(11/30/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (28 Total):
1. Joe Schilling - 92.0
2. Shawn Bunch - 91.9
3. John Salter - 91.7
4. Mike Shipman - 91.7
5. Jordan Young - 91.4
6. Juan Archuleta - 91.4
7. David Rickels - 90.9
8. Kristina Williams - 90.8
9. Noad Lahat - 90.2
10. Goiti Yamauchi - 90.0
Bellator 210: Manhoef vs. Njokuani
Location: Thackerville, Oklahoma
Elevation: 866'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
John Salter vs. Chidi Njokuani
89.4
Fighters & Matches 88.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.2
TOTAL 89.8
N/A
Draw
(Majority)
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
KO
(Punches)
2:51
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Head Kick & Punches)
5:43
(Unaired)
87.4
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with Moore clinching and pressing Lahat against the fence. They reset a minute later. They traded some random strikes, they clinched some more, and then Lahat clipped Moore in the groin with a knee. After a brief pause, they traded a few strikes, and then the round ended. Moore dropped Lahat in the final seconds of the round, which might be enough to win the round for Moore. It was a close round other than that.
     They traded a few punches to start the second round, and then Lahat scored a takedown 2 minutes into the round, pinning Moore near the fence. They eventually stood up, Lahat clinched, and took down Moore again, taking his back this time. The round ended with Lahat beating up Moore with punches from back control. Round two goes to Lahat.
     Lahat started the final round with a quick takedown, he pinned Moore against the fence, and continued to chip away with short punches while smothering him with his wrestling. The first round was close, and Lahat clearly won the last two rounds, leading to the unanimous decision victory for Noad Lahat. That's an important win for Lahat, to keep him relevant at all.
88.7
Submission
(Anaconda Choke)
2:58
      These guys came out swinging, Shipman pressured Futrell toward the fence, he clinched, threw Futrell down, and tried to take his back 30 seconds into the round, but Futrell did a good job staying in front of Shipman. Shipman slammed Futrell 90 seconds into the round, and secured side control. They stood up halfway through the round, Shipman landed a few knees, locked on a standing Anaconda choke, he rolled to the ground with it, and finished the fight by submission. I'm really becoming a fan of Mike Shipman and his quick finishes.
88.7
TKO
(Punches)
1:42
      This fight started with both guys boxing, and Bunch just kept unloading with a hard right cross, over and over again. He eventually pressured Warren against the fence, he unloaded with some big punches, Warren sort of turtled up, and the fight was stopped. Warren was complaining after the fight that he couldn't feel his hand, and it seemed like maybe there was a neck injury, or a broken collarbone or something along those lines. That's a big win for Shawn Bunch though.
88.2
TKO
(Corner Stoppage)
5:00
      Morris awkwardly shot for an early takedown, Schilling stuffed the shot, pinned Morris against the fence, unloaded with some brutal punches, and Morris was already bleeding 30 seconds into the opening round. They stood up, and Schilling continued to smash Morris with heavy elbows, and hard shots, while Morris looked like he was dealing with an injured right shoulder or something. Schilling dropped Morris with a short left elbow, wrestled the shit out of him, and continued to smash him on the ground with hard strikes. You could argue that was a 10-8 round for Schilling, and Morris's corner agreed, as they stopped the fight before the second round could start. Congrats to Schilling for the one-sided performance.
88.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first half of the opening round featured some awkward striking from both guys, and then Weichel took down Yamauchi, but couldn't hold him down at all. I would say Yamauchi won most of the striking exchanges, so I'm giving that first round to Yamauchi.
     The second round was another round of kickboxing, with a lot of strikes going back & forth, but I don't know if either fighter won that round by a comfortable margin. I have this fight scored 20-19 in favor of Yamauchi going into the final round.
     The final round was another round of back & forth striking. Weichel punched Yamauchi in the dick halfway through the round. An overhand right to the dick? That's a new one. The round eventually ended with Yamauchi trying to setup a front choke of some sort, and turning that into a takedown. I scored this fight 30-28 for Goiti Yamauchi, and two judges basically agreed, giving him the split-decision victory. I have no idea how Weichel won all 3 rounds on the other scorecard though. Congrats to Yamauchi for the big win.
87.8
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:48
      These guys threw a few strikes, and then Ruiz shot for a takedown 10 seconds into the opening round, but failed miserably. Young clinched, hit him a few times, and then reset to create some distance. Young landed some knees from the clinch, and some elbows to the side of Ruiz's head whenever he'd shoot for takedowns. He smashed Ruiz with some big punches & knees 3 minutes into the round, causing Ruiz to collapse to the ground. Young sprawled over the top of him, spun around to take his back, punched Ruiz in the head a few times, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission in the first round. That was a solid performance by Young, but I honestly don't know why Anthony Ruiz is still fighting. He's now 1-5 in the past 4 years, and the one guy that he beat, has a record of 7-11. Congrats to Young, but I hope Ruiz retires soon.
88.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Honeycutt started this fight with an early takedown attempt. He finally took down Steenis 90 seconds into the opening round, and wrestled with him for a few seconds, but Steenis quickly scrambled back to his feet. Honeycutt scored another takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, but Steenis scrambled back to his feet again, and then scored a takedown of his own. Most of the first round was basically just a grappling match, where neither fighter could control the other fighter. Honeycutt finished the round with a takedown, so I'm giving the round to Honeycutt.
     The second round was more of the same, but Honeycutt was a little more successful with his wrestling this time around, as he held Steenis down for a good portion of the round, while pounding on him with punches & knees from a variety of top positions. The first round was close, and could maybe go either way, but the second round definitely goes to Honeycutt.
     Steenis threw some big punches & kicks to start the final round, clearly wanting to keep the fight standing, instead of messing with the wrestling shit. He then knocked down Honeycutt, and then jumped on him to work some ground & pound, and basically spent most of the round on top, beating up Honeycutt. Honeycutt took control late in the round, and finished strong with his wrestling, so you could ARGUE that the fight goes to Honeycutt, 30-27. I guess this fight will come down to the way you scored the first round, and maybe the final round. I scored this fight 29-28 for Honeycutt. Two judges disagreed, giving Steenis the split-decision victory.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      Spoon started strong, but Archuleta quickly got him under control a minute into the round, and slammed him down, and started grappling the shit out of him with a tight clinch against the fence. Round one goes to Archuleta for controlling the last half of the round.
     Archuleta continued to beat the shit out of Spoon with big punch combinations to start the second round, and then he took him down, and continued to smash his face in with big punches & elbows while keeping him pinned against the fence. That was a 10-8 round for Archuleta.
     Archuleta dropped Spoon again, a minute into the final round, and then he jumped on him, and continued to destroy him with his ground & pound. Spoon eventually got back up, only to get taken down again. You could argue that's another 10-8 round for Archuleta, leading to a possible 30-25, but I scored it 30-26, and all 3 judges basically agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      The first round was basically a boxing match with Williams moving forward the entire time, stalking Ellen, while Ellen ran around the outside edge of the cage. Round one goes to Williams, based mostly on forward movement.
     The second round started the same way, with Williams moving forward, controlling the center of the cage, and chipping away at Ellen with strikes. Ellen got aggressive though, halfway through the round, and scored a takedown with a minute left in the second round. Even on the ground though, I thought Williams was more aggressive with her elbows from her guard. I have Williams ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but you could make an argument for Ellen winning the second round.
     Ellen tried to get her groove going in the final round, but Williams just seemed to be a little bit better at striking, a little better at grappling, and a little more aggressive overall. In the end, I scored this fight 30-27 for Kristina Williams, and all 3 judges agreed, with only one judge giving a single round to Ellen. Congrats to Williams for the solid unanimous decision victory.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      Vasconcelos started the first round by clinching and pressing Rickels against the fence. Rickels reset 30 seconds into the round, and turned it into a kickboxing match. They both started hammering each other with bombs halfway through the first round, and shit started to get kind of crazy. Vasconcelos finally scored a takedown with 2 minutes left in the round. Rickels scrambled back to his feet with 90 seconds left, and they went back to boxing with each other. The first round could really go either way. Rickels probably won the striking exchanges, and Vasconcelos won the grappling. Since most of the round took place on the feet, I guess I'll give it to Rickels.
     The second round was another round of wild boxing, with Rickels winning most of the boxing exchanges, while Vasconcelos kept digging for takedowns, and failing. Vasconcelos scored another takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, and he was able to hold Rickels down for the rest of the round. That might have been enough to steal the round for Vasconcelos. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round. I'm leaning slightly in favor of Rickels so far though.
     The final round was another wet round of boxing, with Rickels working his magic, and then Vasconcelos took him down again with 2 minutes left in the round. This fight is going to be hard to score, because I think each fighter technically won half of each round. Vasconcelos finished the last two rounds in control, so I wouldn't be shocked if the judges gave the fight to him. All 3 judges gave the unanimous decision victory to David Rickels.
89.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:32
      This fight started slowly, with Salter controlling the center of the cage, while Njokuani circled around the outside. Salter shot for a takedown halfway through the opening round, and Njokuani popped back up almost immediately. Salter slowly pulled him to the ground again, and settled into half mount. Salter threw a few punches, Njokuani gave up his back, Salter immediately slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission with 28 seconds left in the opening round. That's a solid win for John Salter.
OVERALL 89.8
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