100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Doug Marshall - 93.0
2. Will Martinez - 92.8
3. Liam McGeary - 92.4
4. Pat Curran - 92.3
5. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev - 91.7
6. Rick Hawn - 91.6
7. Kevin Roddy - 91.1
8. Jimmie Rivera - 90.5
9. Phillipe Nover - 90.3
10. Sam Oropeza - 90.2
Bellator 95: Curran vs. Shamhalaev
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Elevation: 7'
-Fight of the Night-
Doug Marshall vs. Brett Cooper
Fighters & Matches 88.0
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 89.8
(Elbows and Punches)
     Talamantes started this fight with a panic mode style takedown attempt, which McGeary easily stuffed. McGeary's 81" reach seemed ridiculous compared to the 7" shorter Talamantes's 68" reach. So I guess it made sense that Talamantes was shooting in to get the fight to the ground, but he's really not a very good wrestler. McGeary eventually started picking apart Talamantes with knees and punches, Talamantes finally secured a takedown, he sort of got caught in a triangle, McGeary landed an elbow from the bottom, rocked Talamantes, got back up, and beat the shit out of Talamantes with a series of punches, until Talamantes eventually just collapsed. Solid Bellator debut for Liam McGeary.
      Roddy landed some decent shots in the first round, including a nice kick to the dick of Artsdalen. Artsdalen then came back and picked Roddy up over his head, slamming him to the ground. Artsdalen seemed to be the better grappler, and Roddy was the better striker. At least that's what I thought, until Artsdalen shot in for a takedown in the second round, Roddy went for a flying guillotine, Artsdalen took him to the ground, and then Roddy tapped him out with an armbar. Pretty solid win for Roddy, even though I've only seen Artsdalen win one fight out of seven so far. But yeah, congrats to Roddy for getting his first win in Bellator.
      This fight started out as a pretty decent brawl, but as usual, Martinez was able to get the fight to the ground, where he wrestled the shit out of Hess, controlling him from various top positions, while landing short shots. He landed some hard body shots on the ground, went for a Kimura, Hess tried to fight his way out of it, and Martinez gave up on it with about 60 seconds left in the round, ending up in full mount. He blasted Hess with some heavy right hands, resulting in his 3rd first round finish in a row in Bellator.
      Rivera spent most of the first round showing off his boxing skills, beating up Kelleher from close range, with a lot of punches. The second round was more of Rivera beating up Kelleher with punches. Kelleher shot for a takedown at the start of the round, but Rivera did a good job sprawling to avoid it. the final minute or so of the round was spent clinching against the fence, without much action, and then Rivera lifted Kelleher and brought him to the ground in the final 20 seconds. That's 2 rounds for Rivera so far. Kelleher rocked Rivera with a big right hand, early in the third round, and from there, Kelleher was able to secure that round with clinch work, and by stalking Rivera down with forward pressure. The third round probably could have gone either way, based on Rivera's takedown at the end of the round, but either way, Rivera wins this fight, either 29-28, or 30-27, on all 3 scorecards.
      They traded a few decent shots to start the opening round, and then they hugged for the next 4 minutes or so. I'm calling the first round 10-10. Nover shot for a takedown early in the second round, landing in side control. Horcher was able to regain his guard, but Nover spent the entire round beating him up on the ground. Round two clearly goes to Nover. They traded some strikes in the final round, clinched a little bit with Horcher in control, Nover went for a standing guillotine choke, and after holding it for a couple of minutes, the referee broke them up out of boredom. Nover then took off, running around in circles, he shot for a takedown, but Horcher stuffed it, pressing Nover against the cage again in the clinch. Nover finally took him down with 10 seconds left in the round, landed a few decent shots, and pulled off the unanimous decision victory. To be honest, I scored that final round for Horcher, so I think the fight was a draw, it was really close. But yeah, nice win for Nover, and disappointing loss for Horcher.
(Doctor Stoppage)
      Brooks has fast hands, and landed several clean shots in the first 10 seconds of the opening round, but after clinching, DeBlass locked on a guillotine choke, and pulled Brooks into half guard with it. After a minute or so on the ground, they stood back up. They clinched for a while, with DeBlass in control, but no damage was being dealt. Brooks threw a knee to DeBlass's groin, and the fight was paused for a few seconds. Once the fight started back up, Brooks landed a few decent punches, and then DeBlass clinched again, pressing him against the cage. The round ended with both guys just randomly staring at each other. I'm giving that first round to Brooks based on his boxing. It wasn't a great round for either fighter though.
     The second round started with some decent boxing, until DeBlass whipped Brooks to the ground with an aggressive single leg. They continued to trade strikes on the ground, with DeBlass on top inside Brooks's guard. As the fight continued, Brooks went more into a "hold onto guard and pray for a standup" strategy, while DeBlass continued to beat on him with strikes until the end of the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the third round, with the second round being the only round with a clear winner, which was DeBlass. The score doesn't matter though, because the doctor stopped the fight in between rounds. Decent win for Tom DeBlass in his Bellator debut.
(Elbows & Punches)
      These guys traded a few kicks, and then Goodridge took Oropeza to the ground. They stood back up, and Goodridge continued to control the clinch with double underhooks. He then clipped Oropeza with a knee to the balls, the fight was paused, and then as soon as it started again, Goodridge kicked him in the dick. The fight started again, and Goodridge took him down again. Oropeza popped back up to his feet a few seconds later. They clinched some more, split up and traded a few punches here & there, and for the most part just decided to coast until the end of the round. Goodridge landed one more takedown to finish the round. Round one goes to Goodridge.
     The second round had both guys trading punches & kicks at a somewhat moderate pace. Goodridge shot for a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, and Oropeza hit him with the tip of a flying knee on the way down. Oropeza then tried to work his way around to Goodridge's back, and he landed a lot of hard elbows to the side of Goodridge's head. He opened up with some big punches, and some more elbows, and the fight was stopped with around 40 seconds left in the round. Really solid finish for Sam Oropeza.
      The entire first round took place in the clinch, with Good in control, as he worked some dirty boxing to pick apart Rivera against the fence. The second round was the exact same story, with Good pressing Rivera against the fence in the clinch, while he worked some more dirty boxing. Good took Rivera to the ground to finish the round. I have Good ahead 2-0 going into the final round. The final round was the same thing, with Good working his dirty boxing against the fence. Lyman Good wins 30-27 pretty much across the board for the unanimous decision victory.
      Here we have a couple of Judo experts, and they started the fight with an aggressive clinch, which ended with Hawn landing a knee to the "groin". Really, it was just a clean shot to the lower stomach, but Karo played it up to be something terrible. Once the fight reset, they traded a few punches, and hopped around for a while. Karo dropped Hawn at one point, but Hawn recovered immediately, and they continued to hop around. They traded a few more strikes, and then Karo dropped Hawn with a direct kick to the dick. Hawn finished the round with some heavy punch combinations. Round one goes to Hawn.
     Karo scrambled in to start the second round, but Hawn kept his distance and continued to pick him apart with random punches & kicks. One minute into the first round, Hawn rocked the shit out of Karo with a big left hand. They continued to square off, and a minute later, Hawn landed a huge right hand, Karo dropped, and Hawn followed it up with a series of punches that forced the referee to stop the fight. Fantastic win for Rick Hawn.
      This fight started with both guys teeing off on each other, with Rhino mixing in some decent leg kicks. Cooper shot for a takedown 45 seconds into the first round, and pinned Rhino against the cage in half mount. Rhino worked his way back to his feet, while Cooper mostly just tried to hold him down. They stood back up and clinched 2 minutes into the round. Cooper dropped for another takedown, and slammed Rhino near the fence again. Cooper landed some short punches to Rhino's face, but he wasn't really doing much damage. Rhino gave the thumbs up. They stood up again 3 minutes into the round, and Cooper immediately dropped for another takedown attempt, but this time Rhino was able to sprawl out of it. Rhino unloaded some massive bombs seemingly out of nowhere, and knocked Cooper the fuck out. That was a brutal KO finish for Doug "The Rhino" Marshall.
      The first round had both fighters bouncing around, trading punches & kicks, with Khasbulaev clearly being a little more aggressive with his offense, so I scored the first round for Khasbulaev. The second round was more of the same, and halfway through the round, Khasbulaev even knocked Richman down for a few seconds. They also clinched a little bit, with Khasbulaev still pretty clearly in control for most of the round. In the final 90 seconds, Richman made a pretty decent comeback, taking Khasbulaev down and working a little ground & pound, so that round really could have gone either way. The final round was a pretty solid boxing match, with Khasbulaev clearly dealing more damage, so in the end, I scored this fight for Khasbulaev, AT LEAST 29-28, if not 30-27, and all 3 judges agreed, giving Khasbulaev the unanimous decision victory.
Technical Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
      These guys circled around each other without much action for the first 2 minutes of this fight, with both guys throwing some random punches, but neither guy really landing with much of anything noteworthy. Around the halfway mark of the opening round, Curran randomly exploded, grabbed Shamhalaev, slapped on a guillotine choke, and put him to sleep almost immediately. Fantastic finish for Pat Curran as he defends his Featherweight Championship.