(10/12/2012)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Eddie Alvarez - 93.9
2. Shahbulat Shamhalaev - 92.8
3. Wagnney Fabiano - 92.8
4. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev - 92.4
5. Mike Richman - 92.0
6. Patricky Freire - 91.3
7. Jason Fischer - 91.2
8. Rad Martinez - 91.1
9. Ali Mokdad - 90.9
10. Chad Laprise - 90.5
Bellator 76: Alvarez vs. Freire
Location: Ontario, Canada
Elevation: 1,000'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Eddie Alvarez vs. Patricky Freire
92.0
Fighters & Matches 88.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.2
88.1
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
13:19
     These guys traded a few strikes, Prepolec took Fischer to the ground, and got tangled up in a leg lock attempt, which allowed Fischer to get back to his feet. From there, Fischer was able to pick apart Prepolec with strikes, stealing the round with a takedown in the final 90 seconds. Round one goes to Fischer. Fischer took Prepolec down again in the second round, where he beat up Prepolec for the entire round with some basic ground & pound. Fischer took Prepolec down again to start the final round, clearly running away with the fight on the scorecards at this point. Fischer dropped some elbows from half mount, and Prepolec looked like he had no idea how to defend himself on the ground at all, just praying the referee might stand them up. Fischer eventually passed to full mount, Prepolec gave up his back, Fischer locked on an arm-triangle choke, and finished the fight via submission with a couple of minutes left in the fight. Decent performance for Fischer, I wasn't impressed by Prepolec at all though.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      I'm really impressed by the speed & footwork of Laprise's boxing. He pretty much beat the shit out of Robinson in the first round of this fight, and Robinson was barely able to touch him. By the end of the round, Robinson was landing some decent leg kicks, but Laprise knocked him down again with some more hard punches. Really impressive first round for Chad Laprise. The round ended with Robinson throwing a flying knee from halfway across the cage, and he missed by a mile, nearly knocking himself out when he hit the ground. The pace slowed down a bit in the second round, and Robinson continued his sloppy offense, and Laprise continued to do a good job avoiding damage, while picking apart Robinson on the feet. Robinson was completely gassed, and Laprise was slowing beating on him. They were both visibly exhausted coming out for the third round. Neither guy had enough gas left in the third round to finish the fight, but Laprise had JUST enough gas left, to pull off the 30-27 unanimous decision, after clearly winning all 3 rounds.
88.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had O'Grady going for a guillotine choke, and looking for takedowns, while Matthews beat him up with a little bit of boxing. I don't honestly know how I would score that round. Neither fighter really dominated the opening round. OH SHIT! Matthews landed a head kick to start the second round, almost knocking out O'Grady. Matthews didn't follow it up with anything though, so he just let O'Grady stand back up, clearly not wanting to go to the ground with O'Grady. Other than that opening kick, I thought O'Grady pretty much controlled the rest of the round, even flooring Matthews with a barrage of punches, as he ran foward, securing a takedown. The third round was a pretty decent brawl, with both guys giving it their all, and both guys got rocked a little, but I think Matthews MIGHT have won that final round. So really, this fight could have gone either way, I actually scored it as a draw, so I'm glad that the judges handled this one for me, giving it to O'Grady, via split-decision.
88.6
TKO
(Punches)
4:49
      Bollinger kicked Shamhalaev below the belt early in this fight. Once the fight started back up, Bollinger threw another kick, Shamhalaev caught it, and took Bollinger to the ground, landing inside his guard. Bollinger was working his rubber guard, maybe looking for an omoplata, but he got too high, tried to turn it into a gogoplata, but by then, Shamhalaev was already out of danger as his arm wasn't caught anymore. Shamhalaev then spent a couple of minutes beating up Bollinger on the ground with short punches, he postured up, opened up with some really big punches, and continued to slaughter Bollinger until the referee finally stopped the fight with 10 seconds left in the opening round. Really solid performance by Shahbulat Shamhalaev in his Bellator debut.
88.7
TKO
(Punches)
0:24
      Hezam started this fight by jumping forward, trying to land combinations, but Khasbulaev just casually stepped aside, blasted Hezam in the chin with a big right hand, knocking him down, and then he finished him with some jackhammer punches to the face on the ground, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was a pretty great Bellator debut for Magomedrasul Khasbulaev. I'm looking forward to seeing him fight again soon.
86.5
Decision
15:00
      The first round was basically a boxing match, with both guys landing some decent shots, but Marini knocked down Mokdad early in the round, and shot for a takedown in the final seconds, which was probably enough to secure the round for Marini. The last two rounds had Mokdad marching forward, throwing punches, and forcing Marini to move backwards, resulting to a 29-28 unanimous decision in favor of Ali Mokdad in his Bellator debut.
88.4
KO
(Head Kick and Punches)
0:23
      These guys met in the center of the cage, traded a couple of punches, Richman kicked Spoon in the head with a big left leg, Spoon crashed to the ground, Richman threw a huge left hand to the chin of Spoon on the ground, and the referee jumped in to save him, as Spoon clearly had no idea where he was at. Awesome KO victory for Mike Richman, in under 30 seconds.
89.4
Submission
(Armbar)
3:24
      Fabiano started this fight by shooting for a takedown, but Stepanyan was able to easily step aside, avoiding the entire shot. They traded a few shots, and then Fabiano shot in for another bodylock takedown, this time tripping Stepanyan to the ground. Stepanyan tried to get back to his feet, practically running away, but Fabiano grabbed his leg, and held on like a rabid anklebiter. Once Fabiano was able to drag him back under control, Stepanyan tried to kick out of it, Fabiano slapped on an armbar, it looked like he was going to rip his arm off, but Stepanyan was able to hold on a lot longer than most people probably would have. Eventually, he was forced to tap, giving Fabiano the submission victory with 90 seconds left in the first round. Great submission victory for Fabiano.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      Martinez beat up Malegarie for most of the first round, bullying him from the clinch, busting up his nose with some strikes, leaving Malegarie's face a bloody mess, and Martinez was able to easily stuff his takedown attempts. Martinez even knocked him down a couple of times, and also secured a takedown to finish the round. Martinez continued to beat up Malegarie for most of the second round as well. Malegarie refused to cave, but he didn't look ilke he was really going to win this fight at any point. He needed the fight to take place on the ground, but he didn't try hard enough to take Martinez to the ground, allowing too much of the fight to take place standing. Martinez actually secured a couple of takedowns in the third round, and continued to beat up Malegarie for the duration of the round, so... Yeah... Pretty clear cut 30-27 decision for Rad Martinez, and all 3 judges agreed.
92.0
KO
(Head Kick and Punches)
4:54
      OH SHIT! Thisa fight started kind of slow, but after a minute passed, Alvarez BLASTED Pitbull, knocked him on his ass, followed up with some punches on the ground, they got back up, and Pitbull rocked Alvarez. They continued to fly around the cage for a minute or so, blasting each other, and scrambling like wild animals. They clinched against the cage, and stalled for a minute or so. They stepped away, and then started boxing, being a little more careful about their strikes, but still landing some solid shots. With about 15 seconds left in the first round, Alvarez launched a massive kick to the head of Pitbull, knocking him to the ground, where Alvarez was able to finish him off with some jackhammer-like punches from the side. That was an AWESOME finish by Alvarez, against a pretty tough opponent.
OVERALL 90.2
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