(5/14/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Adam Piccolotti - 92.8
2. Saad Awad - 92.2
3. Josh San Diego - 91.4
4. Andre Fialho - 91.3
5. Phil Davis - 90.9
6. Joshua Dustin Hardwick - 90.8
7. Jamielene Nievara - 90.2
8. Mark Dickman - 90.2
9. Sam Spengler - 90.1
10. Muhammed Lawal - 89.2
Bellator 154: Davis vs. King Mo
Location: San Jose, California
Elevation: 82'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Phil Davis vs. Muhammed Lawal
90.0
Fighters & Matches 87.7
Top 10 Fighters 90.9
TOTAL 89.3
86.3
TKO
(Punches)
13:05
     Dickman took down Diagne to start the first round, grabbed his back, and then just ended up pressing him against the cage, while looking for another takedown. Every time Diagne would stand back up, Dickman would drag him to the ground again, switching between takedown attempts & grabbing his back. No damage was done at all, but Dickman controlled Diagne 100% for the duration of the opening round. In the final 90 seconds of the round, Dickman finally started landing some strikes, mostly just basic punches to the face of Diagne. They looked more annoying than painful. Dickman landed some of his best shots late in the round.
     The second round started with Diagne throwing a kick to Dickman's liver, which dropped him for a few seconds, but he didn't follow it up with anything. Diagne spent the first half of the round picking apart Dickman on the feet, before Dickman finally shot for another takedown. It took him 90 seconds or so to complete the takedown, but once he did, he was able to mount Diagne, and land a little bit of ground & pound, stealing the round for Dickman. Dickman is up 2-0 going into the final round. In the final 5 seconds, Dickman started unloading bombs on the face of Diagne, but it was too little too late, so he didn't get the finish, as Diagne was saved by the bell.
     Diagne started the final round by trying that same liver kick, but he missed this time. 30 seconds into the round, and Dickman was looking for takedowns again. He brought Diagne back to the ground, mounted him, and punched him in the head, increasing the intensity of the ground & pound every 10 seconds or so, until the referee had eventually seen enough, forcing the stoppage 3 minutes into the final round. The stoppage came when Dickman was throwing single strikes, but Diagne was just laying there, refusing to defend himself, so the referee slowly pulled Dickman off of Diagne. Solid one-sided performance by Mark Dickman in his Bellator debut.
86.5
TKO
(Punches & Elbows)
12:43
      The first round had both girls trading random strikes, until Nievara eventually shot for a takedown, failed, Frausto took her down, and Nievara just laid comfortably on her back with Frausto in her guard. Frausto probably won the first round. The second round was similar to the first, but with Nievara ending up on top this time, so I guess the fight is all tied up going into the final round?
     Frausto took down Nievara early to start the final round. Nievara got back to her feet a few seconds later, and then tripped Frausto to the ground. Nievara worked her way into full mount, and then opened up with some heavy punches, finishing off Frausto with some aggressive ground & pound, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Solid Bellator debut for Jamielene Nievara. Frausto really looked awkward in there though.
86.8
Technical Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
1:21
      These guys traded some sloppy strikes, and then Hardwick destroyed Acosta with some heavy knees from the clinch. Hardwick knocked down Acosta with a series of punches, he locked on a power guillotine choke, and put Acosta to sleep. That was an excellent performance by J.D. Hardwick in his Bellator debut.
86.4
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with an aggressive clinch, followed by Spengler taking Childs to the ground. Spengler beat up Childs on the ground with short punches from inside his guard, while Childs was looking for armbars & triangles. Childs has an active guard, but he never really came close to latching anything on, he mostly just wiggled around a lot. Spengler really started to open up late in the round with punches, and then he hopped over, slapping on a Peruvian Necktie, and half a second after the bell rang, it looked like Childs tapped out. He was saved by the bell though, so once the submission was released, Childs punched Spengler in the face, CLEARLY after the bell. Weird ending to the round, but Spengler clearly won that round.
     The second round had Spengler taking Childs down again, and beating him up from inside the guard again. I have Spengler ahead 2-0 going into the final round. The final round had Spengler taking down Childs again, pinning him up against the cage, and he beat him up for most of the round. They stood back up late in the round, and Childs was able to pick apart Spengler on the feet for 90 seconds or so, but it wasn't nearly enough to make up for the fact that Spengler beat him for 13+ minutes. So yeah, I gave this fight to Spengler, 30-27, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory in his Bellator debut.
87.5
KO
(Punch)
2:11
      Reger looks crazy with a ton of tattoos, including tats on his face and throat and stuff like that. He throws wild punches & kicks, but doesn't land very often. Fialho on the other hand, looks very plain, but his striking is clean, with a high % of shots landing, he rocked Reger several times, and then he put him to sleep with a random combination of punches, that resulted with Reger's head bouncing off the canvas. Fialho is now 2-0 in Bellator, with both fights ending by legit KO inside the first half of the first round.
88.8
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:17
      Ray Wood started this fight by dancing around, throwing Karate kicks, but he wasn't really connecting with much. He threw a head kick, Piccolotti caught it, and took him to the ground, landing inside Wood's guard. Piccolotti immediately passed to half mount. He landed some aggressive punches, and then moved to full mount. Wood gave up his back, and Piccolotti started looking for the rear-naked choke. He spent a minute or so throwing punches at the head of Wood, he went for an arm-triangle choke, and then postured up in full mount, dropping more punches to the head of Wood. They continued to wrestle with each other, Piccolotti grabbed Wood's back again, locked on a standing rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission with 90 seconds or so left in the opening round. Solid submission victory for Adam Piccolotti.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round had both guys trading strikes, with San Diego moving around a lot more, bouncing around, throwing kicks & punches and then backing away. Labiano on the other hand was mostly just standing there, throwing punches whenever San Diego would get within range. San Diego eventually took Labiano to the ground, and Labiano was clearly looking for an armbar from his guard. They eventually stood back up with the help of some upkicks from Labiano, and Labiano spent the final 90 seconds trying to take San Diego to the ground. Labiano knocked down San Diego in the final seconds of the round. I scored the round for San Diego though, based mostly on his performance in the first half of the round.
      San Diego continued with his active footwork in the second round, moving around a lot, while picking apart Labiano with punches & kicks. The first round was pretty close, but the second round definitely goes to San Diego. Labiano tried to take him down with 30 seconds, and San Diego destroyed the side of Labiano's head with elbows on the way down. San Diego got up a few seconds later before Labiano could do anything on the ground. I have San Diego ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
      Labiano came out swinging in the final round, with his chin up in the air, and a lot of straight punch combinations, trying to keep San Diego at bay. San Diego continued to run circles around him while picking him apart with his boxing. Labiano shot for a desperate takedown halfway through the final round, getting San Diego to the ground with 2 minutes remaining in the fight. Labiano didn't really do anything on the ground, so the referee stood them up. San Diego spent the final 30 seconds mauling Labiano, hammering him on the feet with big punches, he took him down, and then he absolutely slaughtered him on the ground from full mount. That was a really solid performance by Josh San Diego.
89.6
TKO
(Punches & Elbows)
4:31
      Awad started this fight by throwing big looping punches, Cyborg tried to keep him under control with some knees from the clinch, and then tripped Awad to the ground. Awad went for an armbar, and Cyborg fell back for a heel hook, but Awad rolled through it, and then kicked Cyborg in the body until he was able to rip his leg out of danger. Awad postured up on top of Cyborg, and punched the shit out of his face with some huge punches. Santos was clearly rocked, but the referee allowed Awad to drop another 100 or so punches & elbows before the fight was finally stopped. That was a really impressive victory for Saad Awad, especially considering how easily Cyborg dispatched of Brennan Ward 3 weeks ago.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      Davis spent the first round circling around King Mo, picking him apart with front kicks and jumping punches, while Mo was clearly looking for the perfect counter, which never really happened. Mo threw a few big punches late in the round, but for the most part, Davis seemed more active to me, so I scored the round for Davis.
     Mo came out aggressively in the second round, blasted Davis with some big punches, and took him down, but Davis shot back up to his feet almost immediately. Davis threw a head kick and almost tripped himself in the process. Davis landed a groin shot, and then the rest of the round was spent with both guys trading strikes at an even pace, with Mo getting clipped in the groin again. Davis clearly had more active footwork, but Mo was hanging in there with his power strikes. I'm going to call this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     King Mo came out swinging bombs again to start the final round, but Davis quickly went back to using his footwork & boxing to pick apart Mo on the feet. Davis rocked Mo 3 minutes into the final round with some slick punches, and then took him down. Mo tried to stand back up, and Davis took his back, dragging him back to the ground. Davis went for a Kimura from side control, transitioned into an armbar, and King Mo broke free, ending up on top. They stood back up, and Davis continued to blast Mo with heavy shots. Mo threw everything he had left in the final 30 seconds, but it wasn't enough to win back the round. I scored this fight 29-28 for Davis, even though I WANTED Mo to win, and all 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Phil Davis, with two of them giving him all 3 rounds.
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:14
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
1:18
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
0:27
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
7:41
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.3
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