100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Brian Rogers - 92.8
2. Alexander Shlemenko - 92.5
3. Brett Cooper - 92.4
4. Bryan Baker - 92.3
5. Marcel Goncalves - 92.2
6. Ailton Barbosa - 91.8
7. Cristiano Souza - 91.1
8. Shah Bobonis - 90.8
9. Rad Martinez - 90.8
10. J.P. Reese - 90.1
Bellator 50: Baker vs. Hess
Location: Hollywood, Florida
Elevation: 10'
-Fight of the Night-
Bryan Baker vs. Jared Hess
Fighters & Matches 88.2
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 90.0
     The opening round seemed relatively even on the feet, with both guys landing some decent shots, until Reese knocked Brown to the ground. From there, Reese controlled him from inside Brown's guard for the rest of the round. The second round was another round of Reese on top inside Brown's guard, beating him up, after the second failed takedown attempt from Brown. I have Reese ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. The final round had Reese tripping Brown to the ground from the clinch, landing inside his guard again, where he finished out the fight. 30-27 on all scorecards, in favor of Reese.
      The first round was close, with both guys landing some solid kicks, and exchanging from the clinch a little bit. Kelly secured a takedown near the end of the round, which was probably enough to win the round for Kelly. The second round was another round with a lot of leg kicks going both ways, but Souza quickly took control, beating the shit out of Kelly on the feet for most of the round. I have the score all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was more of the same, with some slow paced circling for the first half of the round, with both guys exchanging leg kicks here & there. The fight went to the ground, Kelly tried to grab Souza's back, but they popped back up quickly. From there, Souza really started to pick apart Kelly with big punch combinations. There was a lot of standing around staring at each other, which was getting kind of old as the clock continued to count down. Kelly shot for a takedown, Souza stuffed it, and they just clinched against the cage for a few. I ended up scoring the fight 29-28 in favor of Cristiano Souza, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Keenan was dancing around the outside, waiting to strike, while Barbosa was throwing kicks to his body. Keenan shot in for a takedown, and Barbosa immediately took his back on the way down. From there, it was only a matter of a minute or so, before Barbosa was able to lock on a rear-naked choke, forcing Keenan to submit just two minutes into the first round. Solid Bellator debut for Ailton Barbosa.
      These guys traded strikes in the opening round, Hoven shot for a takedown and was stuffed, Martinez shot for a takedown against the cage, and slammed Hoven. Martinez wins round one. The second round featured another slam by Martinez, and more control from his side of things. In the final round, Hoven clipped Martinez, knocking him to the ground, but Martinez recovered and slammed Hoven again. Martinez beat up Hoven with some elbows, Hoven stood back up, Martinez took him back down again, and won the fight 30-27 on all scorecards.
      The first round had both guys wailing away at each other, with Cooper knocking Araujo to the ground, beating him up with some heavy punches, Araujo almost caught him in an armbar, and they stood back up, and Araujo blasted Cooper with some solid shots. The second round was another round full of back & forth action, with both guys blasting away at each other, and the round once again ended with Araujo looking for an armbar from his guard, while Cooper was punching him. I have the fight all tied up going into the final round. The final round started with both guys swinging for the fences, Cooper landed an uppercut followed by a solid hook, knocking Araujo to the ground, where Cooper finished him with punches. Great fight, and really strong win for Brett Cooper.
      The first round mostly consisted of Alvey picking apart Vianna with his boxing, and Vianna ended up clinching at the end of the round. Fairly close round, but I gave it to Alvey. The second round mostly consisted of Vianna smothering Alvey from the clinch, wearing him down, and he had a nice slam at the end of the round, that left Vianna looking for the rear-naked choke while riding Alvey's back. Really good round for Vitor Vianna. The third round was pretty competitive, but Vianna started to pull ahead at the end of the round with a couple of nice left hooks, which ended up leading to a 29-28 victory for Vianna on my scorecard, and two of the judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory.
(Guillotine Choke)
      Galesic tried to start this fight with a throw, and he failed, with Shlemenko ending up in top position. Galesic got beat up for a minute or so, and then stood up. They clinched against the cage, with Shlemenko directing traffic. Shlemenko locked on a tight guillotine choke, lifting Galesic into the air, forcing him to submit. That was a great submission victory for Alexander Shlemenko.
(Head Kick and Punches)
      O'Donnell shot in for an early takedown, but Rogers blasted him with some knees on his way in. They ended up clinching, with Rogers pressing O'Donnell up against the cage. They broke apart, O'Donnell landed a couple of nice punches, and then Rogers threw him against the cage, kicked him in the head, O'Donnell went down, Rogers blasted him in the face with some hammerfists, and the referee stopped the fight. It might have been a fast stoppage, as O'Donnell was immediately complaining about the stoppage, but still, nice finishing instincts by Brian Rogers.
      Hess looked reckless in the opening round, as he was putting everything he had into a takedown attempt, finally grabbing Baker's back a minute into the first round. He locked on a rear-naked choke, and somehow Baker rolled out of it, and then grabbed Hess with a body lock. Baker blasted him with a knee to the body, and Hess went for another takedown, but Baker sprawled. From that point forward, Baker bullied Hess on the ground, punching him in the face with big punches, and rolling him up into awkward positions. Hess shot for another takedown, and Baker caught him in an anaconda choke. They continued to scramble for a minute or so, and Baker finished the round by slapping on a D'Arce choke. Great opening minute for Hess, but the rest of the round goes to Baker, so I gave the round to Baker.
     Hess looked like his knee was going to give out on him as he walked out for the second round, plus he looked exhausted. Hess shot for another takedown to start the second round, and Baker stopped him with a front headlock. Hess finally plowed through, ending up on top, but as he tried to spin around to grab Baker's back, Baker flipped him over, and ended up sitting on Hess's face. Baker tried to lock on an armbar from a really awkward position, but that didn't go anywhere. Baker grabbed Hess's back, beat him up with some punches, and then started working for a rear-naked choke. They stood back up, and Baker beat up Hess on the feet until the round ended.
     They clinched to start the third round, with Baker controlling Hess with a tight body lock. Baker brought Hess to the ground while riding his back, and then punched him in the head from a turtle position. Baker looked like he was going to go for a rear-naked choke, but gave that up in favor of throwing big bombs at the head of Hess, eventually opening up enough to force the referee to stop the fight. Really solid performance by Bryan Baker, who in my opinion just earned himself a title shot against Lombard, but I guess this just brings him to the semi-finals. I sort of hate the Bellator tournament format.
      This fight started with Navarro blasting Goncalves, Goncalves shot for a takedown, Navarro tried to catch him in a triangle, Goncalves passed his guard, locked on an armbar, and finished the fight in the first half of the opening round, via submission. Nice Bellator debut for Marcel Goncalves.
      Bobonis knocked Matta down early in the first round, but wasn't able to keep him on the ground. Matta then took down Bobonis, went for an armbar, but Bobonis slipped out and stood back up. Matta tried to grab Bobonis's back, looking for a choke, but he escaped again, so Matta just finished the round with one last takedown. The second round was another round full of Matta looking for submissions, ending the round riding the back of Bobonis, still looking for a choke. The final round had Bobonis finally landing some solid strikes, rocking Matta with a few good combinations, while stuffing all of his takedowns for the round. Eventually, Bobonis landed a clean right hand that knocked Matta unconscious. Solid win for Bobonis, after getting outgrappled for 10 minutes.