(4/10/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Marcin Held - 93.0
2. A.J. McKee - 91.8
3. Saad Awad - 91.4
4. Chad George - 91.3
5. Joey Beltran - 91.2
6. Tony Johnson - 91.1
7. Will Brooks - 90.9
8. Brian Rogers - 90.8
9. John Teixeira da Conceicao - 90.0
10. Rafael Carvalho - 89.9
Bellator 136: Brooks vs. Jansen
Location: Irvine, California
Elevation: 56'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Marcin Held vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy
90.6
Fighters & Matches 88.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.1
TOTAL 89.8
88.0
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     The first round had Teixeira picking apart Silva with his striking, and I thought he did enough to win the round. Silva sort of went for a leg lock of some sort at one point, but it wasn't even to make up for the rest of the round. Teixeira continued to beat up Silva for most of the second round, chasing him down, and hitting him with combinations. Silva spent way too much time looking to throw counters, and he wasn't landing enough of them. Teixeira slammed Silva to the ground late in the second round. Silva finally shot in for a takedown about halfway through the third round, and scored some points with that. They got back up, and Silva threw Teixeira back down to the ground again. By the end of the fight, I thought this was a pretty clear 29-28 decision for Teixeira. Most people would agree I think, but one judge gave the fight to Silva for some reason. This marks the third split-decision fight in a row for Teixeira inside the Bellator cage. If he doesn't like these close decisions, he should really try harder to finish his opponents.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round was one of those "throw a strike once every 15 seconds" rounds, with neither guy really landing significantly more than the other. Every time one guy would land a solid shot, the other guy would counter with an attack with similar value. If I had to pick a winner, I'd probably give that first round to Awad, but not for any real noteworthy reason. The second round had a lot more aggression going on, with Awad beating up Sinclair in the clinch, and even going for a choke at one point, but that just allowed Sinclair to end up in top position with the side mount. They eventually stood back up, and went back into the "throw a strike once every 15 seconds" mode for the rest of the round. Sinclair tried to secure a takedown at the end of the round, by grabbing Awad's back, but Awad just punished him with back elbows until the bell rang. The third round was another kind of slow round, but I ended up scoring it for Awad, giving him a 30-27 scorecard to finish the fight, especially with the way he slaughtered Sinclair with some ground & pound at the end of the third round. Nice unanimous decision victory for Awad, but I would have liked to see him finish the fight, instead of getting a second decision in a row.
89.4
Decision
(Majority)
15:00
      Beltran makes his long awaited debut at 185 in this fight, and he didn't look great in the first round, where Rogers pretty much beat his ass with punches and knees. It wasn't a very exciting round, but I think Rogers pretty clearly won the round. The second round was more of the same, with Rogers winning the first half of the round, until he got poked in the eye. Beltran was backing up and throwing sloppy punches when the fight started back up, and Rogers continued to stalk him, beating him up against the cage with big slow punches. Beltran opened up in the final minute of the round, nearly knocking Rogers unconscious, as Rogers was more or less out on his feet, wobbling around awkwardly, trying to avoid anymore damage, while Beltran continued to beat the shit out of him. That was an ASS BEATING. I thought Rogers won the first 4 minutes of the round, but he was nearly finished in that final minute, so I gave the round to Beltran, 10-9. So the score was all tied up going into the final round in my opinion, but I can understand why some Pride fans might score that round 10-8 for Beltran, even though he lost the first 4 minutes. The final round was another kickboxing match, with Beltran kicking Rogers in his ball box in the first minute of the round. The final round was a good scrap, which could have probably gone either way. In the end, I think I would score the fight for Rogers, 29-28, but like I said, it could have gone either way. The judges ended up scoring the fight for Beltran via Majority Decision.
88.6
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys both came out swinging to start the fight, with Johnson moving forward like a tank, pressing Volkov against the fence early. Volkov landed a few knees to the body from the clinch, and then Johnson broke free and unloaded with some bombs, and then went back to clinching to catch his breath. Johnson poked Volkov in the eye, and once the fight started back up, Volkov fired back with a massive front kick. Volkov started working some hard strikes, so Johnson took him to the ground with 2 minutes left in the round. Johnson took his back, and basically just made it really uncomfortable for Volkov for the rest of the round. Round one goes to Johnson for his wrestling, but Volkov's striking kept it competitive.
     Johnson shot in for a quick takedown to start the second round, and Volkov looked like he was working for a guillotine choke, but it clearly wasn't going anywhere. Johnson popped his head out, and spent the rest of the round beating up Volkov on the ground with short punches. Volkov went for a Kimura from the bottom, but Johnson wrestled his way out of it, and they stood back up with a minute left in the round. Johnson pressed Volkov against the fence, and just did the grind thing until the end of the round. Johnson is ahead 2-0 going into the final round, more than likely.
     Johnson clinched and pressed Volkov against the fence again to start the final round. There was a lot of grinding, and the referee got bored, so they were split up with 2 minutes left in the round. From that point forward, Volkov plowed forward while throwing big heavy strikes, but Johnson just clinched and pressed him against the fence again. That was a competitive fight, but I don't think there should be any doubt that Johnson won that fight. Two judges agreed with me, giving the win to Johnson via split-decision. Decent fight overall for both fighters.
90.6
Submission
(Kneebar)
11:11
      These guys traded some wild strikes to start the first round, and then Held shot for a takedown, but Sarnavskiy stuffed it against the fence, so Held rolled back for a leg lock, Sarnavskiy pulled out of it, but at that point, Held was already on top of him inside his guard. Held threw some elbows to the body, while Sarnavskiy tried to setup some sort of submission from his back, but Held passed to side control instead. There was a weird scramble that resulted in sort of an omoplata back crucifix, with Held wrapping up Sarnavskiy in all kinds of wild ways, all the way up until the end of the round. Round one goes to Held.
      The second round was pretty much a repeat of the first, with a few strikes being exchanged, followed by Held taking Sarnavskiy to the ground one minute into the round, and from that point forward, Held grappled the shit out of Sarnavskiy, constantly looking to setup some sort of submission, while cutting Sarnavskiy's eyebrow with elbows. Held secured full mount halfway through the round, turned that into a triangle choke, but couldn't get his ankle under his knee, so he tried to setup an armbar instead. Sarnavskiy stood back up with 45 seconds left in the round, but Held took him back down immediately. Sarnavskiy went for a guillotine choke, but Held was on top in half mount, so that went nowhere. Held is clearly ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
      Held threw some punches in the final round, he had a takedown attempt stuffed, Sarnavskiy clinched with him, Held rolled for a kneebar, they locked up in an awkward position for a few seconds, Held peeled Sarnavskiy's right leg free, cranked on the kneebar and Sarnavskiy yelled out in submission just past the one minute mark of the final round. That was a fantastic performance by Marcin Held.
87.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was pretty close, with a lot of clinch work, and not a ton of action, but I'd probably give it to Schilling for showing a little more aggression. The second round had Carvalho dominating Schilling on the ground with his wrestling, showing that Schilling clearly has no idea what he's doing on the ground. They came out swinging to start the third round, and Schilling knocked Carvalho to the ground with a big punch, but he got back up, and then they clinched. Carvalho took the fight to the ground, and Schilling went for a leg lock, but like I said, he clearly had no idea what he was doing, so it didn't go anywhere. Carvalho escaped, and then secured another takedown, this time ending up on top of Schilling in a slightly better position. He controlled Schilling for the rest of the round, and was able to squeeze out a relatively boring split-decision victory.
88.8
Decision
25:00
      Dave Jansen looked aggressive in the opening round, as he took the fight to Brooks, kicking him a lot, throwing a lot of punches, and he even knocked down Brooks early in the round. 90 seconds into the round, Jansen was working his clinch, throwing some solid knees to the body of Brooks. He also threw some brutal elbows from the clinch. They broke apart, Brooks landed some decent kicks, and then Jansen went back to clinching, throwing those hard knees to the body, and clearly outworking Brooks. Jansen blew his wad in the final minute of the opening round, trying to take Will's head off with massive punches & kicks. Round one was an awesome round for Jansen.
     Jansen started the second round by kicking Brooks in the dick. Once the fight started back up, they both clinched, they traded strikes from the clinch, and they traded punches & wild kicks at a pretty good pace whenever they broke apart. The second round was dead even, until Brooks caught a kick with a minute left in the round, and then took down Jansen. That one takedown might have been enough to swing the round in favor of Brooks. That round could have maybe gone either way though.
     The third round started with some more clinching, until Brooks threw Jansen down with a nice body lock throw. They stood back up, traded a few strikes, and then the fight was paused due to Jansen poking Brooks in the eye. They continued to trade until the end of the round, and I have Brooks ahead, 2-1, going into the fourth round. This has been a very close fight so far though.
     The fourth round was another round full of clinching, with Brooks in charge, pressing Jansen against the cage, while beating him up with some basic dirty boxing. Jansen's eyebrow is also split open at this point. I have Brooks ahead, 3-1, going into the final round. The final round was another round full of clinching, with Brooks in control again, but both guys were landing some pretty decent shots. In the end, I think everyone agrees that Brooks won this fight, 49-46, across the board, for the unanimous decision victory, as he retains his Bellator Lightweight Championship.
87.6
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:08
      McKee controlled this fight on the feet, keeping control of the distance, and avoiding damage, until Bonilla threw a kick to the body, which allowed McKee to take him to the ground. McKee then climbed up his body, stayed in complete control on the ground, got on the back of Bonilla and finished him with a rear-naked choke about halfway through the first round. Really solid Bellator debut for A.J. McKee.
88.6
Technical Submission
(Von Flue Choke)
3:37
      George threw a kick, and then took Vorgeas to the ground. Vorgeas tries to defend with a guillotine choke, but George pops right out of it. Vorgeas grabs another guillotine choke, and George moves over to side control, presses his shoulder into the throat of Vorgeas, putting him to sleep with the Von Flue choke, and the referee looks baffled as George jumps up to celebrate, and Vorgeas just lays there, taking a nap.
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:09
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Toe Hold)
3:29
(Unaired)
N/A
Draw
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Armbar)
9:36
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.8
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