100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Ray Sloan - 93.1
2. Steve Garcia - 93.1
3. Philipe Lins - 92.4
4. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - 92.3
5. James Thompson - 90.8
6. Joe Vedepo - 90.7
7. Egidijus Valavicius - 90.4
8. Cody Walker - 90.1
9. Bubba McDaniel - 89.9
10. Kelly Anundson - 89.8
Bellator 121: Heidlage vs. Lins
Location: Thackerville, Oklahoma
Elevation: 866'
-Fight of the Night-
Steve Garcia vs. Cody Walker
Fighters & Matches 87.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.3
TOTAL 89.6
     The first round started slowly with both guys trading some random punches & leg kicks. Martinez clinched 90 seconds into the round, and pressed Florentino against the fence, but nothing happened, so they reset a minute later. They clinched again, and Martinez took Florentino to the ground, landing inside his guard. Nothing happened, so he stood back up. Nothing really happened in the final 2 minutes of the round. I guess Martinez won the round with the takedown? Florentino probably looked SLIGHTLY better while standing, so that could be a close round.
     They continued to trade random strikes at a slow pace for the duration of the second round, with neither fighter really taking a clear cut advantage on the feet. Martinez clinched in the final minute, and pressed Florentino against the fence, before throwing him to the ground with 30 seconds left in the round, but he let him stand back up immediately. I guess Martinez won that round as well, based on the takedown? This is a pretty lackluster fighter though.
     The final round started as another slow paced round, with both guys trading random strikes. Florentino appears to be significantly more aggressive this round, as he's chasing Martinez around the cage, and picking him apart with punches & kicks, while Martinez looks like he's mostly just taking the round off. Martinez threw Florentino to the ground with a minute left in the final round, and he let him stand back up again, immediately. This fight was pretty terrible, and it could have gone either way. I thought Florentino won the final round, and the other two rounds should probably go to Martinez, but I don't like the way he took the final round off. Two judges disagreed, giving the split-decision victory to Will Florentino. To be fair though, I never want to see either of these fighters compete again. This shit was boring.
      These guys both came out throwing wild rangy combinations, both guys landed some pretty hard shots, and then Garcia knocked Walker the fuck out, with a punch to the face, Walker fell to the ground like a freshly chopped tree, and Garcia smashed his face with a couple more punches before the referee could stop him. Awesome highlight reel win for Steve Garcia.
      McDaniel got clipped early in the first round, and then shot for a takedown, which Jones easily stuffed. They stood back up, Jones pressed McDaniel against the fence, McDaniel threw some knees from the clinch, they traded control a couple of times, and then McDaniel shot for another takedown, but ended up just pressing Jones against the fence again to work some more knees from the clinch. The rest of the round was probably a stalemate, but I scored the first round for McDaniel, based on landing more strikes from the clinch, and pushing the pace a little more.
     They traded some strikes to start the second round, and then they quickly went back to clinching, until Jones took McDaniel down 90 seconds into the round. McDaniel quickly stood back up and then took Jones down, and then he beat the shit out of him with some big punches from half mount. He took his back with 90 seconds left in the round, he went for a rear-naked choke, Jones rolled out of it, but McDaniel continued to beat the shit out of him until the end of the round. Round two clearly goes to McDaniel.
     They traded a few random strikes to start the final round, and then McDaniel took down Jones halfway through the round, and beat him up against the fence. Jones worked his way back to his feet a few seconds later, and they went back to boxing, with McDaniel still in control for the most part. In the end, McDaniel earns the much needed unanimous decision victory, while Jones continues to lose every fight I've ever seen him have, with a record of 0-4 in Bellator.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Jones quickly showed a bad habit of throwing a strike, and then backing up, and Sloan caught on, throwing a big counter punch when Jones stepped back, dropping him to the ground, which allowed Sloan to get on his back, locking on a rear-naked choke. Jones tried to walk away from it, grabbed the cage to try to escape, and tapped while hanging onto the cage with his other hand. Awesome submission victory for Ray Sloan in his Bellator debut.
      Anundson clinched, and quickly threw Wallace to the ground 30 seconds into the opening round. Anundson continued to wrestle the shit out of Wallace for the rest of the round. Every time Wallace worked his way back to his feet, Anundson would take him back down immediately. Round one goes to Anundson. Round two had Anundson taking down Wallace again. Wallace tried to setup a Kimura or an armbar, but Anundson wrestled his way out of it, and just took him down again. Anundson continued to grind the shit out of Wallace until the end of the round. I have Anundson ahead 20-18 going into the final round. The final round started with Anundson taking Wallace down again, and again, and again. Wallace swept him 90 seconds into the round, and worked a little bit of ground & pound from half mount for a few seconds, and then took his back, and tried to slap on a rear-naked choke. He passed to mount, and then Anundson swept him with 2 minutes left in the round. Anundson then spent the final 2 minutes grinding his way to a 30-27 unanimous decision victory. Anundson is a good wrestler, but that fight felt a bit too long-winded.
      These guys danced around for 30 seconds, and then Vedepo shot in for a takedown, Coleman stuffed his shot, and then they traded control of the clinch a few times against the fence. Cortez fought his way out of the clinch by throwing some bombs while chasing Vedepo across the cage. Vedepo fired back with a few decent shots, and then he caught a kick and took down Coleman with 2 minutes left in the opening round. He passed to full mount, worked a little ground & pound, and then Coleman popped back up to his feet, and then threw some bombs to try to win some points back. That was a close round, so I think it could be scored either way.
     The second round started with Vedepo kicking Coleman in the dick. When the fight started back up, Vedepo scored a takedown, Coleman caught him in a guillotine choke, and then Vedepo passed to full mount, punched him a few times, and then Coleman swept him 90 seconds into the round. Coleman beat up Vedepo for a while, and then Vedepo swept him, but found himself caught in another guillotine choke. That was another close round, but I scored that round slightly for Coleman, even though Vedepo finished the round in full mount.
     The third round started with Vedepo shooting for another takedown, and Coleman caught him in a guillotine choke, AGAIN. He wrestled his way out of the choke, stood up, took Coleman down 90 seconds into the round, and then slapped on an arm-triangle choke, but they were too close to the fence, so he couldn't finish the choke. He passed to full mount, and beat up Coleman for a little while, Coleman swept him, started to beat up Vedepo, they started to stand up, the referee told Coleman "He's down, don't knee him in the head..." so Coleman immediately blasted Vedepo in the head with a big knee to the head. The referee took a point from Coleman, making this fight even harder to score. When the fight started back up, Vedepo unloaded on him with a minute left in the fight. Coleman fired back, and then Vedepo shot for one final takedown with 45 seconds left, and he dumped Coleman to the ground. That could be a 10-8 round for Vedepo, so I'm scoring this fight 29-27 for Joe Vedepo. Two judges agreed with me, and one declared it a draw, which means that Vedepo wins the fight with a majority decision.
      Valavicius threw some hard leg kicks, Eduardo fired back with some punches, and then took him down 25 seconds into the opening round, pinning Valavicius against the fence. Eduardo continued to grind him against the fence for a couple of minutes, and then he took Valavicius's back, and he tried to open him up for a choke by throwing some short punches. He passed to full mount, and continued to grind on Valavicius with some ground & pound, until Valavicius swept him with 90 seconds left in the round, and then he stood up with 30 seconds left in the round. Round one clearly goes to Carlos Eduardo.
      The second round had Rocha trying to take Valavicius down, but he had trouble with it, so they ended up trading some strikes, which seemed to favor Valavicius. Rocha finally scored a takedown halfway through the round. Valavicius swept him a few seconds later, and then reset back on his feet. They traded some strikes before the end of the round, and a cut opened up over Valavicius's right eyebrow with 20 seconds left in the round, and I think it might have been from an accidental clash of heads? I didn't see a strike that would have done it. I have Eduardo ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but the fight could potentially be all tied up.
      Rocha shot for a takedown to start the final round, and Valavicius stuffed his shot. They traded a few strikes, Eduardo continued to shoot for takedowns, and Valavicius continued to stuff them. Valavicius turned it up a few notches in the final round, as he blastead Eduardo with some big knees & punches while chasing him around the cage. When you mix that with the fact Valavicius was able to stuff Eduardo's takedown attempts, I gave that round to Valavicius, so this fight really could go either way. In the end, the judges were split, with two judges scoring the fight for Valavicius, giving him the hard fought split-decision victory.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Davinney shot for a takedown 20 seconds into the first round, and Sokoudjou flipped him over and ended up sitting on Davinney's head. Davinney looked like a fish out of water. He continued to drive forward for a takedown though, while Sokoudjou battered him with punches & elbows to the head. Davinney finally got back to his feet, picked up Sokoudjou, and dumped him to the ground, but Sokoudjou continued to beat him up with elbows from his guard. Sokoudjou flipped him over again, postured up, and slaughtered Davinney with some brutal punches & elbows. This fight could have probably been stopped, but the referee let Davinney take a beating for quite a while, before Sokoudjou finally moved to full mount, grabbed Davinney's back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission late in the first round. Really strong one-sided performance for Sokoudjou in his Bellator debut.
      Thompson came out, and slowly took Prindle to the ground, landing in Prindle's half guard. Prindle rolled out of it, and went for the toe hold. Thompson spun out of that, and landed in side control. Thompson punched Prindle in the back of the head a lot, and then started landing knees to the back of Prindle, he basically just overwhelmed him, started pounding on Prindle's face with big punches, and Prindle didn't even try to get out of it. Solid TKO victory for Thompson, over a guy who might be a bigger can than he is at this point.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      These guys spent the first minute standing & trading with each other, then there was a wild scramble, which ended up with Lins taking the back of Heidlage. He then spent the next minute & a half or so, riding the back of Heidlage, as Heidlage was standing up, with his back against the cage. Lins eventually went for the rear-naked choke, locked it in, and finished the fight via submission, with the standing rear-naked choke. This marks two slick submission wins in two months, for Lins, inside the Bellator cage.
(Guillotine Choke)