(3/28/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Alexander Shlemenko - 92.7
2. Linton Vassell - 91.9
3. Brett Cooper - 91.5
4. Gavin Sterritt - 91.4
5. Desmond Green - 91.4
6. Justin Wilcox - 91.4
7. Bubba Jenkins - 91.3
8. Brennan Ward - 91.3
9. Joe Rodriguez - 91.2
10. Rad Martinez - 90.8
Bellator 114: Shlemenko vs. Ward
Location: West Valley City, Utah
Elevation: 4,304'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brennan Ward
92.4
Fighters & Matches 88.9
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 90.2
87.8
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
7:06
     These guys traded some punches, they clinched, Rodriguez pressed Wahlin against the fence, and Wahlin tried to slap on a standing guillotine choke, but Rodriguez was way too tall to make it happen, so he had to let it go. Rodriguez threw a knee, and they reset a minute into the round. Wahlin unloaded with some big punches, and then took down Rodriguez around the 90 second mark. Wahlin kept going for weird things, like a can opener, while throwing random elbows here & there. He also went for an arm-triangle choke, from inside Rodriguez's guard, so that obviously went nowhere as well. Rodriguez swept him with a minute left in the round, landed on top in half mount, and he basically just clinched. Wahlin's nose was bleeding all over the place, but I'm not sure exactly which shot it was that busted him open. That round probably could have gone either way, so I'm not going to bother scoring it.
     They both traded some wild punches to start the second round, but they were also looking sluggish, so they weren't landing with much power. As soon as I said that, Wahlin kicked Rodriguez in the head, and it seemed to bother him a little bit. They clinched for a few seconds, and then reset a minute into the round. They continued to trade wild punches, at a snail's pace, as they were both clearly exhausted, and then Wahlin dumped Rodriguez to the ground and landed inside his guard. Rodriguez slapped on an arm-triangle choke from his guard, he used that to sweep Wahlin, he continued to crank, and Wahlin tapped out. That was a solid win for Joe Rodriguez.
87.8
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
3:29
      These guys traded some hard low kicks, battled a little bit with some wrestling, threw some more leg kicks, etc... The fight was competitive, until Sterritt landed a knee to the body, followed by some punches to the body as he shot for a weak takedown. They continued to scrap for a few seconds, Estus continued to look for takedowns as he was getting picked apart on the feet, and then Sterritt slapped on a guillotine choke for the submission victory with around 90 seconds left in the opening round. Solid first round finish for Gavin Sterritt.
89.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:54
      Linton Vassell pretty much dominated Carlson in this fight, taking him down repeatedly, completely controlling him on the ground, beating the shit out of him with elbows, and eventually, he finished the fight with a rear-naked choke. Really solid performance by Linton Vassell, against a guy I've never heard of before.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      Jenkins landed some punches, he grabbed a single leg, and took down Powers 15 seconds into the opening round. He pounded on him with some punches while sort of standing above him, and Powers tried to slap on an arm lock of some sort. Jenkins fought his way through that, continued to pin Powers against the mat, and continued to punch him in the face from inside his guard. Round one goes to Bubba Jenkins.
     The second round had Jenkins taking down Powers almost immediately, and he spent another 5 minutes pounding on him from inside his guard. Powers sort of stood up 90 seconds into the round, but Jenkins kept punching him on the way back up, and then took him down almost immediately. Jenkins is clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had Jenkins taking Powers down again, he pinned Powers against the fence, and unloaded on him with some big punches, nearly finishing Powers halfway through the final round, but the referee let them continue. Jenkins spent the rest of the round swarming Powers, keeping him pinned, while he beat him up from a variety of top positions. This fight was a clear 30-27 for Bubba Jenkins, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory. I actually scored it 30-24, based on the fact that Powers had almost no offense whatsoever, but yeah, either way, that was a very dominant performance by Bubba Jenkins.
87.5
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded some strikes, and then Wilcox quickly clinched with Fischer's back, and pulled him to the ground 30 seconds into the opening round. Fischer was able to get back to his feet and reset, so they traded some more strikes for a while, until Wilcox took him down around the halfway mark. Wilcox spent the rest of the round beating up Fischer with punches from inside his guard. Round one goes to Wilcox.
     The second round had both guys trading some strikes, and then Fischer kicked Wilcox in the dick. The fight continued a few seconds later, and Wilcox continued to plow forward, as they both traded punches & kicks at a similar pace. Wilcox scored another takedown 90 seconds into the round, and then he spent the rest of the round on top, beating up Fischer from a variety of top positions. Fischer cut Wilcox's left eye with an elbow from his guard, but that didn't stop Wilcox from grinding all over him until the end of the round. Wilcox is ahead 20-18 going into the final round, and he hasn't shown any signs of slowing down yet.
     Wilcox scored another takedown 30 seconds into the final round, and he picked up where he left off, with another 5 minutes of beating up Fischer, with short punches, mostly being delivered from half mount. In the end, this fight was a 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Justin Wilcox, and there is no way that anyone could really dispute that score at all. Uh... All 3 judges scored the fight 29-28 for some reason, but yeah, Wilcox clearly won all 3 rounds, so fuck that.
90.2
KO
(Punches)
8:33
      Grove brought the fight to the ground in the first round, where he spent a good portion of the round looking for the rear-naked choke. Good round of control for Kendall Grove, as he finished the round in full mount, dropping bombs on the head of Cooper. Grove beat up Cooper with knees for a couple of minutes in the second round. Grove started to slow down a little bit, and Cooper blasted him with an uppercut around the halfway mark of the fight. Grove continued to try to work his jab, and some knees, and then Cooper unloaded a big right hand, knocking Grove to the ground, where Cooper put him to sleep with brutal punches. Amazing comeback victory for Brett Cooper. That was a pretty good fight overall.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      Martinez cracked Green with a few solid punches in the first minute of the opening round, and then Green took him to the ground. They stood back up, and Green took down Martinez again. They stood back up, and Green started picking apart Martinez with some punches. Green scooped him up for another takedown with 90 seconds left in the round. Round one goes to Green.
     The second round started with Green doing his usual "grab the back & throw some knees to the thighs" move. I think at this point, everyone should be prepared for Green to do this in the second round of every fight. Halfway through the round, Green suplexed Martinez, and beat him up on the ground with some basic ground & pound. Green is ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Green held the center of the cage in the third round, and blasted Martinez with some heavy punches that rocked him against the cage. Green also shot for a takedown near the end of the round, driving Martinez across the cage and into the fence. This is the first fight I've seen Martinez lose, which is kind of a big deal, so kudos to Green for the 30-27 unanimous decision victory against one of the top featherweights in Bellator.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      Weichel knocked Bessette down in the first minute of the fight, with a basic punch, and then fell into his guard for few, while he beat him up with some basic ground & pound, and Bessette mostly just tried to keep him locked up. Weichel won the first round by staying in control for most of the round. The second round had Bessette picking apart Weichel with his striking, including some really nice kicks, but Weichel caught one of the kicks, and pushed Bessette across the cage, forcing him to land on his ass. Bessette still probably won that round though, by landing the better strikes, and staying a little more active. Weichel took him down a couple more times, but Bessette did a good job of getting right back to his feet, and continued to outstrike Weichel in that second round. Weichel secured a takedown in the third round, and from there he pretty much controlled Bessette for the round, leading to the 29-28 unanimous decision victory for Daniel Weichel.
92.4
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
6:22
      This fight was pretty fucking awesome. Both guys landed some REALLY hard punches, kicks and knees, making the first round one hell of a brawl. After a shot to the groin delivered by Ward (accidental), the fight started back up, and Ward took Shlemenko to the ground, grabbing his back, looking for a rear-naked choke, but it was an awkward position, so the referee eventually stood them back up. They continued to brawl, Ward got rocked, and then took Shlemenko to the ground, looking for another rear-naked choke attempt. The first round goes to Ward. The second round was another solid minute of hardcore brawling, with both guys landing some really hard shots. Shlemenko landed a kick/knee to the head, Ward shot for a takedown, and Shlemenko finished him with a guillotine choke. Really impressive victory for Alexander Shlemenko.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      These guys both came out throwing big punches at each other, at close distance, with Berto controlling the center of the cage, while Martinez appeared to be the first one to back off a little bit. The first round was a close round of striking, and then Berto dropped for a leg lock with 90 seconds left in the round, but wasn't quite able to lock it on. When they stood back up, Berto beat up Martinez with some decent shots, and I ended up giving that first round to Berto. Berto capped off the round with a big kick to the body of Martinez, in case there was any question who should win that round.
      They both came out winging some wild punches to start the second round, and then Berto pulled guard 45 seconds into the round. I think Berto was looking to setup one of his famous heel hooks, but Martinez just settled into his guard and dropped some hard elbows & punches instead. Martinez spent the rest of the round chipping away at Berto's face with elbows. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
      They traded a couple of punches to start the final round, and then Martinez scored a strong double leg takedown 15 seconds into the round, and he pinned Berto against the fence. Martinez spent pretty much the entire round on top, dropping short elbows & punches, while Berto just looked lost on his back. It's worth noting that this even took place somewhere around 4,300 feet, so it's not hard to imagine that it would be difficult to breathe & explode out of bad situations, after having someone grind all over you for 10 minutes or so. Berto finally stood back up with 45 seconds left in the round, but Martinez took him back down immediately. In the end, this was a clear cut 29-28 for Martinez, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory in the final fight of his career.
OVERALL 90.2
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