(10/10/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Alexander Sarnavskiy - 92.8
2. Brandon Seyler - 92.3
3. Emmanuel Sanchez - 92.1
4. Jason Butcher - 91.3
5. Michael Page - 90.9
6. Emiliano Sordi - 90.8
7. John Teixeira da Conceicao - 90.5
8. Joe Warren - 90.4
9. Cortez Coleman - 90.3
10. Scott Cleve - 90.0
Bellator 128: Walker vs. Thomison
Location: Thackerville, Oklahoma
Elevation: 866'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Joe Warren vs. Eduardo Dantas
89.3
Fighters & Matches 88.1
Top 10 Fighters 91.1
TOTAL 89.6
88.3
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:25
     These guys were hopping around, trading kicks for the first 20 seconds or so, and then Seyler clinched, and took Cade to the ground, slamming him a couple of times, refusing to let go. After a few takedowns, he ended up inside Cade's guard, against the cage. Cade stood up one more time, and Seyler slammed him, grabbed his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission, halfway through the first round. Solid Bellator debut for Brandon Seyler.
86.8
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
8:38
      The first round was more of a warm up, with both guys trading a few strikes, but mostly just testing the water. I thought Gary was landing the slightly harder kicks, and therefore, I scored the round for Jonathan Gary. It wasn't a very eventful round though. The second round started the same way, with both guys trading lazy strikes, until Cottrell rocked Gary a minute into the round, and then he took him to the ground, and grabbed his back. From there, Cottrell landed some decent punches, while working for a choke, and Gary looked like a fish out of water on the ground. He struggled to get back up, falling head first into a tight guillotine choke, which Cottrell wrapped him up in with both legs, mounting Gary by the cage, and Gary was forced to tap. Solid win for Cottrell, but a very slow start by both fighters.
87.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Cleve started this fight with a quick little takedown, but he wasn't able to hold Teixeira down for long. Teixeira beat up Cleve a little bit while standing, and then Cleve took him to the ground again. I gave the first round to Cleve based on the takedowns, but you could have given the fight to Teixeira for the striking. The second round took place standing, so I scored that round for Teixeira, again, based on his striking. The final round took place standing as well, and again, I thought Teixeira was winning the round, but Cleve sort of got a takedown around the halfway mark, and beat up Teixeira a little bit. In the end, this fight really could have gone either way. I guess if I HAD to choose, I might score the fight for Cleve? But two of the judges gave the fight to Teixeira, so he wins via split-decision.
88.8
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:18
      Banaszak knocked Sanchez down early with a low kick, they both went to the ground, and started scrambling like crazy. Sanchez ended up on Banaszak's back, but they got back to their feet. They continued to trade strikes for a minute or so, and then Sanchez jumped on Banaszak's back again, where he finished the fight via rear-naked choke a couple of minutes into the first round. Nice Bellator debut for Emmanuel Sanchez.
88.1
TKO
(Punches)
5:28
      Butcher came out swinging, and Michailidis was basically running away, trying to avoid Butcher's onslaught of strikes. They clinched 30 seconds into the opening round, and they exchanged some really sloppy punches, and Butcher dropped Michailidis, he beat him up on the ground, they both stood back up, traded some sloppy punches again, and Michailidis dropped Butcher, and pinned him against the fence. Butcher rolled around, trying to setup a kneebar, but Michailidis did a good job keeping top control, as he passed to side control 90 seconds into the first round. Michailidis just spent the last half of the round grinding away from a variety of top positions, without really doing much actual damage. Butcher swept Michailidis with 20 seconds left in the round, he landed in full mount, and threw a brutal elbow that cut Michailidis's left eye open. I was going to say that round would have to go to Michailidis based on his grappling, but that one elbow did more damage than anything else in the round, so I'm giving the first round to Jason Butcher.
      Butcher came out working his boxing to start the second round, Michailidis threw a spinning back kick, and he dropped himself with it. Butcher jumped on him, took his back, punched him in the head repeatedly, and the fight was stopped. I'm not really sure what happened there, but Michailidis clearly wanted out of that fight, and Butcher opened the door for him, and threw him out in 28 seconds of the second round. That was a really decent fight, and a solid win for Jason Butcher.
86.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few random strikes to start the first round, and then Coleman dropped Florentino 40 seconds into the round with a big left hand. He followed that up with some big punch combinations, as Florentino tried to work his way back to his feet and out of the clinch. They reset 90 seconds into the round, and went back to trading random strikes. Coleman continued to beat up Florentino with some dirty boxing until the end of the round. I scored the first round for Coleman, based mostly on the knockdown.
     The second round had both guys trading punches at a fairly even pace, with Coleman probably delivering the harder shots. Florentino kicked him in the dick with 2 minutes left in the round. When the fight started back up, Coleman blasted Florentino with some decent punches. Florentino kept the second round close by using his range, but Coleman dropped him with 45 seconds left in the round, so that might have been enough to win the round for Coleman.
     The final round started with 90 seconds of close striking, before Coleman clinched and dumped Florentino to the ground near the fence. Coleman spent the rest of the round beating up Florentino with punches & elbows from half mount, leading to a pretty clear cut 29-28 decision for Coleman, if not 30-27, depending on how you score the second round. All 3 judges agreed, giving Coleman the unanimous decision victory.
87.3
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
0:58
      That was a pretty quick fight. Bubba looked confident while standing, until he got punched, at which point there was a scramble, the fight went to the ground, Sordi went for a guillotine choke, adjusted his legs a few times until he got Bubba in his full guard, and then he forced to submission, in just under one minute of the first round. Nice Bellator debut for Emiliano Sordi.
89.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:32
      Sarnavskiy looked aggressive at the start of this fight, as he was pressuring Cochrane toward the fence with some strikes, but Cochrane clinched, and they had a solid battle with knees and dirty boxing for a minute or so. Cochrane shot for a takedown one minute into the round, but Sarnavskiy stuffed it. Sarnavskiy pulled away 2 minutes into the round, he slaughtered Cochrane with some brutal punches & a flying knee, he dropped Cochrane, grabbed his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission around the halfway mark of the opening round. Great performance by Alexander "Tiger" Sarnavskiy.
88.5
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty entertaining fight, with Page showing off his flashy striking, while defending well with his fancy footwork. Nah-Shon Burrell did a good job keeping up the pressure though, never really backing down from Page. The striking was surprisingly even in this fight, but when it came to the grappling exchanges, I thought Page showed a slightly better offense. The entire fight was pretty even though, and Burrell secured a takedown near the end of the final round, but he wasn't able to do anything with it, and Page was able to walk up the wall to get back to his feet. Close fight, but I ended up giving all 3 rounds to Michael Page, and all 3 judges agreed.
89.3
Decision
25:00
      The first round started with both guys clinching, with Warren pressing Dantas against the cage. They traded positions a few times, but not a lot of damage was dealt in either direction. Warren finally slammed Dantas and took his back in the final minute of the round, which was enough to score the round for Warren.
     Dantas landed some decent strikes to start the second round, Warren took him down & grabbed his back again, but only for a few seconds. Dantas stood back up, and then took Warren down against the cage, immediately moving to full mount. Dantas was pretty clearly hooking the cage with his fingers. Once the referee noticed, Dantas was no longer able to hold Warren down. They stood back up and battled on the feet for the rest of the round, with Dantas probably landing the better strikes, while stuffing Warren's takedown attempts. I scored that round for Dantas.
     Warren scored a takedown one minute into the third round. Dantas was trying to find some offense from his guard, while Warren was beating him up, and controlling him with his wrestling. Warren did a really good job either staying on top, or clinging to the back of Dantas for the duration of the round. I have Warren ahead, 2-1, going into the fourth round.
     The fourth round was similar to the second, with Dantas scoring with some decent strikes, and he was also able to hold his own on the ground with Warren, reversing him whenever Warren would try to get him in a bad position. Warren spent most of the round shooting for desperate takedowns, while Dantas spent most of the round showing solid wrestling defense, as well as some decent offense. I have the fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Warren took down Dantas early in the fifth round, where he was able to land some decent punches & elbows. Dantas was working toward a triangle, but Warren slipped out of that, and continued to grind Dantas into the ground. There was an awkward scramble, where they were both basically standing on their heads against the cage, and Warren kicked Dantas in the face, which was illegal due to the position. The kick also opened up a cut on Dantas's right eye. Once the fight started back up, Warren went right back to his wrestling, throwing Dantas to the round repeatedly from the back clinch. Warren tried to go for a choke, and Dantas slipped out the backdoor, and then took Warren's back for a second, but Warren spun out of that, and ended up back on top. They stood back up with 90 seconds left in the fight, and Warren continued to grind on Dantas leading to a 48-47 unanimous decision across the board. Really good competitive fight for the full 25 minutes.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
KO
(Head Kick)
9:59
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.6
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