(2/13/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Chris Honeycutt - 92.8
2. Alexander Shlemenko - 92.2
3. Blake Watkins - 92.1
4. Paul Ruiz - 91.3
5. Julia Budd - 91.0
6. Daniel Weichel - 90.3
7. Emilio Chavez - 90.1
8. Melvin Manhoef - 89.7
9. Pat Curran - 89.3
10. Gabrielle Holloway - 87.9
Bellator 133: Manhoef vs. Shlemenko
Location: Fresno, California
Elevation: 308'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Alexander Shlemenko vs. Melvin Manhoef
90.4
Fighters & Matches 88.4
Top 10 Fighters 90.7
TOTAL 89.6
88.0
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
0:43
     Nick Sperling shot in for an early takedown, and Ruiz locked on a tight guillotine choke, and a few seconds later, Sperling tapped out. Another quick victory for Paul Ruiz. His last fight wasn't very impressive, but this one marks two finishes in under 90 seconds for Paul Ruiz in Bellator. It's also worth noting that he was limping at the end of the fight for some reason though, so that sucks.
88.6
KO
(Punches)
0:55
      These guys both came out swinging kind of recklessly, until Watkins blasted Zuniga with a few hard shots, knocking him to the ground, where he was able to knock him unconscious with some hard punches, leaving him laying flat on his face. Really solid showing for Blake Watkins.
85.6
Decision
15:00
      Arciniega almost looked nervous in this fight or something, he was throwing sloppy stuff, and not really connecting with much. Chavez wins the first round by outstriking him, and avoiding any real damage. The second round started the same way until Chavez got the clinch and gently slammed Arciniega to the ground. He pounded on him a little bit down there, but they eventually stood back up. Arciniega tried to score some points from the clinch, but it wasn't happening. Chavez is ahead 2-0 going into the final round. The final round started, and Chavez ducked under a punch, taking Arciniega to the ground. Arciniega tried to secure a guillotine, but he only had half guard, so it wasn't going anywhere. Chavez eventually broke through that, and finished out the round with some basic ground & pound, while controlling Arciniega on the ground. Decent victory for Chavez, but not a great fight overall.
89.4
TKO
(Punches to the Body)
14:16
      Chris Honeycutt is back for his second Bellator fight, and he continues to display that gorilla style of fighting, where he just slams guys down, and beats the shit out of them, while they turtle up, and pray for a stoppage. This fight was no different, with Honeycutt securing takedowns in every round, and beating the shit out of MacFarlane with some hard shots, and eventually, in the third round, he was on MacFarlane's back, punching his body with massive punches, and MacFarlane wasn't even trying to escape, he was just laying there waiting for the referee to stop it. So... Yeah... Awesome performance by Chris Honeycutt.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      Holloway took this fight on 10 days notice (or something like that), and she's facing one of the best female featherweight fighters in the world, so I don't think anyone actually expected her to stand a chance here, but it's noteworthy that she at least lasted 15 minutes with Julia Budd. The first round had Budd bullying Holloway, taking her to the ground, and hitting her. The second round was more of the same, but Budd took it to the next level, taking Holloway down again, and hitting her with even harder punches & knees this round. The third round featured a really nice headlock throw, where Holloway finally got Budd to the ground, but it didn't take long for Budd to wrestle her way out of it, getting back on top, where she bullied Holloway for the rest of the round. Nice win for Budd, but I would have liked to see her try a LITTLE bit harder to finish Holloway, considering Holloway showed up on 10 days notice, and didn't REALLY have much offense at all.
88.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was pretty much a striking match, with Weichel kicking the legs out from under Curran a couple of times. The boxing was pretty even, but Weichel dealt the better kicks. The second round was pretty close, with Weichel showing slightly better striking than Curran, but Curran probably stole that round with a big takedown in the final 90 seconds. Weichel was looking pretty tired in the final round, but he was still more aggressive, constantly moving forward, and throwing more strikes. Curran didn't really do much of anything in that final round, so I ended up giving the fight to Weichel, 29-28, and I thought he won the fight pretty clearly, but for some reason one judge gave the fight to Curran. Still, Weichel wins the fight via split-decision in a fairly competitive 15 minute battle.
90.4
No Contest
6:25
      The first round of this fight was a pretty wild back & forth brawl, with both guys throwing a lot of spinning stuff, and hard shots, and crazy angles, etc... Shlemenko wins the first round by being slightly more active with his striking. The second round was more of the same, until Shlemenko landed a spinning backfist, which knocked Manhoef on his ass, where Shlemenko followed up with some punches on the ground to finish the fight early in the second round. Really nice victory for Alexander Shlemenko. It's just too bad that it was overturned, into a No Contest, due to Shlemenko's use of steroids. I'm still going to give him the victory points though, because he clearly didn't lose this fight.
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
1:02
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
7:40
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
0:55
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Armbar)
5:35
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.6
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