100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (28 Total):
1. Marcin Held - 93.6
2. Michael Page - 92.7
3. Mike Wessel - 92.7
4. Ben Brewer - 92.4
5. Cheick Kongo - 92.2
6. Codie Shuffield - 91.9
7. Fabricio de Assis Costa da Silva - 91.8
8. Brian Hall - 91.3
9. Austin Lyons - 90.7
10. Will Brooks - 90.7
Bellator 120: Rampage vs. King Mo
Location: Southaven, Mississippi
Elevation: 308'
-Fight of the Night-
Ben Brewer vs. Andy Uhrich
Fighters & Matches 88.8
Top 10 Fighters 92.0
TOTAL 90.4
     The first round started kind of slowly, but Hall eventually knocked down Phelia, he beat the shit out of him on the ground, they stood back up, Hall rocked Phelia again, and continued to beat the shit out of him until the end of the round. The first round clearly goes to Brian Hall.
     Phelia threw a few jabs to start the second round, and then he took down Hall, slapped on an armbar, transitioned to a triangle choke, Hall scrambled out of it, they traded a few strikes, the round was competitive, but by the end of the round, Phelia was clearly pulling ahead. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round st arted with Hall punching Phelia in the liver, he dropped him, Hall pounced on him, unloaded with some big punches, and the referee was forced to stop the fight 24 seconds into the final round. That was a good fight, and a really strong performance by Brian Hall.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      These guys both came out swinging, they landed some hard strikes from inside the clinch, Shuffield eventually took Lemon to the ground, but he wasn't able to hold him down for long. Shuffield ended up scoring another takedown, beat up Lemon with some elbows on the ground, and then they stood back up a few seconds before the buzzer sounded. Round one goes to Shuffield.
      Shuffield started the second round with another takedown, and he landed inside Lemon's guard. He threw a few strikes, passed to side control, Lemon gave up his back, Shuffield with for the choke, Lemon rolled to his back, so Shuffield beat him up from full mount, Lemon gave up his back again, Shuffield finally locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission around the halfway mark of the second round. That was a solid performance by Codie Shuffield.
      This was a pretty good fight, with one of those Teacher (Uhrich) vs. Student (Brewer) moments, where Uhrich started strong, taking Brewer to the ground and dominating him with his "man strength" for the majority of the first round, but Brewer was able to get back to his feet and rock Uhrich with punches at the end of the round. The second round pretty much went the same way, but it ended a lot quicker, with Brewer knocking Uhrich the fuck out about halfway through the second round. Great win for Ben Brewer.
      This was a decent heavyweight fight, between two big thick dudes, who looked like they wanted to slug it out for the most part, eventually ending with Wessel in top position, raining down big (but short) punches, forcing the referee to eventually stop the fight. I didn't really care too much who won this fight, but I was sort of cheering for Wessel, mostly because he has cooler tattoos, and I remember seeing him fight once in the UFC a long time ago.
Technical Decision
      This fight was a little bit awkward for me, because apparently both guys are friends, and they both sort of look the same, so from a distance, it was difficult to tell which guy was which (other than keeping an eye on the color of the shorts). With that being said, I thought Austin Lyons pretty much won all 3 rounds, he landed more strikes, controlled more of the grappling exchanges, and overall, Underwood just didn't mount any noteworthy offense. After kicking Underwood's ass for 13 minutes, Lyons threw a flying knee to the head of Underwood, while Underwood was clearly on the ground, so the fight was stopped due to the illegal knee. Luckily, he wasn't disqualified, since it was considered accidental, so Lyons walks away with the unanimous decision, 30-27. Decent fight, just a little weird, and I'm glad it's over.
      I wasn't really into this fight at all. The first round was close, but I gave it to Yamauchi due to the solid punches he threw at the end of the round. Yamauchi dominated Richman in the second round, with more hard punches, and better grappling control. The third round, I guess I would give to Richman, for securing a takedown, and laying in Yamauchi's guard for most of the round. So I scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Yamauchi, and all 3 judges agreed, giving Yamauchi the unanimous decision victory.
      This fight started a lot slower than I would have liked, with both guys throwing single punches, and single kicks. Eventually, they closed the distance, Fabricio proved to be the better grappler, as Shahbulat tried to grab his leg, and failed, getting hammed with big elbows to the side of the head, eventually getting finished by a hard kimura. Good submission victory for Fabricio de Assis Costa da Silva.
      I've never heard of Marcin Held before, but this dude has some pretty high level Jiu-Jitsu skills. Jolly looked aggressive, he looked strong, he looked like he potentially had some solid ground & pound, but the really had no business going to the ground with Held, because he got ABSOLUTELY DOMINATED by Held's Jiu-Jitsu skills, and eventually was finished by a tight armbar. Pretty awesome performance by Marcin Held.
(Knees & Punches)
      This fight was almost embarrassing for Cheick Kongo, almost getting finished in the first round by some dude I've never heard of. BUT! After taking an ass beating, Kongo was able to out-cardio Smith, almost finishing him by the end of the first round, so I ended up scoring the first round as a draw. The second round was all Kongo, throwing kicks, knees, punches, and he even out-wrestled Smith, eventually finishing him with some big knees & punches up against the cage. Good win for Kongo.
      That was a fun fight, I enjoyed watching that one. Michael Page did the whole "Anderson Silva dancing around, fucking with his opponent" routine, and he pretty much made Rainey look foolish, and then knocked him out with a big right hand. I really thought Rainey would get pissed and end up knocking out Page, but Page's movement was actually REALLY good. He even spent half the fight staring off into space, looking at the audience, away from Rainey, it was really weird, and really entertaining.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Meh, this fight didn't do anything for me. Blagoi looked out of shape, and Volkov started way too slow, so the fact that he earned a title rematch with this fight, I can't help but NOT be interested in Bellator at the moment. I gave the first round to Blagoi for pinning Volkov against the cage in the clinch for most of the round. The second round looked like more of the same, until Blagoi went for a takedown, Volkov somehow ended up on Blagoi's back after the horrible takedown attempt, and he made him submit quickly with the rear-naked choke. This is not a Heavyweight division that I have any interest in, if these guys are title contenders.
Technical Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
      What the fuck was that? Tito looked like he was walking through mud in this fight, I've never seen a clunkier looking fighter. Alexander Shlemenko has no business EVER fighting at 205, that was fucking ridiculous. Tito looked like Emmanuel Yarborough out there against this dude. That was the most nonsense ass bullshit fight I've ever seen. Tito comes back from retirement, to fight a dude that should be 2 weight classes below him? And then cuts a pro wrestling promo after winning a sloppy, boring ass submission victory? That was just fucking bizarre, and I feel this does more to damage the reputation of Shlemenko, than it does to benefit the reputation of Tito. Why did this fight happen? I hate myself for watching this event, and getting hyped at all to see this fight. They both threw a couple of light strikes, the clinched, sort of, Tito got on Shlemenko's back for a few seconds, eventually flipped him over, laid on him, and put him to sleep with a ridiculous arm-triangle choke. Blah...
      This fight was pretty damned good. It sort of sucks because I wasn't familiar with either of these fighters, not being a fan of Bellator myself, but they both definitely gave it their all, it was a 25 minute war, Chandler won the first two rounds (but they were close), he got DOMINATED in the third round by Brooks, the fourth round was close, but I gave it to Brooks, and the fifth round was pretty close, but I gave it to Chandler. So overall, I guess I'd give it to Chandler based on the way you're supposed to score these things, but if you base the scoring on "Which fighter would I rather be at the end of the fight?", then I'd definitely give it to Brooks, because he looked happy & ready to go, and Chandler's face was ALL fucked up. So yeah, close fight, but I'm glad Brooks won, I thought he deserved it.
      Well, I guess to be honest, this fight went about as expected. I WANTED to believe this fight would be amazing, explosive, and really brutal. Instead, Rampage looked tired, King Mo took him down repeatedly, clearly won the first round, the next two rounds were close, but I gave them both to Rampage SLIGHTLY, because he landed more strikes and did more damage, even though his wrestling defense looked awful. But yeah, to be honest, I thought this fight was kind of lame, especially for the main event of a pay per view. It'll have to take something pretty spectacular to get me to come back and review another Bellator event in the near future. It wasn't a BAD event, it just felt a little too much like TNA Wrestling. Sort of that "lower end" backyard brawl sort of vibe. I'm glad this event is over now.