(11/15/2013)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Vitaly Minakov - 93.3
2. Marcos Galvao - 92.8
3. Patricio Freire - 92.7
4. Will Martinez - 92.7
5. Liam McGeary - 92.5
6. Quinton Jackson - 92.2
7. Tom DeBlass - 92.0
8. Sam Oropeza - 91.8
9. Dan Matala - 91.7
10. Nah-Shon Burrell - 90.9
Bellator 108: Rampage vs. Beltran
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Elevation: 7'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Vitaly Minakov vs. Alexander Volkov
91.1
Fighters & Matches 88.5
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 90.4
86.6
Decision
15:00
     Sullivan ducked under a punch and took down Silva 15 seconds into the opening round. Silva tried to roll for a kneebar a minute into the round, and used that scramble to take top control, where Sullivan tried to find a Kimura from half guard. Sullivan cut Silva's head open with some elbows from the bottom, and then he scrambled back into top position, and then Silva rolled for another leg lock. Sullivan slapped on a toe hold of his own, and they both engaged in a wild leg lock battle. Silva ended up back on top with 40 seconds remaining in the opening round. That was a close back & forth round, but I'm leaning toward giving that round to Silva. It could go either way though.
     The second round started with Sullivan shooting in for a takedown, he lifted Silva into the air, and dumped him to the ground. Silva continued to try to find leg locks from his back, while Sullivan beat him up with short punches, from a seated half mount position. Silva eventually pulled guard, but he didn't really do much from there, as Sullivan continued to beat him up with short punches for the rest of the round. That round definitely goes to Sullivan, so he could be ahead 2-0 going into the final round, or the score could be all tied up, depending on how the judges scored the first round.
     The final round started with Sullivan taking Silva down again, and he picked up where he left off in the previous round, with some basic ground & pound, while Silva just kind of settled into half guard, where he got punched in the face a lot. Silva scrambled for that kneebar again, halfway through the round, and that just left him open for Sullivan to punch him in the ribs repeatedly. The round eventually ended, with Sullivan still on top, beating up Silva from a variety of top positions. This fight should be a clear decision for Sullivan, at least 29-28, if not 30-27. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
87.3
TKO
(Punches)
8:52
      Both of these guys are making their pro MMA debuts here. They guys clashed early, Matala took down Cafaro, and tried to take his back 30 seconds into the opening round, but Cafaro scrambled back to his feet and they reset. Matala took down Cafaro around the one minute mark, and Cafaro caught him in a guillotine choke, but Matala was able to pull his head free, and he continued to grind Cafaro against the fence. Matala landed some decent punches & elbows, and then took Cafaro's back with 2 minutes left in the round. He locked on a tight rear-naked choke, but Cafaro tucked his chin, and eventually worked his way back to his feet. They traded some wild strikes, with Matala on offense until the end of the round. Round one goes to Dan Matala.
     They both came out swinging in the second round, Matala blasted Cafaro with some knees from the clinch, and then pressed him against the fence while clinging to his back. Matala threw some knees & punches, Cafaro collapsed against the fence, Matala continued to unload on him with punches, and Cafaro basically just tried to turtle up to avoid taking too much damage. Matala punched Cafaro in the side of the head a lot, and looked at the referee to see if he was going to stop the fight. He wasn't, so he went for a rear-naked choke, Cafaro continued to hold on, so Matala let him go, pinned him down, and punched him in the head repeatedly, until the referee eventually stepped in to stop the fight. That was a solid debut for Dan Matala.
89.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:50
      This fight was a pretty wild brawl for a couple of minutes, before Martinez took Roddy to the ground, where he went for an Americana, eventually passing to full mount. From there, Roddy rolled over onto his stomach, Martinez locked on a rear-naked choke, and Roddy was forced to submit. Really solid victory for Will Martinez, bringing him awfully close to title-shot territory in my opinion.
89.2
Submission
(Armbar)
1:31
      McGeary blasted Wali with some massive shots early in the fight, as Wali was moving forward. Wali took him to the ground, but McGeary used his guard to get back to his feet. From there, he beat up Wali for a little while, got him ot the ground, secured the full mount, beat the living shit out of Wali, and then transitioned to the armbar from Wali's back, but he slipped out. McGeary locked on a tight triangle choke, beat the shit out of Wali with elbows from his guard, he switched to an armbar, and forced Wali to submit in just 1:31 of the first round. Another solid highlight reel performance by Liam McGeary.
85.8
Decision
(Majority)
15:00
      These guys clinched early in the first round, they traded control of the clinch a few times, and then reset one minute into the round. They went back to clinching, Foster started to beat up Morrison in the clinch, and then he blasted him with a knee to the groin. When the fight started back up, they circled around each other and traded a few punches. They traded a few random strikes, and then when the 10 second clicker hit, Foster blasted Morrison with a huge kick to the gut, and Morrison dropped, because apparently it was a low blow? Either way, I scored the first round for Kenny Foster.
     Morrison landed some big strikes to start the second round, and then Foster clinched and pressed him against the fence. They split up, traded some strikes, Morrison threw a big kick, slipped, and Foster clinched and pressed him against the fence again. They eventually split up, Foster beat up Morrison with his boxing for a few seconds, and the round eventually ended. I have Foster ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The second round had both guys trading some random strikes for the first minute of the round, and then Foster clipped Morrison with another knee to the groin. The referee took a point from Foster at this point, which makes an already close fight even closer on the scorecards. When the fight started back up, they traded some more random strikes, they clinched some, they traded some more strikes, etc... In the end, I thought Foster won all 3 rounds, but the final round was a 9-9 due to the point taken for groin strikes. This fight should be 29-27 for Foster in my opinion, but it was a close round and could have been a draw. One judge was smoking crack and scored the fight 30-26 for Morrison, another judge also gave him the fight, and the other declared it a draw, so Morrison wins the "majority decision", which is weird, since I really don't think he lost that fight. He fucked up by throwing THREE groin shots though, so congrats to Morrison for the win.
87.4
Decision
15:00
      The first round had both guys trading strikes at a decent pace, they clinched a little bit, and then traded some more strikes, with Burrell probably landing the better strikes, and he even knocked down Martinez with 2 minutes left in the opening round. Martinez stood back up, and tried to take Burrell to the ground, but ended up just clinching with him against the fence instead. That round could probably go either way, but I scored it slightly in favor of Nah-Shon Burrell.
     The second round had both guys trading strikes at a decent pace, and then Burrell kicked Martinez in the dick. When the fight started back up, Martinez clinched, and pressed Burrell against the fence, Burrell flipped him around and took control of the clinch, and they continued to trade control of the clinch for a couple of minutes. Burrell controlled the clinch for the final minute of the round, until the final 5 seconds where Martinez took his back, but it was too little too late. I have Burrell ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Burrell continued to outstrike Martinez in the final round, as Martinez tried a few times to take him to the ground, but Burrell did a good job stuffing all of his shots. Martinez even tried to pull guard at one point, and Burrell just shrugged him off and pressed him back against the fence. They continued to fight at a grinding pace, without either fighter ever coming close to finishing the fight, but Burrell finished the final round with a guillotine attempt, which could be enough to win that round as well. I'm scoring this fight 30-27 for Nah-Shon Burrell. All 3 judges basically agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Nah-Shon Burrell in his Bellator debut.
88.7
KO
(Punch)
1:45
      Lambert started this fight with a series of leg kicks, and DeBlass was focussing more on his punches. They both traded some pretty heavy strikes, the fight seemed fairly even for the most part, and then DeBlass dropped Lambert with a clean left hook. DeBlass jumped on him, Lambert fought his way back to his feet, DeBlass blasted him with another left hand, and Lambert went crashing to the ground, and his head bounced off the canvas, so the referee stopped the fight. That was a solid win for Tom DeBlass.
88.4
TKO
(Punches)
0:37
      These guys both came out swinging to start the first round. Oropeza threw a head kick, Pollard fired back with some punches, Oropeza dropped him with a huge left hand, and then unloaded with some punches on the ground, and the referee jumped in to stop the fight just 37 seconds into the opening round. That was a fantastic first round finish by Sam Oropeza.
90.6
TKO
(Punches)
2:23
      Wilcox threw a few leg kicks, and then got blasted in the head with a big punch that rocked him. Wilcox recovered, but Pitbull continued to pick him apart with punches at a moderate pace. Pitbull rocked Wilcox with another big right hand to the head, Wilcox collapsed, Pitbull tried to kill him with insanity, as he threw 100+ punches, and the referee was eventually forced to jump in to save Wilcox. Really solid finish for Pitbull.
88.4
TKO
(Punches)
4:29
      Galvao landed some big punches, clinched with McKenna's back, suplexed him, slamming him to the ground, and then he mounted his back, landing some additional punches on the ground. Galvao moved to mount, continued to smash McKenna with some heavy punches & elbows, McKenna gave up his back again, and Galvao started looking for a rear-naked choke. They scrambled around for a little while, Galvao almost locked on an armbar, and then they stood back up. Galvao dumped McKenna to the ground again, and continued to destroy him with big elbows. He grabbed his back again, McKenna was clearly getting dominated from all positions, and eventually the ground & pound became too much, as the referee stepped in to save McKenna from the beating. Galvao looked awesome in this fight, but it's a little less impressive since I have no idea who Tom McKenna is.
91.1
TKO
(Punches)
2:57
      Minakov closed the distance quickly, running headfirst into Volkov, hitting him with punches, and then clinching, where he blasted him with some big knees, and some elbows from the clinch. Minakov was off to a strong start int he first minute of the fight. Minakov tried to suplex Volkov, but Volkov just fell on top of him. Minakov immediately flipped him over, with Minakov ending up on top inside Volkov's guard. From there, Minakov landed some short elbows to the chin of Volkov. The referee stood them up for some reason, I guess maybe because Volkov was holding on for dear life. Volkov landed a nice combination once they stood back up, and then Minakov blasted him with a massive right uppercut, knocking Volkov on his ass. Once they hit the ground, Minakov unloaded on his face with massive punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Vitaly Minakov is the new Bellator Heavyweight Champion.
89.1
TKO
(Punches)
4:59
      This was a pretty boring fight, with Beltran dancing around the outside of the cage, and Jackson standing in the center, waiting to engage. Beltran threw a LOT of punches, and barely connected with anything at all. After pressuring Rampage against the cage for the last couple of minutes of the fight, Rampage backed out, ran in with a big knee to the body, started swinging wildly, and he put Beltran down with those punches. Nice win for Rampage Jackson, but it was a pretty boring fight, other than the final 10 seconds of the round.
OVERALL 90.4
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