(5/11/2012)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (16 Total):
1. Aung La N Sang - 92.4
2. Marcin Held - 92.2
3. Waachiim Spiritwolf - 91.3
4. Daniel Straus - 91.0
5. Marius Zaromskis - 90.5
6. Marcos Galvao - 90.4
7. Anthony Leone - 89.8
8. Jesus Martinez - 89.8
9. Don Carlo-Clauss - 89.7
10. Marlon Sandro - 89.5
Bellator 68: Straus vs. Sandro
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Elevation: 7'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Daniel Straus vs. Marlon Sandro
89.5
Fighters & Matches 87.5
Top 10 Fighters 90.7
TOTAL 89.1
83.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     Ambang spent most of the round beating up Milliard on the feet, at a relatively slow pace, with Milliard's only real offense being a takedown late in the round from catching one of Ambang's kicks. The second round was another round full of Ambang picking apart Milliard on the feet at a relatively slow pace. The final round was more of the same, with Ambang avoiding some takedowns, while chipping away at Milliard. I scored all 3 rounds for Ambang, but one judge gave the fight to Milliard for some reason. Boring fight, and I doubt we'll be seeing either of these guys again anytime soon.
86.0
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight felt like a pretty standard prelim fight, that goes to a decision. Leone probably landed a few more shots, he was moving forward a little more, and when it came to the grappling, Leone seemed to be the slightly better wrestler. In the end, I wasn't really into this fight at all, but I gave it to Leone, 30-27, and two judges agreed, with the other one giving the fight to Ledesma, 29-28. Leone wins via split-decision.
89.0
TKO
(Punches)
0:36
      Martinez started this fight by throwing a huge overhand right, knocking Sang down. Martinez punched him a few times on the ground and let him stand back up. From there, they both were swinging for the fences, Sang landed a knee to the body that caused Martinez to collapse, Sang followed him down, punched him in the head several times, and the fight was stopped, with the surprise winner, Aung La N Sang.
87.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      For the most part, these guys were trading strikes, one for one. I'll jab you, you jab me, we'll circle around for a second, do the same thing again. Kirwan shot for a takedown in the first round, and Clauss was able to sprawl, so I guess Clauss won the first round. The second round took place on the feet, with the punch trading that I mentioned a second ago. Kirwan shot for a takedown late in the second round, Kirwan sprawled and grabbed his back, so I have the fight all tied up going into the final round. The final round was kind of a wild brawl, with Kirwan ending up a bloody mess, and Clauss looked pretty decent still. So yeah, I gave this fight to Clauss, 29-28, and two of the judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory.
88.0
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
10:00
      These guys spent the first couple of minutes of the fight, clinching, and wrestling around near the cage. Spiritwolf picked up Zaromskis and slammed him, but he was having a hard time keeping him on the ground. Zaromskis stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round. From there, Zaromskis went back to the clinch, where he basically just pressed Spiritwolf against the cage until the end of the round. I'm going to give that first round to Spiritwolf based on his takedown earlier in the round, but it was a close round, without a lot of noteworth action.
     Shit got kind of crazy in the second round, as Spiritwolf really opened up and started beating the shit out of Zaromskis with big punches, knocking him down halfway through the round. Spiritwolf got on top of him, and battered him with punches & elbows. That was shocking, since Spiritwolf looked exhausted when the round started. That round clearly goes to Spiritwolf for dominating Zaromskis with strikes & on the ground, buuuuut... The fight was stopped in between rounds, due to a cut above Spiritwolf's right eye. Zaromskis wins via TKO? BULLSHIT! Spiritwolf was killing Zaromskis. Spiritwolf just got SCREWED, in one of the biggest fights of his life.
88.7
Submission
(Heel Hook)
2:08
      Kennington looks massive compared to Held. Kennington rocked him with a punch, and followed him to the ground for some ground & pound, but Held immediately started working his rubber guard, looking for "funky" submissions, so Kennington decided to stand back up. Kennington continued to pick apart Held on the feet, so Held pressed him up against the fence, dropped down for a heel hook, Kennington tried to spin out of it, but was forced to tap a few seconds later. Really solid submission victory by Marcin Held against a much bigger opponent.
88.1
Decision
15:00
      These guys spent the first round clinching against the cage, and trading random strikes. I would probably score that first round for Galvao based on aggression & forward pressure. It was kind of a close round though. The second round started with Galvao kicking Marx in the dick. The rest of the round had both guys trading strikes and clinching some more. I have Galvao ahead, 2-0, going into the final round, but it could be all tied up. The final round had Galvao basically chasing Marx around the cage, picking him apart with strikes for most of the round. Marx took him down late in the round, but Galvao stood right back up, and they clinched against the cage for the final minute. This wasn't a great fight, but I scored it 30-27 in favor of Galvao, and all 3 judges agreed, with scores of 29-28, giving the fight to Galvao via unanimous decision.
89.5
Decision
15:00
      These guys started the fight by trading a couple of kicks before Straus kicked Sandro in the balls. He was down for a while, it was a pretty hard shot. Once the fight started back up, Straus clinched with Sandro, and then threw him to the ground. They stood back up and traded strikes for the rest of the round. Straus tried to slam him again late in the round, but Sandro held onto the fence. The second round took place standing, with both guys boxing with each other, and I think Straus probably landed the better strikes, so I have Straus ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. The final round had some more back & forth striking, until Sandro clinched and locked on a standing arm-triangle choke. Straus looked like he was sort of in panic mode, but he did a good job defending. He broke free with 90 seconds left in the round, and then slammed Sandro to the ground, grabbed his back, went for a rear-naked choke, and ended the round clinging to his back. I was going to give that round to Sandro, but Straus's explosion at the end fo the round, lead me to scoring this fight, 30-27 in favor of Straus, and all 3 judges agreed for the most part. This was a really big win for Straus.
OVERALL 89.1
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