(11/20/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (30 Total):
1. Brandon Girtz - 93.5
2. Melvin Manhoef - 93.0
3. Alonzo Menifield - 91.3
4. Guilherme Viana - 91.0
5. Hisaki Kato - 90.7
6. Andre Santos - 90.6
7. Stephen Banaszak - 90.4
8. Chidi Njokuani - 90.4
9. Bubba Jenkins - 90.2
10. Ricky Rainey - 90.0
Bellator 146: Kato vs. Manhoef
Location: Thackerville, Oklahoma
Elevation: 866'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Melvin Manhoef vs. Hisaki Kato
91.3
Fighters & Matches 88.0
Top 10 Fighters 91.1
TOTAL 89.6
87.4
TKO
(Punches)
0:38
     Menifield caused Rosol's right eye to swell early with some punches, Rosol shot in for a takedown, Menifield stuffed it, blasted Rosol in the face, Rosol fell to the ground, and Menifield finished him off with more punches. Really solid Bellator debut for Alonzo Menifield.
86.2
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Blencowe beat up Holloway on the feet to start the first round, they went to the ground, Blencowe failed at a Peruvian Necktie attempt, and Holloway was able to end up on top in Blencowe's guard. By the end of the round, Blencowe was able to get back to her feet, and land a few more strikes while Holloway was shooting for another takedown. I gave the round to Blencowe, even though Holloway spent a good portion of the round on top. Holloway took the fight right back down to the ground in the second round, and laid on top of Blencowe for the duration of the round, so I guess she wins that round. She didn't really do much, but she was able to maintain full mount for a couple of minutes, but lost it when she went for a rear-naked choke. Holloway also went for an armbar off her back, but didn't really look strong enough to finish it. Holloway won the round, but was pretty clearly gassing by the end of it. The third round started with Blencowe beating up Holloway some more, and then she got sloppy again, and Holloway was able to roll her over and lay on top for a few minutes. Blencowe eventually landed an illegal knee (barely did anything though), so after a minute for Holloway to rest, they started back up, and Blencowe beat her ass, nearly finishing her with an armbar at the end of the round. Once the fight ended, Holloway stayed on the ground due to an injured knee, I guess? I have no idea what happened there, but yeah... By the end of the fight, I guess it could have gone either way, but I gave it to Blencowe, 29-28, and two of the judgtes agreed, giving her the split-decision victory.
87.1
Decision
15:00
      Neer beat up Santos a little bit in the first round, getting on top, pounding on him a little bit, and probably outstriking him on the feet, but by the end of the first round, Neer already looked gassed. The second round basically had both guys closing their eyes, and swinging for each other's heads, and with 40 seconds left in the round, Santos started going crazy, and beat the living shit out of Neer, clearly walking away with that second round. Neer tried to work his leg kicks in the final round, but he left himself open for several uppercuts, which Santos consistently followed up with solid punch combinations. In the end, I gave the fight to Santos, 29-28, and all 3 judges agreed.
86.0
Decision
15:00
      Budd started this fight by clinching with Rovel up against the cage, and mostly just pressuring her, but not really doing any damage or anything. It wasn't the most eventful round I've ever seen, but it was a strong showing of control for Budd. The second round was more of the same, with Budd pressuring Rovel up against the cage in the clinch, stomping on her feet, and basically just stalling out, in what appeared to be an effort to take the fight to a long winded decision. Rovel sort of secured a takedown at one point, and started landing some strikes near the end of the round, which might have made that second round a draw. The final round was another round of Budd pushing Rovel up against the cage in the clinch. That fight was boring as shit, but a decent win for Budd.
86.5
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:08
      Yay! Another fight where one guy (Reiter) pushes his opponent up aginst the fence in the clinch, and does no damage for an entire round. Reiter wins the first round, by just grinding against France. He finally took him down at the end of the round and beat him up a little bit, but that wasn't a great round to watch. France came out more aggressively in the second round, landing a few shots, before Reiter was able to press him up against the cage again. France eventually dropped, got Reiter to the ground, climbed on his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight. Nice win for Francisco France!
88.0
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
3:42
      About a minute into the first round, Pacuariu knocked Banaszak to the ground with a punch, but let him get back up. They eventually clinched, Pacurariu threw Banaszak to the ground, Banaszak ended up on top somehow, Pacurariu went for a guillotine, Banaszak slipped out, moved into full mount, and locked on a mounted guillotine choke, for the submission victory in the last half of the first round. Nice submission victory for Stephen Banaszak.
86.6
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
10:00
      Houston Alexander looked a lot smaller than I remember him being, from back when he was fighting in the UFC. Viana basically picked him apart with his striking for the duration of this fight, Alexander looked like he was half asleep for the entire fight, and he mostly just spent the entire 5 minute round, walking into the fists of Viana. Alexander kind of ran right through Viana in the second round, planting his own head on the ground after a somewhat-failed takedown. From that point forward, Viana basically just beat the shit out of Alexander. A couple of minutes into the second round, Viana mounted the back of Alexander, looking to dig in a rear-naked choke. Alexander's face was a bloody mess, as his nose was pouring blood all over the place. They spent the final minute of the round trading punches with each other. The doctor stopped the fight after the second round, based on Alexander's right eyelid nearly falling off. Really solid performance, and a nice win for Guilherme Viana.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      Rainey spent the first half of the first round pressuring Njokuani up against the cage, and knocked him to the ground with a hard punch combination, but Njokuani was able to recover pretty quickly. Rainey spent the rest of the round pressuring Njokuani up against the cage. I thought it was a pretty clear round for Rainey. Njokuani started the second round with a kick, and then was taken to the ground, but stood back up quickly. They clinched, and Rainey threw Njokuani to the ground with a headlock takedown, but he popped back up. Rainey continued to pressure him against the cage, nullifying the reach of Njokuani, and Rainey continued to control him with his clinch, and some random takedowns. The referee broke them up with about 90 seconds left in the second round, and Rainey used the break to rush in with another punch combination, before Njokuani started working his clinch game up against the cage. Njokuani shut Rainey's right eye with an elbow, but Rainey beat him up some more in the final 10 seconds of the round, leading to what I thought was 2-0 for Ricky Rainey, going into the final round. Rainey's eye was looking jacked in the third round, and Njokuani made a definite comeback, clearly beating Rainey's ass with some hard kicks, and solid boxing. Rainey slammed him at the end of the round, and beat him up on the ground for the final 10 seconds, but I still thought Njokuani won that final round. 29-28 for Rainey in my opinion, but all 3 judges screwed him with their PRIDE scoring, giving the fight to Njokuani, 29-28 on all scorecards.
88.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Jenkins started the first round by grabbing the back of Parsons, and suplexing him to the ground, slamming him with force. They traded strikes for a little bit, and Jenkins continued to smother Parsons, riding his back for a little bit, while beating him up with punches. It was a close round, as Parsons showed some decent standup, but I thought Jenkins did enough, keeping Parsons on the ground, to win the round. The second round clearly goes to Jenkins, as he blasted Parsons with a kick to the head that nearly finished the fight, forcing Parsons to do the chicken dance before falling on his face. Somehow though, he magically regained consciousness, and the fight continued. Parsons went for a Kimura, and I was shocked that Jenkins wasn't able to finish, as badly as he had Parsons rocked. They stood up, Jenkins landed another head kick, took Parsons to the ground, and continued to dominate him with his wrestling. Jenkins shot in for a takedown in the third round, and was stopped by a loose guillotine attempt. That was basically the story of the final round, with Jenkins on top, working his takedown, and Parsons clinging for dear life, with that poor guillotine attempt. In the final 30 seconds, Jenkins broke free, got on the back of Parsons for a second, and continued to pressure him agains the cage, leading to what I thought was a pretty clear 30-27 victory for Jenkins, AT LEAST 29-28, but one judge disagreed, resulting in a split-decision victory for Bubba Jenkins.
90.9
TKO
(Punches)
0:37
      These guys circled around each other for about 30 seconds, and then Girtz knocked Campos's head off with a big punch, and then he slaughtered him on the ground with some more punches, busting open the left eye of Campos. That was a brutal beating delivered by Brandon Girtz, in just over 30 seconds of the first round. AWESOME win for Brandon Girtz, as he avenges his decision loss from 2 years ago.
91.3
KO
(Punch)
3:43
      The first 3:30 of this fight had both guys throwing hard punches & kicks, with Kato working the body of Manhoef with kicks, and throwing hard punches to his head, and Manhoef was mostly just hunting for the head of Kato. They did the rock 'em sock 'em exchange, and as soon as it looked like the referee was ready to jump in to save Manhoef from getting knocked out, he blasted Kato in the face with a massive right hand, and Kato went down for the count. The stoppage might have been SLIGHTLY early, as Kato looked like he was ready to sit up, but it ended up being a good stoppage, because Kato got fucked up. That was an awesome fight while it lasted, and I'm really happy to see Manhoef get a win like this.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
2:25
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:17
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
9:14
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.6
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