100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (14 Total):
1. Giedrius Karavackas - 92.8
2. Alexander Shlemenko - 92.1
3. Jay Silva - 91.9
4. Michael Chandler - 91.4
5. Jamall Johnson - 91.3
6. Hector Lombard - 91.0
7. Jeff Lentz - 90.8
8. Brett Cooper - 90.8
9. Sam Oropeza - 90.7
10. Patricky Freire - 89.7
Bellator 44: Lombard vs. Vitale
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Elevation: 7'
-Fight of the Night-
Michael Chandler vs. Patricky Freire
Fighters & Matches 88.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.3
TOTAL 89.9
     The first round was a gritty brawl, with both guys looking to work their wrestling, while throwing heavy fists at each other. Silva beat up Adkins with some knees on the ground, including an illegal one that paused the fight for a few seconds. Round one goes to Silva. Silva continued to bully Adkins for the duration of the second round, taking him down and beating him up. The final round was another one-sided ass beating delivered by Silva, as he spent the entire round pounding on Adkins, just waiting for the referee to stop the fight. It ended up going to a decision, 30-27, in favor of Jay Silva.
      The first two rounds had Leone beating up the legs of Lentz with kicks, and they traded back & forth with a few wrestling exchanges, with Lentz securing more takedowns, but he wasn't really able to hold Leone down for very long. The score is probably tied up going into the final round. The final round basically had Lentz beating the shit out of Leone, taking him down, going for submissions, and beating him up on the ground. In the end, I scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Jeff Lentz, and all 3 judges agreed.
      These guys were brawling in the first round, with Shlemenko rocking Cooper with a spinning backfist, and Cooper rocked Shlemenko with some punches, both guys were flopping all over the cage, after getting slaughtered by each other's punches. The opening round was very close, with both guys landing some really hard shots, and both guys getting rocked multiple times, but if I had to pick a winner, I'd probably give that round to Shlemenko?
     The second round was another wild kickboxing match, which I ended up scoring for Cooper, based on his aggressive wrestling in the last half of the round. He wasn't able to accomplish much with it, but he was definitely more aggressive. Really though, both of the first two rounds could potentially go to either fighter. The final round mostly consisted of Shlemenko hunting Cooper, beating him up with punches & knees. In the end, I scored this fight 30-27 in favor of Alexander Shlemenko. For the most part, all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
(Scarf Hold Armlock)
      Both fighters were moving at a pretty high pace in the opening round. Oropeza beat the shit out of Karavackas with a wild flurry around the halfway mark of the first round, but Karavackas slowed him down by clinching with his back. Oropeza went for a Kimura, and they both went rolling to the ground, with Oropeza keeping top position. Oropeza landed a few punches on the ground before the round ended, and he really started to slaughter Karavackas in the final 10 seconds. Round one goes to Oropeza.
     Karavackas's nose was a bloody mess when he came out for the second round. Round two goes to Karavackas though, as he was able to brutalize the body of Oropeza with knees, and some hard punches, and he tripped Oropeza halfway through the round, ending up in side control where he continued to beat him up. Oropeza ended up on top in the final 20 seconds or so, where he beat the shit out of Karavackas, but I still have the fight all tied up going into the final round, since Karavackas controlled most of that round.
     Karavackas initiated the clinch as soon as the final round started, whipping Oropeza to the ground. Karavackas locked on a crazy scarf hold armlock, where he basically cranked Oropeza's right arm like a keylock, but with his legs. It looked pretty brutal, and after trying to hang in there for several minutes, Oropeza was eventually forced to submit as it looked like his arm was about to be ripped off. Karavackas was also punching him in the face the entire time. That was a brutal hold, and an insane victory for Giedrius Karavackas.
      For starters, I have no idea why Falaniko Vitale is sharing a cage with Hector Lombard. I have Hector Lombard ranked #8 in the world at Middleweight going into this fight, and I have Falaniko Vitale ranked at #118. Lombard should have been able to plow right through him in highlight reel fashion. Instead, we had to suffer through 10 minutes of boredom, as neither fighter really wanted to engage for the first two rounds. The final round started kind of slow, until Lombard landed a massive right hand, knocking Vitale on his ass. Vitale tried to stand up, fell back down, and the fight was stopped. Great finish for Lombard, in a fight that was otherwise a waste of 10 minutes, against a fighter that is ranked 100+ spots below Lombard in the Middleweight division. It's worth noting that of all the fights that I think matter (in the case of Vitale, we're talking UFC, IFL, Strikeforce, and now Bellator), Falaniko Vitale now has a record of 2-5. So I ask again, why the fuck is he fighting the Bellator Middleweight Champion? Poor matchmaking, that's why.
      This fight should have been one of the best fights in Bellator history, but it kind of sucked. They refused to engage in the first round, both sort of dancing around, and throwing (and missing) with random punches here and there. Chandler finally connected with a kick to the Pitbull's nuts. Chandler was probably a LITTLE more aggressive in the first round, so I'd probably give him the round, but neither fighter really did any damage, other than that groin shot. The second round was a completely different story, with both guys throwing wild flying knees, Chandler landed a nice jump kick, both guys were swinging for the fences, and then Chandler ruined it, by throwing another HARD knee to the groin of the Pitbull. Once the fight started back up, Chandler continued to beat up Pitbull with his boxing, failed a couple of takedown attempts, but still won the round pretty clearly. Pitbull started slamming Chandler with some hard punches near the end of the round, but Chandler finally got him to the ground at the end, where he was able to beat up Pitbull a little more. The third round started, and Chandler kicked Pitbull in the dick, with the third groin shot of the fight. The referee finally took a point away from Chandler. Once the fight started back up, Chandler took Pitbull to the ground, and proceeded to beat the shit out of him with elbows and punches, winning the fight, 29-27 on my scorecard (winning all 3 rounds, minus the point for the groin shots). All 3 judges agreed with that score, crowning Michael Chandler the Season 4 Bellator Lightweight Tournament Champion.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      The first round had both guys trading punches, with Johnson probably landing a few more shots, and he also secured a couple of takedowns, securing the round for Johnson. The second round had both guys trading punches again, landing a few decent ones, Johnson took a low blow at one point which paused the action. Once they started back up, Johnson got the fight to the ground, took Smith's back, and finished him off with a rear-naked choke, for the second round submission victory.