(4/18/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Douglas Lima - 93.1
2. LaRue Burley - 92.5
3. Patricky Freire - 92.4
4. Jordan Parsons - 92.3
5. Julio Cesar Neves Jr. - 92.3
6. Marcin Held - 92.0
7. Joe Vedepo - 91.9
8. Ryan Jensen - 91.4
9. Anthony Smith - 91.2
10. Karl Amoussou - 91.0
Bellator 117: Lima vs. Hawn
Location: Council Bluffs, Iowa
Elevation: 1,089'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Douglas Lima vs. Rick Hawn
91.2
Fighters & Matches 88.6
Top 10 Fighters 92.0
TOTAL 90.3
89.7
KO
(Punches)
5:04
     Parsons rocked Bazer with a kick, and then took him down 15 seconds into the opening round. Bazer just turtled up against the fence, Parsons pounded on him for a few seconds, and then Bazer pressed forward to take Persons down, but he couldn't hold him down for long. Parsons eventually swept him, and continued to punch Bazer in the head against the fence. Parsons passed to full mount, and unloaded on Bazer with some big punches & elbows. Parsons spent the rest of the round beating the shit out of Bazer from a variety of top positions. Round one clearly goes to Parsons. The second round started with Parsons blasting Bazer with a left & a right, and Bazer got KNOCKED THE FUCK OUT, collapsing just 4 seconds into the second round. That was a great performance by Parsons, and a highlight reel 4 second knockout in the second round for Parsons.
88.5
TKO
(Elbows and Punches)
7:37
      This fight started with Arocho shooting for a takedown immediately, but Neves stuffed the shot, spun him around in the clinch, and then reset 30 seconds into the opening round. Arocho continued to plow forward like a bull, but Neves was doing a good job keeping his distance and keeping Arocho under control. Neves landed some crisp punches, a decent kick, and then pressed Arocho against the fence a minute into the round. They traded control of the clinch a couple of times, and then Neves took down Arocho. Neves spent the last half of the round beating up Arocho on the ground while fending off armbars. Round one goes to Neves.
      The second round started with Arocho throwing a crane kick to Arocho's dick. As soon as the fight started back up, Neves took down Arocho, landed inside his guard, and immediately went back to throwing short punches at the face of Arocho. Arocho continued to try to find an opening for an armbar, but that didn't work out, so Neves stood up, settled into side control, and then unloaded with some heavy elbows to the side of Arocho's head. He unloaded probably 20 big shots before the referee finally stopped the fight. That was a fantastic performance by Julio Cesar Neves Jr.
88.5
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
5:59
      Smith landed some strikes, they clinched, Moreno looked like he wanted to take the fight to the ground, but Smith showed some decent balance. Moreno looked like he was already getting tired halfway through the first round, just from clinching. Smith continued to pick him apart with punches & kicks from the outside for the rest of the round. Near the end of the round, Smith landed a kick to the dick, and Moreno collapsed immediately. The fight started back up, and Smith continued to beat him up, even securing a takedown as the bell sounded. The second round started up kind of slow, Moreno plowed in with a sloppy takedown, Smith locked on a guillotine choke, and forced the submission around the one minute mark of the second round. Nice win for Anthony Smith.
88.3
TKO
(Leg Injury)
0:48
      These guys were hopping around, Vedepo threw some kicks, Crowder threw some punches, it looked like it was well on it's way to being an exciting fight, Vedepo shot for a double leg takedown, Crowder's right leg bent back at an odd angle, hyperextending his knee, and he immediately started screaming, and the fight was stopped. Solid performance by Vedepo for 48 seconds or so, but yeah, shitty way for Crowder to lose his Bellator debut, possibly ending his career, but he's still young, so he might be able to come back from this.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight, with both guys throwing hard strikes at the start of the fight, until Burley eventually took the fight to the ground, where Wright immediately started working from his guard, looking for an armbar. Burley did a pretty good job smothering him to defend against the submission. Burley beat him up for a little while, and then Wright locked on a tight triangle choke, he tried to transition into an armbar, and Burley yanked his arm out of there, and the fight went back to the feet. Burley lifted Wright for a slam, Wright defended, and went for a guillotine choke, but Burley slipped out of it, going back into the clinch. Wright was able to secure a slam, with about 30 seconds left in the round, and Wright started looking for the Von Flue choke, but Burley was saved by the bell. The first round goes to Wright.
     Burley blasted Wright with some hard punches to start the second round, he took the fight to the ground, and Wright was looking for a heel hook, which he used, to sort of sweep, resulting in Wright in top position, immediately going back to side mount. There was a wild scramble, and Wright was looking for an armbar. Burley stood up out of it, threw a flying knee, and they exchanged punches. Burley threw some nice punches to the body from inside the clinch. Both guys looked like they were running out of gas around the halfway mark of the second round. Burley threw a flying elbow, Wright used that momentum to take Burley to the ground. Burley powered out of a bad position, and went straight into full mount. The final two minutes of the second round consisted of a grueling grappling match, without either fighter coming out the clear winner in my opinion. They were both CLEARLY exhausted by the time the second round ended. I thought that second round was pretty much dead even.
     Burley came out like a wild animal in the final round, and Wright was still clearly exhausted, so Burley beat the shit out of Wright with some hard punch combinations. Wright threw a sloppy kick, Burley caught it, punched Wright in the face, the fight went to the ground, and Burley continued to beat the shit out of Wright. They stood back up, and Burley continued to beat the shit out of Wright. Wright was throwing punches the entire time, but they didn't have any energy behind them. Burley on the other hand was still landing some pretty hard shots. Wright shot for a desperate takedown, and flopped down onto his back, as Burley secured the full mount, where he continued to smash the head of Wright witih big punches & elbows. This was a grueling war, and I would have to give the fight to LaRue Burley for the way he ended the fight. That dude has a ton of heart, he hits hard, and he's a really scrappy grappler. This was a fun fight to watch, even though it looked like they were swimming through water by the end of the final round. Great fight, and great win for LaRue Burley. My only question about Burley, is whether or not his cardio is going to eventually improve, since he has about 7 strong minutes worth of cardio, and then it's all heart from that point forward.
85.5
Decision
15:00
      The first round mostly had Downing pressing Brown against the fence in the clinch, without any real damage being delivered in either direction. Downing scored a takedown against the fence with around 90 seconds left in the round, and Brown almost immediately threw up an armbar attempt from the bottom. That didn't really go anywhere, so Downing just ended the round on top, wrestling around inside Brown's guard. Close round, but I would give it to Downing based on control I guess.
     Downing started the second round with his "press the opponent against the fence" routine, without much of anything happening in the first half of the round. Brown finally got sick of being pressed against the fence, so he landed some nice knees from the clinch, spun Downing around, and started unloading on him with big punches. Downing shot for a takedown, but was stuffed. Drowning continued to drive forward, eventually taking Brown to the ground, but Brown immediately spun around for a heel hook, and after a brief scramble, they stood back up, and then Brown took Downing to the ground. Brown threw some punches on the ground, Downing stood back up, shot for another takedown, and sort of got Brown to the ground, but was never really able to control him. In the final 10 seconds of the round, Brown slammed Downing, unloaded with some massive punches & elbows, and I thought the fight was about to be stopped, but Downing was saved by the bell. Round two clearly goes to Brown.
     The final round mostly took place in the clinch, with Brown in control, and near the end of the round, he opened up with some violent strikes, looking for a late stoppage, but Downing was able to clinch some more until the round ended. Decent showing by Martin Brown, but a pretty boring fight overall. I scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Brown, and for the most part, all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
90.1
TKO
(Punches)
5:52
      This fight was another hard boxing match for Pitbull, with both guys landing some really hard shots. Pitbull shot for a takedown, and it was stuffed easily, and I think that Campos outworked him on the feet during most of the first round, so I gave that first round to Derek Campos. He even pretty clearly hurt Pitbull with a few of those punches. Pitbull came out in the second round, throwing precisely placed bombs, connecting with every single punch he threw, destroying the head of Campos, until the referee was eventually forced to stop the fight. Really nice win for Patricky Pitbull.
88.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had both guys basically standing in front of each other, trading punches, with Amoussou being slightly more aggressive. Gomez kicked him in the dick, Amoussou said he was fine, and then he exploded, and unloaded on Gomez with a series of big strikes. Gomez clinched with a minute left in the opening round, but Amoussou quickly broke free, and continued to pick apart Gomez with his boxing. I scored the first round 10-9 for Amoussou.
     The second round had both guys working their kickboxing at a solid pace, with both guys landing some hard shots, but for the most part, I thought Amoussou controlled most of the fight, both with his striking, as well as control from the clinch. Gomez definitely had his moments in the second round, but I have Amoussou ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     They continued to trade strikes aggressively for the duration of the third round, with Amoussou still coming forward for the most part, landing the better shots, and controlling most of the clinching exchanges. In the end, this was a competitive fight, but I thought it was a clear 30-27 for Amoussou. The judges were split, with two judges giving the fight to Amoussou, for the split-decision victory.
89.7
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
8:09
      The first round had Held taking Anderson to the ground, they rolled around a little bit, Anderson ended up on top, Held went for a heel hook, Anderson broke free, and Held ended up on top in Anderson's guard. Held went for another leg lock at the end of the round, and Anderson beat him up a little bit. Close round, but I'd probably score it for Held. Held rocked Anderson early in the second round, but Anderson got back up quickly, and rocked Held. They got back to their feet, and Held slipped during an exchange, but Anderson let him back up. Held then jumped in for a flying heel hook attempt or something, and Anderson pinned him on the ground. Held locked on the triangle choke, Anderson was able to survive for a decent amount of time, but eventually he was forced to submit. Really nice win for Marcin Held, handing Anderson his first loss.
91.2
TKO
(Corner Stoppage)
8:19
      These guys basically stood and traded strikes for the first round, until Lima blasted the lead leg of Hawn with a massive leg kick, knocking him to the ground. Lime was polite though, and allowed Hawn to get back to his feet. He knocked him down with another brutal leg kick with about 30 seconds left though, and then he punched the shit out of Hawn, and smashed his face with elbows on the ground. Awesome first round for Douglas Lima. Lima took out his lead leg early in the second round, causing Hawn to hobble around for a few minutes, but a little past the halfway mark of the second round, Hawn's corner threw in the towel, after Hawn was knocked down repeatedly with brutal leg kicks. That was another awesome TKO finish for Douglas Lima, the much deserved Bellator Welterweight Championship. I'm really proud of him for the way he's cut through the division. Awesome showing for Douglas Lima.
85.3
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
10:00
      The first round was kind of close, with Uhde starting strong, but by the end of the round, Alexander was on top, beating up Uhde with punches & knees to the body. The second round was more of the same, with Uhde throwing a kick, Alexander caught it, took him to the ground, and beat him up from side control for most of the round. It wasn't a great fight overall, but Alexander clearly won both of the first two rounds, and Uhde was unable to continue after the second round, so Alexander gets the TKO victory after two rounds of mediocre action.
88.4
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
3:52
      These guys traded some random strikes, Jensen clinched, and then took down Stoddard a minute or so into the opening round. He pounded on him with some big punches from inside Stoddard's guard, and Stoddard went for an armbar, but Jensen was able to shake his arm free, and he continued to work some ground & pound against the fence. Jensen eventually worked his way into full mount, continued to throw punches, they scrambled around a bit, Jensen slapped on an arm-triangle choke, and finished the fight by submission with around a minute left in the opening round. That was a decent win for Ryan Jensen.
OVERALL 90.3
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