(9/12/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Liam McGeary - 92.8
2. Ryan Couture - 92.0
3. Eric Ramirez - 91.8
4. Emanuel Newton - 91.4
5. Jason Fischer - 91.4
6. Mike Hernandez - 91.3
7. Justin Jaynes - 90.8
8. L.C. Davis - 90.3
9. Sabah Homasi - 90.1
10. Michael Hamida - 89.8
Bellator 124: Newton vs. Beltran
Location: Plymouth Township, Michigan
Elevation: 787'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Liam McGeary vs. Kelly Anundson
90.8
Fighters & Matches 87.7
Top 10 Fighters 91.2
TOTAL 89.5
89.1
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
10:38
     These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Phelia took down Ramirez. Ramirez slapped on a triangle choke, and held it for the first half of the opening round, but Phelia eventually pulled his head free, postured up, and blasted Ramirez with some big punches & elbows from inside his guard. Ramirez slapped on a heel hook, and Phelia struggled to break free from it. They finally stood up with a minute left in the round, and Phelia's leg gave out on him, so he collapsed, and Ramirez beat him up until the end of the round, and he even slapped on an armbar with 15 seconds left in the round. Round one goes to Ramirez based on the damage done by his submission attempts.
     Phelia could barely walk going into the second round, so Ramirez took him down with ease. Ramirez dropped back for a heel hook 90 seconds into the round, and Phelia quickly got on top, and unloaded with some big punches & knees, as he tried to smash Ramirez with strikes as he turtled up against the fence. I'm a little shocked, but round two goes to Phelia, even though he can barely walk. This fight is all tied up going into the final round.
     Ramirez started the final round with a Superman punch against the fence, Phelia shot for a desperate takedown, Ramirez locked on a tight guillotine choke, and Phelia was forced to submit. That was a crazy fight, and a really nice win for Eric Ramirez.
86.5
Decision
15:00
      These guys clinched early, and Hervey took down Fischer 2 minutes into the opening round. He stood up 30 seconds later, and Fischer popped up, unloaded with some big punches, and then scored a quick takedown of his own, completely nullifying Hervey's accomplisihments from the first half of the round. They stood up a few seconds later, and Fischer continued to chip away at Hervey from inside the clinch, until he took him down again with a minute left in the round. Round one goes to Jason Fischer.
     The second round started with Fischer immediately kicking Hervey in the dick. When the fight started back up, Fischer took down Hervey, mounted him, and beat him up with some punches. Fischer spent the entire second round on top, beating up Hervey from a variety of top positions. I have Fischer ahead 20-18 going into the final round, and you could even make an argument for a 10-8 round in that second round for Fischer.
     The final round had Fischer taking Hervey down immediately, and he spent another round on top, beating the shit out of Hervey. In the end, there is no way to score this fight, other than for Fischer with a clean sweep, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
86.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys met in the center of the cage, Henderson unloaded with some big punches, Johnson fell flat on his face, Henderson continued to pound on him, and then he took his back and started working for a rear-naked choke, all inside the first minute of the opening round. They stood back up halfway through the round, and Johnson shot for a takedown of his own, but got stuffed against the fence. Round one goes to Adrian Henderson.
     Henderson started the second round by taking Johnson to the ground, and Johnson used a Kimura to sweep him 90 seconds into the round, which allowed Johnson to end up in side control, and soon after, back control, where he pounded on Henderson with some big punches. Henderson eventually worked his way to his feet, and Johnson pressed him against the fence, looking for another takedown. I gave that round to Johnson, and have this fight all tied up.
     The final round started with both guys clinching, and Johnson went for another takedown, but ended up just pressing Henderson against the fence again. The referee reset them 2 minutes into the final round. Henderson scrambled and took Johnson's back for a few seconds, but let him up almost immediately. Johnson then smothered Henderson against the fence for another minute or so, and the referee reset them with a minute left in the fight. They traded a few decent punches, and then the round ended. I gave that round to Johnson, and thought he won a pretty clear 29-28 decision. Two judges agreed with me, and gave the split-decision victory to Leroy Johnson.
86.9
Decision
15:00
      Hernandez showed some really decent footwork & head movement in the opening round, as he danced around the cage, and picked apart Vasquez with his boxing. Hernandez showed some diversity by scoring a strong takedown with a minute left in the round, and he finished the round on top, beating up Vasquez against the fence. Round one clearly goes to Hernandez.
     The second round was a repeat of the first round, until Vasquez threw Hernandez to the ground with 2 minutes left in the round. Hernandez popped back up immediately, took down Vasquez, punched him a few times, and then reset back on his feet with a minute left in the round. Hernandez scored another takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, securing his 20-18 lead going into the final round.
     The final round started with both guys trading a few random strikes, and then Vasquez kicked Hernandez in the dick. When the fight eventually started back up, they circled around each other, and continued to trade punches at a more competitive pace, compared to the previous two rounds. Still, I scored this fight 30-27 for Mike Hernandez, and all 3 judges basically agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
86.0
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
6:07
      Homasi spent the first round throwing wide looping punches, without really connecting with much, but he looked a little more aggressive than Moon. Moon clinched, Homasi broke free, and punched him in the face with a left hook. Homasi threw a nice flying knee to the body, and then Moon clinched again. When they split apart, Homasi landed a couple of wide punches again. Moon got sloppy, Homasi grabbed his back and took him down, but they stood back up immediately, and Moon took down Homasi, grabbing his back, and then mounting him in the final minute of the round. Nothing really happened from that point forward, Moon just kind of laid on top of Homasi, covering his mouth with his palm. I scored that first round for Homasi.
     The second round started, they hopped around for a minute or so, Homasi went flying in with some big bombs that threw himself off balance, and Moon used that scramble to try for a takedown, but Homasi slapped on a guillotine choke for the submission victory. This is the fourth time I've personally seen Homasi fight, and it's the only fight I've ever seen him win, so kudos to Homasi for the second round submission finish.
86.0
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys traded a few punches, and then Hamida scooped up Hadribeaj and dumped him to the ground 45 seconds into the opening round, landing in side control. Hadribeaj worked his way back to his feet, and they reset 90 seconds into the round. They both danced around a little bit, traded a few more punches, and Hamida continued to dig for takedowns, but Hadribeaj did a good job defending against most of them. That was a close round, but I thought Hamida was more aggressive, so I scored the first round in favor of Hamida.
     Hadribeaj worked his kicks to start the second round, Hamida rushed in, slipped, and Hadribeaj stood above him, throwing punches down, while Hamida tried to grab one of his legs for a submission. The referee let Hamida stand back up a minute into the round. Hadribeaj continued to chip away at him with some decent boxing, while Hamida looked like he was planning on taking the round off or something. Hamisa started to work his grappling in the last half of the round, but it was probably too little too late. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     They traded some strikes to start the third round, they clinched, and Hamida took down Hadribeaj a couple of minutes into the round. Hamida worked some ground & pound with short punches & elbows, and Hadribeaj looked like he wanted to get up, but Hamida was doing a good job keeping him pinned. Hamida continued to beat the shit out of Hadribeaj until the end of the round. This fight should be a clear 29-28 decision for Hamida in my opinion. The judges were split, and two judges gave the fight to Hadribeaj, which I HAVE to think they got the names confused or some shit, because that was a very clear win for Hamida in my opinion.
88.5
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:01
      These guys traded a few silly looking punches & kicks, they clinched, Couture threw a knee that clipped Bagnasco in the "lower stomach", and then took him to the ground with a body lock, but Bagnasco called a timeout due to a groin shot. Apparently they both clipped each other with knees to the groins at the same time. The fight restarted back on their feet. Couture threw a few punches, moved in, clinched, took Bagnasco down with another body lock, landed in side control, and beat him up for a couple of minutes on the ground. Couture passed to full mount, Bagnasco gave up his back, Couture locked on the rear-naked choke, and finished the fight with around 2 minutes left in the opening round. Another solid submission victory for Ryan Couture.
86.9
Decision
15:00
      Davis scored a takedown one minute into the opening round, and pinned Rodrigues against the fence. Rodrigues slapped on a guillotine choke, Davis was in side control, so they just kind of hung out there for a little while, and then Davis pulled his head free and started working some ground & pound. Round one goes to Davis, mostly based on his top control.
      Davis scored another takedown 45 seconds into the second round, and Rodrigues caught him in another guillotine choke. Davis pulled his head free, and spent the next 4 minutes beating up Rodrigues with short punches from a variety of top positions in the center of the cage. I have Davis ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
      They traded some strikes to start the final round, and then Davis scored another quick takedown, and spent another 4 minutes on top, beating up Rodrigues from a variety of top positions, while Rodrigues scrambled around on the bottom, hoping to find a leg lock which never worked out for him. In the end, this fight was a clear 30-27 decision for Davis, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory against some guy I've never heard of.
90.8
Submission
(Inverted Triangle Choke)
4:47
      McGeary blasted Anundson with some hard shots, Anundson curled up on the ground, McGeary mounted his back, beat the shit out of him for a few, and then stood back up. Anundson shot in for a takedown, and fell straight into McGeary's guard. He slipped into side control, and then McGeary started working for an Americana from the bottom, and almost finished the fight, which was ridiculous. Anundson was clearly in pain, and in a lot of trouble, even though he was in side mount. McGeary sort of transitioned from that bottom position Americana, into an inverted triangle choke, for the submission victory. It's nice to see that McGeary has some sort of ground game, but to be fair, he did a pretty terrible job with getting back to his feet. He even got beat up for a few seconds with some elbows from Anundson. McGeary is pretty legit, even though he's basically made a career crushing cans up until this point, but it appears as though his weakness is officially going to be ground & pound, once a better fighter is able to get him to the ground, while avoiding his guard.
90.6
KO
(Spinning Back Fist)
13:07
      The first round was really close, with both guys landing some decent shots, Newton secured a takedown, and by the end of the round, Beltran was beating him up while standing against the cage. The first round was too close to call. Beltran beat the shit out of Newton in the second round, constantly stalking him, and beating him up with his boxing. Newton landed a few decent shots, but Beltran clearly won the second round. Beltran looked pretty gassed going back to his corner after the round though. Newton really started working his kicks in the third round, and Beltran tried to trade kicks with him, while he continued to stalk Newton. These guys both looked slow & boring halfway through the third round, until Newton executed his famous spinning backfist, which knocked Beltran the fuck out. Nice win for Emanuel Newton.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
86.7
TKO
(Punches)
4:17
      These guys were working some violent clinch stuff, as Jaynes threw Baraiac to the ground for a second. They stood back up and continued to battle for a Judo throw, but eventually reset in the center of the cage. They spent a couple of minutes trading punches and kicks, with Baraiac throwing the harder shots, but barely connecting with anything. You could tell he was looking for a knockout though. Baraiac looked sloppy, as he was missing with some big shots, and causing himself to fall over. Eventually Jaynes clipped him with a left hand, Baraiac flopped around like a dying fish, Jaynes threw him to the ground, and continued to slaughter him with punches, until the referee stopped the fight. Great finish for Justin Jaynes.
OVERALL 89.5
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