100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (16 Total):
1. Charlie Rader - 92.8
2. Eric Larkin - 92.3
3. Scott OShaughnessy - 91.7
4. Georgi Karakhanyan - 91.3
5. Jonathan Mackles - 90.4
6. Brock Kerry - 90.0
7. Anthony Leone - 89.7
8. Carey Vanier - 89.3
9. Rich Clementi - 88.7
10. Gabe Wood - 88.7
Bellator 28: Vanier vs. Clementi
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Elevation: 7'
-Fight of the Night-
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Anthony Leone
Fighters & Matches 86.2
Top 10 Fighters 90.5
TOTAL 88.4
     They clinched, and Scott took Wood to the ground pretty early, grabbing his back and looking for a rear-naked choke in the first round. He had that shit locked on for a couple of minutes, including a body triangle, which you would think would end the fight, but Wood somehow was able to hold on, refusing to tap to the submission. With 90 seconds left in the round, Wood was able to spin out of that, ending up in side control where he beat up O'Shaughnessy for the final minute or so of the round. I still scored that round for O'Shaughnessy based on the back control & rear-naked choke attempts.
     Wood clinched early in the second round, and tried to take O'Shaughnessy to the ground. He finally got him down, but O'Shaughnessy immediately started working his rubber guard, locking on a triangle choke, which Wood ripped out of. Wood landed some decent ground & pound, while O'Shaugnhessy tried to get his rubber guard to work for him again. Wood continued to control O'Shaughnessy on the ground for most of the second round, as he was beating the shit out of him with some pretty decent ground & pound. Nice competitive fight so far, and I have it all tied up going into the final round.
     The fight went to the ground early in the final round again, and this time, O'Shaughnessy was sort of looking for an inverted triangle armbar or something. It was a pretty bad spot for Wood to be in. He eventually got Wood's arm at an awkward enough angle, that he was able to press it down toward his knee, cranking the shit out of it, forcing Wood to tapout. Solid submission victory for Scott O'Shaughnessy.
      This fight started with Rader grabbing Rafferty's back. There was some hand fighting, it looked like Rader was in complete control, moving toward a choke, but Rafferty tried to scramble out of that bad position. Meanwhile, Rader was punching him in the side of the head. They stood up, Rader slammed Rafferty, punched him in the head repeatedly, and the fight was eventually stopped. I think Refferty's arm snapped or something when he hit the ground, and Rader was trying to tell the referee about it, but he waited a while to stop the fight, so Rader got pissed about the possible late stoppage, and Rafferty was clearly in pain once the fight was stopped, still laying on the ground for a while. Really solid one-sided ass beating delivered by Charlie Rader.
      Anthony Leone took the Joe Warren approach to fighting Karakhanyan in this fight, pressuring him against the fence in the clinch, but Leone is no Joe Warren, so Karakhanyan ended up taking him to the ground. After wrestling around for a couple of minutes, Karakhanyan locked on a mounted guillotine choke, racking up some points, but Leone flipped him over, and then Karakhanyan flipped him over, ending up in top position in Leone's guard. Karakhanyan landed some hard punches on the ground, and also seemed to dominate the Jiu-Jitsu exchanges, so I thought Karakhanyan pretty clearly won that first round. The second round was another pretty wild scramble on the ground, with Karakhanyan going for a triangle, Leone went for a toe hold, and then a lot of reversals, and position changes. The second round was really close, and I didn't think either fight came out the clear winner of that round, but I MIGHT give it to Leone, for being slightly more aggressive? Leone came out driving for another takedown in the third round, eventually dumping Karakhanyan to the ground, but Karakhanyan immediately got into top position, controlling Leone, and from that point forward, it was all Karakhanyan in control, securing the 29-28 unanimous decision victory. Great grappling match for both fighters.
      These guys both came out swinging, brawling for the first minute or so of the fight. They went to the ground with Schambari on top, and then stood back up. Schambari shot in for another takedown attempt, but Horwich stayed standing, while threatening with a Kimura. They broke apart and Horwich was stalking Schambari like a zombie, while Schambari was looking for openings to hit Horwich. I don't honestly know how I would score that first round. I guess I would score it for Schambari based on a couple of takedowns?
     The second round started with Schambari taking Horwich down again. They stood back up, and Schambari spent most of the rest of the round trying to take Horwich down from the clinch. He never really completed another takedown in that round, but he never stopped trying either. The final round was more of the same, with Schambari shooting for the same takedown, and failing for most of the round. In the end, Schambari was more aggressive, Horwich was good at defending takedowns, and that about sums up the fight. I gave the fight to Schambari, 30-27, but it was pretty fucking boring. Two judges agreed, giving the fight to Schambari via split-decision.
      Clementi took Vanier down in the first round, grabbed his back, and spent a good portion of the opening round looking for a rear-naked choke. Vanier finally escaped that with one minute left in the round, so Clementi then started working for a Kimura, and a triangle at the end of the round. Clementi pretty clearly won that firsat round. Clementi tried to take Vanier's back in the second round, but Vanier did a good job defending, ending up inside Clementi's guard, where Vanier was able to throw a few strikes at least. They stood up, clinched, and fell down awkwardly, with Vanier on top. Clementi rolled him over, but got caught in a guillotine choke. They continued to fall down on top of each other for the rest of the round. I have the score all tied up going into the final round.
     Vanier secured a takedown in the final round. They got up, clinched near the cage, Clementi had one hand down on the ground, and Vanier threw a few knees to his head, while Clementi was technically "grounded" (I hate that fucking rule), so Clementi complained, and the referee paused the fight to check on a big cut that opened up above Clementi's eye from those knees. They started back up, clinched, Vanier picked Clementi up in the air, Clementi tried to lock on a guillotine choke, and Vanier slowly put him on the ground. Vanier tried for a D'Arce choke in the final 30 seconds of the round, but that didn't really go anywhere. In the end, this really wasn't a great fight, but I scored it 29-28 for Carey Vanier. Two of the judges agreed, giving Vanier the split-decision victory.
(Guillotine Choke)
      Larkin kicked Andrusia in the head with the first strike of the fight, and put him on his ass. He popped back up, they clinched, Larkin tried to crank on a guillotine choke, and they went to the ground with Larkin on top. Larkin dropped some pretty heavy punches to the head of Andrusia on the ground. Larkin postured up, and brutally beat the shit out of Andrusia for a couple of minutes with those massive punches. Halfway through the round, Andrusia tried to sit back up, and Larkin locked on a tight guillotine choke, forcing Andrusia to tapout. Awesome Bellator debut for Eric Larkin.
      Mackles came out swinging, and Kerry put him on his ass with a right hand to the chin. Kerry then pinned him from side control. Kerry controlled him for 90 seconds or so, before Mackles locked on a triangle choke. Mackles then spent a minute or so punching Kerry in the head, while holding that choke, but his ankle wasn't deep enough under his knee to finish it. Kerry broke free with 30 seconds left in the round, and beat up Mackles a little bit before the round ended. I'm still scoring that round for Mackles though, based on the amount of time he was holding Kerry in submissions.
     The second round had Mackles taking Kerry's back and he basically just held onto his back for a couple of minutes, before Kerry was able to spin out of it. Once Kerry ended up on top in the guard of Mackles, he unloaded a few random punches, but didn't do a ton of damage. Mackles was able to flip him over in the final minute of the round, landing in full mount. They stood up, and clinched, resulting in a very close round. I guess I would score that round for Mackles? But I'll call it a draw so far, just for fun. Whoever wins the final round, wins the fight!
     Mackles circled around Kerry for the first 2 minutes of the final round, with neither fighter really engaging at all. Kerry finally shot in for a takedown, pressing Mackles against the cage. Mackles stood back up, they clinched, and Mackles tripped Kerry to the ground. They stood back up, and Kerry threw Mackles to the ground in the final seconds, and beat him up a little bit. This was a very even fight, without a ton of action, but both guys had their moments. In the end, I don't really care who won this fight. The judges ended up scoring it for Mackles, via split-decision.
      This fight started with Doss pressing Roberts against the cage in the clinch. They spun around a few times, trading positions, until Doss eventually took Roberts to the ground. They landed in an awkward position, with Doss sort of sitting on Roberts. Roberts eventually flipped him over, and Doss was kind of looking for a guillotine choke. Roberts moved into side control, and they both looked exhausted, 2 minutes into the opening round, after hardly any action. Doss flipped him over, mounted him, and punched Roberts a few times, eventually locking on a rear-naked choke. Roberts somehow spun out of that, ending up on top, where he was able to punch a tired Doss in the face several times, until Doss just tapped out randomly, claiming it was an ankle injury. That fight sucked, and neither of these guys really have a place in Bellator at all.