(5/4/2012)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Michael Chandler - 92.8
2. Nordine Taleb - 92.3
3. Ryan Ford - 91.8
4. Bryan Baker - 91.8
5. Dom OGrady - 91.0
6. Will Romero - 90.9
7. Ben Saunders - 90.1
8. Cosmo Alexandre - 90.0
9. Damian Grabowski - 89.9
10. Luis Santos - 89.9
Bellator 67: Chandler vs. Gono
Location: Ontario, Canada
Elevation: 1,000'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Bryan Baker vs. Ben Saunders
90.4
Fighters & Matches 88.0
Top 10 Fighters 91.1
TOTAL 89.6
87.9
Submission
(Armbar)
9:51
     The first round was a clinch fest, without much of anything happening, just Gunn pressing O'Grady up against the cage. The referee eventually got bored, so he broke them up, they both blasted each other with some wild punches, and then it went back to the clinch fest against the cage. Gunn looked like he was doing more damage, but somehow, Gunn was the one that ended up with a cut above his right eye. It looked like a pretty bad cut, right on his right eyelid. The second round started with O'Grady looking for a takedown, and he gave it up, allowing Gunn to take side control. The continued to slowly grapple with each other, resulting in O'Grady locking on a triangle choke, but it was up against the fence, so he didn't have a lot of room to lock it in. With about 10 seconds left in the second round, O'Grady cranked on an armbar, finishing the fight via submission. Nice win for Dom O'Grady.
88.8
TKO
(Punches)
7:30
      This fight was at least a little more competitive than Taleb's Bellator debut against Secor, where he pretty much dominated Secor in a boring one-sided fight, where Secor clearly didn't want to be there. MacGrath was actually here to fight, so he landed some decent shots, and showed some semi-decent grappling, but still, Taleb beat the shit out of him in the first round, leaving him a bloody mess. The second round was a really competitive boxing match, with both guys showing pretty solid technique, but Taleb clipped MacGrath about halfway through the round, which forced the referee to stop the fight, once MacGrath stopped defending himself. Really nice win for Nordine Taleb.
85.9
Decision
15:00
      Alexandre spent the entire first round throwing kicks at Nelson, and forcing him to move backwards. Round one goes to Cosmo. The second round was the same thing, with Alexandre throwing kicks, and Nelson moving backwards, trying to escape. I don't know if Nelson had any significant offense in this fight at all. The final round was the same thing, Alexandre throwing kicks, Nelson moving backwards. Easy 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Cosmo Alexandre.
89.3
TKO
(Knee and Punches)
6:24
      These guys started this fight by trading some pretty brutal kicks, and then before long, it turned into a wild brawl, with both guys swinging for the fences, as Santos started to beat the shit out of Ford with big hands. Santos grabbed Ford's back halfway through the round, but instead of going for a choke, he just kept punching him in the head. That was a fun round, and I'll have to score it for Santos. Ford started out strong, but by the end of the round, he was losing pretty badly.
     Ford looked aggressive in the second round, but slipped, falling flat on his face. Once he got back up, he threw a flying knee to the body of Santos, they clinched, Ford blasted Santos in the chin with a knee, Santos collapsed, and Ford finished him off with some punches on the ground. Really decent Bellator debut for Ryan Ford. Santos looked really good in the first round too, but yeah, nice comeback win for Ford.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      Grabowski secured an early takedown, and beat up Huckaba on the ground for most of the first round. They eventually stood back up, and Grabowski continued to work his clinch against the cage, securing another takedown in the final minute of the round. Huckaba came out swinging in the second round, and landed a few decent shots, but Grabowski probably stole the round by securing a takedown with 2 minutes or so left in the round. He also pounded on Huckaba's head for a while with big punches, trying to open him up for a choke. Huckaba was able to throw Grabowski off of him to get back to his feet, but he wasn't able to get anything off in the final seconds of the round. I have Grabowski ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. Grabowski started the final round with a takedown, and beat up Huckaba for a minute or so. The referee eventually stood them back up. Grabowski shot for another takedown, and Huckaba threw him down, ending up on top, and then they stood back up. Huckaba knocked Grabowski flat on his face in the final seconds of the final round, but it was only enough to cause that round to maybe be scored a draw. Grabowski still wins at least 2 of the 3 rounds for the unanimous decision victory.
90.4
Decision
15:00
      The first round of this fight was really close, with Baker showing superior wrestling skills, and some solid ground & pound. Saunders MIGHT have stolen the round with his flying triangle attempt at the start of the round, as well as a lightning fast triangle attempt while on the ground, as well as some other really solid grappling exchanges. Close round, but I scored it SLIGHTLY for Saunders. The second round was another close round, with Saunders looking for some standing guillotine chokes, as well as scoring with some solid knees from the clinch. Baker took him to the ground though, and beat him up with ground & pound, so going into the third round, I guess I would say the scorecards should be all tied up at this point. Baker pretty much dominated Saunders with his wrestling in the third round, beating him up some more on the ground, and the submission attempts were far less frequent from Saunders, so in the end, I scored the fight for Baker, 29-28, and I think most people would agree with that scorecard. Congrats for the pretty big unanimous decision victory, against a really tough opponent in Ben Saunders.
89.4
TKO
(Punches)
0:56
      Absolutely nothing happened for the first 50 seconds. They just hopped around, throwing feints, juking & jiving, shuck this, shuck that, etc... AND THEN!!! Chandler absolutely demolished Gono with a barrage of strikes, the likes of which he has never seen before. Chandler punched Gono a lot, Gono fell to the ground, and Chandler continued to punch him, relentlessly, until the referee was forced to stop the fight. Really slick victory for Michael Chandler against a Pride veteran.
84.2
Decision
15:00
      This fight basically felt like a 15 minute sparring match, between two guys I've never heard of. Harris was a little more aggressive, constantly moving forward, while Kirk slowly took steps back, one at a time. Kirk got rocked at the end of the second round, but other than that, there weren't many moments that really seemed that exciting. Kirk secured a takedown to start the final round, but didn't do anything with it on the ground. The referee stood them back up halfway through the round, and the rest of the round continued the same as the rest of the fight. In the end, I scored this fight 29-28, in favor of Harris, and all 3 judges agreed.
88.4
TKO
(Knees and Punches)
9:25
      They spent the first half of the opening round, hopping around, trading random strikes. Veal then took Romero to the ground, landing inside his guard. From there Veal was able to beat up Romero for a couple of minutes. Round one goes to Veal. Veal continued to chip away at Romero with strikes in the second round, until Veal shot in for a takedown, 90 seconds in, Romero stuffed it, and clinched with his back, before breaking apart. They traded some strikes, Veal threw a wild superman punch, knocking Romero halfway across the cage. They stood back up and reset. They continued to trade strikes for a minute or so, Romero blasted Veal with a few hard knees, he then followed those up with some hard punch combinations, mixing in some more knees, and more punches, until the referee finally stopped the fight, even though Veal never fell down, he was just standing there against the cage, covering his head. Solid win for Will Romero.
OVERALL 89.6
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