Bellator 57 Play-by-Play – Schlemenko, Lima Win Tourneys
Top MMA News special correspondent/cynical blogger Elton Hobson is at Casino Rama tonight for Bellator 57, featuring the Bellator season 5 welterweight and middleweight tournament finals. As well, Canadian stars Chris Horodecki, Roger Hollett, Chuck Mady and Denis Puric will be in action tonight. Stay right here for up to the minute results!
Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Final:
Ben Saunders vs Douglas Lima
Yves Lavigne is our referee for the main event. Both men tentative to start, finding the range. Saunders backs Lima into the fence but backs up after a brief exchange. Saunders drive’s into Lima and the two are clinched up against the fence. Lima leaning into Saunders but he can’t land anything signifigant. Yves breaks the two men up. Saunders lands a solid front kick but he eats a counter uppercut that momentarily stumbles him. Now it’s Saunders who’s pressuring Lima against the fence. Lima reverses him and the ref breaks them up against. A small “Killa B” chant breaks out. And then a “Lima” counter chant. Still a tepid affair as the two men trade clinch positions without much success. Lima catches a Saunders kick, takes him down, but Saunders reverses and he’s in mount! Great counter from Saunders! Saunders landing from mount but he likely doesn;t have enough time to finish. Big elbows land for Ben Saunders.
Top MMA News has that round 10-9 for Ben Saunders.
More clinching to start the round leads to another ref separation. Both men looking a bit tentative here when out of nowhere, Lima catches Ben with a HUGE right hand counter that floors him! Lima lets it rain hammerfists and Ben is out!
Douglas Lima defeats Ben Saunders by via TKO (1:21 of Round 2)
Bellator Season 5 Middleweight Tournament Final:
Vitor Vianna (12-1-1) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (42-7) – Middleweight
Jarren Valel our referee for this tournament final. The two men touch gloves and we’re off! Alexander backs Vitor into the cage but Vitor responds with some wilk looping hooks. Alexander throwing with bad intentions, but Vitor gets a bodylock and tries for a takedown. Vitor pressing Alexander up against the fence. They seperate, Alexander throws a kick but he trips. Nothing comes of it. Alexander backs up Vitor into the fence with knees but Vitor spins him around and lands more big hooks. For a BJJ player Vitor Vianna is hanging with Alexander Shlemenko here no problem. Alexander lands a spinning backfist and clinches up with Vitor against the fence. As they seperate Alexander lands a short right cross. Alexander tries another spinning backfist but it’s way off. Nice leg kick lands for Vitor. Alexander responds with a body kick of his own. Alexander backing Vitor up yet again but both guys throwing full power. Vitor gets the thai clinch against the fence but can’t land any knees. Both guys trading in center cage now. Hard to tell who’s getting the worse of these exchanges. Alexander lands a solid 1-2 that backs Vitor up. He gets a thai plum and lands a nice knee to Vitor’s midsection as the round ends.
Top MMA News has it 10-10 in a very even round. This one could be called for either guy no problem.
Big body kick for Alexander lands. Alexander pressing forward with a 1-2 boxing combination. Vitor staying in the fire still. Shlemenko throws a spin kick but it’s a foot off. Alexander stumbles Vitor with another 1-2 combo down the pipe. Shlemenko doing the stalking as Vitor throws hooks at nothing but 100 per cent power. Head kick blocked by Vitor Vianna. Alexander catches a leg but can’t make anything out of it. Vitor looks to be threatening with a takedown but he quickly abandons it. Alexander still pressing forward. Shlemenko really turning it up now, landing nice combinations and knees from inside the clinch. Vitor circling with his back against the fence. Shlemenko walking Vitor down with greater and greater success. Vitor catches a knee to the groin but luckily it doesn’t seem to have fazed him. Action restarts and Alexander presses forward yet again. Vitor finally surges forward with power hooks, but the predictability of his offense is starting to hinder him here.
Top MMA News has it 10-9 Alexander Shlemenko
Vitor now advancing to start the third frame. Alexander opening up with his striking, backing Vitor up with a flurry then taunting him afterwards. Alexander Shlemenko turning up the pressure and he keeps backing Vitor up around the cage. Vitor somehow manages to catch Alexander against the cage with knees but Alexander responds with a nice right hook. Once again, it’s Vitor Vianna who’s reeling as Alexander advances. A really ill-advised spinning backfist miss by Alexander lets Vitor take him down, and get his back. Alexander manages to shake him off and work his way back to the feet. Vitor lands a nice knee to the body of Shlemenko. Shlemenko gets a rear bodylock on Vitor but Vior lands some reverse elbows while he does it. Alexander can’t slam him so he lets him go. Vitor Vianna seems to be bleeding under his right eye. Alexander Shlemenko continuing to taunt Vitor, doing some Wing Chun-inspired “sticky hands”. A short shot or a trip drops Vitor as the fight reaches the final ten seconds, but he recovers and rides out the round.
Top MMA News has that round 10-9 Shlemenko, giving him the fight 30-28
The judges score this fight 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27 for Alexander Shlemenko
John Hawk (6-3) vs. Roger Hollett (12-3) – Light-Heavyweight
Dan Mirgliotta our referee for this one. Hollett opens with a body kick. And goes to the body again with a jab. Spinning back kick to the knee for Hollett. Hollett very confident in his head movement, keeping his hands low in the pocket. Still, Hawk using the reach advantage well to control distance. Nice jab landing now for Hawk. Nice leg kick by Hollett. Neither guy really committing thus far in the fight. Nice superman punch from Hollett rocks Hawk, but he doesn’t jump on him. Front kick to the knee from Hollett who’s starting to find his range. Another leg kick lands for Hollett. Spinning back kick from Hollett lands right in the gut of Hawk. Hollett fakes another spin kick and lands a lead left jab. More spinning kicks from Roger Hollett. Hawk backing Hollett up for the first time and now has Hollett pressed up against the fence. Hollett spins off and both guys take center stage and the first round comes to a close.
Top MMA News has it 10-9 for Roger Hollett
More of the same as both guys take center cage and paw away at each other. Hollett still keeping his hands very low. Hollett lands a nice left hook but Hawk presses him up against the fence again. Hawk looks like he’s thinking about a takedown but gives it up. The ref seperates them and we’re back to the tepid striking exchange. Hollett lands with another leg kick. Hawk keeping up better pressure in this round, backing Hollett up with jab combinations and pressing him up against the fence once again. Hawk has double-unders and is working knees against the fence. Hollett finally spins off the fence. Hawk attacks with more combinations as Hollet tries to juke and jive his way out of danger. Both guys landing now in the final minute and a half. Hawk backs Hollett up again with jabs. Both guys landing now in center cage but Hawk seems to be taking the momentum from a fading Hollett. Round ends and we’re still waiting for these guys to move past 2nd gear.
Top MMA News has this round 10-9 for John Hawk so we’re all even going into the last round.
Hawk presses forward with jabs and clinches Hollett up against the fence once again. Hollett spins off and this crowd is begging these guys to start putting the throttle down. Another clinch attempt from Hawk, more pressing up against the fence. Nice short shot lands for Hollett. Hollett’s hands are almost at his waist. The crowd is livid as Hawk presses Roger Hollett against the fence. John Hawk reminding me of a smaller Tim Sylvia in this one. Hawk landing some DEVASTING foot stomps and shoulder thrusts in the clinch. The ref seperates them again and the crowd doesn’t even cheer this time. And we’re back to clinching. Nice elbows inside from Hawk seem to have opened a cut on Roger Hollett. Hawk finally starts throwing the heavy leather as we near the final minute of action. Hollett throwing caution to the win and trying for a KO when…Hawk clinches him against the fence. More charlie horse attempts from Hawk. Spinning backfist from hollett misses clean. Hawk jabs, jabs, and clinches again. Neither guy has anything left as the final bell mercifully ends this uninspiring fight.
Top MMA news has that round 10-9 for John Hawk, giving the fight to John Hawk 29-28.
The judges have it 29-28 Hollett, 29-8 Hawk, and 29-28 for the winner by split decision, Roger Hollett.
Doug Evans (13-9) vs. Alexandre Bezerra (11-1) – Featherweight
Yves Lavigne our referee for the first fight on the MTV2 telecast. Nice jab from Bezerra lands. Both guys very quick with their hands early. Nice leg kick lands for Bezerra. Both guys using good footwork to move in and out. Bezerra shoots for a monster of a takedown, and drives through Evans en route to the canvas. Evans tries to stand but Bezerra forces him down. Bezerra working from inside the butterfly guard of Evans. Evans tries to push off to stand, but he gives up his neck. Not caring, Evans scoops Bezerra up in a HUGE slam. Now Evans is working from inside the guard of Bezerra. Bezerra rolls for an armbar but Evans picks him up and slams him again. Back to guard and the crowd is buzzing. Evans posturing up to land some big shots, but Bezerra always working from guard. Evans passes to half-guard, then goes back to guard. Nice shots landing for Evans inside the guard. Bezerra rolls for an heel hook. He puts a moment of pressure on it and something is broken! Evans taps and can’t get back to his feet. That’s the danger of a leg submission, folks. Damn. Great fight before the unfortunate ending.
Alexandre Bezerra submits Doug Evans by Heel Hook in Round 1, 4:04
Evans is up on his feet after the decision is announced but he can’t walk without help. Hope everything is ok and the injury isn’t too bad.
Mike Corey (11-2) vs. Chris Horodecki (18-3) – Lightweight
Canadian crowd is solidly in the corner of Horodecki, which is no surprise. Horodecki looking very fired up, both guys look to be in top shape. Chris takes the center of the cage and starts throwing combos. Corey dancing just out of reach. Corey shoots in for a takedown and drags Chris down with a modified waistlock takedown. Corey working from inside Hrordecki’s guard. Corey passes to half-guard, landing some solid shots. Mike Corey looking to set up an arm triangle choke. He passes to mount and he’s got it in deep. Chris fighting for all he’s worth and eventually he shakes Corey off. Corey going right back to it however, working for an arm triangle from inside half-guard. Corey landing some nice hammerfists from on top. And some short elbows to compliment that. Horodecki just can’t get out from underneath Corey. Chris rolls to his side and Corey feeds him some good shots. Corey now trying to set up a crucifix but Horodecki’s having none of it. More shots landing for Corey in half-guard. Corey landing with whatever he wants to as Chris just can’t get back to his feet and can’t seem to threaten with any sweeps or submission attempts. Corey passes to side-control and lands some more shots. Round ends with Corey in Horodecki’s guard. Dominant round turned in by Mike Corey.
Top MMA News has it 10-9 for Mike Corey
Chris lands early with a nice left hook. They clinch up but nothing comes of it. Chris pressing forward again but the threat of a TD is there. Chris now pressing Corey up against the fence, landing short knees inside. Corey threatening with a standing guillotine but it goes nowhere. Horodecki still pressing Corey up against the fence, has double-underhooks. Yves Lavigne seperates them after 30 seconds or so of inaction. Horodecki resumes the action with a headkick, Corey tries to shoot but Horodecki stuffs it. Horodecki gets the thai plum and unloads some knees. Horodecki backing Corey into the cage with clinch knees. Corey dives for another takedown but eats another knee and it rocked him! Corey fights up, but Horodecki switches from a standing guillotine to more knees in the clinch. Horodecki now landing short elbows inside the clinch. Horodecki moving in and out with crisp combos. He backs Corey up again with a straight right. Corey shoots but Horodecki stuffs it. And again. Horodecki not on top of a turtled Mike Corey. Horodecki once again pressing Corey into the fence. The referee seperates them again. Horodecki opening up with his striking in the last 30 seconds. Corey lands a nice left jab in response. Horodecki pressing forward with punches and hicks as the round ends.
Top MMA News has it 10-9 Horodecki. Great fight!
This round will likely determine who wins this fight. Horodecki pumping the jab to start. Once again Chris is the one doing the stalking. They clinch and both guys let their hands go. Horodecki seems to be getting the better of it when Corey changes levels and takes him down! Nice short elbows inside from Corey. Chris fighting with everything he’s got to stand back up but it’s not to be. He rolls over and gives up his back but manages to work his way back to his feet! Corey still has a bodylock, he goes for another takedown but Horodecki catches a standing guillotine! Corey escapes but Horodecki lands a nice knee on the way out. Now Horodecki has Corey pressed up against the fence, trying to land shots. Referee breaks them up yet again. A minute thrity left and this is anybodys game. Horodecki stuffs another Corey double-leg attempt. Nice jab lands down the pipe for Horodecki. Horodecki lands a nice headkick. Horodecki stuffs another takedown, now working strikes from the clinch. Both guys throwing in the final seconds of this fight. Round ends with both guys throwing leather. GREAT FIGHT!
Top MMA News gives that final round to Chris Horodecki 10-9, for a final score of 29-28 for Chris Horodecki. This one is going to be close folks either way it’s called.
The judges have it 29-28 Horodecki, 28-28, and 28-28. It’s a draw!
Matt Van Buren (4-0) vs. Shawn Levesque (1-1) – Light-Heavyweight
Levesque sporting a very Chuck Liddell-esque mohawk as this swing bout gets underway. Levesque backing Van Buren up with strikes early. Van Buren responds by clinching Lesesque up against the fence. Double-underhooks by Van Buren when the action is suddenly halted. Seems Levesque caught an inadvertent knee to te junk in that clinch exchange. Someone in the crowd calls for the ref to deduct 2 points. Smart crowd here. Levesque taking a minute tor recover and we’re back! Now it’s Van Buren pressing the action. He rocks Levesque with a quick one two, and gets half-guard on him during the scramble. Van Buren looking to pass Van Buren looking to work body-head with his strikes on the ground. Van Buren almost passes to mount but can’t quite get his foot free. Crowd getting restless as the lack of action as Van Buren remains locked in a passive half-guard. Van Buren lands a short elbow inside. Van Buren tries to pass yet again but he’s struggling. Levesque doing a good job minimizing damage on the bottom but he can’t get back to his feet. Van Buren finally passes to mount and now he’s letting his hands go! Levesque rolls to his back to cover his face, and Van Buren sinks in the rear naked choke. Textbook performance from Van Buren.
Matt Van Buren submits Shawn Levesque by Rear Naked Choke in Round 1, 4:38
Ashkar Morvari (12-4) vs. Dave Jansen (15-2) – Lightweight
Yves Lavigne our referee for this one. Looks like we got another kickboxing match on our hands. Jansen backs Morvari against the cage. Both guys looking to throw combinations. Morvari lifts Jansen in a HUGE slam, Jansen holding a guillotine but doesn’t quite have it. He re-adjusts to full guard and now it’s deep. Morvari fights back to his feet but Jansen still has the front facelock in deep. Jansen finally lets it go, uses it to get top position against the fence. Jansen tries for another guillotine, this time from on top, as Morvari fights it off. Jansen using the sub attempt to pass guard. Ansen landing some good ground and pound as Morvari is pinned up against the fence on bottom. Jansen takes Morvari’s back in a scramble, but Morvari reverses it and has Jansen against the fence for the first time this fight. Morvari pressing Jansen with an underhook up against the fence, both guys trading light shots and knees. Morvari tries a slam but he can’t get the heft. Both guys now throwing combos in center-cage. Jansen trying to find a home for a quick front kick. Janses pushes Morvari back with a flurry but eats a big counter cross for his troubles. Round ends with Morvari hunting for a single up against the cage.
Top MMA News has it 10-9 for Jansen
Jansen pushing forwards yet again to start round 2. Jansen leading with kicks, Morvari looking to counter. Jansen backs Morvari into the cage with a nice 1-2. Jansen tries a takedown but it gets stuffed. Morvari then takes the back, tries a German suplex of his own and is stuffed in turn. Jansen now on top in Morvari’s open guard. Nice hammerfist lands for Jansen. Jansen starting to open up with his ground and pound. Morvari tries to scramble up but Jansen holds him down and moves to half-guard. Tight elbow inside lands for Jansen. Morvari tries to buck him off but gives up mount again. He rolls and gives up his back. Jansen has both hooks in. He sinks in a rear naked choke and this one is over folks!
Ryan Jansen submits Ashkar Morvari by Rear Naked Choke in Round 2, 2:47
Chuck Mady (5-4) vs. Denis Puric (3-3) – Bantamweight
Battle of some big names on the Ontario regional MMA scene here in the 3rd undercard bout of the evening. Both guys looking fired up as the bell sounds to start round 1. Both guys starting aggressive, Puric lansing well with a leg kick. Mady is the one coming forward but Puric is the more aggressive fighter overall. Another leg kick by Puric. Puric tries to time a leg kick into a takedown, but Mady shakes it off. Another headkick lands for Puric. Spinning back kick lands for Puric GSP-style. He tries it again and even “hi-yahs!” it. Snapping headkick blocked by Mad but the sound alone raises the hairs on the back of your neck. And again. Mady tries a takedown but gets nothing. Nice left hook lands from Puric. He follws with another kick but falls. Mady can’t capitalize on the stumble. Puric getting flashier and flashier with his kicks. Nice flurry and both guys land. Mady charges forward and Puric catches him. Mady is rocked! Puric is all over him against the fence but he somehow recovers. Crowd cheers their appreciation but Mady is looking shaky. Spinning backfist lands for Mady. Puric answers with a lead left hook. Puric finding a home for the hook again. Puric finishes the round strong with a takedown.
Top MMA News has it 10-9 for Puric
Round 2 and both guys looking focused still, Mady seeming to have recovered. Puric opens with a hook/body kick combo. Crescent kick tried by Puric. Puric stumbles again but gets his feet back. Maybe needs to keep it less flashy. Another Puric body kick lands. Puric uses another body shot to set up a monster flurry on Mady: kicks, punches knees, everything, but Mady recovers against the cage. Mady showing animal toughness but not much else here. Puric goes for another head kick. HUGE left hook from Puric rocks Mady. Puric tries a triangle on a scrambling Mady but gives it up. Puric hovers over a lying down Mady, kicking at his thighs in everbody’s least favourite MMA position. Referee finally stands them up. Mady looking tentative here and with good reason. Nice jab lands for Puric. Puric catches Mady with a coutner left uppercut and drops him again! Referee stands him back up, and this fight is starting to fall into a pattern. Mady tries a takedown but gives up side control instead. Gets back guard but Puric lands some nice shots. Both men back to their feet.
The round ends, but in between rounds the fight is called due to a Mady jaw injury ! That’s all she wrote folks!
Denis Puric defeats Chucky Mady by TKO (corner stoppage) in Round 2, 5:00
Eric Moon (7-6) vs. Josh Shockley (6-1) – Lightweight
Both guys take the center of the cage as the round starts. Headkick attempt by Shockley is blocked. Moon shoots from WAY out, Shockley stuffs it and hits a standing guillotine. And Moon taps out. Wow. That certainly was quick. Moon is complaining of throat or neck issues to the doctor post-fight, might be something more serious.
Josh Shockley submits Eric Moon by Guillotine in Round 1, 0:35
Taylor Solomon (3-3) vs. Mike Sledzion (3-1) –Lightweight
Big cheer for hometown boy Mike Sledzion, who’s also rocking a fairly epic beard. They touch gloves and they’re off. Both men sticking and moving early. Solomon comes forward with a nice flurry. Nice right hook from Solomon drops Sledzion. There’s a scramble and Taylor has Sledzion in something of a headlock. Sledzion works back to his feet. Both men clinch fighting when Solomon catches Sledzion with a ripping right hand. Sledzion is wobbled and the referee steps in to stop it. VERY controversial stoppage as the partisan Orillia crowd showers the cage with boos. And Solomon plays it up, chirping back at the crowd.
Taylor Solomon defeats Mike Sledzion by TKO in Round 1,1:10