100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Alexandre Bezerra - 93.4
2. Taylor Solomon - 92.7
3. Dave Jansen - 92.1
4. Denis Puric - 92.0
5. Matt Van Buren - 91.9
6. Douglas Lima - 91.8
7. Josh Shockley - 91.2
8. Douglas Evans - 91.2
9. Alexander Shlemenko - 90.5
10. Ben Saunders - 89.5
Bellator 57: Lima vs. Saunders
Location: Ontario, Canada
Elevation: 1,000'
-Fight of the Night-
Alexandre Bezerra vs. Douglas Evans
Fighters & Matches 88.0
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 89.8
     Sledzion threw a few kicks, before getting blasted in the face with a big left hand, knocking him to the ground, where Solomon went crazy on him, dragging him to the ground with a headlock, whipping him around with hip tosses, and then Solomon crushed Sledzion's skull with a massive right hand, followed by a few more punches, and the referee stopped the fight as Sledzion appeared to be out on his feet. Nice quick win for Taylor Solomon in his Bellator debut.
(Guillotine Choke)
      This fight started with Moon running headfirst into a guillotine choke, Shockley just stood there and cranked it, and Moon tapped out almost immediately. That might have been one of the worst debuts I've ever seen from someone. I mean, he LITERALLY started the fight by running headfirst into a guillotine, and then tapped out in panic mode. Solid win for Shockley, but MAN... Moon looked bad here...
(Corner Stoppage)
      Chuck "The Energiza Bunny" Mady, came out to the cage wearing giant pink bunny ears, ala Rayman Raving Rabbids. He also has his eyebrows shaved off, and his eyes make him look like a crack head. As for the actual fight, Puric beat the shit out of Mady for two rounds, hammering him with punches & kicks for 10 minutes. After the 2nd round, Mady told his corner that he can't continue because his jaw is fucked up. Denis Puric is a beast though. I'm looking forward to seeing him fight again in the future.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Morvari picked up Jansen and slammed him early in the first round, but Jansen locked on a tight guillotine, which pretty much took away any value that the takedown had for Morvari. There was a brief scramble, and Jansen ended up on top of Morvari, going for another guillotine while pressing him against the cage. Jansen spent the rest of the round beating up Morvari on the ground, while Morvari tried to wrestle his way to safety. I scored the first round for Jansen. There was a wild scramble one minute into the second round, where Jansen took Morvari to the ground again. Jansen postured up, landed some elbows & punches, Morvari gave up his back, and then Jansen finished him off with a rear-naked choke. Nice submission victory for Dave Jansen.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Buren landed some really nice combinations in the opening round, driving Levesque back against the cage, resulting in Buren throwing a knee to Levesque's groin. Once the fight started back up again, Buren took Leveque to the ground, where he beat him up with short punches and shoulder strikes. A couple of minutes later, Buren finally passed Levesque's guard, he landed some really heavy punches & elbows from full mount, Levesque gave up his back, Buren locked on a rear-naked choke, and Levesque was forced to submit. Nice win for Matt Van Buren.
      Corey took Horodecki to the ground 30 seconds into the opening round. From there, Corey controlled the rest of the round, but he didn't really do much damage from top position. The second round took place on the feet, where Horodecki was able to pick apart Corey with pinches & elbows. Corey shot in for a takedown late in the round, but Horodecki sprawled, and then continued to beat up Corey. I have the fight all tied up going into the final round. The final round had 30 seconds of Horodecki beating up Corey on the feet, before Corey took him to the ground again, and hit him with some short strikes. They stood back up, and Horodecki was working for a guillotine from the clinch. They traded some knees, and then the referee broke them apart. The final 2 minutes had Horodecki beating up Corey on the feet, while sprawling to avoid takedowns. This was a nice competitive fight, but I scored it 29-28 for Horodecki. One judge agreed, and the other two called it a draw, resulting in an official "Majority Draw". I'll go ahead and be the tie breaker here, and I'll agree with the one judge that gave it to Horodecki, so I'm going to give him the victory points.
(Heel Hook)
      This fight falls under the category of feeding the lamb to the lion, with Bezerra being the obvious lion here. Of the fights I've seen so far, Bezerra has a 3-0 record, and Evans has an 0-3 record. They traded strikes for the first 90 seconds, and Bezerra's right eye started to swell shut, so he shot in for a lightning fast takedown, and beat up Evans on the ground for a little while. Evans tried to get to his feet, Bezerra slapped on a guillotine, Evans picked him up over his head, and bodyslammed him. Shit got pretty wild on the ground, with Evans beating up Bezerra, as Bezerra was looking for an armbar, and Evans slammed his way out of the armbar. This fight is WAY more competitive than I expected it to be. Bezerra eventually slapped on a heel hook, and Evans immediately went into panic mode, tapping instantly. Awesome performance by Bezerra, and a crazy good performance for Evans as well.
      The first round took place on the feet, with both guys throwing strikes, but neither guy really dominating in any area. Hawk spent the second round pressing Hollett against the cage, while throwing short knees to the legs. Hollett broke free, and landed some decent punches, but for the most part, I thought Hawk controlled the second round. So far, I think I have Hawk ahead, 2-0, going into the final round, but neither fighter really won either of those rounds by a large margin at all. Hawk continued to press Hollett against the cage for most of the final round. In the end, I thought Hawk won all 3 rounds, but this fight was pretty boring overall. Two of the judges disagreed with me, giving the fight to Hollett via split-decision.
      The first round had both guys trading strikes at a relatively even pace. Neither fighter really came out with a clear lead in the opening round. The second round also took place on the feet, with Shlemenko applying more pressure, and therefore, winning the round. The final round was another round that took place standing, with Shlemenko beating up Vianna, and chasing him around the cage. In the end, I thought Shlemenko at least won the last two rounds, if not all 3. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory, in a somewhat lackluster tournament final.
      The first round was mostly a clinch fest up against the cage, with Saunders controlling the clinch, and Saunders using his range to pick apart Lima when they weren't clinching. Near the end of the round, Saunders threw Lima to the ground, ending up in full mount, where he beat him up for the final 30 seconds or so. Nice round for Saunders. The second round started with another clinch up against the cage, this time with Lima in control, and the referee separated them due to inactivity. Again, Lima blasted Saunders with a big right hand, knocking him to the ground, and then he knocked him out with hammerfists on the ground. Second KO victory in a row for Douglas Lima, and it's against a guy that's PROBABLY his biggest named opponent yet.