88.8
TKO (Punches)
8:10
      The first round was a fairly standard kickboxing match, with Taleb picking apart Strickland with leg kicks and punches. Strickland just wasn't able to get his offense going. Round one goes to Taleb. Strickland clipped Taleb with some big punches 2 minutes into the second round, and he dropped him, but Taleb was able to quickly get back to his feet. Strickland continued to throw big punches at Taleb, and he dropped him again halfway through the round. Strickland postured up above Taleb, and unloaded with some big punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was a solid win for Sean Strickland. Taleb thought it was a bad stoppage, but he was hurt.
89.3
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
4:31
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Silva threw a kick, Taleb caught it, and then Taleb turned it into an awesome slam 90 seconds into the opening round, but he wasn't able to hold down Silva after that, so they stood back up and reset. Silva threw another kick, and Taleb caught it again. Silva shot in for a takedown, and Taleb reversed him and threw him against the fence. Taleb landed a decent knee, and then Silva finally scored a takedown halfway through the round, and after scrambling around for a minute or so, Taleb rolled for a kneebar, but Silva blasted him with some big punches to escape, and then he passed to full mount with 90 seconds left in the round. He continued to work his ground & pound, Taleb was forced to give up his back, and then Silva slapped on the rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission with 30 minutes remaining. That was a solid win for Silva, after being gone for nearly 4 years after dealing with some injuries.
88.2
KO (Head Kick & Punches)
0:59
      These guys traded some random strikes, Roberts landed a few solid shots, and then Taleb kicked him in the head, Roberts grabbed the fence to try to avoid falling to the ground, Taleb blasted him with a fully bodied punch to the face, and knocked him the fuck out. That was a fantastic KO victory by Nordine Taleb. Roberts had NO IDEA what happened when he woke up, and he was pissed and wanted to keep the fight going. Congrats to Taleb for the brutal first round KO.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      I have no idea who Enkamp is, so I have no idea what to expect here. Both fighters started the fight by trading some random punches & kicks, with neither fighter showing a clear advantage early. Enkamp sort of reminds me of Stephen Thompson, with his karate stance. He shot for a takedown halfway through the opening round, but Taleb stuffed the shot up against the fence. Enkamp opened up with some wild knees from the clinch with a minute left in the round, but Taleb threw him to the ground, and then jumped into his guard, where Enkamp immediately started to look to setup an armbar. That round really could go either way, with Taleb on top, but I think I'm going to score that round for Enkamp, based on his submission attempts, and his wild knees from the clinch.
     Enkamp still looked good for the first 30 seconds of the second round, and then Taleb blasted him with a left hand to the jaw that knocked Enkamp's head back. He didn't really follow it up with anything significant though. Taleb was clearly pressuring Enkamp in the second round, pressuring him to back up with punches, while stuffing all of Enkamp's sloppy takedown attempts from way too far outside. There was a wild scramble with 2 minutes left in the round, that ended with Taleb on top in side control in the center of the cage. Enkamp tried to roll out of danger, and Taleb took his back in the process, as Enkamp turtled up. Taleb landed a hard punch, and then blasted Enkamp with a clean elbow to the face before settling into Enkamp's guard with 30 seconds left in the round. I scored that round for Taleb, and have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was a fairly even competitive striking match, until Taleb scored a takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, but he ran headfirst into a guillotine attempt by Enkamp. Taleb passed through that, and worked his way into side control, where he was able to pound on Enkamp with some short elbows. Enkamp pulled guard, and started working his rubber guard. He tried to setup a gogoplata, but Taleb shrugged it aside, and continued to pound on Enkamp with short shots. Enkamp was still trying to find a triangle or SOMETHING from his guard, but I still think Taleb did enough from the top to win the round. I have this fight scored 29-28 in favor of Nordine Taleb, but wouldn't be shocked by a split-decision or something, especially since Enkamp is the hometown fighter. All 3 judges agreed, giving Taleb the unanimous decision victory. That was a solid debut by the unbeaten Enkamp though.
90.6
Decision
15:00
      Taleb spent most of the first round chewing up Ponzinibbio with heavy leg kicks, and some decent punches. Ponzinibbio was having trouble getting inside the range of Taleb, and when he hit Taleb with some kicks, Taleb caught his leg, and carried him across the cage, forcing him to hop around on one foot for a few seconds. Ponzinibbio looked frustrated in there, as Taleb was able to pick him apart for most of that round. Round one clearly goes to Taleb.
     For the most part, it looked like Taleb was winning this fight, but the area around Taleb's nose was really getting red in the second round, showing that he was clearly absorbing some damage to his face. Ponzinibbio was chopping up Taleb's nose with jabs, and Taleb was still chopping away at Ponzinibbio's leg with heavy kicks. Ponzinibbio dropped Taleb with 2 minutes left in the second round, after doing a significant amount of damage to the nose of Taleb. Once they hit the ground, Taleb just tied up Ponzinibbio and stalled for a while. Ponzinibbio spent his time on the ground dropping elbows whenever he could break his arms free. That round clearly goes to Ponzinibbio, and the cards should all be tied up going into the final round.
     The final round started, and Taleb received a stern warning for having his fingers out. Taleb continued to chew up the lead leg of Ponzinibbio with heavy leg kicks, and Ponzinibbio continued to chip away at the nose of Taleb with jabs. That round was a really even round, with both guys landing some hard shots, both guys were busted up, blood was all over the place, and both guys really gave this fight all they had. This could potentially be fight of the night. With that being said, I scored it 29-28 for Ponzinibbio, but wouldn't really be shocked by any scorecards at this point. All 3 judges agreed, giving Ponzinibbio the unanimous decision victory.
90.1
KO (Punch)
6:34
      The first round was basically a striking match, where Taleb was trying to be calm & technical, and Silva was trying to get wild things to happen, including trying to touch gloves halfway through the round, and then blasting Taleb with a sucker punch. Still, Taleb won the first round I think, just slightly. The second round started, the same tactics were being used, Silva threw a kick, Taleb caught it, and then punched Silva in the head, and knocked him the fuck out, causing Silva to fall flat on his face. That was a pretty huge win for Nordine Taleb, the underdog in this fight.
89.7
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
9:11
      Alves got the takedown early, ending up in Taleb's half guard for a good portion of the first round. He landed a few decent punches on the ground, but nothing significant before Taleb was able to get back to his feet. Alves rocked Taleb with a massive right hand, but Taleb regained his composure fairly quickly. Taleb was able to clinch with him for the rest of the round, stalling his way to safety. They started the second round by trading some really hard kicks to the body. Alves eventually secured another takedown, once again ending up in Taleb's half guard. Alves spent most of the second round controlling Taleb, they stood back up, Taleb shot in for a sloppy takedown, went face first into a guillotine choke, and was forced to submit near the end of the second round. Really nice performance by Warlley Alves.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty one-sided fight, with Nordine Taleb taking the fight to the ground, and pounding out a 30-27 unanimous decision. All 3 rounds showed that Taleb had better grappling, and better striking. There's really not much else to say. Clements basically got his ass handed to him for 15 minutes, but neither fighter ever came anywhere close to finishing the fight.
88.8
Decision (Split)
15:00
      This was a REALLY close fight. I pretty much had the fight scored as a draw, all the way up until the last 30 seconds or so, where I felt like Taleb sort of pulled away with the victory. I gave Taleb the first round, Li the second round, and by the third round, they were both bloody messes. So yeah, good fight I guess, but I would have liked to see them try to finish each other. Congrats to Taleb for the split-decision victory.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      And here we have the third fight in a row, that was entirely one sided, with Nordine Taleb taking Grujic to the ground in all 3 rounds, and beating him up for the full 15 minutes, but still unable to finish him. Nordine Taleb was one of those guys that SEEMED like he'd be a scary dude on this season of The Ultimate Fighter, but he never really won me over, but I really liked Grujic, so it sort of sucked to see his career go down the drain like this. Good win for Taleb though.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded some decent strikes, Taleb threw a leg kick, and King took him down quickly, but they popped back up a few seconds later, only to have King pressed Taleb against the fence to stall for a few. King rocked Taleb with some heavy punches, but Taleb fired back with some solid strikes of his own. King threw a knee at one point, but slipped, so he fell down and Taleb ended up on top, but they both stood back up immediately, only to have King press Taleb against the fence again. I scored that round for King, based on landing the slightly harder strikes, and controlling the grappling exchanges.
     King rocked Taleb with some heavy punches & kicks to start the second round, he had him rocked against the fence, and he went for a takedown, but that didn't go anywhere, so King continued to beat him up on the feet until Taleb took him to the ground for a few seconds. They stood back up, and continued to trade hard strikes. King looked pretty tired at this point, so Taleb was able to take him down again, but he still wasn't able to hold him down, so they stood back up and kept striking. I gave that round to Taleb, so they're going to a third round.
     Taleb started the third round with a brutal right hand that knocked King on his ass. Taleb then got on top of him, settled into his guard, and started working some ground & pound against the fence. King swept him, grabbed Taleb's leg, and cranked on an interesting kneebar by basically sitting on Taleb's knee, and hyperextending his leg by wrapping his own legs around them. Taleb escaped though, and they continued to battle like madmen. King took down Taleb, mounted him, went for an Americana, couldn't get it, so he dropped some short elbows instead. That was a pretty wild fight overall, and I scored it 29-28 for King, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      Taleb started this fight with a lot of basic leg kicks. Manawaroa wasn't even trying to check the kicks, he was just standing there flat footed, and throwing punches whenever he saw openings. They clinched for a while, and traded control of the clinch, but for the most part, Manawaroa was pushing Taleb around. They were both throwing some knees to the body from the clinch, and the round was fairly even for the most part. I would score that round a draw, but Manawaroa scored a takedown in the final few seconds, so I'm giving the first round to Manawaroa.
     The second round started with the same even action, until Taleb threw a hard knee to Manawaroa's groin. When the second round started back up, Manawaroa came out swinging, but his accuracy was off. Taleb was able to pick him apart with some slick counter boxing. They both ended up landing some pretty clean strikes for the most part, but Manawaroa was looking tired, and Taleb was still landing clean shots, so I scored the second round for Taleb.
     They both looked exhausted going into the third round, but that didn't really slow them down at all. They both looked sloppy at this point, but they were still throwing punches & knees with everything they had. Taleb scored a takedown, sort of, with less than 90 seconds left in the fight. He secured half mount, threw a few punches to the body of Manawaroa, and then Manawaroa swept him with 20 seconds left in the fight, passing immediately to full mount, and then back control, where he slapped on a rear-naked choke, but Taleb was saved by the bell. I think Manawaroa just barely stole that round in the final 20 seconds, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory. That was a really solid performance by both fighters.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      This fight was a really entertaining kickboxing match, with both guys throwing hard strikes, until Zaromskis landed a spinning backfist in the first round, knocking Taleb to the ground, where Zaromskis followed him to the ground, controlling him for a minute or so, before standing back up. These guys continued to punch & kick the shit out of each other for the entire 15 minute fight, with both guys landing some pretty brutal strikes, but Zaromskis wins the fight, for his ability to knock Taleb down multiple times, doing a little more damage throughout the fight, and he even launched him through the air in the third round, with a beautiful belly to back suplex. Good fight overall, and really decent win for Marius Zaromskis.
88.8
TKO (Punches)
7:30
      This fight was at least a little more competitive than Taleb's Bellator debut against Secor, where he pretty much dominated Secor in a boring one-sided fight, where Secor clearly didn't want to be there. MacGrath was actually here to fight, so he landed some decent shots, and showed some semi-decent grappling, but still, Taleb beat the shit out of him in the first round, leaving him a bloody mess. The second round was a really competitive boxing match, with both guys showing pretty solid technique, but Taleb clipped MacGrath about halfway through the round, which forced the referee to stop the fight, once MacGrath stopped defending himself. Really nice win for Nordine Taleb.
85.4
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with Taleb running through Secor to get him to the ground, ending up in the guard of Secor. After a couple of minutes of basic body shots thrown by Taleb, the referee eventually decided to stand them up. Secor spent a little bit of time, doing the butt scoot bullshit, but eventually had to stand up, where Taleb picked him apart with strikes. Secor appeared to be one of the least confident martial artists I've ever seen. Taleb on the other hand, seemed focused, and pretty much beat up Secor from all positions. Taleb seems like a B-Level fighter, and Secor seems like a C-Level fighter. So this wasn't a great fight, but it was a very one-sided unanimous decision victory for Taleb, winning all 3 rounds on all scorecards.