MMA Review: #566: Bellator 97

-Found a handful of random shows – a couple of Bellators, a DREAM show and some StrikeForce too on an external hard drive so I figured I’d give them the do-over while there’s some gaps in the UFC schedule. Can’t say I can recall any Bellator shows by number or anything to be honest, but I know that this one was definitely back in the Rebney Era, over a year prior to him being removed from the helm in fact. That means it was still the age of CONSTANT TOURNAMENTS in Bellator until they finally realised they didn’t really work and just decided (under Scott Coker) to throw shit at the wall and see what would stick.

Bellator 97

07/31/13
Rio Rancho, New Mexico

-Your hosts are Sean Wheelock and Jimmy Smith. And they hype up a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT for later on and I’ve literally got no idea what it is.

Featherweight Fight: Patricio Pitbull Freire vs Jared Downing

Wikipedia tells me Pitbull would’ve been fighting TUFer Rob Emerson here but Downing stepped in late on due to an injury. Downing at this point had a solid record of 9-2 and while he was coming off a loss, it was to Lance Palmer who’s still a really excellent talent. Dude is also nicknamed DEMON EYES which is pretty cool. Patricio Pitbull meanwhile – the more talented of the Pitbull brothers in my opinion – was looking to bounce back from a split decision loss to Pat Curran that a handful of people had him winning. Clearly Pitbull would’ve been the favourite I’d imagine.

Fight begins and Downing comes out swinging but gets tagged by some counter punches right away. Dude seems to have a solid chin as he keeps coming forward, but a right hand drops him early and Pitbull looks to seal the deal by jumping for a guillotine. Downing manages to free his head though and now he’s on top in guard. Pitbull looks to get his back against the fence to stand as Downing works to keep him down and land some punches, but the Brazilian indeed muscles his way back up. Downing keeps him pressed against the cage, but Pitbull quickly spins him around until the ref calls a clean break. Downing again presses forward, landing a left jab this time before he takes a leg kick and a one-two. Downing is walking into punches here because he’s keeping his chin alarmingly high. Kick is caught by Pitbull and he forces Downing into the fence, but he can’t get him down and so he breaks with a knee instead. Nice combination lands for Downing. He walks in but gets dropped by another one-two and this time he’s in trouble. He shoots, but Pitbull stuffs it easily and tags him with another combination. Clinch from Downing slows the Brazilian down, and he tries for the takedown but can’t complete it. Round ends with him managing to get Pitbull down into guard, but he can’t do anything from there. Clearly 10-9 for Pitbull.

Into the 2nd round and Downing again rushes out with a leg kick this time. Head kick connects for Pitbull but Downing keeps on coming. Left hand glances for him. Clinch from Pitbull is quickly shrugged off but he lands with a one-two and then drops Downing for a third time with a HARD RIGHT HOOK. Flying knee follows and Downing goes down face-first, but he grips onto the left ankle and tries for a takedown. This guy has a fucking CHIN. Pitbull shrugs that off and drops him AGAIN with another combo, and finally as he bounces back up another CRUSHING ONE-TWO from Pitbull puts him back down and this time the ref’s seen enough. Downing was actually getting up but it would’ve been criminal to let that go on really.

Pretty fun opener as Downing came out with mad aggression and while he didn’t ever have Pitbull in trouble, it must be disheartening to land so many shots without knocking a guy out like Pitbull did here. Pitbull didn’t seem fazed though and just kept on landing and eventually put the guy away. The Brazilian would go on to defeat Curran in a rematch and win the FW title, while Downing has gone REALLY downhill since this, losing a further three on the bounce.

Summer Series 2013 Heavyweight Tournament Finals: Vitaly Minakov vs Ryan Martinez

These guys had punched their tickets to this final a month prior with wins over Ron Sparks (Minakov) and Richard Hale (Martinez) respectively, and while both men were largely unknown, looking at the records at the time it’s pretty clear that Minakov must’ve been the favourite as he’d beaten a couple of former UFCers (Eddie Sanchez and Fabiano Scherner) while Martinez had lost to TUF flop Mike Wessel about a year prior. Plus, Minakov had that nasty Sambo background that had served so well for the likes of Fedor Emelianenko in the past.

Round One and man is it weird to see the Bellator cage plastered with Reebok logos. Wouldn’t happen these days I’m sure! Martinez is in criminal shape. Nice right hand opens things for Minakov and he wings a wild hook into the clinch before muscling Martinez into the fence. They exchange some strikes inside and Minakov attempts an inside trip, but a fence grab from Martinez prevents that and garners him a warning. Trip from Martinez puts Minakov down for a second, but he pops up only to be caught in a standing guillotine. Minakov breaks out of that though and then lands a pair of hard right hands before missing on a spinning backfist. Wild right hook glances for Martinez but Minakov forces him back with a left hand. Clinch from the Russian and this time he trips Martinez down into half-guard. He postures up to drop some pretty heavy shots but Martinez manages to reverse back to his feet. Winging right misses for Martinez but a left connects hard and buckles Minakov’s legs, forcing him to clinch again. Good chin on Minakov. Nasty knee breaks off for the Russian but he misses an overhand right into another clinch. Good knee inside again for Minakov and he cracks Martinez with a hard elbow on the exit. Combo from Martinez just misses. Martinez looks like he might be getting a bit tired. Solid right hand connects for Minakov. Another clinch leads to another knee from the Russian and we’ve got one minute to go. Right hook breaks for Martinez and then both men land some clubbing punches in a brief exchange. Pair of right hooks connect for Minakov and then he shoots and gets deep on a double leg, but Martinez defends it well. Round ends in the clinch. 10-9 Minakov but it was quite close really.

Round Two begins and a couple of punches glance for Minakov early on. Combo from Minakov but he walks into a counter left that slows him down. Clinch from Martinez and both men look for a trip, but neither gets it and Minakov ends up forcing him into the fence. Looks like Martinez’s nose is busted up. Good knees to the body from Minakov and he lands a couple of left hands inside for good measure. Ref calls the break for an apparent low blow, and surprisingly he deducts a point from Minakov. That’s ridiculous. They restart and Minakov tags Martinez in an exchange with a hard right hand, and they trade punches with Minakov landing the better ones. Announcers are both disgusted with the point deduction. Nice straight right lands hard for Minakov. Combination glances for Martinez but he eats a jab in reply. Couple more jabs get through for the Russian but a hard left hand lands on the counter for Martinez. Combination fires back for Minakov. Left hand again from Martinez but Minakov lands with a counter right. Less than a minute to go now and a hard straight right lands for Minakov. Takedown attempt is easily stuffed by Martinez but he takes a knee on the break. Another takedown attempt follows but again Martinez stuffs it, and this time the end up clinched. Round ends there. Minakov’s round but it’s 9-9 with the point deduction.

Round Three and a left hand opens for Martinez, but Minakov’s pressuring him backwards. Counter right hand lands for Martinez though and knocks the Russian off balance for a second. Right hand answers for Minakov. Wild swings miss for Martinez and now both men are breathing pretty heavily. Doesn’t look like either is gassed outright though which is impressive given the pace of the fight. Nasty right hand connects hard for Minakov but Martinez counters with a decent combo. Clinch from Minakov and he lands with a hard knee, but Martinez replies with a right hand. These guys are SWINGING now. Big combo from Minakov leads to the clinch. Trip takedown follows as he plants Martinez hard on his back in guard. This time Minakov postures up to land some hard shots and then takes the full mount off a scramble. Martinez is in trouble and Minakov begins to get through with some heavy forearms. More punches and hammer fists get through and Minakov’s mount looks rock solid. More elbows get through for the Russian and Martinez seems to have no answer for the position. Big shots continue to land for Minakov and finally the ref decides to call it off.

Pretty good for a HW fight actually; it wasn’t easy for Minakov at all though as while he seemed to be in control throughout, Martinez did land some good shots on him and gave him some definite problems before he got to that full mount in the third. Minakov would go on to win the Bellator HW title, but since then he’s been in contract hell with them and has actually fought more for a Russian promotion on UFC Fight Pass than he has in Bellator! Current rumors have him joining the UFC imminently and while the people expecting a Fedor-like dominance if he gets there are probably going to have a rude awakening, the guy will most likely be an instant contender in an ageing division, injecting some much-needed younger talent along with the likes of Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes. I look forward to it! Fun fight overall.

Summer Series 2013 Light-Heavyweight Tournament Finals: King Mo Lawal vs Jacob Noe

Despite being pushed as one of the faces of the promotion since he signed with them in 2012 – after a steroid bust put him into Zuffa’s bad books it must be added – I’d have to say King Mo’s been a bit of a bust for Bellator. He’d come into the promotion with a ton of fanfare and seemed like a shoe-in to win the first LHW tournament of 2013, but was then upset by Emanuel Newton and *that* spinning backfist. Bellator then put another LHW tournament together and again, it felt like a way to shoehorn King Mo into a title shot and this ended up being the finals of said tournament, as Noe – a largely unknown fighter – had upset Babalu Sobral to qualify while Mo had knocked out Seth Petruzelli.

Pre-fight video package tries to push some sort of personal rivalry around Mo’s friendship with Babalu, but it comes off as contrived to me. King Mo just comes off as so arrogant and dislikeable really.

Round One begins and a good leg kick opens things for Noe. Another leg kick connects for him after he misses a one-two, but Mo shoots in and hits an easy takedown to half-guard. He moves into side mount pretty easily too and begins to land with some hard punches. Noe works back up to his knees, and then up to his feet, but Mo quickly drives forward and gets him back down. Noe gets his back to the fence and begins to land punches while trying to get up again, but Mo controls him and lands a knee to the chest. Noe pops up and defends another single leg attempt, but King Mo keeps driving and puts him down again. Another knee to the body lands for Mo before Noe escapes to his feet. Combo from Noe ends with a body kick but he looks tired already and Mo hits a huge double leg to guard. This time Mo really opens up with the ground-and-pound, working the body and the head as Noe looks like he can just hold on. Into half-guard for Mo and he continues to pound away. Noe turns his back practically and eats more shots as the crowd are booing for some unknown reason. Noe is just doing nothing but eat punches here. Round ends on the ground and that’s an easy 10-8 for King Mo.

Round Two and Noe opens with a straight right and a sharp leg kick. Big right hand from Mo sets up another takedown and Noe goes for a guillotine, but it doesn’t look at all tight and Mo breaks free into the guard. From there it’s more of the same as Mo works Noe over with ground-and-pound with practically no answer. He does try for an armbar, but Mo easy posts his way out and gets back into the guard. Less than two minutes to go now and it’s more of the same as Noe continues to take punishment. It’s not like Mo is close to getting a finish or anything but it’s all one way traffic for sure. Noe is cut now and he looks exhausted. Big shots begin to get through for Mo and the ref could probably stop this purely due to Noe offering nothing. Mo can’t quite land enough to warrant that though and so we continue. Round ends shortly after and that’s another 10-8 in my book.

Round Three and Noe is basically done, he’s unbelievably gassed. He tries some kicks but Mo ducks under and gets another double leg. He works into half-guard and from there it’s more of the same as he continues to punish Noe with elbows, punches and hammer fists. Big left hand slices Noe open badly around the left eye, but he manages to get up, taking a nasty knee to the body en route. Stiff jab connects for Mo and the ref is taking a good look at Noe here. Big overhand right rocks his world and he’s in trouble. He fires back with a haymaker that misses and Mo takes him down again, landing in half-guard. Noe tries to hold on, but Mo puts together one more flurry that hurts him and the ref calls it there.

This was a totally one-sided fight, and in fact the ring announcer calls it a verbal tapout which makes sense as Noe was completely exhausted by the third round and had no answer for Mo’s takedowns or ground-and-pound. It wasn’t the best fight to watch as it was so one-sided, but in a way it was nice to see King Mo actually use his wrestling game properly for once rather than his questionable boxing game that tends to get him into trouble. Post-fight Mo says he couldn’t let Askren or Chandler outshine him with their wrestling so he wanted to use his takedowns more, and then he talks about his apparent title shot for winning this tournament – hilarious because at this point the winner of the previous tournament (Emanuel Newton) hadn’t had HIS title shot against then-champ Attila Vegh – saying he’ll fight Attila or Newton, who he claims got lucky against him. The guy is just seriously annoying with his pseudo-Mayweather persona, as it’d work much better if he were as good as he thinks he is, you know? For the record Bellator ended up claiming Vegh was injured (despite Vegh saying otherwise) and put together a Mo vs. Newton rematch for an interim title….and of course Newton won again. Nice karma!

-Jimmy Smith is joined by Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson who claims he’s gotten his love back for MMA now he’s with a “reputable company who knows how to treat its fighters”. HA. That’s why he tried to jump back to the UFC as soon as he got a chance, right? He then randomly denies that he’s got a fight set up with Roy Jones Jr., and then calls out his REAL opponent…..and Eminem hits and it’s TITO ORTIZ. For the record this was a HUGE shock at the time as Tito had supposedly made up with the UFC and was put into the Hall of Fame the year before and everything. Tito puts over Rampage as a friend but says people have wanted the fight for a long time and so they’re willing to do it. Of course, the fight ended up being cancelled due to a Tito injury (really!) but Tito did in fact go on to have another mini-resurgence that we’ll look at on another show. And surprisingly he’s not been as anti-UFC recently too which is cool.

Bellator Welterweight Title: Ben Askren vs Andrey Koreshkov

Russian striker Koreshkov had earned his title shot by winning the Bellator WW tournament the year before – taking out former DREAM champion Marius Zaromskis and current UFC fighter (and USADA bust) Lyman Good in the process. This looked like a horrible fight for him though as nobody had really given Olympic wrestler Askren any problems to this point as he’d been able to use his insane wrestling and grappling to dominate every opponent he’d faced (outside of Jay Hieron, but even that was a clear Askren win for me), and this was his fourth title defense. Interestingly it was also the last fight on Askren’s contract with Bellator and he hadn’t signed an extension coming into this fight, so tons of rumors of him going to the UFC with a win were also swirling around.

First round begins and Askren shoots in immediately, but Koreshkov sprawls well. Askren stays close to him though and forces him down using a front headlock, then somehow swings over to take the back. Koreshkov rolls but winds up caught in a guillotine as Askren controls him, and then ties up the arms before using a cradle to keep hold of him. Tight guillotine follows but Koreshkov manages to survive despite Askren getting to full guard. Askren decides to give up on it and then takes the back again, but Koreshkov manages to shake off the hooks and stands. Askren stays on him though as you CAN’T STOP THE FUNK and sure enough Koreshkov gets dragged down again. One hook in for Askren and he drops some hammer fists before the Russian pops up again. Askren drags him right back down and continues to land punches, then slaps the second hook in. Looks like Koreshkov might be wilting a bit. He avoids the choke but he just can’t shake Askren off him at all and he’s taking a ton of punches now. Second hook in again for Askren and it looks like he’s got the choke, but Koreshkov again manages to survive. Another attempt follows but Koreshkov continues to tuck his chin. The Russian manages to shake the hooks off again, but this time Askren traps both of his arms to prevent him getting up and lands some more shots. Reversal from Koreshkov but Askren grabs a front headlock now and then reaches around for the ankle to keep him grounded. Looks like Askren’s going for a guillotine from a weird angle, but he can’t get it and Koreshkov lands a back elbow – pretty much his first strike of the fight – as the round ends. 10-8 Askren for me as he thoroughly dominated the challenger.

Second round begins and Askren shoots from the off, but this time Koreshkov sprawls and lands a couple of hard shots before looking to spin to take the back. Both men roll and Koreshkov desperately tries to take a dominant position, but Askren’s grappling is too strong and somehow he pops out on top in side mount. Full mount follows and Askren goes to work with punches before the Russian gives his back. Askren’s grappling is just ludicrous. Comical moment follows as Askren PUMPS HIS FIST WITH A USA CHANT while controlling Koreshkov from back mount. Holy shit did the UFC miss the boat with this guy or what. He flattens Koreshkov out from the back and continues to drop punches as the crowd buy into him and start the USA chant themselves. You can see Koreshkov really beginning to wilt now. He’s cut under his right eye too. More punches land for Askren but he can’t sink a choke in. He continues to control Koreshkov with only one hook now, but even then the Russian can’t shake him off or stop the punches from landing. Announcers are comparing Askren to prime Sakuraba which is a huge compliment. Into north/south now for Askren and he kneels on the face (illegal?) and looks to be setting up for a possible kimura. Koreshkov manages to avoid that, and so Askren goes back to side mount and continues to land before getting a mounted crucifix. Hammer fists land for Askren but he can’t quite chain enough together for a finish. Seconds to go now and Koreshkov gets half-guard but continues to eat shots. Mounted crucifix again for Askren and he lands some nasty punches that come close to a finish, but the bell sounds before he can seal the deal. Koreshkov has to be CARRIED TO HIS CORNER between rounds. 10-8 Askren and this is a whitewash.

Third round and Askren shoots RIGHT INTO A KNEE, but he doesn’t give a shit and he takes Koreshkov down anyway and somehow somersaults his way into taking the back before mounting. Holy shit this guy is good. And from there it’s more punishment for poor Koreshkov as he continues to eat punches and elbows while trying to defend a choke every time he rolls. Announcers touch upon the fact that Askren doesn’t really have knockout power, but does it really matter if he can land tons of punches over a longer period of time? Just over half the round to go and it looks like Askren might have a neck crank sunk, but Koreshkov manages to avoid it and so Askren continues to punch him instead. Slick move follows for Askren as he pulls Koreshkov’s left arm behind his back to land some unanswered shots to the face. The Russian manages to pull his arm free, but he can’t shake Askren off him at all. Koreshkov manages to sit up and look for a reversal but of course that doesn’t work and he ends up stuck on all fours taking more punches. Somehow he manages to work up for a second, but Askren drags him back down, takes the back again and it’s more shots to the head. He moves into north/south again and begins to look for the kimura, but decides to give up on it to punch the challenger some more until the round ends. 10-8 Askren and I don’t get why this crowd is booing him as this has been awesome.

Fourth round and Askren shoots from way outside. Koreshkov sprawls initially but Askren drives through and gets him down anyway, going right into mount and then into what looks like a tight arm triangle choke. Askren slides out to the left to attempt to finish it, then gives it up to go back to mount, and from there Koreshkov turns his back and eats more punches. Referee Jason Herzog is now threatening to stop the fight as Koreshkov looks like he’s mentally broken, or physically broken or both. Side mount now for Askren and he gets a crucifix to land some more shots, then takes full mount again where he continues to land, and this time he’s basically asking Herzog to stop it. Solid flurry gets through for Askren and Koreshkov turns his back again, and this time Herzog decides he’s seen enough and calls the fight off.

What can you say about that? One of the most impressive championship performances I can ever recall, pretty much. At the time Koreshkov wasn’t massively heralded but since then of course he’s beaten both Douglas Lima and Benson Henderson and so I think this win gains even more kudos for Askren in hindsight. Somehow Bellator ended up releasing Askren after this fight – his contract was up and he said he didn’t want to stay there, admittedly, but how the UFC missed the boat on him I’ll never know. I get that his style isn’t maybe the most exciting – I loved this fight but I have seen duller outings from him in the past – but how many times have we seen that really, it isn’t the fighting style that matters as much as it is the personality of a fighter and the ability to sell fights? Chael Sonnen didn’t have an exciting style and he ended up being a huge star, Josh Koscheck was one of the biggest heels in UFC history even with a wrestling-heavy style, and Tito Ortiz was one of the biggest draws in MMA history despite a ground-and-pound based game. Askren is one of the best shit-talkers in the game and he could easily have taken the mantle of the arrogant wrestler from Koscheck and made millions in the UFC, but instead he’s stuck fighting low-level opponents in ONE FC due to basically annoying Dana White and being stuck in the then-feud between White and Bjorn Rebney. He’s still got time for a UFC run, sure, but if he never gets it then it’s one of the more disappointing things in MMA history for me. At any rate I loved this fight. Just an incredible display of grappling skill from Askren and I don’t get how people could boo it.

-We get some random highlights of a prelim between Rodrigo Lima and Rafael Silva, won by Silva via a third round rear naked choke. Announcers mention that it’s one of the semi-finals of the Summer Series Bantamweight tournament, and then sure enough they show some clips from the second semi – Anthony Leone coming from behind to defeat Frank Baca. We’re told these guys will face off for a shot at Bellator BW champ Eduardo Dantas at some point in the future. For those wondering, Leone ended up winning and was then choked out by Dantas in a super slick move.

Bellator Lightweight Title: Michael Chandler vs Dave Rickels

This was Chandler’s second title defense following his impressive title win over Eddie Alvarez and then his first defense over judoka Rick Hawn. Rickels had earned his title shot by winning the Bellator Season 8 Lightweight tournament earlier in the year, but realistically he’d never fought anyone close to the calibre of Chandler before. He does have a pretty comical ‘Caveman’ gimmick though, complete with wild beard, club and bone-shaped necklace. No loin cloth, sadly. Dude seems pretty eccentric.

Fight begins and it looks like Rickels is the slightly bigger fighter. Leg kick opens for Rickels but Chandler closes him down and lands a right hand. Couple more low kicks connect for Rickels but he eats a left hook. Chandler is really pushing forward here. More kicks from Rickels but he can’t keep his distance and Chandler closes in with a BIG RIGHT HAND and a flurry that have Rickels hurt! He goes down off a right hook and some heavy shots on the ground knock him DEAD. Wow.

Amazing highlight reel knockout for Michael Chandler. At this point he was looking like the surefire bet to become Bellator’s first real homegrown star but unfortunately he went on to lose to Eddie Alvarez in a rematch and then Will Brooks twice, and those losses took a lot of his lustre away. That’s another story though – this was a crazy knockout for sure to cap off the night. Post-fight Chandler just says he wants to put on a show, not naming an opponent or reacting when Jimmy Smith mentions that Dave Jansen is probably next – obviously because the plans were always for the Alvarez rematch I guess.

Lightweight Fight: Bubba Jenkins vs Mike Barreras

And it’s PRELIM TIME as the main event went so quickly I guess. And we’ve got former NCAA Division I All-American Bubba Jenkins making his Bellator debut against Mike Barreras who has a losing record of 5-6. From what I recall there was quite a bit of hype around Jenkins stepping into a major promotion as he was 3-0 at this point and so it made sense to match him with an opponent like Barreras who’d likely provide him with some fodder.

Fight begins and Jenkins literally sprints out of his corner and hits a takedown. Barreras quickly pops back up but Jenkins shoots in again and drives him into the fence. Looks like Barreras is going for a guillotine, but Jenkins takes him down anyway. The guillotine actually looks tight, but Jenkins manages to hold on and he stands up with it locked on before hitting a big slam into half-guard. Barreras holds onto the guillotine but Jenkins passes to mount and basically alleviates it, then pops his head free. Couple of punches land for Jenkins before Barreras gives his back and uses it to wriggle to his feet. Head kick (!) lands for Jenkins out of nowhere but Barreras seems okay, and then they tie up with Barreras forcing Jenkins into the fence. Takedown from Jenkins from an awkward position follows and he’s on top in half-guard, avoiding the guillotine in the process. This is a pretty insane pace. Nice heavy punches begin to get through for Jenkins and he takes full mount again. More big shots follow and Barreras is in trouble. He gives his back again though and again sneaks out the back door and gets to his feet. Nice left hook from Barreras and Jenkins freezes on the spot, taking some more punches before managing to land a counter uppercut and clinch. They exchange some knees and both men look tired now, understandably. Takedown from Jenkins and again he lands in a guillotine, but this time Barreras has full guard. Jenkins manages to pop his head free though and he remains on top with seconds to go in the round. Nasty punches from Jenkins and Barreras has a lot of swelling around both eyes. Round ends there, 10-9 Jenkins but boy was it fun.

Into the 2nd round and both men definitely look slower as they circle around and miss on some early strikes. The swelling around Barreras’s left eye is DISGUSTING. Right hand connects for Jenkins and Barreras is wobbled, and that leads to a Jenkins takedown and from there he HAMMERS him with punches and forces him to turn to his side. More shots get through for Jenkins and that’s all she wrote, probably a late stoppage in fact.

Fantastic fight and a great debut for Bubba Jenkins although he didn’t look totally flawless, giving his neck on numerous occasions and also taking some big punches at times as well. He hasn’t really lived up to the hype yet either, as he lost his next fight to an unheralded opponent, but he’s still got time to build himself back up I guess. Definitely worth airing this one though!

-Show ends abruptly there with a quick plug for the Tito vs. Rampage PPV.

Final Thoughts….

Easy thumbs up for a really quality show from Bellator. Admittedly, outside of the opener and the main event, the finishes were more cumulative rather than highlight reel stuff, but all of the fights were pretty fun to watch and you won’t find a much better grappling display in MMA than the one put on by Ben Askren. Hopefully in a few years I’ll be able to say “go check this Bellator show out on UFC Fight Pass” but for now just try to track it down by nefarious means I guess. It’s out there somewhere surely!

Best Fight: Pitbull vs. Downing
Worst Fight: Minakov vs. Martinez

Overall Rating: ****

Until next time,

Scott Newman:
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