100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (14 Total):
1. Alexandre Bezerra - 92.8
2. Alessandro Ricci - 91.3
3. Chris Horodecki - 91.3
4. Neil Grove - 91.1
5. Will Romero - 91.0
6. Pat Curran - 90.9
7. Marlon Sandro - 90.7
8. Ronnie Mann - 89.1
9. Zak Jensen - 89.1
10. Nazareno Malegarie - 88.9
Bellator 47: Curran vs. Mann
Location: Ontario, Canada
Elevation: 1,000'
-Fight of the Night-
Alexandre Bezerra vs. Jesse Gross
Fighters & Matches 88.5
Top 10 Fighters 90.6
TOTAL 89.6
(Elbows and Punches)
     The first round had both guys standing with each other, in a competitive kickboxing match, until Ricci took the fight to the ground, and more or less dominated Matewa on the ground. They scrambled around a little bit, but for the most part, Ricci beat up Matewa on the ground. The second round was more of the same, with Ricci getting rocked, and then taking Matewa to the ground, where he pinned him down in side control, and beat the shit out of him until the referee stopped the fight. Solid Bellator debut for Alex Ricci.
      The first round had Romero beating up Langbeen with kicks, and taking him to the ground a couple of times. Romero continued to chop away at Langbeen's legs in the second round, with his takedown + leg kicks on the ground tactics. The final round was more of the same, with Langbeen unloading a little bit of ground & pound from inside Romero's guard, but Romero still probably won that round overall. In the end, easy 30-27 decision for Will Romero.
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Gross did a good job circling around the outside, while Bezerra held the center of the cage. Bezerra shot in for a takedown 45 seconds into the first round. He grabbed Gross, whipped him around, grabbed his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, squeezed the shit out of it, and put Gross to sleep just 90 seconds into the first round. That was a brutal technical submission victory for Alexandre Bezerra.
      These guys came out swinging, throwing big punches, and Jensen knocked Grove to the ground early. Grove turned that into a takedown though, ending up inside the guard of Jensen, where he dropped some heavy bombs on his face. Jensen went for an armbar, Grove slipped out and fell back for a leg lock, Jensen looked confused, and tried to fight his way out of it. They started trading punches from the 50/50 position, with Grove connecting with the chin of Jensen, while Jensen was only connecting with the body of Grove. Grove ended up back on top, where he bashed Jensen's face for another 30 seconds or so, before the referee finally stopped the fight. That was a pretty wild 2 minutes between a couple of massive heavyweights.
      Horodecki started this fight by powering Saunders to the ground, where Saunders immediately started looking for submissions from his guard. Saunders tried to spin around to get up, and Horodecki did an outstanding job with his wrestling, staying on top. Horodecki eventually slapped on a guillotine, and Saunders used that to flip him over, and get on top. Horodecki eventually flipped him b ack over, and pressed Saunders against the cage, which Saunders used to climb back up to his feet. Horodecki brought Saunders back to the ground, and Saunders slapped on a Kimura, but Horodecki broke out of it. Solid grappling on display in the opening round of this fight, with Horodecki coming out on top. The second round started, and Horodecki brought the fight to the ground again, and Saunders went for a guillotine, but he couldn't hold onto it, so Horodecki just pressed Saunders against the cage, and beat him up a little bit. The referee eventually stood them back up, and they traded strikes for a minute or so, before Horodecki took Saunders down again with a trip from the clinch. Horodecki is ahead 2-0 going into the final round. The final round started with another trip takedown by Horodecki. They moved toward the cage, and Saunders climbed back to his feet. Horodecki never let go of him, and continued to try to grind him to the ground. He eventually took him back down, beat the shit out of him on the ground, and dominated him for the remainder of the fight. Solid one-sided decision victory for Chris Horodecki.
      Sandro did a good job keeping his distance in the first round, picking apart Malegarie with his strikes, while avoiding Malegarie's takedown attempts. The second round was basically a repeat of the first round, and Sandro even took Malegarie to the ground 3 times, and then got back up quickly, avoiding the actual ground game of Malegarie. We go into the third round, with Sandro ahead 2-0 on the rounds. The second round was a pretty competitive striking match, and it could have probably gone either way, but it's not even worth arguing over, as Sandro clearly won this fight, AT LEAST 29-28, if not 30-27, and all 3 judges agreed.
      These guys were trading punches & kicks for the first half of the opening round, and it looked like Curran was landing the better shots to me. Curran also took Mann down at one point, Mann tried to work his rubber guard, but Curran was never in trouble. With 45 seconds left in the round, Curran tried to pass Mann's guard, and he beat him up with some ground & pound. Curran went for a D'Arce choke with 10 seconds left, but his arms weren't long enough to lock it on. Round one goes to Curran.
      The second round was another kickboxing match, with both guys landing some solid shots, but more often than not, I thought Curran was winning the exchanges. Curran shot for a takedown at the end of the round, and Mann caught him in a guillotine choke, but the bell rang before Curran found himself in too much trouble. I have Curran ahead, 2-0, going into the final round.
      They continued the kickboxing strategy for the rest of the final round, with both guys landing some decent shots, and working at a decent pace. Neither fighter really destroyed the other in this fight, but I feel pretty comfortable scoring this fight 30-27 in favor of Pat Curran, and for the most part, all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.