(11/6/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Chel Erwin-Davis - 91.7
2. Michael Chandler - 91.7
3. Adam Meredith - 91.5
4. Kain Royer - 91.4
5. Garrett Gross - 91.1
6. Kyle Kurtz - 91.0
7. Daniel Straus - 90.9
8. Bobby Lashley - 90.8
9. Rashard Lovelace - 90.8
10. Augusto Sakai - 90.7
Bellator 145: Vengeance
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Elevation: 465'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Daniel Straus vs. Patricio Freire
90.4
Fighters & Matches 87.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.2
TOTAL 89.3
89.1
TKO
(Punches)
10:35
     Davis went for the clinch early, and whipped Cella to the ground, where Cella was able to quickly flip him over to get on top. Davis then flipped him over, and they both stood up, back in the clinch. They continued to wrestle around, and Davis locked on a TIGHT guillotine choke. Cella was somehow able to slip out of it, and they stood back up, but Cella took Davis right back down to the ground again, landing in side control. From there, Cella unloaded some heavy elbows, and then grabbed Davis's back, locked on the rear-naked choke, and nearly ripped Davis's head off, but Davis was able to twist out of it, ending up in Cella's guard. Cella went for an armbar, and Davis rolled out of that, ending up on top, where he beat the shit out of Cella for the final 10 seconds or so. That was a pretty awesome opening round for this card. I have no idea who won that first round, so I'm going to score it a draw for now. The second round had more clinching, Davis whipped Cella to the ground again, and this time worked to keep better control, while landing short elbows. He eventually opened up, and started teeing off on Cella, but Cella picked him up, and slammed him to the ground, but Davis caught him in another guillotine choke. Cella escaped, and Davis flipped him over so that Davis was back on top. Davis finished the round pounding on Cella with more elbows. At this point, I feel a little more confident saying Davis is winning this fight going into the third round. Davis rocked Cella early in the third round with some big punches, Cella collapsed, and Davis jumped on his back, and finished him with a lot of big hooks to the side of the head. Solid performance for Chel Erwin-Davis in his Bellator debut.
88.0
Decision
15:00
      Crotty shot in and secured a quick takedown, making his pro MMA debut on short notice. He looked solid for a minute or so, even going for a rear-naked choke, but Gross was able to escape that, ending up in top position, but Crotty turned that into a guillotine choke. Gross slipped out again, and then started blasting Crotty with hard punches on the ground. They stood up, and Gross was showing off some solid boxing skills, but Crotty is aggressive, clearly looking to get a quick finish. Crotty was exhausted though by the halfway mark, and Gross continued to beat him up with punches. Crotty sort of found his second wind, and took Gross to the ground again, ending the round in side control. Gross started the second round showing off his boxing some more, but Crotty was able to secure another takedown, controlling Gross up against the cage. Crotty secured full mount, and then the referee stood them up due to inactivity, but I mean... Crotty had the full mount, so... It doesn't really matter though, because Crotty took Gross right back down again. I have the fight all tied up going into the final round. Crotty got the fight to the ground again in the third round, and had full mount one minute into the round, Gross got on top, and Crotty locked on an inverted triangle choke, which he used to spin back into side control. Gross got back to his feet, and hit Crotty with some more punches, before taking him to the ground, ending up in Crotty's guard. They stood back up, and Crotty looked desperate for a takedown, as Gross continued to pick him apart with punches. By the end of the fight, Gross was beating the shit out of Crotty. Solid fight for both guys, great pro debut for Crotty, and clear 29-28 victory for Gross in my opinion. All 3 judges gave all 3 rounds to Garrett Gross for the unanimous decision victory.
88.0
Submission
(Triangle Armbar)
2:59
      These guys started with a wild exchange, and then Mann took the fight to the ground, landing in side control. He landed a nice short elbow, Kurtz rolled into top position, and then Mann got back on top in full mount, and then Kurtz got back to his feet, and Mann took Kurtz to the ground against the cage. Kurtz locked on a triangle choke, switched it to an armbar, and finished the fight via submission. Slick first round submission victory for Kyle Kurtz.
88.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:54
      These guys clinched early, Meredith threw Dowdy to the ground, and grabbed his back immediately. From there, Meredith locked on a tight rear-naked choke for the submission victory early in the first round. Nice quick Bellator debut for Adam Meredith.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      These guys were trading at a decent pace, until Sakai kicked Huddleston in the dick, which brought the fight to a brief pause. The rest of the round was a fairly even kickboxing match, until the final minute, where Sakai blasted The Shaved Gorilla with some brutal punches, which rocked Huddleston, nearly ending the fight, but Huddleston was able to recover with about 20 seconds left. Sakai wins that first round, based on that one barrage. Huddleston tried to take the fight to the ground in the second round, but Sakai showed some solid takedown defense, and beat the shit out of Huddleston in the process. Eventually Sakai locked on a relaxed guillotine choke, which he used to control Huddleston, while he regained his breath. Sakai is ahead 2-0 going into the final round. Sakai continued to beat up Huddleston for the duration of the final round, leading to a clear 30-27 victory for Sakai, UNTIL!!!! Huddleston rocked Sakai with about 10 seconds left. He tried to finish him with some punches, even knocking Sakai on his ass, nearly finishing the fight, but it was 5 seconds too late, as Sakai was saved by the bell. Pretty decent fight, and that would have been an amazing win for Huddleston, but yeah, Sakai wins this one AT LEAST 29-28, maybe 30-27, depending on how you score the end of that final round. All 3 judges gave the fight to Sakai, 29-28 for the unanimous decision victory.
87.7
Submission
(Kneebar)
3:41
      Mitchell landed a hard leg kick, and Royer shot for a takedown, pressing Mitchell up against the cage, but never fully securing the takedown. Mitchell was able to defend, pushing back, securing full mount, and then he grabbed Royer's back. Royer was able to spin out of it, but Royer caught him in his guard, with a triangle choke attempt, which Royer pushed to the side. They continued to roll around for a couple of minutes, Royer went for a toe hold, transitioned into a tight kneebar, and Mitchell was forced to tap. Solid submission victory for Kain Royer.
69.6
Submission
(Armbar)
1:52
      Ettling took Fazlo to the ground early in the round, and it looked like he was going to dominate him, but Fazlo was super relaxed, he went for an omoplata, and then he transitioned to an armbar, finishing the fight early in the first round with a slick submission victory. I'm really interested in seeing this Fazlo guy fight again in the near future.
87.4
TKO
(Punches)
2:07
      Lovelace kicked Lowe's legs, he fell to the ground, and then stood back up. Lowe shot for a takedown, Lovelace sprawled, but Lowe continued to drive forward. Lovelace backed up out of it, blasted Lowe with some punches, and finished the fight via TKO around the halfway mark of the first round.
87.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round started with Lawrence hoppin' and poppin', showing off his footwork, and showing off some decent boxing skills. Sanchez was able to slow him down near the end of the round, with a basic clinch game. Sanchez turned things around in the second round, beating up Lawrence for the first half of the round, and then slowing things down again with the clinch for the last half of the round. The referee broke them up with one minute left in the round, and Sanchez continued to beat up Lawrence on the feet, even though Sanchez's eye was bleeding pretty badly. Sanchez rocked Lawrence with 10 seconds left with a head kick. I had the fight all tied up going into the third round. Sanchez was beating up Lawrence in the third round, and then yanked him to the ground with a wild clinch takedown, which resulted in Lawrence landing in top position. Sanchez started throwing sharp elbows from his guard, so even though he was on the bottom, he was still beating up Lawrence. Sanchez spent the final 90 seconds of the fight looking for submissions on the ground. Lawrence looked like the better wrestler, but I still thought Sanchez scored more points on the ground, so I gave the fight to Sanchez, 29-28. Two of the judges agreed, giving the fight to Sanchez via split-decision.
88.7
TKO
(Punches)
0:54
      Lashley threw a couple of fast punches, and then shot for a fast takedown, almost ripped Thompson's leg off, got his back, and beat the shit out of the back of Thompson's head, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Solid win for Lashley, nice quick finish, but I don't really take him seriously yet, considering he's a professional can crusher at this point. Still, I'd say Lashley might be ready for a Bellator title shot at this point, because other than Cheick Kongo, there's not a lot of competition left in Bellator, other than a shot against the champ, Vitaly Minakov.
90.2
TKO
(Punches)
8:05
      Rickels came out, threw a couple of strikes, and then Chandler took him down, controlling Rickels on the ground. Rickels kicked out and got back to his feet with 2 minutes left in the round. Rickels tried to work his strikes again, and Chandler took him right back down again, landing a few elbows at the very end of the round. The first round goes to Chandler for his wrestling & control. Chandler started the second round with some decent leg kicks, and then he grabbed the left leg of Rickels, and kicked his foot out from under him, taking him back down against the cage. They stood back up, traded punches, and Rickels got ROCKED by a huge right hand, and Chandler followed it up with a guillotine attempt. Chandler pressed him up against the cage again, and then absolutely slaughtered Rickels with some brutal punches, causing the referee to stop the fight, partially due to the massive amount of blood flowing from the face of Rickels. Awesome win for Michael Chandler.
89.4
Decision
25:00
      Held was able to take Brooks down against the cage in the first minute of the first round. Brooks got on top with 90 seconds left in the first round, but Held immediately started looking for armbars, and leg locks, including a tight kneebar, but Brooks was somehow able to escape, ending up in various bizarre top positions. Will Brooks got the clinch takedown to start the second round. He used an arm-triangle choke attempt to move into full mount. The score is even after the first two rounds. Held shot for a sloppy takedown to start the third round, and Brooks ended up on top, caught in Held's guard, sort of. Held was obviously very active off his back, looking for submissions, but he wasn't really getting anything, which left Brooks on top for the entire round, basically in control. Held spent the final minute really looking for another leg lock, but Brooks continued to beat on him, leaving Held's face a bit bloody. Close round, but I have Brooks ahead, 2-1 going into the fourth round. Held started the fourth round dropping for a leg lock immediately, and it looked like he was doing ok for the first minute or so, until Brooks rolled into top position, inside Held's guard. From there, Brooks controlled the final 4 minutes of the round, even though he wasn't really doing much of anything interesting. Brooks started the final round with another trip takedown from the clinch. From there, Brooks was able to grind out another long winded unanimous decision victory. Solid performance by Brooks, but I was really hoping Held would submit Brooks at some point in this fight.
90.4
Decision
25:00
      The first round was pretty even, with both guys trading strikes, and I didn't think either guy really did enough to gain a clear advantage. Straus sort of secured a takedown near the end of the round, but Pitbull was right back up, so I'm not sure how much that counts for anything. Straus blasted Pitbull halfway through the second round with some brutal punches, knocking him flat on his ass. Straus chased him to the ground, and got caught in an armbar, but he slammed his way out of it, while continuing to batter Pitbull with punches on the ground. Straus continued to box the shit out of Pitbull for the duration of the third round, and then poked Pitbull in the eye. The fourth round was more of the same, with Straus chasing Pitbull, and beating him up with punch combinations. Pitbull started to turn things around late in the round, but it was too little too late. Straus goes into the final round, ahead 4-0 in my opinion. In the final round, Pitbull finally climbed onto the back of Straus, and started landing punches from all directions, trying to dig his way into a rear-naked choke, but Straus just turtled up, and avoided too much damage. By the end of the final round, Pitbull was beating the shit out of Straus with punches up against the cage, but Straus clearly earned the 49-46 unanimous decision victory. Solid fight overall, and excellent performance for Straus, other than that final round.
OVERALL 89.3
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