100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Ben Saunders - 93.5
2. Karl Amoussou - 93.1
3. Paul Daley - 93.1
4. Raul Amaya - 91.4
5. Emanuel Newton - 90.8
6. Travis Wiuff - 90.7
7. Attila Vegh - 90.3
8. Matt McCook - 90.2
9. Paul Barrow - 90.1
10. Marius Zaromskis - 89.7
Bellator 72: Amoussou vs. Baker
Location: Tampa, Florida
Elevation: 48'
-Fight of the Night-
Ben Saunders vs. Brian Warren
Fighters & Matches 88.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.3
TOTAL 89.9
Technical Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
      They traded a few strikes, and then Slack took McCook to the ground in the opening round. McCook stood back up, but Slack threw him right back down. Round one goes to Slack. The second round started, and Slack immediately took down McCook again. They scrambled around for a few seconds, while Slack blasted McCook with a knee to the body. They stood back up, and Slack dumped McCook to the ground again. He drove him toward the fence, and McCook used that to get back to his feet. The last half of the round had both guys trading strikes, with McCook using his range to pick apart Slack, probably doing more damage than Slack has been able to do so far. Even though Slack secured a couple of takedowns, I'm going to score that second round in favor of McCook, but it was a close round.
     The final round took place on the feet, with both guys landing some decent shots, but for the most part, McCook was chasing Slack around the cage, while picking him apart with punches & kicks. Slack shot for a couple of takedowns, but McCook stuffed all of them, and McCook even slammed Slack at the end of the round, leading to a pretty clear round for McCook. In the end, this fight could have potentially gone either way, but I scored it 29-28 in favor of Cook, and two of the judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory in his Bellator debut.
(Shoulder Injury)
      Kenny Moss grabbed Amaya and drilled him into the ground as soon as the first round started. Amaya was able to get back to his feet a minute later, where he was able to pick apart Moss with some decent boxing, before shooting for a takedown of his own. Once they hit the ground, Amaya was able to control Moss for the rest of the round, beating him up with punches. Solid round for Raul Amaya. The second round started, Amaya shot in for a takedown, Moss was screaming in pain as Amaya took him down, but the referee ignored him, so Amaya beat the living shit out of him with a lot of punches before the referee finally stopped the fight due to a verbal submission. Apparently Moss's shoulder popped or something. Either way, really nice win for Raul Amaya.
      FUCK YEAH! After losing his last fight via decision, Saunders wasn't going to have any more of that shit, so he slaughtered Brian Warren in 22 seconds, with BRUTAL knees from the clinch, rocking Warren early, knocking him to the ground, where Saunders finished him off with a series of punches. Ben Saunders is badass when he's pissed. This fight will be awesome for his highlight reel.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Carapelluci was on Barrow's back looking for a rear-naked choke within the first 20 seconds of the opening round. After a couple of minutes, Barrow was able to switch to guard, but Carapelluci just beat him up with some basic ground & pound for the rest of the round. Round one clearly goes to Jason Carapelluci. Carapelluci shot in for a takedown again to start the second round, but Barrow was able to stuff it this time, sort of. A minute or so into the round, and Carapelluci had his back again, but Barrow broke free, and got back to his feet. Carapelluci then slammed him. At some point, Barrow cut open Carapelluci's forehead with an elbow or something, as it was bleeding all over the place. Halfway through the round, Barrow was finally able to get to his feet, owning the center of the cage, which allowed him to press Carapelluci against the cage, to land some strikes. Carapelluci then shot for another takedown, and Barrow dropped a lot of elbows to his head on the way down. The round ended with both guys throwing sloppy strikes. That round could have maybe gone to either fighter, but I'd probably give it to Carapelluci based on his wrestling & overall control of the fight, even though Barrow clearly did more damage with his elbows. Carapelluci shot in for a takedown to start the final round, but this time Barrow was able to grab his back, where Barrow locked on a standing rear-naked choke, Carapelluci fell down, and was forced to tap once he hit the ground. Solid submission victory for Barrow, after getting outwrestled for 10 minutes.
      The first round was a pretty even round, with both guys standing & trading at a moderate pace. I don't think either fighter necessarily won the first round, so I'm calling it a draw. Spiritwolf had his back against the cage for most of the second round, while Zaromskis picked him apart with random punches, so I guess I'm scoring the second round for Zaromskis. The final round was another round full of moderately paced sparring, leading to a split-decision victory for Zaromskis. That wasn't much of a fight, considering that it was a bit of a grudge match for Spiritwolf.
      Wiuff came out swinging to start this fight, and then pressed Carpenter against the cage. Carpenter then hit him in the Jimmy with a couple of knees, so the fight was paused for a few seconds. Once the fight started back up, Wiuff took Carpenter to the ground and beat him up. The second round started with Wiuff taking Carpenter to the ground, and beating him up again. The referee stood them up halfway through the round, Wiuff picked up Carpenter, carried him across the cage, and slammed him, and beat him up some more until the round ended. Wiuff is clearly running away with this fight. The boxing referee stood them up again with 90 seconds left in the round, which allowed Wiuff enough time to take Carpenter down again. You get the idea, that's how the rest of this fight went, 30-27 for Travis Wiuff.
      This was sort of a close fight I guess. I gave the first round to Newton, for landing more strikes, both kicks & punches, and whenever they would wrestle around a little bit, Newton seemed to control most of those exchanges. The second round was more of the same, it was close, I considered giving Vegh that round, but I thought Newton was closing most of the exchanges with better strikes. Going into the third round, I guess I would say it could go either way, but I had both of the first two rounds going to Newton. The third round was another good round of scrapping by both guys, but once again, I gave the round to Newton, which means I scored the fight 30-27 for Emanuel Newton. So... It was a close fight, but I can't help but feel like Newton just got screwed here by this decision.
      These guys spent this entire fight exchanging punches and kicks, but the main difference was, Daley's strikes had INSANE power behind them, and Bears had that "sparring" power behind his shots. Bears eventually shot in for a takedown, and Daley showed a solid takedown defense, as he was able to defend with the clinch, and then he escaped, and beat the living shit out of Bears for the final 10 seconds of the fight, landing a huge knee from the clinch, followed by a series of punches that put Bears down for the count. Awesome show of aggression by Paul Daley.
(Heel Hook)
      Baker threw a front kick that knocked Amoussou down early, but he allowed him to get right back up. The fight was stopped for a few seconds after Baker poked Amoussou in the eye. Once the fight started back up, they clashed as they both threw some kicks at the same time. Baker sort of fell down, Amoussou dropped for a heel hook, slapped it on, and Baker tapped out almost immediately. That was a wild finish for Amoussou. GREAT win, over a really tough opponent. Amoussou just won this season's Welterweight Tournament.