(12/14/2012)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Anthony Gomez - 92.4
2. Louis Taylor - 92.2
3. Robert White - 92.0
4. Joey Diehl - 90.9
5. Jerald Williams - 90.8
6. Felice Herrig - 90.6
7. Cliff Wright - 90.3
8. Alexander Volkov - 90.2
9. Christian Uflacker - 89.6
10. Daniel Vizcaya - 89.2
Bellator 84: Volkov vs. Hale
Location: Hammond, Indiana
Elevation: 594'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Louis Taylor vs. Joe Vedepo
88.7
Fighters & Matches 87.7
Top 10 Fighters 90.8
TOTAL 89.3
88.5
Decision
15:00
     Robert White is making his pro MMA debut here. He bounces around a lot, has decent footwork, and is a fairly aggressive striker, throwing a lot of punches, and constantly moving forward. Halfway through the opening round, he took Booker down, with a blast double leg. Booker stood back up, and White controlled him from the clinch, almost taking his back, and then he suplexed Booker, landing in side control, where he slaughtered Booker with big elbows. That was a pretty great first round considering it's White's first fight ever.
     The second round was a little more competitive, with both guys bouncing around, landing back & forth strikes, until they clinched, and White blasted Booker in the dick with a big knee. Once the fight started back up, White pressed Booker against the cage, and beat the shit out of him with big punches & knees, including a few really nice flying knees. He then took Booker down with one minute left in the round. He sort of took his back, and then gave that up in favor of landing a knee to the body, some more punches, and then some more heavy knees from the clinch. Another really fun round for White.
     White continued to beat the shit out of Booker in the final round, beating him up on the feet, and then driving him to the ground a couple of minutes into the round. Once they hit the ground, White continued to bash Booker's body with big knees, and dropped a few elbows to his face. They stood up, clinched, and White blasted Booker in the dick with another knee, so the referee took a point from White. Once the fight started back up, White continued his forward aggression, consistently looking for the kill. I really like this Robert White guy, and look forward to seeing him fight again in the near future. The judges for some reason scored the fight 29-28 in favor of White. I feel like it should have been 29-27, MAYBE even 29-26, but whatever. Good fight overall, and GREAT debut for Robert White.
88.5
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:30
      These guys kind of danced around the outside edges of the cage, not really engaging at all for the first minute or so of the fight. Talamantes finally shot for a takedown, sort of got it, but sort of didn't. This was a pretty slow paced fight until the halfway mark of the first round, where Gomez went kind of crazy, throwing bombs at the head of Talamantes. He knocked him to the ground, beat the shit out of him, chased him around the cage, continued to beat the shit out of him. Talamantes was clearly rocked, and was backing up as fast as he could, but Gomez just plowed him back down to the ground with punches, got on his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission in the first round. Nice win for Anthony Gomez.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      Jeral "Bacon & Eggs" Williams? Seriously? That's his nickname? And he's fighting against Joey "The Real" Diehl? This is terrible. The first round had Williams driving through for a slick takedown to start the fight, and Diehl tried to defend with a guillotine. They stood back up and traded some punches, and then Williams scored another takedown. They stood back up, and Williams scored another takedown. The referee stood them up, and Diehl went for a flying knee, transitioning into a flying triangle choke, and he actually had it on pretty tight, but it was at an odd angle, so Williams was able to tough it out long enough to break free. Williams beat him up on the ground a little bit, and then Diehl started working for an omoplata, and then the round ended. I don't really know who I would give that round to. I assumed it was obviously going to be scored for Williams, but that triangle attempt was nice, so I'm going to call the first round a draw.
     They traded strikes to start the second round, and then Williams took Diehl down again. This fight was a clear "Wrestler vs. Submission Grappler" fight, which makes it kind of hard to score. Williams kept taking Diehl down, and held top position for most of the fight, but he didn't really do anything outside of short punches on the ground, while Diehl was constantly working for submissions. I still think this fight could go either way going into the final round. The final round was the same story, with Williams securing takedowns, and Diehl just working from his guard. Diehl finally got top position in the final round, and beat up Williams a little bit from full mount. In the end, I think I would score this fight 29-28 in favor of Diehl, but I can easily see it going either way. All 3 judges disagreed, giving the fight to Williams, 29-28.
87.8
KO
(Upkick)
12:26
      The first round had both guys trading strikes, with Wright moving forward a little more, until Uflacker took him to the ground, landed in side control, and beat him up on the ground. They stood up with a minute left in the round, and after a brief scramble, Wright ended up on top, but Uflacker slapped on an armbar. I gave the first round to Uflacker. Wright knocked down Uflacker in the second round, hit him a few times, and then Uflacker hopped up and took down Wright. From there, Uflacker controlled the rest of the round, beating up Wright from full mount.
     The final round started with Uflacker securing another takedown, drilling Wright into the fence. After Uflacker spent most of the round controlling Wright, Wright threw in illegal upkick, and nearly knocked out Uflacker. The doctors came in, checked him out, decided he can't continue, so the fight goes to the judges, and they all agreed that Uflacker won all 3 rounds, so yeah, congrats to Uflacker for winning the fight. After watching the replay, it looks like the upkick might have been legal, so technically, Wright should have won this fight by KO. Soooooo... I'm going to change the outcome, using my executive powers here, and I'm giving Wright the KO victory, and awarding him with the victory points.
88.7
KO
(Punch)
4:12
      These guys clinched early, and Taylor tripped Vedepo hard, throwing him to the ground, and then he wrestled with him for a little while, trying to grab his back. Vedepo stood back up, and Taylor tripped him back down to the ground, while continuing to clinch with his back. After 90 seconds or so, Vedepo was able to shake him off, and then Vedepo pressed Taylor against the cage on the ground. Taylor stood back up, and they paused to add some tape to Taylor's glove. The fight started back up, and Taylor took Vedepo to the ground, landing in half mount. From there, he postured up a little bit, and blasted Vedepo in the chin with a big right hand, knocking Vedepo the fuck out. Really solid performance by Louis Taylor.
86.9
Decision
15:00
      Felice Herrig is a very thick girl. I don't mean that in a bad way, but I just mean, she looks really strong, like she wouldn't be easy to break. She doesn't look as scrawny as some of the other fighters at 115. With that being said, she basically overpowered Vidonic, using her clinch to control her, as well as securing top positions on the ground, beating up Vidonic for the duration of the first round. The second round was spent with more standup striking going on, and Herrig was able to counter Vidonic's slow punches, by moving backwards, and following up with big punches of her own. Herrig pretty much won every aspect of this fight, in the first 2 rounds. In the third round, Vidonic finally got the fight to the ground, with Vidonic on top, looking for submissions, and trying to finish the fight. The referee stood the fight back up with one minute left in the third round, and Herrig used a trip takedown, to get on top of Vidonic, beating her up on the ground for the final 30 seconds, possibly stealing the round. I think Vidonic won the third round, but Herrig still clearly won the fight, 29-28 at least, if not 30-27, depending on where that third round went.
86.0
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Hermansson took the fight to the ground early in the first round, and grabbed Vizcaya's back. They clinched like that for a little while, and then broke apart. Vizcaya then secured a takedown of his own. That round could have maybe gone either way, but I scored it for Vizcaya, because he ended the round on top. Vizcaya clinched with Hermansson to start the second round, and then took him down again. He looked like he was going for a D'Arce choke, but didn't know how to finish it. I have Vizcaya ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. The third round had Hermansson moving forward, and he took down Vizcaya, probably doing enough to win that round at least. I ended up scoring this fight 29-28 in favor of Vizcaya, and two of the judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory in his Bellator debut.
87.9
Decision
25:00
      Here we have a couple of the best heavyweights on Bellator's roster. Volkov tripped Hale a minute into the first round, and then beat him up from the sky, while towering over his downed opponent. The final minute had Hale bringing the fight to Volkov on the feet, making the round a lot more even than expected. Volkov tripped Hale to the ground early in the second round as well, and continued to stand above him like a statue. I'm going to call this fight all tied up going into the third round, with maybe a slight edge in favor of Volkov.
      The third round was an uneventful striking match, with both guys throwing single shots, in between long periods of inactivity. The fourth round had Volkov circling around Hale, picking him apart with jabs. Going into this fight, I was pretty pumped about the matchup, but this fight kind of sucks. Volkov is pretty clearly winning, going into the final round, but it's a boring ass fight. Hale looked pissed & determinted to win in the final round. Hale beat up Volkov in that final round, chasing him around and hitting him with hard punches. In the end, I scored this fight 29-28 in favor of Volkov. I wish Hale would have kicked it into high gear a little sooner, but he didn't. All 3 judges gave the fight to Volkov, 49-46, making him the new Bellator Heavyweight Champion.
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
7:35
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.3
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