(9/5/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Josh Diekmann - 92.6
2. Tamdan McCrory - 91.9
3. Bobby Lashley - 91.8
4. Rico DiSciullo - 91.7
5. Mike Mucitelli - 91.3
6. Cheick Kongo - 91.1
7. Steve Garcia - 91.0
8. Muhammed Lawal - 90.8
9. Dan Cramer - 90.7
10. Scott Cleve - 90.7
Bellator 123: Curran vs. Pitbull 2
Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
Elevation: 259'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Josh Diekmann vs. Mike Wessel
91.0
Fighters & Matches 88.6
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 90.0
87.8
Decision
15:00
     DiSciullo threw a few strikes, and then took down Maldonado a minute into the first round. Maldonado tried to stand up, DiSciullo slaughtered him with elbows to the body, and then Maldonado finally took top control 2 minutes into the round, but DiSciullo never stopped throwing those elbows. DiSciullo took top control again with a minute left in the round, and he beat up Maldonado against the fence until the end of the round. I scored the first round for DiSciullo.
     They clinched to start the second round, DiSciullo scored another takedown, and immediately started working his ground & pound against the fence, while Maldonado just flailed around on the ground. DiSciullo really beat the shit out of Maldonado in that second round, and it might have even been a 10-8 round for DiSciullo.
     Maldonado turned it up a few notches to start the third round, he took down DiSciullo a couple of times, he beat him up a little bit, and then with 2 minutes left in the round, DiSciullo took control again, and he continued to beat the shit out of Maldonado on the ground until the bell sounded. This fight should be a 30-26 for Rico DiSciullo, and all 3 judges basically agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
89.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Garcia's tanktop tan is fucking with my head. Both of these guys were really active with their striking in the first round, beating the shit out of each other with punches and kicks. Garcia sort of secured a takedown from the clinch against the cage, but Moy got right back to his feet, where they continued to stand & trade with each other. That was a really active first round, and a hard round to score. These guys continued to beat the shit out of each other with very active striking in the second round. There was a bit of a clinch flop thing, and they went to the round, with Garcia on top in Moy's guard. Moy's eye was cut open, and bleeding all over his face, as he was looking for an armbar from bottom position. They stood back up, Moy went for a takedown, and Garcia threw him with a hip toss. They stood back up and continued to trade hard shots. They went back to the ground, with Garcia still on top, as he beat the shit out of Moy, but Moy flipped him over with 30 seconds left, and Garcia took a shot to the nuts. Going into the third round, I had Garcia ahead two rounds to none. In the third round, Moy pretty much slaughtered Garcia, cutting open his forehead with a bad cut due to a headbutt, and then Moy took him to the ground and beat him up. Garcia was looking for a triangle choke, but Moy was able to avoid the submission. Good fight overall, but in the end, I scored the fight 29-28 for Garcia, and for the most part, two of the judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory.
91.0
KO
(Punches)
0:47
      HOLY SHIT! Josh Diekmann is fucking awesome! The heavyweight division, in all of MMA, is such a thin decision, it's not real hard for guys to stand out when they knock people the fuck out. So yeah, this was my first time seeing him fight, but he fucking SMASHED Wessel's face, repeatedly, with huge punches, flinging him all over the cage, until eventually Diekmann put him out with a big punch, knocking his head back in dramatic fashion, forcing the referee to stop the fight. I can't wait to see this dude fight again!
87.7
Decision
15:00
      Bessette threw a body kick in the first 30 seconds, Cleve caught it, and immediately took him to the ground with great speed. Cleve pulled guard with a guillotine attempt, but never came close to finishing it, so he flipped Bessette back over and continued to control him from the top. Bessette went for a Kimura, but Cleve took his back. Round one goes to Cleve.
     They traded some strikes in the second round, clinched for a little while, broke apart and continued to trade strikes. I was sort of leaning toward giving that round to Cleve, but Bessette laid it on thick in the final 10 seconds or so, chasing down Cleve while throwing punches, I'll go ahead and call the fight all tied up just to keep it interesting going into the third round.
     Cleve took Bessette down again in the final round, and wrestled the shit out of him for 90 seconds or so, before taking his back. Cleve continued to dominate Bessette with his wrestling for the rest of the round, beating him up with short punches, while grappling the shit out of him on the ground. This fight is a very clear 29-28 decision for Cleve, if not 30-27.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      Filkins started this fight by clinching, and pressing Cramer against the fence. Cramer eventually took Filkins down halfway through the round, and he worked some ground & pound from half mount. Round one goes to Cramer for the takedown and the ground & pound.
      They started the second round by trading some punches, and dancing around each other. The entire round took place on the feet, with both guys trading strikes at a moderate pace, and then Cramer capped off the round with a takedown with one minute left, which was probably enough to leave Cramer with a 20-18 lead going into the final round.
      Cramer started the final round by clinching, and pressing Filkins against the fence. Filkins took control of the clinch a minute into the round. They split up a few seconds later, and Filkins started stalking Cramer. Filkins then threw an uppercut at Cramer's balls. He shook it off after a second, and they continued to box with each other until the end of the round. Filkins took control of the clinch in the final minute of the round, and if he won any rounds, it would be the third round. With that being said, I scored this fight 29-28 for Dan Cramer, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
88.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:27
      Well, I'm always interested in seeing Cheick Kongo fight, because of his UFC roots, and Lavar Johnson is always fun to watch for a couple of minutes at least, since he tends to knock people's heads off. With that being said, Lavar Johnson started out strong, throwing heavy punches, got sloppy, Kongo took him to the ground, Kongo beat him up for a couple of minutes, Johnson gave him his back, Kongo locked on the rear-naked choke, and Johnson panicked and tapped out. Decent win for Cheick Kongo.
89.6
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
8:54
      This was my first time seeing Bobby Lashley fight (outside of basic highlight clips). With that being said, this fight pretty much went as expected, his striking isn't very sharp, but it was good enough to distract Burns enough, for Lashley to secure a takedown in each round, where he pretty much dominated Burns on the ground with elbows, and submission attempts. Lashley went after nonstop armlocks for the entire first round, and the second round had him doing more ground & pound, until he eventually locked on a rear-naked choke. I have to give Burns credit though for not tapping in the first round, he's a pretty tough guy, but his offense was nonexistent.
88.6
KO
(Punches)
0:21
      I've always liked Tamdan McCrory, and was disappointed when he left the UFC, so this was cool, to be able to see him fight again, even though it was against a guy I've never heard of. And I just now realized this was his first fight since leaving the UFC, over 5 years ago, so that's kind of insane, he looked pretty sharp, so I'm surprised he hasn't been more active since then. But yeah, McCrory basically threw some punches, chipped away at Ward's chin, until Ward eventually went down and the fight was stopped at 21 seconds of the first round. Nice return for Tamdan McCrory! Now all he has to do is get a second win in a row for once (since he always does the Win-Loss-Win-Loss pattern), and maybe he'll be a little more noteworthy over here in Bellator, since his UFC career was a very rocky run.
88.3
TKO
(Punches)
6:13
      This was a decent win for Muhammed Lawal. He's one of the few fighters that I've heard a lot about over the years, but never really watched him fight until his lackluster main event fight against Rampage at Bellator 120. So here we are again, with King Mo, once again, wrestling Jacoby for most of the first round, but the second round he landed some bombs, knocking Jacoby to the ground, where he was able to pound on his face until the referee was forced to stop the fight. So yeah, I like King Mo, but I'm still not entirely sold on his skills as an elite fighter at 205 yet. I'll still keep an eye on him though.
88.2
Decision
25:00
      This was a 5 round title fight main event, between two guys that I've never heard of. I'm TRYING, but I'm having a hard time getting into this Bellator stuff. With that being said, it was pretty much a 25 minute boxing match, where Pitbull got the better of most exchanges, including the couple of grappling exchanges throughout the fight. Curran won the second & fourth rounds on my card, but ultimately, I gave the fight to Patricio "Pitbull" Freire, and all 3 judges agreed.
87.5
Submission
(Armbar)
0:37
      Mucitelli threw a kick, Griffin caught it, took him to the ground, Mucitelli sort of tried to setup a triangle, switched it to an armbar, cranked on it, and finished the fight by submission in 37 seconds of the first round. That was a solid quick finish by Mike Mucitelli.
N/A
KO
0:11
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 90.0
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