(1/29/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Carl Seumanutafa - 92.3
2. Paul Bradley - 92.3
3. Paul Daley - 92.2
4. Patricky Freire - 92.0
5. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane - 91.4
6. Tony Johnson - 90.9
7. Justin Smitley - 90.7
8. Javy Ayala - 90.2
9. Ryan Couture - 89.0
10. Raphael Butler - 88.5
Bellator 148: Daley vs. Uhrich
Location: Fresno, California
Elevation: 308'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Patricky Freire vs. Ryan Couture
90.2
Fighters & Matches 89.1
Top 10 Fighters 91.0
TOTAL 90.1
89.7
TKO
(Punches)
8:46
     Ayala came out, threw a big punch, and then immediately went for a single leg takedown against the cage, but Seumanutafa did a good job staying on his feet, so the fight just turned into a clinch fest for a minute or so, before Ayala was finally able to kick Seumanutafa's leg out from underneath him, which allowed him to take him to the ground, and grab his back. He eventually picked him up from behind, and slammed him to the ground again. Ayala was going full beast mode there for a while. The referee was threatening to stop the fight since Seumanutafa was getting pounded on, but he rolled over onto his back to try to work for a Kimura, which slowed Ayala down a little bit. Ayala continued to pound on Seumanutafa's body though. Ayala eventually climbed onto Seumanutafa's back again, and continued to punch him in the face, but he got too high, so Seumanutafa slipped out the back door, and Ayala grabbed an armbar on the way out, and it looked like he was cranking pretty hard, but Seumanutafa looked calm, and was able to escape with 10 seconds left in the round, which he used to mount Ayala, and blast him with some hard elbows. Solid first round, but I'm going to have to score that one for Ayala.
     Ayala looked tired for a second with the second round started, but then out of nowhere, he shot for a flying knee, and blasted Seumanutafa to the ground, where he got on top again, and continued to pound on him. Ayala is kind of a scary heavyweight. Seumanutafa went for another Kimura, but he only had half guard, so Ayala was able to escape. During a scramble though, Seumanutafa ended up on top, where he was able to land a lot of punches to the face of Ayala. The stood up, Ayala looked exhausted, and Seumanutafa was able to trip him to the ground, allowing Seumanutafa to get the full mount, where he blasted Ayala with some more heavy elbows, cutting open Ayala's right eye. Seumanutafa continued to dominate Ayala, keeping that full mount, blasting Ayala with heavy punches & elbows, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was an AWESOME comeback victory for Carl Seumanutafa.
88.1
Submission
(Armbar)
2:09
      Macfarlane secured an early takedown, and went for an armbar early in the first round. Tackett did a decent job defending though. After a minute or so, Macfarlane continued to crank, and Tackett was forced to submit by tapping with her foot. Really solid performance by Ilima-Lei Macfarlane.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      Arciniega spent the entire first round holding onto the center of the cage, while Smitley circled around him, and beat the crap out of him with punches & kicks. Arciniega's footwork in this fight looked pretty poor. Round one goes to Smitley. The second round was more of the same, with Arciniega grabbing the center of the cage, and then Smitley circled him, and picked him apart with strikes. Smitley's footwork was really impressive in this fight, as he was ducking out of the way of Arciniega's shots, and countering him with some pretty hard punches. Smitley was talking all kinds of shit during this fight, talking about how he's too fast, and Arciniega has no power. It's hard to say he's wrong though, because Smitley looked like a ghost in there, avoiding any damage, while haunting Arciniega with strikes for 15 minutes. That was a REALLY solid performance for Justin Smitley. I'm actually kind of shocked by how good he looked in this fight.
88.7
TKO
(Punches)
14:24
      Butler blasted Johnson with some heavy shots to start the fight, and then he clinched for some reason, which allowed Johnson to take him down. I hate watching a striker (Butler) with a huge reach advantage, waste time grappling with a wrestler (Johnson). They stood up, and continued to clinch, and then Butler threw a massive knee at Butler's dick, which brought the fight to a screeching halt. It allowed them to reset though, so Butler threw a front kick, before Johnson shot for another takedown, but Butler threw him to the ground, and then stood back up. They traded some wild punches, and Johnson went for another takedown, grabbing Butler's back this time. Butler bucked him off, and ended up in Johnson's guard. From there, Butler landed a few big punches, but for the most part, Johnson just tied him up and stalled out the rest of the round. That round probably could have gone either way, but I hope the judges give it to Butler, based on the groin shot, and the more effective striking, plus, he ended the round in top position.
     The second round had Johnson trying to pressure Butler in the clinch, but Butler was picking him apart with punches and knees to the body. 3 minutes into the round, Johnson finally secured another takedown, as Butler got a little sloppy, and failed to use his reach advantage. Johnson landed some short elbows on the ground, but for the most part, he was just laying on top of Butler. He eventually tried to take Butler's back with one minute left in the round. Butler got back to his feet with 30 seconds left in the round, and landed a few more shots before Johnson just stalled him out with some more clinching. I have the score all tied up going into the final round. Johnson started the final round with another takedown. Johnson started working his way around to Butler's back again, this time clearly looking for the rear-naked choke. Johnson continued to grind the shit out of Butler, while landing short punches. Butler eventually stood back up about halfway through the round. Johnson continued to grind Butler from the clinch, and the referee broke them up due to boredom. Johnson immediately took Butler back down. He landed some pretty heavy punches this time, pulling ahead pretty clearly in the final 90 seconds of the fight. After a few more decent punches, the referee eventually stopped the fight, mostly because Butler wasn't even trying to get back to his feet. Solid win for Tony Johnson.
90.2
KO
(Punch)
3:00
      This fight was kind of interesting. Couture for some reason decided to spend the entire fight standing & striking with Pitbull, and he knocked him down a couple of times, but Pitbull was clearly landing the harder shots, busting up Couture's face pretty badly. He eventually caught him with a massive left hook, and Couture landed flat on his face in a very clear knockout. Couture was down for a while after the KO too. Scary shit. Really solid win for Pitbull.
90.1
TKO
(Punches)
0:40
      Well then... This was a hugely anticipated fight, since their previous fight ended with a shitty no contest due to an accidental clash of heads. Well, here Bradley is, getting his revenge, slaughtering Honeycutt in under a minute. He basically just hammered him with massive punches, and handed Honeycutt his first loss via brutal KO. Honeycutt actually looked like he might have been knocked out multiple times, as he kept falling flat on his face, while Bradley was blasting him with massive punches from behind. Crazy win by the big underdog, Paul Bradley, in Honeycutt's hometown.
89.1
KO
(Punch)
2:00
      This fight started kind of slow, with both guys testing the distance for the first 90 seconds, until Uhrich started shooting for takedowns (and failing repeatedly), and Daley was beating him up with knees from the clinch. Eventually, Daley caught Uhrich with a big right uppercut that caused Uhrich to fall to the canvas face first, as Daley walked off. Another solid first round KO victory for Paul Daley, against a guy that I really had no faith in. I have to admit though, I'm really looking forward to that Daley vs. Koscheck rematch that they've been building up for a couple of years now.
N/A
Submission
(Kimura)
1:53
(Unaired)
N/A
KO
(Punches)
0:43
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 90.1
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