(9/25/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Abdul Razak Alhassan - 93.7
2. Darrion Caldwell - 93.7
3. Steve Garcia - 92.2
4. Dan Charles - 92.1
5. Emmanuel Sanchez - 91.8
6. Kendall Grove - 90.8
7. Amador Ramirez - 90.8
8. Joe Warren - 90.8
9. Gleristone Santos - 90.8
10. John Teixeira da Conceicao - 90.7
Bellator 143: Warren vs. Davis
Location: Hidalgo, Texas
Elevation: 102'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Darrion Caldwell vs. Shawn Bunch
91.6
Fighters & Matches 89.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 90.6
N/A
TKO
(Body Kicks)
2:22
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
0:39
(Unaired)
88.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Teixeira got clipped in the nuts early in the fight. Once they started back up, Teixeira came out aggressive, shooting in with punch combinations. Santos picked up the pace after another possible low kick, and he rocked Teixeira with some hard knees and punches. Teixeira shot in for a sloppy double leg, but Santos was able to slip out of it. They continued to trade hard punches, in a very close round, but Teixeira clinched with Santos, getting behind him at the end of the round, so I guess maybe I would give the first round to Teixeira? Really it could have gone either way. The second round was a decent striking match, with Santos eventually grabbing Teixeira and throwing him across the cage, but nothing came from that throw. They continued to trade strikes for the rest of the round, with Santos landing some HARD shots, and Teixeira landing some clean shots. The second round could have gone either way, but I guess I'm going to score it for Santos, mostly because I think the third round should decide the winner of this one. The third round looked like more of the same, until Teixeira dove in there with a crazy scramble for back position, but Santos was able to get back to his feet. Shit got REALLY wild for the final 20 seconds or so. To be honest, I have no idea who won this fight. For now, I'm going to give the fight to Santos, mostly because I like the color of his black & orange shorts, so he "looks cooler". He also landed more power shots. Teixeira's technique is pretty noteworthy though, so I wouldn't argue, regardless of who ends up winning this one. Two of the judges gave the fight to Teixeira, via split-decision, marking his FOURTH Split-Decision in Bellator (out of 4 fights).
89.9
KO
(Punches)
9:35
      Charles cut Gormley's head with an accidental headbutt early in the first round, but then Gormley started to pick him apart with some big kicks to the body throughout the first round. Gormley also secured a takedown at one point. Charles looked a lot more active at the end of the first round, constantly coming forward with strikes. Charles beat up Gormley for the first two minutes of the second round, with some nice crisp striking, but as Gormley started to slow down, he finally shot for another takedown, ending up in top position, caught in Dan's guard. Gormley landed a few short strikes to the body on the ground, but he wasn't active enough, so the referee stood them back up. Shit got sloppy, and Charles clipped Gormley with some punches, knocking him to the ground. Charles went in for the kil, and knocked Gormley the fuck out. This was a really solid win for Dan Charles.
91.6
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:35
      Caldwell shot in for a VIOLENT looking takedown, which Bunch was able to defend against, but Caldwell was really applying some serious pressure in that first minute of the round. They separated, and Caldwell landed some interesting strikes, including a flying kick, and he followed that up with an ultrafast takedown, where he ended up in side mount. Caldwell landed an elbow, Bunch tried to roll out of the bad position, and Caldwell took his back, locking on a TIGHT rear-naked choke. That was fucking awesome, especially considering what a high level wrestler Shawn Bunch is. GREAT win for Darrion Caldwell. After the fight, Caldwell did his back flip off the cage, and he landed on the camera lady, crushing her camera. Hahaha... That was awesome.
89.1
KO
(Punches)
4:59
      Bustillos spent most of the first round trying desperately to take Garcia to the ground. Bustillos reminds me of a South American Clay Guida. Garcia freaked out with 10 seconds left in the round, as he opened up with punches, put Bustillos on the ground face first, and forced the referee to stop the fight. Really nice comeback victory for Steve Garcia. I like this guy!
88.4
Decision
15:00
      Elizondo caught a kick early, threw Ramirez to the ground, grabbed his back, and immediately started looking or the rear-naked choke. He postured up in back mount, and punched Ramirez in the head a few times. Ge gave up the ground & pound, and tried to roll into the rear-naked choke. Elizondo continued to beat up Ramirez's ribs while riding his back. The entire time they were rolling around on the ground, Eilzondo also had the body triangle locked on, crushing the body of Ramirez. That was a really solid round for Elizondo. Ramirez randomly decided to stand up (with Elizondo still clinging onto his back) with about a minute left in the round. Ramirez somehow escaped it, while Elizondo was still on his back while standing, and Ramirez was punching back at his face. Ramirez really started to show off his footwork in the second round, trying to pick apart Eilzondo with his speed & his striking. Ramirez beat the SHIT out of Elizondo in that second round. Even if the first round ended up being 10-8 for Elizondo (I don't know if it was or not), Ramirez's energy in the second round was enough to even out the scorecards going into the third round in my opinion. Elizondo dropped Ramirez with 30 seconds left in the round, and tried to finish him with a guillotine, but Ramirez slipped out and continued to beat up Elizondo. Ramirez continued his gameplan in the third round, putting Elizondo down in the first minute of the round, but only for a few seconds. Elizondo finally shot for another takedown a couple of minutes into the final round. They stood back up, Ramirez continued to move forward, he shot for a takedown, Elizondo went for another guillotine, and Ramirez backed out to keep it standing. Ramirez continued to beat up Elizondo on the feet, and then he shot for another takedown, which was stuffed again. In the end, I scored this fight for Ramirez, 29-28, but I could see it going to a draw as well. Especially with the takedown that Elizondo scored in the final 10 seconds. All 3 judges agreed, giving Ramirez the unanimous decision victory, 29-28 on all scorecards.
91.0
KO
(Punch)
1:26
      Razak started this fight throwing bombs. Mejia tried to throw Razak to the ground, but Razak did a good job defending. He then FUCKING BLASTED Mejia in the head, knocking him to the ground violently. Mejia went for a heel hook on the ground, but Razak escaped, and the knocked Mejia the fuck out with a massive right hand. Razak Alhassan is a beast!!!
88.1
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
9:00
      Teixeira started a little too slow, which allowed Queiroz to trip him, taking him to the ground, landing in side mount. Teixeira somehow wrestled his way into top position though before Queiroz could do anything on the ground, and they were back on their feet before long. Queiroz wins the first round, but it was kind of close. The first minute or so of the second round was a slow paced kickboxing match, until Queiroz shot for another takedown, this time ending up in Teixeira's half guard. He threw a few punches, but for the most part, this grappling exchange was all about finding a better position, as Queiroz sort of tried ot pass guard, but didn't get far. Eventually, with about a minute left in the round, Queiroz locked on an arm-triangle choke, from INSIDE Teixeira's half guard, and finished the fight via submission. Not a great fight overall, but a decent submission win for Queiroz as he welcomes Teixeira to Bellator by handing him his first loss.
89.0
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was a fairly competitive kickboxing match, with both guys landing some solid leg kicks, and some decent punches. Sanchez ended up with a cut on his head early in the first round, maybe from an accidental headbutt in the clinch? I didn't see what caused it. Sanchez threw a kick, Corrales caught it and tried to take him down, and on the way to the ground, Sanchez locked on a triangle choke, and then beat the shit out of Corrales's head with punches and elbows. He then cranked on the arm a little bit, but Corrales finally escaped with about 2 minutes left in the round. He wasn't really able to do anything from inside Sanchez's guard, so they eventually just stood up with 45 seconds left in the round, where they traded strikes for the rest of the round. The second round took place mostly standing, with Sanchez beating the shit out of Corrales with strikes, there was a wild scramble, where Sanchez hopped on the back of Corrales, clinging like a backpack, which caused the fight to go to the ground. They got back up, there was a wild exchange, there was another accidental headbutt, and Sanchez's head continued to bleed like crazy. There was some more wild scrambling in the final 2 minutes, with both guys landing some hard shots, and Sanchez ended the round clinging to the back of Corrales, looking for another choke. Even though his face was a bloody mess, I gave Sanchez both of the first two rounds. The final round was mostly just a sloppy brawl, with both guys clearly slowing down a bit. It could have maybe gone either way, but in the end, I thought Sanchez AT LEAST won two rounds, if not all three. For some reason though, the fight went to a split-decision, fortunately, two of the judges picked Sanchez for the win.
88.8
TKO
(Punches)
12:27
      The first round was basically a kickboxing match, with both guys landing some decent shots, but neither guy really appearing to have a clear advantage. Beltran seemed to be coming forward more, so I guess I would score the round in favor of Beltran, but Grove used his range well, avoiding most of Beltran's punches, and landing some decent counters, so... I don't know... I guess the round goes to Grove? Especially after seeing the stats, where apparently Grove landed 3 times as many shots in that first round. Beltran looked way more active though. The second round started the same way, until Grove shot for a takedown, but he failed miserably with that, so they both stayed standing, and Beltran started beating his ass a little bit. Grove continued to look for a takedown, continued to fail, and then he pulled guard, but Beltran popped right back out of it. I was giving the round to Beltran, but once Grove gave up on the wrestling plan, and went back to his counterstriking, it evened out the round a lot more. I'd still probably say the score should be tied, going into the final round. The final round had Beltran continuing to look awkward with his footwork, and Grove continued to pick him apart with front kicks and punches. A couple of minutes into the round, Beltran moved in, started throwing wildly, trying to pin Grove against the cage, looking to finish the fight, and Grove dropped him with a big right hand, finishing the fight with a couple more punches on the ground. Nice win for Kendall Grove.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      Just what I was afraid of... Joe Warren took Davis to the ground, over and over again, pinning him against the cage, and won the fight via a long winded 15 minute decision. Warren also poked Davis in the right eye pretty brutally to start the second round. From there, Warren continued to wrestle the shit out of Davis. Warren never really delivered much damage in the fight, other than that eye poke, but he clearly dominated the fight with his wrestling, so all 3 judges gave the fight to Warren, 30-27, and I would have to agree.
OVERALL 90.6
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