(6/26/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Hisaki Kato - 93.6
2. David Rickels - 93.4
3. Alex Huddleston - 92.5
4. Bryanna Fissori - 92.1
5. Bubba Jenkins - 91.9
6. Aaron Ely - 91.4
7. Augusto Sakai - 91.2
8. Cheick Kongo - 91.2
9. Pablo Villaseca - 91.1
10. Bobby Cooper - 91.0
Bellator 139: Kongo vs. Volkov
Location: Mulvane, Kansas
Elevation: 1,234'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Hisaki Kato vs. Joe Schilling
91.6
Fighters & Matches 88.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.4
87.3
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
1:17
     It looked like Scott was in control of this fight, putting the pressure on Reyno for the most part, but when he went for a takedown, he got caught by a guillotine choke, giving Reyno the quick submission victory in his Bellator debut, in just over one minute of the first round.
87.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had Cooper working his jab, probably getting the better of the standup, but Villaseca was able to take him to the ground, where Villaseca beat him up with knees to the body, as well as some nice knees to the head from the clinch, but Cooper was "playing the game" tapping the ground to defend against the knees to the head. I hate that shit, so I gave the first round to Villaseca. Villaseca started the second round with another takedown, beating up Cooper against the cage for a while, but Cooper locked on a tight guillotine, which allowed him to roll over into top position. Cooper decided to stand back up, where he spent the final 1:30 of the second round, picking apart Villaseca with his boxing. Villaseca landed a couple of nice combinatinos as well though. I had the scorecards all tied up going into the third round. The third round was another close round, where both guys were throwing some pretty solid shots, but about halfway through the round, Villaseca landed a pretty brutal kick to the nuts of Cooper. Once the fight started back up, they pretty much brawled up until the bell. This was a really hard fight to score, but I'd PROBABLY score it for Villaseca, 29-28. Two of the judges scored the fight, 29-28 in favor of Cooper, for the split-decision victory. I'm not mad at that decision.
88.8
TKO
(Punches)
6:00
      This fight was all about Bubba Jenkins taking the fight to the ground, pressing Wilk up against the cage, and beating the shit out of him with punches. I was hoping to see more of a submission offense from Wilk, but he just wasn't able to get anything off against the power of Jenkins. Around the one minute mark of the second round, the referee stopped the fight, as Jenkins was throwing bombs at the head of Wilk on the ground.
87.8
TKO
(Corner Stoppage)
10:00
      This was basically just a big brawl, between a couple of big heavyweights. The problem is, Sakai hit Gallemore with some really hard shots in the first round, rocking him hard enough to where Gallemore said after the first round that he couldn't see, and they almost stopped the fight. Once the second round ended, Gallemore officially said he's done, and his corner stopped the fight. Pretty decent win for Augusto Sakai.
89.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:12
      Hahaha... That shit was funny... Huddleston knocked Ayala on his ass with a big punch, he jumped on him, Ayala was looking for a leg lock, Huddleston hopped onto his back, going for the rear-naked choke, Ayala dove forward to escape, planting himself face first on the canvas, allowing Huddleston to sink in the choke even deeper, as Ayala had rocked himself, and then Ayala was forced to tapout. Really fun performance for Alex "The Shaved Gorilla" Huddleston.
89.1
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good scrappy fight. They ran at each other, it looked like Iony was looking for a throw, but Fissori was able to end up on top, where she mounted Iony, and beat the shit out of her with heavy punches, eventually grabbing her back, while looking for the rear-naked choke. There was a scramble, and Fissori ended up in side mount. Fissori seems to be really strong for 145. The round ended with Iony finally throwing Fissori to the ground, and landing some hard punches, but it was too late for her to win back the round. Fissori sort of reminds me of a 145 pound Miesha Tate. The second round was more competitive, but I think I'd probably give it to Fissori still, but it was close. It also felt like it lasted about 8 minutes. Maybe that's because of the relative slow pace? Iony started the third round looking for another takedown, and again, Fissori ended up on top, beating her up from inside Iony's guard. Fissori basically went into full mount with one minute left in the fight. Fissori pretty much dominated Iony in this fight. The fight ended with Fissori in full mount, raining down punches. Really strong Bellator debut for Bryanna Fissori.
87.8
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
6:05
      This was a pretty good grappling match, with Ely's wrestling being the star of the show, as he was able to power his way out of the one guillotine attempt from Saudino in the first round, and he had Saudino in trouble for the duration of this fight, constantly going for various chokes, until eventually he locked on one of the most awkward guillotine chokes I've ever seen. Nice submission victory for Aaron Ely.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      This was a fairly one-sided fight, with Pat Curran beating up Sanchez from all positions. I really wasn't that impressed by Sanchez at all, as he didn't really have a lot to offer Curran, but I also wasn't really that impressed by Curran. It felt a little too "safe", probably because he was on a 2-Fight losing streak, and really needed this win. I would have liked to see him try a little harder to finish the fight, but either way, he still clearly won this one on the scorecards.
91.6
KO
(Superman Punch)
5:34
      Hahaha... I picked Kato to win this fight, and every time I saw Schilling do an interview, he would just piss me off, fueling my praise of Kato even more before the fight. With that being said, Schilling landed some GREAT kicks in the first round, but then got taken down, where Kato beat him up for the duration of the round, until there were just a few seconds left, they stood up, and Kato beat up Schilling on the feet with punches. The second round stated, Schilling landed a few front kicks to keep his distance, and then Kato launched the best Superman Punch of all time, knocking Schilling out cold. FUCKING AWESOME KO victory for Hisaki Kato's Bellator debut. I'm extremely pleased right now.
90.0
No Contest
(Knee to Head of Grounded Fighter)
2:24
      This was a pretty good fight while it lasted. Rickels pretty much beat the shit out of Alessio, picking him apart with great boxing combinations, he landed a nice kick to the head, some hard knees, he started beating down Alessio against the cage, Caveman style, and then he got carried away, and launched a knee to the head of Alessio, but Alessio was already on the ground, so the fight was stopped due to the foul. I HATE that fucking rule though, and as far as I'm concerned, Alessio just got destroyed by Rickels, so I'm giving Rickels the points for the knockout here, because he clearly won this fucking fight. Fuck that "no knees to a downed opponent" rule, that's the most bullshit rule in all of MMA. Where's Pride when you need it?
89.1
Decision
15:00
      Volkov is a huge guy, in that Semmy Schilt sort of way. With that being said, Kongo's gameplan was clearly to take him to the ground, and beat him up against the cage, and that's exactly what he did, leaving Volkov's face a bloody mess after the first round. The rest of the fight was more of the same, with Kongo taking Volkov to the ground, and beating him up with punches. Nice win for Kongo, but for such a dominating performance, it wasn't as exciting as some of those old school KO victories from Cheick Kongo, where he would finish guys with his striking while standing. Nice solid decision victory for Kongo, in a fight that he was technically the underdog in.
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
0:29
(Unaired)
OVERALL 90.4
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