the shit out of Pop for the duration of the round. That round clearly goes to Rubinov, and this fight is all tied up going into the final round.
     Rubinov threw a few strikes to start the final round, Pop shot for a takedown a minute into the round again, Rubinov stuffed the shot again, and he continued to beat up Pop for the duration of the round, leading to a clear cut 29-28 unanimous decision victory for Itzik Rubinov.
86.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round had Smotritsky immediately taking control of the center of the cage, where he threw punches & kicks at Matan, while Matan circled around the outside. Round one goes to Smotritsky based on being more aggressive, and constantly pushing the pace.
     Matan pulled guard with a flying guillotine attempt a minute into the second round, and Smotritsky just kind of hung out upside down, waiting for Matan to burn his arms out. Smotritsky popped his head free halfway through the round, and then started working some ground & pound, and in my opinion, he won that round as well, so I have Smotritsky ahead 20-18 going into the final round. He finished the round in full mount, so I doubt anyone would argue that he won the round.
     The final round had Smotritsky picking apart Matan with his kickboxing for most of the round, and whenever they clinched, Smotritsky controlled the fight there as well. This was a pretty clear cut 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Simon Smotritsky.
87.7
KO
(Punches)
4:48
      The first round started with Nicolaou stalking Haiyadre around the cage, while chipping away with punches & kicks. Haiyadre fired back with a few shots, but he still looked like he was just getting warmed up. They both unloaded with some bombs with 20 seconds left in the round, and Nicolaou knocked Haiyadre the fuck out, finishing the fight with a series of punches on the ground.
87.0
Decision
15:00
      The first round had Kelesh circling around the outside, while Barbarosa controlled the center of the cage for the duration of the round, while chipping away at Kelesh with some basic boxing. Round one goes to Andrei Barbarosa. The second round was more of the same, with Barbarosa bullying the larger Kelesh, working him over with his boxing while controlling the center of the cage for the duration of the round. The final round was more of the same. That was a solid one-sided unanimous decision Bellator debut for Andrei Barbarosa.
86.8
TKO
(Punches)
2:38
      These girls clinched, and Makarova tripped Sachkov 10 seconds into the opening round, landed on top in half mount, and started working her over with punches. It looked like Makarova was trying to setup an arm-triangle choke, she used that to pass to full mount 90 seconds into the round, she postured up, and continued to unload with some big punches. Makarova looked like a beast, especially considering this was her MMA debut. She's apparently trained in Krav Maga or something. I'm looking forward to seeing Makarova fight again. Sachkov didn't really show much of anything in this fight though. Apparently she's a kickboxer, but she's 0-2 in MMA now.
85.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round had Gracie picking apart Becker with his kickboxing. I'm always surprised when I see Gracie fighters, come out with the strategy of striking, but Gracie pretty clearly won the first round, so I guess maybe the Gracie fighters are evolving?
     The second round was another round of kickboxing, with Gracie controlling the center of the cage for the duration of the round. The second round was closer than the first, but I still have Gracie ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round was basically more of the same, so I scored this fight 30-27 for Khonry Gracie, which surprises me, considering he's a Gracie, and the entire fight took place 100% on the feet. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
87.4
Submission
(Armbar)
4:25
      Gozali scored a takedown 10 seconds into the opening round, he took his back almost immediately, locked on a body triangle, and started punching Lazebnov in the head. He rolled for an armbar 90 seconds into the round, but Lazebnov was able to stand up and escape. Gozali grabbed him, threw him down again, he rolled for a leg lock, ended up on top again, and continued to punch Lazebnov in the head. He took his back again, continued to bully Lazebnov on the ground, until he eventually finished him off with an armbar with around 35 seconds left in the opening round. That was a fantastic performance by Aviv Gozali.
87.2
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Medvedovsky rolled to setup a leg lock 90 seconds into the opening round. Palancica did a good job getting back to his feet, but Medvedovsky was relentless with his takedown attempts, keeping Palancica pressed against the fence in a tight clinch for most of the first round. The round ended with Palancica on top, throwing punches, so you could argue he stole the round, but I'm giving that first round to Medvedovsky based on his pressure.
     The second round had Palancica beating the shit out of Medvedovsky with strikes, while sort of chasing him around the cage. Medvedovsky fell down and turtled up, and Palancica grabbed his back, and punched him repeateadly, and threw a lot of knees to his body. Round two clearly goes to Palancica, and I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Medvedovsky shot for a takedown 30 seconds into the final round, Palancica stuffed his shot, ended up on top, and then continued to bully Medvedovsky for the duration of the round, outgrappling him, and outstriking him. I scored this fight 30-27 for Palancica, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      Honorio hurt Sholinian early in the first round, forcing him to shoot for a bad takedown, Honorio cut up Sholinian with some elbows, while working to setup submissions from his guard. Honorio eventually ended up on top, where he beat up Sholinian with some punches, and then Sholinian ended up on top at the end of the round, but Honorio was still basically beating him up. Round one goes to Honorio, even though he spent a good portion of the round on the bottom.
     The second round mostly took place on the feet, with Sholinian moving forward, but Honorio was picking him apart with his boxing, and backward movement. Sholinian scored a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, and Honorio hit him with some strikes from his guard, and some of them hit Sholinian in the back of the head, so he was warned by the referee as he stood them up. The round ended with Sholinian scoring another takedown, and Honorio continued to chop him up with elbows from his guard. I have Honorio ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had Honorio rolling around for leg locks and all sorts of crazy shit, while pretty much dominating Sholinian on the ground with his grappling & his striking. Sholinian continued to try to wrestle to make something happen, but it just wasn't working. Congrats to Sidemar Honorio for the unanimous decision victory.
88.3
TKO
(Punches)
1:36
      These guys traded a few strikes, with Ibragimov moving forward for most of the fight, while blasting Gosh with a lot of big uppercuts. They both landed some solid shots, and then Ibragimov dropped Gosh with some big knees, followed by some punches against the fence that forced the referee to stop the fight. That was a strong performance by Jamil Ibragimov.
88.9
TKO
(Punches)
1:12
      Sidelnikov threw some big punches, clinched, and then threw Keresh to the ground 25 seconds into the opening round, landing immediately in side control. Keresh quickly scrambled back to his feet, and reset. Sidelnikov moved forward, and then Keresh kicked him in the head, knocked him down, punched him repeatedly, Sidelnikov stood back up, Keresh continued to unload on him, he dropped him again with some punches, and the fight was stopped. That was a fantastic victory for Adam Keresh in his hometown as he makes his Bellator debut.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      Dandois was moving forward a lot in the first round, but her striking has always looked weird & awkward. Rubin on the otherhand, has some pretty decent striking skills, and she knocked down Dandois late in the round, and finished the round on top, so I'm giving that first round to Rubin.
     They clinched early in the second round, and Dandois was able to throw Rubin to the ground a minute into the round with a headlock, but Rubin quickly wrestled her way into top control, stood up, and then kicked Dandois in the legs while Dandois flopped around on the ground for a while. Dandois stood up and reset 2 minutes into the round. Rubin unloaded with some big punches, and dropped Dandois, she jumped on her, and continued to punch her, while Dandois tried to find something from her guard. I have Rubin ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     They hit the ground early in the final round, with Rubin on top again, and she continued to pound on Dandois with punches, while Dandois kept flopping her legs around, hoping to find a submission or something. Dandois finally scrambled back to her feet with a minute left in the round, they clinched, she threw Rubin down, and finished the round on top, but it was too little too late. I scored this fight 30-27 for Olga Rubin, and all 3 judges more or less agreed, giving her the unanimous decision victory in her Bellator debut.
88.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round started with half a round of basic boxing, without any damage being done, but Nemkov was throwing more strikes, and then Davis fell down, Nemkov tried to setup a choke, it didn't work, sot ehy reset and went back to boxing with each other. Round one goes to Nemkov.
     The second round was another round of boxing, that basically felt like a friendly sparring match. Neither fighter was doing any damage, and they weren't connecting with many of their shots. The second round could maybe go either way. Nemkov finished the round with a suplex, followed by another takedown, so I'm giving the round to Nemkov, and have him ahead 20-18 going into the final round. The second round was close though.
     Davis was a little more aggressive in the final round, constantly moving forward, but Nemkov kept him at by by always throwing 2 punch combos at his face. Davis finally scored a takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, and landed in side control. They reset back on their feet with 90 seconds left in the fight. They clinched for a while, and then Davis scored another takedown. The final round goes to Davis, but the fight should still go to Nemkov, 29-28. Two judges agreed, giving Nemkov the split-decision victory over the former Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with a bit of sloppy boxing, where I thought Gozali was winning because he was more aggressive, but halfway through the round, Couture controlled some clinching, and then tripped Gozali with 45 seconds left in the round, resulting in Gozali sitting on the ground until the end of the round. I guess Couture wins that round.
     Gozali started the second round with some more boxing, and then Couture took him down 30 seconds into the round, and pinned him against the fence. He worked a little ground & pound, and then Gozali stood back up 90 seconds into the round. They clinched for a while, Couture controlled the clinch, and I have him ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Couture took down Gozali early in the final round, pinned him against the fence, and continued to beat the shit out of him with punches and short elbows for the duration fo the round. This was a clear cut unanimous decision victory for Ryan Couture.
88.4
Decision
25:00
      Not much happened in the first minute of the opening round, as they just circled each other, and then Sanchez kicked Pitbull in the dick. The fight eventually started back up, and Sanchez came out looking aggressive, as he landed some solid punches & kicks, and rocked Pitbull halfway through the round. Pitbull shot for a takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, but Sanchez stuffed the shot. Round one goes to Sanchez.
      Sanchez continued to look aggressive with his striking in the second round, but a big cut opened on his right cheek, so he LOOKED like he was getting his ass kicked. Pitbull still looked fresh, but Sanchez was definitely pushing the pace. He also kicked Pitbull in the dick again halfway through the round. When the fight started back up, Pitbull came out swinging, he took down Sanchez against the fence, and worked him over enough to probably steal the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the third round.
      The third round was a back & forth boxing match, which could have maybe gone either way. Sanchez was moving forward for most of the round, so I might lean in favor of Sanchez, but it was close, and Pitbull scored a takedown in the final 30 seconds, so I have no idea who won that round.
      Sanchez took down Pitbull early in the fourth round, and beat him up for a few seconds, but Pitbull quickly reversed him, and ended up on top. Sanchez threw some elbows from his guard, and Pitbull threw some short punches, mostly to the body, from the top. Sanchez scrambled back to his feet 2 minutes into the round. Sanchez spent the rest of the round pressuring Pitbull with leg kicks and punches. I'm going to go out on a limb and say this fight is all tied up going into the final round.
      Pitbull took down Sanchez a minute into the final round, pinned him against the fence, and basically just kept grinding all over him, while Sanchez tried to create some space. They stood back up, and Pitbull threw him down again, landing in full mount this time. He tried to take Sanchez's back, but Sanchez did a good job scrambling around to avoid any chokes. They stood back up, and Pitbull dumped Sanchez to the ground again. The final round clearly goes to Pitbull, and the rest of the fight was close, so I scored the fight 48-47, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory, as he retains his Championship.
OVERALL 89.5
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