(10/25/2013)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Eugene Fadiora - 92.1
2. Luis Alberto Nogueira - 91.8
3. Raphael Butler - 91.8
4. Alexander Sarnavskiy - 91.7
5. Desmond Green - 91.7
6. Eddie Larrea - 91.2
7. Siala-Mou Siliga - 91.2
8. Volkan Oezdemir - 91.2
9. Jesse Brock - 90.9
10. Will Brooks - 90.7
Bellator 105: Brock vs. Cruz
Location: Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Elevation: 5,282'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Alexander Sarnavskiy vs. Ricardo Tirloni
88.8
Fighters & Matches 87.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 89.6
87.9
TKO
(Punches)
13:29
     The first round had Bunch taking Garcia down repeatedly, slamming him, and more or less dominating him on the ground. The second round had Garcia stuffing some takedowns, and beating up Bunch a little bit, which made that round a lot harder to score than the first. The final round had an exhausted Bunch looking for more takedowns, Garcia clipped him with some decent punches, knocking Bunch to the ground, where Garcia was able to finish him off with a diving right hand. Nice win for Steve Garcia in his Bellator debut.
87.5
Submission
(Heel Hook)
6:45
      These guys spent the first round boxing with each other, while mixing in a few leg kicks here & there. Ramirez knocked down Larrea halfway through the round, and then he jumped into his guard to work some ground & pound, while Larrea mostly just tried to tie him up. Larrea was trying to angle himself to possibly grab an armbar or something, but for the most part, Ramirez was never really in any danger, as he spent the last half of the round punching Larrea in the head. Larrea rolled for a leg lock with 90 seconds left in the round, but Ramirez scrambled out of that and went back to punching Larrea in the head. Round one goes to Rocky Ramirez.
     Ramirez threw some clunky looking front kicks to start the second round. Larrea dropped Ramirez with a right uppercut one minute into the round, and tried to turn it into a walk off KO, but the referee told him to keep fighting, so he walked over to Ramirez, pinned him down, punched him a few times, slapped on a toe hold, couldn't quite get it, so he locked on a heel hook, and nearly ripped Ramirez's leg off. That was a solid submission victory by Eddie Larrea.
88.2
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
4:41
      These guys bounced around for the first couple of minutes to start the first round, with neither fighter really looking to engage at all. Nogueira finally clinched, and threw Baca to the ground 2 minutes into the round. He passed to side control, pressed Baca against the fence, and threw some short punches & elbows. Nogueira eventually locked on an arm-triangle choke, and forced the submission with less than 20 seconds remaining in the opening round. That was a solid win for Luis Alberto Nogueira.
86.4
TKO
(Punches and Elbows)
3:13
      Here we have a couple of really tall light heavyweights, they threw some big punches, and then clinched against the fence, with Oezdemir in control, sort of. They fell to the ground with a clunky looking mutual takedown, Oezdemir threw some big punches & elbows, that looked really slow, but they landed with some decent force, eventually leading to the referee stoppage when Oezdemir opened up with strikes from full mount with around 90 seconds left in the opening round. That was a decent performance for Oezdemir I guess, but I don't necessarily think he would do that well against a higher quality opponent.
87.9
TKO
(Punches)
1:04
      Here we have a couple of massive heavyweights, and Bryant tried really hard to take the fight to the ground, but he failed miserably, as Butler was able to overpower him, and throw him down face first. From there, Butler punched the shit out of the head of Bryant, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Another pretty dominant victory for Raphael Butler.
87.4
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
6:04
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Green grabbed Sanchez's back, and suplexed him. They stood back up and went back to trading strikes for a little while. The striking was fairly even for most of the round, so I scored the first round in favor of Green, based mostly on that suplex earlier in the round, and a slick trip in the final 30 seconds. Green opened up with some heavier punches in the second round, and then cut Sanchez's forehead with a sharp elbow. Sanchez started bleeding, and Green pounced on him, blasting him with a series of heavy punches, while Sanchez's head was spurting blood all over the place. The doctor stepped in to check the cut, and Sanchez's forehead looked like it had been crushed by an axe, so the fight was stopped by the doctor. That was a brutal cut on Sanchez's forehead, and a solid finish for Desmond Green.
88.4
TKO
(Elbows)
9:19
      Berry came out swinging, he threw some sloppy punches, Fadiora clinched, pressed him into the fence, and threw some knees while trying to trip Berry. He took him down 40 seconds into the first round. They stood back up, and Fadiora took Berry down again 90 seconds into the round, still mostly just pressing him against the fence. Fadiora beat him up with some basic ground & pound, cutting up the face of Berry, they stood back up eventually, and Fadiora continued to control Berry from inside the clinch until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Fadiora.
     The second round had Berry moving forward, slowly, just walking down Fadiora, while Fadiora blasted him with long punches, while slowly backing up. Fadiora clinched one minute into the round, and pressed Berry back against the fence. Fadiora took Berry down again 90 seconds into the round, landing in half mount. Fadiora passed to the mounted crucifix, and dropped some elbows, Berry tried to scramble out of it, and Fadiora settled into side control, where he continued to pound on Berry, chopping up his face with short elbows. Fadiora secured the mounted crucifix again with 90 seconds left in the round, and Fadiora absolutely slaughtered Berry with a million hard elbows to the cuts on his face. The referee finally stepped in to stop the fight, as Berry walked back to his corner with his face chopped into pieces. That was a fantastic finish by Eugene Fadiora with some of the most gruesome ground & pound I've seen in a while.
88.0
Submission
(Keylock)
2:52
      Sparks started this fight with the worst takedown attempt ever, which resulted in Mighty Mo laying on top of him in side control. Mo was clearly looking for a keylock, and Sparks was able to defend it for half a round, but eventually, Mighty Mo was too strong, and he slapped that shit on, and finished the fight by submission halfway through the opening round. Nice win for Mighty Mo, and terrible performance for Sparks.
88.8
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
1:08
      Sarnavskiy dropped Tirloni 10 seconds into the opening round with a spinning back fist. He jumped on him, punched him in the face a lot, Tirloni shot for a takedown, found himself caught inside a triangle choke, Sarnavskiy locked it on, Tirloni tried to punch his way out of it, and then tapped out. Sarnavskiy gets another quick submission victory, in just over one minute of the first round. I'm really starting to believe in this guy.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      The first round had Brooks taking Awad down a couple of times, and ending the round in a mounted cricifix position. Awad got the full mount at one point in the first round, but wasn't able to do anything with it, so the first round goes to Brooks. The second round started with Brooks throwing kicks, and taunting Awad like crazy. Brooks got sloppy, shot for a takedown, and Awad caught him in a guillotine choke, but Brooks was able to slip out. Brooks spent most of the round on top, and even secured a second clean takedown just for the points. Awad locked on a triangle choke at the end of the second round, but I don't think it was enough to steal the round, so Brooks goes into the final round, 2-0 on rounds. The third round was more of the same, with Brooks securing takedowns, and avoiding Awad on the feet, securing a 30-27 unanimous decision victory. Nice win for Brooks, especially since Awad knocked him out in under a minute the first time they fought. This wasn't the most exciting fight to watch, but I'm sure Brooks was pleased with himself.
87.1
Decision
15:00
      Cruz shot for an early takedown, it was stuffed, so he unloaded with some punches & knees, and Brock took him down. They stood back up, traded some strikes, and Brock took him down again. Brock took his back, went for a rear-naked choke, but Cruz was able to defend until the end of the round. Round one goes to Brock.
     Cruz started the second round with a punch, Brock took him to the ground, and wrestled the shit out of Cruz for the rest of the round, beating him up with some basic ground & pound against the fence. The final round was more of the same, with Brock wrestling the shit out of Cruz, and beating him up on the ground for the duration of the round. Easy to score 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Jesse Brock.
OVERALL 89.6
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