(10/11/2013)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Ricky Musgrave - 92.4
2. Carlos Eduardo - 92.1
3. Donnie Bell - 92.0
4. Maurice Jackson - 91.8
5. David Rickels - 91.7
6. Mikhail Zayats - 91.5
7. Remy Bussieres - 90.8
8. Justin Wilcox - 90.7
9. Jeimeson Saudino - 89.6
10. Patricio Freire - 89.2
Bellator 103: Freire vs. Da Silva
Location: Wichita, Kansas
Elevation: 1,299'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
David Rickels vs. J.J. Ambrose
89.1
Fighters & Matches 87.7
Top 10 Fighters 91.2
TOTAL 89.5
87.8
Submission
(Kimura)
2:59
     These guys traded some strikes, Carrillo was knocked off balance, Musgrave dropped him with some punches, and then tackled him against the fence. They stood back up 45 seconds into the round, continued to clinch, Carrillo tried to take Musgrave's back, and then they reset a minute into the round. Musgrave took Carrillo down again, smothered him against the fence, landed a lot of punches, Carrillo tried to buck him off, but Musgrave did a good job staying on top. He eventually grabbed a Kimura, they rolled around wildly, Musgrave cranked the shit out of it, and then Carrillo tapped out 3 minutes into the round. That was a really solid one-sided victory for Ricky Musgrave.
86.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty close fight, with Saudino possibly showing better striking & submissions, while Thornton had the slightly better wrestling. I ended up scoring the fight in favor of Saudino, but it could have gone either way. Two of the other judges gave it to Saudino as well, for the split-decision victory.
88.3
Submission
(Neck Crank)
2:06
      Navarro came out, threw a couple of kicks, and then Bell took him to the ground near the fence 10 seconds into the opening round. Bell beat up Navarro with some short elbows from the mounted crucifix, he moved to full mount, Navarro gave up his back, Bell went for a choke, locked on a neck crank, and finished the fight by submission just past the 2 minute mark of the opening round. Great Bellator debut by Donnie Bell.
88.2
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
0:52
      Uhde rushed in, looking like a weirdo right off the bat, and Jackson looked calm, as he tried to take Uhde's head off with big kicks. Jackson dropped Uhde 30 seconds into the first round, Uhde was bleeding all over the place from a MASSIVE cut on top of his head that was literally pouring blood all over his body. The doctor of course had to stop the fight. That was one of the bloodiest cuts I've ever seen. Solid performance by Maurice Jackson.
86.5
Decision
15:00
      Blake Pool is making his pro MMA debut here. Remy came out throwing some nice clean tight punch combinations, some decent leg kicks, and then he took down Pool 30 seconds into the first round. Remy passed to full mount, and worked some ground & pound for most of the round, until Pool swept him with 90 seconds left in the round, but Remy quickly popped back up to his feet and they reset. Remy looks like a solid fighter, but when he's throwing his punches, he leaves his chin straight up in the air. He tripped Pool to the ground with 30 seconds left in the opening round, and finished out the round back on top, throwing punches. Round one clearly goes to Remy Bussieres.
      Pool rushed Remy with punches to start the second round, he took his back briefly, and then they reset 45 seconds into the round. They traded some punches, Remy got clipped in the chin with a few solid shots, but he just ate them and kept walking forward. Remy took down Pool 90 seconds into the round, mounted him again, and continued to pound on him with punches for a couple of minutes. They eventually stood back up, traded some sloppy punches, and Remy continued to walk down Pool, like the Terminator, while leaving his chin way up in the air, as he just ate whatever Pool threw back at him. I have Remy ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but that second round was at least more competitive than the first round.
      The final round was another round of Remy "The Terminator" Bussieres, walking forward, with his chin up in the air, as he continued to beat up Pool with punches, while Pool fired back with everything he had, but he wasn't able to make a dent in Remy's armor. The third round was the most competitive round, and Pool might have even won that round, but Remy AT LEAST won the first two rounds, so I'm scoring this fight 30-28 for Remy Bussieres. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Remy "The Titan" Bussieres.
88.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:06
      Eduardo was trying to get in close, and Carter was fighting him off by throwing bombs at him. He dropped Eduardo with some huge punches 30 seconds into the opening round, and then he pinned him, but Eduardo quickly swept Carter, and secured side control 45 seconds into the round. Eduardo beat the shit out of Carter for a minute or so, he took his back, slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission around the 2 minute mark of the first round. That was a really solid performance by Carlos Eduardo.
88.9
Submission
(Kimura)
0:47
      Rosa threw some punches, Zayats went for the clinch, took the fight to the ground, locked on a Kimura from Rosa's half guard, cranked it, and forced Rosa to submit in under one minute of the first round. Nice quick submission victory for Mikhail Zayats.
89.1
TKO
(Punches to the Body)
12:37
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Ambrose pressed Rickels against the cage in the clinch 30 seconds into the opening round. Rickels spun him around, and then blasted Ambrose's body with some brutal knees. Ambrose then dropped down for a takedown attempt, but Rickels beat him up with punches & elbows, while staying on his feet against the cage. They eventually split up, and Rickels beat the living shit out of Ambrose on the feet with brutal punches & all sorts of strikes, before taking Ambrose down in the center of the cage with 90 seconds left in the round. From there, Rickels beat him up with elbows, and then took his back, looking for a rear-naked choke with a minute left in the round. Ambrose swept him with 45 seconds left in the round, ending up on top in the guard of Rickels. From there, Rickels hit Ambrose with some elbows to the side of the head from the bottom. Round one clearly goes to Rickels, maybe even 10-8.
     Rickels spent the first minute of the second round beating up Ambrose with strikes, before Ambrose took him down, but Rickels quickly stood back up, only to get taken down again. Ambrose spent half the round beating up Rickels on the ground with powerless punches, before the referee finally stood them back up. Rickels kicked Ambrose in the body, Ambrose collapsed, and Rickels unloaded on him with big punches on the ground. Ambrose recovered though, and took Rickels back down. Rickels kicked out with one minute left in the round, as Ambrose didn't really do any damage on the ground. Rickels threw a leg kick that tripped Ambrose, and then Rickels teed off on him again, beating the shit out of him until the end of the round. I have Rickels ahead 2-0 going into the final round, if not 3-0 since the first round was probably a 10-8.
     They traded strikes to start the final round, and Rickels continued to cripple Ambrose with shots to the body, before Ambrose took him to the ground against the cage. Rickels kicked out again, stood back up, punched Ambrose in the head, dropped him, Ambrose turtled up, and Rickels unloaded on him again with big punches on the ground. Rickels landed countless punches & elbows to Ambrose's body, forcing the referee to stop the fight halfway through the final round. Great one-sided ass beating delivered by David Rickels.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      This fight started kind of slow, until Taimanglo shot in with some punches a minute or so into the first round, he got a front headlock, and yanked Wilcox around for a few seconds. Wilcox tried to respond with some sloppy punch combinations, but those went nowhere as Taimanglo slipped out of the way. Wilcox finally took him down with a clunky takedown halfway through the round. Taimanglo immediately started looking for a Kimura, but Wilcox passed that and started working for an arm-triangle choke. The rest of the round basically had Wilcox smothering Taimanglo, stealing the round in the process with his wrestling, and some short punches on the ground.
     Taimanglo dropped Wilcox early in the second round a couple of times with some decent strikes, as Wilcox still looks really sloppy with his standup. Wilcox shot for a takedown 90 seconds into the round, but it was stuffed. Wilcox shot for another takedown 2 minutes into the round, and finally got Taimanglo to the ground again. The rest of the round had Wilcox on top, smothering Taimanglo, while landing short punches again. Wilcox is ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Wilcox took Taimanglo down 20 seconds into the final round, and once again smothered him for the duration of the round, while landing short punches, and trying to work his way past Taimanglo's guard. I scored this fight 30-27 in favor of Justin Wilcox, as he wrestled his way to a unanimous decision victory against another tough opponent.
86.2
Decision
15:00
      These guys started slow, clinched in the first round, and Pitbull slowly took Silva to the ground. Pitbull mounted Silva halfway through the round, and then they stood up. Silva rolled for a leg lock, but Pitbull just squashed him, landing in side control. It wasn't very exciting, but Pitbull clearly won the opening round.
     Silva shot for an early takedown to start the second round, but Pitbull stuffed it, and then grabbed his back. From there, Pitbull beat him up with some short punches. They clinched for a while, traded some short knees, and then Pitbull spent the rest of the round picking apart Silva on the feet.
     Pitbull took Silva down again to start the third round. He beat up Silva for half the round, and then Silva stood back up. They clinched, with Pitbull grabbing Silva's back again. He picked him up, dumped him to the ground, and continued to land short punches from inside Silva's guard. I'm not sure why Pitbull was so diehard about the wrestling in this fight, but he at least won the fight, 30-27 across the board.
OVERALL 89.5
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