(5/20/2010)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Dan Hornbuckle - 92.5
2. Joe Soto - 92.3
3. Johnny Bedford - 91.5
4. Ben Askren - 90.8
5. Steve Carl - 88.3
6. Ryan Thomas - 88.1
7. Diego Saraiva - 88.0
8. Jared Lopez - 86.6
9. Chas Skelly
10. Douglas Frey
Bellator 19: Soto vs. Saraiva
Location: Grand Prairie, Texas
Elevation: 515'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Dan Hornbuckle vs. Steve Carl
89.0
Fighters & Matches 88.1
Top 10 Fighters 89.8
TOTAL 89.0
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
0:49
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
2:25
(Unaired)
89.0
Submission
(Kimura)
2:31
      These guys threw a few strikes, clinched for a second, and it looked like Hornbuckle pulled guard. Hornbuckle immediately started looking for a Kimura, but Carl was able to break his arm free, as he trapped Hornbuckle's right arm behind his back for a few seconds. Carl tried to slam his way out of Hornbuckle's guard, but it just opened him up for another Kimura attempt. Hornbuckle grabbed Carl's left arm, locked on the Kimura, cranked the living shit out of it, and finished the fight via submission, halfway through the first round. Really nice performance by Dan Hornbuckle.
87.4
Decision
15:00
      This fight is a rematch from a month ago, where Askren sort of "put Thomas to sleep" with one of the tightest, neck breaking chokes I've ever seen, but once the fight was stopped by the ref, it was clear that Thomas never went out, so the referee basically screwed Thomas out of that fight, even though, let's be honest, Thomas was well on his way to losing that fight. So here we are, in a true grudge match, with Askren taking Thomas down, and smothering him for the entire first round from side control. Askren moved into full mount, and then back to half mount, and then Thomas was looking for a leg lock, and Askren continued to outwrestle him. Decent grappling match, with Askren coming out on top in the first round. Askren also went for a couple of armbars in that round, but never locked any of them on.
     The second round started with a clinch, where Thomas took Askren to the ground. Askren grabbed for a leg lock, Thomas grabbed Askren's leg, and eventually Askren moved back to side control, and then full mount, where he beat up Thomas with some short Lindland style punches. Askren secured the mounted crucifix, and continued to punch Thomas in the face. The final round was another round with Askren on top, smothering Thomas, while Thomas tried desperately to figure out how a guillotine choke works. In the end, Askren won this fight, 30-27 on all scorecards.
88.3
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
5:00
      Soto charged through Saraiva early in the first round, getting him to the ground, where Saraiva was immediately trying to work some submissions from his guard. Meanwhile, Soto was standing above him, dropping big punches. It wasn't a very exciting opening round, with the entire fight basically taking place from one position, but Soto was clearly winning the entire round. In the final 30 seconds of the first round, Soto blasted Saraiva with some BRUTAL elbows, cutting open Saraiva's head, forcing the doctor to stop the fight between rounds. Solid one-sided performance by Joe Soto.
87.6
TKO
(Knees and Punches)
12:16
      Bedford took Lopez down in the first round, and beat him up, mostly just bullying him for the entire round. Lopez was able to get top position with 30 seconds left in the round, but he didn't do anything productive with it. The second round was another round of Bedford taking Lopez to the ground, controlling him with his wrestling, and beating him up a little bit, before trying to slap on a Kimura from side control. They finally stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round, Bedford beat the shit out of Lopez on the feet, and then took him down again. Lopez isn't turning this into much of a fight, he's mostly just getting taken down & pounded on. Lopez really needed to finish the fight in the third round, but that didn't happen, at all. Bedford blasted him with several uppercuts, some hard knees to the body from the clinch, and then he took him down again. They stood back up, and Bedford slaughtered Lopez with some more uppercuts, followed by some brutal knees to the head, knocking Lopez to the ground. Bedford continued to punish him on the ground, the referee pulled him off, and he threw a soccer kick to the body of Lopez on the ground. Really solid Bellator debut for Johnny Bedford.
N/A
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
1:36
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Kneebar)
7:16
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.0
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