100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Steve Steinbeiss - 92.4
2. Ricardo Tirloni - 91.9
3. Rich Hale - 91.8
4. Jacob Ortiz - 91.7
5. Eduardo Dantas - 91.4
6. Travis Wiuff - 90.9
7. Alexis Vila - 90.8
8. Erin Beach - 90.4
9. Ed West - 90.4
10. Edgar Garcia - 90.4
Bellator 55: Galvao vs. Vila
Location: Yuma, Arizona
Elevation: 141'
-Fight of the Night-
Eduardo Dantas vs. Ed West
Fighters & Matches 87.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.2
TOTAL 89.5
(Rear-Naked Choke)
     A few punches were thrown, Moore shot for a takedown, and ran head first into a guillotine choke. Steinbeiss gave that up and immediately started looking for a triangle choke. Moore escaped and spent a couple of minutes trying to pass the guard. Steinbeiss slapped on an omoplata, and used that to grab Moore's back. They stood up, with Steinbeiss clinching with Moore's back, Moore rolled forward, and escaped, ending up back on top. They scrambled around for another minute or so, before Steinbeiss grabbed Moore's back, locking on a rear-naked choke, for the submission victory with only a few seconds left in the opening round. Solid display of grappling by Steve Steinbeiss.
      The first round was hard to score, with both guys just clinching with each other, and pressing each other against the cage. It wasn't a very exciting round. Piedmont secured a takedown in the final seconds, landing in full mount, but he didn't have enough time to do anything with it. I guess I would give him the round for that takedown though. The second round was another round full of clinching. I really don't think either fighter has a clear advantage at this point in the fight, so I'm going to call it all tied up going into the final round. Porter showed slightly better striking for the duration of the fight, and controlled most of the final 2 rounds, so for that reason, I scored this fight 29-28 in favor of Jade Porter. I didn't think either fighter really looked very refined though.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Beach started this fight by stalking Jackson, while Jackson was throwing wild bombs, without any care for his own health. Beach took him to the ground one minute into the opening round. Jackson went for an armbar, but Beach broke through it, moved to side control, and pounded on Jackson's face with punches. Beach grabbed Jackson's back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission with a minute left in the opening round. Decent Bellator debut for Erin Beach.
      Garcia held the center of the cage, while Ortiz circled around him on the outside. For every punch Ortiz threw, Garcia would counter with a couple of really hard shots. Garcia really started to pick apart Ortiz with some brutal leg kicks, while he continued to beat him up with his boxing. Garcia was pretty clearly winning this fight, until he started to give up on his footwork, which left him standing in front of Ortiz, without guarding his chin. Ortiz threw a MASSIVE right hand, knocking out Garcia with a one punch KO. Garcia looked good, until he started taunting Ortiz, at which point, he got fucked up. Really nice win for Jacob Ortiz.
      Rich Hale looked like a giant compared to Flores. They both came out swinging with wild punches, Hale blasted Flores in the face with a big right hand, Flores fell face first to the canvas, and Hale walked away in celebration. Great 18 second KO victory for Rich Hale.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      These guys clinched early, with Gable pressing Tirloni against the cage. Tirloni broke free halfway through the round, landed some strikes, Gable shot for a takedown, Tirloni stuffed him and ended up on top. From there, Tirloni beat up Gable for a little while before they stood back up, where Gable continued his clinch against the cage. Round one goes to Tirloni.
     Gable went right back to the boring clinching against the cage to start the second round, while Tirloni continued to work for trips, trying to bring Gable to the ground. 90 seconds into the round, Tirloni was able to throw Gable to the ground. From there, Tirloni beat up Gable for a couple of minutes with some big punches & elbows from above. He eventually mounted him, Gable gave up his back, Tirloni locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission, with a minute left in the second round.
      Christian M'Pumbu is the Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion, but this isn't a title fight, because Wiuff didn't win a tournament to earn a title shot. I hate the way Bellator manages these titles. I love the tournament format, but if winning a tournament, means the champion doesn't have to defend his belt until they hold another tournament in that weight class, then that just feels silly.
     The first round of this fight had Wiuff taking M'Pumbu to the ground in the first 30 seconds, and he spent the entire round beating him up on the ground. M'Pumbu went for an armbar late in the round, but Wiuff pounded his way out of it. The second round was the same story, with Wiuff taking M'Pumbu to the ground, and pounding on him for the entire round. M'Pumbu went for a triangle choke in the last half of the round, and Wiuff slammed his way out of it, and continued to beat up M'Pumbu. Wiuff is ahead, 2-0, going into the final round.
     M'Pumbu finally started to make his comeback a round too late, in the final round, as he was picking apart an exhausted Wiuff with punch combinations. Wiuff tried to clinch with him against the cage, but M'Pumbu broke free, and then rocked Wiuff with a big right hand, knocking him to the ground. M'Pumbu jumped on him and tried to finish him, but Wiuff was able to do just enough from his guard to hang in there. Once he recovered, Wiuff hopped back up and took M'Pumbu to the ground again with 90 seconds left in the round. From there, Wiuff beat up M'Pumbu for the rest of the round with short punches to the head. Travis Wiuff ends up winning via unanimous decision, in this ridiculous non-title fight.
      Dantas knocked down West 90 seconds into the first round, and beat him up on the ground for a few seconds, before West went for an armbar, but Dantas slipped out, got back to his feet, and they clinched. West threw some punches, rocked Dantas, and they clinched again. It was a close round, but I scored it for Dantas.
     The second round had Dantas picking apart West on the feet, throwing some nice punch combinations, and controlling him from the clinch. Dantas tripped West to the ground halfway through the round, grabbed his back, and spent the next minute or so looking for a rear-naked choke. West was able to spin out of it, but Dantas still won that round.
     The final round was a pretty scrappy round, with a lot of back & forth action, but the fight was paused with two minutes left in the round, from an eye poke or something, which caused Dantas to collapse while screaming. Once the fight started back up, they traded punches back & forth in a relatively even exchange. I don't know who won that round, but I have Dantas ahead by at least 2 rounds, so I scored the fight for him. Two of the judges agreed, giving the fight to Eduardo Dantas via split-decision.
      Both fighters spent most of the first round trading strikes, with Vila securing a takedown for a few seconds, so I thought that was enough to score the round for Vila. Vila sort of scored a takedown early in the second round, but hopped right back up. They spent the rest of the round trading strikes, at a relatively even pace, making it hard to really declare either fighter the winner. For the time being, I have Vila up, 2-0, going into the final round, but it's a close fight so far. The final round was another round full of back & forth action, with Galvao outstriking Vila, but Vila took him down at one point, so... In the end, I scored this fight 29-28, in favor of Alexis Vila, and two of the judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory, but this fight really could have gone either way.
(Guillotine Choke)
      Efrain threw a kick, Avila kicked him back, Efrain pressured him up against the cage, pulled him down to the ground, got the full mount, locked on a guillotine choke from mount, and had Avila's hand trapped for a few seconds as well, and eventually, Avila was forced to tapout. Nice submission victory for Efrain Escudero, against a fighter I've never heard of before.