100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Muhammed Lawal - 92.1
2. Joao Paulo Faria - 91.4
3. Jordan Bailey - 91.3
4. Nick Garcia - 91.1
5. Will Brooks - 90.9
6. Melvin Manhoef - 90.8
7. Joe Schilling - 90.7
8. Tito Ortiz - 89.9
9. Mike Richman - 89.7
10. A.J. Matthews - 89.6
Bellator 131: Tito vs. Bonnar
Location: San Diego, California
Elevation: 422'
-Fight of the Night-
Will Brooks vs. Michael Chandler
Fighters & Matches 87.4
Top 10 Fighters 90.8
TOTAL 89.1
     The first round started with both fighters boxing with each other for half a round, and then Vorgeas worked some aggressive clinching to try to take Perez down, but it didn't work, so they reset and continued to trade punches at a moderate pace. Vorgeas then kicked Perez in the dick. When the fight started back up, they traded a few more punches & kicks, and then Vorgeas shot for another takedown with a minute left in the round, and Perez stuffed his shot. They finished the round still trading punches at a decent pace. The first round could probably go either way.
      The second round started with Vorgeas kicking Perez in the dick again. The fight started back up, Vorgeas started to pick apart Perez with his boxing, and then he shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, and Perez stuffed the shot again. They clinched, and Vorgeas threw a knee to Perez's groin. The referee finally took a point from Vorgeas. When the fight started back up, Vorgeas continued to pick apart Perez with his boxing. I would give that round to Vorgeas, but based on the groin strike, I'm calling that round an even 9-9. I'm going to say whoever wins the final round should win this fight.
      Vorgeas started the final round with some hard shots, and then Perez was able to get him to back off a bit. Perez was able to hit his stride in the last half of the round, as he finally started to pick apart Vorgeas. To be honest, if it wasn't for the groin strikes, I probably would have given this fight to Vorgeas, but since he lost that point in the second round, and everything else was pretty close, I'm going to give the victory points to Perez, even though the judges were split and ended up declaring this fight a draw.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Higley threw a kick, Bailey caught it, and pushed him to the ground, landing inside the closed guard of Higley. Bailey picked him up and slammed him, but it didn't seem to do much to Higley, as he refused to let go of his guard. Bailey finally passed to half mount 90 seconds into the round, and postured up to drop some punches, but Higley regained full guard, and continued to just hold on. Bailey scrambled to take his back halfway through the round, he landed some punches, and then spent some time digging for a rear-naked choke. Higley tried to escape by flopping back & forth, but Bailey eventually locked on the choke, and finished the fight by submission with around 90 seconds left in the opening round. That was a decent performance by Jordan Bailey.
(Guillotine Choke)
      These guys danced around in a circle for 60 seconds or so, Ramirez threw a head kick, missed, fell down, and Garcia got on top of him inside his guard. They stood back up a minute or so later. They traded a few punches, and Ramirez threw Garcia to the ground, but he got back up, so they clinched against the cage. They broke apart, and continued to dance around in a circle. Ramirez secured a takedown at the end of the round, probably securing the round for Ramirez. The second round started the same way, with both guys dancing in a circle. Garcia rocked Ramirez with an uppercut, Ramirez shot for a takedown, Garcia locked on a TIGHT guillotine choke, Ramirez tried to slam his way out of it, and Garcia refused to let go, leading to the submission victory for Nick Garcia in his Bellator return.
      These guys traded a few light strikes, and then clinched, and Pugh tossed Murad around a little bit, before taking his back 90 seconds into the opening round. Pugh postured up and landed some punches, but Murad was eventually able to scramble out of the bad position, ending up on top with 2 minutes left in the round. They stood back up, and Pugh took Murad down again with a minute left in the round. Pugh continued to wrestle until the end of the round, securing the round for Pugh.
     They clinched to start the second round, and Murad pressed Pugh against the fence. Murad shot for a takedown against the fence but it was stuffed. Pugh then shot for a takedown and it was stuffed. They continued to clinch for a while, and Murad landed some decent knees to the body, but not a lot was happening. Pugh scrambled to take Murad's back, but Murad rolled out of that, and they continued to clinch. The round was a close boring clinch fest, but I scored it for Murad based on landing a few more strikes. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The third round was another slow clinch battle, with Murad pressing Pugh toward the fence for the most part. The referee had the doctor check a cut above Murad's left eye, but he let them continue. When the fight started back up, they went back to clinching, and Murad continued to press Pugh against the fence. This fight was a pretty boring grindfest, but I thought Murad pretty clearly won the fight 29-28, and two judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory over a guy I've never heard of.
      Maria threw some decent punches & kicks while moving around a lot. Henderson mostly just stood in place, slowly plodding toward Maria without really throwing much of anything other than single punches. Henderson reminds me a little bit of a 125 pound Abel Trujillo, except his big punches that he's throwing don't seem to be doing anything. Maria clearly outworked Henderson in the first round, so I scored that round for Maria.
     The second round started at a fairly even pace, with Maria backing up A LOT, almost to the point where you could say he's running away. Henderson took him down and beat the shit out of him for a while in the first half of the round, but they stood back up, and Maria dropped Henderson with a punch, but didn't follow him to the ground. They spent the last 2 minutes of the round trading strikes at a decent pace, in another relatively even round. Maria hurt Henderson with 40 seconds left in the round, forcing Henderson to shoot for a sloppy desperate takedown, while Maria beat him up with punches while easily stuffing the shot. I have Maria ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but it could be fairly even on some scorecards.
     Henderson chased Maria around throwing wild punches for most of the third round, clearly looking to take his head off with a finish. Henderson looked super aggressive, but it also made it easy to predict what he was going to do, since he was just headhunting for 5+ minutes. I scored that round for Henderson, but thought Maria won the fight overall, 29-28. Two judges agreed, giving the fight to Maria by split-decision.
      Kyle Bolt is a pretty big guy, sort of towering over Matthews. He looks kind of sloppy though. Unfortunately for him, that didn't work out very well for him, because after a relatively standard sparring session, Matthews clipped Bolt with a big punch, causing him to crumble against the cage, Matthews celebrated his victory for a second, realized the fight wasn't stopped yet, so he punched Bolt again to secure the victory.
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
      Faria started this fight by blasting Butler with some brutal leg kicks. Butler looked like he was mostly trying to counter the leg kicks with a punch to the chin, but he was taking a lot of damage to his legs in the process, and it wasn't really paying off for him. I would probably give that round to Faria for the leg kicks, but Butler was starting to make his comeback in the last half of the round.
     The second round was another round of back & forth striking, with Butler probably being a little more aggressive, but neither fighter was really taking a clear lead for the most part. Butler's legs look kind of weird, as they're bowed in a bit, making him look unstable, and Faria's feet are bright red from throwing so many leg kicks, and landing too often with the tops of his feet. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Butler continued to push forward in the second round, still landing somewhat frequently, while Faria was mostly just moving back, without throwing as much offense. Faria scored a random takedown 45 seconds into the round, he pressed his forearm into the throat of Butler, pass to full mount, Butler gave up his back, Faria slapped on an arm-triangle choke as Butler rolled to his back, and Butler was forced to submit just 2 minutes into the third round. That was a competitive fight while it lasted, and as soon as I thought Faria was on his way to losing, he turned on his Jiu-Jitsu skills, and finished the fight by submission.
      This was a very one-sided ass beating. King Mo shot for a takedown early in the first round, and launched Vedepo across the cage. Once he got on top, he beat the living shit out of Vedepo for the next 10 minutes or so, eventually finishing him with brutal punches early in the third round. Really great performance by King Mo, but I don't necessarily consider Vedepo a contender at all, considering I've only seen him fight twice (in the UFC) and he lost both fights.
      Man, what the hell happened to Nam Phan? At one point, a long time ago, he was actually a really decent fighter. But yeah, he pretty much got his ass handed to him in this fight, just standing in front of Richman, absorbing punches to the face & body, until he eventually collapsed. Nam Phan looked awful in this fight, and Richman looked pretty decent I guess.
      Well shit... Melvin Manhoef is one of the few fighters I've never seen fight in a live event (never fought in UFC, Pride, etc...) BUT! I'm always excited to see him fight, because his highlight reels are about as good as they get. With that being said, he was fucking EXPLOSIVE in the first round, beating the crap out of Schilling for a good portion of the round, with wild punches, attacking like a rabid dog the entire time. Schilling showed some decent defense from his guard, but ultimately, I gave the first round to Manhoef. Manhoef came out swinging again in the second round, and Schilling caught him with a counter jab, knocking Manhoef unconscious. That was a very disappointing loss for Melvin Manhoef. Pretty incredible win by Schilling though.
      What just happened? That was one of the strangest endings I've seen in a fight. The first 3 rounds were pretty close, and could have gone either way, to be honest, I was sort of losing interest, since I've already seen these guys fight each other for 25 minutes not THAT long ago. The fourth round was bizarre though, Chandler went for a Judo throw, and sort of landed on his own head, I THINK that might be what rocked him (but nobody else mentioned it during the broadcast). When he got up, Brooks punched him in the face, Chandler held his hands up like "I don't know where I am, and I'd rather not be fighting right now..." and kind of walked backwards in a daze, Brooks waited a second to see if the fight would be stopped, the referee just kind of stood there confused, so Brooks attacked him, hit him with some HARD punches, knees, and a brutal elbow, all while Chandler was turning his back to Brooks, and sort of hugging the cage. Once the fight was stopped, Chandler looked confused and was pissed that the referee stopped it, but that fight NEEDED to be stopped, he looked like he was about to get killed. I'm still not really clear what just happened, or why he was so confused.
      This fight was a good example of Bellator being the place where guys that should have retired from the UFC, go to continue their fighting career. Both guys looked slow and sluggish, and even though this fight was more or less nonstop slugging from both guys, it was kind of slow & boring still. I gave Tito all 3 rounds, mostly for being the only one with any sort of grappling defense, and then his striking seemed a little sharper too. Bonnar threw some decent punches, but he looked like he had no business fighting professionally anymore. So yeah, I'm glad this fight is over, and in my opinion, it didn't even come CLOSE to living up to all the hype & shit talking that occurred leading up to this "Bellator Main Event".