(4/22/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Michael Page - 94.0
2. Andrey Koreshkov - 93.4
3. Mike Zichelle - 93.1
4. Djamil Chan - 92.5
5. Evangelista Santos - 92.4
6. Patricio Freire - 91.2
7. Chris Honeycutt - 91.0
8. Brent Primus - 90.4
9. Gleristone Santos - 90.4
10. Brennan Ward - 90.0
Bellator 153: Koreshkov vs. Henderson
Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
Elevation: 259'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Michael Page vs. Jeremie Holloway
91.8
Fighters & Matches 89.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.8
TOTAL 90.6
88.9
KO
(Punches)
3:09
     These guys came out swinging with hard punches & kicks, until Patishnock secured a takedown early in the first round. Chan did a good job holding Patishnock's arms to avoid damage. They stood back up, and then Patishnock took him down again. Patishnock tried to pound on him, but Chan continued to tie up Patishnock on the ground. There was a scramble, Chan ended up on top, Patishnock slapped on a triangle choke, Chan broke free, and then punched Patishnock in the face with a massive right hand, followed by a combination that put Patishnock to sleep. That was an awesome Bellator debut for Djamil Chan. They actually had to bring in a stretcher for Patishnock too for some reason. That was a BRUTAL knockout.
88.0
Decision
15:00
      Secor threw a few leg kicks, and then Honeycutt took him down with an aggressive double leg. Honeycutt looked like he was in control, but Secor has a decent defensive guard, so he wasn't really taking any damage. Boring round, but I guess I would score that round for Honeycutt, based on the takedown, and some minimal ground & pound.
     Secor shot for an early takedown in the second round, and Honeycutt easily sprawled, and then tried to take Secor's back, but Secor flipped so that Honeycutt was on top in north-south position. From there, Honeycutt threw big punches to Secor's body, before standing up. Secor threw a big kick to Honeycutt's chest. Secor continued to throw kicks, while Honeycutt danced around the outside, looking for another opening for a takedown. They traded a few wild strikes, and then Honeycutt threw a big punches, and followed it up with a spinning takedown, pinning Secor against the cage again. This time Honeycutt was able to land some decent ground & pound, including some short elbows, and a few big punches. I have Honeycutt ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Secor was clearly frustrated as he came out for the final round, and he tried to taunt Honeycutt, but Honeycutt stayed calm, and then took him down again. He beat him up for a minute or so before Secor got back to his feet. Honeycutt continued to grind him against the cage while landing short knees & punches. Honeycutt then took Secor down again with a bodylock. Honeycutt continued to beat up Secor for the rest of the round. Honeycutt clearly won this fight 30-27 across the board. One generous judge even scored the fight 30-25.
89.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:25
      Zichelle started this fight with a big head kick, some punches that rocked Cronin, he PROBABLY could have gone in for the kill after that, but instead, he shot for a silly takedown, that went nowhere, as Cronin was able to stay on his feet. Zichelle eventually whipped Cronin to the ground, battered him with huge hammerfists, and heavy punches, he grabbed his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and forced the submission early in the first round. Outstanding performance by Mike Zichelle.
N/A
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
8:14
(Unaired)
91.8
Submission
(Toe Hold)
2:15
      Holloway started this fight by sprinting head first into Page's right hand, which knocked Holloway on his ass in a matter of seconds. He stood back up, and got blasted by some additional punches. Holloway clinched, pressing Page against the cage, trying to stall as long as possible, and then he hit him with a groin shot. When the fight started back up, Page blasted Holloway with some more punches, he threw him to the ground by the throat, he beat the shit out of him on the ground with some hammerfists, Holloway thought he would be slick, so he tried for a heel hook, but Page grabbed Holloway's foot and nearly ripped it off. I was wondering why the referee wasn't stopping the fight since Holloway was blasting Page with some questionable upkicks, but I guess it all makes sense now, considering Page won the fight by spectacular submission. Michael "Venom" Page is legit as fuck!
88.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Primus looked a little reckless in the first round, as Santos was able to knock him down multiple times, but I'm not entirely sure if those were legit knockdowns, or if Primus just wanted the fight to take place on the ground, so he was sort of pulling guard? Either way, once the fight actually hit the ground, Primus worked his rubber guard, looking for an Omoplata, and then they stood back up. They traded some decent punches, and Santos threw a few wild kicks. I would probably score that first round in favor of Santos.
     The second round was another wild kickboxing match, with Primus landing a few decent shots, but for the most part, Santos was more active with his striking, and he was picking apart Primus with his speed. Every time Primus would land 2-3 decent punches, Santos would counter with 5-6. At this point it's looking like Primus needs to finish Santos in the final round if he wants to remain undefeated. Santos on the other hand is really showing his experience.
     The final round had some decent striking, Primus looked like he might have been rocked at one point, and then he took Santos down in the final minute of the round. He tried to grab the back of Santos, Santos rolled out of that, Primus pinned him down, beat the shit out of him with some punches & elbows, Santos tried to scramble out of that, but Primus was able to maintain control. There is a chance that this fight COULD go to Primus, based on that final minute, but I'm assuming the judges will give it to Santos, 29-28. NOPE! One judge gave the fight to Santos, the last two judges gave the fight to Primus by split-decision. Santos is having a hell of a time with the judges in Bellator so far. Something tells me he's going to go all out for the finish next time. Congrats to Primus for remaining undefeated.
89.7
Submission
(Heel Hook)
0:30
      Ward came out swinging, he grabbed the back of Santos and took him to the ground. Santos grabbed for his leg, Ward tried to wrestle his way out of the kneebar, Santos switched to a heel hook, and Ward tapped out in 30 seconds. Pretty amazing submission finish for Cyborg Santos, but... I mean... Damn Brennan... Where were your Vans?
88.4
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
9:09
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Pitbull took Corrales to the ground halfway through the opening round. Pitbull went for an arm-triangle choke, gave up on that, switched to the other side, and went for another arm-triangle choke. He gave up on that choke, and beat up Corrales with a little bit of ground & pound before standing back up. They traded a few more strikes, and then the round ended. I scored the first round for Pitbull.
     They continued to trade random strikes in the second round, at a VERY slow pace, causing the crowd to do the boo thing. Pitbull shot for a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, and laid inside Corrales's guard for a few seconds. Corrales scrambled to his feet, Pitbull slapped on a tight guillotine choke, and forced Corrales to tapout quickly. Really nice win for Pitbull.
90.5
Decision
25:00
      Holy fuck man! Benson Henderson is making his Bellator debut here, people are expecting him to come in and destroy some people, but... That first round was 100% all about Koreshkov, as he beat the living shit out of Henderson, slaughtering him with brutal kicks, using his insane range advantage, and he blasted Henderson with a flying knee at the end of the round that nearly knocked out Henderson. 10-8 round for Koreshkov.
      Let's be honest here, Henderson has NO BUSINESS fighting at 170 anymore. He is 100% a Lightweight fighter, and he needs to stay in his own weight class. The second round was another round of the much larger Koreshkov absolutely slaughtering Henderson on the feet, and Henderson wasn't able to get anywhere close to securing a takedown, due to the massive difference in reach. At this rate, Henderson will be lucky to even win a round.
      Henderson got rocked early in the third round, and then he shot for a deep takedown, pressing Koreshkov against the cage, but Koreshkov sprawled like a maniac, and then blasted Henderson with brutal elbows & punches to the head. Henderson refused to give up his one opportunity for a decent takedown, but he took WAY too much damage in that effort. Koreshkov spun out of that, and BRUTALLY murdered Henderson's body with some heavy knees on the ground, landed a deadly uppercut to his face on the ground. Koreshkov is a fucking maniac, and Henderson is getting completely outclassed in this fight, not only on the feet, but also on the ground at this point. Koreshkov landed a brutal spinning heel kick to Henderson's head in the final 10 seconds. I have Koreshkov ahead, 30-25 going into the fourth round. Henderson NEEDS to finish Koreshkov at this point, since it's mathematically impossible for him to even come close to Koreshkov's lead.
      I almost thought Henderson was applying enough pressure in the fourth round for him to MAYBE win that round, UNTIL... One minute left, and Koreshkov nearly knocked him out with some brutal punches, AND THEN, Koreshkov slapped on a guillotine choke, and tried to finish Henderson with a submission. This shit is getting embarrassing. At this point, you have to assume that Henderson doesn't stand a chance. Final round, and it's been 20 minutes of Koreshkov absolutely dominating Henderson so far.
      The final round was the same story. Henderson probably had his best round in that final round, and he still got his ass handed to him. Koreshkov fucking DESTROYED Henderson. Not just "sort of beat him up", but like... I'll honestly be surprised if Henderson ever wants to fight again after this fight. That was one of the worst 25 minutes I've ever seen for a fighter. Koreshkov on the other hand, looked like a fucking GOD. Andrey Koreshkov might legitimately be one of the best welterweights on the planet. Granted, I already said Henderson doesn't belong at 170, but... After watching an ass beating like that, it's hard to imagine that many people can hang with Koreshkov, with his brutal striking & amazing defensive wrestling. All 3 judges scored the fight 50-45 for Koreshkov. I scored that shit 50-43, MAYBE even 50-42. I've never seen anything like that before.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Armbar)
1:44
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
8:38
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 90.6
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