100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Cole Konrad - 92.0
2. A.J. Matthews - 91.9
3. Luis Alberto Nogueira - 91.9
4. Jonas Billstein - 91.7
5. Rick Hawn - 91.3
6. Rich Clementi - 91.2
7. Kelvin Tiller - 90.0
8. Brent Weedman - 89.4
9. Hiroshi Nakamura - 89.4
10. Derek Arcement - 89.2
Bellator 70: Hawn vs. Weedman
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Elevation: 7'
-Fight of the Night-
Luis Alberto Nogueira vs. Hiroshi Nakamura
Fighters & Matches 88.2
Top 10 Fighters 90.8
TOTAL 89.5
     This fight was basically your typical kickboxing match, with Arcement kicking Dufour in the dick early in the first round. The rest of the fight mostly felt like a sparring match, with Arcement chasing Dufour around the cage, while both guys threw some random strikes here & there. I really wanted Dufour to win this fight, because he has some cool tattoos, but really, I don't know who either of these fighters are, and neither fighter really tried very hard. Especially Dufour, since he just spent the entire fight running away. Congrats to Arcement for winning his Bellator debut.
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Seal opened up this fight with 45 seconds or so of solid Thai boxing, until Billstein took him to the ground with ease after catching a kick. Seal tried to work his way back up the side of the cage to get back to his feet, but that just opened him up for Billstein to grab his back. After mounting Seal, Billstein landed some really heavy punches, he locked on a rear-naked choke, and put Seal to sleep halfway through the first round. Really nice grappling on display by Jonas Billstein in his second Bellator fight.
Technical Submission
      Riggs started this fight by beating up Tiller on the feet, before clinching, and slamming Tiller to the ground. From there, Riggs beat up Tiller on the ground for a minute or so before the referee stood them up. Riggs continued to move forward, hitting Tiller with punches, while shooting for more takedowns for the rest of the round. Round one goes to Riggs.
     The second round had Tiller dancing around like he's fancy, until Riggs clinched with him, and slammed him back down to the ground. From there, Riggs beat up Tiller with some basic ground & pound for half the round, until Tiller was able to get top position for a few seconds, but Riggs got right back on top to finish out the round. I have Riggs ahead, 2-0, going into the final round.
     Tiller started the final round with a hard leg kick that dropped Riggs. He then followed him to the ground, punched him a few times, worked toward mounting him, and pretty much looked like a monster all of the sudden. Riggs was able to wrestle his way back to top position a minute into the round, pressing Tiller toward the cage. Riggs did a good job keeping Tiller under control for a couple of minutes, until Tiller slapped on a tight Kimura, Riggs was in some serious trouble, they rolled around for a while, Tiller nearly ripped his arm off, and Riggs was screaming while trying to buck out of it, so the referee stopped the fight. Riggs immediately argued with the referee, saying he never tapped, but he sure was screaming, so that was a good stoppage. Crazy finish for Kelvin Tiller, after losing the first two rounds.
(Soccer Kick)
      Rader apparently wanted to stand & trade with Matthews, but I don't think he did a very good job with that, as every time I would look at the fight, Matthews was landing strikes, and Rader was just kind of standing there. The second round had Matthews applying all of the pressure, he blasted Rader with a left hand, Rader started to fall, and Matthews threw a soccer kick to the head of Rader on the way down. That was a pretty fast KO, and an insane combination.
(Guillotine Choke)
      This fight had some decent striking, with Campos rocking Clementi, and then Clementi rocked Campos. Clementi shot for a takedown, eventually was able to drag Campos to the ground, where Clementi was stuck in the half guard of Campos. Clementi started driving his head into the face of Campos, trying to open him up to pass the guard. Campos ended up securing full guard instead. They stood back up, Campos shot for a takedown, Clementi locked on a tight guillotine choke, and Campos was forced to submit. that was a pretty great win for Clementi, especially considering the horrible losing streak he was on, in big promotion fights, going into this fight.
      These guys are both clearly VERY fast. They hopped around for 30 seconds or so, and then Nogueira kicked Nakamura in the dick, which brought the fight to a screeching halt. Both guys landed a few decent shots, both guys showed some solid footwork, and both guys sort of went for some takedowns, and both guys stuffed takedowns. The opening round was probably a draw. The second round was more of the same, but this time Nogueira was clearly beating up Nakamura on the feet, and then he slammed him, Nakamura stood back up, and Nogueira continued to pick him apart with punches, while stuffing Nakamura's takedown attempts. Nogueira is clearly ahead by at least one round going into the final round. They both came out swinging wildly in the final round, with Nakamura clearly knowing he's behind in this fight. Nogueira eventually blasted Nakamura in the chin with a hard right hand, knocked him to the ground, and finished him off with some additional punches. That was a really solid win for Nogueira.
      I really wanted Prindle to win this fight, but when Konrad secured a takedown 22 seconds into the opening round, it was pretty clear that this would probably be a typical Cole Konrad fight. They landed with Konrad in half mount, he locked on a Kimura from the top, he cranked the shit out of it, and Prindle was forced to submit. That really sucks for Prindle, but it's nice to see Konrad finally get an early finish, against a really tough opponent.
      The first round was a fairly even kickboxing match, with both guys trading punches & kicks at a similar pace, but Hawn tripped Weedman at one point late in the round, so I thought that was enough to score the round for Hawn. The second round had both fighters trading strikes at a similar pace again, with a little more clinchwork this time around, and since Hawn seemed to control the clinch game, showing superior balance, then I have Hawn up, 2-0, going into the final round. The final round had some nice exchanges, before Hawn unleashed a slick trip, which allowed him to take Weedman to the ground, with Hawn inside his guard. Weedman was sort of looking for a triangle, but for the most part, that round was all about Hawn beating up Weedman on the ground. Weedman got back to his feet with a minute left in the round, and Hawn tripped him again. I scored this fight 30-27 in favor of Hawn, and for the most part, everyone agrees. Congrats to Hawn for a pretty huge win.