(6/19/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (28 Total):
1. Michael Chandler - 93.4
2. Miles McDonald - 93.0
3. Justin Lawrence - 92.4
4. Daniel Straus - 91.4
5. Hugh Pulley - 91.2
6. Justin Guthrie - 90.8
7. Dan OConnor - 90.8
8. Bobby Lashley - 90.6
9. Adam Cella - 90.4
10. Garrett Mueller - 90.2
Bellator 138: Unfinished Business
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Elevation: 465'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Michael Chandler vs. Derek Campos
90.6
Fighters & Matches 87.7
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 89.6
90.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
14:30
     That was a pretty action pack first round, with McDonald showing some great boxing skills, punching the fuck out of O'Connor's face. O'Connor on the other hand, is a brawler, and he did a decent amount of damage with his own strikes, plus, by the end of the round, McDonald knocked O'Connor down to the ground, but once they hit the ground, O'Connor went for a heel hook. This was a close round, but I scored it in favor of O'Connor. The second round was very action packed as well, and I'd give it to O'Connor for controlling the wrestling, as well as landing some REALLY hard shots throughout the round. I really like this Dan O'Connor guy. The third round was another close round, with both guys grappling the shit out of each other, but O'Connor went for a Kimura from a stupid position, giving up full mount to McDonald, where he was able to rain down elbows on the face of O'Connor. O'Connor rolled over onto his stomach, and was finished via rear-naked choke. Really nice debut by Miles McDonald in Bellator's first ever, strawweight fight.
88.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round started with Irvin going for a rear-naked choke, but he slipped off the back of Pulley, and got beat up a little bit for it. By the end of the round, Irvin was looking for an armbar, but he couldn't get the arm to sink in deep enough. The first round was close, but I'd probably give it to Irvin. The second round started slow with the clinch, but then Pulley threw one of the best Judo throws I've ever seen, SLAMMING Irvin to the ground in brutal fashion. I thought it might have rocked Irvin, but he immediately started looking for submissions from the guard. By the halfway mark of round 2, Irvin was back on top in Pulley's guard, throwing some soft punches to the head & body. They stood back up, and then Pulley threw Irvin back to the ground, but again, once they were on the ground, it didn't take long for Irvin to get on Pulley's back. I gave the second round to Irvin, even though that Judo throw was the highlight of the fight so far from Pulley. Eh, I don't know... I guess I'd give that round to Pulley, that throw was fucking awesome. The third round was pretty slow & boring, but the final minute or so, had Pulley nearly knocking out Irvin with a liver shot, followed by some brutal ground & pound. Just to put a stamp on the end of the fight, Pulley launched one more Judo throw at the end of the fight, to seal the final round for the split-decision victory. Awesome fight by both guys, and congrats to Pulley for the win.
88.2
Submission
(Armbar)
9:13
      Cella spent most of the first round on top of Kurtz on the ground, and also landed a few solid punches that rocked Kurtz. Cella started the second round with a guillotine attempt, followed by some knees to the head of Kurtz. He took Kurtz to the ground, and beat him up for the entire second round. Somehow Cella's nose ended up bleeding like crazy, but he still beat Kurtz's ass, and even took him down with another powerful takedown later in the round. SOMEHOW, out of nowhere, Kurtz locked on an armbar. I didn't see that shit coming, and neither did Cella, as he was forced to tapout at the very end of the second round. Pretty good fight overall.
87.2
Decision
15:00
      Heatherly did a good job dominating Gross with his wrestling in the first round, taking him to the ground, and keeping top position for most of the round. Gross had a chance to work some of his striking at the end of the round, but Heatherly still won the first round. Gross spent most of the second round chasing Heatherly, and kicking the shit out of him with punches & kicks. The round ended with Gross on top in Heatherly's half guard, beating up Heatherly with short elbows on the ground. Heatherly started the third round with some wild spinning strikes, leading straight into a big takedown, putting him in a position where he could potentially win this fight. Heatherly continued to control the wrestling for the rest of the round, and in my opinion, this should win him the fight, 29-28, and all 3 judges agreed.
88.3
TKO
(Punches & Elbows)
4:56
      This was a pretty decent fight, both guys standing & trading for the most part. The fight ended at the very end of the first round, when Lawrence got Wilson to the ground, Lawrence went for a rear-naked choke, couldn't sink it in, so he started slamming hard elbows into the side of the head of Wilson, finishing the fight via referee stoppage. Nice Bellator debut by Justin Lawrence.
88.3
Submission
(D'Arce Choke)
6:09
      Mann started this fight with a big kick to the head of Guthrie. Guthrie tried to secure a guillotine choke, but Mann slipped out of it. Mann ended up on Guthrie's back for the rest of the round, looking for the rear-naked choke, and beating him up with punches to the head. The second round had Guthrie getting knocked down by a shot from Mann, but when they went to the ground, Guthrie was able to finish the fight via D'Arce choke. That submission seemed to come out of nowhere (especially since they had a bad camera angle on it when it happened). Nice submission victory by Justin Guthrie in his Bellator debut.
90.6
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:17
      These guys were striking pretty hard with each other for the first minute of the fight, and Chandler knocked Campos on his ass with a big punch, following it up with some hard ground & pound. Campos hopped back up, and the back & forth boxing continued. There was a scramble, Chandler grabbed the back of Campos, picked him up and dropped him on his head, and then he locked on the rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission, just past the two minute mark of the first round. Pretty awesome win for Michael Chandler.
89.3
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
8:47
      Most of the first round took place up against the cage in the clinch, with Straus pressuring Corrales. Straus eventually started throwing punches, and he rocked Corrales, but he was able to recover, and they ended up boxing for the rest of the round in the center of the cage, until the last 20 seconds or so, when Straus secured a takedown, flinging Corrales to the mat. The second round was a decent kickboxing match, until Straus landed a huge uppercut, and I think Corrales tripped, but the combination caused him to fly backwards violently to the mat. Straus jumped on the back of Corrales, tried to lock on a rear-naked choke, decided to let it go, transitioned into the arm-triangle, move into full mount, pressed Corrales up against the cage (still on the ground), locked on the guillotine choke, and finished the fight via submission in the second round. Nice win for Daniel Straus.
87.3
TKO
(Punches)
9:14
      Bobby Lashley is overrated. If you cut him and he sees his own blood, he quits. If you can get past the 2nd round, his cardio is shit, and he's done. Charles took this fight on 9 days notice, and still almost lasted until the end of the 2nd round. Lashley's punches are weak (especially when you compare them to his size) Charles was never ACTUALLY in any trouble from damage from the strikes, he just got tired, because he didn't have a proper training camp. Lashley reminds me of Bob Sapp, massive scary looking dude, that throws punches from his forearms, because his chest is too big to wind up to throw a proper punch. His wrestling is clearly at a high level, but that's all he has. His submission game is very limited, his striking is terrible, and his cardio is bad, even for a heavyweight. By the end of the fight with Charles, Lashley looked like he was about to pass out, and he didn't even take any real damage in the fight. If Charles would have had a full training camp, he would have knocked Lashley the fuck out. I would group Lashley with guys like Kimbo & Shamrock. He's just there as a carnival attraction. He had some decent takedowns & slams in this fight, but this fight wasn't anywhere close to being the show stopper that they were claiming it would be.
88.5
KO
(Punch)
5:32
      The first round of this fight was pretty boring, with both guys just testing the water, and throwing random jabs. Weichel almost finished the fight in the last 10 seconds though, knocking the Pitbull on his ass, and nearly ending the fight with punches on the ground, before the Pitbull was saved by the bell. The second round started with Weichel throwing a couple of nices punches & knees, and then Patricio Freire countered with a big punch, knocking Weichel unconscious. Really nice comeback victory by Patricio Freire, but I have to admit, I feel bad for Weichel, since he THOUGHT he won the fight at the end of the first round, and they sort of robbed him of that victory. Interesting / weird fight, I don't really know how I feel about this one.
83.2
TKO
(Punches)
2:22
      Why did this fight just happen? Why did I watch it? Shamrock secured a takedown early, the got back up, Shamrock secured another takedown, this time getting on Kimbo's back, he locked on a rear-naked choke, this was some straight up professional wrestling bullshit, if Ken Shamrock doesn't knock how to finish a rear-naked choke at this stage of the game, I don't know what purpose he still serves. Kimbo escaped, got back to his feet, and then knocked out Shamrock with punches. This was the worst pro wrestling in MMA moment I've seen in a long time. I feel sick to my stomach. I don't like the fact that I even volunteered to participate in this shit. Congrats to Kimbo for the win, but this fight was lame as shit. And Brian Ebersole should beat Kimbo's ass for stealing the arrow shaved into his chest hair.
84.4
TKO
(Leg Kick)
0:58
      This fight was pretty lame. They mostly just tested the distance for the first 50 or so seconds of the fight, and then Lovelace landed a decent leg kick, and then Helm's leg went out or something, so he collapsed, and Lovelace wins via TKO. Nice win I guess, but it wasn't a very good fight overall.
86.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
0:41
      This fight didn't last long. Royer punched Watson in the face, Watson took him down, got his back, and finished the fight via rear-naked choke in under one minute of the first round. Nice debut by Watson, and probably a disappointing performance for Kain Royer.
86.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:26
      This was a decent fight, with both guys trading strikes, and both guys trying to work for takedowns from the clinch. In the end, Mueller clipped Siscoe with a big punch, knocked him to the ground, jumped on his back, and finished the fight via rear-naked choke in the second round. Nice win for Garrett Mueller.
OVERALL 89.6
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