Bellator 137 Results, Updates & Play-by-Play

May 15, 2015

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Jesse Juarez vs. Ricky Rainey

Round 1

Juarez steps backward with hands low, drawing Rainey forward, though neither man is letting his hands go in the opening minute. Once he’s got Juarez near the fence, Rainey wheels up with a body kick, which Juarez absorbs before circling away. Juarez gets pushed toward the fence again and is caught by a clinch knee. Rainey follows up with three or four hard uppercuts, another knee in the clinch, and now Juarez circles out. Juarez shoots for a high double-leg, pushes Rainey to the fence and completes the takedown. Back up comes Rainey, now on the outside, holding Juarez against the cage. Rainey releases with a level elbow, a couple short punches to the body and pulls down Juarez’s head to deliver more knees. A right hand from Juarez backs Rainey out of the clinch. Juarez chases “The Sniper” across the cage, shoots, but can’t get the takedown this time. After attempting a guillotine, Juarez spins to try and take the back of Rainey, but he’s blocked by the fence. Referee John McCarthy warns Rainey for grabbing the cage as he sprawls on another shot from Juarez. The welterweights stand, and it’s more uppercuts and knees from Rainey. These ones have Juarez hurt, and the wrestler drops to his knees for a desperation takedown attempt. Rainey jumps on his back, tries a rear-naked choke but doesn’t secure the position and Juarez shakes him off. Rainey stands to close out the busy opening round with a head kick and more uppercuts.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Rainey
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rainey
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Rainey

Round 2

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Rainey's knee put Juarez in the dirt.
The second round of the welterweight contest begins and Juarez gets backed up against the fence again quickly. Juarez flicks out an outside leg kick which draws a shrug from the indifferent Rainey. A reverse elbow to the solar plexus from Rainey hurts Juarez, then Rainey piles on his opponent with a left hand, uppercuts and a brutal knee to the jaw. Upon impact, the knee sends Juarez crashing to the canvas, and referee John McCarthy dives into action, stepping in to stop the fight before Rainey can do any more damage to the senseless Juarez.

The Official Result

Ricky Rainey def. Jesse Juarez via KO (Knee) R2 1:13

Virgil Zwicker vs. Razak Al-Hassan

Round 1

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Zwicker showed off his trademark toughness.
Al-Hassan wastes no time in pressing forward on Zwicker, backing him up to the fence with hard kicks to the body and legs. Referee John McCarthy warns “The Razor” to keep the fingers tucked on his punches, and Al-Hassan abides. More thudding body kicks score for Al-Hassan, and now Zwicker cirlces back to the center of the cage. Zwicker takes three or four hard body kicks and returns fire with one of his own, but Al-Hassan’s are clearly the harder kicks early. Al-Hassan ducks under a punch, wraps up Zwicker and releases with a left hook.

Zwicker is getting busier with his punches but not landing cleanly, while Al-Hassan continues a high-volume kicking offense. Al-Hassan catches a kick from Zwicker but can’t manage to trip him down. An overhand right from Zwicker finds its mark, then another, and a left hand behind it. Al-Hassan is suddenly on rubber legs, backing up to the fence as Zwicker unloads with uppercuts. Al-Hassan drops to his knees, nearly has his back taken by Zwicker, but manages to struggle back to his feet. As soon as he’s back up, Al-Hassan hits the mat again courtesy of a big Zwicker uppercut. Referee McCarthy has seen enough and calls a halt to the bout, giving Zwicker the come-from-behind knockout.

The Official Result

Virgil Zwicker def. Razak Al-Hassan via KO (Punches) R1 3:51

Jordan Parsons vs. Julio Cesar Neves Jr.

Round 1

The featherweights test the range with probing punches in the opening minute, with Parsons pressing forward and Neves circling backward. After 90 seconds, Parsons catches a kick and pushes Neves against the fence with an underhook, then works to reap the Brazilian’s outside leg. Neves keeps his balance and tries to counter with a trip of his own, but they land in the whizzer and bounce right back up. Parsons keeps the outside position and begins to deliver some short right hands to the face. He drops levels to grab for Neves’ legs, but the Brazilian hooks his arms and stands him back up. There’s not enough action for referee Michael Bell, who resets the fighters away from the fence. Neves lands an outside leg kick, ties up with Parsons and takes a few uppercuts inside. Neves pushes Parsons against the cage with 30 seconds left and gets reversed. Parsons finishes the round trying for a double-leg takedown.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Parsons
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Parsons
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Neves

Round 2

Parsons once again begins the round coming forward, countering a low kick from Neves with a left over the top. This time, it’s Neves dropping levels for a takedown attempt, but Parsons stands him up and reverses him against the cage. Parsons starts scoring with uppercuts, then stifles a sacrifice throw from Neves and nearly takes his back. Instead, Parsons winds up holding on to Neves from the side and lands a couple knees to the body before hitting Neves with one to the cup. Referee Michael Bell pauses the action while Neves kneels near the fence to recover. The action gets back underway with just under three minutes on the clock, and Neves catches Parsons jabbing forward, clocking the American with a spinning back fist. Neves starts throwing punches with both hands, but they don’t seem to have much behind them and Parsons regains his senses to clinch up again. With not much happening in the tie-up, referee Bell resets them with one minute left in round two. Parsons sticks Neves with some stiff jabs and puts him back on the fence to close the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Neves
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Parsons
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Parsons

Round 3

Parsons quickly gets Neves against the fence and starts scoring with uppercuts in the clinch. Neves leans over to put one hand on the mat, then takes a knee as Parsons grabs a front headlock. Neves drives forward and puts Parsons on his seat the base of the fence, then buries his head as the American begins driving elbows to the side of his head. Parsons jumps back to his feet and puts Neves against a cage post with one underhook, then starts throwing a steady stream of short rights.

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Parsons ruined Neves' glossy perfect record.
When the punches stop, referee Michael Bell calls for action from the featherweights. Parsons responds by changing levels, elevating Neves and slamming him to the mat at the base of the fence. Parsons passes to full mount, sits up and begins grinding on Neves’ face with elbows, then drops some punches. Neves tries to escape and almost gets rear-naked choked. Instead, Parsons slaps on an arm-triangle choke from full mount and jumps off to finish on Neves’ right side. Neves bucks his legs and tries to escape, but the choke is extremely tight and he’s forced to tap out.

The Official Result

Jordan Parsons def. Julio Cesar Neves Jr. via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) R3 4:09

Joe Taimanglo vs. Antonio Duarte

Round 1

Taimanglo catches an early kick from Duarte and tries to convert it to a takedown, but he’s unsuccessful. The sequence repeats a few seconds later, and again Duarte is able to maintain his balance. Taimanglo lunges into range with a huge overhand right and nearly slips to the ground as he whiffs. Duarte picks at his man with a few low kicks, goes high and has a head kick blocked. Duarte keeps up his leg-kicking midway through the round, then begins mixing in long jabs to Taimanglo’s grill. Taimanglo catches another kick and rushes Duarte to the ground, but he can’t keep the Mexican down. Duarte comes up sporting a cut beneath his left eye and just misses as he goes up top with a left high kick. Taimanglo grabs another kick and moves Duarte toward the fence but again is unable to complete the takedown. Duarte hits Taimanglo with a leaping knee just before the horn, then hits the ground as “Baby Joe” snatches him out of the air to finish the round with a takedown.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Duarte
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Duarte
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Taimanglo

Round 2

Taimanglo is once again aggressive to start the round, but it’s the counter and range strikes of Duarte scoring at a higher volume. Duarte is catching the occasional punch to the nose but is doing well to keep Taimanglo at bay with low kicks and long punches. Two minutes in, Taimanglo changes levels and rushes Duarte against the fence. “El Tigre” hooks Taimanglo’s arm and peels him away, then circles back to the middle. Taimanglo scores with a couple hard right hooks on Duarte, who answers with more outside leg kicks. With 80 seconds left in the round, Taimanglo completes a takedown near the fence, then sits up and grabs for a guillotine. Duarte gets back to his feet and pushes backward, trying to slip free of the choke, and after 10 or 20 seconds of struggling, he escapes.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Taimanglo
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Taimanglo
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Taimanglo

Round 3

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Taimanglo detonated Duarte with a right.
Taimanglo shoots for a double, switches to a single-leg and then abandons the takedown, catching a knee from Duarte on the way out. Duarte looks like the fresher fighter early in the third, moving in and out of range while flicking out leg kicks. Duarte whiffs on a spinning back kick and stays in the pocket just a moment too long, allowing Duarte to crack him on the jaw with an overhand right. Duarte drops backward to the canvas and referee Mike Beltran stops the bout, a one-punch knockout for Joe Taimanglo.

The Official Result

Joe Taimanglo def. Antonio Duarte via KO (Punch) R3 1:00

Darrion Caldwell vs. Rafael Silva

Round 1

Caldwell has a high kick blocked, then goes low and inside with a leg kick. Silva takes up his spot in the center of the cage and gives Caldwell an inside leg kick of his own. The Brazilian ducks under a punch and shoots for the legs of Caldwell, who stuffs the shot and forces Silva to the ground in the middle. Silva grabs for a heel hook but can’t keep hold as Caldwell steps over, and the featherweights wind up in the same position near the fence. Caldwell postures up and delivers a couple punches to the body as Silva shifts to put the wrestler in closed guard. Two or three elbow strikes graze Silva’s face before he kicks away Caldwell. Back down to the ground comes Caldwell, passing to side control in the process. Caldwell tries to mount and gets pushed back by Silva with butterfly guard. Silva tries to isolate Caldwell’s left leg for another heel hook attempt, but again Caldwell escapes and passes to the side, this time with one minute remaining. Caldwell stays heavy and uses knee-on-belly position to close out the round on top as Silva tries to escape.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Caldwell
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Caldwell
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Caldwell

Round 2

Silva inches forward with hands high but can’t get into range on the taller southpaw Caldwell, who stays a few feet away at all times. Caldwell slips to the ground throwing a kick, but Silva allows him to stand. The next time Caldwell shoots for a takedown, Silva jumps guard with an arm-in guillotine. Silva is unable to keep Caldwell wrapped up in guard, and the choke loosens as “The Wolf” works over to half guard. Silva gives up the choke and closes his guard around Caldwell again. Caldwell tries to mount, but same as last round, Silva stifles the pass with butterfly guard. Silva drops back yet again to try a heel hook, but this time it looks like more of a tactic to get back to his feet. He succeeds and winds up driving Caldwell to the ground with just under one minute on the clock. Silva sits up in Caldwell’s half guard, neither man doingi much offensively, then wraps up Caldwell as the American tries to stand in the final seconds.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Caldwell
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-Caldwell
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Silva

Round 3

Silva lands a few leg kicks on Caldwell, who again stays on his back foot, out of range, drawing an exasperated shrug from the Brazilian. Caldwell changes levels and drives Silva to the ground at the base of the fence with a double-leg takedown.

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Caldwell's wrestling earned him the
biggest win of his career.
To side control goes Caldwell, pinning Silva to the ground but offering little to no offense on top. This won’t fly with referee Mike Beltran, who orders the fighters back to their feet with 90 seconds left. Silva swings a big overhand right and comes up with air. Caldwell shoots a long single-leg and brings Silva back to the mat with 50 seconds on the clock. Caldwell presses down from half guard on Silva’s right, shoving the Brazilian against the fence. Silva sits up and works back to his feet with less than 10 seconds left, but he keeps his hand on the mat to avoid knees to the head, and that’s where it ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Caldwell (30-27 Caldwell)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Caldwell (30-27 Caldwell)
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Caldwell (29-28 Caldwell)

The Official Result

Darrion Caldwell def. Rafael Silva via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) R3 5:00

Fernando Gonzalez vs. Curtis Millender

Round 1

The southpaw Gonzalez is swinging for the fences early, looking to chop down the taller Millender with big overhand lefts. A few punches touch Millender, who is on his back foot, firing off long jabs to counter Gonzalez’s haymakers. Gonzalez keeps pressing forward, gets pushed back by a front kick to the chest and marches back in to wrap up Millender against the fence. Gonzalez tries to drop for a double-leg, gets underhooked and pulled back up by Millender, who exits the clinch with a right hand. Gonzalez gets through with a left hand to the body and a leg kick, then backs up to dodge a hard right hook. A double left hand pushes Millender backward but doesn’t land cleanly. Millender blocks the next left, too, and shakes his head at Gonzalez, who nods in return. Millender whips around with a spinning back fist in the closing seconds, gets wrapped up and dragged to the ground by Gonzalez, who lands in side control and closes the round with a couple short hammer fists.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Gonzalez
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Gonzalez
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Millender

Round 2

Gonzalez is on the march to start round two, but there’s not much clean offense between the welterweights in the opening 90 seconds. Millender lands a few kicks to Gonzalez’s legs, snaps off a jab and circles away from a big overhand left. Millender kicks the lead leg out from underneath Gonzalez but doesn’t pounce and allows him to stand. A leg kick from Millender seems to stray to the groin, but Gonzalez tells referee John McCarthy he’s alright to continue. Gonzalez wraps up Millender against the cage, but it’s Millender hooking a leg and dumping Gonzalez to the ground at the base of the fence. Millender stands and socks Gonzalez with a pair of right hands as “The Menifee Maniac” follows him to the feet. Millender deflects a high kick and again shakes his head. He lands an oblique kick and a jab as the final 30 seconds tick down. Gonzalez is still coming forward, but his volume has dropped off late in the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Millender
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Millender
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Millender

Round 3

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Gonzalez kept his unlikely win streak going.
Millender immediately takes to the outside and begins cutting angles in both directions, sticking out long jabs to discourage Gonzalez from entering the pocket. Gonzalez kicks the leg out from under Millender, then jumps guard with a guillotine choke as he stands. Millender pulls his head loose but leaves his neck right underneath Gonzalez’s left arm, allowing Gonzalez to get the choke again. This time, Gonzalez cranks hard and, after giving referee McCarthy the thumbs-up, Millender taps out.

The Official Result

Fernando Gonzalez def. Curtis Millender via Submission (Guillotine Choke) R3 1:14

Eduardo Dantas vs. Mike Richman

Round 1

Dantas lays a kick across Richman’s midsection and then changes levels to floor “The Marine” with a takedown near the cage just seconds into the bout. Richman is back on his feet in a flash, and now the bantamweights pummel for position as they fight on the fence. Dantas pulls Richman back to the ground, this time burying his head in the American’s chest and controlling his legs to prevent another stand-up. Richman puts Dantas in butterfly guard, then shifts to his left, posts and stands up. Richman pushes Dantas away and socks the former champion with a left hand, and now Dantas is bleeding from a small cut on the outside of his left eye. “Dudu” returns fire with a straight punch and takes Richman down for a third time midway through the opening round. Dantas holds Richman around the waist, but Richman is able to stand up anyway. The 135ers separate, and now Richman stalks forward, while Dantas keeps him at arm’s length. Dantas scores with a couple hard kicks to the southpaw’s open body. Richman stuffs a long single-leg attempt and threatens with a headlock which forces Dantas back out of the pocket.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Dantas
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Dantas
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Dantas

Round 2

Dantas shoots for a pair of early takedowns -- one single-leg and one double -- but Richman defends both. Richman keeps Dantas circling on the perimeter and sticks a jab in the Brazilian’s face. A straight left hand snaps back the head of Dantas, who circles to his right and dives for another single-leg takedown. This one brings Richman to his knees, but both men scramble back to their feet when “The Marine” threatens with a guillotine. Two minutes into the round, Dantas puts Richman on the fence with another double-leg shot. Back up comes Dantas, hitting Richman with a short right hook before dropping levels again. Richman is snuffing out all of Dantas’ takedown tries this round, and now he makes the Nova Uniao fighter pay with an uppercut, too. Dantas circles the outside with his hands low, keeping out of range as Richman swings power punches. They meet in the center, where Dantas puts a kick in Richman’s breadbasket and shoots once again. It’s another headlock and another stuffed shot for Richman. A straight left hand pops Dantas on the nose, and he returns fire with a straight right. Richman sprawls on a takedown attempt and pushes Dantas away. Richman gets the last word in the round with a left cross counter to a Dantas knee.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Richman
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Richman
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Dantas

Round 3

Dantas catches a kick from Richman and whips around to slap him with a spinning back fist. An overhand right touches Richman’s chin but doesn’t seem to affect him, and he continues to march forward on Dantas. The Brazilian has a spinning back fist blocked but changes levels behind it and scores his first takedown since round one. Richman grimaces as he hits the ground and tries to control the wrists of Dantas, who pulls his arms free and gets heavy on top. Richman throws punches from his back, but there’s not a lot behind them. Referee Michael Bell calls for action, prompting a hard elbow strike from Dantas on top. Richman scoots backward to the fence and sits up, aided by Dantas, who basically stands Richman up while trying to rip his legs away from the cage.

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'Dudu' toughed it out over Richman.
Richman turns Dantas against the fence with just under two minutes remaining. Neither man is doing much in the clinch, and referee Bell breaks them up. Richman lands a couple leg kicks and sprawls when Dantas shoots low. Dantas, with blood leaking into his left eye, puts a kick on Richman’s body. Another hard kick lands to Richman’s ribs, sending him forward to push Dantas against the cage. Dantas sticks out his tongue as Richman holds him there to the final bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Dantas (29-28 Dantas)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Dantas (29-28 Dantas)
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Richman (29-28 Dantas)

The Official Result

Eduardo Dantas def. Mike Richman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) R3 5:00

Bellator Middleweight Title Fight:
Brandon Halsey vs. Kendall Grove

Round 1

Mike Beltran is the referee for tonight’s main event. Grove is eligible to claim the Bellator middleweight title with a victory, while Halsey will lose the belt regardless due to missing weight. Halsey takes the center of the cage, presses Grove toward the fence and shoots a single-leg behind a body kick. He drags Grove to the ground and passes straight into full mount, then begins framing up an arm-triangle choke. Halsey is stuck in half guard, making it tough to finish the choke, and Grove gives referee Beltran the thumbs-up. When Halsey jumps off to the side, Groves rolls to his side, giving up his back but loosening the choke. Halsey releases to slam Grove’s head with huge right hands, then switches to forearms and elbows. Grove shifts underneath to reclaim guard, forcing Halsey to stand over his prone opponent. Halsey drops back to try a heel hook which quickly evaporates. He sits up to keep Grove on the ground, stands and drops back to attempt a straight ankle lock. This time, Grove stands up and stacks Halsey, keeping his leg straight and out of trouble. Halsey releases the leg and drives forward to put Grove on his back again. Grove rolls to his knees and Halsey tries to jump on his back but can’t get his hooks in. Instead, Halsey hooks Grove’s far leg and smacks him with hammer fists until the Hawaiian rolls to guard. With 30 seconds left, Halsey stands over Grove, who pops the former champ with an upkick and scrambles up. The upkick seems to hurt Halsey, who is still backpedaling and playing defense when the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Halsey
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-8 Halsey
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Halsey

Round 2

Grove keeps Halsey out of range in the opening minute of round two, nipping the “Bull” with jabs and follow-through crosses. Halsey taps Grove with a couple low kicks but his punches are pulling up short and being picked off by the longer man. After eating a hard right cross, Halsey closes the gap, wraps up Grove against the fence and pulls him to the ground. Halsey postures up in Grove’s open guard and tries to punch, but Grove is doing well to neutralize his offense from underneath. Grove walks off the fence but can’t escape and winds up with Halsey in his half guard and 90 seconds left in the round. Halsey is heavy on top, but his offense is significantly less powerful in the final minute of the round. Grove tries to create space underneath and finally forces Halsey off in the closing seconds.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Halsey
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Halsey
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Halsey

Round 3

Halsey shoots a double against the fence and pulls Grove to the ground, landing in the UFC veteran’s half guard on the left side. Grove wraps up the “Bull” from underneath, taking the power out of Halsey’s right hands. Halsey stands as Grove threatens with a triangle, then dives back to the ground and nearly gets caught anyway. Halsey slips out, shucks Grove’s legs and catches him turning over. With one hook in, Halsey tries to work a neck crank, but Grove slips his head free. Grove turns over, putting Halsey back in half guard, and tries to kick off the fence. Halsey pushes Grove away from the fence but isn’t doing enough on top for referee Beltran’s liking, and the middleweights are stood up with one minute remaining in the round. They’re back on the mat seconds later courtesy of another Halsey takedown. Grove swings his legs up, trying for an armbar, but Halsey slips right out. Halsey leans right to left across Grove’s body, a forearm across his face, and this fight will go to the championship rounds.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Halsey
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Halsey
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Halsey

Round 4

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Halsey is no longer the champ but he
absolutely manhandled Grove.
Halsey cracks Grove with an overhand right, then puts a short left and another right hand on Grove’s temple. When Halsey shoots in for a takedown, Grove threatens with a guillotine, but both men are sweaty and Halsey is able to free his head with little effort. Another takedown puts Grove on the ground at the base of the fence one minute into the frame. Halsey goes knee-on-belly and begins unloading with right hands, prompting referee Beltran to tell Grove to fight back. Grove stops the assault momentarily with an armbar attempt, but as soon as Halsey pulls the limb free, he goes back to slamming Grove with punches.

Grove gives up his back, and Halsey jumps to back-mount on his kneeling opponet with both hooks in. Grove turns to his side, shaking one of Halsey’s hooks, but Halsey is now in full mount, slamming Grove with more right hands. This time, referee Beltran has seen enough, and he steps in to stop the fight. Brandon Halsey is no longer the Bellator middleweight champion, but he comes away with the win via technical knockout.

The Official Result

Brandon Halsey def. Kendall Grove via TKO (Punches) R4 2:25

Benji Radach vs. Ben Reiter

Round 1

Reiter shoots in behind a wild overhand right, gets clipped on the way but succeeds in taking down Radach at the base of the fence. He traps Radach’s left leg and keeps him pinned against the fence, but Radach slowly works his way back up to his feet. Reiter changes levels, lifts Radach over his shoulder and slams him to the ground away from the fence. Radach rolls to his right, turning toward Reiter, who hits the veteran with elbows to the body. Radach goes to his back, keeping Reiter in half guard midway through the round. Reiter is active on top, peppering with punches and elbows to the body while keeping Radach flattened out. Referee Michael Bell isn’t satisfied with the action, and he stands up the middleweights with 90 seconds on the clock. Reiter is coming up short with his punches, mostly big single right hands, but he catches Radach with a good one on the chin just before the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Reiter
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Reiter
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Reiter

Round 2

Reiter tries to close the gap with wild punches again, shoots for Radach’s legs and gets stood up. Radach slips and stumbles to the ground, gets pounced upon by Reiter but manages to work back to his feet. Reiter keeps the vet pressed against the cage and brings him back down with a high double. Radach gets up again and widens his base to avoid another takedown, but Reiter spins him away from the fence and puts Radach on the canvas. Radach switches between closed and open guard, angling for something from underneath while moving his head out of the way of Reiter’s sporadic punches. Referee Bell brings the fighters back up to their feet with just under two minutes left in the round. Reiter ducks under a right hook and tries another takedown, but Radach shoves him away. Radach counters a wild overhand right with a left hook, then moves Reiter toward the fence. A left high kick behind the ear sends Radach stumbling backward, and Reiter rushes him to the ground with 40 seconds left. Reiter finishes the round on top, and both men look spent as they head back to their stools.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Reiter
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Reiter
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Reiter

Round 3

Reiter shoots for a takedown against the fence, winds up throwing Radach over his shoulder, turning around and slamming him to the ground. Radach closes his guard and wraps up Reiter’s arms, drawing a quick but appropriate call for action from referee Bell. It’s all single punches from Reiter on the ground, none of them landing cleanly, but he does manage to pass to Radach’s half guard two minutes into the round. Just as Reiter passes to side control, Bell orders the fighters to stand. Halfway through the final frame, Radach sprawls on a long double-leg and shoves Reiter away. Reiter comes forward with another exhausted shot and eats an uppercut. Radach circles away and dodges a big overhand right before sprawling on another long double-leg from Reiter, who is now just standing in front of Radach with his hands by his waist. Radach sees his opening and starts unloading with punches, but Reiter changes levels under fire and plows Radach down to the base of the fence again. Radach puts Reiter in closed guard, but it’s garbage time now and both men seem content to ride out the final 30 seconds on the canvas.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Reiter (30-27 Reiter)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Reiter (30-27 Reiter)
Mike Sloan scores the round 10-9 Reiter (30-27 Reiter)

The Official Result

Ben Reiter def. Benji Radach via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) R3 5:00

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