100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Ricky Musgrave - 92.7
2. Sam Oropeza - 92.4
3. Emanuel Newton - 91.9
4. David Rickels - 91.7
5. Marloes Coenen - 91.6
6. Alex Huddleston - 91.2
7. Daniel Gallemore - 91.2
8. Marcio Navarro - 91.2
9. Darrion Caldwell - 90.9
10. Dave Jansen - 90.3
Bellator 130: Newton vs. Vassell
Location: Mulvane, Kansas
Elevation: 1,234'
-Fight of the Night-
Emanuel Newton vs. Linton Vassell
Fighters & Matches 88.2
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 89.9
     These guys started this fight by trading a few kicks, and it immediately became apparent that they are two slow heavyweights. Bohi shot for a takedown a minute into the round, and Huddleston easily stuffed his slow shot. Huddleston wrestled his way into back control, and punched Bohi with a few big punches. Bohi spun around halfway through the round to pull guard. Huddleston worked his way behind Bohi again, Bohi turtled up, Huddleston unloaded with some big punches, and the referee eventually stopped the fight. That was a decent win for Alex Huddleston.
      These guys spent most of the first round trading sloppy strikes, with Derrow using his range to pick apart Jolly a little bit. He dropped him halfway through the round, but Jolly popped back up almost immediately, and then they clinched for a while. That wasn't a great round for either fighter, but it's pretty clear Derrow won the round.
     The second round looked like it was going to be a repeat of the first, until Jolly was able to score a body lock takedown one minute into the round. They eventually stood up, and Jolly took down Derrow again with around 90 seconds left in the round, but Derrow was able to wrap him up with an omoplata. Jolly secured a more dominant top guard position, where he was able to pound out Derrow for the final 30 seconds of the round. I scored that round for Jolly, and have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round mostly took place on the feet, with sloppy striking going both ways, with Derrow controlling most of the clinch positions. Jolly scored a takedown in the first 2 minutes, but wasn't able to hold down Derrow at all. It was a close round, but in the final 15 seconds, Derrow took down Jolly with a guillotine choke, got on top of him, and beat him up with some short bouncing slams on the ground, leading to a 29-28 decision for Derrow in my opinion. All 3 judges agreed, giving Derrow the unanimous decision victory.
      Caldwell shot in for a quick takedown, and beat up Dizy a little bit on the ground to start the first round. He then spent the entire round dominating Dizy on the ground with his wrestling control. Dizy sort of shot for a takedown in the second round, and got caught in a guillotine choke. Dizy was able to escape that, and pass through, but Caldwell eventually slipped out of the bottom position, and brought the fight back to the feet. They wrestled around like maniacs for a little while, with Caldwell ending the round with Dizy pinned up against the cage. Two rounds in the books for Caldwell. Caldwell took the fight to the ground again in the third round, looking for a rear-naked choke early in the round. He then spent the rest of the round, once again, dominating Dizy on the ground with his wrestling. WIth about 5 seconds left in the fight, Caldwell dropped a big elbow, leaving a bullet hole in the head of Dizy. Solid performance for Caldwell, showing off his wrestling skills for 15 minutes.
      Oropeza started this fight with a series of hard inside leg kicks. He looks like he's 2 feet taller than Tapusoa. They both traded leg kicks at a slow pace for the first 2 minutes of this fight, with Tapusoa diving in to try to land some punches every once in a while, but he was too short to get inside Oropeza's range. Oropeza grabbed Tapusoa's back 2 minutes into the round, he threw him to the ground, pinned him against the fence, unloaded with some big punches & elbows, and the referee eventually stepped in to stop the fight. That was another fantastic finish by Sam Oropeza.
      Gallemore started this fight with a big kick, and Selmani immediately took him to the ground, and pinned him against the fence. Selmani beat the shit out of Gallemore with some big punches & elbows for a couple of minutes, Gallemore worked his way back to his feet halfway through the round, and he finally started to throw some offense of his own, as they both just unloaded on each other with big bombs, and then Gallemore dropped Selmani with a knee, but Selmani stood back up and continued to clinch. Gallemore spun him around with 45 seconds left in the round, and continued to destroy Selmani with big punches & knees against the fence. That round was a hard round to score. Selmani probably won the round, but Gallemore definitely made a case for himself in the last couple of minutes.
     Selmani struggled for a tired looking takedown in the second round, and he finally dumped Gallemore to the ground 2 mintues into the round, landing in side control. Selmani slapped on a North-South choke halfway through the round, it looked like the fight might end, but Gallemore was able to slowly spin out of the choke. The referee stood them up with 90 seconds left in the round, and Selmani looked like he was about to pass out. Gallemore looked tired too, but he also looked somewhat determined. Gallemore threw a few big punches, Selmani just stood there like a heavy bag, and once he finally collapsed, the referee stepped in to stop the fight. That was a decent win for Gallemore, even though he REALLY needs to work on his cardio.
      Carrillo came out strong in the first round, blasting Navarro with some clean punches, Navarro shot for a takedown, and it was easily stuffed. Carillo continued to pick apart Navarro on the feet for a couple of minutes, and then Navarro knocked him down halfway through the round, beat him up on the ground for a few seconds, and then after an ugly scramble, they stood back up, and finished out the round beating the shit out of each other with ugly combinations. Carrillo looked more scrappy overall, so I gave the first round to Cody Carrillo. His face & mouth were busted up and bleeding though.
     Carrillo started strong in the second round, landing some nice combinations, until Navarro kicked him in the dick 2 minutes into the round. Once the fight started back up, Navarro turned it up a notch, stalking Carrillo around the cage, while beating him up with punches & kicks. Navarro tried to drag him to the ground in the final minute, but Carrillo stayed standing, so Navarro continued to stalk him, while picking him apart on the feet. Navarro nearly finished Carrillo at the end of the round with some heavy punches against the cage, but Carrillo was saved by the bell. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The second round was a bit of a brawl, until a minute in, where Navarro opened up and really started beating the shit out of Carrillo with some heavy shots. He backed off for a few seconds, and then 2 minutes into the round Navarro unloaded some heavy punches with Carrillo's back against the cage, Navarro dropped him with some punches, and finished him with some heavy punches on the ground. Great win for Marcio Navarro.
(Punches and Elbows)
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Wilk dumped Musgrave to the ground 45 seconds into the opening round. Wilk cranked on a guillotine choke 90 seconds into the round, but he didn't have his legs wrapped around Musgrave, so he wasn't able to get the proper torque to finish the submission. They stood up, Wilk ducked down for another takedown attempt, Musgrave was able to stay standing this time, and then he dropped Wilk with a big knee, and then unloaded with punches & elbows on the ground, forcing the referee to stop the fight around the halfway mark of the opening round. That was a decent fight, and a solid win for Ricky Musgrave.
      Hawn caught a kick and dropped Jansen with a punch early in the first round. Jansen stood right back up, and they continued to trade random strikes while hopping around the cage. They both looked a little too casual in the first round, moving around a lot, not really engaging as much as I would have liked, and whenever they did engage, they were throwing fluffy punches & kicks. I'll give the first round to Jansen, for being a little more aggressive overall, especially with his leg kicks, but it was a pretty slow first round.
     Hawn looked a lot more aggressive at the start of the second round, landing a lot of decent punch combinations in the first 90 seconds. After that, Jansen went back to chipping away at Hawn's legs with basic kicks for the rest of the round. I'll give that round to Hawn, just to keep it interesting, but that round really could have gone either way. By the end of the round, Jansen was chopping away at Hawn with a variety of kicks, as well as some straight forward boxing, so fuck it, I'm going to go back on what I said, and say Jansen is ahead, 2-0, going into the final round.
     The final round had both guys trading punches & kicks at a decent pace, with Jansen probably landing more often. This entire fight felt more like a sparring match than an actual fight, but even with that being said, I scored this fight 30-27 for Jansen, and for the most part, I think everyone agrees, giving Jansen the unanimous decision victory over a really tough fighter. I just wish that this fight would have been a little more exciting overall.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Coenen started this fight very aggressively, throwing a few punches, getting the clinch, and slamming Bucci to the ground. From there, Coenen climbed around to the back of Bucci, where she went for the rear-naked choke. Bucci escaped, and the last half of the round was basically a grind fest, with Coenen controlling most of the exchanges. The second round was more of the same, with Coenen closing the distance with punches, she got the fight to the ground, and she spent the entire round looking for various chokes. Bucci scored a few points with some basic ground & pound from inside the guard of Coenen, but I still think Coenen won both of the first two rounds. The third round started with another sloppy takedown from Coenen, she quickly move into position for the rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission in just under one minute of the third round. Nice win for Coenen, but it loses a little bit of steam, based on the fact that I've never even heard of Annalisa Bucci.
      Karl Etherington is basically a body builder. He looks strong as fuck, but he sucks at fighting. Lashley isn't much better really. These guys clinched, Etherington threw a knee to Lashley's balls, Etherington slipped, fell to the ground, Lashley jumped on him and punched him a few times, and then the referee stopped the fight. Lame fight overall. I'm getting kind of bored with these squash matches that they keep giving Lashley.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      This was a pretty good fight. Vassell wrestled the shit out of Newton for the first round, taking him down, and even getting his back where he almost locked on a rear-naked choke at one point. The round ended with Vassell mounting Newton, and looking for another choke, and Newton reversed positions with a few seconds left in the round. Newton slammed Vassell to start the second round, and Vassell immediately started looking for a guillotine, and then a Kimura, which it really looked like he was cranking, which allowed him to get the full mount. Newton was able to slip out the back door, and showed some decent wrestling of his own, but I still think Vassell did enough to win both of the first two rounds. By the end of the second round, Vassell was riding Newton's back, looking for his third straight win via rear-naked choke, but Newton did a really good job defending all of the submissions, and once again, Newton ended the round on top. Vassell was slowing down in the third round, and Newton wrestled the shit out of him, getting top position, and beating up Vassell while Vassell tried in vain for a Kimura. Vassell spent the last minute of the round in top position, but I don't know if it was enough to steal the round from Newton. Newton dominated Vassell with his wrestling in the fourth round, even though they both looked tired, Newton refused to let up on him, and he just grappled the shit out of him for the duration of the round. Vaseell shot in for a takedown to start the final round, but Newton did a good job defending it, he ended up on the back of Vassell, and he finished the fight via rear-naked choke within the first minute of the fifth round. Really good fight overall, and awesome win for Emanuel Newton.
      Ramos looks like a character from a Punch-Out! game. He's kind of buff, he has a determined face, and he moves around almost like he's dancing, and he knocked down Rickels in the first minute of the opening round, and beat him up on the ground for a little while, as Rickels was scrambling around to try to get back to his feet. Ramos wouldn't let him get up though, as Ramos moved to side control, and continued to outwork Rickels on the ground. Ramos accidentally landed a headbutt, and that was enough to give Rickels reason to scramble back to his feet, as his left eyebrow was cut open pretty badly. I'm not sure if the cut was from the headbutt or an elbow, but either way, Rickels eyebrow was jacked. They spent the last half of the round hopping around without much action. The final 30 seconds turned into a wild brawl, but round one has to go to Ramos, based on the damage done in the first half of the round.
     These guys spent the first 90 seconds in the second round trading strikes at a decent clip, with Rickels in control fo the striking, but Ramos took him down again. Rickels tried to scramble back to his feet, and Ramos grabbed his back. Rickels shook him off, and then dropped some punches & elbows from inside Ramos's guard. Rickels spent the rest of the round beating the shit out of Ramos on the ground, leaving the score all tied up going into the final round.
     Ramos started the final round by shooting for a takedown, but Rickels stuffed it, ended up on top, and went back to beating up Ramos on the ground with big punches. The rest of the round was full of Rickels working his ground & pound to a very clear 29-28 unanimous decision victory. Solid performance by David Rickels.