(1/26/2019)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (30 Total):
1. Henry Corrales - 93.4
2. Ryan Bader - 93.4
3. Weber Almeida - 92.8
4. Desmond Torres - 91.8
5. Jake Hager - 91.7
6. Jay-Jay Wilson - 91.7
7. Adel Altamimi - 91.4
8. Arturo Rivas - 91.4
9. Ryan Lilley - 90.8
10. Thor Skancke - 90.2
Bellator 214: Fedor vs. Bader
Location: Inglewood, California
Elevation: 1,309'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Ryan Bader vs. Fedor Emelianenko
91.2
Fighters & Matches 87.2
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 89.6
N/A
TKO
(Strikes)
0:00
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Strikes)
0:00
(Unaired)
88.3
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
4:21
      Torres was off to an early start, landing some leg kicks & punches that left Ramirez looking a bit uncomfortable. They clinched 90 seconds into the round, and then Torres took Ramirez to the ground, or Ramirez pulled guard, I'm not sure which. Torres threw a few strikes on the ground, and then Ramirez caught him in a guillotine choke, but Torres did a good job escaping that with 90 seconds left to work. He passed to half mount, landed some more punches, cut him with an elbow, passed to full mount, slapped on an arm-triangle choke, passed to the side, cranked, and finished the fight by submission with around 30 seconds left in the opening round. That was a solid Bellator debut for Desmond Torres.
83.4
Decision
15:00
      Plaskett shot for an early takedown against the fence, Butler did a decent job staying on his feet, and then Butler clipped Plaskett with a knee to the groin which brought the fight to a brief pause. When they started back up, Butler shot for a takedown against the fence, Plaskett did a good job defending, and then he reversed control of the wrestling, and finally secured a takedown of his own with 2 minutes left in the round, and he spent the rest of the round on top. Round one was mostly a stalemate that should end up going to Plaskett.
     Butler started the second round with a takedown attempt, failed, and Plaskett ended up on top. Plaskett spent the rest of the round on top, throwing short punches, and basically just smothering Butler. The final round started with some random strikes being thrown back & forth, and then Plaskett's cup randomly fell out of his shorts. When the fight started back up, Plaskett continued to pick apart Butler with strikes, and then he took him down against the fence 2 minutes into the round. Butler looked exhausted. I scored this fight 30-27 for Craig Plaskett, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the somewhat lackluster unanimous decision victory.
87.8
KO
(Head Kick)
1:03
      These guys chipped away with a few light strikes going both ways for a minute or so, and then Lilley blasted Barnes with a clean right head kick, that knocked him down, he punched him a few times on the ground while standing above him, and the referee stopped the fight. That was a great first round KO finish by Ryan Lilley in his Bellator debut.
86.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:31
      Wilson threw some leg kicks, and then shot for a single leg takedown 20 seconds into the opening round, couldn't get it, so reset, clinched, and then after a brief clinch against the fence, Wilson finally dumped Beneke to the ground, taking his back in the process. He threw a few punches, slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished Beneke 90 seconds into the first round. That was a solid performance by Jay-Jay Wilson.
86.9
TKO
(Punches & Knees)
4:30
      These guys traded some random strikes, and then Rivas took down Johnson a minute into the opening round, and started riding his back, while Johnson tried to get back to his feet. Rivas went for a rear-naked choke halfway through the round, and it looked kind of tight, but Johnson was able to scramble out after a few seconds, but Rivas did a good job staying behind Johnson whenever he tried to get back to his feet. Rivas eventually unloaded with some big punches & knees while Johnson was sort of turtled up against the fence, and the referee had finally seen enough, so he stopped the fight with 30 seconds left in the first round. That was a really strong performance by Arturo Rivas. That might have been a bad stoppage, as Johnson said he was fine and got back up immediately, but whatever. Congrats to Rivas for winning his Bellator debut.
88.3
KO
(Head Kick & Punch)
3:04
      These guys both met in the center of the cage and started working some fancy striking. Ruiz has a tight boxing style, while Almeida looks a lot like a 137 pound Lyoto Machida. They both landed some decent shots, but for the most part, Almeida looked like he was in control of the fight. He then landed a slick combination of strikes, including a head kick followed by a big punch that caused Ruiz to collapse, ending the fight around the 3 minute mark of the opening round. Weber Almeida is someone to keep an eye on, his striking is slick!
83.2
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys started the first round trading some ineffective looking strikes, and then Roberts sort of tried to take Agazarm down, Agazarm gladly pulled guard, and then they just laid there for a few seconds before getting back up and resetting. The round ended with Agazarm working to setup a submission while mounting the back of Roberts against the fence, so I thought that was enough to give the round to Agazarm. Neither fighter did much actual damage though.
     The second round mostly consisted of a clinching stalemate against the fence, where Agazarm was digging for a takedown, with little to no actual progress. I'm going to say Agazarm is ahead 20-18 going into the final round, based mostly on forward movement, but neither fighter has really done enough to take a significant lead yet. Agazarm slapped on a rear-naked choke in the final minute of the second round, so yeah, he should be ahead 20-18 at this point.
     The final round was mostly an awkward boxing match, between two guys without much boxing experience (based on their performance, I actually don't have any idea who these guys are, since they're both making their MMA debuts here). Agazarm should win this fight, but I hate his hair, so I don't really care who wins. Two judges gave the split-decision victory to Roberts for some reason, which I think is funny, but I don't agree at all with that decision.
86.9
Technical Submission
(North-South Choke)
4:26
      These guys traded some random strikes, and then Skancke scored a takedown 2 minutes into the opening round. Skancke was mostly just smothering Merritt while working short strikes, and then he pass to a North-South choke, which he used to put Merritt to sleep. That was a decent performance by Skancke, even though it was kind of slow. The ending was cool though.
87.3
Submission
(Armbar)
1:16
      These guys traded a few strikes, Altamimi landed a head kick, and then McMahan quickly clinched and pressed him against the fence. Altamimi threw some heel kicks to the thight of McMahan, and then Altamimi sort of setup a Kimura from the clinch, they rolled around, and Altamimi switched to an armbar, and finished the fight by submission in under 90 seconds. That was a fantastic Bellator debut for Adel Altamimi.
86.9
Decision
15:00
      Archuleta grabbed Bandejas and threw him to the ground 20 seconds into the opening round, Bandejas popped back up, but Archuleta continued to aggressively clinch with Bandejas's back against the fence. They reset 90 seconds into the round. They spent the rest of the round casually boxing with each other. Round one goes to Archuleta.
     Archuleta continued to pick apart Bandejas with his boxing in the second round, while circling around the outside. Bandejas did a good job controlling the center of the cage, but he wasn't really doing anything offensive, so I have Archuleta ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had Archuleta aggressively working for takedowns & back control from the clinch. Bandejas landed some big strikes in the final round though, and when stuffing shots, he landed some hard elbows to the side of Archuleta's head while stuffing his shots. I gave the last round to Bandejas, but the fight was 29-28 across the board, giving Archuleta the unanimous decision victory.
86.7
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
2:09
      Hager clinched and then took down Kiser 30 seconds into the opening round. He mostly just kind of smothered him, while working some short punches, and then he locked on an arm-triangle from half mount 2 minutes into the round, and then Kiser tapped out. That was a solid one-sided performance by Jake Hager in his MMA debut.
90.4
KO
(Punches)
1:07
      Corrales threw an inside leg kick, Pico threw some jabs, they both landed some solid shots, and then Pico dropped Corrales with a big uppercut, Pico went in for the kill, Corrales recovered quickly, fired back with some punches, and then he knocked Pico the fuck out with a brutal right hook. That's a huge win for Henry Corrales.
91.2
TKO
(Punches)
0:35
      Bader was bouncing around a lot, nothing really happened in the first 30 seconds, and then Bader dropped Fedor with a massive left hand, followed by some punches on the ground, and Fedor was out. That's a huge win for Ryan Bader, as he wins the Heavyweight Tournament, and now he's also a Bellator 2-Division Champion. I miss Pride, but yeah... Fedor got smashed here.
OVERALL 89.6
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