(9/19/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Rafael Carvalho - 94.0
2. Chris Honeycutt - 93.5
3. Melvin Manhoef - 92.9
4. George Zuniga - 92.8
5. Matt Ramirez - 92.8
6. Brian Rogers - 92.5
7. Julio Cesar Neves Jr. - 92.4
8. Goiti Yamauchi - 92.3
9. Javy Ayala - 92.0
10. Jonny Bonilla-Bowman - 90.7
Bellator 125: Manhoef vs. Marshall
Location: Fresno, California
Elevation: 308'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Melvin Manhoef vs. Doug Marshall
91.0
Fighters & Matches 89.0
Top 10 Fighters 92.6
TOTAL 90.8
88.5
KO
(Punches)
0:34
     These guys touched gloves, traded a few hard shots, Clark clinched and pressed Zuniga against the fence, and they traded control of the clinch a couple of times. Zuniga broke free, unloaded with some MASSIVE punch combinations, he nearly knocked Clark's head off, knocked him down hard, and knocked him the fuck out. That was a fantastic finish by George Zuniga in just 34 seconds of the first round.
86.9
Decision
15:00
      Juarez took down Keslar in the first 90 seconds of the opening round, and he was able to smother him against the fence, while grinding his forearm into Keslar's face. The rest of the round had Juarez on top, beating up Keslar with short punches. Round one clearly goes to Juarez. Juarez shot for a takedown early in the second round, and Keslar stuffed the shot, and punched him in the head repeatedly. Keslar eventually took his back and went for a rear-naked choke. Keslar clearly won the second round, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     They traded a few strikes to start the final round, and then there was a wild scramble against the fence, where they both tried to take each other's backs, and Keslar ended up on top, as he went for a rear-naked choke around the 2 minute mark of the final round. Juarez wrestled his way around to back control with around 90 seconds left in the round, and he made this fight VERY hard to judge, since they split the first two rounds, and they split the last round as well. In the end, Juarez finished the final round with a rear-naked choke basically locked on, so I scored this fight 29-28 for Juares, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
87.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had Bowman controlling the center of the cage, while Becerra circled around the outside. They both landed some decent strikes, but Becerra was able to basically drop Bowman, so I scored the first round just slightly in favor of Art Becerra. The second round was another round of boxing, with Bowman plowing forward for most of the round, so I scored that round for Bowman. Bowman really started to lay into Becerra with some big leg kicks, and that was causing Becerra some problems with his movement. Becerra took down Bowman 2 minutes into the third round, and Bowman immediately stood up and threw Becerra across the cage, nullifying any points Becerra's takedown would have scored. Becerra shot for another takedown, and Bowman stuffed the shit out of it. Bowman continued to destroy Becerra's legs for the duration of the round, and then Bowman shot for a terrible takedown with 10 seconds left in the final round, Becerra stuffed the shot, punched him in the temple, nearly knocked out Bowman, he followed it up with some big punches while Bowman was running away, and Bowman was saved by the bell. I thought that round was close to a 10-8 round for Bowman, until he nearly got knocked out, so I'm going to call it 10-9 for Bowman, leading to a 29-28 decision for Bowman. Two judges agreed with me, and one disagreed, giving the split-decision victory to Jonny Bonilla-Bowman.
89.6
TKO
(Spinning Back Kick and Punches)
2:16
      These guys spent about half of the first round, testing the distance with jabs, until Neves launched a spinning back kick to the body of Martinez, knocking him to the ground, where Neves DESTROYED him with hard punches. Somehow Martinez survived, so they stood back up, and Neves put him back down with a flying knee, followed by some more punches on the ground. That was a REALLY impressive performance by Julio Cesar Neves Jr.
89.6
TKO
(Punches)
9:45
      OH SHIT! That was nice... Honeycutt started this fight with a big scoop slam, lifting Wilkinson into the air, and dropping him on his head, immediately going into side control. They wrestled around for a little while, and it was pretty clear that Honeycutt had some solid wrestling skills, both offensive & defensive. They got back to their feet, and Honeycutt slammed some hard knees into the thighs of Wilkinson from the clinch. Wilkinson tried to secure a standing guillotine, and Honeycutt lifted him into the air, and slammed him to the ground again. Wilkinson tried to lift Honeycutt to slam him, and Honeycutt just pressed all of his weight onto Wilkinson, which caused Wilkinson to drop backwards, allowing Honeycutt to end up in full mount, where he beat the shit out of Wilkinson with punches for the rest of the round. Solid Bellator debut by Chris Honeycutt. Honeycutt started the second round with another gigantic scoop slam, planting Wilkinson on the floor again. Those slams are awesome. Once they were on the ground, Honeycutt absolutely dominated Wilkinson, like a massive gorilla, just beating the living shit out of him with huge punches, and cranking his arm with a Kimura attempt. The fight ended near the end of the second round, with some brutal unanswered punches to the body, delivered by the monster, Chris Honeycutt. That was an awesome Bellator debut.
89.8
Submission
(Armbar)
0:42
      Oscar immediately came out pressuring Matt with his striking. Matt eventually lashed out, throwing bombs, the fight went to the ground, Matt locked on a tight armbar, and Ramirez was forced to tap in under one minute of the first round. This was a really good debut for Matt Ramirez.
86.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round was a pretty boring 5 minutes, of Neal waiting to counter, and Ruiz refusing to engage. Neal still won the round though, by securing a takedown, and holding top position for the last couple of minutes. The second round was basically the same as the first, with Neal waiting to counter, he eventually secured a takedown, got caught in a guillotine for a few seconds, got top position, and finished the round on top. The third round was the same thing, with Neal securing a takedown halfway through the round, and this time he actually unloaded some decent ground & pound. In the end, Neal clearly won this fight, 30-27 on all scorecards, but it really wasn't a very fun fight to watch.
89.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:37
      This fight went to the ground early, and Yamauchi spent a good bit of the first round, working a tight Omoplata. Stapleton did a decent job trying to defend against it, but his arm was clearly locked in and unavailable. Yamauchi eventually cranked a little too hard, and it allowed Stapleton to roll out of it. It didn't take long for Yamauchi to grab his back though, where he spent a couple more minutes looking for the rear-naked choke, before eventually finishing the fight near the end of the first round. Really impressive ground game displayed by Goiti Yamauchi.
89.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:03
      Ayala moved forward, immediately clinched with Butler up against the cage, Ayala slammed BUtler, locked on a rear-naked choke, and forced the submission in just over one minute of the first round. That was a pretty huge win for Ayala, putting an end to his undefeated career up until this point. To be honest, I was a little shocked to see Butler get manhandled like that, considering he normally seems to manhandle everyone else.
90.9
TKO
(Punches)
3:06
      HOLY SHIT. That fight was fucking nuts. Rogers reminds me of Mike Tyson, short & stocky, but scrappy as fuck, throwing brutal punch combinations, and constantly moving forward. He almost finished Carvalho early in the first round, but Carvalho was able to survive, and came back with a huge right hand that rocked Rogers, and then he finished him off with 10+ unanswered punches. That was an awesome fight for both guys, and a great Bellator debut for Rafael Carvalho.
91.0
KO
(Punch)
1:45
      These guys were standing and trading, it was fun, it was exciting, and then Manhoef threw a soccer kick straight to the Rhino's dick. That stopped the action for a few seconds. They started back up, trading hard punches again, and I actually thought Rhino was winning this fight, until Manhoef BLASTED him wtih a big right hand, dropping Rhino. I have to be honest, it looked a LITTLE BIT like Rhino took a dive, because it didn't even look like the punch connected. I mean, it was a hard punch, but it looked like it stopped an inch too short or something, and Marshall jumped up in the air, and landed flat on his face. Really weird knockout, but nice win for Manhoef I guess?
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 90.8
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