100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Brandon Girtz - 93.1
2. Cliff Wright - 92.3
3. Andre Tieva - 92.0
4. Ron Keslar - 92.0
5. Paul Sass - 91.8
6. Robert Emerson - 91.8
7. Kendall Grove - 91.4
8. Peter Graham - 90.9
9. Rick Hawn - 90.8
10. Paul Bradley - 89.9
Bellator 104: Hawn vs. Weedman
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Elevation: 810'
-Fight of the Night-
Brandon Girtz vs. Mike Estus
Fighters & Matches 88.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 90.1
     These guys were both trading some decent punches & kicks, while biting down on their mouthpieces. Most of the exchanges were fairly even, until Tieva broke Lane's nose with a hard left hand, it clearly bothered Lane, Tieva punched him again, Lane fell to the ground, and Tieva unloaded with some more punches on the ground, until the referee stepped in to stop the fight. That was a solid performance by Andre Tieva.
      The first round mostly had Wright picking apart Loffer with punches & kicks, and he even dropped him with a push kick to the dick that knocked Loffer across the cage, but the referee seemed to ignore it. They continued to trade strikes at a decent pace, until Loffer caught a kick and took down Wright halfway through the round, but he let him stand back up almost immediately. I scored the first round for Wright, based on how he was outstriking Loffer for most of the round.
     They traded a few random punches to start the second round, and then Wright kicked Loffer in the dick again. This time the referee gave him a couple of seconds to tuck 'em back in, and then the fight continued. Loffer caught another kick 90 seconds into the round, and took down Wright. They ended up in a 50/50 position, as they both tried to setup some leg locks. The referee was ready to stop the fight at any second, as Loffer cranked on a heel hook, but Wright pulled his leg free, and then settled back into Loffer's half guard. Loffer swept Wright with 90 seconds left in the round, he worked a little bit of ground & pound, Wright slapped on an armbar, Loffer slammed his way out of it, and then threw a soccer kick at Wright's head, but whiffed with it, and then immediately apologized. They stood up, reset, Wright dropped Loffer with a clean left hand, but Loffer immediately took him to the ground. Wright slapped on a triangle choke, couldn't quite lock it on, so he switched to a fast armbar from his guard, and finished the fight by submission with around 30 seconds remaining in the second round. That was a really solid performance by Cliff Wright.
      Girtz started this fight the same way he starts every fight, by securing a takedown. This time, he ended up in the half guard of Estus, where he rained down short elbows, trying to cut up his forehead to get the early fight advantage. The face of Estus was a bloody mess, when Girtz transitioned into full mount, where he was able to finish the fight with a strong armbar. Really impressive one-sided victory for Brandon Girtz.
(Heel Hook)
      Robert Emerson is making his Bellator debut here after a somewhat failed UFC career, followed by a series of decent fights in smaller organizations. He started this fight by trading strikes with Downing for 90 seconds or so. They looked fairly even on the feet, so Downing took Emerson to the ground, Emerson immediately grabbed his leg, locked on a heel hook, cranked, and finished Downing by submission in under 2 minutes of the first round. Great submission victory by Robert Emerson in his Bellator debut.
(Toe Hold)
      Montoya ducked under a punch, and took down Sass immediately to start the first round. He settled into his guard, Sass just tied him up for a minute or so, until Montoya eventually decided to stand up and reset. As soon as Sass stood up, Montoya caught a spinning back kick, and took Sass down again. Sass scrambled around, grabbed Montoya's leg, Montoya tried to scramble back to his feet, but Sass locked on a toe hold and finished the fight by submission. That was a really solid submission victory for Paul Sass.
      The first round had both guys trading strikes, with Bradley moving forward with his combinations. Amoussou threw him to theg round a minute into the round, but let him stand back up. Bradley continued to pressure him with some punches, and then Amoussou threw him down again. The striking was fairly even, but the clinching & grappling was all Amoussou. Bradley threw a shin to Amoussou's groin with a minute left in the round, so they had a brief timeout. Bradley's face was already chopped up and bloody, but I think a lot of that is based on previous scar tissue or something. After a length pause, the fight continued, and they traded a few random strikes before the end of the round. Round one goes to Amoussou.
     Amoussou was more active with his striking at the start of the second round, and then Bradley threw a knee at Amoussou's groin again, but this time the referee told them to keep fighting. Bradley clinched, and took Amoussou to the ground. Bradley spent the rest of the round beating up Amoussou with short shots while keeping him pinned on the ground. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Bradley scored a takedown almost immediately in the final round, and he ended up back in Amoussou's guard, in the center of the cage, with an entire round left to work. Bradley spent the rest of the round beating up Amoussou on the ground, while mostly just grinding out a decision. There wasn't a lot of damage being done on the ground, but Bradley still clearly won the last two rounds, so Bradley wins the fight with a 29-28 unanimous decision victory.
      These guys spent the first 3 minutes of the opening round, trading big fat ugly awkward punches. Prindle eventually got clipped, Graham mounted him, and then absolutely mauled him, opening up a massive gash on his forehead. This fight started slow, but that last 90 seconds of the first round, lead me to score the round 10-8 for Graham. The fight probably could have been stopped in that round.
     The next two rounds had Prindle standing there like a punching bag, while Graham rocked him back & forth with massive punch combinations. If Prindle had any kind of footwork at all, Graham might be in trouble here, but since Prindle's fight style is similar to a Porta Potty, Graham was able to have a little fun with it, picking apart Prindle with his boxing for the last two rounds, and he even landed a kick to the face just as the bell rang, which nearly knocked out Prindle. In the end, I scored this fight 30-26 for Peter Graham, and this marks the only time I've ever personally seen Graham win a fight.
      Vedepo shot in for a takedown, and took some elbows to the side of the head in the process. Most of the first round was spent clinching against the cage. They broke apart, Grove clipped Vedepo, knocking him to the ground, but Vedepo got back up immediately, and shot in for a takedown, this time getting Grove to the floor, but Grove locked up a triangle choke, and then an armbar. Vedepo surprised me with his submission defense. By the end of the round, Grove was in full mount, pounding Vedepo with elbows and punches, and then one more triangle attempt in the final 30 seconds. Vedepo scored a takedown to start the second round, hit Grove with a couple of elbows, and then got stuck in his guard again. Grove went for another armbar, and Vedepo grabbed his back, and then they stood back up. They fought for a little while, and then Grove went for a guillotine choke, while pulling guard. Grove went for one more armbar attempt at the end of round two. Vedepo of course shot in for another takedown to start the final round. Grove stuffed it, and then hammered Vedepo with some knees from the clinch. Decent wrestling displayed by Vedepo in this fight, but overall, Grove's striking & submissions were too much for Vedepo, earning Grove the unanimous decision, with at least the first two rounds, if not all three. By the end of the fight, Vedepo's face was a bloody mess.
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Keslar grabbed War Machine early in the first round, he clinched with his back, and yanked him to the ground against the fence. Keslar threw a few short punches, locked on a body triangle, and slowly started to bloody the face of War Machine with some decent punches while clinging to his back. War Machine finally stood back up, with Keslar still clinging to his back with 2 minutes left in the round, he locked on a tight rear-naked choke, and he put War Machine to sleep. That was a fantastic win by Ron Keslar.
      Weedman clinched early in the first round, but Hawn threw him to the ground, punched him a few times, and told him to stand back up. Hawn dropped Weedman with some big punches, and then tackled him, and worked some ground & pound from inside his guard. They eventually stood up, danced around a bit, and Hawn continued to pick apart Weedman with his boxing. Round one clearly goes to Rick Hawn.
      The second round was basically a back & forth kickboxing match, with neither fighter taking a clear lead on the scorecards. Hawn landed some big punches in the final minute of the round, so I guess I would score that round for Hawn, and I have him ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
      Weedman was aggressive early in the third round, as he blasted Hawn with some big shots, and then pressed him against the fence for a standing guillotine attempt. Hawn then took him down a minute into the round, and spent a minute or so inside Weedman's guard, grinding on him with some short punches. They stood up halfway through the round, and circled around each other while trading punches. This was technically a close fight, but I still scored it 30-27 for Rick Hawn, and all 3 judges agreed, giving Hawn the unanimous decision victory.