(9/2/2010)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Joe Warren - 92.4
2. Zach Makovsky - 91.7
3. Ed West - 90.7
4. Joe Soto - 90.2
5. Ulysses Gomez - 90.1
6. Jon Kirk - 90.0
7. Steven Peterson - 90.0
8. Nick Mamalis - 89.5
9. Bryan Goldsby - 89.3
10. Travis Reddinger - 89.0
Bellator 27: Warren vs. Soto
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Elevation: 650'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Joe Warren vs. Joe Soto
92.3
Fighters & Matches 88.1
Top 10 Fighters 90.3
TOTAL 89.2
86.2
Decision
9:00
     The athletic commission decided that neither of these fighters had enough experience, so it's three 3 minute rounds for this fight. The entire fight took place on the feet, with Peterson picking apart Cruz, while pushing forward with punch combinations, and forcing Cruz to constantly backpedal. Peterson secured a simple takedown late in the final round. I scored the fight for Peterson, 30-27, and all 3 judges gave him the fight as well.
86.5
TKO
(Punches)
12:19
      Kirk immediately tripped as soon as this fight started, falling face first to the canvas before they could even touch gloves. He then stood up, and whiffed with a big punch. Faulkner grabbed him, threw him to the ground, pinned him against the cage, and beat the shit out of him. Faulkner easily gained full mount, and then started looking for submissions. I've seen Kirk tap to rear-naked chokes twice already, out of the 3 fights I've seen of his so far. I figured Faulkner was about to finish him when he grabbed his back, but Kirk somehow kicked out of it, and ended up on top of Faulkner inside his guard. Faulkner scrambled and took Kirk's back with 90 seconds left in the opening round. Kirk somehow got top position again before the round ended.
     They clinched to start the second round, and Faulkner tripped Kirk to the ground, landing inside his guard. After getting punched in the face for a couple of minutes, Kirk finally tried for an armbar, which Faulkner escaped easily. Faulkner continued to pound on Kirk for the rest of the round, even grabbing his back at one point. Faulkner is ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     The final round had Faulkner taking Kirk to the ground, and it looked like he was well on his way to laying & praying his way to a unanimous decision. The referee got bored after a couple of minutes, so he stood them both up. Kirk threw a left head kick, Faulkner kind of collapsed, Kirk jumped on him and punched him in the head repeatedly. I think Faulkner was just exhausted, because it didn't look like a legit "knockout" at all. Either way, really nice comeback victory for Kirk, after getting his ass kicked for 10 minutes.
86.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Reddinger won the first half of the opening round by striking with Gomez. Gomez then shot for a takedown, and beat up Reddinger on the ground for a few seconds. They stood back up, and Reddinger continued to beat up Gomez on the feet, until Gomez pull guard with a guillotine choke attempt. They stood back up, clinched, and Gomez secured one more takedown in the final seconds of the round. I ended up giving the round to Gomez, based mostly on his grappling, but it was a close round.
     The second round had Gomez taking Reddinger to the ground early, he then stood up, and kicked Reddinger's legs, while Reddinger just laid there. They stood back up, and Reddinger continued to beat up Gomez on the feet, with some awkward striking. It's pretty clear at this point that Reddinger needs to keep this fight standing, and Gomez needs to keep his top position on the ground, instead of letting Reddinger up every time. Gomez shot for another takedown at the very end of the round. Another close round, but I think I have Gomez ahead 2-0 going into the final round. It really could be anyone's fight at this point though.
     The final round was another round where Reddinger spent too much time on his back without doing much of anything. Late in the round, Reddinger went for a weird armbar from his guard, and then transitioned to a tight triangle choke, eventually moving back into an armbar, but he was trying to crank it from an odd angle. I ended up scoring this fight 29-28 for Gomez, but I could see an argument for Reddinger winning, 29-28. In the end, I'm glad that Gomez won this one, as he seemed to be more consistent with his offense, but Reddinger had a good showing for himself in the final 90 seconds of the fight.
87.2
Decision
15:00
      This fight was basically a kickboxing match, with both guys showing a lot of movement, and throwing some decent strikes, but mostly just single strikes, not a lot of combinations. Ed West was slightly more aggressive in the first round, so I gave that round to him. West also went for a rolling kneebar at the end of the round, but never came very close to finishing it.
     Goldsby took West down early in the second round, ending up inside his guard. They stood back up, and West went for another rolling kneebar. They stood back up, clinched, and both sort of went to the ground at the same time, with Goldsby ending up on top in West's guard. They stood back up eventually, clinched some more, and West went for one more rolling kneebar at the end of the round. I might give that round to Goldsby, but it was a close round, could have gone either way.
     The final round had Goldsby on top for most of the round, but West was probably more offensive with his submission attempts, working for a guillotine choke for a good portion of that round. They stood back up with 40 seconds left in the fight, traded a few strikes, and then clinched some more, with West securing a final takedown at the end of the round. In the end, I scored this fight 29-28 for Ed West, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      Reddinger won the first half of the opening round by striking with Gomez. Gomez then shot for a takedown, and beat up Reddinger on the ground for a few seconds. They stood back up, and Reddinger continued to beat up Gomez on the feet, until Gomez pull guard with a guillotine choke attempt. They stood back up, clinched, and Gomez secured one more takedown in the final seconds of the round. I ended up giving the round to Gomez, based mostly on his grappling, but it was a close round.
     The second round had Gomez taking Reddinger to the ground early, he then stood up, and kicked Reddinger's legs, while Reddinger just laid there. They stood back up, and Reddinger continued to beat up Gomez on the feet, with some awkward striking. It's pretty clear at this point that Reddinger needs to keep this fight standing, and Gomez needs to keep his top position on the ground, instead of letting Reddinger up every time. Gomez shot for another takedown at the very end of the round. Another close round, but I think I have Gomez ahead 2-0 going into the final round. It really could be anyone's fight at this point though.
     
92.3
KO
(Knee and Punches)
5:33
      These guys spent the opening round boxing with each other, and it looked like Soto was picking apart Warren at a pretty good pace. Warren got rocked several times, and Soto just kept moving forward, blasting away, and taunting Warren. Warren tried to work for some knees from the clinch, but Soto continued to demolish him with his striking. Round one clearly goes to Joe Soto. The second round started, and Warren put Soto on the ground with a big right hand, and beat the shit out of him on the ground. They stood back up, Warren blasted him with a knee to the chin, and finished him off with some serious punches. That was an insane comeback victory for Joe Warren, the new Bellator Featherweight Champion.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
12:53
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.2
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