(8/19/2010)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (16 Total):
1. Kenny Robertson - 92.6
2. Eric Kriegermeier - 92.2
3. Dan Hornbuckle - 91.4
4. Torrance Taylor - 90.7
5. Brian Gassaway - 90.5
6. Brad Blackburn - 90.4
7. Damian Grabowski - 90.1
8. Kevin Knabjian - 90.1
9. Keoki Cypriano - 90.0
10. Cole Konrad - 89.8
Bellator 25: Konrad vs. Lloret
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Elevation: 594'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Dan Hornbuckle vs. Brad Blackburn
89.6
Fighters & Matches 87.6
Top 10 Fighters 90.8
TOTAL 89.2
88.6
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
3:16
     Cypriano threw a head kick early, Kriegermeier ducked under it, grabbed Cypriano's back, and took him to the ground, immediately going for the rear-naked choke setup. Cypriano spun out of that, ending up inside Kriegermeier's guard. Cypriano landed some pretty heavy punches from top position. Kriegermeier looked like he might be looking for an armbar. Cypriano blasted him in the jaw with a ton of heavy punches. I thought Cypriano was well on his way to a stoppage with those heavy punches, but Kriegermeier was able to throw up a triangle choke, getting the submission victory in just over 3 minutes of the first round.
87.4
Decision
15:00
      This wasn't a very exciting fight. Frausto basically picked apart Penne with strikes throughout the 3 rounds, and did a decent job avoiding the takedown. Penne spent too much time in the clinch, without doing anything, outside of just pushing Frausto up against the cage. I would have liked to see Frausto do something more explosive, like knock Penne's head off, but in the end, she just won a somewhat slow paced unanimous decision.
89.6
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with Blackburn looking aggressive, as he rocked Hornbuckle with some punches, knocking him to the ground, where Blackburn pinned him down inside his guard. Hornbuckle kicked out with 3 minutes left in the round. Hornbuckle looked sloppy in the opening round, as Blackburn was picking him apart with crisp boxing. I scored the first round in favor of Brad Blackburn.
     The second round was a nice competitive striking match, with both guys landing some pretty clean shots. Halfway through the round, Blackburn threw a brutal kick to Hornbuckle's dick, causing him to immediately collapse in pain. Once the fight started back up, they continued where they left off, with Hornbuckle using his reach to pick apart Blackburn a little bit. In the end, I WOULD score that round a draw, but since Hornbuckle got kicked in the dick, I'll give him the round, leaving it all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was another round of striking, with both guys landing some hard shots, both guys looked aggressive, both guys still seemed to have plenty of energy when the final bell rang. That was a hell of a fight. I will say that Hornbuckle was smiling when the fight was over, and Blackburn LOOKED like he got his ass kicked. So in the end, I scored this fight 29-28 in favor of Hornbuckle. It was a close fight though, and could have potentially gone either way. Really good fight overall.
87.4
Decision
15:00
      These guys clinched early, and Grabowski landed a knee to the groin of Barrett in the first minute of the round, so we're already pausing the fight so he can recover. The fight started up again, and Barrett picked Grabowski up over his head, and took him to the ground, ending up in Grabowski's guard. They continued to wrestle around for a little while, and it looked like Barrett was in control for the most part, so I gave the first round to Barrett. Barrett scooped up Grabowski again to start the second round, and beat him up on the ground for a little while. Barrett continued to dominate Grabowski on the ground for most of the round, even grabbing his back with 2 minutes left in the round. He punched him in the head a few times, and then Grabowski flipped him over, finally getting into top position for the first time in the fight. Barrett was looking spent by the end of the second round. Grabowski ended the round in top position, but Barrett was on top for more than half the round, so... That round could have gone either way. The second round mostly took fight with both guys standing & trading, with Grabowski clearly landing the better combinations. If Barrett wouldn't have gotten sloppy in the second round, he could have won this fight by decision. Instead, Grabowski rips it out of his sweaty bear paws, with the 30-27 decision on all scorecards. In my opinion, this fight could have easily been a draw, with the second round possibly going either way. Barrett CLEARLY won the first round though, so I have no idea why the judges didn't at least give the first round to Barrett. In my opinion, he got screwed, but that's why you don't leave it in the hands of the judges.
85.1
Decision
15:00
      Lloret is a pretty tall guy with a "striker style" body, so it was probably smart for Konrad to immediately try to clinch with him, but Lloret was able to stay standing, so they broke apart. Lloret threw a leg kick, and Konrad caught it, taking Lloret to the ground. From there he smothered Lloret for almost the entire round, sort of looking for an arm-triangle choke, but never getting close to locking it on. They stood up with a minute or so left in the round. Round one goes to Konrad.
      The second round was another slow round, with a few punches being thrown, before Konrad went for the clinch. Nothing really happened in the second round, but I GUESS I would score it for Konrad, based on being just a LITTLE BIT more aggressive? Pretty boring fight so far though. Konrad also secured a takedown in the final minute of the round, but couldn't do anything with it before Lloret got back to his feet against the cage. The final round had Konrad on top again, leading to a 30-27 boring unanimous decision victory for Konrad.
88.6
Submission
(Keylock)
7:41
      Robertson shot in for a takedown as soon as this fight started, pressuring Kolosci up against the fence from the clinch, and then eventually dragging him to the ground, where Robertson grappled the shit out of him, getting on his back, looking for the rear-naked choke in less than 2 minutes of the first round. Kolosci was able to work his way out of danger, but Robertson continued to press him up against the cage, controlling him on the ground for the entire first round. Robertson secured another takedown at the start of the second round, dominating Kolosci for about half of the second round, until he LOOKED like he was going for a rear-naked choke or something, and then Robertson finished the fight with a Keylock from the back mount, which was a pretty interesting angle to get that submission from. Really nice performance by Kenny Robertson.
87.1
Decision
15:00
      Knabjian started this fight by shooting for a takedown, ending up in Gassaway's guard. Knabjian had passed to side control just 45 seconds into the round. Gassaway was able to slowly get his guard back, but from there, Knabjian beat the living shit out of him with massive hammerfists. Knabjian passed to side control again, went for a mounted Kimura, and Gassaway finally rolled him over, ending up in his own side control, with 90 seconds left in the first round. Gassaway then went for a rear-naked choke, mounted Knabjian, and punched him in the head for the last few minutes of the round. That round could have maybe gone either way, but I guess I would score it for Gassaway, for ending up on top?
     The second round had both guys trading punches for a minute or so, before Knabjian took Gassaway down again. Knabjian really started to open up, blasting Gassaway with those massive hammerfists again. That first round could have maybe gone either way, but the second round definitely goes to Knabjian. The referee stood them up in the final minute out of boredom, but nothing really happened on the feet at all. Knabjian took Gassaway down again, and almost got caught in an armbar, but he was fine. I have it all tied up going into the third round.
     The final round had Knabjian shooting for another takedown, but this time, Gassaway was able to stay standing. Both guys were clearly exhausted, but Gassaway continued to throw random strikes, even though his mouth was wide open the entire time. Boring round, but yeah, I would probably give that one to Gassaway. So in the end, I scored this fight 29-28 for Gassaway, but could see it going either way. All 3 judges agreed, giving Gassaway the unanimous decision victory.
86.6
Decision
15:00
      Carter threw some nice kicks while standing, and then took Taylor down in the first ground. They stood back up, and Carter tried to suplex Taylor. Carter landed a few more nice kicks, before Taylor charged him with a kick & punch combination of his own. They clinched, and Carter controlled Taylor for the rest of the round. I scored the first round slightly in favor of Shonie Carter, even though Taylor tripped him and took him down in the final 2 seconds of the round.
     They clinched early in the second round, and Taylor took Carter down, tried to grab his back, and they both stood up. They clinched, and Taylor tripped Carter again, ending up in side control. Taylor grabbed Carter's back, Carter spun around, and took Taylor to the ground. Taylor swept him and stood back up. There was a wild scramble on the feet, Taylor beat up Carter for the final minute or so of the round, so I gave that round to Taylor, and have it all tied up going into the final round.
     Taylor came out strong in the final round, beat the shit out of Carter, Carter walked away, waved off the fight, took out his mouthpiece, clearly quick, the referee asked "So you're quitting?" And Carter was like... "Nah..." And went back in there, after Taylor already thought he won the fight. I have NO IDEA what the fuck happened there, but the referee should have stopped the fight. That was a terrible call by the ref, and a shitty move by Carter. They clinched, Taylor continued to beat up Carter, and then took him down again. Taylor continued to beat him up with elbows against the cage. Taylor postured up, and punched the fuck out of Carter's face. Taylor went for a rear-naked choke in the final 30 seconds of the fight, but Carter was able to avoid the submission. I scored that round 10-7 for Taylor. Carter should retire, I have no fucking idea what he's doing at this point.
OVERALL 89.2
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