411’s Bellator 99 Report 9.13.13
Posted by Larry Csonka on 09.13.2013
Vladimir Matyushenko defeated Houston Alexander, Justin Wilcox, Joe Taimanglo, Fabricio Guerreiro and Patricio Pitbull advanced in the featherweight tournament and more! Check out 411’s Bellator 99 report for all the details!
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Hector Ramirez defeated Savo Kosic via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Gavin Sterritt defeated Andy Murad via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Goiti Yamauchi defeated Musa Toliver via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 1:01
Bellator Featherweight Opening Round: Joe Taimanglo (18-4-1) vs. Andrew Fisher (12-4-1) ROUND ONE: Big John McCarthy is the referee. They touch and here we go. Taimanglo looks to work the body and then the leg kick follows. Leg kick caught by Fisher, lands a counter and takes Taimanglo down. Taimanglo pops back up, they battle along the cage and Taimanglo follows with a combo and rocks Fisher. Takedown by Taimanglo, he's looking for a guillotine but releases and works a combo and knees along the cage. They trade as they work center cage, Taimanglo landing the better strikes and we get an accidental head butt. They get a warning, both are ok and we're back to action. Back to the leg kicks by Taimanglo, good right by Taimanglo and he keeps getting inside the superior reach of Fisher. Jabs by Fisher follow, good combo by Taimanglo connects. Right hook by Fisher, but Taimanglo with a clinch and lands a few knees and then back to the body. A good jab by Taimanglo looks to wobble Fisher a bit, and the round ends.
SCORECARD: Taimanglo 10-9
ROUND TWO: Round two begins, and Taimanglo again gets inside the reach of Fisher and lands a solid uppercut. Body shots follow for Taimanglo, Taimanglo controlling the cage and connects with another good combo to the body. Fisher with a jab, but a knee to the body by Taimanglo. Taimanglo keeps walking down the bigger fighter and then clinches and gets another knee. Fisher is not countering well at all here or using his each. Fisher just standing and not looking to establish anything. They trade shots, jab by Fisher. Back fist and a leg kick by Taimanglo Fisher countering a bit, but Taimanglo still landing with more volume. Taimanglo is still landing, staying busy and nullifying the reach of Fisher. Fisher looks for a takedown as the round ends.
SCORECARD: Taimanglo 20-18
ROUND THREE: Final round now, and Taimanglo controlling early with the leg kicks and body shots. Fisher trying to use his reach, but Taimanglo is still connecting. He has busted up Fisher's mouth and nose. Taimanglo flashing some kicks now, but a good right by Fisher. Combo by Taimanglo, fails on a shot, but lands a solid uppercut. Taimanglo continue to back off Fisher, but Fisher finally landing some jabs. Taimanglo looks to have a small cut under his left eye, but Fisher is not fighting with any sense of urgency. They trade some shots, Taimanglo with more leg kicks and a body shot. Fisher does nothing of note in the final seconds.
SCORECARD: Taimanglo 30-27
OFFICIAL RESULT: Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Bellator Featherweight Opening Round: Justin Wilcox (11-5) vs. Akop Stepanyan (13-5) ROUND ONE: Mike Beltran, and his awesome mustache, will officiate the bout. Wilcox out quickly with a combo, and then looks for a head kick but misses. Leg kick by Wilcox, but then gets tripped up by a leg kick from Stepanyan. They trade shots, Wilcox misses a charging knee, hard leg kick again by Stepanyan trips up Wilcox. Wilcox shoots, doesn't get it as Stepanyan sprawls and is back to his feet. Wilcox chases with a right after Stepanyan misses a leg kick. High kick by Stepanyan connects, Wilcox back with charging shots but doesn't really connect. Head kick by Wilcox checked, body kick by Stepanyan. Stepanyan trips up Wilcox with another leg kick, and then a good combo by Stepanyan connects. Body kick by Stepanyan, Wilcox then trips up Stepanyan, but he can't follow up. Good right and then a body kick by Stepanyan. Backspin kick by Stepanyan connects, and then a sweet jab that snaps back the head of Wilcox. Stepanyan again chops down Wilcox with the low leg kick near the ankle. Body kick by Stepanyan and the round ends.
SCORECARD: Stepanyan 10-9
ROUND TWO: Round two begins, Stepanyan takes out the legs of Wilcox again and Wilcox is limping as the damage has been done to the left leg. Wilcox's leg is welted up badly. Stepanyan chops out the leg again, Wilcox gets it to the ground. Wilcox is busted open on the back of his head from an earlier kick. Wilcox bleeding badly now from that head cut. Wilcox working from guard, but Stepanyan not allowing him to do much. Stepanyan looks to escape, but Wilcox gets his back and the rear naked choke! Stepanyan is OUT and Wilcox wins with the huge come from behind submission.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Justin Wilcox via RD 2 (2:20) technical submission
Wilcox had seven days notice to take the fight and cut over 20 pounds. Wilcox puts over his opponent's work and praises God for he victory.
Promo for the Rampage vs. Tito PPV.
Rampage joins the commentary team and promotes the fight. He says he is training hard, and knows what he has to do to beat Tito. Rampage says his camp is a bit shorter than he would like, but he has been rehabbing his knees. He feels great and will be a new man when he faces Tito.
Light Heavyweight Bout: Vladimir Matyushenko (26-7) vs. Houston Alexander (15-9) ROUND ONE: The official is Jason Herzog. Here we go, they circle, and do not do a damn thing in the first 30 seconds. They continue to circle, leg kick by Matyushenko. Right counter by Alexander. They trade shots, another leg kick by Matyushenko. Alexander with a takedown, looks to hold position and Matyushenko scrambling and then back to the feet. They get a bit wild, no one really connects. Leg kick by Matyushenko, they clinch and then a great throw by Matyushenko. Into half guard, Rampage talks about Alexander's shorts and adds nothing to the fight. Matyushenko into mount, but Alexander manages to escape. Sloppy combo by Alexander, they circle more and don't do much of anything. Seriously, they are doing almost nothing. They finally start to throw, sloppily and not really connecting. The round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Matyushenko I suppose
ROUND TWO: Round two begins, they circle and throw sloppy shots, nothing much really connecting and it just doesn't look good. Solid left by Matyushenko, they circle again, leg kick by Matyushenko. Alexander shoots, fails and backs out. Leg kick by Matyushenko, counter right by Alexander. This may as well have been promoted as a televised sparring session because this sure as hell is not a fight. Circle, circle, circle, leg kick by Matyushenko , counter right by Alexander. Circle, faint, circle, circle, circle, Bueller, Bueller, Bueller, crowd boos, circle, leg kick by Matyushenko, counter right by Alexander. Some sloppy shots that do nothing, crowd voices displeasure. Right by Matyushenko, shot by Matyushenko, they both pop right back up. Clinch, they trade knees and break. Circle, circle, circle, round ends.
SCORECARD: 20-18 Matyushenko, I guess…
ROUND THREE: Final round, maybe they will fight finally. Matyushenko misses his opening punches, body shot by Alexander. They lock up, clinch, knee by Alexander, and they break. Body shot by Alexander, and some how, Matyushenko's one eye is swelling, which is amazing since they haven't thrown many things resembling punches. They get a bit wild and sloppy again. Takedown by Matyushenko, has a far side cradle on Alexander. Some shots land for Matyushenko as he keeps Alexander nullified. Now it appears that they are hugging until Alexander gets to his feet. Alexander grounds himself, partly to avoid knees, but also because he is very tired. Soft body shots by Matyushenko as he keeps Alexander grounded. Final minute, at least they aren't circling each other again. More shots to the body and head by Matyushenko. Matyushenko just big brothers Alexander to finish out the clock. That was the drizzling shits.
SCORECARD: 30-27 Matyushenko
OFFICIAL RESULT: Vladimir Matyushenko via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Bellator Featherweight Opening Round: Des Green (9-1) vs. Fabricio Guerreiro (17-2-1nc) ROUND ONE: Herb Dean is the official. They trade some single shots early, leg kick by Guerreiro. Leg kick by Green, counter right by Guerreiro. Push kick by Guerreiro, Green rushes in but they break and a left by Guerreiro. Leg kick follows, another and then a left from Green. They trade some shots center cage, circle, Leg kick by Green, counter right by Guerreiro. Good throw by Guerreiro, but they pop back to the feet and a knee by Guerreiro. Push kick again by Guerreiro, combo follows. Guerreiro catches a kick and lands a right. Green escapes, leg kick by Guerreiro. Body shots by both, Guerreiro the quicker fighter right now and keeping busy. Body shot by Green, push kick by Guerreiro They clinch, knees by Green and a right as they break. Good body kick by Guerreiro. Green with a single leg, but the round ends before he can do anything.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Guerreiro
ROUND TWO: Round two begins, body and leg kicks by Guerreiro to begin. High kick checked by Green, Good combo by Green, looks for but fails on a takedown. Guerreiro gets a takedown, looks for the back as Green gets to his feet. They work along the cage now, Guerreiro controlling with knees to the body and thighs. Green gets warned for grabbing the cage, more knees from Guerreiro. Guerreiro pulls green down, but Greene back up. Good trip by Guerreiro, but they break. Green with chasing shots, missing, and another push kick by Guerreiro. Body kick follows. Green shoots, fails and to the cage they go and Green fights for a takedown. Fails again and they circle. Body kick by Guerreiro, and it was low. We have a break in action. Back to action, Green with a takedown late again, but can do nothing as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 20-18 Guerreiro
ROUND THREE: Final round now, leg kicks by Guerreiro to begin. Green takes Guerreiro to the cage, works knee strikes to the thighs. More knees from Green, but not much else. No urgency to finish here by Green. Guerreiro rolls out into a triangle, but Green escapes. Right by Green, then one by Guerreiro. They circle, two minutes left and they circle. Guerreiro stops a shot by Green, they exchange a bit, but not much happening. Push kick by Guerreiro, they dance, body kick by Green and that is all.
SCORECARD: 29-28 Guerreiro
OFFICIAL RESULT: Fabricio Guerreiro via unanimous decision (29-28 across the cards)
Bellator Featherweight Opening Round: Patricio Pitbull (18-2) vs. Diego Nunes (18-4) ROUND ONE: Big John McCarthy is the official. Here we go with the main event of the evening. They circle, both throw some leg kicks. Body kick by Nunes, good combo by Pitbull and he DROPS Nunes, follows up and that is ALL! Pitbull caught Nunes with the left, and that was the beginning of the end.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Patricio Pitbull via RD1 (1:19) KO
Pitbull says he trained hard and is gunning for the title and Pat Curran.
Justin Wilcox, Joe Taimanglo, Fabricio Guerreiro and Patricio Pitbull are the Bellator Featherweight semifinalists.
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