100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (16 Total):
1. Megumi Fujii - 94.7
2. Dave Herman - 92.8
3. Mark Holata - 91.8
4. Michael Chandler - 91.8
5. Chris Lozano - 91.7
6. Jessica Aguilar - 90.8
7. Zoila Frausto - 89.7
8. Lisa Ellis - 89.7
9. Yoshiyuki Yoshida - 89.1
10. Michal Kita - 88.8
Bellator 31: Holata vs. Jordan
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Elevation: 13'
-Fight of the Night-
Megumi Fujii vs. Lisa Ellis
Fighters & Matches 89.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.1
TOTAL 90.3
     Chandler pretty much steamrolled Scott Stapp in this fight. He punched him in that big jaw of his, pinned him on the ground, punched him in the face a lot, Stapp tried to defend with his guard, but Chandler was able to break through as Stapp's arms were wide open, Chandler got the mount, punched Stapp in the face A LOT, and then the referee eventually stopped the fight. Nice win for Chandler, and HORRIBLE performance by Stapp, as Chandler was able to lock him up in his own little prison from the start of the fight, and he never let up until the fight was over.
      These guys started the fight by trading leg kicks, at a slow pace, until Kita BLASTED Herman with a big right hand, knocking him on his ass, but they stood back up shortly after that. Herman had a huge reach advantage, but Kita did a good job getting inside, throwing overhand punches, landing more often than I expected him to. Herman landed a kick to the body, Kita caught it, took Herman to the ground, there was a really awkward scramble, and Kita was able to drag Herman to the ground, ending up in Herman's guard. Herman landed some sharp elbows to the head of Kita, and then locked on the Omoplata, sat up straight, cranked, and Kita was forced to tap. That was really interesting, considering how infrequently people submit to that move. Nice win for Herman though.
(Corner Stoppage)
      They circled around each other for 30 seconds or so, and then Yoshida initiated the clinch, pressing Lozano against the cage. Yoshida tripped Lozano to the ground, landing in side control. Yoshida sort of went for a choke, and then they stood back up. This time Lozano beat up Yoshida a little bit on the feet. Yoshida got sloppy, and Lozano took him to the ground. That round could have maybe gone either way, but I scored it for Lozano based on his action later in the round.
      Yoshida grabbed Lozano's back to start the second round, pulled him to the ground, and then Lozano turned around, and beat up Yoshida on the ground. They stood back up, and Lozano started to maul Yoshida with some knees from the clinch. Yoshida continued to struggle for takedowns, but once the fight went to the ground, Lozano was able to outwrestle him. Lozano then beat up Yoshida's body with some big punches. Yoshida tried to stand up, and Lozano whipped him to the ground again. Yoshida was able to sweep him, landing in side control. Yoshida tried to move to full guard, Lozano climbed back to his feet, Yoshida fell down, and Lozano beat the shit out of him with some massive punches to finish out the round. Lozano went for an Anaconda choke in the final seconds. Yoshida's corner ended up stopping the fight in between rounds. Really solid performance by Chris Lozano.
      I really expected this fight to be awesome, but it was kind of slow paced, and it went to a VERY close decision. I actually gave the first two rounds to Aguilar, I thought she was moving forward more, throwing more strikes, and whenever the fight went into the clinch by the cage, Aguilar seemed to be in control. Frausto picked up the pace at the end of the second round, but I still gave that round to Aguilar. The third round was more of the same, with Aguilar pushing forward, landing strikes, and stalking Frausto. In my opinion, Aguilar should have won this fight, 29-28, if not 30-27, so I'm going to go out on a limb, and claim that she was robbed a little bit in this fight. Either way, congrats to Frausto for moving on to the final round of the tournament.
      These two had a contoversial fight 3 years ago, where Ellis lost via armbar, but she claimed she didn't actually tap. Well, here we have the rematch, and Fujii took Ellis to the ground, after beating her ass while standing, and once they were on the ground, Fujii immediately got the full mount, and then finished the fight with a very clear submission to the armbar. Megumi Fujii is fucking awesome! (And I had Ellis ranked #3 going into this fight, just below Frausto, so this was a legit opponent). And I think the two best fighters definitely made it into the finals, so I'm looking forward to seeing Fujii vs. Frausto next.
      Here we have a couple of MASSIVE heavyweights, and they both looked relaxed, as they were somewhat casually trading punches, and then Holata landed a massive right hand, that rocked Jordan's head back, causing him to flop to the ground like a 262 pound sack of bricks. Awesome KO victory for Mark Holata in his Bellator debut.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
(Rear-Naked Choke)