(12/15/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Liam McGeary - 92.3
2. Neiman Gracie - 91.8
3. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane - 91.7
4. Nainoa Dung - 91.3
5. Maki Pitolo - 90.9
6. Valerie Letourneau - 89.9
7. Lyoto Machida - 89.7
8. Dustin Barca - 89.5
9. Kai Kamaka III - 89.3
10. Rafael Carvalho - 89.3
Bellator 213: Macfarlane vs. Letourneau
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Elevation: 19'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Valerie Letourneau
91.3
Fighters & Matches 88.7
Top 10 Fighters 90.6
TOTAL 89.7
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
2:29
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
86.3
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Kamaka took down Miki 30 seconds into the opening round and pinned him against the fence. Miki tried to setup a guillotine choke, but he couldn't make anything happen with his loose half guard. They ended up with a stalemate for most of the round, with Kamaka on top, throwing short body punches, while Miki just tried to wrap him up. Round one goes to Kamaka, based entirely on top control.
     The second round started with Kamaka shooting for another takedown, which he secured 20 seconds into the round. Miki almost caught him with a Kimura on the way down, but Kamaka was able to avoid the submission without much effort. Kamaka chipped away with a few shoulder strikes to the jaw of Miki, while he continued to smother him in the center of the cage. The referee reset them halfway through the round. They traded a few punches & kicks, and then Kamaka scored another takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, and finished the round on top, taking a 20-18 lead going into the final round.
     Kamaka scored another takedown 25 seconds into the final round, and pinned Miki against the fence. Miki immediately started digging for a Kimura, and used that to sweep Kamaka 90 seconds into the round. The submission never came close to working, but it at least allowed Miki to settle into top control for a round. Miki won the final round, but Kamaka won the fight, with a 29-28 unanimous decision victory in his Bellator debut.
88.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
12:40
      The first round had both guys trading punches & leg kicks for a couple of minutes, and then Cisneros kicked Pitolo in the dick halfway through the round. He recovered quickly, and the fight continued. Cisneros rocked Pitolo with some big punches with 90 seconds left in the opening round, and he went in for the kill, but Pitolo was able to create just enough distance while shooting for bad takedowns, to avoid absorbing TOO MUCH damage. Round one goes to Cisneros.
     Pitolo came out aggressively boxing to start the second round, in an effort to make up for any points lost in the first round. Pitolo was basically mauling Cisneros with combinations, while Cisneros just looked like he was either tired, or just trying to weather the storm. They both looked exhausted halfway through the second round, but Pitolo was still moving forward, throwing as many punches as he could. Round two goes to Pitolo, and this fight is all tied up going into the final round. I'll be shocked if either fighter has any gas left at this point.
     The final round started with both guys swinging at each other, and then Pitolo took down Cisneros 45 seconds into the round. Pitolo dropped some elbows, Cisneros tried to scramble out of danger, and gave up his back instead, which allowed Pitolo to finish the fight with a rear-naked choke halfway through the final round.
86.2
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had both guys trading strikes at a moderate pace, and then Barca dropped Hopps with a hard kick to the dick with around a minute left in the round. It's not often that you see a groin shot that direct. The second round was another back & forth round of striking, with Hopps pushing the pace a little bit. This has been a close fight so far, so I'm assuming it's all tied up going into the final round. I don't really know which fighter won either round so far though.
     The final round had both guys trading a lot of leg kicks, and Barca was slowly chopping down Hopps. Barca clinched, and threw Hopps down with 3 minutes left in the fight. Hopps worked his way back to his feet 45 seconds later, only to get taken down by another big slam from Barca. The first two rounds were close, I thought the fight could go either way, but Barca clearly won the third round, so I scored the fight 29-28 for Dustin Barca. Two judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory. This fight was ok, but I doubt I'll remember either of these fighters tomorrow.
87.7
TKO
(Punches)
12:05
      Oliveira grabbed Dung and threw him to the ground 50 seconds into the opening round. He spent the rest of the round beating up Dung with punches on the ground from a variety of top positions while Dung tried to scramble out of danger using his guard. Round one goes to Oliveira based on his top control and ground & pound.
     Oliveira took down Dung early in the second round, and continued to beat him up, before setting up a possible north-south choke. Oliveira continued to beat up Dung from a variety of top positions, until Dung scrambled back to his feet halfway through the round. Dung then took down Oliveira, and beat him up until the end of the round, probably stealing the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     They started the final round boxing at a steady pace, both landing some big combinations. Dung looked like he was taking control on the feet, so Oliveira shot for a takedown, Dung reversed him on the way down and setup an Anaconda choke. He let that go and mounted Oliveira 2 minutes into the round, postured up, unloaded with some big punches, and the fight was stopped. That was a solid win for Nainoa Dung.
90.9
TKO
(Punches)
10:53
      McGeary threw a few long strikes, he was picking apart Lawal on the feet, and then Lawal took him down halfway through the round, but couldn't hold him down, so they reset, and went back to McGeary picking apart Lawal with his long ranged boxing. I'm giving that first round to McGeary.
     McGeary continued to beat the shit out of Lawal with his boxing and a lot of leg kicks in the second round, and it looked like he had him rocked a few times, but Lawal was given a chance to recover due to an accidental eye poke. Lawal shot for a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, McGeary stuffed the shot, and blasted him with a lengthy series of BRUTAL elbows to the side of his head. Lawal eventually completed the takedown, but he absorbed a ton of damage while mostly just wasting his energy. McGeary is ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     McGeary continued to beat up Lawal with his boxing to start the final round. Lawal just didn't seem into this fight at all, and McGeary looked sharp with his striking. McGeary dropped Lawal with some big punches and a head kick, he was going to do the walk off KO, but the referee was sort of slow to respond, so McGeary blasted Lawal with an uppercut on the ground, and that's all she wrote. That's a fantastic win for Liam McGeary.
89.8
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
17:17
      They pumped a few jabs, and then Ruth took down Gracie with a trip, and immediately found himself tied up in a triangle choke attempt. Ruth wrestled his way out of it 2 minutes into the round, and then he had Gracie stand back up to reset. They traded some punches, and then finished the round in a clinching stalemate. I'm giving that first round to Gracie, for holding that triangle for 90 seconds or so, even though Ruth was sort of pushing the pace during the rest of the round.
     The second round started with Ruth poking Gracie's left eye. Gracie shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, but Ruth quickly reversed him, and ended up on top. Gracie tried to setup a leg lock, and they both scrambled around wildly, until Ruth settled into Gracie's guard. Gracie setup an armbar with a minute left in the round, but Ruth was able to wrestle his way out of the submission. Gracie takes a 20-18 lead going into the third round.
     The third round was more of the same, with Ruth spending some time on top, while fending off armbar attempts from Gracie. For a guy that has spent nearly 3 full rounds on top, Ruth sure is losing this fight. Gracie scored a takedown 30 seconds into the fourth round, and quickly secured back control. He eventually locked on a rear-naked choke, and forced the submission halfway through the fourth round. That was a solid performance by Gracie, and it's the first loss on Ed Ruth's record. Gracie is moving on to the next round of the Bellator Welterweight Tournament.
88.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round started with Carvalho clinching and pressing Machida against the fence. Carvalho clipped him with a knee to the groin, and Machida's nose started bleeding. They split up halfway through the round, and traded some single strikes. Machida threw a kick, Carvalho caught it, took him down, Machida threw some strikes up from his guard, and then they reset back on their feet. Machida landed some solid strikes in the final 30 seconds, but I'm still going to give that round to Carvalho for controlling most of the round.
     Carvalho came out swinging to start the second round, and he basically beat the shit out of Machida, while chasing him around the cage. The first round was close, but I thought Carvalho pretty clearly won the second round. Machida tried to fire back with a few shots here & there, but for the most part, Carvalho ran over him in the second round. I have Carvalho ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Carvalho came out swinging again at the start of the final round. Machida scored a takedown a minute into the final round. Machida passed to full mount 2 minutes into the round, and basically just smothered Carvalho in the center of the cage. He really didn't do anything from mount at all, and then Carvalho scrambled back to his feet with 2 minutes left to work. They clinched, Carvalho pressed Machida up against the fence, and then he blasted him with a hard knee to the groin. When the fight started back up, Machida scored another takedown, and finished the round on top. Round 3 goes to Machida, but I scored this fight 29-28 for Carvalho. Two judges disagreed, giving Machida the split-decision victory.
91.3
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
13:19
      These girls danced around in the first round, while trading a lot of jabs and leg kicks. The first round was a close round of boxing, that could potentially go either way. Letourneau threw a few strikes to start the second round, and Macfarlane took her down almost immediately, but Letourneau wrapped her up quickly in her guard. Letourneau tried to setup a leg lock, and Macfarlane just sat on her face and dropped some elbows down at her. They stood back up 2 minutes into the round, and Letourneau pressed Macfarlane against the fence, and hit her with some short punches. They eventually split up, continued to box with each other, and I thought Letourneau pretty clearly won that round. The first round was close, but Letourneau clearly won the second round.
      Macfarlane shot for a takedown early in the third round, Letourneau did a decent job staying on her feet, but Macfarlane was finally able to drag her down 90 seconds into the round. They scrambled around for a few seconds, as Macfarlane tried to secure back control. She was looking for the rear-naked choke, she trapped Letourneau's arm, she switched to an armbar, and then a triangle choke, she threw some elbows up at Letourneau, and then won the fight by submission with around 90 seconds left in the third round. That was a fantastic victory for Macfarlane after probably losing the first two rounds.
OVERALL 89.7
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