(5/20/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Joe Hamilton - 92.4
2. Jesse Brock - 91.4
3. Marcin Held - 91.3
4. Alexis Dufresne - 91.1
5. Melvin Manhoef - 90.8
6. Augusto Sakai - 90.2
7. Joey Beltran - 90.1
8. Chase Gormley - 89.9
9. Casey Johnson - 89.7
10. Vince Morales - 89.6
Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Manhoef
Location: Boise, Idaho
Elevation: 2,730'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Alexis Dufresne vs. Marloes Coenen
89.8
Fighters & Matches 87.9
Top 10 Fighters 90.7
TOTAL 89.3
87.8
KO
(Punches)
12:32
     These guys came out swinging, they clinched with some hard clinch work, broke apart, traded some more punches, clinched some more. Ash opended up a cut on the right eye of Morales, and then took him to the ground, dragging him down repeatedly, but he had trouble keeping Morales on the ground. Still, it was a strong round for Ash, as he pretty much dominated Morales with multiple takedowns, more damage to the face, and an overall higher workrate. Round one goes to Ash.
     Morales came out throwing bombs in the second round, but Ash quickly got him under control, and started picking him apart with his boxing again. Morales is clearly looking for the kill though, throwing with a lot more power. Ash shot for a takedown 90 seconds into the round, and ended up in side control in the center of the cage. Ash tried to mount Morales, Morales worked his way back to his feet, and Ash punched him in the side of the head a lot in the process. Morales finally got back to his feet with 2 minutes left in the round. Ash continued to walk down Morales for the rest of the round, picking him apart with punches. Ash is ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Ash continued to stalk Morales in the final round, walking him down, picking him apart with his punches & kicks, using his range wisely, etc... He was well on his way to a 30-27 unanimous decision, until halfway through the final round, Morales blasted Ash in the chin with a few heavy punches, eventually knocking him the fuck out, and smashing him on the ground. That was an insane comeback KO victory for Vincent Morales in his Bellator debut.
87.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
0:22
      Tyler Freeland is super short. 4'11" makes him one of the shortest fighters I've seen, so it really makes Hamilton's 10" reach advantage stand out. Hamilton blasted Freeland with some hard punches, a big front kick that knocked Freeland to the ground, Hamilton attacked him, grabbed his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission 22 seconds into the first round. That was an awesome debut for Joe Hamilton, really putting a stamp on the fight after Freeland missed weight.
87.0
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:16
      Raftery came out swinging, hitting Johnson with some hard punches & kicks, while using some decent footwork to keep his distance as well. Raftery knocked down Johnson with a big left hand, and then jumped into his guard. Raftery tried to pass Johnson's guard, but Johnson did a good job keeping him tied up. Not a lot happened on the ground, but Raftery still clearly controlled that round, so I scored the round for Raftery.
     Johnson came out swinging while moving forward in the second round, but got clipped with a few punches on his way in, so they ended up back in the center of the cage. They clinched, Johnson took Raftery's back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via surprise submission. Raftery gave up his back in the clinch, as if that was his idea of defending himself in the clinch? Really bad move. Solid come from behind victory for Casey Johnson.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      This is a crazy matchup for the prelims. Held came out swinging, they clinched, and Jansen took him down with a head & arm throw. Jansen controlled most of the first round from that position, while Held threw short punches up at the head of Jansen. Jansen tried to move into full mount, and then Held started looking for leg locks, and eventually took down Jansen, ending up on top. Held beat up Jansen against the cage with some short punches, and in my opinion, came back & won the round.
     Held cut open the left side of Jansen's head with a spinning heel kick, and then took down Jansen to start the second round. That cut was pouring a lot of blood all over the place. Held spent the first half of the round inside Jansen's guard, beating him up with ground & pound. The referee had the doctor check the cut, but the doctor said he could continue. Held took him back down and continued to beat up the bloody Jansen on the ground for the rest of the round. I have Held ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     These guys clinched to start the final round, and then Held took down Jansen again, sort of. Jansen ended up on top, tried to grab Held's back, and Held rolled for a possible kneebar or toe hold. Jansen did a good job defending, but those leg submissions are dangerous. By the end of the fight, I scored it 30-27 for Marcin Held, I thought he pretty much beat Jansen the entire time. Two judges gave him the fight 29-28, but they all agreed that Held won, with the unanimous decision victory.
87.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
13:57
      Bradstreet took down Brock early in the first round, but Brock stood right back up. Brock controlled most of the time spent in the clinch, and took Bradstreet down halfway through the round, ending up in half mount, but Bradstreet tried to use the cage to kick out of it. Bradstreet tried to grab Brock's back, but Brock ended up grabbing Bradstreet's back instead. Solid round of grappling for Brock, showing that he's clearly the better grappler.
     Brock took Bradstreet to the ground again early in the second round. Bradstreet made it a fight with a few scrambles, but for the most part, Brock's grappling is winning this fight for him, going into the final round ahead 2-0 on the scorecards. Brock dumped Bradstreet to the ground again early in the final round, continuing to wrestle the shit out of him. He moved to side control, sort of went for a mounted crucifix, Bradstreet scrambled out of it, and Brock took his back. Bradstreet stood back up, but Brock continued to control him from the clinch. He threw a few knees to the body, and then pulled Bradstreet to the ground with a front choke, blasted him with a hard knee to the body on the ground, Bradstreet tried to scramble for a takedown, that didn't work, they clinched again, Brock secured another takedown, landed in side control, took Bradstreet's back, and finished the fight with a rear-naked choke. Really solid performance by Jesse Brock in his Bellator return.
N/A
KO
(Punches)
3:29
(Unaired)
87.2
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Gormley did a good job picking apart Beltran in the first round, pushing him back with strikes, preventing Beltran from being able to get inside on him. Beltran had a few decent combos, but I'd probably have to score that first round for Gormley. Gormley especially worked his kicks really well, eating up Beltran with leg kicks. The second round was more of the same, but Beltran started to land more often around the halfway mark of the second round. It's a close fight, and that second round could have maybe gone either way, but I scored it for Beltran, so I have it all tied up going into the final round, especially with the flurry that Beltran unloaded at the end of the round.
     Beltran came out swinging, and rocked Gormley to start the final round. Gormley then shot for a takedown, grabbed Beltran's back for a second, but Beltran stayed on his feet and broke free from the clinch. Beltran's boxing looked good in the third round, as he was picking apart Gormley's body with some nice combinations. Gormley landed a few decent shots, but he was backing up the entire time, and Beltran was a lot more active with his boxing. This fight was extremely close, and could have gone either way, but I scored it 29-28 for Joey Beltran. Two of the judges disagreed, giving the fight to Gormley.
89.8
Submission
(Triangle Armbar)
4:33
      Dufresne came in 5 pounds overweight, and started the fight by taking Coenen to the ground, landing inside her guard. Coenen sort of went for a guillotine, but she wasn't anywhere close to sinking it in. Halfway through the round, Coenen was finally able to sweep Dufresne, ending up on top inside Dufresne's guard. Dufersne slapped on a triangle choke, that shit looked deep, I thought Coenen was about to slip out of it, and then Dufresne slapped on an armbar, and finished the fight via submission. That was a huge upset, by the late replacement, Alexis Dufresne.
88.1
Draw
(Majority)
15:00
      Dan Charles started this fight by rushing in with punches, Sakai caught him in the clinch, and blasted him with some knees to the body. I had Sakai winning the round with his striking, and then around the halfway mark, Sakai kicked Charles in the left testicle. I say that, because it looked like it was high on the inside left thigh, but it also somehow looked like it was a groin shot, so... After a brief pause in the action, they continued to fight, and Sakai continued to pick apart Charles with his strikes. Charles threw a body kick, and while his leg was in the air, Sakai kicked him in the dick again. That one looked like it was a legit accident, but Big John took away a point from Sakai, turning it into a 9-9 round in my opinion.
     The second round was a fairly even round of striking, but I scored it for Sakai as well. So at this point, I have the fight scored 19-18 in favor of Sakai, going into the third round, but who knows where the judges will have the fight scored at this point, since both of those rounds could have maybe gone either way, and Sakai lost a point in the first round for the groin strikes. Knowing modern MMA judges though, some of them could have given a point to Sakai for the groin strikes instead of taking one away.
     Charles rushed Sakai to start the final round, took him to the ground for a few seconds, but Sakai stood right back up. Sakai spent the final 4 minutes of the round blasting Charles with massive kicks to the body. He threw a big punch combination, and Charles tried to take him down again, but Sakai shrugged him off. Sakai really started looking for the kill in the final 90 seconds, hitting Charles with some brutal leg kicks, some more body shots, and some hard punches to the head. In my opinion, Sakai won all 3 rounds, so I scored this fight 29-27 for Sakai. One judge gave the fight to Charles, 30-26 which is FUCKING RIDICULOUS. The other 2 judges scored it 28-28, which is more along the lines of what I was afraid of. This leaves the fight a majority draw. Fuck that though, I'm giving the victory points to Sakai, because that's fucked up.
86.8
Decision
15:00
      Karakhanyan landed a few decent shots early in the first round, and then Curran put him down around the halfway point, with a massive left hand. Curran got on top of Karakhanyan, sort of had half mount, took most of the round looking to pass to mount, he finally got the mount, went for an armbar, failed miserably, Karakhanyan tried to scramble back to his feet, and Curran took him down again, landing in Karakhanyan's guard. Round one goes to Pat Curran.
     Curran took down Karakhanyan again to start the second round. Karakhanyan sat up and tried to lock on a guillotine choke, but Curran used that moment to pass the guard, grabbing the back of Karakhanyan, just 90 seconds into the round. With 2 minutes left in the round, Karakhanyan finally wrestled his way into top position. Nothing happened, so the referee stood them up with 30 seconds left in the round. That was a close round that could go either way. I would probably score it for Curran, but I'm going to assume it's the split-decision making round.
     It irritates me when guys claim that "our fight is going to be fight of the year" at the weigh-ins, and then they basically just come out and lay on top of each other for 15 minutes. The final round was another close round, with Karakhanyan ending up on top around the halfway point, but when he's on top, he does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Curran looked like he was interested in finding a submission, but he never really went for anything. I'm still giving that round to Karakhanyan based on top control, so... Like I said, the second round will be the split-decision maker. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving the fight to Curran, 29-28, by unanimous decision.
88.2
Decision
(Split)
25:00
      Nothing happened in the first round. I sort of expected that, but the fans seemed shocked, and were showing their disapproval. Manhoef is clearly looking to throw that perfect counter, and Carvalho knows that, so he's not attacking. I scored the first round a draw, based on no action whatsoever from either fighter. The second round started, Carvalho kicked Manhoef in the dick, and Manhoef was like "It's all good, let's keep fighting..." They finally started trading some significant strikes one minute into the second round, including a brutal kick to the body delivered by Manhoef. Carvalho started stalking Manhoef, backing him up toward the cage, but he still wasn't really throwing anything significant. Carvalho finally started throwing big knees with 30 seconds left in the round, and he blasted Manhoef with a big knee to the groin, followed by a hard elbow that rocked him for a second, while Big John was trying to stop the fight for the groin shot. Once the fight started back up, Manhoef destroyed Carvalho with a series of hard leg kicks and one final body kick. I have Manhoef ahead 1-0 going into the third round (since the first round was a draw).
      Manhoef came out and blasted Carvalho with some brutal punches to start the third round, and then Carvalho poked Manhoef in the eye a few times. Carvalho was given a stern warning. Manhoef landed a few more punches, and then Carvalho initiated the clinch. Manhoef threw Carvalho away, and then blasted him with some hard punches, but Carvalho clinched again, and then tripped Manhoef to the ground. Manhoef got right back up, and Carvalho continued to clinch. Carvalho threw another knee to Manhoef's groin. Big John gave Carvalho a VERY stern warning this time, but still isn't taking away any points. The fight started again, and Carvalho clinched again. Carvalho was warned for grabbing the cage. Manhoef broke free and blasted Carvalho with some heavy punches. I have Manhoef ahead, 2-0 going into the fourth round, and based on all the dirty tactics from Carvalho, I'm tempted to say Manhoef is ahead 3-0 going into the fourth round.
      Manhoef threw some big strikes to start the fourth round, Carvalho shot for a takedown, and Manhoef stuffed it, following it up with some more strikes. Carvalho threw a flying knee, and then followed that up with another takedown, this time landing in side control. Carvalho did ZERO on the ground, and then Manhoef popped back up to his feet. Manhoef landed a few power shots, but not a lot happened in the last half of that round. Even though Carvalho got that takedown, I'm still going to say this was another round for Manhoef, based on landing more significant strikes while standing, while also negating any offense Carvalho had on the ground. Not to mention, Carvalho LITERALLY ran away in the final 5 seconds, and Manhoef just stood there irritated, and then walked back to his corner. If Carvalho doesn't finish this fight in the final round, then there's no way Manhoef loses this fight in my opinion.
      Manhoef immediately started the final round with some brutal leg kicks. Manhoef threw a superman punch (missed), followed by another hard leg kick. Manhoef landed a hard left hook to the body of Carvalho. Manhoef landed a brutal right kick to the body of Carvalho. Carvalho shot for a slow desperate takedown 2 minutes into the round, but Manhoef stuffed it. They clinched, and Manhoef took down Carvalho, grabbing full mount for a few seconds. Carvalho stood back up, they continued to clinch, and Manhoef threw Carvalho down again. Manhoef stood back up, and continued to stalk Carvalho. Carvalho looked bored, like he had no interest in defending his belt at all, almost like he just assumed he would get to keep the belt if it went to a decision, but fuck that man, I'm scoring this fight 50-45 for Melvin Manhoef. If Carvalho wins this fight, it'll be one of the worst decisions in history. And... Yeah... That just happened... 2 judges gave the fight to Carvalho, 29-28. FUCK THEM. That was seriously one of the worst decisions in MMA history. FUCK Carvalho, and FUCK those judges. That was fucking horrible. FUCK BELLATOR.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.3
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