(9/24/2011)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Alexis Vila - 94.2
2. Eduardo Dantas - 92.2
3. Joey Holt - 91.8
4. John Hawk - 91.8
5. Dan Spohn - 91.7
6. Jessica Eye - 91.2
7. Ed West - 90.5
8. Clint Musser - 90.4
9. Frank Caraballo - 90.1
10. Marcos Galvao - 90.1
Bellator 51: Warren vs. Vila
Location: Canton, Ohio
Elevation: 1,060'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Alexis Vila vs. Joe Warren
91.5
Fighters & Matches 88.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 89.9
88.4
KO
(Flying Knee)
4:07
     Musser shot for a single leg early in the opening round, and Holt hammered him with elbows on the way down. Musser spent most of the round clinching with Holt's back, throwing him around, and punching him in the face from behind. If Musser would have landed those punches with a little more power, I would have considered scoring the round 10-8 in favor of Musser. Fortunately, I didn't have to worry about that, because with one minute left in the round, Holt finally got back to his feet, threw a kick, blasted Musser in the chin with a beautifully timed flying knee, knocking Musser unconscious, causing him to fall face first to the canves. Great comeback victory for Holt in his Bellator debut.
87.7
TKO
(Retirement)
10:00
      These guys spent the opening round trading punches, with Hawk using his reach advantage to pick apart Weickert. Hawk looks like he's a full weight class larger than Weickert, who weighed in 5 pounds under the limit. Hawk secured a takedown at the end of the round, and pounded on Weickert's face, leaving him a bloody mess. Hawk was warned for groin shots in between rounds. Hawk continued to bully Weickert in the second round, punching him in the face and throwing him around. Hawk was blasting Weickert with knees from the clinch, he threw one massive knee to what I thought was the lower stomach, but Weickert claimed it was a groin shot, so the referee took a point from Hawk. Once the fight started back up, Hawk continued to dominate Weickert. Let's be honest here, Weickert simply doesn't belong in the same cage as John Hawk. You could argue that Hawk still won that round as a 9-8 round, based on Hawk losing a point, but otherwise having a 10-8 performance against Weickert in that round. The score doesn't matter though, because Weickert was unable to answer the bell for the third round, so Hawk wins via retirement in between rounds.
88.9
KO
(Knee)
0:09
      This fight was pretty cool. The fight started, they met in the center of the cage. Spohn threw a big left knee to the chin of Bonnigson, and finished the fight via knockout in just 9 seconds of the first round. Awesome Bellator debut for Dan Spohn.
87.0
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Riggleman grabbed Sharipov's back early in the first round, but Sharipov spun out of that and took Riggleman to the ground. They stood back up, and Riggleman tried for another takedown from the clinch, but Sharipov ended up being the one to bring the fight to the ground against the cage. The entire first round was basically a weird scramble for takedowns, so I'm going to call that round a draw. The second round took place standing, with both guys trading blow for blow, resulting in another round with no clear winner. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round. Riggleman controlled the final round from the clinch, throwing some decent knees, and he also secured a takedown in the last half of the round, where he was able to beat up Sharipov on the ground. In the end, the third round was the only round with a clear winner, so based on that, I gave the fight to Riggleman. Two judges basically agreed, giving him the split-decision victory.
88.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Noland started the fight throwing a few hard punches, and then clinched with Eye, up against the face. By the end of the first round, Eye was controlling the clinch, and landing knees to the legs of Noland. The second round was a pretty fun brawl, with Eye throwing Noland to the ground a few times, and hitting her with some really strong strikes. The third round was more of the same, with a lot of gritty brawling, and I think Jessica Eye won that round as well. So... In the end, I guess this was a pretty close fight, but I thought it was pretty clearly a victory for Jessica Eye, and I think Noland knew that too, because she wasn't exactly celebrating when the fight ended. Congrats to Eye for a hard fought Bellator debut.
88.0
Decision
15:00
      Ed West took Nogueira to the ground in the last half of the opening round, which I thought was enough to win the round for him, even though he didn't do anything with it. There weren't a lot of highlights in that round though. Nogueira hit West with some knees from the clinch, but probably not enough to make up for the takedown. The second round had both guys standing & trading, with West using his reach to his advantage for the first half of the round. Nogueira took him down in the last half of the round, but let West back up shortly after. Nogueira then controlled West from the clinch for the rest of the round. I have the fight all tied up going into the final round. The final round was basically a wild scramble, capped off with West going for a Kimura late in the round, which I thought was enough to score the fight for West. It really could have gone either way, but all 3 judges gave it to Ed West, so I'm fine with that decision.
87.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Beebe locked on a guillotine choke to start the opening round, but Galvao was able to break free from it. They stood back up, and Beebe cranked on another guillotine choke. Galvao escaped and rained down some punches while standing above Beebe. They stood back up, clinched, and left the round in a position that could have maybe gone either way. They clinched to start the second round, and Galvao tripped Beebe to the ground. They stood back up and Beebe started picking apart Galvao on the feet with his punches. They clinched again, and Galvao tripped Beebe again, landing inside his guard. Beebe landed an illegal upkick, and Galvao then passed his guard. Galvao was looking for a submission or something, but Beebe was able to stand up in the final seconds of the round. The final round was basically just a sloppy brawl. Honestly, this fight probably could have gone either way, and I probably would have scored it for Beebe if it was up to me, but two of the judges gave it to Galvao, via split-decision.
89.2
KO
(Flying Knee and Punches)
6:02
      Dantas came out for his Bellator debut, and kicked the shit out of Reis. I mean he actually threw a ton of kicks, and knocked Reis off balance several times. Dantas apparently poked Reis in the eye, and Reis called timeout, but the referee told them to keep fighting because he didn't see anything. Reis eventually clinched with Dantas from behind, while throwing knees to his ass. Dantas seemed completely lost at that point. The referee finally broke them up, and told them to FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT! From there, Dantas went back to throwing those kicks, blasting Reis with some hard shots. I scored round one for Dantas. Dantas continued to pick apart Reis in the second round with crisp punches & kicks. One minute in, Dantas threw a flying knee, that looked like it might have hit Reis's chest, but it had 100% of Dantas's weight behind it, so it knocked Reis on his ass, where Dantas finished him off with punches on the ground. Awesome Bellator debut for Eduardo Dantas, against a tough fighter in Wilson Reis.
91.5
KO
(Punch)
1:04
      Warren chased Vila around for 30 seconds or so, swinging big punches, and missing with pretty much everything. Vila returned fire, nearly knocking Warren's head off, hammering him with massive punches against the cage, Vila shot for a takedown, Warren stuffed it, Vila BLASTED him in the chin with a massive left hand, knocking Warren unconscious, and then Vila smashed his face in with a massive right hand before the referee could knock him off the cold body of Joe Warren. That was one of the best Bellator debuts I've ever seen, as Vila continues his undefeated streak, by taking out Bellator's FEATHERWEIGHT Champion, in just over one minute of the first round. That was fucking awesome.
85.7
TKO
(Knee Injury)
1:19
      Caraballo came out swinging, and Kempf took him to the ground. Kempf tried to take his back, but Caraballo escaped and punched Kempf. Kempf fell down, and the fight was stopped, because his knee went out on him or something. I'm not really sure what happened, all I know is that Kempf's knee is jacked.
OVERALL 89.9
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