Posts Tagged ‘Nick Moghaddam’

By: Jonathan M King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Once again the sights and sounds of Bellator MMA did not disappoint. Local fighters such as David Duran, Saad Awad, Keith Berry, Ray Sloan, and Fernando Gonzalez were all victorious while other fighters Karo Parisyan and Johnny Cisneros came up short on the Bellator 127 card.

Lesson 1.) In case anyone thought Daniel Straus was a pretender, they learned a valuable lesson! Straus solidified himself as the promotions #1 contender when he blitzed through Justin Wilcox as if he was standing still. The American Top Team product needed only :50 seconds to obliterate Wilcox, who at least on paper seemed like a good match up! The win catapults Straus into a showdown with current champion Patricio Pitbull.

Lesson 2.) Keith Berry showcased superior technique in his win over Joe Pacheco, however the bout was declared a split decision in what should have been a clear victory for Berry. Pacheco may have landed the heavier shots, but they were few and far between. Berry relentlessly pressured Pacheco and peppered him with his jab, sometime tripling up with success. Once again the judges who already screwed up one fight almost screwed up this one as well! (Note of interest Berry was 10 strikes away from the Bellator Record for strikes landed!)

Lesson 3.) Building off of lesson #2: I wonder how many more years have to pass before the CSAC realizes that one of their judging cures is right in front of their faces! Head inspector Chris Crail is probably one of the most qualified people in the entire state to judge a fight, however in CSAC’s infinite wisdom they have decided he would be better suited as a glorified valet. Maybe the inspector position should be reserved for people who can’t score a fight, lord knows there are plenty of them, some of them call themselves judges!

Lesson 4.) Stephan Bonnar and Tito Ortiz do not like each other. In case you were wondering. And just in case you forgot, Bonnar is a really charismatic guy who can work a stick almost as well as Chael Sonnen. Tito however, cannot! He can however shoot a double and pound out the best in the world. Hopefully the fight  cashes the checks these two are writing. Even if you think the hype is completely ridiculous you have to at least be slightly intrigued by this fight.

Lesson 5.) Rafael Silva is a beast, that eventually a champion will have to contend with.

Lesson 6.)  Shawn Bunch ( See lesson #5, same lesson)

Lesson 7.) Since Scott Coker has taken over the look and feel of the events have improved tremendously. Gone are the delays, and in their place a smooth machine that operates efficiently and fires on all cylinders. Coker and his team are building an incredible roster of talent that fuses the well known veterans, to the little known up and comers with pedigree, solidifying the future while entertaining the hell out of the present.

PRELIMINARY CARD

Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Savio Kosic (4-1) vs. Hector Ramirez (9-5)

Rd1: Hector Ramirez reverses postion on a nice takedown, and ends up on top of Kosic, working in side control. Ramirez lands some nice elbows to the mid section of Kosic. Ramirez holding dominant position but not landing much, aside from a few elbows. He finishes the round in top position.

Rd2: Hector Ramirez in full control to this point, but takes a poke to the eye prompting the stoppage. Both fighters re start and Hector Ramirez lands some devastating strikes to the body. Kosic drops, and Ramirez flurries. Ramirez looks for the crucifix, but Kosic is able to return to side control. More damage from Ramirez. Knees to the body from Ramirez as the round comes to a close.

Rd3: Kosic looks to establish range with the foot, as he throws several front kicks. Ramirez dances away nicely. Nice knee to the body from Kosic. Nice counter body kick from Kosic. Kosic then lands with the hands, only to get taken down again. Back to side control for Ramirez. Ramirez transitions again to the crucifix, but for some reason can’t land. Kosic controlling the posture well enough to avoid damage. Kosic gets to his feet, and flurries to the bell.

Winner: Hector Ramirez via UD

Welterweight Feature Fight: Andy Murad (6-0) vs. Gavin Sterritt (4-1)

Rd1: Murad starts off with a nice leg kick, and then instigates the clinch. Sterritt with his back against the cage. Murad changing levels well with the dirty boxing. Murad still controlling well, but Sterritt finally able to get away. Only to have Murad take him down. Murad looking to get the arm, but Sterritt gets free. Murad now looks for the guilotine, only to release and attempt to take the back. Sterritt again gets free. Sterritt delivers a liver kick, but Murad follows through and secure the double leg. Murad now working in the closed guard of Sterritt. Rd comes to end with Murad clearly in control.

Rd2: Murad starts off again with busy legs, only to instigate the clinch. Murad secures a body lock, and again brings the fight to the mat. Sterritt works back to his feet, but again tastes the dirty boxing of Murad. Big John restarts the action as fighters stalled. On the restart Sterritt is able to land some strikes, but again is bulled back to the cage. Knee on the exit from Sterritt, and then a left hook opens up Murad. Murad returns to the ground with a nice take down, but is getting split apart with some nice elbows from the bottom by Sterritt. Nice work by Sterritt, but Murad controlled the round 10-9 Murad.

Rd3: Both fighters start the round cautiously. With Sterritt looking the crisper of the two. Sterritt moving forward with some nice strikes, but Murad able to secure a single leg, and is able to parlay that into a take down. Murad in side control, and smothers a escape attempt from Sterritt once, but the second time he is successful.  Drs. check out Murad and allow the fight to continue. Sterritt steps out of a single leg. Sterritt landing with big right hands, and Murad is hurt. But, he is able to survive the round. 10-9 Sterritt

Winner: Gavin Sterritt via split Decision

Featherweight Feature Fight: Musa Toliver (9-8) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (14-1)

Rd1: Big take down from Toliver almost immediately. Yamauchii with some slick jujitsu is looking for the omaplato, but transitions to the back an secures the RNC.

Winner: Goiti Yamauchi via RNC 1:01 Rd 1

Heavyweight Feature Fight: Manny Lara (4-3) vs. Blagoi Ivanov (7-0)

Rd1: The big boys take the cage, Herb Dean in charge. Long feeling out process. Lara is instigating the clinch, but Ivanov is able to secure the guillotine and forces the tap almost immediately.

Winner: Blagoi Ivanov via Five Finger choke “Front Choke” Rd 1 1:17

Main Card:

Bellator Featherweight Opening Round: Joe Taimanglo (18-4) vs. Andrew Fisher (12-4)

Rd1: Taimanglo looks for the body shot, but Fisher avoids nicely. Fisher pressing the action, but Taimanglo fights off the cage well. Nice take down from Taimanglo, but Fisher is quick to get back to his feet. Fisher reversing position. Taimanglo with a nice upper cut, but fisher standing tough. Head butt prompts a stoppage. Fsher counters well with the right hand. Taimanglo doing well to get inside of the Fisher’s range.  Nice exchange with fisher landing hooks, and Taimanglo landing up the middle. Fisher seems to be waiting to counter, but never does. Nice jab from Fisher starched Taimanglo as the round comes to an end. We have it 10-9 Taimanglo

Rd2: Fisher counters well with the right hand. Taimanglo still looking to be the busier of the two. Taimanglo pressing the action with Fisher on his bicycle. Blood from Fishers nose. Fisher now starts to use the jab a little more. Nice body shot from Taimanglo. Fisher now being quicker with the jab.  Taimanglo with an excellent change of levels, lands with the hook, and then exits on the leg kick.  Fisher ducks under a left and almost takes the fight to the floor, as the round ends 10-9 Taimanglo in a rather boring round.

Rd3: Taimnglo starts the round with  a leg kick, and then scurries to avoid the clinch of Fisher. Nice jab from Taimanglo keeps Fisher at the end of punches. Taimanglo again with the jab, then follows with the straight right hand. Nice counter left hook from Taimanglo finds a home. Jab from Fisher lands. Counter right hand from Fisher rocks Taimanglo who shoots for the take down. Fisher avoids then lands to the body before returning fire to the head. Swelling under the left eye of Taimanglo, with some blood as well. Both fighters trade sloppy punches, as fatigue is taking its toll. Taimanglo looks to land one more big shot, bu the round and the fight comes to an end. 10-9 Taimanglo

Winner: Via UD Joe Taimanglo 

Bellator Featherweight Opening Round: Justin Wilcox (11-5) vs. Akop Stepanyan (13-5)

Rd1: Wilcox comes out throwing and lands a right hand, before Akop starts on the leg kicks. Vicious leg kick timed perfectly knocks Wilcox down momentarily. Akop moving well and counters nicely with the 1, 2. Flying knee from Wilcox misses. Another leg kick drops Wilcox again, he shoots for the take down, but Akop walks away Wilcox tastes a head kick, but stays tough. Akop countering beautifully with leg kicks that keep dropping Wilcox. Wilcox with a nice leg kick that trips Akop momentarily.  Spinning back kick from Akop looks to land low, but Wilcox says he is good.

Rd2: Moce left from Akop lands nicely. Cartwheel kick misses. Huge hematoma on Wilcox front leg, but that is the least of his worries. Big Head kick from Akop rocks Wilcox, but some how he is able to secure the take down. Wilcox now on top. Wilcox is able to transition to the back as Akop attempts to stand and sinks a deep RNC. Akop stands, then falls, he is trying to defend. He may be out. And he is.

Winner: Chris Wilcox via RNC Rd 2 

Bellator Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Vladimir Matyushenko (26-7) vs. Houston Alexander (15-9)

Rd1: Long feeling out process. But Alexander lands a big right hand. Vlad looking to counter. Alexander is able to take down Vlad with a single leg , but now Vlad looks to land in top position which he does, but Alexander stands. Both miss with big overhand rights. Vlad with an underhook, secures the take down. Vlad looking to mount and does. Alexander gets out the back door and stands back up. Alexander charges forward but eats a nice right from Vlad. Round ends. We have 10-9 for The Janitor

Rd2: Nice lead left hook from Vlad. Nice left from Houston catches Vlads attention. Vlad lands two nice left hooks of his own. Vlad is able to stuff a Alexander take down attempt, and now both seem hesitant. Leg kick from Vlad, is countered by a nice right hand from Alexander. Vlad is stalking, and Alexander is looking to counter. Nice leg kick again from Vlad. Round comes to a close as tho boo birds salute. We have Vlad 10-9 again with the leg kicks and take downs.

Rd3: Vlad paws with the jab and avoids the 1 2 from Alexander as he moves backwards. Leaping left hook from Vlad misses. ALexander misses with another charging 1, 2 but lands a hook before Vlad brings him down. Houston gets back up, only to be slammed back to the mat by Vlad. Matyushenko is in clear control of this fight so far. Alexander explodes up, but the Janitor blankets him. Vlad with the chancery, as Alexander kneels to ground himself. Vlad is now working a cradle, to get position. Vlad softening up Alexander on the ground. Vlad with several unanswered left hands. The round and the fight comes to an end. We have the round 10-9 for Vlad. With him winning the fight unanimously.!

Winner: Via Unanimous Decision Vladimir Matyushenko 

Bellator Featherweight Opening Round: Patricio Pitbull (17-2) vs. Diego Nunes (18-4)

Rd1: Long feeling out process to start. Nunes flairs with a leg kick. Big left hand from Pitbull, and Nunes is hurt badly. Pitbull swarms and that is all she wrote. Big left hook, followed by a few lefts on the ground.

Winner: TKO Rd 1 Patricio Pitbull 

 

Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Nick Moghaddam (6-6) vs. Virgil Zwicker (10-3)

Pitbull v Nunes

Pitbull v Nunes

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Bellator MMA has once again invaded the Pechanga Casino, in Temecula California. Today all of the fighters were set to make weight, and aside from a few that were slightly off, all seemed to be ready to go. The main event between Diego Nunes and Patricio Pitbull was probably the most intense stare down of the day. Once Patricio confirmed his weight, he walked past Jimmy Smith’s interview attempt and immediately began an intense stare. Nunes, refused to budge. After a long, and fierce confrontation both fighters respectfully walked away. ‘Pitbull’ went on to tell Jimmy Smith, that tomorrow ‘Nunes was going into the cage with a Pitbull, and he’s going to get bit!” (through his translator)

Also featured on the main card is an excellent battle of contrasting styles from two veterans of the sport. Vladimir Matyushenko makes his promotional debut against fellow UFC veteran Houston Alexander. Matyushenko has become known in the sport by his well earned moniker ‘The Janitor’, for his grinding wrestling based style that has compiled the elder statesmen a record of 26-6 in his career.

Alexander is also making his debut, but that is where the similarities end. Houston Alexander is known for one thing, knocking people out. With a record of 15-9, Alexander is attempting to live up to the high expectations that once ranked him as a rising star in the sport. After being cut from the UFC, Alexander’s record had been quite streaky, however if he is able to extend his current two-fight win streak, a future spot in Bellator’s light heavyweight tournament may be what ‘The Assassin’ has his sites set upon.

 

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