(5/15/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Brandon Halsey - 92.8
2. Ricky Rainey - 92.5
3. Virgil Zwicker - 91.8
4. Joe Taimanglo - 91.7
5. Jordan Parsons - 91.3
6. Fernando Gonzalez - 90.9
7. Darrion Caldwell - 90.4
8. Ben Reiter - 89.8
9. Eduardo Dantas - 89.5
10. Rafael Silva - 88.9
Bellator 137: Halsey vs. Grove
Location: Temecula, California
Elevation: 1,017'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Brandon Halsey vs. Kendall Grove
91.3
Fighters & Matches 88.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.0
TOTAL 89.7
89.5
KO
(Knee)
6:13
     Rainey came out with the early pressure, he beat up Juarez with some clinch work against the cage, Juarez threw a kick, Rainey caught it and almost took down Juarez, but Juarez plowed forward and ended up scoring a takedown of his own against the fence 2 minutes into the first round. Rainey worked his way back to his feet a few seconds later, and they continued to battle in the clinch, until Rainey broke free and started picking apart Juarez with strikes again for a good portion of the last half of the round. Rainey beat down Juarez, and then took his back at the end of the round, went for a rear-naked choke, they stood up with a few seconds left in the round, and Rainey continued to unload on Juarez. Round one definitely goes to Rainey.
     Rainey continued to beat the living shit out of Juarez for a minute or so into the second round, as he was absolutely slaughtering him against the fence with big punches. He capped off a brutal combination with a big left knee to the face that sent Juarez flying like a character from a videogame that just got brutally knocked the fuck out. That was a fantastic performance by Ricky Rainey. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of his fights in the future.
88.2
KO
(Punches)
3:51
      These guys traded some sloppy strikes, Razak looked like an athlete, and Zwicker looked like some dude that probably owns a laundromat. This really felt like one of those random boxing matches you would see in a parking lot somewhere, where both guys are trying to look tough, but neither fighter really looks like they know what they're doing. With around 90 seconds left in the opening round, Zwicker freak out, and unloaded with some big punch combinations, Razak went down for a few seconds, Zwicker continued to tee off on him, and Razak went down again, and this time the referee stopped the fight. That was a fantastic finish for Zwicker, after 3 minutes of somewhat uneventful boxing.
88.5
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
14:09
      These guys traded a few punches while Parsons was chasing Neves around the cage. Parsons clinched 90 seconds into the round, pressed Neves against the fence, and chipped away at him with short punches & knees, until the referee reset them with 90 seconds left in the round. They traded a few more strikes and then the round ended. Round one goes to Parsons. The second round was more of the same, but this time Neves was the one to initiate the clinch. Persons quickly spun him around, and picked up where he left off in the first round, by chipping away at Neves with short punches & knees against the fence, until he clipped him with a knee to the groin. When the fight started back up, Neves unloaded on Parsons with some big punches, but Parsons quickly clinched, and picked up where he left off again, with some more short punches & knees against the fence. I have Parsons ahead 20-18 going into the final round. The final round had Parsons beating up Neves with some decent knees from the clinch, and then Neves took him down, and Parsons hit him with some elbows to the side of the head. They stood up 90 seconds into the round, and Parsons continued to chip away at Neves with some uppercuts from the clinch. Parsons threw him to the ground halfway through the final round, he unloaded with some big punches & elbows, he eventually locked on an arm-triangle choke, and finished the fight by submission with less than a minute remaining in the fight. That was a solid win for Jordan Parsons.
88.2
KO
(Punch)
11:00
      Taimanglo shot for a takedown 30 seconds into the round, but Duarte popped right back up, and they clinched against the cage. They split up, traded a few strikes, and then Taimanglo unloaded on Duarte with a nice combination of punches & kicks. Duarte landed a few decent leg kicks, but he was still letting Taimanglo pressure him backward. Taimanglo took him down with 2 minutes left in the round, Duarte popped back up, so Taimanglo threw him head first into the canvas. Duarte popped back up again, with a cut under his left eye. Duarte landed a lot of good strikes in that round, making it a close round, but I scored it for Taimanglo, based partially on his aggression & wrestling.
     The second round was a kickboxing match, with Taimanglo being more aggressive, always moving forward, while throwing decent combinations. Taimanglo took Duarte to the ground with 90 seconds left in the round, pinning him against the cage, where he went for a guillotine choke, but Duarte was able to work his way out of it to finish out the round. I have Taimanglo ahead 2-0 going into the third round, but it could be all tied up.
     Duarte went back to working his leg kicks to start the third round, but Taimanglo was ready for him. Taimanglo opened up with some punch combinations, Duarte was looking sloppy, and Taimanglo knocked him the fuck out with a big overhand right. Great KO victory for Joe Taimanglo. I'm really starting to like this guy.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      This fight went to the ground pretty early, with Caldwell in complete control with his wrestling. He beat up Silva a little bit against the cage on the ground, but there wasn't a ton of action, other than just some basic wrestling control. Silva went for a heel hook with about a minute left in the round, but Caldwell slipped out of it in a few seconds, and continued to control Silva. The second round mostly took place standing, with Caldwell throwing head kicks. He eventually shot in for a takedown, and Silva locked on a tight guillotine choke. Caldwell broke out of it eventually, and they went back to trading leg locks. Silva ended up securing a takedown, this time with Caldwell going for the guillotine choke. I'd say the score is all tied up going into the third round, with maybe a SLIGHT edge going in favor of Caldwell. There was some clinching in the third round, which resulted in Caldwell throwing Silva to the ground. Caldwell continued to control him for the rest of the round, leading to the clear 29-28 decision victory for Darrion Caldwell.
88.6
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
11:14
      OH SHIT! I thought Gonzalez was winning the first round, showing slightly more aggressive boxing, but it was close, until Gonzalez slammed Millender with 10 seconds left in the round, and he smashed his face in with massive hammerfists. Nice way to secure the round for Gonzalez. The second round was also pretty close, but Millender probably won that round, by using his reach to stay on the outside, while picking apart Gonzalez with punches & kicks. Gonzalez was throwing bombs in the third round, and he eventually tripped Millender with a slick sweep, and he followed him to the ground, where Gonzalez locked on a guillotine choke, finishing the fight via submission early in the third round. Really nice comeback for Fernando Gonzalez.
87.6
Decision
15:00
      This fight started with Dantas throwing a big body kick, followed by a slick takedown against the cage. They stood back up, and then Dantas took Richman down again. They stood back up, and traded a few strikes before the end of the round. I have to give that round to Dantas for the takedowns. The second round had Richman controlling the center of the cage while Dantas circled around him. Dantas shot for several takedowns, and Richman stuffed them all, so I scored that round for Richman, and have it all tied up going into the final round.
     Richman continued to control the center of the cage, until Dantas took him down early in the final round. From there, Dantas landed a few short punches, but wasn't doing much damage with his ground & pound strategy. Richman stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round. They clinched for a while, the referee broke them up, and then Dantas continued to look for takedowns for the rest of the round, while Richman did a good job stuffing them. Really, you could maybe make an argument for Richman, but I scored this fight 29-28 for Dantas, and all 3 judges agreed.
91.3
TKO
(Punches)
17:25
      Halsey secured a takedown early in the first round, completely overpowering Grove, and he immediately went for the arm-triangle choke. He eventually fell back looking for a leg lock, Grove slipped out of that, so Halsey got back on top of him, and continued to dominate him with his strength. Halsey continued to overpower Grove in the second round, using his roided out body to dominate Grove for another 5 minutes. The third round was more of the same, Halsey, looking like the Incredible Hulk, taking Grove to the ground and Hulk Smashing him. Grove was completely overwhelmed from the first bell, all the way into the fourth round. The fourth round started with Halsey blasting Grove in the face with a big punch. He threw a few more big punches, before shooting for another takedown. Grove sort of went for a guillotine choke, but he couldn't get his arm around Halsey's roided out neck. Halsey eventually secured another takedown. This time, from full mount, Halsey pounded on the face of Grove for a minute or so, before the referee was eventually forced to stop the fight. Solid performance for Halsey, but I can't help but wonder how much of that "solid" came from steroids.
85.6
Decision
15:00
      Reiter started this fight by taking Radach down in the first 30 seconds. Radach sort of got back to his feet, but Reiter dumped him immediately in the center of the cage, as he continued to work some basic ground & pound. Round one goes to Reiter. The second round started, and 90 seconds in, Reiter had Radach on the ground again with a couple of takedowns. He wasn't really doing any damage, but Reiter was clearly winning this fight with his wrestling. With a minute left in the second round, Reiter rocked Radach with a head kick, and then followed him to the ground where he tried to work some ground & pound before the bell. I have Reiter ahead 2-0 going into the final round. The final round was the same thing, with Reiter looking for takedowns, and laying on top of Radach. Radach did a better job staying on his feet this round, while stuffing several shots, but Reiter still got him down enough times to win the fight 30-27 across the board.
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
4:08
(Unaired)
N/A
KO
(Punches)
2:22
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
11:43
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.7
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