(3/4/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Darrion Caldwell - 95.0
2. Ray Wood - 92.9
3. Neiman Gracie - 92.6
4. Joe Taimanglo - 91.5
5. Bubba Jenkins - 91.2
6. Sirwan Kakai - 90.8
7. Goiti Yamauchi - 90.7
8. Jermayne Barnes - 90.5
9. Ricky Turcios - 90.4
10. Fernando Gonzalez - 90.1
Bellator 151: Warren vs. Caldwell
Location: Thackerville, Oklahoma
Elevation: 866'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Darrion Caldwell vs. Joe Warren
91.7
Fighters & Matches 88.6
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 90.1
89.7
TKO
(Spinning Back Fist & Punches)
3:10
     These guys started off the night by trading some pretty decent kicks. Wood landed some decent knees, and then kicked Jones in the liver, which caused him to bend over a bit, and Wood started to slaughter him with knees from the clinch. It looked like he was well on his way to a quick finish, as he was kicking the shit out of Jones, but then he kicked Jones in the dick, which gave him a chance to regain his composure. They started the fight back up, and continued to work at a fairly high pace. Wood continued to work his Wonderboy style of Karate kicks, keeping Jones at distance, while hitting him with a wide variety of strikes. Jones clinched to slow things down, pressing Wood against the cage, but they finally broke apart, which allowed Wood to BLAST Jones with some brutal kicks to the body. Wood then unloaded a slick spinning back fist that knocked Jones on his ass, he pounced on him and the fight was stopped. Awesome Bellator debut for Ray Wood. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this guy fight again soon.
87.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first half of the first round was a pretty decent boxing match, with both guys landing a few decent shots, but for the most part, Rencountre was beating up Patterson on the feet. They clinched, Patterson pushed for a takedown, and Rencountre threw him across the cage. They stood back up a few seconds later. The pace slowed down a little bit in the final minute of the round. Round one goes to Rencountre. The second round mostly took place on the feet, with both guys throwing more kicks this time around. Patterson was also more aggressive than he was in the first round. With 2 minutes left in the round, Rencountre grabbed Patterson's back, and beat him up with short punches, while looking for a choke, but he never came that close to finishing anything. Patterson broke free with a minute left in the round, and they continued to box each other until the bell sounded. That round could have probably gone either way. The final round started to look pretty sloppy, with a decent amount of strikes being thrown both ways, but not a lot of anything worthwhile was landing. I would probably give that final round to Patterson, based mostly on forward momentum, and pressure. Really this fight could have gone either way, and Patterson earns the victory via split-decision.
87.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys were both bouncing around a lot, with Garcia trying to show off his Dominick Cruz style footwork, but as he was spending most of his time bouncing around, and moving away, Turcios was beating him up with punches, and forward movement. Garcia caught a kick and secured a takedown late in the first round, but Turcios popped right back up, and pressed Garcia against the cage, while working some knees from the clinch. The first round goes to Turcios, even though Garcia grabbed his back in the final 10 seconds of the round. Seriously, Garcia moves with the exact same style as Dominick Cruz, he's just not as good at it. Turcios wins the second round for the same reason as the first, forward movement, and landing more strikes. Garcia threw him at one point, but again, Turcios got right back up and continued to beat him up before taking Garcia down. The rest of the round was spent with Turcios on top, punching Garcia in the face. The final round was the same thing, with Garcia working his smooth but ineffective footwork, while Turcios pressured him, and beat him up. Solid 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Ricky Turcios in his Bellator debut, handing Garcia the first loss of his career.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      This was an ugly fight, with both guys clinching, and falling to the ground looking for leg locks to start the fight. Obviously Gracie proved to be the better grappler, so Carroll had to let go, which ended up resulting in Gracie getting on top of him, beating him up with some basic ground & pound before grabbing his back. Carroll clearly didn't win at all, but he did a commendable job defending against submissions in this fight. It didn't take Gracie long to grab Carroll's back again in the second round. He locked on a body triangle, and punched Carroll a lot, before trying to sink in a rear-naked choke. He couldn't get it, so he just kept riding Carroll like a bull, while punching him in the head repeatedly. Gracie fell back for an armbar from back mount to finish out the round, but he didn't have enough time to finish it. The final round started with Gracie getting Carroll to the ground again, where he continued to dominate him for the rest of the fight. Easy 30-27 decision victory for Neiman Gracie in my opinion. Really great show of grappling on his part.
86.0
TKO
(Submission to Elbows)
6:17
      Barnes missed weight by a lot. Palmer has that fighting style where you lean your chin back, and throw punches, and hope you don't die. Both of these guys look a little bit ridiculous. With that being said, Barnes clinched early, lifted Palmer up in the air, and slammed him. They stood back up, and he took him down again. They stood back up, and both looked gassed after two minutes. They traded some of the sloppiest punches I've ever seen, and then Barnes secured another takedown. This fight is pretty terrible so far. The second round started, and Barnes lifted Palmer over his head again, and slammed him to the ground, as Palmer was trying to defend himself with a loose guillotine. Barnes postured up, and started dropping some pretty decent elbows, and Palmer tapped out. That was a shitty fight. Congrats to Barnes for winning a fight he showed up extremely out of shape for, but yeah, shitty fight, and I'd rather not watch either of these guys fight again in the future. SO out of shape. So very very out of shape.
N/A
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
7:20
(Unaired)
89.7
Decision
15:00
      After an abrupt departure from the UFC, Sirwan Kakai is making his Bellator debut here against a Bellator veteran. These guys spent the first 3 minutes of the fight trading strikes at a pretty decent pace, and then Taimanglo locked on a tight anaconda choke. Kakai somehow was able to escape that, and he ended up on top of Taimanglo, where he was able to pound on him for a minute or so until the end of the round. Really solid opening round for both fighters. I might call that round a draw? The second round was another pretty even round of striking, with both guys landing some decent punches & kicks, but neither fighter really had a clear advantage yet. I think most people are probably leaning in favor of Taimanglo going into the final round, but it really could go either way at this point in my opinion. The final round was another close round, but this one probably goes to Kakai. So like I said before, this fight could go either way. I'm personally leaning just SLIGHTLY in favor of Taimanglo overall. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory, 29-28 on all 3 scorecards.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      I was really looking forward to this fight since I like both of these guys. One minute into the fight, Yamauchi was already clinging onto the back of Jenkins, while Jenkins was standing near the fence. Yamauchi was really digging for a rear-naked choke, and Jenkins looked completely lost with Yamauchi on his back. That was a rough round for Bubba, but he was able to survive until the end of the round at least, and his legs are probably exhausted at this point. The second round started, and Jenkins took Yamauchi to the ground against the cage. Yamauchi did a good job defending from his guard, but for the most part, that round was 100% Jenkins, as he ground & pounded Yamauchi for almost the entire round. I have the score all tied up going into the final round. Jenkins shot for another takedown to start the final round, and did the lay & pray thing for the first half of the round. Yamauchi then tried to setup an armbar, and Jenkins tried to elbow his way out of it, but Yamauchi continued to try to crank on it to break Bubba's grip. Jenkins escaped, and Yamauchi continued to work his rubber guard. This fight could very easily be a split-decision, depending on if you give more credit to Jenkins for top control and ground & pound, or Yamauchi for his guard game & submission attempts. If I had to pick a winner, I would lean SLIGHTLY in favor of Goiti Yamauchi. All 3 judges ended up giving the fight to Bubba Jenkins. One judge even gave him all 3 rounds, another judge declared the first round a draw (which COULD have been a 10-8 round for Yamauchi if you know anything about fighting), and the other judge scored it 29-28 in favor of Jenkins. These judges are fucking ridiculous. But congrats to Jenkins, I'm fine with him winning, just not all 3 rounds.
86.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Smith started this fight with a takedown, grabbed Gonzalez's head, and then Gonzalez stood up, and dumped Smith to the ground. Smith shot for another sloppy takedown, and Gonzalez punched him in the face a lot, while trying to fight off the takedown. By the end of the round, Smith was on top of Gonzalez against the cage, punching him in the face. I guess round one goes to Smith. Smith came out strong in the second round, throwing some big punches, and then he shot for another takedown, and was able to get Gonzalez to the ground against the cage again. Smith beat him up for most of the round on the ground, but Gonzalez tried to explode out of that position with about a minute left in the round, but Smith just took him back down again. The final round started, and Smith shot for another lay & pray takedown. This night has pretty much sucked so far. I'm getting bored with all the decisions, and the laying & praying. Gonzalez got back to his feet, and tried to turn it into a fight, but Smith just took him down again and laid on him. Gonzalez fought his way back into top position with 90 seconds left in the fight. He landed some decent ground & pound from that point until the end of the round, so I'm REALLY HOPING that the judges give this fight to Gonzalez. Smith stood back up with 15 seconds left and started swinging wildly, but didn't really land anything. PLEASE give the fight to Gonzalez... Please? At least he TRIED to fight. Two of the judges gave the fight to Gonzalez, so I'm pretty stoked about that. The fight still sucked though.
91.7
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:23
      Darrion Caldwell came out like a ball of fire, grabbing Warren around the waist, taking him to the ground, and dominating him for the first couple of minutes of the fight, nearly finishing him with punches on the ground, while riding Warren's back. Caldwell also unloaded an AMAZING Randleman style suplex, dropping Warren on his neck in brutal fashion. Caldwell then locked on a tight rear-naked choke, and put Warren to sleep. He fucking DESTROYED Warren in this fight. I really like this Darrion Caldwell guy, he's a fucking beast, and one of my new favorite fighters at 135. That was an awesome way to end an otherwise boring night of fights.
OVERALL 90.1
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