(11/22/2013)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Alexander Shlemenko - 93.0
2. Brent Primus - 92.4
3. Goiti Yamauchi - 92.1
4. Mike Bannon - 91.8
5. Rick Hawn - 91.8
6. Blagoy Ivanov - 91.6
7. Bubba Jenkins - 91.4
8. Terry Etim - 91.4
9. Will Brooks - 91.4
10. Lester Caslow - 90.7
Bellator 109: Shlemenko vs. Marshall
Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Elevation: 360'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Rick Hawn vs. Ron Keslar
90.8
Fighters & Matches 88.6
Top 10 Fighters 91.8
TOTAL 90.2
86.7
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
12:44
     These guys chipped away at each other with leg kicks for most of the first round. They clinched a little bit, traded a few punches, and then went back to chipping away at each other with random leg kicks and stuff like that. The first round was pretty uneventful, and I don't think either fighter did enough to take a clear lead.
     The second round was another 5 minutes of both guys chipping away at each other with light leg kicks, and a few punches here & there. Caslow tripped Haas with 2 minutes left in the round, and pinned him from side control. Haas pulled guard, Caslow beat him up a little bit, and then slapped on a Peruvian Necktie with 10 seconds left in the round. Round one clearly goes to Lester Caslow.
     The final round had both guys trading some strikes, Caslow dropped Haas with a massive right hand, he pinned him against the fence, blasted him with some big punches on the ground, slapped on a guillotine choke, pulled guard with it, and finished the fight by submission around the halfway mark of the final round. That fight was ok, but the finish was a pretty solid way for Caslow to put his stamp on it.
88.5
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:20
      Primus made his Bellator debut against Scott "Tickle Fight" Thometz, finishing him in the first round with a rear-naked choke. Now he's back, fighting a guy I've never heard of, with the last name "Glass". Glass clinched with him against the cage, tried to work his knees, Primus was able to spin out of it, eventually getting double underhooks, which he used to drag Glass to the ground. It looked like quicksand, as Glass just continued to get sucked deeper and deeper into the ground, from the pressure of Primus. Primus pased his guard, secured the full mount, punched Glass in the head a lot, Glass rolled over onto his stomach, and Primus finished him with another rear-naked choke. Nice second Bellator submission victory, by Brent Primus.
87.8
TKO
(Punches)
12:38
      Jenkins threw a punch, Rammel shot for a takedown, and Jenkins easily stuffed the shot and pinned Rammel in the center of the cage. Jenkins threw some short elbows, and Rammel mostly just tried to tie him up to avoid damage. Jenkins continued to pound on Rammel until the end of the round. The second round started with Jenkins slamming Rammel to the ground 20 seconds into the round, and he continued to pound on him for another 5 minutes. Jenkins is clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Jenkins started the final round with another quick takedown, and he pinned Rammel against the fence again. Jenkins stood up and tried to unload a flying divebomb punch, and Rammel nearly kicked his head off with an upkick on his way down, so Jenkins just settled back into Rammel's guard, continued to press him against the fence, and then he postured up, and threw some elbows around the 2 minute mark. Jenkins threw some big punches, Rammel covered up, Jenkins passed to full mount, Rammel just covered up, and Jenkins continued to unload on him with massive punches, until the referee finally decided to stop the fight around the halfway mark of the third round. That was a really solid one-sided performance by Bubba Jenkins.
89.2
KO
(Punches)
2:04
      The first couple of minutes of this fight were pretty much a clinch-heavy stalemate, with Almeida pressuring Yamauchi up against the cage. Yamauchi eventually started throwing knees to the body of Almeida, they separated, they traded punches, and Yamauchi knocked Almeida the fuck out. Another great win for Goiti Yamauchi, showing that not only is he dangerous on the ground, but he's also a solid striker as well.
87.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:59
      This fight started kind of slow for 30 seconds or so, and then Bell blasted Ivanov in the head with some hard punches, and then pressured him against the cage in the clinch. Bell ran out of energy pretty quickly though, so things slowed down again for another minute or so. Ivanov rocked Bell with some punches of his own, pinning Bell against the cage this time in the clinch, Ivanov grabbed a leg, took Bell to the ground, worked his way around onto Bell's back, where he finished him with the rear-naked choke. It was barely even a choke though, so I really have no faith in Bell's future fights. Ivanov still looks fairly legit though, but I think I'd like to see him stay closer to the 244 mark, since he looked a good 10 pounds overweight in this fight.
87.8
Technical Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
1:51
      These guys clinched early, and Bannon worked some knees while pressing Abdullah against the fence. Bannon tripped him to the ground 30 seconds into the round, and he secured half mount. He quickly passed to side control, threw a few knees to Abdullah's body, and then he passed to full mount 90 seconds into the opening round. He slapped on a tight arm-triangle choke, and he put Abdullah to sleep. That was a solid performance by Mike Bannon, as he earns his first victory inside the Bellator cage.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      Cenoble threw a punch, and then Etim took him down 15 seconds into the opening round. He took his back 30 seconds into the round, and then ended up in full mount 45 seconds into the round. Etim slapped on the body triangle and spent the rest of the round digging for a rear-naked choke. Round one was 100% Terry Etim.
     Etim started the second round with a quick takedown, and continued to pound on Cenoble from inside his guard. The referee eventually stood them up with 2 minutes left in the round. They traded a few strikes, Etim kicked Cenoble in the head, and then took him down again with 90 seconds left in the round. Etim continued to beat up Cenoble on the ground for a minute or so, they stood up with 30 seconds left in the round, and they traded a few strikes before the end of the round.
     Etim scored another takedown 30 seconds into the final round, and pinned Cenoble against the fence again. Etim took his back again 2 minutes into the round, he locked on the body triangle, and continued to try to loosen him up with some punches to the side of the head, while digging for a rear-naked choke. Cenoble was able to spin into Etim's guard with 30 seconds left in the fight, but that was way too little too late. This should be an easy 30-27 decision for Terry Etim. All 3 judges agreed, giving Etim the unanimous decision victory.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then clinched for a while against the cage, eventually leading to Brooks taking down Sarnavskiy with a basic trip. Brooks worked some basic ground & pound, until Sarnavskiy fought his way back to his feet. Brooks landed some shots from inside the clinch, and then took down Sarnavskiy again, pounding out the final 90 seconds of the round on the ground. Round one clearly goes to Brooks.
     Brooks started the second round by working his kicks, leading to an eventually shot for a takedown, which planted Sarnavskiy against the cage with a heavy thud. Brooks spent the rest of the round beating up Sarnavskiy from inside his guard. Brooks is proving to be an outstanding pressure fighter, but his finishing skills leave a lot to be desired. He landed some pretty heavy punches & elbows at the end of that round though, unloading on Sarnavskiy from full mount.
     Brooks started the third round with another takedown, 30 seconds into the round, and then he spent the rest of the round beating up Sarnavskiy with the same ol' short punch ground & pound. The longer the fight lasted, the harder Brooks pounded on Sarnavskiy's face, and by the end of the fight, Sarnavskiy was a bloody mess. I scored this fight 30-26 for Will Brooks, and all 3 judges basically agreed, giving him the clear cut unanimous decision. Another strong one-sided performance by Will Brooks.
90.8
KO
(Punch)
10:55
      These guys traded some decent strikes, Keslar overwhelmed Hawn, and took him down 30 seconds into the opening round, landing in half mount, where he continued to pound on Hawn with punches. Hawn eventually worked his way back to his feet and reset halfway through the round. Keslar continued to basically slaughter Hawn with big knees from the clinch, and wild punches, and all sorts of shit. I'm shocked, but Ron Keslar clearly won the first round.
      Hawn came out swinging in the second round, and he landed some hard punch combinations, and then Keslar clinched and pressed him against the fence 30 seconds into the round. Hawn eventually broke out of the clinch, and continued to pick apart Keslar with his boxing. Keslar started to come back a bit late in the round with some solid clinching, but in the end, I gave that round to Hawn, and have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
      They traded some decent punches to start the final round, Keslar tried to clinch, and Hawn unloaded on him with a hundred uppercuts. Keslar backed off, Hawn blasted him with a pair of massive right hands, Keslar tried to clinch again, Hawn unloaded with some more uppercuts, Keslar backed off, Hawn continued to throw bombs at him, and he knocked out Keslar inside the first minute of the final round. That was a fantastic finish by Rick Hawn, and an outstanding fight overall for both fighters.
90.3
KO
(Punch to the Body)
4:28
      These guys traded some strikes, and then Shlemenko shot for a ridiculously fast takedown, slamming Marshall against the fence on the ground. Marshall stood back up, they continued to clinch, a few strikes were thrown, and then they split up again. They traded some more punches & kicks, and then Shlemenko shot in for another fast takedown, but Rhino was able to stuff this one. They traded some more strikes, and then Shlemenko shot in for another fast takedown, I'm actually shocked by how fast Shlemenko's takedowns have been in this fight so far. Rhino did a good job getting back to his feet before taking too much damage though. Shlemenko threw some brutal body kicks, shot in for another takedown, this one was stuffed, so Shlemenko backed off and continued to batter the body of Marshall with punches, knees & kicks. Marshall tried to throw some big punches, and landed, but Shlemenko seemed unphased, as he hurt the Rhino with a big punch to the body. Rhino backed up, Shlemenko continued to batter his body with big punches & kicks, and eventually Rhino collapsed with a left hand to the belly. That was an outstanding performance by Shlemenko.
OVERALL 90.2
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