100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Mike Richman - 93.1
2. Chad Laprise - 92.4
3. Hiroshi Nakamura - 91.6
4. Elias Theodorou - 91.5
5. Kyle Prepolec - 91.3
6. Travis Marx - 91.2
7. Rodrigo Lima - 91.2
8. Jason Fischer - 90.7
9. Marlon Sandro - 90.5
10. Masakatsu Ueda - 90.2
Bellator 64: Theodorou vs. Lictawa
Location: Ontario, Canada
Elevation: 1,000'
-Fight of the Night-
Mike Richman vs. Chris Horodecki
Fighters & Matches 88.2
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 89.8
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
     The first round was a little slow paced, with each fighter scoring a takedown, but not really doing anything on the ground. Solomon threw Fischer down late in the round, but Fischer controlled more of the fight on the ground, so round one goes to Fischer. The second round had Fischer beating up Solomon on the feet, and then taking him down, beating him up a little bit on the ground with punches. The final round was the same thing, Fischer landed some strikes, took the fight to the ground, and took Solomon's back near the end of the round, locking on a rear-naked choke, putting him to sleep with one second left in the fight. Really nice technical submission victory for Jason Fischer in his Bellator debut.
      The first round started with Taleb running through Secor to get him to the ground, ending up in the guard of Secor. After a couple of minutes of basic body shots thrown by Taleb, the referee eventually decided to stand them up. Secor spent a little bit of time, doing the butt scoot bullshit, but eventually had to stand up, where Taleb picked him apart with strikes. Secor appeared to be one of the least confident martial artists I've ever seen. Taleb on the other hand, seemed focused, and pretty much beat up Secor from all positions. Taleb seems like a B-Level fighter, and Secor seems like a C-Level fighter. So this wasn't a great fight, but it was a very one-sided unanimous decision victory for Taleb, winning all 3 rounds on all scorecards.
      This fight was a pretty decent boxing match while it lasted, with Richman stalking Horodecki, chasing him down, and beating him up with hard punch combinations, eventually knocking Horodecki unconscious in just over one minute of the first round. That was an AWESOME Bellator debut for Mike Richman, against a pretty tough veteran.
(Triangle Choke)
      These guys came out, both showing solid speed, and Laprise showing some good boxing skills, but Taveirne was able to take him to the ground without a lot of resistance. They went back to their feet, and Taveirne continued to grind away from the clinch. Taveirne SLAMMED Laprise to the ground with a nice belly to belly suplex attempt, but he landed in the guard of Laprise, where Laprise was able to finish him off with a tight triangle choke. Really nice Bellator debut for Chad Laprise.
      A few quick strikes were thrown both ways, and then Nakamura shot in for a takedown, ending up in Lima's guard. Lima immediately started working for an armbar, making it pretty clear that his guard game is pretty legit. It looked like Nakamura was ready to stand up, but Lima looked like quicksand, sucking Nakamura back into the guard. So yeah, Nakamura spent most of that round on top, but Lima's guard was WAY more dangerous than Nakamura's basic ground & pound. Lima got back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the round, and then threw a knee to Nakamura's groin. Once the fight started back up, there was a brief scramble, as Lima continued to work his guard game. Round one goes to Lima, but it was a close round.
     The second round started, they clinched, and Lima threw another knee to Nakamura's groin. This time the referee took a point from him. Once the fight started back up, Nakamura took the fight to the ground again, and once again, was wrapped up inside the dangerous guard of Lima, as Lima continued to look for armbars & various submissions. Nakamura landed a few decent shots, but I'm still giving more credit to Lima's grappling on the ground, so I technically scored that round for Lima, which makes it a draw since he lost a point, so 9-9 round, that would have gone to Lima if it wasn't for the groin shot.
     The final round went to the ground early, with Nakamura on top, and Lima nearly ripped his arm off with a Kimura. Once Nakamura broke free from that, he held his top position, and continued to beat up Lima on the ground, with probably the best ground & pound of the fight so far. In the final 90 seconds, they got wrapped up in a leg lock battle, but the referee stood them up. Nakamura grabbed Lima's back in the clinch, Lima rolled for a leg lock, and the round ended. That was a very close fight, I feel like Lima should have won the fight, but since he threw those groin strikes, then I guess I'm not going to argue with Nakamura winning it. I'm looking forward to seeing both of these guys fight again in the future though.
      They traded strikes on the feet to start the fight, Marx brought the fight to the ground, Ueda went for a Kimura, Marx broke free, and beat up Ueda for the rest of the round on the ground. Round one goes to Marx. Marx threw some strikes to start the second round, Ueda caught a kick, and took him to the ground. Marx was able to wrestle his way into top position, as Ueda was still working for another Kimura. Ueda gave up his back, and Marx went for an awkward triangle armbar sort of thing from back mount, but Ueda was able to escape. Ueda ended the round on top, looking for a loose guillotine choke, but I still scored that round for Marx. I have Marx ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. The final round had Ueda looking more aggressive, pushing the pace, pressuring Marx to back up against the cage, while Ueda was throwing a few strikes here & there. Ueda also secured a takedown, and controlled Marx on the ground. In the end, I thought this was a pretty obvious 29-28 decision for Marx, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory in his Bellator debut.
      They stood and traded strikes for most of the first round. Sandro kicked Bezerra in the balls halfway through the round. Once the fight started back up, Bezerra started looking for the takedown, but Sandro did a good job stuffing it. The striking was pretty even, so I guess I'm going to give that round to Sandro, based on his takedown defense.
     The second round was another round full of striking, with both guys looking similar on the feet, but I would give the slight edge once again to Sandro, for landing the better shots. It's a pretty close fight so far though. Bezerra went all out for the takedown in the third round, throwing Sandro around like a ragdoll, and slamming him to the ground, but Sandro was still able to end up on top in Bezerra's guard. The referee stood them back up, and Bezerra was able to spend the rest of the round picking apart Sandro on the feet. I scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Sandro, and two judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory.
      Ben Askren's standup striking is atrocious, as he moves like a Sumo Wrestler, and just pressured Lima for the first round, while throwing ugly strikes. Once he took Lima down, it was all about Screech from Saved by the Bell, pounding on Lima on the ground, while controlling him with his wrestling skills. He reminds me of Matt Lindland with an afro. He's a good fighter, good wrestler, etc... But I don't like watching him fight at all. In the end, he controlled all 25 minutes of this round, grinding out a unanimous decision victory, over Douglas Lima, which is disappointing, because I would have liked to see Lima knock out Askren.
      Snow landed some decent leg kicks to start the round, while Prepolec looked like he was just waiting for his chance to strike. He eventually started to tee off on Snow, landing big punches & kicks, Snow clinched, and took Prepolec to the ground. Snow postured up, trying to pass the guard, while dropping some decent punches from half mount. Prepolec regained his guard, threw some decent punches from the bottom, Snow postured up, and Prepolec slapped on an armbar, forcing Snow to tapout immediately. Nice submission victory for Prepolec in his Bellator debut.
      Theodorou started the fight with some decent kicks, but Lictawa was able to clinch with him, and then he launched him into the air with a HUGE suplex, dropping Theodorou on his head. Lictawa controlled the next couple of minutes with his wrestling, but Theodorou was able to get back to his feet, where he continued to beat up Lictawa with his striking. That suplex scored huge points for Lictawa, but I might have to give the round to Theodorou anyway, for landing some really nice knees & kicks in the first round. Theodorou started the second round with some nice clinch work, slamming a lot of big knees into the face of Lictawa, and controlling him with the clinch against the cage. Lictawa had me a little nervous though, as he was able to land some pretty big counter uppercuts from the clinch. That's two rounds for Theodorou on the scorecards. The third round started, and Theodorou got the clinch again, and Lictawa randomly said he can't see, so the fight was stopped. Nice win for Elias Theodorou.