Friday, June 24, 2016

Bellator Dynamite 2 - Rampage vs. Ishii

 The theme from 2001 plays us in to the show and we get a pretty epic intro using the LED boards and a faux-dynamite explosion. PRIDE-style walkouts to start with everyone coming on-stage. Patricky Pitbull now has a creepy stache. Love the big-time intros on Bellator. Bruce Beck and Bruce Albgeri will be doing the kickboxing commentary, with Bellator's team doing the MMA work - good move overall. Matt Mitrione is in the opener next.

The Bellator-tron looks amazing - they've added a huge LED board to the walkway that is great. Mitrione's video package goes into how his last name was always screwed up - so he became Meathead. "I don't set out to get guys pregnant - I'm here to hit with fists and shins. I don't play shit safe - it's not in my nature!". "Simple Man" plays him in while we talk about we're told about Meathead's daughter possibly having her severed nerves saved on Monday thanks to being in St Louis for this fight. Big John is our ref and we're told it's the first time Big John has reffed a fight of his.

Carl kicks the legs to start. A brief slugfest breaks out and Matt gets clipped and hit hard. He's down and Carl goes for a choke. Matt recovers and has Carl on his back now. Matt...crawls around him for a while. He gets up, kicks the legs and hits a fistdrop to KO him. After the fight, Matt says he doesn't recall being KOed and he has no memory of crawling on the mat. Matt's next fight is against Oli Thompson, who puts him over for his recover. We see a highlight reel of Oli, and they'll fight in July at the O2 Arena.

King Mo and Hendo are shown in the crowd. Kickboxing is up as Gloria Peritore faces Denise Kohltz - who will now just be first names. Dang - they start off quick just throwing everything. Denise lands a 1-2 and Gloria slips. Gloria lands a side kick and it's just non-stop action for round 1. Round 2 keeps the pace up with a big spinning backfist by Gloria. Slugfest to close round 2. Denise knocks her on her ass with a hard leg kick. It ends with a hug - I'd give Denise the win here.Gloris gets the split decision win and a sea of boos.

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane is up against Rebecca Ruth for female MMA flyweight action. Ilima tries to dominate, but can't take her down. Really sloppy fight here - nothing pretty about it, but they're moving constantly. They talk about how Ilima works a second job. Bellator - our fighters have to work second jobs to make ends meet. I know it's women's MMA and even UFC's fighters have issues, but DON'T TALK ABOUT IT ON COMMENTARY. They cut into the second round of the fight from an ad. Whoops. Ali goes for an RNC off the ground, but Ruth escapes after a big struggle. She stands, but then gets put into another RNC standing up and taps. Lei cries in victory.

Randy Couture is in the crowd. Shocked they haven't tried to get him into the cage. Lennox Lewis says he'll be at the O2 as a fan for the next Bellator show. They plug the Bellator Kickboxing show AFTER THIS SHOW. Jeez. That's gonna be on until like 1:30 or 2. "A Country Boy Can Survive" brings out Justin Houghton to face Kevin Ross, who has a wacky song mixing J-pop and rap. MMA FIGHTER VEST! Love it. Round 1 is non-stop action with leg kicks and jabs. Lots of fast action in rounds 2 and 3, but Houghton falls to a pair of hard shots at the end of round 3.

Bendo is interviewed and says he's going back to 155 more likely than not. Pitbull vs. Chandler is up next and is our semi-main event. Pitbull's stache is disturbing. "I'm Coming Home" plays Chandler down and we get an epic shot of Chandler with his flame tron through the cage. Chandler gets him down, hits a huge right hook and KOs him! Dayum! Chandler hops ON THE CAGE with both feet - bad idea.
Chandler says he'll be Bendo's Huckleberry and fight him if he wants it. Rampage video shows him training with his dog, and saying that the only thing keeping him going in this old body is the high he gets howling in the ring. Ishii says knows Rampage from his movie "Team A" and says he became a fan seeing Rampage fight Saku. Rampage says it's been a long time since he's been called the best - but he wants to get that title again. Ishii gets a really cooling lighting setup for his intro. Beautiful theme too. Rampage's setup is full of chains.
Jimmy Smith talks about meeting Rampage when he had nothing - he had no on-paper credentials, but a lot of heart and earned everything he has. He comes in with his camo and looks really soft. Nothing happening to start. Literally nothing. Rampage is walking away and Ishii is doing nothing. Ishii gets him against the cage and goes for a Kimura, but he lets it go. Ishii gets a...kinda takedown... Well, it's fitting on a night with Ken vs. Kimbo being shown in highlight form that we'd get that. Rampage has absolutely nothing left and it's sad. They talk about Barney being around when Rampage started and segue into Demi Lovato.

Round 2 starts with some good leg kicks by Ishii. Ishii takes him down and goes into north/south. Rampage is flapping all around and winded. Rampage is dominated from the clinch constantly and round 2 ends with nothing really happening. They show Demi and talk about her being on Barney. They circle exactly like they did to start the round. Leg kicks. Not entirely sure this isn't just a replay of round 1 with booing added in. They are each caked in sweat, so takedowns are going to be harder as are subs.

RAMPAGE GOES FOR SOMETHING, but can't get a trip. Takes him down and he's got nothing left to do damage. Rampage lands a few punches from the side mount. No power in them at all. Rampage goes for a double and then a single, but can't get either so he holds a clinch against the cage while they talk about how exhausted Ishii is. I know Rampage is a meal ticket, but COME ON, call the fight as you see it. I can't say as I'm shocked at them pointing out how bad Ishii looked and not doing the same for Rampage, but I'm disappointed. "You wonder if Bellator gold is something he has interest in". HE CAN'T GET THROUGH THIS FIGHT and you want a title fight? Rampage "wins" via split decision. Rampage thanks God and says that this is the oldest he's ever been in a fight. No kiddin! Rampage cuts a great promo about taking a break, and then going to train and come back to kick some ass!

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