100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Michael Chandler - 92.4
2. Toby Misech - 92.3
3. A.J. McKee - 91.8
4. Tywan Claxton - 91.4
5. Javy Ayala - 91.3
6. Sam Sicilia - 90.5
7. Derek Campos - 90.5
8. Chris Avila - 90.4
9. Robson Gracie Jr. - 90.3
10. Juliana Velasquez - 89.7
Bellator 212: Primus vs. Candler 2
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Elevation: 19'
-Fight of the Night-
Michael Chandler vs. Brent Primus
Fighters & Matches 88.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.1
TOTAL 89.8
(Rear-Naked Choke)
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      These guys traded a few strikes, with Avila moving forward, while Pieper looked like he was waiting to counter something. Avila took him down 2 minutes into the opening round, and pinned him against the fence. He eventually took his back as Pieper tried to get back to his feet. He pulled him down, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission. That's the first time I've ever seen Chris Avila win a fight (and it's the fourth time I've seen him fight).
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      These guys traded a few jabs, and then Gracie clinched 90 seconds into the opening round, and pressed Bolohao against the fence. Nothing was happening, so the referee reset them with 2 minutes left in the round. They threw a few more strikes, Gracie tried to pull guard, they stood back up, and then he scored a takedown to finish the round. The first round goes to Gracie.
     They traded some amateur quality punches & leg kicks to start the second round, and then Gracie tried to pull guard again, but it didn't work. They continued to circle each other awkwardly, while throwing low volume strikes at each other, and then Gracie shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the second round. He pounded on Bolohao with punches to the head, took his back, slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission with a minute left in the second round.
      Meyer came out swinging, and then Claxton took him down 30 seconds into the opening round, pinning him against the fence. He threw some punches and knees, while continuing to grind Meyer against the fence. He opened up with some big elbows halfway through the round, followed those up with some big hammerfists, and the fight was stopped. That was a solid one-sided beating delivered by Tywan Claxton.
(Flying Knee & Punches)
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Thommes clinched and pressed Misech against the fence. I'm not 100% sure what happened, but somehow a cut opened up on the right eye of Thommes, and his head started POURING blood all over Misech's leg and foot, as Thommes continued to clinch and press him against the fence. Misech continued to DESTROY Thommes with hard elbows, causing Thommes to give up the clinch. Thommes then shot for a takedown, but Misech stuffed the shot without much effort. They split up, and Misech unloaded with some BRUTAL punch combinations. Thommes seemed lost in there, as Misech was creeping toward a possible 10-8 round due to the amount of damage he caused on the right eye of Thommes.
     The second round was more of the same, with Thommes pressing Misech against the fence, while Misech beat his ass with sharp strikes. Misech should be destroying Thommes on the scorecards going into the final round. Thommes's right eye looks like it's about to fall out. The final round started the same way, with Thommes clinching, and Misech beating him up with strikes. Misech looked like he was starting to slow down a bit, but he was still kicking Thommes's ass. Misech blasted him with a big left hand, followed by a flying knee, punched him a few times on the ground, and the fight was stopped. That was a fantastic performance by Toby Misech.
      Sicilia came out swinging, and dropped Campos early, but let him back up. Sicilia continued to throw bombs, while Campos was trying to figure out the best way to create some distance. Sicilia slowed down a bit halfway through the round, which gave Campos some chances to throw some strikes, but with a minute left in the round, Sicilia unloaded again, securing the round on the scorecards for Sam Sicilia.
     Sicilia was still winging bombs at Campos to start the second round. Campos started working his clinching game halfway through the round, and that was enough to slow down Sicilia for a little while, and then he took him to the ground with 90 seconds left in the round. Campos finished the round on top, throwing punches. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Campos grabbed Sicilia and yanked him to the ground to start the final round, but he wasn't able to hold him down at all. Sicilia popped back up, and went back to boxing. Campos scored a wild takedown in the final 20 seconds, and pounded on Sicilia with big punches, which might be enough to steal the round for Campos. I would probably score this fight 29-28 for Campos. Two judges disagreed, giving Sicilia the split-decision victory.
      Lara started the first round by circling around the outside while working her slick kicks. Velasquez appears to be stronger in the clinch, but Lara was doing a better job landing strikes from the outside. I'm giving that first round to Lara.
     They traded a few strikes to start the second round, and then Velasquez scored a takedown 90 seconds into the round, but she wasn't able to hold Lara down for long. When they stood back up, Velasquez kept moving forward, and then she scored another takedown with 90 seconds left in the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Velasquez continued to push the pace in the final round, moving forward almost the entire time, and when they clinched, she was able to overpower Lara for the most part. Lara rolled for a heel hook halfway through the round, but that just allowed Velasquez to sit up and punch her in the face repeatedly. This was a close fight, but I scored it 29-28 for Velasquez, and two judges agreed, giving her the split-decision victory.
(Anaconda Choke)
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then McKee shot for a takedown a minute into the opening round, but Crawford stuffed his shot against the fence. They were in a stalemate against the fence until McKee finally dumped Crawford to the ground halfway through the round. McKee threw some punches, Crawford tried to setup a leg lock, McKee quickly spun around, locked on an anaconda choke, and finished the fight by submission. McKee continues to build the longest winning streak in Bellator history, and he remains undefeated overall.
      These guys traded a few random strikes, they clinched 90 seconds into the round, and Mir threw Ayala to the ground, landing on top in half mount near the fence. Mir threw some short punches to Ayala's body before working to setup some arm locks from side control. Ayala stood back up with a minute left in the round. Mir scored another takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, securing the first round for Frank Mir.
      Mir started the second round with another quick takedown, but he wasn't able to hold Ayala down for very long. They stood back up, battled inside the clinch for a while, and Mir's left eye was bleeding all over the place. Mir struggled for another takedown attempt, and Ayala sprawled over the top of him, and unloaded with some big punches. They clinched, and Ayala beat the shit out of Mir while keeping him pressed against the fence. Mir blasted him with a big knee, unloaded with some wild punches, and then went for another takedown, but Ayala stuffed the shot again, and took control of the clinch with 90 seconds left in the round. Ayala landed a LOT of punches, Mir's face was a bloody mess, Mir was clearly having issues, and he tapped out, apparently due to a broken mouth. That's a hell of a win for Javy Ayala.
      Primus started this fight with a series of kicks, including some nice high kicks, but he looked REALLY nervous, in the way that would make you expect an adrenaline dump sooner than later. Primus then nearly knocked out Primus with some big punches 90 seconds into the opening round, but Primus was able to recover enough to sort of pull guard as Chandler rushed him. Chandler worked some ground & pound, and Primus was mostly just trying to control his posture to buy himself some time to recover. Primus started that round looking ok, but he got mauled 90 seconds into it, and then Chandler finished strong, so you could maybe argue that was a 10-8 round for the heavy favorite (and challenger) Michael Chandler.
     They both traded some hard punches to start the second round, mostly jabs, with Primus using his reach to pick apart Chandler. He then rocked the shit out of Chandler, unloaded with some big punches, dropped him and took his back 90 seconds into the round, locked on a rear-naked choke, and then Chandler spun out of it and ended up on top inside Primus's guard. Chandler threw some big punches while standing above Primus, he tried to pass his guard, and then Primus pulled him back into his guard. Chandler did some serious damage, lumping up the forehead of Primus with some big shots, and finished the round strong again. Primus looked like he was going to finish the fight, and then Chandler ripped that shit away from him and stole the round. I have Chandler ahead 20-17 going into the third round.
     They traded some strikes to start the third round, Primus rushed forward with some big shots a minute into the round, but Chandler fought back, and was able to reset. Chandler then scored a takedown 90 seconds into the round, and pinned Primus against the fence again. Primus kicked out, almost stood back up with a minute left in the round, and then rolled for a leg lock instead, but Chandler just fell back into his guard again, and continued to chip away with some solid ground & pound. Chandler is running away with this fight on the scorecards, and Primus is going to need a finish in the last two rounds if he wants to win this fight.
     Primus landed some big shots to start the fourth round, and then Chandler took him down 40 seconds into the round, pinning him in the center of the cage. Primus kept looking for things from his guard, but I'll be shocked if he can catch a slippery Chandler with any submissions from his guard at this point in the fight. Chandler continued to grind on him for the duration of the round, mostly just controlling him on the ground, without really doing much additional damage. Chandler is looking at a clean sweep here, unless Primus can work something magical in the final round.
     Primus threw a handful of strikes, and then Chandler took him down 30 seconds into the final round, and the crowd immediately started to boo. Primus came close to securing an omoplata, but Chandler was able to slip his arm free, reset in Primus's guard, and he went back to throwing short punches. Primus kept looking for the omoplata, but it was pretty clear he wasn't going to get it, so I'm not sure what happened to Plan B. Primus finally kicked out and stood back up with 45 seconds left in the fight, and Chandler took him back down IMMEDIATELY. Congrats to Michael Chandler, the new Bellator Lightweight Champion.