100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (16 Total):
1. Shane Howell - 92.4
2. Mark Holata - 92.2
3. Brandon Shelton - 92.0
4. Luis Alberto Nogueira - 92.0
5. Jared Hess - 91.9
6. Christian MPumbu - 91.8
7. Rich Hale - 91.3
8. Ronnie Mann - 90.8
9. D.J. Linderman - 90.4
10. Mark Oshiro - 89.7
Bellator 42: Hale vs. Linderman
Location: Concho, Oklahoma
Elevation: 1,381'
-Fight of the Night-
Rich Hale vs. D.J. Linderman
Fighters & Matches 88.6
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 90.1
(Knees and Punches)
     Willis was trying to keep his distance at the start of the fight, but once Holata blasted him in the knee with a chin, Willis fell to the ground, and Holata blasted him with some punches that caused Willis to tapout due to getting his ass beaten too badly. Another quick first round finish for Mark Holata. I'll be keeping an eye on this guy in the future.
(Brabo Choke)
      Oshiro started this fight swinging for the fences, Howell took him to the ground, and Oshiro slapped on a guillotine choke, and then a triangle choke, before Howell was able to stand back up. Oshiro then took Howell to the ground, Howell went for a heel hook, Oshiro escsaped, and Howell grabbed him, and beat the shit out of him on the ground. Oshiro tried to escape by grabbing a single leg, but that just lead to Howell slapping on the Brabo choke for the submission victory. That was a really good undercard fight.
(Triangle Choke)
      Hess shot for a couple of takedowns early, but Bell had decent enough footwork to move out of the way. Hess shot for a third takedown, and Bell stuff him, blocking him with a front headlock. They clinched, and Bell took Hess to the ground, practically landing inside a triangle choke. Hess locked it on, cranked on Bell's head, and Bell was forced to submit early in the first round. Really nice win for Hess, considering how he injuired his knee 11 months ago against Shlemenko.
      The first round took place standing, with Nogueira beating the shit out of Spoon with punches & kicks, throwing a lot of combinations, and constantly moving forward. Spoon was mostly just covering up the entire round. Nogueira took him down with 90 seconds left in the round, and then let him back up. Spoon secured a takedown of his own in the final 10 seconds, but that was his only real offense that round.
     Spoon started the second round looking for another takedown, but it was stuffed. Nogueira continued to move forward, throwing punches, kicks & knees, completely outworking Spoon for the entire round. Spoon tried to fight back a little bit, but for every 2 punches he would land, Nogueira would return 5-6. Nogueira capped off the round with another slick takedown, throwing Spoon down against the cage.
     The final round was the same story, with Nogueira outboxing Spoon for the duration of the round. Spoon seemed to get a little more aggressive the deeper into the fight they got, but Nogueira consistently won all 3 rounds in my opinion, resulting in a 30-27 card for Nogueira. Spoon seemed absolutely shocked when they announced he lost, but come on man, you MIGHT have won one round, at the most.
      These guys both came out throwing hard punches, they traded some soft leg kicks, and continued to play chicken with each other, both moving forward, waiting to see who would back down first. M'Pumbu was moving back slightly, taking on the role of counterstriker. M'Pumbu ended up clipping Carpenter with a big right hand, Carpenter was rocked, and M'Pumbu finished him off with a big right uppercut that sent Carpenter sailing to the floor. Really slick KO victory for Christian M'Pumbu. Carpenter went down like he was unconscious, but once the referee stopped the fight, Carpenter looked like he still wanted to go, it still looked like a good stoppage to me though.
      Arocho got a deep body lock one minute into the first round, and tripped Mann to the ground, but Mann somehow overpowered him and ended up on top. From there, there wasn't a lot of action, but Mann beat up Arocho with short punches for the rest of the round. The second round had Mann getting an early takedown, and he beat up Arocho with short punches for another round. Arocho shot for a takedown to start the final round, Mann stuffed it, and ended up on top, where he beat up Arocho with short elbows & punches for the rest of the round. Easy 30-27 scorecard for Mann.
      The first round was a grueling battle, with both guys pressing forward, trying to knock each other's heads off, while keeping their distance with kicks, and a few half assed takedown attempts. In the end, I gave that round to Hale, mostly for controlling the distance.
     The second round started with Linderman rocking Hale with a spinning backfist, and then he took him to the ground, but stood back up. They clinched, and Hale clipped Linderman in the dick with a knee. When the fight started back up, they continued to swing wildly at each other, not really worrying about defense at all, mostly just both going on offense, trying to kill each other with punches & leg kicks. I have no idea who won that round.
     The final round was another round of grueling brawling action. They clinched, Linderman had the body lock, and he fell backwards, with Hale landing on top in full mount. From there, Hale beat the shit out of him while looking for submissions for the rest of the round. In my opinion, just the way Hale ended that final round, was enough to win this fight for him, so I'm glad that the judges gave the fight to Hale via split-decision, even though it technically could have gone either way.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Evinger started this fight by kicking Shelton in the head, and taking him to the ground. They stood back up, and Shelton took Evinger down. Shelton went for an armbar, Evinger slipped out, giving up his back in the process. Shelton grabbed his back, locked on the rear-naked choke, and finished the fight halfway through the opening round. Nice quick submission victory for Shelton.