(9/20/2013)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Douglas Lima - 93.2
2. LaRue Burley - 92.4
3. Brent Weedman - 91.8
4. Siala-Mou Siliga - 91.8
5. War Machine - 91.7
6. Adam McDonough - 91.3
7. Travis Marx - 91.3
8. Liam McGeary - 91.0
9. Bubba Jenkins - 90.1
10. Clifford Starks - 90.0
Bellator 100: Lima vs. Saunders
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Elevation: 1,086'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Douglas Lima vs. Ben Saunders
91.1
Fighters & Matches 88.1
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 89.8
88.1
TKO
(Spinning Back-Kick and Punches)
4:51
     These guys traded a few strikes, McDonough rocked Buck with some punches, and then he went in for the kill, chasing him across the cage, while slaughtering him with punches & knees. He backed off, tried to do the same attack, and Buck took him to the ground, landing in sort of a modified side control. McDonough asked the referee to stand them up and the ref shrugged and was like "Meh, alright..." So they stood back up 2 minutes into the round. McDonough landed a spinning back kick to the body, and they continued to trade some decent punches, with McDonough landing far more frequently. He knocked Buck down, grabbed his back, and smashed his face with punches from behind. Buck started to stand up, McDonough threw a knee to Buck's head, and the referee called it an illegal shot. Bad call by the ref, since Buck's hand was off the ground. Once the fight started back up, Buck took McDonough to the ground again, but McDonough quickly fought his way back to his feet. There was a minute or so with no section, McDonough randomly threw a spinning back kick that dropped Buck, and then he pounded on his head with punches until the referee stopped the fight. Nice Bellator debut for Adam McDonough.
88.5
TKO
(Punches)
11:26
      The first round had Charles throwing a knee at Siliga's balls. Siliga then threw a huge knee to the balls of Charles, hard enough to know Charles up in the air a couple of inches. Once they finally got past that whole ordeal, Siliga was going for a takedown, and couldn't secure it, showing a pretty solid takedown defense by Dan Charles. He also had a guillotine attempt, but Siliga doesn't have a neck, so, good luck with that shit. The second round had Siliga throwing body shots from the clinch, doing some pretty decent damage, but a couple of minutes into the second round, Charles started throwing Muay Thai knees to the face of Siliga from the clinch. I probably would have had the fight scored a draw going into the third round, if it wasn't for the takedown by Mo at the end of the round. The third round was more of the same, with Siliga throwing body shots from the clinch, eventually opening up to finish Charles with some big punches while standing. Good fight, and really nice Bellator debut for Might Mo Siliga.
88.5
KO
(Punch)
0:27
      These guys both started the fight by kicking each other repeatedly, McGeary blasted Tribolet with a big right hand, knocked him on his ass, and then he walked away in victory, before the referee even had a chance to stop the fight. Nice little 27 second highlight reel performance for Liam McGeary.
87.2
Decision
15:00
      This fight was a grindfest, with Yager trying to pin Starks against the cage in the first round, and then Starks took him down, and laid on him for a good portion of the round. The second round mostly took place standing, and I gave that round to Starks for landing the better punches. Yager landed some really hard shots in the third round, including a nice head kick, but Starks took him down a couple more times, controlling the pace of the round, and therefore, winning the fight via unanimous decision, 30-27 on all scorecards.
91.1
TKO
(Punches)
13:40
      Jenkins started this fight the same way he normally starts fights, by shooting for a quick takedown, and after securing it, Burley got straight back to his feet, but Jenkins was able to take him down again pretty quickly. They continued to wrestle the shit out of each other, and Jenkins lifted Burley in the air, and dumped him on his head, almost got a rear-naked choke, and beat the shit out of Burley, winning the round for Jenkins pretty clearly based on his superior grappling skills. Jenkins got sloppy at the end of the round, and got rocked a little bit, but the round still goes to Jenkins. Jenkins shot for a takedown early in the second round, Burley stuffed it, and beat the shit out of the body of Jenkins, making him pay for the failed takedown attempt. Jenkins showed some serious cardio issues in that second round, and Burley really started to pick him apart, hitting him with strikes, and beating him down with ground & pound. Just as it looked like Burley might be finishing the fight soon, he blasted Jenkins with an illegal knee to the face, as Jenkins was clearly sitting flat on the ground. They started back up, Burley continued to beat up Jenkins with some HARD punch combinations, and he nearly finished him, but Jenkins was saved by the bell. Jenkins started the third round desperately shooting for a takedown, Burley got him in a headlock, and punched him in the head bully beatdown style. Jenkins finally secured a takedown, he tried to beat up Burley against the cage, but Burley flipped him over, ending up in top position, where Burley was eventually able to finish Jenkins with some serious ground & pound from the full mount & back mount. That was a pretty badass fight overall, and a terrific win for LaRue Burley's Bellator debut.
89.8
TKO
(Knee to the Body and Punches)
9:28
      Marx started this fight by looking for a takedown, pressing Bender against the cage, but Bender stopped him with an Anaconda Choke, locking it on, bringing Marx to the ground, he went for the gator roll, Marx was struggling to escape. I have no idea how Bender didn't finish that choke, because it looked deep, and he had it for over a minute, but Marx was eventually able to escape, but Bender immediately grabbed his back. Bender spent the rest of the round looking for a rear-naked choke. Sorry Marx, but I'm scoring that round 10-8 for Bender's relentless submission offense.
     Bender looked pretty tired in the second round, and Marx was able to walk him down, beating him up with random punches. Bender was still landing some decent shots of his own though, as he moved in for the clinch. Halfway through the round, Bender already looked defeated, as Marx continued to work him over with random punches & kicks. Bender was slowing down, and Marx continued to speed up. With around 30 seconds left in the round, Marx unloaded a nice combination of punches & kicks, he blasted Bender with a big knee to the body, Bender collapsed, and Marx finished him off with some punches on the ground. Amazing comeback finish for Marx after losing the first round 10-8 on most scorecards.
88.8
Submission
(Armbar)
3:20
      Weedman came out and aggressively pressured Baesman toward the fence, by throwing some heavy punches & kicks. Baesman clinched 30 seconds into the round, but Weedman quickly took control of the clinch as well. Baesman tried to trip Weedman, and Weedman reversed it, throwing Baesman to the ground, with Weedman landing inside his guard. Weedman passed the guard, locked on a wild looking armbar, while holding Baesman in place with an inverted triangle choke. After scrambling around for a few seconds, Weedman finally cranked on an armbar, Baesman fell flat to his back, and a minute or so later, Weedman rolled over to the belly down position, and Baesman was forced to submit to the armbar. Nice first round finish for Brent Weedman.
86.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Keslar took Melo to the ground early in the first round, and started working for an Anaconda choke. They eventually stood back up, clinched, and Keslar pressed Melo against the fence. Not a lot of damage was done either way, but Keslar was pretty clearly in control for the duration of that round, so round one goes to Keslar.
     Keslar took Melo down early in the second round and beat him up on the ground with some punches from half mount. Melo gave up his back, and Keslar went for the rear-naked choke one minute into the round. The round ended with Keslar still hanging onto Melo's back. Keslar is clearly ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Keslar shot for a takedown to start the second round, and he found himself caught inside a tight guillotine choke. Melo's arms eventually got tired, so he stood up, and punched Keslar in the head a few times. He then went for an armbar from back mount, but Keslar escaped easily, grabbed Melo's back, and rode his back while looking for a rear-naked choke for the last half of the round. That round was probably a draw, but Keslar won the other two rounds, so Keslar clearly won this fight in my opinion. Two judges agreed, giving Keslar the split-decision victory in his Bellator debut.
86.2
Decision
15:00
      Nothing happened in the first 30 seconds, and then Hawn clinched and pressed Terrado against the fence. They eventually broke apart, Terrado threw some wild punches, Hawn clinched again, pressed him against the fence again, and then they broke apart again. Hawn clinched again, and pressed Terrado against the fence until the end of the round. Not a very exciting round, but I guess Hawn won that round with his clinch control.
     Nothing happened for the first 30 seconds of the second round, and then Terrado started throwing wild punches & kicks, until Hawn clinched and pressed him against the fence again. They split up, traded a few punches, Hawn was walking down Terrado, and then he finished out the last 30 seconds of the round pressing Terrado against the fence again. I guess Hawn is ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but this isn't a great fight at all.
     The final round was more of the same, with Hawn pressing forward, walking down Terrado with his punches, neither fighter was really doing any real damage, and Terrado was firing back with some decent punches, but wasn't really connecting very often. In the end, I scored this fight 30-27 for Hawn, and all 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Hawn via unanimous decision.
87.1
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
9:01
      These guys traded some looping punches, and then they clinched, and War Machine tripped Anderson, taking him to the ground 30 seconds into the opening round. War Machine landed a few decent punches from inside Anderson's guard, but for the most part, they just kind of wrestled around, until the halfway mark of the round, where War Machine passed the guard, and moved to full mount. Anderson was able to quickly sweep War Machine, anding up inside War Machine's guard with 2 minutes left in the round. War Machine fought his way back to his feet a few seconds later, and then Anderson took him back down. Not a lot happened so they stood back up, and Anderson was already looking tired. He shot for a lazy takedown with 10 seconds left in the round, War Machine easily stuffed it and beat up Anderson until the end of the round. Round one goes to War Machine.
      War Machine took Anderson down 30 seconds into the second round, pinning him against the fence. War Machine passed to the mounted crucifix, landed some punches, and then took Anderson's back after a brief scramble. He spent a couple of minutes clinging to his back, throwing short punches, until he was finally able to sink in a rear-naked choke, as he put Anderson to sleep with around one minute remaining in the second round. Nice submission victory for War Machine.
91.1
KO
(Head Kick)
9:33
      These guys spent the first round trading punches & kicks, without dealing a ton of damage either way, but the left eye of Saunder's was cut open, and his right eye was as well. So I guess I would give the first round to Lima for damage, but as far as strikes landed, it seemed to be fairly even. Saunders spent most of the second round trying to circle away from Lima's power leg, but eventually gave up on that since things were getting boring, so he decided to stand in front of him and trade, and Lima knocked him down with a big right uppercut, knocking Saunders to the ground, where Lima continued to beat on him for a few seconds, but then Saunders started working his rubber guard, looking for a submission. By this point though, Saunders had bloody all over his face, and was clearly having trouble seeing what he was doing, especially since his left eye was completely swollen shut. Lime decided to stand back up, and Saunders tried to grab one of his legs for a submission, but Lima was able to slip out, getting back to his feet. They circled around each other for another minute or so, before Lima threw a brutal punch to the body of Saunders, he grabbed his stomach, and that opened him up for the MASSIVE right head kick, knocking Saunders unconscious. ANOTHER awesome KO victory for Douglas Lima. This guy fucking slaughters people, and it's awesome.
85.0
Decision
15:00
      This was a decent fight, but not exactly suitable for a highlight reel. Escudero proved throughout the fight, that he has better wrestling skills, as well as better striking skills, beating up Surdyka for most of the fight, but never really coming close to finishing it at all. Surdyka tried to get something going with a few submission attempts, but even in the Jiu-Jitsu department, Escudero seemed to be the better fight. Congrats to Escudero for the 30-27 unanimous decision victory, against another fighter that I've never heard of.
OVERALL 89.8
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