(9/19/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (30 Total):
1. Phil Davis - 92.6
2. James Terry - 92.0
3. Muhammed Lawal - 91.7
4. Liam McGeary - 91.5
5. Francis Carmont - 91.4
6. Tito Ortiz - 91.4
7. Josh Thomson - 90.7
8. Adam Piccolotti - 90.5
9. Mike Malott - 90.5
10. Gabriel Carrasco - 90.4
Bellator 142: Dynamite
Location: San Jose, California
Elevation: 82'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Liam McGeary vs. Tito Ortiz
91.4
Fighters & Matches 88.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.3
TOTAL 90.1
88.1
Decision
10:00
     Carmont took Ruiz to the ground early in the first round with a Kimura attempt. Ruiz was able to roll over into top position. Carmont had him caught in his guard, and continued to work for another Kimura. They stood up, and Ruiz grabbed the back of Carmont, but Carmont continued to look for that Kimura. The first round goes to Carmont. Ruiz, as a late replacement, looked pretty exhausted coming out for the second round. Carmont landed a nice elbow, got the clinch from behind Ruiz, took him to the ground again, mounted his back, and started looking for a rear-naked choke. He finally got his forearm under the chin of Ruiz, but Ruiz was able to slip out of it. The rest of the round had Carmont on the back of Ruiz, looking for that choke, and it wasn't going anywhere, but Carmont still clearly controlled the entire 10 minute fight, so he moves on to the next round in tonight's tournament, as the alternate, in case a winner is injured in one of the main fights.
86.4
Draw
(Majority)
15:00
      Malott pretty much started this fight by going for a piggy back ride, where he spent 2+ minutes looking for a rear-naked choke, while Diagne was standing up against the cage. They eventually collapsed, and Malott threw some punches to Diagne's head from that back mount. Malott spent the rest of the round looking for the rear-naked choke while rolling around on the ground. The second round had Malott beating the shit out of Diagne while standing, picking him apart with his boxing, and constantly moving forward. Diagne finally threw Malott to the ground in the last half of the round, but Malott got right back up. The second round was a little more back & forth, with both guys boxing each other up, and by the end of the round, Malott's face was a bloody mess. So Diagne wins the final round, but I still gave the fight to Malott, 29-28. One judge gave the fight to Diagne, and the other two judges declared the fight a draw, which means the official result is a draw. I don't do draws here, so I guess I'm going to give the fight to Diagne, since most people seem to think it was either a draw, or Diagne won.
87.7
Submission
(Neck Crank)
6:47
      Becerra spent the entire first round moving forward, and landing punches to the face of Piccolotti, who didn't do much other than move backwards, and eat punches, leaving Piccolotti's face a little bloody for the duration of the round. As soon as I was about ready to count Piccolotti out of this fight, he went crazy with his wrestling, grappled the shit out of Becerra in the second round, and started riding his back, while looking for the rear-naked choke, earning the submission victory about halfway through the second round. Pretty decent fight for the most part, even though both guys look a little sloppy & inexperienced, but Piccolotti remains undefeated, as he hands Becerra the first loss of his career.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      Neal beat up Carrasco for most of the first round, showing superior striking, as well as some basic wrestling, but Carrasco dropped him at one point with a punch, and the fight was stopped temporarily, because during the exchange, Carrasco got poked in the eye. When the fight started again, Neal threw a huge punch and almost knocked himself out by missing, and throwing himself to the ground. By the end of the round, Carrasco was landing a lot more, and seemed to be the cleaner striker. I'm not really sure who won that round to be honest, I guess maybe Carrasco for being less sloppy? The second round was another boxing match, which I guess would also go to Carrasco? They continued to trade strikes for the duration of the third round, leading to a somewhat close unanimous decision victory for Gabriel Carrasco.
89.8
Decision
10:00
      Vassell started this fight by working his jab, but then he got rocked by Lawal with a massive punch, which knocked him to the ground. Vassell recovered, and then shot for a takedown, but Lawal shrugged it off. Lawal continued to blast Vassell in the face with big punch combinations, and it didn't look like Vassell could even see the punches coming at all, doing a really poor job with his defense. Vassell continued to work his jab, and landed a few decent shots, but every time Lawal touched him, he rocked Vassell. With a minute or so left in the round, Vassell started working some leg kicks, and continued to throw sloppy punches, and King Mo unloaded on him, rocking him, knocking him to the ground, King Mo slipped, and they both started swinging wildly, and slipping all over the place. The first round goes to King Mo Lawall. The second round was more of the same, with Vassell working his weak jab, and Lawal rocking him a few times with big power punches. With a couple of minutes left in the round, Vassell got a HUGE slam, but he got sloppy on the ground, and Lawal got back to his feet, took Vassell down, and then basically stalled out the rest of the round. King Mo moves on to the next round of the tournament.
89.7
Submission
(Kimura)
4:39
      Newton started this fight landing some kicks, sort of testing the range, etc... Davis eventually grabbed him from behind, took him to the ground, pinned him down, and started looking for a Kimura, and then got his back again. After dominating Newton on the ground for most of the round, Davis locked on a Kimura, and finished the fight via submission. Solid performance for Davis, as he moves on to the final round of tonight's tournament, where he'll take on King Mo Lawal.
87.7
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
10:39
      Josh Thomson makes his Bellator debut here, and starts the fight by taking Bronzoulis to the ground, where he pretty much dominated him for the entire first round. The second round had Thomson grabbing the back of Bronzoulis, and dragging him to the ground, controlling Bronzoulis for another round on the ground, and in the clinch against the cage. The final round started, Thomson got another takedown, locked on the arm-triangle choke, and put Bronzoulis to sleep. Nice win for Thomson in his Bellator debut.
90.5
KO
(Punches)
2:15
      This fight sucked. Apparently King Mo was injured, so he couldn't continue, so here we have the alternate, Francis Carmont, getting knocked the fuck out early in the first round, with some brutal punches being delivered by Phil Davis. Phil Davis was the clear favorite going into this tournament, and he won, so... No big surprise there, eh? Congrats to Davis for earning a title shot with his Bellator debut.
91.4
Submission
(Inverted Triangle Choke)
4:41
      Tito took McGeary to the ground, and beat the shit out of him for almost the entire first round, showed some really great wrestling, some of that old school ground & pound, and then he got choked out with McGeary's inverted triangle choke. Does Tito not do any scouting at all before these fights? You could see that move coming from a mile away. GREAT win for McGeary though, and decent one round title fight.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
89.0
TKO
(Punches)
4:00
      These guys basically beat the shit out of each other for the duration of the fight, with Terry throwing punches, and Rocha throwing a lot of kicks and some punches. Eventually, Terry started to wear down Rocha, yanked him to the ground, it looked like he might mount his back, but he just punched the shit out of him from the turtle position, until the referee stopped the fight. Really decent win for James Terry. It was also interesting, because it took place in the ring for some reason, instead of the cage.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Armbar)
2:56
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
3:06
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 90.1
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