100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Eduardo Dantas - 92.8
2. Will Martinez - 92.4
3. Scott Heckman - 92.3
4. Lyman Good - 91.4
5. Duane Bastress - 91.3
6. Daniel Straus - 90.9
7. Marcos Galvao - 90.9
8. E.J. Brooks - 90.4
9. Kenny Foster - 90.2
10. Luis Alberto Nogueira - 90.1
Bellator 65: Foster vs. Haas
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Elevation: 7'
-Fight of the Night-
Eduardo Dantas vs. Zach Makovsky
Fighters & Matches 88.0
Top 10 Fighters 91.3
TOTAL 89.7
     This entire fight basically consisted of Brooks taking Malyutin down repeatedly, and looking to take his back. He got close a few times, and he secured a lot of takedowns, but Malyutin did a decent job holding on for the most part. By the end of the fight, Malyutin looked exhausted, and Brooks was picking him apart with strikes on the feet. 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Brooks, with one judge giving him the fight, 30-26.
      These guys met in the center of the cage, and then Good chopped his way right through Maynard with a series of punches that put him on the ground. He continued to plow through him, running him over like a lawnmower, and he never stopped punching until the referee stopped the fight. Nice quick KO finish for Lyman Good, in just 13 seconds of the opening round.
      The first round started with a minute worth of clinching, and then McCray took Barbosa to the ground. Barbosa scrambled his way into a couple of leg lock attempts, but for the most part, that entire first round just had McCray laying on top of Barbosa, trying to hold him in place. McCray caught one of Barbosa's ankles, and took him down to start the second round. McCray clearly planned on just hanging out inside Barbosa's guard on top, but the referee got bored and stood them up. McCray then took Barbosa down again. The referee got bored again and stood them back up. This time, Barbosa took McCray down, immediately tried to grab his back, looking for the rear-naked choke. Barbosa won that round, simply by trying to finish McCray. Barbosa took the fight to the ground again in the third round, and went for an armbar, but McCray broke free, and got back into Barbosa's guard. From there, McCray continued to smother Barbosa for the rest of the fight, and Barbosa slapped on a final triangle choke in the final few seconds. This fight was close, but I gave it to Barbosa, 29-28, just for trying to finish the fight. Two judges disagreed, giving the fight to McCray via split-decision.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Heckman ducked under a kick and took Caslow down early in the first round. From there, he sort of set up a front choke, and threw some knees to Caslow's body & legs on the ground. Caslow tried to climb the cage to get back to his feet, but Heckman did a good job yanking him back down, while pressing him against the bottom of the cage. Heckman locked on a D'Arce choke, tried to spin around to crank on it, eventually give it up to take Caslow's back. From there, he locked on a rear-naked choke, finishing the fight via submission with 90 seconds or so left in the opening round. Really solid one-sided performance by Scott Heckman.
      Galvao took West down early in the first round, grabbed his back, and then West got back to his feet after absorbing a few shots. West tried to use his range to pick apart Galvao, but Galvao was able to take him down a second time with ease, pressing him against the cage where Galvao beat him up and smothered him. They stood back up and traded a few strikes, but round one clearly goes to Galvao.
     Galvao took West down again in the second round, but he got back up, and they clinched for a little while. That round was a little more back & forth, but still, Galvao wins again. Galvao is ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. West was able to score a little more in that second round with his strikes, using his range, but Galvao's grappling is sort of walking away with this fight.
     The final round had Galvao starting with another takedown, West was looking for a Kimura on the ground, but Galvao didn't have much trouble avoiding the submissions, while he continued to beat up West for another round on the ground. Pretty decent fight overall, but it was easy to score, 30-27 unanimous decsion in favor of Marcos Galvao.
      The opening round was pretty slow paced, with both guys trading random strikes, until the final minute, when Vila shot for a takedown, Nogueira dodged it, and grabbed Vila's back. Nogueira then picked him up and slammed him at the end of the round, which I think was enough to win the round for Nogueira. Vila spent the second round trying to drive Nogueira to the ground. He was able to press him against the cage for a few seconds, but not for long. They spent the last half of the round trading strikes, but it wasn't very exciting. I have the fight all tied up going into the final round. They spent the final round trading strikes, with Nogueira landing a little more often, and showing a little more forward aggression, so I scored this fight 29-28, in favor of Nogueira, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      Straus knocked down Corey early in the first with some punches, and then they clinched for most of the rest of the round. They broke apart a few times, and traded some strikes, but Straus won that first round. The second round started with Corey taking Straus to the ground, where he beat him up with some decent ground & pound from a loose side control. The referee stood them up for some reason, even though Corey was clearly in control. They traded a few more strikes, before Corey clinched, pressing Straus against the cage. That round was competitive, but I'm giving it to Corey, so the fight is all tied up going into the final round. They traded some strikes to start the final round, and then Straus controlled Corey from the clinch for most of the rest of the round. That was a decently competitive fight, but everyone agrees that it's a 29-28 unanimous decision victory for Daniel Straus.
Technical Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
      This fight was off to a slow start, with both guys circling around the outside of the cage, until Dantas blasted Makovsky with a kick to the body that caused him to fall down. From there, Makovsky shot in for a takedown, ending up in Dantas's guard. Dantas then started working for an omoplata, but Makovsky was able to break out of it. They stood back up, and Dantas continued to use his reach to pick apart Makovsky, while holding onto the center of the cage. Makovsky shot for a takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, but wasn't able to hold down Dantas. Round one goes to Dantas.
     Dantas continued to pick apart Makovsky on the feet to start the second round, so Makovsky shot for a takedown, but this time, Dantas ended up on top. From there, Dantas basically beat the shit out of Makovsky, blasting him with some decent punches and elbows, while Makovsky struggled to keep Dantas inside his guard. Dantas eventually passed to full mount, blasted Makovsky with some heavy shots, and then locked on an arm-triangle choke, putting Makovsky to sleep with 90 seconds or so left in the second round. Eduardo Dantas is the new Bellator Bantamweight Champion. That was an OUTSTANDING performance by Dantas.
      Cruz threw a kick to start the first round, and from there, Bastress took him down repeatedly, smothering him on the ground, while hitting him with punches & elbows. Round one goes to Bastress. The second round starts with Bastress steamrolling Cruz again, taking him down, pounding on him, and then he hit him with an illegal knee, so the fight was paused so Cruz could recover. Once the fight continued, Bastress took him down again, and slaughtered him with punches & elbows, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Solid one-sided ass beating delivered by Bastress.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      This was a pretty fun fight, as Martinez started out working leg kicks, Hobbs tried to take his head off with punches, Martinez took the fight to the ground, and beat up Hobbs from top position. Martinez eventually went for a guillotine, Hobbs escaped and took Martinez's back, looking for a rear-naked choke, he transitioned to an armbar, Martinez slipped out, grabbed the back of Hobbs, and finished him with a rear-naked choke. Solid Bellator debut for Will Martinez.
(Guillotine Choke)
      Haas threw a high kick, Foster caught it, and threw Haas to the ground. Haas stood back up, they traded strikes for a minute or so, Foster blasted Haas with a hard punch, Haas was rocked, so Foster bulldozed him, locked on a guillotine choke, and got the submission victory halfway through the opening round. Solid submission victory for Kenny Foster.