(3/16/2012)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (16 Total):
1. Trey Houston - 94.2
2. Brian Rogers - 92.7
3. Josh Quayhagen - 91.9
4. Derrick Krantz - 91.8
5. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky - 91.8
6. Jeremiah Riggs - 91.4
7. Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves - 91.3
8. Jason Sampson - 90.5
9. Bruno Santos - 89.4
10. Victor ODonnell - 89.4
Bellator 61: Falcao vs. Paraisy
Location: Bossier City, Louisiana
Elevation: 174'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Trey Houston vs. Jeremiah Riggs
90.5
Fighters & Matches 88.0
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 89.7
90.5
Submission
(Armbar)
3:30
     These guys were throwing bombs at each other, with big heavy punch combinations, and wild knees. Riggs flipped Houston to the ground with an awesome slam, and then he continued to pound on Houston with big punches. They stood back up, and both fighters were already bleeding above their left eyes. They traded some more bombs, before Houston was able to take Riggs to the ground, landing in side control against the cage. Houston hammered on the head of Riggs with some big elbows on the ground, before standing back up. They continued to throw bombs, and Houston secured another takedown. This time he moved quickly into full mount, he continued to blast Riggs with heavy punches, Riggs tried to roll out to escape, Houston locked on an armbar, and finished the fight by submission with 90 seconds left in the first round. That was an awesome fight by both guys, and a really slick victory for Trey Houston in his Bellator debut.
87.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
12:25
      Sampson started the fight by kicking Myers in the dick. They spent the rest of the round trading strikes, and trying to take each other to the ground, for the most part, unsuccessfully. Sampson finally secured a takedown in the final seconds of the round. The second round started a bit wild, Sampson threw a flying knee, and his foot bumped the balls of Myers again, so the fight was paused this time. Once the fight stared back up, they continued to brawl with each other, with Sampson eventually taking Myers to the ground again, this time mounting his back, and smashing his head with punches & elbows until the bell rang. Sampson is ahead 2-0 going into the final round. The final round started where Sampson left off, as he took Myers to the ground again, beat the shit out of him, grabbed his back, and finished him off with a rear-naked choke. Solid one-sided performance by Jason Sampson.
88.0
Technical Submission
(Brabo Choke)
3:01
      Scallon shot for a takedown in the first 30 seconds of the fight, and Krantz sprawled, immediately going for a D'Arce choke. They got back to their feet, and traded shots from the clinch, and then went back down to the ground, with Krantz on top in side mount. From there the fight was a bit of a stalemate, until Scallan tried to roll out of it, and he rolled straight into that D'Arce choke, which Krantz was able to put him to sleep with. Really slick submission from Krantz.
88.8
KO
(Flying Knee)
4:14
      Brian Rogers started the fight with a heavy leg kick, followed by a few punches scattered through the first 90 seconds or so. Vianna shot for a takedown, but Rogers was able to widen his base enough to stay standing against the cage. They broke apart, and Rogers continued to pick apart Vianna on the feet with some random punches. Vianna shot for another takedown, and Rogers threw him to the ground, and stood back up. A good portion of this fight had both guys just circling around each other, doing absolutely nothing. In the final minute of the fight, Rogers rocked Vianna with some punches, threw a flying knee, and Vianna collapsed in slow motion, as Rogers celebrated his KO victory. Another great finish for Brian Rogers.
86.0
Decision
15:00
      Santos hit Santana a few times, Santana shot for a takedown, and Santos just kept standing, while punching Santana in the head while he was wrapped around his leg. They clinched for a few seconds, and Santos threw a knee to Santana's groin. Once the fight started back up, they continued to trade strikes at a slow pace. I guess I would give that round to Santos. The second round had a lot of slow paced clinching. Santos got Santana to the ground halfwya through the round, but he didn't do anything with it. I'm giving that round to Santos as well. The final round was another slow paced striking round, with Santos securing a takedown halfway through the round. Of course he didn't do anything with it, so... He still wins, 30-27 on my card, and two judges gave it to him 29-28.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      O'Donnell scored a takedown in the first half of the opening round. He then spent the rest of the round beating up Vasilevsky on the ground with short punches. The referee stood them back up with a minute left in the round, and Vasilevsky tried to steal the round with a takedown, but I'm assuming that round will go to O'Donnell. It was a close round though.
     The second round had Vasilevsky knocking down O'Donnell in the first 30 seconds, and then he basically mauled him for the rest of the round. O'Donnell went for a leg lock, but Vasilevsky was able to escape with the help of a few small fence grabs. Round two goes to Vasilevsky. The final round was a repeat of the second, with Vasilevsky taking O'Donnell down early, and beating the shit out of him for the rest of the round. This fight was a pretty clear 29-28 victory for Vasilevsky, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision.
87.4
Decision
15:00
      Falcao took this fight to the ground almost immediately. He got a little too high with his mount, and Paraisy was able to get back to his feet. They chipped away at each other with some strikes, and then Falcao went for a wild slam near the end of the round, he couldn't quite pull it off, so he threw a short knee as the bell sounded, and then Paraisy punched him in the face with an obviously late punch. They apologized, and we move on to round two. Round one goes to Falcao though.
     Falcao really started to open up with some solid combinations in the second round, landing a lot of nice punches & kicks. They clinched for a little while in that round, but for the most part, it was all about Falcao beating up Paraisy on the feet. Falcao is ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. Falcao scored an early takedown in the final round, and beat the shit out of Paraisy for a little while. That was a decent scrap, but it was an easy fight to score, 30-27 across the board for Falcao.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      Quayhagen opened the fight with some kicks, which Taylor caught, taking Quayhagen down. It wasn't long before Quayhagen got back to his feet, and continued to beat up Taylor with more kicks & punches. The rest of the fight consisted of Quayhagen kicking the living shit out of Taylor, with a wide variety of kicks and forward movement, while Taylor's only response was to bleed all over the place. Taylor traded guillotine chokes at the end of the final round, but in the end, this fight is easy to score, 30-27 across the board for Quayhagen.
OVERALL 89.7
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