(12/21/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Juan Puerta - 92.2
2. Liu Mengyu - 91.8
3. Rafael Fiziev - 91.7
4. Ruslan Khamzayev - 91.4
5. Michael Graves - 90.8
6. Farid Alibabazade - 90.7
7. Alexander Poppeck - 89.8
8. Herbert Burns - 89.4
9. Martin Brown - 89.2
10. Nills van Noord - 88.4
Titan FC 51: Nazarov vs. Brown
Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Elevation: 2,598'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Juan Puerta vs. Kazbek Ashimov
89.2
Fighters & Matches 87.1
Top 10 Fighters 90.5
TOTAL 88.8
87.2
Submission
(Armbar)
1:56
     Syrym threw a punch, and then Mengyu took him down 30 seconds into the opening round, and pinned him against the fence. Syrym tried to catch him with a guillotine, but Mengyu was able to pull his head free, before passing to side control. Syrym ended up on top, Mengyu caught him in a loose triangle, switched to an armbar, and finished the fight by submission 2 minutes into the opening round. That was a solid MMA debut for Liu Mengyu.
86.4
Decision
15:00
      Beysenkhanov came out throwing bombs, but Alibabazade quickly clinched to slow the action down, but Beysenkhanov broke free and took him down against the fence 45 seconds into the opening round. Alibabazade quickly popped back up, and then scored a takedown of his own 90 seconds into the round. He worked a little ground & pound, and then Beysenkhanov rolled for a leg lock, and used that to sweep Alibabazade halfway through the round. Alibabazade scrambled back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the round, and then scored a takedown, finishing the round on top. That was a close round that could go either way. I guess I would score it slightly for Alibabazade based on the fact that he finished the round in control.
     Beysenkhanov came out throwing wild strikes again to start the second round, and then Alibabazade quickly took him down and pinned him against the fence. He took his back with 2 minutes left to work, he locked on a rear-naked choke, and it looked tight, but he gave it up for some reason, in favor of punching Beysenkhanov in the side of the head. The first round was kind of close, but the second round was 100% Alibabazade.
     Alibabazade scored a takedown 30 seconds into the final round, and continued to wrestle the shit out of Beysenkhanov for the duration of the round, leading to a pretty clear cut 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Farid Alibabazade.
86.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:32
      Khamzayev scored a takedown 45 seconds into the opening round, he threw Pesterev around a little bit while clinching with his back, he slammed him at the one minute mark, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission 90 seconds into the first round. That was a solid performance by Ruslan Khamzayev.
86.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The fight started with Noord scoring a takedown 30 seconds into the opening round. Poppeck wrestled his way into top control 90 seconds into the round, and pinned Noord against the fence. Poppeck threw a few short strikes, and then Noord scrambled back to his feet halfway through the round. They traded a few strikes, and then clinched for a few seconds, before Poppeck scored a takedown with a minute left in the round. He finished strong with some big punches, so round one should go pretty clearly to Poppeck.
     The second round started with 30 seconds of boxing, and then they clinched for 30 seconds, and then Noord scored a takedown. Noord did a good job keeping Poppeck pinned for most of the round, chipping away with short strikes, before Poppeck got back to his feet with a minute left, which he used to fire back a few solid shots before Noord took him down again. The second round goes to Noord, and I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Noord scored another takedown early in the third round. He settled into side control, and tried to set something up, but Poppeck was able to get back to his feet 2 minutes into the round, and then he threw Noord to the ground. Poppeck stayed on top until the end of the round, leading to a 29-28 win on my scorecard, and two judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory.
88.2
KO
(Body Kick)
8:59
      The first round had both guys bouncing around a lot, and they had a few solid exchanges, where Tutkaev was mostly throwing punches, while Fiziev was mixing in some interesting inside elbow strikes, where his hands were covering his face, but he was still attacking with his elbows while moving forward. He then took down Tutkaev late in the round, and that should be enough to secure the round for Rafael Fiziev.
     Fiziev beat up Tutkaev with some big punches & kicks in the second round. Tutkaev clinched for a while, but Fiziev broke free 2 minutes into the round, and went back to beating up Tutkaev with big strikes. Tutkaev then threw a headbutt. When the fight started back up, Fiziev went back to chewing up Tutkaev's lead leg with hard inside leg kicks. Tutkaev kept moving forward, he was trying to land big punches, and then he shot for a takeadown with 90 seconds left in the round, but Fiziev was able to stuff the shot. He then dropped Tutkaev with a hard kick to the body, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was a solid performance by Rafael Fiziev.
87.4
Decision
15:00
      Graves took down Ellis 30 seconds into the opening round, and pinned him near the fence. He eventually passed to full mount, and then unloaded with big punches & elbows, basically beating up Ellis for the duration of the round. Round one clearly goes to Graves.
     The second round mostly had both guys clinching with each other, until Graves took down Ellis with 2 minutes left in the round. He pinned him against the fence again, and went back to beating him up with short strikes. Graves is ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round was similar to the second, with Graves clinching, and then he took down Ellis halfway through the round, mounted him, and beat him up with punches until the end of the round. This was a good one-sided performance by Michael Graves.
86.3
Submission
(Triangle Armbar)
7:35
      These guys spent most of the first round circling around each other, with Nurseit throwing single strikes, and Burns was looking to counter, but he wasn't throwing any actual offense. Round one goes to Nurseit, just for staying active.
     They continued to circle each other in the second round, with Nurseit still pumping a lot of jabs, and then Burns sort of pulled guard, slapped on a triangle, Nurseit tried to slam his way to freedom, Burns cranked on an armbar, and finished the fight by submission. That was a slick finish for Herbert Burns after probably losing most of the fight.
89.2
Submission
(D'Arce Choke)
11:25
      These guys both scrambled for a takedown early in the first round, and Puerta took Ashimov's back a minute into the round. Puerta flattened out Ashimov, and battered him with punches. Round one clearly goes to Juan Puerta.
     Puerta took down Ashimov early in the second round again, and continued to absolutely dominate him on the ground with his wrestling. He mounted him near the fence, and unloaded with some big punches. Puerta has a significant lead going into the third round.
     Puerta took down Ashimov again in the third round, he slapped on a D'Arce choke, and finished the fight by submission early in the third round. That was a fantastic performance by Juan Puerta, the new Titan FC Flyweight Champion.
86.4
Decision
25:00
      Brown shot for a takedown a minute into the opening round, and pinned Nazarov against the fence with side control. Nazarov reversed him 30 seconds later, and then Brown scrambled back to his feet. Nazarov dumped Brown to the ground and then tried to take his back with a minute left in the round. They eventually stood back up and finished the round clinching. I'm giving that first round to Nazarov for controlling most of the grappling exchanges.
      The second round had Brown clinching, taking down Nazarov, and beating him up from a variety of positions. The third round was more of the same, until Brown hit Nazarov with an illegal knee to the face, which BARELY even did anything, so Nazarov milked the timeout for all it was worth. He tried to make it seem like he was hit by a truck. The referee took a point from Brown. I have this fight scored at 28-28 after three rounds.
      Nazarov put some effort into taking down Brown against the fence in the fourth round, but Brown was able to stay on his feet, and when they eventually hit the ground, Brown ended up on top. I have Brown winning 38-37 after four rounds. The final round was more of the same, with both guys digging for a takedown, and basically just hanging out in a stalemate from the clinch. I'm scored this fight for Brown, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory, as he becomes the Titan FC Lightweight Champion.
OVERALL 88.8
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