(4/11/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Adam McDonough - 92.9
2. Alexander Volkov - 92.7
3. Philipe Lins - 92.4
4. Blagoy Ivanov - 92.2
5. Ricky Rainey - 92.1
6. Robert Emerson - 90.9
7. Joey Beltran - 90.7
8. Karo Parisyan - 90.7
9. Brandon Bender - 90.0
10. Brandon Halsey - 89.7
Bellator 116: Johnson vs. Ivanov
Location: Temecula, California
Elevation: 1,017'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Alexander Volkov vs. Siala-Mou Siliga
90.4
Fighters & Matches 88.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 90.0
84.3
Decision
15:00
     The first round was a pretty uneventful boxing match, with Wallace staying mostly in the center of the cage, while Eduardo circled around the outside. Wallace probably won that round, but neither fighter looked that great. The second round was the opposite, with Wallace dancing around the outside, while Eduardo held the center of the cage. Wallace was still probably slightly more active, so I have Wallace ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but this fight could be up in the air, because both fighters are holding back a bit too much. The final round was another 2 minutes of lackluster striking, until Wallace scored a takedown, but they popped back up 30 seconds later, and finished the round circling around each other. I'm not a big fan of either of these fighters, but I scored this fight 30-27 for Wallace, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the lackluster unanimous decision victory.
89.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
0:40
      These guys traded punches for 30 seconds or so, Lins blasted Clark with a big left hand, knocking him to the ground, Lins immediately grabbed his back, locked on the rear-naked choke, and finished the fight in under a minute of the first round. Great Bellator debut for Lins.
89.6
TKO
(Punches)
1:11
      Murad was throwing the same punch kick combos, and Rainey was able to counter the attacks pretty easily. After a minute or so of basic exchanges, Rainey blasted Murad with a series of really hard shots, eventually causing Murad to collapse, which lead to the referee stopping the fight. It might have been a LITTLE early, but it was still a solid performance for Rainey, with the first round stoppage in just over one minute of the first round.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with a 2 minute kickboxing match, followed by Taimanglo throwing Emerson to the ground. Emerson threatened him with a leg lock, so they stood back up. They continued to trade strikes, and then Taimanglo threw Emerson to the ground again. Not a lot happened on the ground, and the striking was fairly even, so I scored the first round for Taimanglo. He even took Emerson's back in the final seconds of the round.
     Emerson took Taimanglo down one minute into the second round, but Taimanglo quickly wrestled his way around to Emerson's back. Emerson broke free and stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round. Emerson picked apart Taimanglo with his boxing for the final minute of the round. I was going to give that round to Taimanglo for his grappling, but Emerson beat his ass in the final 30 seconds, so I scored that round for Emerson, and have it all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round had both guys trading back & forth, both landing some decent punches, with Emerson probably landing more frequently. I scored this fight 29-28 for Robert Emerson, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory. Taimanglo gave him a decent fight, he just wasn't able to deliver consistently enough.
88.4
TKO
(Punches)
9:05
      The first round had Keslar using his range to pick apart Parisyan with his long punches. Parisyan tried to fire back with a few decent shots, but for the most part, the entire first round was all about Keslar beating up Parisyan with his striking. Parisyan clinched with a minute left in the round, and pressed Keslar against the fence, but he wasn't able to do anything with it. Round one clearly goes to Ron Keslar.
     The second round had Parisyan quickly finding himself inside the pocket, as he was able to beat up Keslar a little bit, as Keslar was doing a worse job managing his distance, when compared to how he handled Parisyan in the first round. Keslar ended up clinching, and pressing Parisyan against the fence for a while, slowing the pace of the fight down significantly. He then tried to throw Parisyan to the ground with 2 minutes left in the round, and we were treated to a bit of Parisyan's Judo exertise, as he threw Keslar on his ass. They stood back up, but with Parisyan in control of the clinch this time. They split up with 90 seconds left in the round, Parisyan walked forward, dropped Keslar with a big overhand right, he followed it up with some big punches on the ground, and the referee stopped the fight. That was a solid win for Karo Parisyan.
87.2
Decision
15:00
      Halsey bullied Pacheco for the duration of the first round, constantly applying pressure, and clearly winning the round. Halsey continued to bully Pacheco in the second round, taking him down, mounting him, and beating him up a little bit, as the action started to slow down a bit. This ended up being a fight where Halsey was constantly on offense, Pacheco was clearly on defense for 15 minutes, and it failed to result in a lot of damage, because Pacheco did a decent job defending. He didn't do a very good job of winning though, as Halsey walks away with the clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
90.4
KO
(Head Kick)
2:44
      Volkov started the fight with a front kick, Siliga caught the kick, and tried to take him down, pressing him against the cage with the clinch. He was able to secure the takedown a minute into the round, but Volkov hopped right back up to his feet. Mighty Mo continued to press for another takedown from the clinch, but Volkov did a great job staying on his feet. Volkov finally broke free, gained some distance, and then he started picking apart Siliga with strikes, before kicking him in the face with a BRUTAL head kick knockout. That was an AWESOME KO victory for Alexander Volkov.
90.3
KO
(Punch)
5:30
      The first round started with Coy grabbing McDonough, pressing him against the cage, and trying to take him to the ground. Coy looked super aggressive with his wrestling in that first round. McDonough was finally able to gain some ground in the final 90 seconds, as Coy tried for another takedown, McDonough slipped out of it, and caught Coy with a knee to the head, followed by some BRUTAL punches on the ground, which almost forced the referee to stop the fight, but the referee allowed Coy to absorb a TON of punches, allowing him to wake back up, and shoot for another takeodwn in the final 30 seconds. McDonough stole that round though with that brutal attack. The second round started, and Coy still looked a little bit weird, and McDonough clipped him again early, causing Coy to sort of wobble to the ground. McDonough then blasted him with a brutal left hand, causing Coy to fall flat on his face, and the referee stopped the fight. Coy sort of tried to shoot for a takedown, but it was clear that he had no business continuing, so great stoppage by the referee, and REALLY impressive win for Adam McDonough.
89.2
Submission
(North-South Choke)
13:06
      The first two rounds were spent with both guys trading punches, in a fairly event matchup, with Beltran showing better footwork, and Matyushenko maybe landing the harder strikes? The second round was more of the same, but Matyushenko blasted Beltran with some hard combinations, which I thought ended up winning him that round. They continued to trade punches in the third round, with Matyushenko clearly slowing down quite a bit. He eventually shot for a takedown halfway through the round, and landed in a North-South choke, which Beltran used to put him away via submission. Nice win for Beltran.
90.3
Submission
(Keylock)
4:08
      Ivanov played this one kind of smart, taking Johnson to the ground early, but then he went for wacky leg locks, which allowed Johnson to get back up, and into various top positions. Two minutes in, and they were clinching agains tthe cage, where Ivanov was looking for a guillotine choke. Johnson used the guillotine attempt, to scoop Ivanov up, body slamming him to the ground. They stood back up, again. Ivanov punched Johnson in the chin, hard, and they clinched again. Ivanov threw Johnson to the ground with a nice hip toss, ending up in side position, where he locked on the keylock for the submission victory. Solid performance for Blagoy Ivanov.
86.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
9:15
      Navarro threw a leg kick, and then was taken down to start the first round. Bender landed a few decent shots, while Navarro was threatening him with submissions, but not a lot happened in the first round. Bender probably won the round with the takedown. They clinched early in the second round, Bender took Navarro down again, worked the same basic ground & pound, Navarro went for a guillotine choke, but Bender slipped out without too much trouble. The referee stood them up, and then Navarro landed a nice knee, which caused Bender to clinch. From there, Bender wrapped around, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission late in the second round. Nice win for Bender, but not a great fight overall.
N/A
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
3:50
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 90.0
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