(8/28/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. A.J. Matthews - 92.4
2. Brent Primus - 91.9
3. Brandon Girtz - 91.7
4. A.J. McKee - 91.5
5. Marloes Coenen - 91.4
6. Emiliano Sordi - 90.8
7. Derek Anderson - 90.5
8. Maria Rios - 90.2
9. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane - 89.9
10. Patricky Freire - 89.8
Bellator 141: Guillard vs. Girtz
Location: Temecula, California
Elevation: 1,017'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
A.J. Matthews vs. Emiliano Sordi
90.0
Fighters & Matches 88.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.0
TOTAL 89.7
90.0
TKO
(Retirement)
5:00
     OH SHIT, that was a good opening round. Matthews rocked Sordi with some solid punches, almost finishing him, showing great balance, and clearly winning the first half of the round, but Sordi was able to take him down for the second half of the round, where Sordi went for multiple rear-naked chokes, COMPLETELY locking it in, and Matthews somehow escaped all of them. I really thought Matthews was done there. BUT! He survived the round, and then in between rounds, for some random reason, Sordi decided to just quit, while sitting on his stool. Apparently he felt sick, felt like his legs were giving out, and thought it might be a concussion. That was a REALLY good fight while it lasted, and an awesome win for A.J. Matthews.
89.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight started with Anderson knocking Primus to the ground with the very first punch thrown, but from there, the first round was all about Primus taking Anderson to the ground, looking for rear-naked chokes and gogoplatas. Primus went for an armbar from the back mount, and Anderson slipped out of it. Anderson beat him up a little bit on the feet to finish the round. Solid opening round, and I scored it for Primus, for dominating the ground game, and most of the round. The second round was a similar kind of round, with Primus looking to take it to the ground, looking for the rear-naked choke, and Anderson ended up on top in his guard, where Anderson was able to smash him with elbows and punches. Solid round for Anderson. I had the score all tied up going into the third round. Primus continued to work his ground game in the third round, with a guillotine attempt, followed by grabbing Anderson's back again, looking for another rear-naked choke. From there, he transitioned into another armbar attempt, which allowed Anderson to get back on top again. Anderson let Primus get back up, where I thought Primus was able to outstrike him for the final minute of the round. In the end, I scored the fight 29-28 for Brent Primus. Two of the judges agreed, one even giving Primus the fight, 29-27, and the final judge gave the fight to Anderson. Awesome split-decision victory for Brent Primus in a really close fight against a tought opponent.
87.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Macfarlane showed a solid ground game, with a Kimura attempt, and also some solid striking while standing. Rios finished the round standing above the downed Macfarlane though, beating her up with punches. Macfarlane got back up in the final 10 seconds and traded some punches, so... I'm not sure who won that first round to be honest. I THINK I scored it for Rios? Macfarlane just fell down too many times. It was close though. The second round felt fairly even on the feet, until Rios got the clinch, and beat up Macfarlane against the cage with some decent knees to the body & thighs. Macfarlane opened up on her in the final 10 seconds, sort of rocking Rios. Good fight so far, and I had the scores all tied up going into the third round, even though the commentators kept saying that Macfarlane was dominating. Certain things are weird to score, like when Macfarlane went for a takedown in the third round, I GUESS she got it, sort of? But she face planted on the way down, so... Who really scored there? I thought all 3 rounds were close, and with the clinchwork from Rios in the third round, along with the takedown at the end of the round, I actually ended up scoring this fight 29-28 for Maria Rios. Two of the judges gave the fight to Macfarlane, 29-28, for the split-decision victory.
88.9
Submission
(Armbar)
8:23
      Blencowe looked decent at the start of the fight, throwing braw-style punches, nice combinations, and staying inside the pocket. Coenen took her to the ground without much trouble though, and got on her back, looking for submissions. The first round goes to Coenen for controlling almost the entire round on the ground. Coenen started the second round by wrapping around onto Blencowe's back, dragging her to theg round, and going for an armbar. Blencowe slipped out of it, standing back up. Coenen clinched with her, and went for a terrible Judo throw, which caused Coenen to fall to the ground, with Blencowe getting top position. Blencowe chose to keep things standing, so the fight goes back to the feet. Blencowe landed some solid shots, before Coenen took her to the ground again, this time ending up in side mount, where Coenen was able to easily secure an armbar for the submission victory, a little past the halfway mark of the second round. Nice win for Coenen.
85.5
Decision
15:00
      The first round was pretty slow paced, with Wren clinching with Burns against the cage, controlling the direction of the fight, but neither fighter really doing much damage. The second round started the same way, until Wren landed a big knee from the clinch, knocking Burns back toward the cage, and Wren continued to pound on him with knees and punches, nearly finishing the fight with some of those knees, but Burns refused to go down. The finaly couple of minutes in round two had no action at all. Wren even did the "your shoe is untied" trick, pointing at the feet of Burns, and Burns was like "Do what? Huh?" And looked down, and got punched in the face. The third round was also really boring, with Wren winning that round as well, but there wasn't much action at all. The fact that Burns has been finished in ALL 5 of his fights in Bellator so far, and Wren went to a decision with him, in a boring fight, I don't know if this fight really says much about Wren's big return after a 5 year layoff, but it also doesn't show much for Burns. 30-27 victory for Justin Wren all on scorecards.
87.6
Decision
15:00
      The first round of this fight was close, and kind of hard to score. Pitbull secured a takedown, but Awad stood back up immediately. Awad landed a head kick, but slipped and fell down. Both guys landed some decent strikes, but neither fighter really looked "in control" at an point. So the first round could have gone either way. I probably would have scored it for Awad if I had to choose, but I don't feel super confident about that pick yet. They both landed some solid punch combinations in the second round, and there was a wild scramble for a takedown, where they spun around like a tornado, before Pitbull eventually was able to end up in top position in Awad's guard. Nothing happened while on the ground, and Awad eventually kicked out of it, getting back to his feet. The final 60 seconds or so had Awad beating up Pitbull on the feet, which I thought was enough to give the round to Awad. Pitbull did a good job beating up Awad in the third round, landing a lot of good combinations, and not absorbing much damage, and he even secured a takedown at the end of the round to make sure the round was his. In the end, I scored the fight 29-28 for Awad, but all 3 judges gave the fight to Pitbull, 30-27. It could have gone either way, but I think 30-27 is a bit of a stretch.
89.2
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round started with Girtz grabbing Guillard from behind, and then he picked him up in the air, and slammed him to the ground, he threw a ton of knees to the body of Guillard, and pretty much dominated him for the entire round, possibly securing a 10-8 round on some scorecards, as Guillard's only offense was a kick that missed. The second round had Girtz grabbing his back again, and picking him up in the air, and slamming him to the ground. Brandon Girtz is a beast! Guillard got back up, and Girtz slammed him again, this time going for an armbar while on the ground. They got back up, they traded a few punches, but not a lot was happening on the feet, and then Girtz took Guillard down AGAIN. Those first 2 rounds should very clearly be scored for Girtz. The second round started with another big overhand left from Girtz, followed by a takedown. He controlled 3 minutes or so of that round in top position, but the referee eventually stood them up. Girtz wasn't paying attention when the referee told them to fight again, so Guillard blasted him with a flying knee, and some hard punches, possibly stealing the round, but Girtz slammed him AGAIN at the end of the round, securing top position for the final 30 seconds. In my opinion, this fight was a 30-27 win for Girtz. One judge was busy sucking a cock for the duration of the fight, so he just took a wild guess, and gave the fight to Guillard, 29-28, which is one of the worst scorecards I've ever heard of. The other two judges gave the fight to Girtz, 29-27, and I think those are pretty solid scores, giving the split-decision victory to the big underdog, Brandon Girtz. Great fight for Girtz!
88.7
KO
(Punch)
1:42
      James Barnes shot in early, throwing big punches, pressuring McKee back against the cage. Barnes went for a takedown, and McKee locked on a tight guillotine choke. Barnes walked up the cage to escape the choke. McKee blasted him with a hard kick to the body. Barnes landed a few hard punches, things slowed down for a few seconds, they clinched against the cage, McKee ducked under a punch from Barnes, threw a couple of counters, knocked Barnes on his ass, landed some more punches on the ground, and the fight was stopped. Really nice first round KO for A.J. McKee.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Strikes)
2:38
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.7
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