411ís Bellator 101 Report 9.27.13
Posted by Matt Paligaru on 09.27.2013
Joe Warren returns to Bellator and scores a submission victory in the main event
Moda Center at Rose Quarter
Peter Aspinwall (2-4) vs. Jeremiah Riggs (7-7)
Round 1 sees Aspinwall quickly take Riggs' back and attempt a rear naked choke. Riggs escapes and exchanges shots while trying to take mount. Riggs spends the rest of the first round fairly in control.
Round 2 Aspinwall opens with a takedown, much to the delight of his large cheering section. Aspinwall again attempts for a rear naked and Riggs escapes. Similar to the first round, Riggs spends almost the rest of the round on top after the escape exchanging shots with Aspinwall. Referee Shawn Gregory stands them up with 20 seconds left to go, and they exchange a few rights before the round ends. Pretty close fight.
Round 3 Aspinwall is the busier fighter, wearing down Riggs. Aspinwall spends the majority of the round on Riggs' back, and then in side control, peppering him with shots all the while. This round is controlled primarily by Aspinwall as Riggs escapes with seconds to go, but it might be too late.
Result: Peter Aspinwall defeats Jeremiah Riggs by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Zach Skinner vs. Austin Springer
Round 1 Springer looking good early until Skinner catches him, leading to Springer pushing him into the cage. The media members beside me tell me that 26 year old Springer runs his own gym in Vancouver WA, has 3 kids and is still undefeated as a pro (and doesn't look a day over 14.) How about that? About 3 minutes into the round, Skinner tries to take Springer's back, but he manages to fight out. The round ends with Skinner trying to fight through Springer's guard.
Round 2 Crowd clearly with Springer, who lives so close he could've walked here. Springer is the aggressor, circling Skinner for the first half of the round throwing a lot of left jabs and keeping him at bay. Springer is throwing and nearly landing at will until Skinner tries to take him down and is reversed. Round ends with Springer taking Skinner down and ending up on top. Springer could be on his way to 4-0. He was knocked down once in the round, but recovered quickly.
Round 3 Skinner a bit manic here as he opens quickly. He is finally able to land a few more shots that rattle Springer, but is countered. Springer hits Skinner with an uppercut which rattles him, and lands a series of combinations. Credit where credit is due - Skinner can take a few shots! Crowd erupts in an "AUSTIN" chant as he takes Skinner down. The takedown leads to repeated exchanges between both fights, and Skinner drops Springer again, but it might be too little too late. Great performance by Springer overall.
Round 1 Primus is a Sports Lab guy who is a frequent training partner of Evan Dunham's. Primus spends the majority of the first half of the round chasing an armbar and nearly gets it. Primus gets Thometz's back, and works for a Rear Naked Choke, which he gets and Thometz is forced to tap out.
Results: Brent Primus defeats Scott Thometz via Submission - Rear Naked Choke R1 3:48
Tyson Jeffries vs. Dave Vitkay
Round 1 Vitkay's looking to make a good impression for the loss of his fight at the last minute a couple weeks ago. Jeffries the hometown favorite in this fight. Jeffries spends the majority of the round on Vitkay's back, controlling escape attempts while attempting a couple of rear naked chokes. Vitkay manages to fend off a lengthy attempt and force Jeffries down as the round ends.
Round 2 Vitkay and Jeffries exchange a few shots in the opening minute, though nothing major connects. Vitkay lands a knee to the body and manages to take Jeffries down halfway into the round. Vitkay spends the next minute trying to open up on Jeffries, but has trouble gaining position since they're up against the fence. Jeffries attempts an odd looking guillotine/bully/?? choke. Interesting, but Vitkay is able to power out and control Jeffries on the mat for the rest of the round. Likely one round a piece here.
Round 3 Vitkay holds Jeffries against the cage and lands a couple of knees but is taken down. Jeffries works from the back but Vitkay slips through and gets on top near the cage. As they head closer to the center of the cage, Vitkay sinks in a Rear Naked Choke and guts out a victory after a weak first round.
Results: Dave Vitkay defeats Tyson Jeffries via Submission - Rear Naked Choke R3 3:07
Ryan Healy vs. Marcin Held
Round 1 We've all assumed this will be a tournament reserve bout since Held/Tirloni was supposed to be from what I'd heard. This is Healy's first fight back after he and his wife Ashley had twins 6 months ago. Unfortunately, Held is able to catch Healy on the button, and after a few unanswered shots, referee Shawn Gregory steps in to stop it.
Results: Marcin Held defeats Ryan Healy by KO R1 1:12
Nathan Coy vs. Andy Uhrich
Round 1 We all have different stories of where we've seen Coy fight. As the one that appears to be the lone Canadian on media row, I'm the only one that immediately said the MFC. Gotta represent. Hometown boy Coy survives a bit of a scare early and takes Uhrich down. Coy manages to control the pace thereafter while trying to break Uhrich's guard. Coy manages to keep Uhrich on his back most of the round while standing and landing shots. After standing, Coy keeps his opponent at bay to end the round.
Round 2 Coy catches Uhrich early and the second round begins exactly like the first. Crowd is clearly in Coy's corner, going so far to rhyme every possible word in the English language with Coy. Round continues with Coy on top, who is dominating every aspect of the fight. Uhrich is able to get up with a minute left in the round, and is taken down for his efforts again. The round ends with Coy standing above Uhrich. Wouldn't be surprising that there's a 10-8 round on a judge's scorecard.
Round 3 This round a bit more evenly paced, with Uhrich able to try for a bit more offense. A sequence near the cage sees Coy take control of the round again, and in between a couple of attempts to break Uhrich's guard, is able to remain firmly in control the rest of the way. While he didn't get a finish, this fight, and his experience probably lands Coy in the next Welterweight Tournament somehow. I'd be surprised if he wasn't in it, or at least an alternate.
Results: Nathan Coy defeats Andy Uhrich by Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
Saad Awad vs. Martin Stapleton - lightweight tournament opening round
Round 1 Awad comes out swinging and Stapleton slips and takes Awad down on the fence. Stapletown is able to control until Awad gets his back halfway into the round and rains down punches before working toward a rear naked choke. After breaking, Awad lands some more shots, and lands a tight rear naked choke to tap Stapleton out. We have our first tournament upset!
Results: Saad Awad defeats Martin Stapleton via Submission - Rear Naked Choke R1 3:46
John Alessio vs. Will Brooks - lightweight tournament opening round
Round 1 Brooks lands some leg kicks early as Alessio feels him out. Alessio is able to catch a leg kick and take Brooks down into side control. They both jockey for position while standing and Alessio is able to get Brooks into a good guillotine attempt before Brooks breaks free and is able to fall onto Alessio. Brooks attempts to bring Alessio in for a slam but it is unsuccessful. While standing, it's revealed that Alessio is bleeding from above his left eyebrow. Brooks takes Alessio down and holds him there to end the round.
Round 2 Alessio pushes Brooks up against the cage after a quick exchange. Brooks is able to take Alessio down, but is quickly scrambled over to the fence. Alessio stands and they break. Both stand and exchange strikes with Alessio landing the harder shots. Alessio gets Brooks into a guillotine again, but he escapes and the ref pulls them up. Alessio manages to tag Brooks, who trips into the cage. After Brooks drags Alessio down, Alessio tries again for another guillotine and Brooks escapes. Brooks ends the round attempting a Rear Naked Choke, which might have won him the round.
Round 3 Brooks takes Alessio down early and works from there for the first two minutes of the round. Alessio is able to get up halfway through the round. Brooks catches Alessio with a big knee to the body a minute later, causing Alessio to try to take him down. Brooks scrambles in from behind, where he finishes out the rest of the first, hitting Alessio with knees and shots from behind.
Results: Will Brooks defeats John Alessio (30-26, 30-27, 30-25)
Rich Clementi vs. Ricardo Tirloni - lightweight tournament opening round
Round 1 Plenty of Love for No Love. Both fighters exchange heavy shots early, with Clementi shaking off a huge shot by Tirloni, though it causes him to bleed. Both fighters remain standing and exchanging shots, with Tirloni arguably getting the better shots in. Action packed first round, though it seems both fighters are content to stand and tee off on each other.
Round 2 Clementi is walking around with his hands down asking Tirloni to engage, which he does. Clementi and Tirloni spend the rest of the round circling each other until the final 10 seconds, where Tirloni attempts a takedown.
Round 3 Another "stand and tee off" round for both men. Clementi urging Tirloni to move in, while Ricardo keeps his distance. They eventually hit the ground, and Tirloni lays on top until Clementi attempts for a heel hook. Tirloni spends the rest of the fight fending off Clementi's advances until the bell rings.
Marcus Davis vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy - lightweight tournament opening round
Round 1What a jarring promo for both fighters pre-fight. It probably had a better effect on people at home than in the crowd - Those sorts of things always make for better TV. Sarnavskiy knocks down Davis early and takes his back. Sarnavskiy eventually synched in a Rear Naked Choke for the tapout.
Results: Alexander "Tiger" defeats Marcus Davis via Submission - Rear Naked Choke R1 1:40
Nick Kirk vs. Joe Warren
Round 1 Both fighters come out swinging early and often. Warren goes for a Flying Knee just in front of the media and pursues. A lot of leather exchanged as Warren is by far the aggressor. Kirk takes another flying knee to the chest, though it doesn't land clean. Kirk lands a good counter on Warren that sets him back but only for a moment. Warren takes Kirk down with ease and lands shots on Kirk at will. Warren is able to throw a couple more flying knees and takes Kirk down again. Warren lands more clean shots before the round ends.
Round 2 It's Warren early again with the exclamation point takedown on Kirk. Warren able to control from the top as he looks to gain a crucifix mount on Kirk. Kirk starts to get up but Warren grabs an arm and tries for an armbar. Warren attempts to extend the arm but Kirk fights out. Shortly thereafter, Warren is able to grab the arm again and finish a bizarre looking armbar.
Results: Joe Warren defeats Nick Kirk by Submission - Armbar R2 3:03