(10/19/2012)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Darrell Horcher - 92.2
2. Brett Martinez - 91.4
3. Cosmo Alexandre - 91.4
4. Matthew Lozano - 91.4
5. Ricardo Tirloni - 91.1
6. Dave Jansen - 90.8
7. Duane Bastress - 90.7
8. Lew Polley - 90.4
9. Dave Morgan - 89.9
10. Rich Clementi - 89.7
Bellator 77: Lozano vs. Morgan
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Elevation: 305'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Darrell Horcher vs. E.J. Brooks
89.3
Fighters & Matches 87.8
Top 10 Fighters 90.9
TOTAL 89.4
88.1
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
8:28
     Martinez shot for a takedown early in the first round, Albright got up immediately, and took Martinez down, they both stood up and clinched. Albright scored another takedown, and Martinez started working for an armbar, but Albright slipped through that and tried to take Martinez's back. Round one goes to Albright. Albright started the second round by shooting for a couple of takedowns, but Martinez sprawled to defend against both of them, and he stopped the second one with a tight guillotine choke, but Albright broke free. They scrambled around for a little bit, traded some hard punches, Albright went for another slow takedown, and Martinez stopped him with another guillotine choke, but Albright flipped over him, and got back to his feet. Albright continued to drive for another takedown, he finally got Martinez down again, he grabbed his back, it looked like Albright was about to finish the fight with a rear-naked choke, AND THEN!!! Martinez slapped on a guillotine choke out of nowhere, and finished the fight via submission with 90 seconds left in the second round. That was a pretty solid fight for two guys I've never heard of.
87.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was basically just one big giant scramble, with both guys swapping positions on the ground, with Bastress coming out on top more often than not. When they stood back up and traded strikes, it was fairly even on the feet as well. They traded some kicks & punches to start the second round, and then Bastress took the fight to the ground. They stood back up, traded some more strikes, and Bastress clinched. Sepulveda's right eyelid looked like it was going to fall off. The referee broke them apart, and Bastress took Sepulveda to the ground again. Bastress beat him up for a little while, before the referee stood them back up. Bastress continued to control the pace in the final round, until Sepulveda kicked him in the dick. Once the fight started back up, Bastress shot in for a takedown, and slammed Sepulveda near the cage. He then dropped back for a guillotine attempt, which failed, and allowed Sepulveda to get on top for a few seconds. Bastress flipped him back over and continued to beat up Sepulveda against the cage on the ground. In the end, I thought this was a pretty clear 30-27 win for Bastress. For some reason, one judge gave the fight to Sepulveda, but fortunately, the other two judges gave it to Bastress for the split-decision victory.
87.9
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
10:00
      Alexandre started the fight with a wild flying kick, and Bannon used that to take him to the ground for a few seconds, but Alexandre popped right back up. Bannon tried for a few more takedowns, but Alexandre did a good job stuffing them for the rest of the round, while landing short punches. Bannon did a good job TRYING to drive forward, but since he couldn't get Alexandre down, I scored that round for Alexandre. Bannon shot in for another takedown immediately in the second round, and he was finally able to get Alexandre down one minute into the round. 20 seconds later, and Alexandre was back on his feet. Bannon shot in for another takedown, and Alexandre continued to display his solid takedown defense, while picking apart Bannon with strikes. Bannon looked like he didn't want to be in there anymore, as he kept falling down for no reason, while curling up in a ball. Alexandre won the first two rounds, and the doctor stopped the fight in between rounds. Nice win for Cosmo Alexandre.
89.3
KO
(Punch)
0:21
      Horcher is making his Bellator debut here, they circled around for a few seconds, and then Horcher blasted Brooks with a big left hand, Brooks went to sleep, started to fall back, and Horcher blasted him with a left uppercut, and then a right on the way down. That was a pretty amazing 21 second knockout for Horcher, considering I had Brooks as the #4 Lightweight in Bellator going into this fight. I'm looking forward to seeing what Horcher can do in the future, assuming his fights will generally last longer than 21 seconds.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      The first round was sort of a grind fest, with Marrero taking Polley down, and grinding on him, while Polley tried to get back to his feet, so that he could clinch with Marrero. I scored the first round for Marrero. The second round was a decent back & forth boxing match, that probably could have gone either way, but I scored it for Polley. The final round was another decent round of boxing, that I would probably score for Polley. It was a close fight, but I scored it 29-28 for Polley, and for the most part, all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
87.7
Submission
(Brabo Choke)
6:14
      Nazare took Tirloni down for a couple of seconds to start the first round, but Tirloni popped right back up. They traded some strikes, and Nazare continued to look for takedowns, having minimal success. Tirloni was able to outstrike Nazare for the most part, resulting in round one being scored in favor of Tirloni. Nazare was on the attack, throwing some violent punch combinations to start the second round, but Tirloni rocked him, Nazare shot for a takedown, Tirloni slapped on a D'Arce choke, and finished the fight by submission just past the one minute mark of the second round. That was a really solid win for Ricardo Tirloni.
86.4
Decision
15:00
      Held chased Machaev around for the first round, hitting him with random punches, and randomly trying to take him down. Not a lot happened in the first round, but I'm giving it to Held based on aggression. They second round was kind of a loose striking match, until Held jumped in for a leg lock, and Machaev stuffed him. Once they stood back up, Muchaev was able to pick apart Held a little bit with strikes. I'm giving the second round to Machaev. The final round was another slow paced striking match, with both guys trading back & forth at a relatively even pace. In the end, this fight could have easily been a draw, but I scored it 29-28 in favor of Held, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the slow paced unanimous decision victory.
87.9
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
10:41
      They traded strikes for 30 seconds, and then Saadulaev shot in for a takedown, driving Jansen across the cage to the ground by the fence. There was a scramble, and Jansen ended up taking Saadulaev to the ground, sort of, but Saadulaev caught him in a decent guillotine choke. They continued to wrestle around, and Saadulaev took Jansen's back. Jansen scrambled out of that, but Saadulaev continued to beat him up on the ground, while he continued to wrap him up in awkward positions. Round one goes to Saadulaev.
     The second round took place standing, with both fighters trading punches & kicks. Jansen took Saadulaev down late in the round, and beat him up a little bit on the ground, but he wasn't able to do much damage. The fight is all tied up going into the final round. They clinched early in the final round, Jansen slapped on a guillotine choke, and after hanging on for a few seconds, Saadulaev was forced to submit. By the time Jansen let go, Saadulaev was unconscious. Really solid submission victory for Dave Jansen in an otherwise close fight.
87.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Clementi shot in early on Sarnavskiy, and grabbed his back, while standing, so that Clementi spent almost the entire round hanging onto Sarnavskiy's back, looking for a rear-naked choke. Sarnavskiy finally collapsed with 40 seconds left in the opening round, and Clementi locked on the choke, under the chin, good to go, AND!!! Somehow Sarnavskiy survived? Round one clearly goes to Clementi.
      Sarnavskiy started the second round with some decent strikes, but Clementi took him to the ground again, this time just 30 seconds into the round. Clementi locked on the body triangle, and spent most of the round looking for another rear-naked choke. Sarnavskiy broke free and got on top with a minute left in the round, and beat up Clementi for 30 seconds or so. The referee stood them back up, Sarnavskiy shot in for a takedown, and POSSIBLY stole the round. Just to keep it interesting, I'll call it all tied up going into the final round.
      Clementi dropped for a leg lock early in the first round, but after a minute or so, Sarnavskiy was able to battle his way out of that, ending up on top, where he beat up Clementi for the rest of the round. The referee stood them back up with 90 seconds left in the fight, and Sarnavskiy took Clementi down again, and continued to beat him up on the ground. They stood back up, Sarnavskiy kicked Clementi, and he fell down. Sarnavskiy pretty clearly won that final round, so in my opinion, Sarnavskiy won this fight, 29-28. Clementi spent the entire final round falling down repeatedly. BUT! Two judge disagreed, giving the fight to Clementi via split-decision. Close fight, but I feel he should have lost this one.
88.1
Submission
(Inverted Triangle Choke)
7:28
      The first round had Morgan taking Lozano to the ground and beating him up with some ground & pound. Meanwhile, Lozano was working a fairly active guard, looking for submissions, and he almost stopped the fight by cutting Morgan's face with an elbow. Decently competitive opening round, but I scored it in favor of Morgan based on the ground & pound. The second round was the same story, with Morgan taking Lozano down, beating him up a little bit, Lozano continued to throw elbows, he went for an armbar, Morgan slipped into side control, Lozano slapped on an inverted triangle choke, and finished the fight via submission, halfway through the second round. Really solid submission victory for Matthew Lozano.
OVERALL 89.4
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