87.6
Decision
15:00
      Tuivasa started strong, as he was pressuring Ivanov against the fence, but Ivanov dropped him halfway through the opening round with some punches, it looked like he was about to get the quick finish, and then Tuivasa recovered, and pressed Ivanov against the fence again. I thought Tuivasa controlled most of that round, but Ivanov dropped him, and wobbled him with some hard shots late in the round, so I'm giving that first round to Ivanov.
     Ivanov won the second round as well, and finished it off with a guillotine choke, which caused Tuivasa to tap, a second after the round ended. So... Daaaaaaamn son, Tuivasa got lucky that time. Ivanov should still have a 20-18 lead going into the final round though.
     Ivanov spent most of the third round setting up front chokes, while throwing knees at Tuivasa. The round ended with some sloppy boxing. This should be a 30-27 decision for Ivanov. Neither fighter looked great, it basically felt like a fight club that should have happened in the alley behind a truck stop diner or something. All 3 judges agreed, giving Ivanov the unanimous decision victory.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      The first round had Rothwell plodding forward, while Ivanov was looking to counter, and neither fighter did much of anything significant. The second round was more of the same, with Rothwell moving forward, but Ivanov blasted him with some big shots, and then they both started blasting each other with bombs late in the round. This fight is close, so I'm not really sure who is winning after the first two rounds. It's probably all tied up at this point? I don't know. Rothwell laid it on strong in the final round, so I would give that round to Rothwell, but the first two were close enough to cause some confusion. By the end of the fight, both guys had their faces smashed in, so the fight probably could have gone either way. I probably would have scored the fight 29-28 for Rothwell, but all 3 judges gave the 29-28 unanimous decision victory to Blagoy Ivanov.
87.8
Decision
25:00
      Santos came out with a lot of pressure, but he was mostly just pumping jabs, while backing up Ivanov. Ivanov landed one big right hand that cut the left eye of Santos, but for the most part, they were both just kind of staring at each other, waiting for the other to engage. That first round sucked, but I guess it goes to Santos based entirely on pressure.
     This fight is terrible. The second round was more of the same. Santos is probably ahead 20-18 going into the third round, based entirely on pressure. Neither fighter is really going for it though, and for a main event, this fight is lame as fuck.
     Santos sort of poked Ivanov in the eye with a "punch" early in the third round, and that seemed to piss off Ivanov. Ivanov picked up the pace in the third round, and blasted Santos with some big shots, while moving forward a little more. That round might go to Santos as well, but it was a lot closer than the first two rounds.
     The final round was more of the same, with the fight still slightly sliding in favor of Ivanov, maybe, but it's far too little too late. The only thing I know for sure, is that this fight is fucking terrible. Santos is more than likely ahead 40-36 going into the final round, and Ivanov needs a knockout if he wants to win this fight.
     The final round started with some more back & forth striking, and Santos poked Ivanov in the eye again. When the fight started back up, Santos blasted Ivanov with a huge punch, and then Ivanov rushed him and blasted Santos with some big shots. Santos spent the rest of the round running away, while firing counters to keep Ivanov at bay, while Ivanov was rushing forward, trying to throw everything he had, which to be honest, wasn't much. I think Ivanov deserves to win a round, maybe even two, but I would be shocked if this isn't a unanimous decision victory for Junior dos Santos. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to JDS.
87.1
Decision
15:00
      These guys circled around each other for the first half of the opening round, without any real offense being thrown, until Alencar kicked Ivanov in the dick. After a brief timeout, the fight continued, and Ivanov turned it up a notch, throwing a few punches, while pressuring Alencar to back up for the last half of the round. That was a pretty boring first round, but I'm going to give it to Blagoy Ivanov.
      The second round was another round of Ivanov moving forward, throwing punches, not really doing much damage, but he was at least being somewhat aggressive, and then Alencar poked him in the eye late in the round, as he was trying to push him away to create some distance. I have Ivanov ahead 20-18, going into the final round.
      The final round was another round of Ivanov moving forward, winging some big punches, and then backing off, winging some big punches, and then backing off. Alencar fired back with a handful of decent punches, but for the most part, he was just outmatched in this fight, even though Ivanov wasn't really doing much of anything significant either. In the end, this was a 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Blagoy Ivanov.
89.6
TKO (Punches)
1:43
      These guys both stomped around the cage for the first minute without anything really happening, other than Ivanov threw a few punches. Jordan was stalking him, but not throwing any real offense beyond a couple of jabs. Ivanov blasted Jordan with a series of punches that dropped him 90 seconds into the round, he jumped on him, continued to slaughter him with punches, and the referee decided to stop the fight. That was a solid title defense by Blagoy Ivanov.
90.8
Decision
25:00
      The first round had both guys throwing some heavy leather, and showing some solid footwork for two big heavyweights. By the end of the round, Ivanov had a big gash on the right side of his head, but I thought he was landing the better punch combinations, so I scored that round for Ivanov, but I can see it going either way. Ooooh, I also just noticed that Copeland's right cheek has a huge cut on it too.
     They continued to sling heavy leather in the second round, and the doctor at one point almost stopped the fight due to the cut on Ivanov's head, but he gave him one more chance to finish the fight. Ivanov came out swinging, and nearly killed Copeland with a barrage of heavy punches, but he was able to weather the storm. The storm never really stopped though, as both fighters continued to throw bombs at each other, in full on headhunting mode. This is a tough fight, but I have Ivanov ahead, 2-0, going into the third round.
     Ivanov came out in the third round and continued to blast Copeland with massive punches, rocking him at one point, enough to where I thought Ivanov could finish him, but he didn't follow it up with quite enough aggression. Ivanov continued to chip away at Copeland with heavy strikes for the duration of the round, and he even knocked him down with a leg kick with a minute left in the round. Copeland is clearly targeting that hole in Ivanov's head with big punches at this point, but if the fight isn't stopped for that cut, then I have Ivanov ahead, 3-0, going into the fourth round.
     Ivanov continued to bully Copeland in the fourth round, blasting him with heavy punches, and constantly rushing forward, doing a decent amount of damage at all times. Copeland is proving to be tough as hell, but Ivanov is VERY CLEARLY winning this fight by a large margin at this point. I have to be honest, I'm pretty impressed by the cardio of both of these massive dudes, as they're still swinging for the fences, well into the final round. Copeland rocked Ivanov late in the final round, but clinched instead of finishing him, so that allowed Ivanov to throw Copeland to the ground with a hip toss. Once they hit the ground, Ivanov mauled him with punches, in my opinion, very clearly securing the victory. I can see Copeland winning a round somewhere, maybe even two rounds, but Ivanov definitely deserves to keep his belt after this performance.
90.1
TKO (Punches)
9:33
      Ivanov went out there looking to kill Mehmen in the first round, swinging with tight punches, battering Mehmen's head from all angles. Mehmen tried to fight back, but Ivanov's boxing was just too crisp. Eventually, Mehmen tried to clinch with Ivanov against the fence, but Ivanov broke free, and continued to beat up Mehmen. By the end of the round, Mehmen's face was busted up, but he mostly just looked pissed, like he wanted to get revenge on Ivanov. Pretty exciting first round. The second round slowed down quite a bit, and both guys were trading fairly evenly, with Ivanov being the only one REALLY moving forward. It looked like Mehmen might have rocked Ivanov late in the round, but Ivanov continued to move forward, battered Mehmen with hard punches, and Mehmen covered his eye, screamed, and fell down. Broken orbital maybe? Either way, great victory for Blagoy Ivanov.
91.7
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
11:17
      The first two rounds of this fight were pretty close, and probably could have gone either way. I thought Rama looked a little better in most exchanges, but by the end of the second round, Rama had a BAD cut under his left eye, with blood covering his face & chest from it. So I guess Ivanov clearly did more damage, but it was almost too close to really score those first two rounds. Luckily, the scorecards didn't matter in the end, because Ivanov landed some really great counter punches, rocking Rama pretty badly around the one minute mark of the third round, allowing Ivanov to lock on a TIGHT guillotine choke, crushing Rama's head against his chest, forcing Rama to submit. Nice win, by the new WSOF Heavyweight Champion, Blagoy Ivanov, in his WSOF debut.
87.9
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
6:08
      Meh, this fight didn't do anything for me. Blagoi looked out of shape, and Volkov started way too slow, so the fact that he earned a title rematch with this fight, I can't help but NOT be interested in Bellator at the moment. I gave the first round to Blagoi for pinning Volkov against the cage in the clinch for most of the round. The second round looked like more of the same, until Blagoi went for a takedown, Volkov somehow ended up on Blagoi's back after the horrible takedown attempt, and he made him submit quickly with the rear-naked choke. This is not a Heavyweight division that I have any interest in, if these guys are title contenders.
90.3
Submission (Keylock)
4:08
      Ivanov played this one kind of smart, taking Johnson to the ground early, but then he went for wacky leg locks, which allowed Johnson to get back up, and into various top positions. Two minutes in, and they were clinching agains tthe cage, where Ivanov was looking for a guillotine choke. Johnson used the guillotine attempt, to scoop Ivanov up, body slamming him to the ground. They stood back up, again. Ivanov punched Johnson in the chin, hard, and they clinched again. Ivanov threw Johnson to the ground with a nice hip toss, ending up in side position, where he locked on the keylock for the submission victory. Solid performance for Blagoy Ivanov.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      The opening round was kind of a clunky brawl, with neither fighter really showing much of a gameplan, as they just kind of threw their weight at each other, and tried to land a few punches here & there. I didn't think either fighter really won that first round very clearly. The second round had Ivanov wobbling Hale with some punches, causing him to collapse, which allowed Ivanov to get on top of him, smothering him from side control, while unloading big heavy left hands on his face. Ivanov then stood up and cranked on a guillotine choke, looking to finish the fight, but Hale tucked his chin, and tried to tough it out. They eventually stood back up, and they both just kind of stood there for the last half of the round, both clearly exhausted. Ivanov tripped Hale to the ground early in the final round, and laid on top of him for most of the round, landing a few punches, but not really doing much of anything, other than waiting for time to expire. Nice win for Ivanov, and an especially solid second round, but I can't help but be curious what Ivanov would look like, if he could drop down to 205.
87.4
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
3:59
      This fight started kind of slow for 30 seconds or so, and then Bell blasted Ivanov in the head with some hard punches, and then pressured him against the cage in the clinch. Bell ran out of energy pretty quickly though, so things slowed down again for another minute or so. Ivanov rocked Bell with some punches of his own, pinning Bell against the cage this time in the clinch, Ivanov grabbed a leg, took Bell to the ground, worked his way around onto Bell's back, where he finished him with the rear-naked choke. It was barely even a choke though, so I really have no faith in Bell's future fights. Ivanov still looks fairly legit though, but I think I'd like to see him stay closer to the 244 mark, since he looked a good 10 pounds overweight in this fight.
87.9
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
1:17
      This fight started kind of slow, without either fighter engaging for the first 55 seconds or so. Ivanov finally punched Lara in the head a couple of times, clinched with him, Lara went down for a takedown, and Ivanov locked on a guillotine choke, finishing the fight via submission in just over one minute of the first round. Another nice guillotine finish for Blagoy Ivanov.
90.3
Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke)
7:35
      Ivanov unloaded a nice Judo throw on Jensen early in the first round, ending up in full mount, while Jensen held onto his body for dear life. Jensen fought his way back to his feet about halfway through the round. Ivanov showed some solid boxing, moving in, blasting Jensen, and backing out, avoiding shots, while landing some decent punches of his own. Jensen eventually got the body lock, and took Ivanov to the ground, but Ivanov popped right back up immediately. From there, Ivanov continued to beat the shit out of Jensen on the feet with his superior boxing skills. The second round started with a clinch, and again, 30 seconds in, Ivanov tripped Jensen and took him to the ground, this time landing in side control, where he was cranking a keylock, eventually moving into full mount while he continued to crank. It looked like he was going to rip his arm off, and then he eventually gave up on it, postured up, and punched Jensen in the face, a lot. Around the halfway mark of the round, Jensen tried to buck out and get back to his feet, and Ivanov stopped him with a guillotine choke, putting him to sleep. That was a pretty awesome win for Blagoy Ivanov.
88.3
TKO (Punches)
2:58
      This was a decent fight, with both guys landing some solid strikes. Ivanov clinched and took Penn to the ground, but Penn stood back up. They continued to strike with each other, Ivanov secured another takedown, tried to grab Penn's back, that didn't work out, so they stood back up. Ivanov blasted Penn with a big left hand, rocked Penn, he blasted him with another left hand, Penn went down, and the referee stopped the fight. Nice win for Blagoy Ivanov.
88.3
Decision (Split)
15:00
      That first round was wild. Both guys clashed heads multiple times, going in head first, while throwing overhand combinations, trying to take each other out. Ivanov rocked Fujita about halfway through the first round, knocking him to his knees. Fujita sort of went for a takedown, Ivanov sort of went for a guillotine, and shit just looked clunky and weird, but wild all the same. Fujita laid on top of Ivanov for a good portion of the round, but they spent the last 15 seconds of the first round back on their feet, swinging for the fences. I guess that first round could have gone either way, depending on how you scored Fujita's wrestling, but I gave the first round to Ivanov, based on the way he knocked Fujita to the ground in the first place. The second round started with both guys swinging for the fences again, until Fujita took Ivanov to the ground, in a clunky fashion, ending up in a loose side mount. They stood back up, and Ivanov beat up Fujita with his boxing for a couple of minutes, but both guys were looking pretty tired. Fujita struggled to get another takedown in the third round, but didn't really do anything once he finally got Ivanov on the ground. In the end, this was a close fight, but I'm glad that Ivanov won, via split-decision.