100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (16 Total):
1. Steve Carl - 93.7
2. Tyler Stinson - 91.8
3. Jose Vega - 91.5
4. Mike Hayes - 91.4
5. Alexey Oleynik - 91.3
6. Lisa Ellis - 91.2
7. Zak Cummings - 91.0
8. Kevin Croom - 90.2
9. Jeb Chiles - 89.7
10. Danny Tims - 89.4
Bellator 26: Oleinik vs. Hayes
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Elevation: 910'
-Fight of the Night-
Steve Carl vs. Tyler Stinson
Fighters & Matches 87.9
Top 10 Fighters 91.1
TOTAL 89.5
Technical Submission
     Chiles threw a kick, Richards caught it, scooped him up, and took him to the ground. Richards passed guard into side control. He then moved into full mount halfway through the round. He wasn't really doing any damage from top position, but he was definitely controlling Chiles for the duration of that opening round. Chiles sort of went for a Kimura from his back near the end of the round, but eventually had to give it up. Round one goes to Demetrius Richards.
     They clinched early in the second round, Richards took Chiles down again, ending up in side control, eventually moving to the mounted crucifix. Richards landed a lot of punches from this position, but they didn't seem to have much power behind them. Chiles eventually regained half guard. Chiles then secured full guard. Chiles tried to crank on a Kimura, and it looked like Richards had no idea what to do. The referee randomly stopped the fight, calling it a technical submission. I don't think anything broke though, and it didn't look like Richards tapped. It DID look like he was in some pretty serious trouble with that Kimura though.
      They both came out throwing sloppy strikes, until Ott took Imes down 15 seconds into the first round, passing to side control pretty quickly. He slowly moved into full mount, and Imes tried to throw his legs behind his own head while mounted, and somehow used that to escape. They stood back up, and looked clumsy as fuck. Ott secured another takedown with 10 seconds left in the round. Ott clearly won the first round.
     Imes MIGHT be the clumsiest looking fighter I've ever seen. He came out for the second round, sort of bouncing like a water balloon or some shit, throwing punches here & there, but not really landing anything significant. Ott started throwing this big overhand right, over and over again, until he rocked Imes, and then took him down. These guys are both SLOPPY AS FUCK. Imes tried to work a body triangle from his guard, but that was going nowhere, since Ott had one of his arms tucked under his back. Ott is ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Imes threw an awkward knee to start the final round, Ott took him down, and did the "tie your arm behind your back" thing again, which frustrated the hell out of Imes. Meanwhile, Ott busted open the left ear of Imes with some short punches, while he was basically defenseless. The referee eventually got bored, and stood them back up. Ott took Imes back down again. That fuck sucked. Congrats to Ott for the 30-27 unanimous decision victory. They played Metallica's "For Whom The Bell Tolls" after the fight ended. I haven't heard that one in a while. It was followed by "Down with the Sickness". That fight sucked.
Technical Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
      Carl took Stinson down almost immediately, Stinson tried to lock on an armbar, and Carl pounded his way out of it, before Stinson moved onto a triangle choke. Carl picked him up off the ground, above his head, and SLAMMED the shit out of him. Stinson held on, so Carl tried to slam him again, but collapsed, so Stinson was able to lock it on tighter. This time Carl punched Stinson in the face repeatedly until Stinson was forced to give it up. There was a weird scramble, Carl grabbed a guillotine choke, pulled guard, and put Stinson to sleep. That was an INSANE comeback for Carl, after defending against several submission attempts. Awesome fight overall by both fighters.
      This fight was decent, but not great. Ellis looked great in the first round, where she took Daly down, and dominated her on the ground, beating her up, and digging for submissions. The second round was very even, with both fighters spending a similar amount of time on top, but not a lot of action, so I scored the second round a draw. The third round was all Lisa Ellis again, as she took Daly down, and beat the shit out of her again for the remainder of the fight. So I scored this fight, 30-28 in favor of Lisa Ellis, and all 3 judges gave her the fight as well.
      HOLY SHIT! Danny Tims came out like a mad man, swinging bombs with both hands, nearly finishing Vega in the first 15 seconds of the opening round. Vega took him down to give himself some time to regain his composure. Tims tried for some armbars from his guard, but Vega was able to use his wrestling to keep Tims under control for the most part. That was a wild round, that I would probably score in favor of Danny Tims, mostly based on his chaotic explosion at the start of the round. That round could have maybe gone either way though.
     Vega was able to pick apart Tims in the second round with some crisp punches & kicks. Tims looked tired, and Vega looked like he could still go a few more rounds. Vega kicked Tims in the dick, and the fight was paused for a few seconds. Once they started back up, Tims came out like a ball of fire again, but this time, Vega was ready for it, so he avoided absorbing much damage. Tims shot for a takedown, Vega sprawled, and ended up in side control for the rest of the round.
     In the third round, they both traded strikes for a minute or so, and then Vega kicked Tims in the dick again. Tims collapsed, and the referee told him to get up & fight. I'm pretty sure it looked like a groin shot to me though. Tims shot for a takedown, and Vega stuffed it. Vega continued to pick apart Tims on the feet, and took him down near the end of the round, securing the 29-28 victory for Vega in my opinion. All 3 judges agreed, with one judge even giving all 3 rounds to Vega.
      OH SHIT! Oleinik came out, guns a'blazing, hammering Hayes in the face with some hard punches, before shooting for a takedown, which Hayes stuffed, allowing Hayes to end up in top position, inside Oleinik's guard. Oleinik tried to secure an armbar, and Hayes tried to slam his way out of it. Hayes eventually stood up out of Oleinik's guard. Oleinik then shot for another desperate takedown, and Hayes just sat on his head to defend himself, before standing back up again. Oleinik continued to move forward, full on lawnmower mode, throwing blades with both hands, and then shooting for another takedown, failing, and going for another armbar from the guard. Hayes continued to bully him around on the ground a little bit, and Oleinik continued to crank on several armbar attempts. The round ended with Hayes climbing onto Oleinik's back, Oleinik stood up, and they traded punches like two animals. GREAT opening round for both guys, but I'm assuming that round will go to Oleinik for his punch combinations & his submission attempts.
     The second round had Oleinik continuing to pull Hayes to the ground, desperately looking for submissions from his guard, while Hayes maintained top control, and beat up Oleinik a little bit with punches. Oleinik was looking for that same armbar, until Hayes finally passed the guard with 90 seconds left in the round, where he beat up Oleinik from side control for the rest of the round. I have the score all tied up going into the final round.
     Oleinik looked tired when he came out for the final round, but that didn't stop them from trading wild punches, before Oleinik pulled Hayes to the ground with a front headlock, this time, Oleinik finally ended up in top position in half mount. It looked like Oleinik was going to hop over for an arm-triangle choke, but the referee paused the action to check a cut on Hayes's forehead. The fight started back on the ground, and Oleinik tried to hammer on Hayes with short punches, while Hayes went for a Kimura, but missed it by a mile. Hayes was able to finally sweep out of that bad position, getting back to his feet halfway through the final round, but Oleinik immediately shot for another desperate takedown against the cage, which allowed Hayes to end up back on top in half mount. When the fight ended, Hayes was on top, inside Oleinik's guard, punching him in the face, while bleeding all over everything in the arena. Really decent fight overall, and I scored it 29-28 in favor of Mike Hayes. Two judges disagreed, giving the fight to Oleinik via split-decision.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      These guys traded random strikes for the first half of the opening round, and then Croom shot for a takedown, Davidson fell down on top of him, and ended up inside Croom's guard. They stood back up a minute later. Croom started picking apart Davidson on the feet, and then finally took Davidson down. I scored the first round for Croom.
     Croom clearly wanted this fight to take place on the ground, as he threw strikes at Davidson in the second round, but mostly just to distract him, to setup takedowns. Davidson blasted him with another kick to the head though which rocked him. It looked like Davidson could possibly be on his way to securing a finish, and Croom looked exhausted. Croom was struggling to secure a takedown, chasing Davidson around, while getting beaten up by strikes. There was a wild scramble, Croom blasted Davidson in the jaw, got the full mount, Davidson gave up his back, and Croom finished him off with a rear-naked choke with 90 seconds left in the second round. Awesome comeback victory for Kevin Croom in his Bellator debut.
(Brabo Choke)
      Bears landed a few decent punches, but ultimately, Cummings took him to the ground, and immediately went for the D'Arce choke, forcing him to submit in under 2 minutes of the first round. Really nice quick submission victory for Zak Cummings.