(10/17/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Anthony Smith - 92.1
2. Michael McBride - 91.8
3. Joe Vedepo - 91.7
4. Martin Brown - 90.7
5. Houston Alexander - 90.7
6. Victor Moreno - 90.2
7. Paul Bradley - 90.0
8. John DeVall - 89.9
9. Virgil Zwicker - 89.7
10. Jozette Cotton - 89.6
Bellator 129: Bradley vs. Neer
Location: Council Bluffs, Iowa
Elevation: 1,089'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Anthony Smith vs. Brian Green
88.9
Fighters & Matches 85.8
Top 10 Fighters 90.6
TOTAL 88.2
86.0
Decision
15:00
     The first round had both guys basically just boxing with each other, and Moreno was able to use his range to pick apart Marquez from distance, while Marquez had some trouble getting inside close enough to really land anything worthwhile. Round one goes to Moreno. The second round was more of the same, with Moreno using his long punches to pick apart Marquez, while Marquez tried to close the distance. Marquez landed some solid leg kicks, but they weren't enough to make up for all of the punch combinations Moreno was throwing. I have Moreno ahead 20-18 going into the final round. The last round was more of the same, leading to a 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Victor Moreno.
88.9
Decision
15:00
      Brian Green looked like a smaller, chubby little version of Matt Hamill, and he looked gassed halfway through the first round. Anthony Smith on the other hand, basically beat the shit out of him, slaughtering him with a wide variety of kicks, punches, and some hard knees from the clinch. The first round left Smith looking like a Champion, and Green looked like a punching bag. In the final minute of the round, Green had a moment where he beat the shit out of Smith with a series of punches, but Smith covered up, defending really well. The second round had Smith absolutely slaughtering Green, brutally beating him on the feet, and also knocking him to the ground, and beating him up on the ground, as blood filled Green's eye sockets like a couple of little ponds. After beating the fuck out of him for 4 minutes, Smith took a minute while inside Green's guard, to slap & massage Green's ass, which pissed off Green, so he got some payback by throwing a few hard elbows up at the face of Smith. Still, that was a very clear round for Smith, leaving Green a bloody mess heading into the final round. Green came out throwing some bombs in the final round, but Smith took him right back down to the ground. After spending half the round in top position, Smith started to talk a little too much shit, and Green flipped him over and beat him up for a few seconds. It didn't take long for Smith to put him on his back again. Green wasted a good portion of the round asking the referee to stand them back up, as Smith continued to dominate him on the ground. So yeah, Anthony Smith won this fight, 30-26 on most scorecards. One judge gave a round to Green for some reason, but yeah, nice one-sided ass beating delivered by Smith, both on the feet AND on the ground. In the final seconds of the final round, Green took out his mouthpiece, and started talking to the camera, complaining that Smith is a kickboxers, and he just laid on him the entire fight. Green's face was FUCKED UP though, with cuts all over the place, so... Yeah...
84.8
Decision
15:00
      Cotton spent this entire fight, walking around in the gangsta "Come at me bro" pose, while walking towards Lawson, throwing random punches, with her chin high up in the air, and her hands down by her sides. The problem is, Lawson just didn't come to fight at all. She looked terrified of Cotton. By the third round, Cotton had already won two rounds standing, and then she took Lawson down in the third round, and beat her up with some ground & pound. I wasn't really into this fight at all, but Cotton was the clear winner, and all 3 judges agreed with that decision.
87.5
KO
(Punches)
5:42
      Corley came out trying to throw some slick leg kicks, but Brown quickly countered with some power punches. Corley tripped Brown for a second with a leg kick, but Brown popped right back up. They traded a few more strikes, with Corley throwing almost all leg kicks, and Brown only throwing punches. They eventually clinched, and Brown took Corley to the ground 2 minutes into the round. Not a lot happened on the ground, so they stood back up, and continued to trade the same strikes. They clinched again, and Brown took Corley down again with 90 seconds left in the opening round. I scored that round for Brown, based mostly on the takedowns, even though he didn't really do anything on the ground. The standup was fairly even, with maybe a slight edge going to Corley.
     Corley continued to show some decent kicks in the second round, but he got blasted by some hard punches, which allowed Brown to take him to the ground, landing in side control this time. Brown quickly moved to full mount, he postured up, dropped 3 massive punches, and knocked Corley the fuck out. Fantastic finish for Brown in his third Bellator appearance, bringing him up to a record of 2-1 in Bellator.
87.3
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:32
      McBride threw a kick in the first 10 seconds, Morris caught it, and took him to the ground immediately, landing inside McBride's guard. Morris beat up McBride with some short punches for a couple of minutes, but not a lot was happening on the ground. McBride finally fought his way back to his feet halfway through the round, and then shot for a takedown of his own against the fence. McBride postured up, landed a few decent strikes, passed to full mount, Morris gave up his back, McBride continued to pound on him with punches, until he was able to lock on the rear-naked choke for the submission victory with around 30 seconds left in the opening round. Solid Bellator debut for Michael McBride.
79.0
TKO
(Elbows)
4:11
      These guys started this fight with a prayer. They hugged (literally) in the center of the cage, patted each other on the back, and said "Let's do this buddy boy." Bazer then slapped on a schoolyard headlock, pulled Howser to the ground, Howser took his back, postured up, and blasted Bazer with a big elbow to the side of the head before digging in to setup a rear-naked choke. Bazer eventually spun around into Howser's guard, pressed him against the fence, he showed some of the worst top position grappling I've ever seen, Howser started to setup a triangle, threw a couple of halfway decent elbows from his guard, and then Bazer just randomly looked up at the referee and said "Hey bro, I'm done. I want to go eat some vegan soup." This fight was fucking stupid. Tim Bazer is one of the worst fighters I've ever seen. Eric Howser isn't much better, as it looked like Bazer practically threw this fight. After the fight was stopped, Bazer pointed at the camera and winked. Fuck that bullshit, this fight was meaningless.
85.8
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
4:40
      These guys traded a few random strikes, DeVall got too close, and Lane dumped him to the ground one minute into the opening round. DeVall tied up Lane on the ground, they both traded a few punches, but neither fighter could get much momentum going, due to the way DeVall had lane wrapped up. DeVall went for a triangle choke with 2 minutes left in the round, but Lane was able to shake him off. He settled back into his guard again, DeVall locked on another triangle choke, this one was tight, and Lane was forced to submit with 20 seconds remaining in the opening round. As soon as the referee stopped the fight, Lane complained that he never tapped, but he VERY CLEARLY tapped, so yeah, good win for John DeVall.
87.7
TKO
(Punches)
12:27
      Vedepo was more active than Clark in this fight, beating him up on the feet with strikes, and he also took him to the ground, and dominated him on the ground, getting his back in the first round, where Clark's only defense was to try to hold onto Vedepo's arms for dear life. The second round was more of the same, with Vedepo dominating Clark on the ground, this time going for a mounted guillotine choke, and beating up Clark against the cage. After dominating him for the entire round, Vedepo ended up on Clark's back again by the end of the round, looking for the rear-naked choke. Again, the third round had Vedepo taking Clark to the ground, absolutely dominating him, mounting his back, looking for the rear-naked choke, and he finished the fight by just pounding on the head of Clark, until the referee decided to stop the fight to save Clark. Terrible showing by Clark, but really solid ass beating delivered by Vedepo.
85.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys both traded punches & kicks at a moderate pace for the duration of the opening round. It was a fairly close round for the most part, but Santos landed the cleaner & harder shots, so I scored the first round for Santos. The second round was more of the same, with Santos outboxing Terry, and he also sort of scored a takedown 90 seconds into the round, but Terry stood back up immediately. The third round was more of the same, and in the end, I scored this fight 30-28 for Andre Santos, and all 3 judges basically agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory. The second round could have maybe gone either way, but the other two rounds were pretty safely in the bag for Santos.
87.1
Draw
(Majority)
15:00
      Zwicker started this fight with a high kick, Alexander caught it, threw some punches, and took Zwicker to the ground early in the first round, landing inside his guard. Zwicker tried to stand up, and Alexander just yanked him back down to the ground, and continued to beat him up for the duration of the first round with some decent punches on the ground. Alexander ended up throwing a headbutt, which caused the referee to stand them up, as he gave Alexander a firm warning. Nothing noteworthy happened for the rest of the round.
     The second round took place mostly on the feet, with Zwicker doing a decent job landing some big shots, but they both looked absolutely exhausted going into the second round. Alexander took down Zwicker with 2 minutes left in the round, and pressed him into the fence from half mount. Alexander wasn't doing a ton of damage, but I thought he was well on his way to stealing the round, until Zwicker stood back up with 10 seconds left, he blasted Alexander with a massive knee to the chin, and then took him down to finish the round, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round. If you count the first 10 minutes as one round though, I would say Alexander won the first 10 minutes based on control.
     Alexander took down Zwicker early in the final round with a body lock counter to a spinning backfist, and beat up Zwicker with some short punches for a few seconds, before throwing another brutal headbutt to Zwicker's chin, which caused the referee to take a point from Alexander. When the fight started back up, they went back to trading tired punch combinations. Alexander took Zwicker down again 2 minutes into the round, and continued to beat up Zwicker on the ground until the end of the fight. In the end, this fight should technically be a draw, but if you're willing to overlook the headbutts, then Alexander clearly won at least two rounds, if not all three, so in the end, I'm giving Alexander the victory points since I hate draws.
84.3
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a couple of strikes, and then Bradley scored a takedown 30 seconds into the opening round, pinning Neer in the center of the cage. Neer threw some decent elbows from his guard, while Bradley cut him open with shots from the top. Neer tried to throw up a triangle choke with 90 seconds left in the round, but Bradley just pushed his legs to the side and passed to half mount, and continued to beat him up. Round one goes to Paul Bradley.
      The second round started with Bradley scoring another takedown 20 seconds into the round, he pressed Neer against the fence, and continued to chip away at him with short shots. Neer was clearly getting frustrated from having Bradley grind all over him, but if you don't like the position, then you need to practice getting back to your feet, right? Bradley spent pretty much the entire round beating up Neer on the ground. I have Bradley ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
      Bradley threw some decent punches to start the final round, and this was Neer's chance to NOT be on the ground, but all he did was walk forward and absorb strikes. Need used to be super dangerous, but he seems to have lost his love for the sport or something. Bradley took him down again 90 seconds into the final round, and continued to chip away at Neer with short strikes, leading to the 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Paul Bradley.
OVERALL 88.2
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