100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Saad Awad - 93.8
2. Andrey Koreshkov - 93.5
3. Bubba Jenkins - 92.7
4. Liam McGeary - 92.5
5. Sergio Rios - 92.4
6. Linton Vassell - 92.0
7. Augusto Sakai - 91.9
8. Kelly Anundson - 91.8
9. Joe Duarte - 91.3
10. Brandon Halsey - 91.2
Bellator 122: Vassell vs. Zwicker
Location: Temecula, California
Elevation: 1,017'
-Fight of the Night-
Saad Awad vs. Joe Duarte
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 90.8
(Head Kick and Punches)
     Rios came out throwing wild kicks, and a flying knee, Martinez took him to the ground, and then got repaid with a ton of upkicks to the face, which opened him up for a triangle, and then an armbar attempt from Rios. The first 3:50 of this fight was all about Martinez just trying to defend himself from the strikes & submission attempts from Rios. Martinez spent the final 90 seconds of the round pounding on the face and head of Rios, cutting him open, and beating the shit out of him. I thought this was going to be a clear round for Rios, but I ended up giving it to Martinez for doing way more damage in those final 90 seconds. Rios went for another armbar in the final 20 seconds, but Martinez escaped it pretty easily. They almost stopped the fight due to the cut above the right eye of Rios, but they let it continue into the second round. Rios started with a couple of kicks to the head of Martinez, followed up with some big hammerfists, and finished the fight via TKO in 20 seconds of the second round. Awesome win for Rios, and a pretty good fight overall.
      OH SHIT! These guys tested the water for about 10 seconds with leg kicks, and then Duarte BLASTED Awad with a big right hand, knocking Awad to the ground. Duarte jumped on him, and Awad went for the triangle choke. Duarte had both of his arms inside, Awad decided to wreck Duarte's face with massive elbows from inside that triangle, and Duarte had NO hands available to defend himself, so the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was a pretty great finish, with some brutal elbows, and solid submission skills shown by Saad Awad.
      Amoussou caught a kick early, and threw Gonzalez to the ground. Gonzalez popped back up a few seconds later to reset. Amoussou spent the first half of the round beating up Gonzalez on the feet, but Gonzales was still tucking his chin and firing back with a few decent shots of his own. Gonzalez caught a knee with 2 minutes left in the round, and dumped Amoussou to the ground, where he was able to beat him up for the rest of the round. I was going to give that round to Amoussou, but I think Gonzalez stole the round with his ground & pound in the last half of the round. Amoussou rolled for a wild leg lock in the final seconds of the round, but Gonzalez slipped out of it without much of a problem.
      The second round took place standing, with Amoussou beating up Gonzalez with hard leg kicks, and big punches for most of the round. Gonzalez clinched a little bit halfway through the round, but that went nowhere, so Amoussou broke free and continued to chip away at Gonzalez with mixed strikes for the duration of the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
      The final round was a grind, with both guys coming forward, trading sloppy strikes, clinching a bit, pressing each other toward the fence, with neither fighter really taking a clear lead on the scorecards. Gonzalez started to chop up Amoussou's face in the last half of the round, leaving him a bloody mess, and he caught a kick and took him down with a minute left in the round. I think those two details were enough to win the round for Gonzalez. I scored this fight 29-28 for Fernando Gonzalez, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
(Knee Injury)
      These guys clashed like two bulls, Anundson THREW Lins to the ground with a nice headlock takedown. Anundson ended up inside the guard of Lins, where he beat him up for a minute or so. Lins scrambled back to his feet, Anundson pressured him up against the cage, and Anundson tried to trip him. They broke apart, threw a few strikes, Lins randomly collapsed, as his knee gave out. That really sucks, because Lins has looked pretty awesome in his previous 2 fights in Bellator. Maybe he should take more than 2 months off between fights though? Either way, solid performance for Anundson.
      Jenkins shot for an explosive double leg early in the first round, taking Martinez down near the fence. Jenkins threw some punches, there was a scramble, and Jenkins took Martinez's back 30 seconds into the opening round. Martinez tried to get back to his feet, and Jenkins battered him with punches to the side of the head. They eventually stood back up, and Jenkins continued to blast Martinez with clean punches to the face. Martinez landed a few decent shots, and then Jenkins took him down again, Martinez stood up quickly, but Jenkins continued to clinch with his back while pressing Martinez against the fence. Martinez tried to roll for a Kimura, but Jenkins maintained back control, while throwing punches at Martinez's head. Martinez spun around and tried to find a submission from his guard, but Jenkins unloaded on him with massive punches, until the referee was forced to stop the fight. Great win for Bubba Jenkins.
(Knees and Punches)
      This fight started with 45 seconds of NOTHING happening, and then Frembling dropped Sakai with a huge left hand, and then jumped into his guard, and continued to pound on Sakai with some big punches while pinning him against the fence inside his guard. Frembling continued to work his ground & pound for most of the round. Sakai tried to setup a triangle choke with 90 seconds left, but Frembling just shrugged it off. Sakai finally stood back up with a minute left in the round, and they traded a few decent punches, but not a lot of action was happening on the feet. Round one clearly goes to Frembling. The last 5 seconds or so had Sakai throwing some big knees from the clinch, and he dropped Frembling with a knee a second after the bell sounded, but I'm not counting that for Sakai, since the knee was clearly after the bell, so I'm still scoring the round for Frembling.
     Frembling looked exhausted when he came out for the second round, and Sakai took advantage of it, as he was stalking him around the cage, and picking him apart with big punches & kicks, while Frembling was mostly just absorbing the damage without really throwing any offense of his own. The rest of the round took place standing, with both guys trading shots, with Sakai throwing a lot more volume. Frembling randomly came back in the final minute, unloading with some big punch combinations, which allowed him to plow right through Sakai, he took him down in that final minute, and continued to punch him on the ground. Sakai asked the referee to stand them back up, and the referee just told him to keep fighting. The second round should go to Sakai for winning 4 minutes of the round, but Frembling won back some signfiicant points in that final minute. This fight is more than likely all tied up going into the final round.
     The third round had zero action for the first minute or so, as they just circled around each other, waiting for something cool to happen. Frembling threw a few big punches, and then clinched, and punched Sakai in the balls, and Sakai immediately asked the referee to take a point from Frembling, but the referee ignored him and said it was accidental. When the fight continued, Sakai threw some big kicks, including a nice head kick, Frembling was backing away, and Sakai continued to unload on him with big shots. With 90 seconds left in the round, Sakai connected with some clean shots, he kicked him in the head, dropped Frembling with a big knee, and then blasted him in the chin on the ground with some big punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was a solid comeback victory for Augusto Sakai.
      This fight was mostly a boxing match, with both guys trading combinations, but not really landing with much of anything significant for the first 90 seconds or so. Karo initiated a clinch, but nothing happened. He sort of had Baroni cornered by the fence though, where Parisyan was able to put him away with a series of punches, and Baroni turned away from Parisyan, and tried to climb out of the cage. Solid win for Parisyan, with sort of a shocking TKO finish against Baroni.
(Punches and Knees)
      McGeary pretty much beat the shit out of Valavicius in this fight, using his range to pick apart Valavicius from the outside, and using his clinch to bloody him up. He landed a series of hard punches, followed by some brutal knees, as Valavicius sort of curled up in a standing fetal position against the cage, which forced the referee to stop the fight. Another nice first round finish for Liam McGeary.
      Halsey shot in for a takedown early in the fight (obviously), ending up in side control (obviously), where he landed some elbows on the head of Cooper (obviously), and then after a minute or so of basic ground & pound, he stepped over Cooper, grabbed his arm, and forced the submission at just over 2 minutes into the first round. Solid submission victory for Brandon Halsey.
      I was just having a conversation today about why nobody ever throws spinning back kicks to the face, and Koreshkov launched one in this fight, and it was FUCKING BRILLIANT! He blasted McDonough in the face with that kick, and sent him flying across the cage. That was fucking amazing. This entire fight was basically just a showcase, for Koreshkov's striking. His punches were on point, his kicks were phenomenal, and his overall pace was second to none. This fight might have gone to a decision, but it was 100% Koreshkov, kicking the shit out of McDonough. Awesome fight for fans of Koreshkov.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      This fight was pretty straight forward. Zwicker threw a punch, Vassell ducked it, secured a takedown, got on Zwicker's back, and finished him with a rear-naked choke in just over one minute of the first round. Another slick submission victory for Linton Vassell.