(3/30/2012)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. David Rickels - 93.5
2. Karl Amoussou - 92.7
3. Brandon Fleming - 92.2
4. Munah Holland - 92.1
5. Ben Saunders - 92.1
6. Andrey Koreshkov - 91.4
7. Dan Cramer - 91.4
8. Ryan Quinn - 90.9
9. Jeff Nader - 90.3
10. Bryan Baker - 89.8
Bellator 63: Amoussou vs. Lozano
Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
Elevation: 259'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
David Rickels vs. Jordan Smith
89.9
Fighters & Matches 88.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 90.1
88.7
Submission
(Peruvian Necktie)
3:39
     Awesome! Fleming came out like a wild animal, threw Rogers to the ground, beat the living shit out of him, they scrambled around for a couple of minutes, with Fleming staying in control for the most part, eventually ending the fight in the first round with the Peruvian Necktie. I love seeing these obscure submissions, especially from new guys who come out and fight like mad men.
89.0
KO
(Punch)
9:45
      This was a good fight. Kheyfets had decent striking skills, and secured a takedown in the first round, but wasn't able to do much with it. Holland on the other hand, is a pretty great striker, showing solid boxing skills, as well as some decent kicks. I gave the first round to Holland based on striking, but it was close based on the takedown from Kheyfets. The second round had Holland knocking Kheyfets down several times, and then she eventually knocked her the fuck out with a big one two combination. Awesome KO victory for Munah Holland in her Bellator debut.
88.2
KO
(Punch)
1:26
      Howard was throwing some decent kicks and punches, but he seemed to be maybe a little too short & muscular to be able to really land much of anything, due to Koreshkov's range. The fight ended early in the first round, with Koreshkov landing a big punch, followed by a combination that planted Howard on his ass, where Koreshkov landed a few more punches before the referee had time to stop the fight. Nice Bellator debut for Andrey Koreshkov.
89.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This is a rematch from a few months ago. In the last fight, Cramer beat the shit out of Nader for 10+ minutes, and then got finished by a controversial referee stoppage. In this fight, they started by swinging for the fences, looking for the early stoppage, but they both survived some serious punches, and Cramer ended up on top, dropping elbows from inside Nader's guard, so I gave the first round to Dan Cramer.
     The second round started slower, with both guys testing the distance a little too much. Nader turned it up a notch halfway through the round, and blasted Cramer in the jaw with some massive punches, forcing Cramer to shoot for a takedown. Once he got Nader to the ground, he beat him up some more, like he always does. The referee then stood them back up, and Cramer took Nader right back down again. I was going to give that round to Nader based on damage on the feet, but it's hard to argue against Cramer's two takedowns, and ground & pound.
     Cramer took Nader down again in the third round, and continued to beat him up with some basic ground & pound against the cage. Scores for this fight seem to be all over the place, but I personally scored this one, 30-27, in favor of Dan Cramer. One judge gave the fight to Nader, 30-27, and the other two judges gave it to Cramer, 29-28, for the split-decision victory. I wonder if these guys will ever officially settle their beef with a decisive victory.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      This was another typical Ben Saunders fight, against a dude I've never heard of before, as Saunders was able to take him down repeatedly, beating the shit out of him on the ground with ground & pound in every round, and whenever Amaya was able to get on top, he consistently got caught in the dangerous guard of Saunders, where he was forced to defend against a barrage of triangle chokes & armbars. Even though Ben Saunders lost his title fight against Douglas Lima 4 months ago, Saunders still seems like the clear #2 Welterweight in Bellator right now, I don't think any of these other guys can hang with him right now. Props to Amaya for lasting the full 15 minutes, but Saunders wins via a very clear 30-27 unanimous decision.
89.9
KO
(Punches)
0:22
      That was a pretty fun fight, for 20 seconds or so. They both threw some punches and kicks, and then Rickels blasted Smith, knocking him unconscious with some huge right hands up against the cage, Smith started to roll backwards, clearly out for a few seconds at least, and Rickels continued to slam huge punches into his face until the referee stopped the fight. I thought it was a good stoppage, but Smith complained that it was early. Either way, awesome showing by David Rickels, with a 22 second knockout.
87.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Baker grabbed a body lock, and took Pereira down, 90 seconds into the first rouind. Pereira swept him 30 seconds later. Baker got back to his feet, and they traded a few strikes while standing. That round could very easily be considered a draw. As soon as I thought I would score it for Baker, Pereira sort of took him down, making the round feel VERY even. So yeah, round one was a draw.
     The second round was boring as shit for 4 minutes. Pereira then took Baker down, and got punched in the head a lot. Baker sort of went for an armbar, but Pereira was able to avoid it. Baker broke free, got on top, stood up, and kicked Pereira a few times before the round ended. I'm giving that round to Baker. The final round was another boring round, with both guys standing, and throwing 1-2 strikes every 15-20 seconds. Baker got more aggressive in the last half of the round, which was enough to win the round I thought. In the end, I gave this fight to Baker, 30-28. The judges split it up, with two judges giving the fight to Baker via split-decision.
88.8
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:05
      I was looking forward to this fight, but nothing at all happened in the first 90 seconds, so the crowd was getting pretty restless. Amoussou then kicked Lozano in the face, cut his head, Lozano caught the kick and took him to the ground. Amoussou was able to sweep him, grabbing Lozano's back pretty quickly. He locked on the rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission just 2 minutes into the opening round. That was an EXPLOSIVE finish, after 90 seconds of absolutely nothing happening. Really nice win for Karl Amoussou.
86.7
Decision
15:00
      The first round was a decent back & forth battle, mostly grappling & clinch work, with Almeida controlling most of the round. Almeida started to run out of energy in the second round, trying to take Bassette to the ground, and Bassette was able to nearly finish the fight with a guillotine choke, and then beat up Almeida with some punches. The final round featured an even MORE exhausted Almeida, as he struggled to hang in there, while Bessette beat him up. Almeida was even on top, in Bessette's guard, but Bessette was able to beat him up from that position as well. I scored the fight 29-28 for Bessette, and all 3 judges agreed, with two of them giving him all 3 rounds.
88.1
Decision
15:00
      Stevens took Quinn down early in the first round, but Quinn popped right back up and they exchanged strikes from the clinch. The second round had Quinn taking Stevens down and beating him up on the ground for most of the round. The final round was a round full of wrestling, with both guys battling for dominant positions, with Quinn ending up on top for the most part. Stevens caught him in a triangle at one point, but Quinn powered out of that, and continued to beat up Stevens on the ground. In the end, Quinn at least won this fight 29-28, if not 30-27, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
OVERALL 90.1
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