November 30, 2018
Thackerville, OK from WinStar World Casino & Resort
Live on Paramount and DAZN (9 PM ET)
Preliminary Quick Results
Costello van Steenis def. Chris Honeycutt via split decision
Jordan Young def. Anthony Ruiz via submission at 3:48 of Round 1
Goiti Yamauchi def. Daniel Weichel by split decision
Joe Schilling def. Will Morris via TKO at 5:00 of Round 1
Shawn Bunch def. Joe Warren via TKO at 1:42 of Round 1
Mike Shipman def. Scott Futrell by submission at 2:58 of Round 1
Noad Lahat def. Brian Moore by unanimous decision
Sean Grande and Chael Sonnen on commentary tonight.
(1) Juan Archuleta vs. Jeremy Spoon (Featherweight)
ROUND ONE: They traded time taking eachother’s back while clinched against the cage early on. Spoon whiffed big time on a punch and went to the floor. Archuleta took top position but Spoon got up. Spoon went reeling again after over committing to a punch. Archuleta landed a body shot and missed a left hook. 10-9 Archuleta
ROUND TWO: Archuleta forces a clinch against the cage and then bullies Spoon to the mat. Spoon got up but Archuleta kept him clinched against the cage. Archuleta let off a series of body shots as they broke apart. Archuletta hurt Spoon with a punch and Spoon covered up. He went down and Archuleta started unloading on the ground. Spoon defended well but wasn’t putting up any offense. Spoon got to his feet but looked shaky. Archuleta began picking his shots and landed a big right. Spoon fought back and Archuleta took him down. Some big shots from Archuleta late in the round. 10-8 Archuleta, 20-17.
ROUND THREE: Archuleta came out aggressive mixing in punches with takedown attempts. Spoon looked to have recovered from last round. Lots of kicks from Spoon. Archuleta threw some body shots and then dropped him with a left hand. He took half guard and threw some hammer fists. He moved to north-south but Spoon was able to get up. Archuleta still aggressive with big combos. Archuleta threw a bod kick and Spoon put his hands on his knees to rest for a moment. Archuleta took him down and was in full guard. Spoon worked his way to his feet and Archuleta pressed him against the cage. He landed a big body shot as they broke apart. Back on the ground and Archuleta landed some ground and pound as the fight ended. 10-8 Archuleta, 30-25
Result: 30-25, 30-26, 30-26 Archuleta by unanimous decision
Analysis: No doubt about it there. Archuleta won that fight easily. Chael asked him what he needs to do to get a title shot so he may be on deck for Pitbull.
(2) Kristina Williams vs. Bruna Ellen (Flyweight)
ROUND ONE: Williams holds a win over Heather Hardy. Ellen is 22 and significantly shorter than Williams. That said, she reached up and landed a nice punch. Williams landed a right kick. Ellen moved around the cage a lot to keep Williams chasing her. Ellen got in for a left hand and moved out right away. Ellen checked a kick and landed a right hand. Ellen landed a leg kick. Williams responded with one of her own. Body kick from Williams. Ellen is missing a lot because of the reach disadvantage. 10-9 Ellen
ROUND TWO: Left hand and a high kick from Williams early on. Big right hand from Ellen didn’t seem to phase her. Chael used the term “break basket” and said he stole it from someone. Did anyone use that before Gorilla Monsoon? Nice right hand in close from Williams. Williams pressed forward and landed a right hand. Ellen missed a combo and Williams landed a kick. Ellen caught a kick and took her down. They got up and Williams kept pressing forward and throwing kicks. Williams caught a kick and landed a punch. 10-9 Williams, 19-19
ROUND THREE: They traded kicks. Ellen whiffed on a kick and Williams landed a right hand. Ellen forced a clinch against the cage and looked for a takedown. Williams escaped but took some shots in the process. Big left and a high kick that missed from Ellen. Williams stuffed a takedown and then ended up on top but they got up. Kick from Williams. High kick from Williams. Ellen shot in for a takedown and they ended up against the cage. Kick from Williams. Ellen missed a flying knee. Williams stuffed another takedown just before the bell. 10-9 Williams, 29-28 Williams.
Result: 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 Kristina Williams by unanimous decision.
Analysis: That was a fun fight. Ellen was probably the more polished fighter but Williams did more to take the decision on my card. Williams could be the next contender at flyweight after MacFarlane and Letourneau in a couple of weeks.
They officially announced MVP vs. Paul Daley on Feb. 16 as part of the welterweight grand prix tournament.
(3) David Rickels vs. Guilherme Bomba (Welterweight)
ROUND ONE: Bomba was on Chael’s team for TUF Brazil and apparently dated Demi Lovato. Rickels broke out of an egg for his entrance. Leg kicks from Rickels to start. Bomba pressed him against the cage. These guys look like monsters after the last two fights. Rickels threw heavy hand and some leg kicks. Rickels countered a leg kick with a right hand. Rickels fell checking a leg kick but was still able to secure a takedown after. Bomba got up. Nice combo from Rickels. Bomba landed some punches and Rickels responded with a relentless flurry. They went to the ground and Bomba was on top. Rickels got up. He landed a leg kick. Left hand connected for Rickels. Rickels got a piece with a spinning backfist. One-two from Rickels. Nice body kick from Bomba at the bell. 10-9 Rickels.
ROUND TWO: Bomba with an early takedown attempt after some standing exchanges. They traded leg kicks. Right hand from Bomba. Rickels with a leg kick and some punches as he pressed forward. Bomba went for another takedown. Rickels throwing big combinations. He never stops moving or punching. Bomba got a takedown into half guard. Rickels got full guard while Bomba threw some elbows. Rickels threw elbows from the bottom. The round ended with Bomba on top landing some punches. 10-9 Rickels, 20-18
ROUND THREE: Right hand from Rickels followed but a flurry. They traded leg kicks. Rickels rushed forward and fought like he needed the finish. Rickels scored a takedown and landed body shots and short elbows. Bomba got up but ate a knee on the way out. Straight right hand from Bomba landed. Rickels moved forward and landed a right elbow. Bomba landed an elbow and then took him down. Rickels was cut from that elbow. Bomba landed some punches and elbows in guard. Some big punches from Bomba while Rickels threw elbows from the bottom. 10-9 Bomba, 29-28 Rickels but it could go either way.
Result: 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 David Rickels by unanimous decision
Analysis: I’m a little surprised by the 30-27 card but the right guy won. This was a very competitive fight and either guy could have won. Rickels is a fun fighter to watch and always puts on a good show in and out of the cage. His record isn’t the best but he’s one of those guys you always want to have on your shows to keep them exciting.
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(4) Chidi Njokuani vs. John Salter (Middleweight)
ROUND ONE: Leg kick from Salter. Front kick from Njokuani. Inside leg kick from Njokuani. Not much action outside of some leg kicks. Salter ducked in for a takedown. He grabbed a double leg and tripped him down. Njokuani got up but Salter dragged him back down. Salter took his back and has a deep rear naked choke in. Njokuani is trying to use the dcage to get up but Salter didn’t let go and took the upset win.
Result: John Salter by submission at 4:32 of round one
Analysis: Not the result I was expecting but a very nice win for John Salter here. He had a significant reach disadvantage but was still able to get inside, take him down and sink in the choke, all with relative ease.
Overall, a fun, short Bellator show. The top three fights are all worth a look if you have it on your DVR or want to check out a replay on Bellator.com or DAZN.
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