100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Andrey Koreshkov - 94.2
2. Liam McGeary - 93.1
3. Darrion Caldwell - 92.4
4. Lester Caslow - 92.2
5. Joe Warren - 91.3
6. Sidney Outlaw - 91.2
7. Jesus Martinez - 90.9
8. Marcos Galvao - 90.7
9. Rafael Silva - 90.0
10. Kevin Roddy - 89.6
Bellator 118: Warren vs. Silva
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Elevation: 7'
-Fight of the Night-
Liam McGeary vs. Mike Mucitelli
Fighters & Matches 88.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 90.0
     I was scoring the first round in favor of Roddy, due to being slightly more aggressive, until he got kicked in the head, and fell on his ass. Aliyev let him back up though. By the end of the round, Aliyev was pretty clearly beating Roddy's ass, even opening up a cut on the right cheek of Roddy. The second round was pretty even, with both guys trading combinations, until Aliyev went for a violent looking guillotine choke, about halfway through the round. From there, Aliyev ended up in top position, and then they got back to their feet. It was a close fight, but I thought Aliyev pretty clearly won the first two rounds. Roddy secured a slow takedown in the final round, and busted up Aliyev's nose a bit, so I guess I'd give the round to Roddy. In the end, I thought this fight was a pretty clear 29-28 win for Aliyev, but all 3 judges gave it to Roddy instead.
      These guys threw a couple of punches, and then Outlaw took Bannon to the ground. He settled into Bannon's guard, and worked some basic ground & pound in the center of the cage. Bannon used to Omoplata to try to sweep Outlaw, and after a brief scramble, where Bannon was throwing up all kinds of crazy shit from his guard, Outlaw finally took control of him, and took Bannon's back with 90 seconds left in the round. They both continued to scramble around wildly for most of the round, with Bannon looking for submissions, and Outlaw beating him up with ground & pound from a variety of top positions. That was a competitive round, but I would probably score it in favor of Sidney Outlaw.
     Outlaw shot for an early takedown to start the second round, but Bannon was able to stuff his shot against the fence. They traded a few strikes from the clinch, and then went into wild scrambling mode again, where Bannon finally took top control, as he slapped on a rear-naked choke, but Outlaw was able to slip out of it, as he took top control inside Bannon's guard 90 seconds into the round. They continued to scramble around wildly, and Outlaw took Bannon's back again. The rest of the round was spent scrambling around on the ground, with Outlaw in control for the most part, so I have Outlaw ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     They traded a few punches to start the final round, Outlaw shot for a takedown a minute into the round, and Bannon stuffed the shot against the fence, so they continued to trade punches for a while. Outlaw shot for another takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, but the shot was stuffed again. Meanwhile, Bannon's face was bleeding all over from his right eye, from Outlaw's jabs. Outlaw finally scored another takedown with 50 seconds left in the fight, and he basically just pinned Bannon until the bell sounded. I scored this fight 30-27 for Outlaw, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him a solid win in his Bellator debut.
(Guillotine Choke)
      Caslow threw some hard punches & kicks, Haas grabbed him and took him down one minute into the opening round, and Caslow slapped on a guillotine choke on the way to the ground. It didn't look that tight at first, but Caslow eventually used it to flip Haas, and then he threw a few short strikes, while trying to take Haas's back. Caslow then spun all the way around, transitioning into another guillotine choke, this time he had it locked on tight, and Haas was forced to submit around the halfway point of the first round. That was a really solid win for Lester Caslow.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      These guys stood and traded for a minute or so, before Caldwell caught a kick, and threw Pingitore to the ground. Once they were on the ground, Caldwell easily passed Pingitore's guard, he went for a Kimura, there was a wild scramble, and Caldwell transitioned into a rear-naked choke, for the first round submission victory. Great performance for Darrion Caldwell.
      Fadiora clinched early, and pressed Woods against the fence. The referee split them up 2 minutes into the round. They traded a few random strikes, and then Fadiora clinched again with a minute left in the round. Woods tripped him to the ground 15 seconds later, and spent the final 45 seconds of the first round on top, beating up Fadiora with short punches against the fence. I guess that's probably enough to win the round for Woods.
     Fadiora started the second round by clinching, and pressing Woods against the fence again. He tried to take him down, but Woods did a good job staying on his feet. They split up and reset 90 seconds into the round. They spent most of the rest of the round circling around each other, trading punches & kicks, with only single shots, hardly any combinations being thrown at all. Fadiora clinched with 45 seconds left in the round, and pressed Woods against the fence. He tried to take him down, but Woods ended up on top, and again, that might be enough to win that round for Woods as well.
     The final round was another round where both guys were trading random punches and kicks, at a somewhat low tempo, while Woods was dancing around more, trying to show off his flashy footwork. In the end, this wasn't a great fight, neither fighter looked very impressive, but I scored the fight 30-27 for Timothy Woods, and all 3 judges agreed, giving Woods the unanimous decision victory. I'm not really looking forward to seeing either of these guys fight again in the near future.
      Contaldi started this fight by shooting for a takedown, but Martinez stuffed the shot, and then took his back one minute into the round. Martinez tried to setup an armbar from back control, but that didn't really work out at all, so Contaldi settled into his guard, and basically just spent the last half of the round grinding on him. They stood back up with a minute left in the round, and Contaldi continued to grind Martinez into the fence. The referee reset them with 30 seconds left in the round, and then Martinez blasted Contaldi with some of the best punches of the fight so far, and ended the round back on top. Round one goes to Martinez.
     They traded a few strikes to start the second round, Martinez threw a flying knee, Contaldi shot for a takedown, Martinez sprawled and took his back, and then he pounded on his head with some short punches & elbows, while Contaldi just turtled up and absorbed the shots. Martinez looked like he was interested in setting up a Kimura, but Contaldi refused to give up his arm, so Martinez just continued to pound on him with those punches & elbows until the end of the round. He finally went for a rear-naked choke with 45 seconds left in the round, but Contaldi was too flat on the ground, so Martinez just finished the round with some more punches from back mount. I have Martinez ahead 20-17 going into the final round.
     They continued to box with each other for the duration of the third round, and then Martinez poked Contaldi in the eye with a minute left in the round. After watching the replay, it looked like it was just the glove that scraped his eye. Once the fight started back up, they traded some more strikes, Martinez continued to outbox Contaldi, and he even knocked him down in the final 20 seconds of the round. In the end, Martinez wins the fight with a 30-26 unanimous decision.
      Rivera clinched early, and then took Adkins down one minute into the opening round. Rivera tried to suplex Adkins 90 seconds into the round, and Adkins ended up falling on top of Rivera, into Rivera's guard. They stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round, continued to clinch, and then Rivera tripped Adkins to the ground, and then tried to take his back again as Adkins was trying to get back to his feet. Rivera tried to trip Adkins again, and Adkins ended up back on top with 30 seconds left in the round. I guess I would score that first round for Adkins, based on the way he reversed most of Rivera's takedown attempts.
      They clinched early in the second round, and Adkins pressed Rivera against the fence again. They tried to throw each other to the ground, they both sort of reversed it, so they both popped back up, they clinched again, this time with Rivera in control, and then he took down Adkins halfway through the round, and passed to full mount. Adkins swept him, but found himself caught in an armbar. He pulled his arm free, and spent the final 90 seconds of the round on top, beating up Rivera from inside his guard. I have Adkins ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but it's a really close fight, so I have no idea how the judges are going to score this one.
      They final round had both guys trading some strikes, with Adkins landing the better strikes, including a flying knee as Rivera shot in for a takedown. They clinched, and then the referee reset them. They traded a few more punches, they clinched some more, they traded control of the clinch a few times, and then reset 2 minutes into the round. Rivera threw some punches, and then clinched again. This fight is REALLY hard to score, because neither fighter is coming close to finishing the fight, and they're both basically nullifying each others' offense. In the end, I scored this fight 29-28 for Gemiyale Adkins, one judge scored it a draw, and the other two scored the fight for Rivera, who wins the fight via majority decision.
      Mucitelli shot in for a wild takedown, McGeary fell backwards, flipped him over, landed an elbow, stood back up, punched Mucitelli in the jaw, and knocked him the fuck out, as McGeary walked away from the KO with style.
      The first round had both guys clinching, and then Galvao sort of took down Vazquez, while Vasquez pulled guard. From there, Vasquez was trying to scramble for better positions, but Galvao did a decent job keeping him under control. They stood back up for a few seconds, and then Galvao secured another takedown. The first round was mostly just a round of wild grinding, which I scored for Galvao.
     The second round was another round of the same stuff, with Galvao scoring takedowns, and grinding on Vasquez, while Vasquez scrambled just enough to make things uncomfortable. Another round in the books for Galvao, but he's not getting anywhere close to finishing this fight yet. The second round had a couple of minutes of both guys standing and staring at each other, before Galvao took Vasquez down again, this time grabbing his back. He spent the last half of the round looking for a rear-naked choke, that never ended up working out for him. Clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Marcos Galvao.
(Flying Knee)
      BAM! I love it when Koreshkov is on point, like in this fight, where he picked apart Baesman with hard punch combinations, as well as brilliant spinning back heel kicks, and a flying knee at the end of the fight, that knocked Baesman unconscious in just under 2 minutes of the first round. That was a fantastic highlight reel performance, and I can't wait to see this dude fight again in the near future. That KO was fantastic.
      This fight started with a clinch, and Silva slammed Warren, and then took his back almost immediately. Warren fought his way out of that, but Silva continued to pressure him for the duration of the round. Warren went for a guillotine choke halfway through the round, and got top position for a few seconds, but after another brief scramble, Silva stood back up and beat up Warren on the feet. Warren then rocked Silva, knocked him down, and smothered him. The round ended with Warren on top, smothering Silva. Honestly, that round probably could have gone either way.
     Warren secured a quick takedown to start the second round, pinning Silva against the cage. They stood back up, and Warren continued to look for another takedown. Meanwhile, Silva beat him up a little bit on the feet. Silva mounted a bit of a comeback around the halfway mark, throwing Warren around a little bit while landing some decent strikes. The round ended with Silva smothering Warren against the cage on the ground. I'm going to give that round to Silva, but it was another close round.
     Warren secured a takedown to start the third round, and he beat up Silva in the center of the cage with some short punches & elbows for most of the round. Round 3 clearly goes to Warren. Warren's left eye looks like it's swelling shut due to a cut. The fourth round started with Warren securing a takedown, but Silva got back up, and took down Warren, and that was followed by Warren taking him down again, and this time, he grabbed Silva's back. There was a scramble, and Silva grabbed Warren's back, and then Warren slammed him again, and grabbed Silva's back. Back & forth, back back back, etc... Warren eventually ended the round on Silva's back, so I gave that round to him. This fight COULD come down to the final round, but I think Warren is ahead at this point.
     Warren took Silva down again in the final round, and then pressed him against the cage while throwing knees to the body. Warren grabbed Silva's back, and then threw an illegal to Silva's head while his hand was down, so the referee gave him time to recover. Once the fight started, Warren jumped on his back again and continued to bully Silva for the rest of the round. In the end, I think this fight was a pretty clear 48-47 for Warren, if not 49-46, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory, as he becomes the new Bellator Interim Bantamweight Champion, due to Eduardo Dantas being out due to some sort of head injury.