(11/16/2012)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Marcin Held - 93.1
2. Marlon Sandro - 92.8
3. Dan Cramer - 92.0
4. Andrew Calandrelli - 91.9
5. Brennan Ward - 91.8
6. Mike Mucitelli - 91.2
7. Dave Jansen - 91.0
8. Matt Bessette - 90.7
9. Murad Machaev - 90.5
10. Ricardo Tirloni - 90.3
Bellator 81: Held vs. Clementi
Location: Kingston, Rhode Island
Elevation: 246'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Marcin Held vs. Rich Clementi
90.0
Fighters & Matches 87.9
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 89.7
87.4
Decision
15:00
     These guys traded a few strikes, clinched, and then Barrow hit Bessette with a low blow. Once the fight started back up, they clinched again, with Bessette pressing Barrow against the cage. Barrow shot for a takedown, Bessette stuffed it, and continued to press Barrow against the cage. The second round was more of teh same, with Bessette controlling the clinch, until Barrow finally secured a takedown. That didn't last long though, as Bessette got right back up, and continued to work his clinch. Bessette then blasted Barrow in the nuts with a knee. The rest of the round was a grindfest, with Barrow shoving his head into a guillotine attempt by Bessette. He slipped out, and beat up Bessette a little bit. This fight might be all tied up going into the final round. Barrow took Bessette down against the cage again in the final round, but Bessette was able to get back up, allowing him to use his clinch to beat up Barrow before securing a takedown of his own. This was a close fight, but I scored it 29-28 in favor of Bessette, and for the most part, all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
88.4
KO
(Punches)
2:49
      Both of these guys are making their Bellator debut here. McCoy started the fight by shooting for a takedown, and ended up in bottom position, as Ward powered his way into a full mount, dropping his balls on the face of McCoy, but McCoy escaped, and they continued to wrestle around, with Ward keeping most of the dominant positions. McCoy shot for another shitty takedown, and got punched in the face, a lot, and around the halfway mark of the first round, Ward knocked McCoy the fuck out with some big right hands. McCoy looks like a VERY one-dimensional, shitty wrestler (with hardly any grappling skills), and Ward looks like he hits pretty fucking hard. Solid debut for Brennan Ward.
87.8
Submission
(Armbar)
0:26
      Uhde ran in like a bull, swinging wildly, they clinched, fell to the ground, with Uhde on top. Mucitelli slapped on an armbar from his guard, Uhde tried to climb out of it, but was forced to tap just 26 seconds into the opening round. Really slick submission victory for Mike Mucitelli, continuing his streak of first round stoppages in Bellator.
85.3
Decision
15:00
      Muchaev took the fight to the ground early in the first round, and from that point forward, this entire fight was filled with repetitive takedowns by Machaev, as he pressed Nelson against the cage on the ground. Machaev also spent a decent amount of time riding Nelson's back, while punching him in the head. This was an easy 30-27 unanimous decision for Murad Machaev. Nelson really didn't have much of anything to show for himself.
87.8
KO
(Punches)
3:26
      Lamoureux immediately clinched, and pressed Cramer against the cage for a couple of minutes. Cramer eventually got bored, threw Lamoureux to the ground, allowed him to stand up, and then Cramer beat the shit out of Lamoureux with some solid punches & knees. Lamoureux continued to drive forward, trying to take Cramer to the ground, but Cramer just punished him for it, blasting him with heavy punches, until Lamoureux eventually collapsed. That was a really solid finish for Cramer, after a relatively uneventful first 2 minutes.
88.3
Submission
(Armbar)
8:10
      Calandrelli looks super strong, and he used that strength to drag Brown to the ground, 90 seconds into the round. From there, Calandrelli slapped on an arm-triangle choke, and it looked pretty tight. To be honest, I'm kind of shocked that Brown didn't tap or go unconscious. Calandrelli gave up on that after a couple of minutes, and spun around for a North-South choke. Brown was somehow able to survive until the end of the round. He's probably not going to want to go to the ground again with Calandrelli. Brown threw a few punches to start the second round, and then got sucked into the fly trap, as Calandrelli clinched, and took him to the ground again. Calandrelli worked his way past Brown's half guard, slipping into full mount. He punched the shit out of Brown's head, Brown just covered up and tried to tough it out. Calandrelli locked on an armbar from the mount, cranked, and Brown tapped out, halfway through the second round. Really strong performance by Andrew Calandrelli.
86.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded punches for a little while in the first round, and then Filkins secured a takedown at the end of the round. I scored that round for Filkins. The second round was another back & forth boxing match, with both guys landing a few decent shots, Filkins PROBABLY won that round, until Billstein secured a takedown at the end of the round, so I'll call the score all tied up going into the final round, just to keep it interesting. They clinched in the final round, Billstein pressed Filkins against the cage, and then Filkins blasted him with a knee to the groin. Once the fight started back up, they continued to trade at a sparring pace until the end of the round, where Filkins took Billstein down, and beat the living shit out of him. I scored this fight 29-28 in favor of Filkins, and all 3 judges agreed for the most part, giving him the unanimous decision victory in his Bellator debut.
88.4
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:05
      These guys traded a few shots, Sandro blasted Neace with a big punch to the face, Neace grabbed for a guillotine, Sandro slowly took him down and landed in side control. From there, Sandro got caught in a heel hook, but was able to stay calm, until he quickly grabbed Neace's back, locked on a rear-naked choke seemingly out of nowhere, Neace tried to stay calm, ended up being a little bit too calm as he fell asleep, and Marlon Sandro wins via a really slick technical submission, against a guy that I've never personally seen win a fight.
88.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was a pretty good scrap, with both guys landing some serious shots, but Jansen rocked Tirloni a few times, and threw him around like a ragdoll, so I gave the first round to Dave Jansen. The second round had both guys trading strikes, one for one, with Jansen MAYBE landing a few more shots in the first 4 minutes. He then shot for a takedown, Tirloni stuffed it, and then beat up Jansen a little bit, leaving the fight all tied up going into the final round. They continued to trade strikes for the duration of the final round, at a pretty good pace, resulting in Tirloni's face looking like a bloody mess, and Jansen still looked pretty alright. Jansen threw Tirloni to the ground late in the round, and I think that was probably enough to win the round for him. I scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Jansen, and two judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory.
90.0
Submission
(Toe Hold)
8:04
      They traded a few punches, they clinched 30 seconds into the first round, Held dropped down looking for a leg lock, and they tangled up into a few awkward positions, as Held was looking for a possible kneebar, and then a toe hold. They spent several minutes in a leg lock battle, with both guys looking for a variety of leg locks, while both guys remained calm. Clementi tried to posture up, landed a few decent punches to Held's face, but Held refused to give up the awkward position, as he continued to dig for some more leg locks. Clementi broke out of that, tried to stand up, and Held sucked him back in with a TIGHT kneebar, as he cranked the shit out of it, I'm not sure why Clementi didn't tap. Held eventually gave it up, tried to mount Clementi, and Clementi went for a guillotine choke. That was a really solid round of grappling by both fighters, but I would have to score it for Held, mostly based on that tight kneebar.
      Clementi came out swinging in the second round, beat up Held on the feet for 30 seconds or so, and then slammed him to the ground. Great start for Clementi in the second round. Held curled up into a ball, trying to disappear underneath Clementi. Clementi looked like he was maybe going for a D'Arce choke, but Held didn't seem worried at all. Held rolled up into an awkward armbar attempt, he grabbed one of Clementi's legs from a VERY bizarre position, Held locked on a toe hold, nearly ripped Clementi's foot off, and finished the fight via submission around the halfway mark of the second round. That was an OUTSTANDING grappling match by both fighters, and a really slick submission victory over a veteran. Marcin Held is pretty legit, ESPECIALLY his ground game.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.7
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