100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (16 Total):
1. Shawn Jordan - 92.8
2. Rene Nazare - 92.4
3. Christian MPumbu - 91.9
4. Patricio Freire - 91.0
5. Luis Santos - 90.9
6. Sam Alvey - 90.8
7. Karl Amoussou - 90.8
8. Joseph Abercrombie - 90.7
9. Tim Ruberg - 90.7
10. Rich Hale - 89.8
Bellator 45: M'Pumbu vs. Hale
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Elevation: 13'
-Fight of the Night-
Christian MPumbu vs. Rich Hale
Fighters & Matches 88.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.2
TOTAL 89.8
(Rear-Naked Choke)
     They both came out swinging, Abercrombie took Parpart to the ground, landing inside his guard. He slipped into side control, grabbed Parpart's back, and then finished the fight via rear-naked choke in just over one minute of the opening round.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      This fight started as a pretty decent kickboxing match, Nazare initiated the clinch, pressing the much thicker Hackney against the cage. They broke apart a couple of minutes into the opening round. Hackney shot for a deep double leg takedown, but Nazare didn't have much trouble staying on his feet. They clinched again, with Nazare still in control, pressing Hackney against the cage again. Hackney missed with a big spinning roundhouse kick, Nazare clinched, took Hackney to the ground, grabbed his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight near the end of the first round. Solid win for Rene Nazare.
      Santos spent the first round kicking the shit out of Cury, beating up his legs & body with kicks, finishing the round with a flying knee. Santos continued with the leg kicks in the second round, but Cury was more diverse, throwing combinations, beating up Santos for most of the round until Santos secured a takedown late in the round. I have the score all tied up going into the final round. Santos continued to work those leg kicks in the final round, knocking Cury to the ground. Cury couldn't really stand up anymore, so Santos continued to beat him up on the ground a little bit, while taking him down repeatedly whenever Cury would try to get back up. I scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Santos, and all 3 judges agreed, but they scored it 30-27 for the unanimous decision victory.
      The first round had Ruberg taking Fleniken to the ground, a couple of times, while beating him up on the ground. Fleniken went for a guillotine at one point, but Ruberg powered right through it. Ruberg slammed Fleniken to the ground early in the second round, and continued to outwrestle him for the rest of that round. The final round was the same story, with Ruberg taking Fleniken down, and dominating him with his wrestling. Solid one-sided unanimous decision victory for Tim Ruberg.
      Amoussou sort of beat the shit out of Alvey in the first round, hitting him hard on the feet, and then THROWING him to the ground in brutal fashion, going straight into full mount, where he slaughtered Alvey with brutal punches & elbows, chopping up gashes into the face of Alvey. Alvey was baiting Amoussou by giving him his arm, Amoussou bit, went for the armbar, and Alvey used it to sweep Amoussou, leaving Alvey on top in Amoussou's guard at the end of the round, POURING blood all over Amoussou's face & chest. The second round was pretty close, with Amoussou attacking Alvey, and Alvey doing a decent job keeping him at bay with his counterstriking. They clinched with about 2 minutes left in the round, and then Amoussou wnet for a trip takedown, and Alvey ended up on top, so I guess just from that exchange alone, I'd probably give the round to Alvey. He scored with a little bit of ground & pound at the end of the round as well. Amoussou started the final round in the clinch, throwing knees at the "inside leg" of Alvey, hitting him in the balls a few times, before the referee finally separated them. Once they started back up, Amoussou tried to take out Alvey with punch combinations, but Alvey was able to avoid absorbing too much damage. They clinched again, and Alvey was able to take Amoussou down, where he landed a bunch of short shots to the body, and then went off on his head with big punches in the final 10 seconds. To be honest, I was going to give this fight to Amoussou, but I think Alvey won it with that flury in the final 10 seconds. Really good fight overall, and congrats to Alvey for a very close split-decision victory over a tough opponent in Karl Amoussou. I PROBABLY would have had to score this fight a draw if it was up to me, but I'm glad that the judges broke the tie, because I hate when there isn't a winner.
      These guys clinched early, and Straus threw Pitbull to the ground, but they popped right back up, as Pitbull pressed Straus up against the cage in the clinch. The rest of the round was a back & forth clinch fest. The second round had Pitbull taking Straus down early, Pitbull beat him up, landed a hard knee to the body on the ground, and the referee paused the fight to let Straus recover because he thought it was an illegal head shot, but it wasn't, it was 100% body. Once the fight started back up, Pitbull continued to pick apart Straus on the feet. Pitbull continued to beat up Straus on the feet for most of the final round, and whenever Straus would shoot for takedowns, Pitbull was able to stuff them easily. I scored this fight 30-27 for Pitbull Freire, and all 3 judges agreed.
      M'Pumbu was picking apart Hale in the first round of this fight, knocking him down halfway through the round. He then jumped on him, locked on a D'Arce choke, and continued to control Hale on the ground. He eventually forfeit the choke, and stood back up. They traded strikes until the end of the round. I gave the first round to M'Pumbu.
     Hale looked a little better in the second round, as he was working his jab a little more, and M'Pumbu was mostly backing up, waiting to find good moments to throw counters. I have the score all tied up going into the third round.
     Hale came out swinging like a madman in the third round. This looked like it was going to be another round for Hale, as M'Pumbu kept moving backwards, waiting to find the perfect shot to counter. Hale continued to pick apart M'Pumbu for most of the round, all the way up until the final minute of the round. M'Pumbu BLASTED Hale in the jaw with a MASSIVE right hand, Hale went flying back to the ground. M'Pumbu tried to turn it into a walk off KO, but the referee didn't stop the fight, so M'Pumbu followed him down, and slaughtered him with some more punches on the ground. GREAT win for Christian M'Pumbu, the first ever Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion.
(Punches and Elbows)
      This was a pretty fun fight. Hill threw some kicks, Jordan punched him a few times, Hill tried to punch Jordan, Jordan scooped him up and slammed him, and then got the full mount where he finished Hill with brutal punches & elbows, in just under 2 minutes of the first round. Really strong win for Shawn Jordan.