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Top-235 Fights of 2011: #199-175

Now we're on a good roll, not unlike that bowling ball kid in "Hook".


#199
Event:
UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger
Date: September 17
Setting: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Fight: Evan Dunham vs. Shamar Bailey

BE PBP:
Round 1: Dunham opens up with a one-two. Lands again. Another combination. Jab from Bailey. Early on, Dunham's controlling the standup. Nice straight left from Bailey. Dunham countering well with his left hand. Double jab and a left. Dunham is able to land the one-two over and over here. Bailey lands an awkward leg kick. Right hook stumbles Bailey laterally. Dunham times a teep as Bailey starts to jump in with a knee. 10-9 Evan Dunham

Round 2: If Bailey's corner gave him advice on the one-two, he's not using it. Right knee to the midsection floors Bailey for a moemnt. Dunham scrambles to take the back, but Bailey shakes him off and we're back standing. Dunahm still controlling the striking. Bailey shows no urgency to change up his tactics. There's something comical about watching a fighter exploit the same combination over and over. Like running up the middle with Bo Jackson in Tecmo Super Bowl. Not fair. Dunham stuffs a takedown attempt and makes him pay with more right-lefts. 10-9 Dunham

Round 3: Bailey showing some urgency to start the third, pressing forward. This will last as long as it takes for Dunham to slow him down with the one-two. And that's about forty-five seconds. It is amazing that Bailey has made no adjustments 12 minutes into the fight. Joe Rogan with a backhanded insult of the Ultimate fighter talent level. Joe now trying to sell Shamar Bailey's performance as meaningful. Dunham throwing a couple of head kicks, and he's right back to the one-two. Dunham really opening up now. Bailey assures the referee that he's OK. Referee Kevin Mulhall stops the bout to give Bailey his mouthpiece back. Dunham and Bailey touch gloves, and Bailey throws a right hand off that. Dunham grabs a guillotine with ten seconds left. Bailey survives. 10-9 Evan Dunham

Result: Dunham UD

Scorecard: 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
BE Scorecard: 30-27 Dunham
BV Scorecard: 30-28 Dunham

Fight in Five Words: Hot start, then Dunham rolls.
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#198
Event:
Dream: Fight for Japan
Date: May 29
Setting: Saitama Super Arena
Fight: Hideo Tokoro vs. Yoshiro Maeda

BE PBP:
Round 1:
Tokoro is already throwing head kicks right off the bat. This is a slug fest already. Maeda is taunting. Tokoro with a knee to the head. Maeda runs around the ring and starts yelling, this is wild. Maeda and Tokoro are back to trading. Maeda slips and is getting pounded by Tokoro. Rolls but Tokoro is looking for an armbar. He lets it go for a leg lock. Maeda survives and is back to his feet. Tokoro with a high kick to the face. Maeda is getting punched and keeps coming forward. Tokoro with a knee to the body. Spinning back fist and Maeda is stunned. Tokoro wildly comes forward and they clash heads. Looks like Tokoro is cut. Maeda is tagging Tokoro and Tokoro is down. This is a crazy fight for those watching. Maeda is working from Tokoro's guard and throwing small punches from the top. Tokoro is slapping the ear. Tokoro is back up and Maeda is trying to bait him but Tokoro isn't buying it. They are tiring out for sure after seven minutes of straight brawling. Round kick for Tokoro lands to the ribs. This is a great fight. Tokoro with a straight right. Maeda responds. Tokoro looks to be the better conditioned fighter. Maeda is trying to get Tokoro off his game and it's not working...Tokoro is just picking him apart with some crisp boxing. Well timed knee by Tokoro and which collapses Maeda. He'd working a triangle as the bell sounds.

Round 2: Tokoro throws a punch to the body but it lands low. We're getting a bit of a break right now. Trigg and Schiavello reminiscing about their favorite groin shots of 2010. Tokoro takes Maeda down and the towel is thrown? UHHHH what?f I'm reaaaaally confused but Tokoro wins?

Result: Tokoro R2 TKO (Corner stoppage)

Scorecard: N/A
BE Scorecard: N/A
BV Scorecard: N/A

Fight in Five Words: Insane first round, weird finish.
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#197
Event:
UFC 136
Date: October 8
Setting: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Fight: Mike Massenzio vs. Steve Cantwell

BE PBP:
Round 1
- Both men feeling out with the jab early. Leg kick by Massenzio is the first strike to really land. Cantwell with a front kick to the face that gets blocked and he lands a few to the body now. Massenzio comes foward with a combination. Cantwell with a one-two and then he avoids a takedown from Massenzio. Nice overhand right by Cantwell lands. Huge right hand by Cantwell buckles Mike's legs and Cantwell is following up with big strikes now. Massenzio surviving but he's getting hit as Cantwell figures out the distance. Accidental low blow by Massenzio and there's a brief break in the action for him to recover. Nice combo by Cantwell and an elbow. Massenzio shoots and Cantwell stuffs it very well. Left hand by Massenzio. 10-9 round for Cantwell.

Round 2- Head kick by Cantwell lands and Massenzio throws one in return that gets blocked. Massenzio attacks now and looks for a double leg. Cantwell drilling him with punches to the body now. Massenzio can't finish the takedown and they're back to standing. Massenzio with an overhand left. Overhand left by Massenzio lands hard and he is having a much better round than the first. Left hand again, and another and he has found a hole in Cantwell's defense. Big uppercut by Massenzio and Cantwell just looks bad this round. Massenzio uses a flurry to try for a takedown again and can't get it again. Massenzio really drilling Cantwell now and he has him bleeding badly. Cantwell kneeing to the body. Both men land hard punches. 10-9 round for Massenzio.

Round 3 - Uppercut lands for Massenzio and he is throwing with some bad intentions. Massenzio looking for a takedown against the cage now. Cantwell with two punches and Massenzio comes forward landing the left hand again. Massenzio looking for a takedown and Cantwell working over the body. Big punches for Massenzio an he's back to pushing for the takedown. Cantwell tries for a kimura and gives up the takedown. Cantwell looks for an armbar and they end up standing. Left hand by Massenzio. Massenzio keeps landing the straight left while Cantwell is just pawing now. Big shots by Massenzio and Cantwell is hurt. He tries to follow up and Cantwell with a knee to the body and one to the head. Nice shots by Massenzio again. Cantwell is exhausted, bloody and has been ineffective for two rounds now. The round ends with Cantwell looking to lock in a deep kneebar. 10-9 Massenzio gives him the 29-28 win on my card.

Result: Massenzio UD

Scorecard: 29-28, 30-27, 29-28
BE Scorecard: 29-28 Massenzio
BV Scorecard: 29-28 Massenzio

Fight in Five Words: These two gave nay fuck.
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#196
Event:
UFC 130
Date: May 28
Setting: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Fight: Chris Cariaso vs. Michael McDonald

BE PBP:
Round 1
Cariaso comes out southpaw. McDonald connecting. They clinch up. Battling against the fence. McDonald gets control and backs away. Cariaso lands a kick. Fairly even exchanges. McDonald not capitalizing on his reach advantage as much as you'd expect. Cariaso lands a head kick. McDonald whiffs one. They clinch. They break. McDonald lands a shot, Cariaso falls. Might've been a stumble. McDonald follows him down. Not much happening on the ground. They stand. More fairly even exchanges. Cariaso tries a kick and McDonald gets a late take down. Cariaso tries for a heel hook. Bloody Elbow scores it 10-9 for McDonald.

Round 2 Early trading. Leg kick from Cariaso. Body kick. Cariaso forces a clinch. McDonald shrugs him off. Leg kick from Cariaso. Body kick from Cariaso. McDonald lunges, misses. Body kick, Cariaso slips. Back up. McDonald lands a sharp counter. Cariaso outlanding him but McDonald is landing harder. They break after a low blow to McDonald. McDonald trying to take control of the cage. Cariaso lands with a body kick, misses with a right high kick. Leg kick from McDonald. High kick from Cariaso. He shoots, gets stuffed. McDonald in control of the clinch. Cariaso fights him off. Cariaso moving forward. McDonald explodes straight through a double leg. Side control.; Full mount. Cariaso gets to half guard, McDonald backs up to his feet. Bloody Elbow scores it 10-9 for McDonald but was very very close.

Round 3 Cariaso firing kicks. McDonald with a rear leg body kick. They trade a punch for a kick. Cariaso with a body kick. Cariaso uses an overhand right from the clinch and follows through to get the take down. McDonald in guard with a tight left overhook. He's working for a sweep. Can't get it. Cariaso in full guard. McDonald's defensive guard is very tight. Back to their feet. McDonald explodes through a double leg, gets Cariaso down. Cariaso busts out an omaplata attempt with a quickness! McDonald stands up and escapes after being trapped for a few. Inconclusive action. Very very tough to score. Bloody Elbow scores the third round for Cariaso 10-9 and the fight for Michael McDonald

Result: McDonald SD

Scorecard: 29-28 McDonald, 30-27 Cariaso, 29-28 McDonald
BE Scorecard: 29-28 McDonald
BV Scorecard: 30-28 McDonald

Fight in Five Words: Put UFC Bantamweights on map.
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#195
Event:
UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle
Date: August 14
Setting: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Fight: Eddie Wineland vs. Joseph Benavidez

BE PBP:
Round 1:
Benavidez opens up early with a quick leg kick. Wineland looks like he's having trouble adjusting to Joseph's speed. He lands a hard shot to Joe's eye that has caused some swelling already. Wineland is cut at his hairline and has blood trickling down his head. As Eddie comes in he is tagged by Joseph Benavidez who lands a three punch combo which looks to have rocked the former WEC champion. Wineland is now bleeding from his nose as well and this is definitely distracting him. Benavidez is sticking to the outside and landing leg kicks. A clear 10-9 round for Joseph Benavidez.

Round 2: Wineland knows he lost that first round and is pushing the pace early. Benavidez is landing leg kicks and eats a punch right to the eye. Joseph backs up looking for time to recover but isn't given any. Wineland is back to the offensive. As Joseph pushes forward Eddie lands a short punch. Joseph Benavidez is looking for a takedown but is unsuccessful. The fighters clinch up and trade knees, but it is Wineland who is landing the heavier strikes. Benavidez finally gets the fight to the ground as the round ends. A closer round but I still see it 10-9 Benavidez.

Round 3: These guys are back to throwing hard as the round starts. Benavidez is landing heavy with his right hand and clips Wineland. He does it again and this time backs Wineland up. He follows it up with a flying knee that lands clean but doesn't knockout Wineland. He's just landing his right hand at will. A fake takedown gets Wineland to commit to a hard sprawl. This fight is all Joseph Benavidez who shoots another takedown. Eddie Wineland sprawls and works a guillotine which is unsuccessful. This was the best that Joseph Benavidez has looked. He dictated the pace and distance against a better stand up fighter. 10-9 Benavidez.

Result: Benavidez UD

Scorecard: 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
BE Scorecard: 30-27 Benavidez
BV Scorecard: 30-28 Benavidez

Fight in Five Words: Spirited contender vs. gatekeeper bout.
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#194
Event:
Superior Challenge 7
Date: April 30
Setting: Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
Fight: Robert Jocz vs. Tor Troeng

BE PBP: N/A

Result: Troeng UD

Scorecard: Troeng UD
BE Scorecard: N/A
BV Scorecard: Troeng

Fight in Five Words: Tor's a man. Will imposed.
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#193
Event:
BAMMA 8
Date: December 10
Setting: Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, England
Fight: Erik Perez vs. Paul McVeigh

BE PBP: N/A

Result: Perez UD

Scorecard: 30-27, 29-28, 29-28
BE Scorecard: N/A
BV Scorecard: 29-28 Perez

Fight in Five Words: Fun back-and-forth, Perez too ground-skilled.
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#192
Event:
UFC 135
Date: September 24
Setting: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Fight: Nick Ring vs. Tim Boetsch

PBP:
Round 1 - Boetsch is trying to hunt down Ring who is circling away. Ring throws a jab and a head kick that both don't land hard. Ring catches a kick and Boetsch falls to his knees, Ring pounces and takes a headlock and controls Boetsch. Tim gets up to his feet now. Ring's movement is enough to keep Boetsch from really getting off any effective offense. Boetsch keeps coming up short with his punches and he is going to have to figure out how to cut off the cage. 10-9 round for Ring.

Round 2 - It's more of the same early. But finally Boetsch throws the left and then the right hand to hit Ring. Boetsch uses the same move again. Takedown by Boetsch, Ring gets to his feet. Boetsch grabs a guillotine now and is looking to slowly move for the finish but Ring pops his head out and is now on top. Boetsch tries to push off and get to his feet and manages to do it. A few big punches by Boetsch land. Tim chasing him down and landing a lot of punches now. Big takedown by Boetsch and then he looks for a kimura but the round ends. 10-9 Boetsch.

Round 3 - Right hand by Ring. Boetsch catches him in a clinch and lands a right hand. Ring pushing him into the cage now. Left hook lands for Boetsch. Pushing Ring into the cage now and digging one shot to the body. Ring with a right hand and a knee. Boetsch with a trip takedown and he's on top now. Referee Mario Yamasaki stands them up. Huge throw by Boetsch and he's in side control looking to trap an arm. Mount by Boetsch. Fight ends with Boetsch landing a flurry of punches. 10-9 for Boetsch gives him the fight 29-28 on my card.

Result: Boetsch UD

Scorecard: 29-28, 29-28, 30-27
BE Scorecard: 29-28 Boetsch
BV Scorecard: 29-28 Boetsch

Fight in Five Words: REDNECK JUDO! REDNECK JUDO! REDNE....
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#191
Event:
Championship Fighting Alliance 3
Date: October 9
Setting: U.S. Century Bank Arena, Miami, Florida
Fight: Joey Rodriguez vs. John Turner

PBP: N/A

Result: Rodriguez SD

Scorecard: N/A
BE Scorecard: N/A
BV Scorecard: 29-29

Fight in Five Words: Wrestlefest. In a good way!
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#190
Event:
Bellator 50
Date: September 17
Setting: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Fight: Bryan Baker vs. Jared Hess

PBP:
Round one:
Hess comes forward punching but missing. He shoots and finally gets Baker down. Hess takes Baker's back and sinks and RNC but doesn't quite have it. Baker sinks it deeper and he has it... but Baker gets out if it. They're back up and Hess tries again for a takedown. Can't get it. Hess is down and Baker almost has his back now. They stand back up. Hess looks tired already... Baker lands a knee to the body. Hess shoots again, Baker has him around the neck and is going for an anaconda choke. Hess defends it and is now on top of Baker in side control. Baker rolls to his feet. Hess shoots again, Baker sprawls and goes for the choke again but the round ends. 10-9 Hess.

Round two: Hess looks like he can hardly stand up. Hess shoots, Baker sprawls. Baker tries to scramble and Hess is trying to take his back. Baker is trying to get an arm but gives up, and ends up in another sprawl. They stand and Baker has Hess' back but he's too high to threaten with anything. He's holding on, though. Hess can't shake him. Baker is controlling this round and Hess is just kind of sitting there. I'm surprised the fight hasn't been stood up. Hess gets to his feet and finally gets away from Baker. Hess shoots again but it's really worthless. Baker turns him and gets a takedown of his own. Baker has Hess' back again, Hess is just covering up. Hess is out of this fight, whether it's over or not. End of the round. 10-9 (8?) Baker.

Round three: Hess comes forward, Baker blasts him with a couple of punches, and again we end up with Baker having Hess' back. Baker has one hook in, and Hess has just enough awareness still to keep him from getting the second hook. Baker is landing punch after punch to Hess' head. Finally Baker gets both hooks in. He flattens Hess, and is landing punch after punch again. And finally the ref stops it. Bryan Baker def. Jared Hess via TKO, 2:52 of round three

Result: Baker R3 TKO (Punches)

Scorecard: N/A
BE Scorecard: N/A
BV Scorecard: N/A

Fight in Five Words: Why I included Fighting Spirit.
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#189
Event:
MFC 28
Date: February 25
Setting: River Cree Casino, Edmonton, Alberta
Fight: Sheldon Westcott vs. Thomas Denny

BE PBP:
1st Round:
Westcott wastes zero time taking Denny down and starts pounding him with elbows. Denny ties up Westcott's wrist but can't hold on long as Westcott pushes Denny into the corner and continues to pound away. Denny continues to look for a way out but he is doubled up on the bottom as Westcott lands knees and elbows. Denny manages to get back to his feet for a moment but Westcott scoops up his left leg and slams him back down to the canvas. Westcott works to mount but Denny slips out and scrambles to his feet. He scurries to make space but Westcott isn't giving him any space as he hunts him down and takes the fight back to the canvas. Westcott latches onto a guillotine choke and rolls over with the neck crank. Denny somehow manages to hang on and survives the round. Bloody Elbow gives Westcott the first round 10-9.

2nd Round: Denny throws the first punch of the round but Westcott lands a straight right and Denny flies back and hits the dirt. Westcott immediately follows him to the canvas and pressures Denny into the corner. The fight pops back to the feet and Denny grabs Westcott's neck and drops down to the canvas. Westcott pulls Denny back to his feet and puts him into the corner. Denny is cut and Westcott once again latches onto Denny's neck and take the action to the mat for the choke. Denny once again survives and pulls a rapid reversal as Denny goes for the rear naked choke. With the hooks in Denny has Westcott's back and with a minute to go the crowd is cheering for Westcott to hold on. Westcott powers out of the hold and reverses into top position. Denny grabs onto the guillotine with the seconds ticking away and the round ends.Denny fought tough but with the knockdown Bloody Elbow gives Westcott the round 10-9.

3rd Round: The final frame starts and Denny secures the takedown and immediately gets Westcott's back. He wraps his legs around and locks in a body triangle as he peppers Westcott with shots. Westcott doesn't seem to have an answer as Denny continues to score from the back mount. Westcott remains patient despite the bad position and with 30 seconds remaining it looks like Westcott is going to hold on. Denny continues to work and Westcott cannot escape the body lock. The bell rings and the fight ends with Denny being on Westcott's back the entire round. Bloody Elbow gives Denny the final frame 10-9. With the first two rounds going to Westcott but Denny dominated the third so now the judges will decide.

Result: Split-Draw

Scorecard: 28-28, 28-27 Denny, 29-28 Westcott
BE Scorecard: 29-28 Westcott
BV Scorecard: 29-27 Denny

Fight in Five Words: Innocuous, then turned into war.
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#188
Event:
Legacy Fighting Championship 9
Date: December 16
Setting: Hostuon Arena Theater, Houston, Texas
Fight: Derrick Lewis vs. Rakim Cleveland

PBP: N/A

Result: Lewis R3 TKO (Punches)

Scorecard: N/A
BE Scorecard: N/A
BV Scorecard: N/A

Fight in Five Words: Surprisingly nasty Heavyweight tilt. Super-fun!
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#187
Event:
Bellator 58
Date: November 19
Setting: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Fight: Fabio Mello vs. Farkhad Sharipov

PBP: N/A

Result: Mello UD

Scorecard: 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
BE Scorecard: UD
BV Scorecard: 30-28 Mello

Fight in Five Words: Mello precise, Sharipov more nasty.
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#186
Event:
Jungle Fight 35
Date: December 17
Setting: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fight: Diogo Cavalcani vs. Janio Carvaljo dos Santos

PBP: N/A

Result: Cavalcanti R1 TKO (Punches)

Scorecard: N/A
BE Scorecard: N/A
BV Scorecard: N/A

Fight in Five Words: Never was gonna go 2.
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#185
Event:
Strikeforce Challengers: Voelker vs. Bowling III
Date: July 22
Setting: Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada
Fight: Devin Cole vs. Shawn Jordan

PBP:
1st Round:
Westcott wastes zero time taking Denny down and starts pounding him with elbows. Denny ties up Westcott's wrist but can't hold on long as Westcott pushes Denny into the corner and continues to pound away. Denny continues to look for a way out but he is doubled up on the bottom as Westcott lands knees and elbows. Denny manages to get back to his feet for a moment but Westcott scoops up his left leg and slams him back down to the canvas. Westcott works to mount but Denny slips out and scrambles to his feet. He scurries to make space but Westcott isn't giving him any space as he hunts him down and takes the fight back to the canvas. Westcott latches onto a guillotine choke and rolls over with the neck crank. Denny somehow manages to hang on and survives the round. Bloody Elbow gives Westcott the first round 10-9.

2nd Round: Denny throws the first punch of the round but Westcott lands a straight right and Denny flies back and hits the dirt. Westcott immediately follows him to the canvas and pressures Denny into the corner. The fight pops back to the feet and Denny grabs Westcott's neck and drops down to the canvas. Westcott pulls Denny back to his feet and puts him into the corner. Denny is cut and Westcott once again latches onto Denny's neck and take the action to the mat for the choke. Denny once again survives and pulls a rapid reversal as Denny goes for the rear naked choke. With the hooks in Denny has Westcott's back and with a minute to go the crowd is cheering for Westcott to hold on. Westcott powers out of the hold and reverses into top position. Denny grabs onto the guillotine with the seconds ticking away and the round ends.Denny fought tough but with the knockdown Bloody Elbow gives Westcott the round 10-9.

3rd Round: The final frame starts and Denny secures the takedown and immediately gets Westcott's back. He wraps his legs around and locks in a body triangle as he peppers Westcott with shots. Westcott doesn't seem to have an answer as Denny continues to score from the back mount. Westcott remains patient despite the bad position and with 30 seconds remaining it looks like Westcott is going to hold on. Denny continues to work and Westcott cannot escape the body lock. The bell rings and the fight ends with Denny being on Westcott's back the entire round. Bloody Elbow gives Denny the final frame 10-9. With the first two rounds going to Westcott but Denny dominated the third so now the judges will decide.

Result: Cole UD

Scorecard: N/A
BE Scorecard: 29-28 Cole
BV Scorecard: 30-28 Cole

Fight in Five Words: Had low expectations. Wildly surpassed.
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#184
Event:
Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal
Date: December 17
Setting: Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, California
Fight: Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal

PBP:
Round 1
- Both men feinting a little and Melendez coming up short with a 1-2 combination. Leg kick by Masvidal. Melendez with a nice right hand. Left hook by Melendez and now a right hand again. Masvidal showboats a little and Melendez tags him with the right hand. Body shot by Masvidal and a knee that misses. Leg kick by Masvidal sends Melendez to the mat for half a second. Masvidal with a few jabs. Melendez with a takedown and almost had a guillotine locked up but Masvidal got out. Melendez is tagging him this round. 10-9 Melendez.

Round 2 - Melendez looking comfortable here early. Body shot and then up to the head for Melendez. Right hand counter to the kick by Melendez. Left hook by Melendez. Jab by Masvidal. Head kick by Masvidal blocked by Melendez. Right hand by Melendez and a one-two combo. Right hand by Melendez. Jab, jab, right hand by Melendez. Good body shot by Masvidal. Melendez feints the takedown and lands an uppercut. Masvidal with an uppercut. Jab by Melendez lands. 10-9 Melendez

Round 3 - Melendez keeps using movement to set up openings for his hands. Masvidal mostly just circling away now. Melendez shoots, can't get it and lands a left hand. Melendez slipping the punches of Masvidal and landing plenty of his own shots. Hard right hand by Melendez. Jab by Masvidal and a jumping knee. Melendez gets tagged with a right hand. Masvidal trying to jab at him but Melendez landing a nice flurry. Nive body shot by Masvidal. Very beautiful punch. Masvidal is landing occasionally this round but Melendez is landing harder and more often.Head kick by Masvidal is blocked. Melendez with a right hand and a body kick. They trade shots now. 10-9 Melendez again.

Round 4 - Melendez comes out and tags him. Melendez with a nice combination to counter a leg kick from Masvidal. Melendez just tagging him with jabs and right hands and you can hear boos crop up in the crowd. It's a solid performance, but this isn't going to make Melendez a star. Masvidal with a few jabs and Melendez with a right hand that cuts it off. Again it's Melendez landing the hard shots. 10-9 Melendez.

Round 5 - Masvidal's corner gave him no advice of any consequence between rounds, telling him to jab and use the right hand "when you can." Uppercut by Masvidal and Melendez lands a right hand. Right hand again by Melendez. Melendez responds to a leg kick with a five punch combination. Right ahdn by Gil again. Left hand by Masvidal lands and then a jab. Masvidal content to stick to doing more of the same this round. Both guys start to open up a bit in the final 45 seconds. Masvidal with a takedown attempt and almost has the back. They stand and the round ends. 10-9 Melendez for the sweep.

Result: Melendez UD

Scorecard: 50-45, 50-45, 49-46
BE Scorecard: 50-45 Melendez
BV Scorecard: 50-46 Melendez

Fight in Five Words: Melendez running a striking clinic.
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#183
Event:
Legacy Fighting Championship 9
Date: December 16
Setting: Houston Arena Theater, Houston, Texas
Fight: Daniel Pineda vs. Gilbert Jimenez

PBP: N/A

Result: Pineda R2 TKO (Spinning Backfist)

Scorecard: N/A
BE Scorecard: N/A
BV Scorecard: N/A

Fight in Five Words: Spinning motherfucking backfist outta nowhere!
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#182
Event:
Bellator 53
Date: October 8
Setting: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino
Fight: Ben Saunders vs. Luis Santos

PBP:
Round 1:
Fierce swings from Ben to open, Santos gets the quick double, but Ben stands most of the way up. Ben looking to burrow for an underhook, but Santos almost powers him back to the floor. Ben grabs the cage to avoid the single leg takedown (illegal). Action continues with Santos managing to turn a clinch into another flashy double leg takedown. Saunders pulls rubber guard with his right foot and gets wrist control with his left hand. A triangle of sorts is being applied, but I think Santos can work his way out or it's not tight. Santos chilling, his head is out and Saunders is working an omaplota while socking Santos in the face occasionally. Ben continues socking Santos in the head, while Santos works a way out of the omaplota. Santos keeping control of Ben's left foot while his left arm is still in the omaplota. Saunders punching through the opening in his legs to get Santos. They've worked their way into the middle of the cage and Santos is still preventing Saunders from turning into the omaplota fully. Santos seems to have gotten out of the omaplota now, hung out in a quasi-triangle set-up and now in full guard. Saunders pulls rubber guard and continuing to bop Santos in the face. Triangle is set-up again, with 25 seconds to go!. Santos is basically hanging on until the round ends and manages to get his head out again. I score it 10-9 for Saunders due to the active submission attempts and punches, while Santos had the takedowns and defended everything with a pretty nonchalant demeanor.

Round 2: Santos gets a takedown off another wild strike by Saunders. More action in the rubber guard of Saunders. Same triangle set-up, same pulling of the head and Santos manages to change things slightly by going with the omaplota. Saunders keeps control and puts him back in the triangle, while grinning at the crowd and cameras. More punches to the head of Santos while he's in the triangle. Santos again escapes from the triangle and is stuck in the omaplota. Saunders no longer really looking to finish the omaplota and is content to keep bopping away at Santos. Now Ben moves up and reddens Santos's ribs with a few hammerfists, while looking to get ahold of Santos's left wrist. Santos continuing to block the achievement of wrist control with his leg and now Sanuders moves to finish the omaplota! Saunders punching Santos and looking to finish the the omaplota! Somehow Santos toughs it out and moves to bottom guard on Saunders. Saunders now being active from the top of Santos's guard. Can opener being applied by Ben. A couple of good punches, but Santos controlling Ben and preventing the mounting of damaging offense. 10-9 Saunders, but very close to being 10-8 for a while.

Round 3: They touch gloves to open. Santos shoots in after a lunging right straight by Ben. Saunders sprawls, while Santos goes for a leglock. Saunders fends it off well and ends up in a whizzer/halfguard situation. Santos pulls deep halfguard and Ben looks to flatten and control Santos. Saunders looking to move into mount while threatening a kimura. Santos in a kimura, but may be able to tough it out and avoid the tap on pure strength. The ref stops it! Kimura in the third round for Ben Saunders. Impressive display from Saunders of overwhelming strength combined with a good sense of when and how to attack Santos.

Result: Saunders R3 Submission (Kimura)

Scorecard: N/A
BE Scorecard: N/A
BV Scorecard: N/A

Fight in Five Words: Santos great defensively, Saunders ferocious.
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#181
Event:
Titan Fighting Championship 18
Date: May 27
Setting: Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas
Fight: Bobby Cooper vs. Nick Budig

PBP:
Round 1:
Budig and Cooper go to battle immediately with Budig throwing the better punches in the initial exchange. Cooper having trouble keeping Budig at bay with his reach advantage as Cooper is the bigger and lankier fighter. Mouthpiece flies out and they stop to get it back in Cooper's mouth. We restart at center. Budig comes forward hard, and both men land significant strikes to each other's chins. Cooper is being overwhelmed by Budig's speedier delivery. They separate to center. Cooper trying to use his reach to jab at Budig's chin, also using some kicks. Budig landing more shots, straight two punch combinations. Cooper finding some success with a straight jab, right hook combination. Budig finally has enough of waiting out Cooper. He rushes forward, glances a few blows off Cooper's chin and retreats. Budig definitely swinging for the knockout. Budig presses to the cage, misses two shots, and Cooper counters with body shots. Cooper lands three beautiful body kicks and Budig looks unphased. Nice right hand to the chin of Cooper by Budig. Entertaining stand-up war here. Cooper turns it on at the end with a few overhands and kicks. BloodyElbow.com scores the round narrowly for Bobby Cooper, 10-9.

Round 2: More of the same to start the second round as Cooper backpedals and throws strikes from distance while Budig is throwing straight power over the top. Cooper's jab is landing consistently, and Budig is beginning to slow down. At the two and a half minute mark, Cooper has blocked most of Budig's blows or backed out and countered. Budig's eye is swollen badly from Cooper's jabbing game. Budig finally lands the right hand with a minute forty-five left, and Cooper falls to the ground, although completely aware. He offers the guard, but Budig won't have it. Back to the feet. Budig is visibly tired now with only one eye. Jabs are lighting up Budig like a Christmas tree. Budig presses the action at the end of the round, but misses nearly every punch thrown. BloodyElbow.com scores the round for Bobby Cooper, 10-9.

Round 3: Budig's eye is completely shut. But it doesn't stop him from going all out to start the round. Cooper gets tagged, but survives the storm. Budig resets on the feet, and we're back to the sparring match at center cage. Budig throwing the same tired combination over and over again, and Cooper simply backs out and counters with straight punches. More of the same as we hit the two minute mark. Budig is completely ineffective at this point, slowing to a crawl in his urgency. Budig is limping, has a swollen eye, and is completely gassed. Thirty seconds later, Budig tries to crash through Cooper's defenses. Nothing. Cooper lands a few jabs, some more jabs, and more jabs. Budig finds the urgency to move forward, and Cooper evades Budig till the end of the round.

Result: Cooper UD

Scorecard: 29-28, 29-28, 30-27
BE Scorecard: 30-27 Cooper
BV Scorecard: 30-29 Cooper

Fight in Five Words: Budig = Warrior, despite eye abortion.
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#180
Event:
DEEP Cage Impact in Tokyo 2nd Round
Date: October 29
Setting: Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Fight: Hiroshi Nakamura vs. Yoshiro Maeda

PBP: N/A

Result: Nakamura MD

Scorecard: N/A
BE Scorecard: N/A
BV Scorecard: N/A

Fight in Five Words: Exhausting just watching. Scrambles galore.
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#179
Event:
BAMMA 6
Date: May 21
Setting: Wembley Arena, London, England
Fight: Murilo Rua vs. Tom Watson

PBP:
Round 1:
Both meet in the centre, Kong feels Ninja out with a jab. Ninja with a leg kick, Kong returns with a couple of his own and tires a head kick. Good active feeling out process. Kong tries a head kick again but misses widely. Ninja with a leg kick and Kong with a stiff jab. Kong is taking control on the feet backing Ninja up. Kong tries a head kick again and may be going to many times to the well. Kong lands a combo and backs Ninja up getting the crowd riled up. Kong smells blood but can;t capitalize. Kong aggressive and in control landing some good shots but also missing with the head kick. Ninja tries to come in with a 1-2 but Kong pops him on the chin. Kong with a body kick and picking his shots well. Kong is looser with his hands while Ninja is a little stiff. Kong backs Ninja up with an uppercut-left hook to the fence but Ninja circles out and they resume in the centre. Back and forth between the two but Kong seems to be getting the better of it. Kong methodical and waiting for an opening, landing shots and causes Ninja to get a late takedown in the round to side control. Rounds ends with Ninja on top but achieving nothing. Clear 10-9 round for Kong with Ninja's takedown being too little and too late. my score: 10-9 Kong.

Round 2: Kong takes the centre straight away with Ninja circling on the outside. Ninja tries to find space to take centre himself. Ninja tries to get in close and eats a stiff punch from Kong that stops his momentum. Kong being conservative and choosing his time to strike wisely. Kong is looking very sharp on the feet and is completely dictating the fight to Ninja. Ninja's leg looks to be damaged from kicks and he's hobbling around as Kong tries to look for openings. Ninja takes a telegraphed shallow takedown attempt but is shrugged off easily. Kong has Ninja backed against the fence and lands a hard uppercut to the body. Kong lands with a head kick that drops Ninja but Ninja looks to pull guard. Kong backs off and Ninja gets up. Ninja seemingly has nothing for Kong and begins to wilt against the fence but Kong being conservative and cautious. Back in the middle Kong is still loose and Ninja is seizing up. Ninja landing very little with Kong doing what he wants at will. Kong setting everything up with his jab and Ninja looks a little lost out there, covering up and circling away but unable to counter. Dominant round to Kong. Personally I could score it 10-8 but they seem pretty rare in MMA. My score: 10-9 Kong.

Round 3: Ninja's knee looks reallty swollen before the third starts. Ninja desperately comes in and tries to get Kong to the fence looking for a takedown from a Double and Single grip. Kong shifting his hips and pushing Ninja's head away and even lands a knee followed by another to shake Ninja off of him. Kong is now off the fence and looking to continue where he left off at the end of the 2nd. Kong with an inside leg kick to Ninja's injured limb. Kong with a hard leg kick and Ninja stumbles backwoods in pain. Kong send him back with strikes landing one after the other in deliberate, technical succession the referee stepping in to stop but not before Kong is able to finis Ninja off.

Result: Watson TKO3 (Strikes)

Scorecard: N/A
BE Scorecard: N/A
BV Scorecard: N/A

Fight in Five Words: Ninja retires going out swinging.
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#178
Event:
Bellator 35
Date: March 5
Setting: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore California
Fight: Jamie Jara vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf

PBP: N/A

Result: Spiritwolf SD

Scorecard: 28-29, 29-28, 30-27
BE Scorecard: N/A
BV Scorecard: 29-28 Spiritwolf

Fight in Five Words: Spiritwolf fights like crazy people.
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#177
Event:
Score Fighting Series 2
Date: October 14
Setting: Ronald V. Joyce Centre for the Performing Arts, Hamilton, Ontario
Fight: Cory Houston vs. Denis Puric

PBP: N/A

Result: Houston R2 Submission (Triangle Choke)

Scorecard: N/A
BE Scorecard: N/A
BV Scorecard: N/A

Fight in Five Words: Houston was rocked, awesome comeback.
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#176
Event:
Legend Fighting Championship 6
Date: October 30
Setting: City of Dreams Grand Hyatt Ballroom, Cotai, Macau
Fight: Guan Wang vs. Koji Ando

PBP: N/A

Result: Wang SD

Scorecard: N/A
BE Scorecard: N/A
BV Scorecard: 30-28 Ando

Fight in Five Words: Some awesome exchanges, good grappling.
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#175
Event:
Bellator 52
Date: October 1
Setting: L'Audberge du Lac Casino Resort, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Fight: Blagoi Ivanov vs. Zak Jensen

PBP:
Round one:
Jensen with a head kick right away, but it's blocked. Ivanov throws Jensen and goes straight to full mount. Jensen scrambles and Ivanov goes to half guard. Jensen keeping Ivanov tied up pretty well, and then reverses and ends up on top with ivanov on the cage. They stand up. They're both swinging and landing huge shots. Jensen tries to take Ivanov down but can't do it. Ivanov lands a nasty right, then several more shots, and Jensen answers back with just a couple. Jense lands a leg kick then eats some more shots. Ivanov lands a knee to Jensen's face. Jensen keeps moving forward and lands the occasional shot, but he's eating punch after punch from Ivanov. Round is over. 10-9 Ivanov.

Round two: Jensen throws a head kick but misses. They clinch, and Ivanov trips Jensen and goes to side control. Ivanov has an arm and is working a keylock but doesn't seem like he's going to get it. Ivanov is cranking the submission but eventually lets it go. Ivanov is in full mount, and Jensen is trying to hold him down. Jensen manages to spin and they stand, but Ivanov is trying for a guillotine. Jensen is out! Blagoi Ivanov def. Zak Jensen via technical submission (guillotine), 2:35 of round two

Result: Ivanov R2 Technical Submission (Guillotine)

Scorecard: N/A
BE Scorecard:
N/A
BV Scorecard: N/A

Fight in Five Words: Wild, ridiculous striking. Surprising grappling.

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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