100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. George Pacurariu - 92.8
2. Klayton Mai - 92.0
3. Ryan Couture - 92.0
4. Rashad Coulter - 91.9
5. Marcos Galvao - 91.2
6. Emmanuel Sanchez - 91.0
7. Stephen Banaszak - 90.9
8. L.C. Davis - 90.4
9. Francis Carmont - 90.3
10. Guilherme Viana - 89.7
Bellator 135: Warren vs. Galvao
Location: Thackerville, Oklahoma
Elevation: 866'
-Fight of the Night-
Marcos Galvao vs. Joe Warren
Fighters & Matches 87.9
Top 10 Fighters 91.2
TOTAL 89.6
(Scarf Hold Armlock)
     These guys traded some random punches & kicks at a fairly even pace for the first 2 minutes of the opening round. Neither fighter wanted to commit to anything too serious, so it mostly looked like a kickboxing sparring match. They clinched halfway through the round, and Pacurariu threw Cole to the ground with an amazing looking head & arm throw. Pacurariu immediately locked on a scarf hold armlock, he punched him in the head a few times, he locked Cole's arm between his legs, and I'm pretty sure he broke his arm. That was a fantastic performance by George Pacurariu. I've never heard of him, but I'm looking forward to seeing him fight again in the near future.
(Neck Crank)
      These guys circled around each other for 15 seconds or so, and then Mai went for the flying guillotine choke. Siller walked him toward the fence, and then slammed the shit out of him, but Mai refused to let go of the choke. Mai looked like he was giving the guillotine everything he had, but he had to let it go one minute into the round, so Siller quickly popped back up to his feet. They threw a few punches, Mai ducked under a few, and took Siller to the ground 90 seconds into the round. Mai tried to work some ground & pound, Siller went for an armbar from his guard, Mai pulled out of it and stood up. He threw a few punches, jumped on top of Siller, Siller turtled up, Mai continued to punch him in the side of the head, and then he took his back, locked on a neck crank, and finished the fight by submission with a minute left in the opening round. That was a really solid performance by Klayton Mai.
      These guys traded some random punches & kicks to start the opening round, but they weren't really connecting with most of their shots. Banaszak rushed in head first 90 seconds into the round, Mitchell slapped on a standing guillotine choke, but he eventually let it go, and then he dropped Banaszak with a punch. He let him stand back up, and they reset, and went back to trading random strikes. Mitchell threw a few solid kicks, he slipped, and Banaszak tried to catch him in a guillotine, but that went nowhere, so they just clinched for a while, with Mitchell pressing Banaszak against the fence. They traded a few more strikes, continued to scramble around in a variety of clinch positions, and the round eventually ended. I have no idea who won that round.
     The second round was more of the same, with both guys trading some sloppy strikes, a lot of sloppy clinch work was happening, and Mitchell was pressuring Banaszak for the most part, but neither fighter was doing a ton of damage. Mitchell pressed Banaszak against the fence, and Banaszak pulled guard, and immediately slapped on an Omoplata. They scrambled around wildly for a few seconds, but Banaszak had the shoulder lock in deep. They stayed in that position for a while, Banaszak continued to apply pressure, and Mitchell eventually was forced to submit. That was a solid performance by Stephen Banaszak.
      Ewing plowed forward while throwing big punches, and then he took Nail down inside the first 30 seconds of the opening round. He beat up Nail for a couple of minutes, and then the referee stood them up with 2 minutes left in the round. Ewing took Nail down again, until the end of the round. Ewing took down Nail again, 30 seconds into the second round. Nail swept him, and then Ewing swept him, and then Nail swept him, etc... That basically went on for the duration of the fight, with Ewing outworking Nail, mostly with takedowns & grinding. I scored the fight 30-27 for Ewing, and all 3 judges basically agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Holden pressed Roman against the fence, and then took him down a minute into the first round. They traded top control a couple of times, but for the most part, Holden spent more time on top, so I gave the first round to Holden. He even finished the round with a rear-naked choke attempt. The second round was more of the same, with Holden taking Roman down 30 seconds into the round, and he continued to grind on him until the end of the round. I have Holden ahead 20-18 going into the final round. The final round was the same story, with Holden taking down Roman 30 seconds into the round, and he beat him up against the fence until the end of the round. This was a clear 30-27 for Holden, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      Sanchez did a good job in the first round beating up Villalobos with his boxing, showing decent footwork, and landing some decent shots. He knocked Villalobos to the ground, where he pounded on him a little bit while standing above him, and then with about a minute left in the round, Sanchez grabbed his back and went for the rear-naked choke, transitioned into a triangle choke, and then an armbar, and then time ran out. The second round was a little closer, with both guys standing & trading, but Sanchez knocked Villalobos to the ground with a right hand late in the round, ended up on top, where he pounded on Villalobos for the final 20 seconds or so. The first two rounds go to Sanchez. Sanchez threw a spinning heel kick at the start of the third round, he missed, and Villalobos was able to take him to the ground. Villalobos controlled the first half of the round, and then he went for Sanchez's back, and Sanchez rolled out of it, ending up on top. They stood back up, and Villalobos hit Sanchez with a knee, knocking him to the floor, and Villalobos followed it up with some ground & pound. Sanchez ended the fight in top position, dropping elbows, but I think he still lost the round. In the end, I scored the fight 29-28 for Sanchez, and all 3 judges agreed for the most part, with one judge giving Sanchez all 3 rounds.
(Knee and Punches)
      O'Neal started this fight by circling around the outside, while Coulter held the center of the cage. O'Neal shot for a sloppy takedown, Coulter stuffed the shot, so they clinched, and O'Neal pressed him against the fence. They split up one minute into the round, and Coulter unloaded on O'Neal with some big punches and some hard knees. O'Neal fired back a few seconds later, and then Coulter blasted him with some big punches again, dropped him with a heavy knee to the body, and punched him a few more times before the referee could stop the fight. That was a solid one-sided beating delivered by Rashad Coulter in his Bellator debut.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Couture clinched early in the first round, pressed Cochrane against the fence, and basically just held him there for a minute or so, until Cochrane spun him around and took him to the ground with a slick double leg. Couture scrambled back to his feet a few seconds later, Cochrane punched him in the face a few times, and then Cochrane shot for another takedown, but Couture stuffed this one, and quickly took Cochrane's back around the halfway mark of the opening round. They continued to battle for a little bit, but it was only a matter of another minute or so before Couture was able to finish the fight via submission with around 90 seconds left in the opening round. Great submission victory for Ryan Couture. The rear-naked choke seems to be his go-to way of finishing fights at this point. I would like to see him improve his striking skills at some point, but for now, the wrestling + rear-naked choke offense seems to be working decently well.
      At one point I thought Francis Carmont was one of the top middleweight fighters in the UFC, but once he started taking on top competition, he lost 3 in a row, and then got fired. So here he is, making his Bellator debut, moving up to 205, and he really should be able to walk through most guys in Bellator, as long as he handles the weight increase well. I have no idea who Guilherme Viana is, so this really should be an easy win for Carmont. With that being said, the first round was basically a boxing match, and I don't feel like either fighter really looked very good in the first round. 10-10 round. The second round was another basic boxing match, with Carmont winning the round, by landing a few more strikes, and shooting for a takedown. He really turned it up in the final 90 seconds, and basically beat the shit out of Viana, both on the feet, and with some ground & pound. Viana came out swinging in the third round, looking pretty decent, but Carmont was still able to take him to the ground. Viana went for a Kimura, used that to sweep Carmont, he got on his back, and went for a rear-naked choke. Viana won the third round with his superior grappling. In the end, this fight comes down to how you scored the first round, and since nothing happened in the first round, I would have scored this fight a draw. The judges ended up giving the fight to Carmont, 29-28 across the board.
      The first round had both guys dancing around a lot, mostly boxing with each other, and I thought Davis was slightly more aggressive, and landed the better shots, so I scored the first round for Davis, but it was a close round. The second round had a couple minutes of boxing, with Davis working his magic on the feet, and then he knocked down Tokoro, Tokoro went for a leg lock, they stood back up, and Davis pressed Tokoro against the fence. I have Davis ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but this fight is pretty close so far. The final round was more of the same, until Tokoro blasted Davis with an upkick, while Davis was on the ground, so the referee gave Tokoro a stern warning for the illegal kick. When the fight started back up, they continued to box with each other for a while, they clinched some more, and I never felt like there was a moment where Davis wasn't mostly in control. For that reason, I scored this fight 30-27 for Davis, but the judges were split, giving the split-decision victory to L.C. Davis. Tokoro had a few nice submission attempts, but I didn't think those were enough to make up for the wrestling & boxing of Davis.
      These guys clinched early, and then Warren took down Galvao 40 seconds into the opening round. Galvao almost immediately swept him, ending up on top. They stood up, and continued to trade places in the clinch for a while, until Warren grabbed Galvao's back, and dumped him to the ground. They stood back up and traded a few random strikes before the end of the round. Round one goes to Warren for his wrestling.
     The second round started with Warren trying to grab Galvao's back again, he went for a takedown, Galvao rolled forward, slapped on a kneebar, Warren tried to power out of it, but eventually Galvao cranked it, Warren screamed out in pain, and the referee stopped the fight by submission. Warren argued the stoppage, but I mean, the dude literally screamed like a girl (not talking shit, that's just what it souned like), and I think any referee in their right mind would have stopped that fight. Great submission victory for Marcos Galvao.