100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Dan Cramer - 93.2
2. J.P. Reese - 92.8
3. Hector Lombard - 92.3
4. Zoila Frausto - 91.1
5. Frank Carrillo - 90.7
6. Mike Bernhard - 90.7
7. Megumi Fujii - 90.4
8. Raphael Davis - 90.3
9. John Kelly - 90.2
10. Alexander Shlemenko - 90.1
Bellator 34: Lombard vs. Shlemenko
Location: Hollywood, Florida
Elevation: 10'
-Fight of the Night-
Zoila Frausto vs. Megumi Fujii
Fighters & Matches 88.0
Top 10 Fighters 91.2
TOTAL 89.6
     Reese started this fight with a big head kick. He then grabbed Somchay with a body lock, picked him up in the air, ran across the cage, and slammed him to the ground. From there, Reese beat up Somchay for most of the round, while driving him into the cage on the ground. Reese eventually postured up, slipped into the full mount, and then unloaded on the face of Somchay with big punches, connecting with too many shots for Somchay to defend, he then moved into some ultra heavy elbows, finishing the fight in the first round. Great Bellator debut for J.P. Reese.
      Davis clinched early, looking for an early takedown, which ended up with both guys clinching against the cage. He finally got Lopez to the ground, where he beat up Lopez for most of the round from side control. Davis went for a guillotine, gave it up for full mount, and then beat the living shit out of Lopez's face for the final minute or so of the opening round. That round clearly goes to Davis.
     Davis took the fight to the ground again early in the second round, and continued to dominate Lopez on the ground. Davis kept bouncing back & forth between arm locks, and ground & pound. The final round had Davis beating the shit out of Lopez on the feet, he then threw him to the ground, and continued to beat on him for a couple of minutes. Lopez grabbed his back somehow, but it didn't take long for Davis to throw him off, and continue the ground & pound. In the end, everyone agrees this was a clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Raphael Davis.
      Bernhard spent the opening minutes of the first round, sort of chasing Tesanovic, and throwing punches at him. Bernhard got clipped, and then took Tesanovic to the ground. They stood back up, and spent the rest of the round clinching. Round one goes to Bernhard. The second round started with Bernhard getting some time to recover due to a low blow. Then he complained about an eye poke, and then Tesanovic complained about an eye poke. They continued to trade wildly for the rest of the round, with quite a bit of clinching mixed in between the flurries. Bernhard secured a takedown with a minute left in the round, which was enough to win the round for Bernhard in my opinion. Bernhard also grabbed Tesanovic's back at the end of the round, punched him in the head, and went for the rear-naked choke, but Tesanovic was saved by the bell. The final round was another round of brawling, at a somewhat slow pace. In the end, I thought Bernhard pretty clearly won this fight, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      This was a pretty good fight, and probably the most important fight (of all time) for the women's 115 pound division, at least at the time it took place. With that being said, Megumi Fujii came in as the legend, the undefeated assassin that takes out EVERYBODY. Well, for some reason, she sppent most of this fight trying to strike with Frausto, which was a terrible gameplan. I thought Frausto picked her apart for at least 3 of the rounds, if not 4. (And I WANTED Fujii to win, for the record). So yeah, the judges ended up giving the fight to Frausto, via split-decision, after a 25 minute war, and I think they actually made the right call in this case. I felt terrible watching Fujii take the first loss of her career though.
      This is a huge fight, not just for Bellator, but for the overall Worldwide Middleweight Division. Hector Lombard pretty much beat the shit out of Shlemenko in the first round, knocking him down several times, and mauling him on the feet. Shlemenko tried to work his grappling halfway through the first round, going for an armbar, but Lombard rolled out of it, and continued to punish Shlemenko with punches. Round one goes to Lombard.
     Shlemenko started the second round with a brutal looking spinning heel kick that just grazed the top of Lombard's head, as he ducked under it, got the clinch, and pressed Shlemenko against the cage. Lombard took Shlemenko to the ground, and continued to beat him up for the duration of the second round. 20-18 so far, in favor of Lombard, going into the third round.
     The third round was the same story, with Lombard plowing forward like a tank, taking Shlemenko to the ground, and beating him up for most of the round. The fourth round was the same thing, Lombard plowing forward, takedown, beat up Shlemenko with short punches while wrestling the shit out of him. The fifth round was a pretty even exchange of striking & grappling, without any real clear winner. In the end, Lombard won AT LEAST 4 rounds, leading to the clear cut unanimous decision victory in favor of Hector Lombard.
(Doctor Stoppage)
      Cramer came out swinging like a madman, mauling Almeida's face with some brutal punch combinations. Almeida tried to strike back with some kicks, keeping his distance. Cramer came at him with another wild barrage of punches, forcing Almeida to clinch. They continued to box like two wild men, with Cramer absolutely dominating Almeida on the feet. They clinched, and Cramer landed some elbows to the face of Almeida. Halfway through the first round, Cramer took Almeida to the ground, and then stood back up. The referee paused the fight so the doctor could check out the massive cut on Almeida's forehead, and the doctor stopped the fight. It was a pretty horrific cut. Awesome TKO victory for Dan Cramer.
      The opening round was a pretty wild brawl, with both fighters just tucking their chins, and swinging at each other's faces. Carrillo landed the cleaner shots, so I scored the first round for Carrilo. Carrillo continued to pressure Gabin in the second round with a boring clinch fest, before taking him to the ground, where he pounded on him for the final 2 minutes or so. Nothing happened for the first 90 seconds in the final round, until Carrillo secured another takedown, landing in side control again. He beat up Gabin with short elbows for a couple of minutes, while Gabin tried to wrestle his way out of there. Carrillo let him stand up with 90 seconds left in the round. Gabin rocked Carrillo with a right hand late in the round, but Carrillo just took him back down again, landing in side control again. I scored this fight 30-27 in favor of Frank Carrillo. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      Quintanilla landed some solid kicks to start the fight, and then Acosta took him down with a very smooth takedown. Quintanilla went for an armbar from his guard, and it looked pretty tight, as he held it for quite a while. Acosta finally spun out of that, and tried to beat up Quintanilla a little bit from top position. That was a pretty back & forth round, which could go either way, so I'm scoring it as a draw.
     Quintanilla took Acosta to the ground to start the second round, and beat him up against the cage for the first half of the round. Acosta then got back to his feet, and took Quintanilla to the ground. I scored that round as a draw as well. This fight is very even, with each fighter controlling half of each round so far. I don't really know how to score this one at this point, I'm hoping that the final round will be decisive.
     Acosta grabbed Quintanilla's back to start the final round, and took him to the ground. Quintanilla tried to roll out of it, but Acosta did a good job clinging to his back. Quintanilla gained full guard, with Acosta on top. The stood back up halfway through the round, and Acosta secured another takedown, which might be enough to win the fight for him. That wasn't a great fight, but it was at least a very even matchup. I scored the fight in favor of Acosta, and two of the judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory.
      The first round had Kelly taking Kuhn down a few times and controlling him with his wrestling. The second round had Kuhn throwing Kelly around for the most part, but Kelly ended the round on Kuhn's back, working the rear-naked choke, so it was a close round. It's probably all tied up going into the final round. The final round had some decent back & forth action, but both fighters were exhausted, so it was slowing down pretty quickly. In the end, John Kelly won 2 of the 3 rounds, leading to the 29-28 unanimous decision victory.