(9/28/2012)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Michail Tsarev - 92.6
2. Will Martinez - 92.6
3. Marius Zaromskis - 92.0
4. Michelle Ould - 91.6
5. Andrey Koreshkov - 90.9
6. Lyman Good - 90.9
7. Alexandre Bezerra - 90.8
8. Phillipe Nover - 90.3
9. Nordine Taleb - 89.9
10. Claudio Ledesma - 89.8
Bellator 74: Good vs. Wallhead
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Elevation: 7'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Marius Zaromskis vs. Nordine Taleb
89.8
Fighters & Matches 87.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.1
TOTAL 89.5
86.7
Decision
15:00
     They traded random strikes in the first round, with Ledesma missing with a takedown attempt late in the round. They continued to trade strikes for most of the second round, with Ledesma outworking Foster on the feet. The final round was all about Ledesma beating up Foster on the feet, and then taking him down in the last half of the round, beating up up for a while before the bell sounded. I scored this fight in favor of Ledesma, and all 3 judges agreed, 30-27 across the board.
85.6
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
1:03
      These guys met in the center of the cage, they traded a few leg kicks, Artsdalen shot in for a takedown, lifting Haas into the air, as Haas slapped on a guillotine choke in midair. Artsdalen slammed his way out of that, pinned Haas to the ground, moved to side control, locked on a guillotine choke out of a scramble, and finished the fight via submission in just over one minute of the first round. It's nice to see Artsdalen finally get a win in Bellator.
86.0
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
9:20
      Nover was supposed to be the "Lightweight Fedor" or some shit, but he lost all 3 of his fights in the UFC, and then he lost his Bellator debut. As for Kennington, he ALSO lost to Marcin Held in his Bellator debut, and he doesn't have any experience in the UFC at all. So I'm really not pumped about this fight at all going into it.
     The first round started with Kennington taking Nover to the ground, but Nover quickly got on top inside Kennington's guard, where he tried to beat him up, but got caught in an armbar. He broke free of that and continued his ground & pound, while Kennington just tried to hold him down with a tight guard. Kennington eventually got back on top, beat up Nover a little bit, Nover got back on top, and got caught in a triangle choke. It was a close round that could probably go either way, but I'm going to give it to Kennington for ending the round on top.
     The second round had Nover landing some random shots before shooting in for a takedown. Kennington tried to work a rubber guard, but he doesn't look very flexible. Nover beat up Kennington for most of the round, while Kennington kept looking for loose triangles. Nover really started to open up with some big elbows in the final 90 seconds of the second round, Kennington gave up his back, Nover grabbed a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by putting Kennington to sleep, late in the second round.
87.3
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:04
      These guys circled around each other for a couple of minutes, just throwing jabs, waiting for something significant to happen. McCook threw a big overhand right, missed by a mile, Bezerra grabbed his back and took him to the ground, landing in side control. From there, Bezerra wrapped around to McCook's back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission, halfway through the opening round. Solid performance by Alexandre Bezerra.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight, and a great debut by Michelle Ould. She came out, beat up Holland in the clinch, took her to the ground, and beat the shit out of her for two rounds. Ould is pretty wild, but also a pretty sharp striker. Holland's corner between rounds, tried to convince her that Ould was getting tired, but it sure didn't look like it, as she did her best Clay Guida impression, and more or less ran right through Holland for the entire fight. Really impressive Bellator debut by Michelle Ould, and I look forward to seeing who she fights next.
89.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:27
      Johnson was moving in, throwing punches early, but once he got hit by Martinez, he sort of seemed to lose interest in attacking. Martinez eventually secured a takedown, ending up in side control, Johnson tried to roll out of it, Martinez grabbed his back, and finished him with a rear-naked choke. I'm starting to think these guys should try a little harder to keep Martinez off their backs, since this marks two wins in a row in Bellator, via rear-naked choke for Will Martinez.
88.1
Decision
15:00
      Koreshkov spent most of the first round punching & kicking the shit out of Smith on the feet. About halfway through the round, Smith went for a Peruvian Necktie, which is always interesting, but it didn't really do much good, because Koreshkov slipped out, ending up in Smith's guard, punching him in the face. The second round started with a wild takedown attempt by Smith, resulting in Smith riding Koreshkov's back, looking for the rear-naked choke. He locked it on, and started cranking, but Koreshkov was somehow able to survive, eventually spinning out of it, ending in Smith's guard, where he was able to land some punches to score back some points. Smith still won the round though, so I think they were all tied up, going into the third round. Smith tried to start the third round with another takedown, but failed, so Koreshkov was able to pick him apart with strikes for the rest of the round, pretty much beating his ass, and securing a 29-28 decision on all 3 judges scorecards.
89.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:57
      Welch came out launching missiles at the face of Tsarev, cornering him against the cage, where Tsarev was able to work his clinch game to get things back under control. Tsarev used a nice trip takedown from the clinch, to get Welch to the ground, where he locked on a tight guillotine choke. Welch slipped out of it, and Tsarev hit him with an illegal upkick, and Welch really put on a performance, acting like he just got hit in the face by a baseball bat. Once the fight started back up, Tsarev went in with an awesome takedown, flooring Welch again, but Welch got back to his feet without much trouble. Tsarev then dumped Welch on his head again with another nice trip takedown. He then locked on another tight guillotine choke. I have to give Welch credit for escaping those guillotine chokes, but the first round was very clearly scored in favor of Tsarev. Tsarev started the second round with a couple of HARD kicks, one to the leg, and one to the body. Welch then tried to throw some knees from the clinch, as Tsarev looked like he was getting tired. Welch secured a takedown, Tsarev was looking for a triangle, and Welch just stood up to escape. Tsarev kicked Welch in the head, shot for another takedown, got side control, climbed onto the back of Welch, and finished him off with a rear-naked choke. Really slick performance by Michail Tsarev in his Bellator debut.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      This fight was a really entertaining kickboxing match, with both guys throwing hard strikes, until Zaromskis landed a spinning backfist in the first round, knocking Taleb to the ground, where Zaromskis followed him to the ground, controlling him for a minute or so, before standing back up. These guys continued to punch & kick the shit out of each other for the entire 15 minute fight, with both guys landing some pretty brutal strikes, but Zaromskis wins the fight, for his ability to knock Taleb down multiple times, doing a little more damage throughout the fight, and he even launched him through the air in the third round, with a beautiful belly to back suplex. Good fight overall, and really decent win for Marius Zaromskis.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      The first round had a lot of dirty boxing, with Good landing a lot of uppercuts from the clinch. Wallhead landed some decent knees from the clinch, but for the most part, Good was able to outstrike him for the duration of the round, while controlling him from the clinch. The second round was more of the same, with Good controlling Wallhead with his striking, while both guys were trading at a moderate pace, but I have Good ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. Good landed a groin shot early in the third round. Once the fight started back up, it continued the same as the rest of the fight, with a lot of dirty boxing, and another round in the books for Lyman Good. Good landed a final knee to the groin with 3 seconds left in the round, so...? The referee took a point away from Good. Once the fight started back up, they high fived, and the bell sounded. I scored this fight 29-27 for Good, and all 3 judges agreed.
OVERALL 89.5
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