(4/4/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Sinjen Smith - 91.9
2. Kelly Anundson - 91.4
3. Benito Lopez - 91.4
4. Mikkel Parlo - 91.3
5. Herman Terrado - 90.9
6. Vitaly Minakov - 90.8
7. Rudy Morales - 90.7
8. Justin Baesman - 90.2
9. Freddie Aquitania - 90.1
10. Cheick Kongo - 89.5
Bellator 115: Minakov vs. Kongo
Location: Reno, Nevada
Elevation: 4,506'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Vitaly Minakov vs. Cheick Kongo
89.3
Fighters & Matches 87.6
Top 10 Fighters 90.8
TOTAL 89.2
86.7
Decision
15:00
     Lopez is making his professional MMA debut here. He came out throwing a lot of kicks, and tripped Ramirez to the ground 15 seconds into the opening round after catching a kick, but he let him stand back up. He then knocked him down again, 15 seconds later, with a punch, and let him stand back up. Ramirez then knocked down Lopez, and Lopez popped back up. They continued to trade punches & kicks at a decent pace for the first half of the round, until Lopez took Ramirez down, to work some ground & pound from inside his guard in the center of the cage. They eventually stood back up, and Lopez quickly scored another takedown with a minute left in the round. Round one goes to Benito Lopez.
     They traded a few random strikes to start the second round, and then Ramirez knocked down Lopez, and beat him up for a few seconds, but they quickly stood back up and went back to trading strikes. Lopez ended up scoring a takedown of his own halfway through the round, and ended up beating up Ramirez against the fence for the last half of the round. Ramirez stood back up at one point, but Lopez just threw him down again, and continued to beat him up from side control. I have Lopez ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Ramirez knew he had some catching up to do, so he came out swinging in the final round, but Lopez took him down almost immediately, and continued to beat up Ramirez from side control with short punches & elbows, while keeping him flattened out on the ground for a minute or so. Lopez passed to full mount 90 seconds into the round, landed some big elbows, and then took his back, and tried to find a rear-naked choke, but Ramirez did a decent job keeping his chin tucked. It looked like Lopez had the choke locked on halfway through the round, but Ramirez was able to defend against it somehow. The round eventually ended with Lopez still digging for that rear-naked choke. In the end, all 3 judges scored this fight for Benito Lopez, with only one judge giving a single round to Oscar Ramirez.
87.4
Submission
(Armbar)
1:52
      These guys traded a couple of strikes, and Smith kicked Powell in the dick. The referee told them to keep fighting, so they continued to trade some random punches & kicks, with Smith showing more offense in general. Powell scored a quick takedown one minute into the first round, and landed comfortably inside Smith's guard. Smith threw up an armbar attempt, but he couldn't latch on. He locked on a tight armbar a few seconds later, and finished the fight with a quick submission victory. That was a solid performance by Sinjen Smith in his Pro MMA debut.
86.9
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few jabs, and then Aquitania took Appelt down with a body lock one minute into the first round, and then quickly grabbed his back, and proceeded to beat up Appelt from a variety of top positions for the duration of the first round. Appelt stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round, but Aquitania continued to beat him up inside the clinch, so round one clearly goes to Freddie Aquitania.
     Aquitania took Appelt down one minute into the second round, and tried to make it a repeat of the first round, but Appelt stood back up a lot faster this time, but Aquitania took him back down immediately, and continued to beat him up from a variety of top positions, leading to another round in the books for Aquitania, who is now ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Aquitania's face looks ALL jacked up going into the third round, even though in my opinion, he clearly won the first two rounds. You wouldn't know it based on his face though. The third round basically had both guys clinching the entire time, trading control, but no real damage was done in the second round, so I'm not going to try to claim that either fighter won that round necessarily. I'd probably score it for Appelt, ONLY because Aquitania's face looked like a monster by the end of the fight, but Aquitania had to win this fight at least 29-28 in my opinion. All 3 judges agreed, giving Aquitania the unanimous decision victory.
87.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys traded some random strikes back & forth for the first half of the opening round, and then Terry took down Reeves, locked on a guillotine choke, and then stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round. They traded a few more strikes, and then Terry scored another takedown with a minute left in the round. Round one goes to Terry, based mostly on his two takedowns.
      The second round had both guys circling around each other trading punches at a decent pace. Reeves might have won that round based on his forward movement, but Terry scored a takedown in the final 10 seconds, so that could have been enough to possibly steal the round for Terry. I'm going to assume this fight is all tied up though, going into the final round.
      Terry started the final round with a front choke, that didn't work, Reeves shot for a takedown, Terry stuffed the shot, and Reeves just pressed him against the fence for a few seconds, before Terry spun him around and then tripped Reeves to the ground. Terry spent the rest of the round beating on the bloody face of Reeves while he continued to grind him against the fence. This fight was a clear 29-28 win for Terry in my opinion. Two judges disagreed for some reason, giving the split-decision victory to the hometown fighter, Rick Reeves, in his Bellator debut.
87.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a decently competitive fight, but I thought htat Morales was the clear winner, for his takedowns in the last two rounds, as well as his striking that left the face of Jones a bloody mess. Jones had a few slick moves in the fight, but for the most part, I thought this was sort of one-sided, at least for the last two rounds, so I'm kind of surprised by the split-decision, but at least two of the judges gave it to the right guy, in Rudy Morales.
87.5
Decision
15:00
      They clinched, and then Parlo took Cisneros to the ground. They fought a little bit, and Parlo secured another takedown. Parlo pretty much just overwhelmed Cisneros in this fight. He took him down repeatedly, beat him up on the ground, and never really gave him a chance to get any offense off. Cisneros landed a few decent punch combinations, but he REALLY needs to work on his takedown defense, because he really provided no resistance whatsoever against Parlo's takedowns. In the second round, Parlo even mounted the back of Cisneros, while he beat the living shit out of him, pulling off a possible 10-8 round for Parlo. The third round was more of the same, with Parlo dominating Cisneros. All 3 judges gave Parlo the fight, 30-27.
87.4
Submission
(Neck Crank)
8:19
      This fight started with both guys throwing a leg kick at the same time, and Anundson fell down. He popped back up, and they both bounced around for a while, as they traded random single punches. Anundson took down Oezdemir inside the first minute of the round, and from that point forward, the rest of the round just had Anundson wrestling the shit out of Oezdemir. Round one goes to Anundson, based entirely on his wrestling.
     The second round started with Anundson going straight back to his wrestling game, taking down Oezdemir, and nullifying all of his offense, until Anundson secured side control, and then cranked the shit out of a Kimura, but he wasn't able to finish it. Anundson eventually pressed Oezdemir into the fence, he took his back, slapped on a neck crank, and finished the fight by submission. That was a pretty solid performance by Kelly Anundson.
88.8
Draw
(Majority)
15:00
      Terrado started this fight by rushing in quickly, they clinched aggressively, with Terrado pressing Baesman against the fence, and he tried to take Baesman to the ground, but Baesman was doing a good job staying on his feet, so it ended up being a full minute or so of draining energy from the clinch, while they battled to figure out where this fight should take place. Terrado finally took down Baesman 2 minutes into the round, but he popped back up a few seconds later to continue with the heavy clinching. Baesman tried a few times to find a guillotine choke, but Terrado was too aggressive for Baesman to be able to keep him under control for more than a few seconds at a time. Terrado took down Baesman again with 2 minutes left in the round, and he quickly took his back, where Terrado tried to secure a rear-naked choke, while pounding on Baesman with big punches. Baesman was able to sweep Terrado in the final 15 seconds, but it was too little too late. Round one clearly goes to Terrado.
     Terrado beat up Baesman for 30 seconds or so to start the second round, until Baesman kicked him in the face which rocked him, allowing Baesman to unload with some strikes of his own, before taking Terrado down against the fence to try to setup that guillotine choke again. Baesman ended up taking Terrado's back, while Terrado turtled up, and Baesman beat him up for a little while. Terrado rolled for a heel hook halfway through the round, but Baesman was able to scramble free, so they reset back on their feet with 2 minutes left in the round. Baesman continued to unload on Terrado, rocking him again, as Terrado looked absolutely exhausted. Baesman beat the shit out of Terrado for a couple of minutes with some heavy ground & pound, leading to a round that could potentially be a 10-8 round for Baesman. The referee was about 3 seconds away from stopping the fight when the bell saved Terrado.
     The final round started with Terrado throwing some bombs, as both guys looked exhausted, so the movement was slow, but Terrado was walking down Baesman, throwing the heaviest punches he could muster. Baesman fired back with a few counters, and then he threw Terrado to the ground with a body lock 2 minutes into the final round. Terrado rolled around wildly, and tried to secure an armbar in the center of the cage. Baesman worked his way back to his feet with 2 minutes left in the round, but that armbar looked like it was kind of close, making up for some lost points for Terrado from the second round. Baesman threw a pair of spinning backfists, and the second one whiffed and he fell down, clearly too tired to put up much of a fight. Terrado took him down again with a minute left in the round, and beat up Baesman against the fence until the end of the round. Terrado clearly won the first & third rounds, Baesman obviously won the second round, maybe with a 10-8 scorecard, leading to what the judges ended up declaring a majority draw. I gave Terrado a few extra points overall during the fight, so I'm going to break the tie and give the victory points to Terrado, but that was still one hell of a fight by both fighters.
89.3
Decision
25:00
      This fight started with Minakov throwing a punch combination, ending with a kick to the groin of Kongo (in the first 10 seconds). When the fight started back up, Minakov clinched with Kongo, and took him to the ground against the cage. Kongo started to fight his way back to his feet, MInakov clinched with his head, punched him a few times, and then lifted him off the ground with a massive knee to the groin. This time Herb Dean took a point from Minakov. The fight started back up, and Kongo was throwing some heavy hands, but Minakov knocked him on his ass, and then dropped down for a leg lock. Kongo mostly just sat there for a minute, and then decided to engage in a foot lock battle, dropping back for a heel hook of his own, which seemed kind of silly. They both punched each other a few times from that position, before Minakov finally decided to move back into half mount, where he beat up Kongo for the final 40 seconds or so of the opening round.
     The second round started, and Minakov was working his clinch against the cage, and then he threw a knee to Kongo's slower stomach (just above the cup), and Kongo tried to call for another break, but Herb Dean was having none of it, and told them to continue fighting. Minakov rocked Kongo with a few punches late in the round, and then threw him to the ground, grabbing Kongo's back for the final 30 seconds. That's 2-0 for Minakov, if you don't count the point taken in the first round for the groin shots.
     Minakov started the third round with another clinch, tripping Kongo to the ground early, and beating him up against the cage for the first 3 minutes of the round, before Kongo finally flipped him over and moved into top position. Minakov tried to scramble back to his feet, but Kongo held him there for a while, until Minakov flipped him back over with a minute left in the round. I have Minakov ahead, 3 rounds to none, going into the fourth round.
     Kongo started the fourth round by taking Minakov to the ground. Minakov stood back up, and Kongo took him back down. Kongo beat him up with some elbows to the thighs on the ground for a couple of minutes. Kongo mostly just smothered him for the duration of that round, which was enough to win the round for Kongo, but not enough to get him much closer to winning the fight. Including the point lost in the first round, I have the score 3-2 going into the final round, with Kongo needing a finish, or else the best he can hope for is a draw on the scorecards.
     Minakov started the final round by securing a takedown in the center of the cage. He beat up Kongo on the ground for the duration of the round, leading to a pretty clear 48-46 scorecard, in favor of Minakov, who retains his Heavyweight Championship, against his highest profile opponent to date. I can't help but wonder what has happened to Kongo's killer striking that he displayed in some of his earlier UFC fights.
OVERALL 89.2
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