N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
87.5
Decision
15:00
      The first round had both guys boxing with each other for a minute, and then Silva knocked down Emerson with a right hand, he jumped on him, and worked some ground & pound from half mount in the center of the cage. The referee reset them halfway through the round. Silva quickly took Emerson down again, and he tried to take his back to finish the round. Round one clearly goes to Rafael Silva.
      Silva scored another takedown one minute into the second round. Emerson worked his way back to his feet halfway through the round, and Silva dumped him to the ground again. The referee reset them with a minute left in the round. Emerson landed a few solid strikes, and then Silva took Emerson down again to finish out the round. I have Silva ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
      The final round started with Silva taking Emerson down again, but he wasn't able to hold him down this time. They stood back up, and Silva took him back down. Emerson threw some hard elbows from the bottom, but Silva was still in control of the grappling. The referee reset them halfway through the round, and they traded a few more strikes, until Silva scored another takedown with a minute left in the final round. This fight was a clear 30-27 for Rafael Silva, and all 3 judges agreed for the most part, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with a 2 minute kickboxing match, followed by Taimanglo throwing Emerson to the ground. Emerson threatened him with a leg lock, so they stood back up. They continued to trade strikes, and then Taimanglo threw Emerson to the ground again. Not a lot happened on the ground, and the striking was fairly even, so I scored the first round for Taimanglo. He even took Emerson's back in the final seconds of the round.
     Emerson took Taimanglo down one minute into the second round, but Taimanglo quickly wrestled his way around to Emerson's back. Emerson broke free and stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round. Emerson picked apart Taimanglo with his boxing for the final minute of the round. I was going to give that round to Taimanglo for his grappling, but Emerson beat his ass in the final 30 seconds, so I scored that round for Emerson, and have it all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round had both guys trading back & forth, both landing some decent punches, with Emerson probably landing more frequently. I scored this fight 29-28 for Robert Emerson, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory. Taimanglo gave him a decent fight, he just wasn't able to deliver consistently enough.
88.2
Submission (Heel Hook)
1:44
      Robert Emerson is making his Bellator debut here after a somewhat failed UFC career, followed by a series of decent fights in smaller organizations. He started this fight by trading strikes with Downing for 90 seconds or so. They looked fairly even on the feet, so Downing took Emerson to the ground, Emerson immediately grabbed his leg, locked on a heel hook, cranked, and finished Downing by submission in under 2 minutes of the first round. Great submission victory by Robert Emerson in his Bellator debut.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      Well, that was a fairly close fight. I thought Lentz won the first round, with a takedown, and some basic grappling control. Lentz was doing well in the second round, but Emerson rocked him with some punches, so even though Lentz came back from that, I gave the second round to Emerson. The third round was all Lentz, taking the fight to the ground, and keeping control for the entire round, so even though Emerson probably did more damage overall, Lentz won this one on my card, 29-28, and the judges agreed (one judge gave him all 3 rounds).
88.0
Decision
15:00
      These judges are insane. I gave Nover the first & third rounds, and Emerson the second round, but for some reason, they all gave the fight to Emerson. Emerson did a decent job beating up Nover with some punches here & there, but I guess I thought Nover came closer to finishing the fight with a couple of guillotine choke attempts. Either way, it wasn't the best fight I've ever seen, so I don't really care that much who won. Moving on...
89.1
Decision
15:00
     This was a pretty sad fight for Emerson. He showed he has tons of heart, but he got completely out-kickboxed, by a Jiu-Jitsu guy, which sucks, since Rob Emerson is a kickboxer. All 3 rounds though, basically consisted of Dos Anjos throwing leg kicks to the inside of Emerson's lead leg, which by the end of the fight, like Rogan said, "Looked like hamburger". So yeah, Emerson got slayed, Dos Anjos wins via unanimous decision.
88.1
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
8:14
      This was a pretty good fight. Robert Emerson actually surprised me by taking down Pellegrino several times in the first round, surprising because Pellegrino SHOULD have been the superior grappler. Well, the second round started, and Pellegrino proved that his grappling skills ARE pretty far beyond Emerson. Pellegrino took the fight to the ground, got the full mount, Emerson rolled over onto his stomach, Pellegrino locked on a rear-naked choke, and that's all she wrote. Solid win for Kurt Pellegrino.
88.8
KO (Punches)
0:12
      Well then... Manny Gamburyan came out swinging like an animal, and then he got punched in the face, fell down, Emerson fell on top of him & threw an uppercut from the ground directly to the chin of Gamburyan, and it was over. 12 second knockout.
86.2
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     This was kind of a boring fight... Both guys had decent striking skills while standing, and there were a few moments where Nakamura took Emerson to the ground, but Emerson was usually able to escape... In the end, it was a very close fight, it definitely deserved the split-decision, but I personally gave the fight to Nakamura... It could have gone either way I guess... Rob Emerson gets his first UFC win...
92.6
No Contest (Both Fighters TKO'd)
5:39
      Yo, this fight was pretty effin' good bro... You know? Pretty effin' good bro... The first round of this fight, had Gray Maynard (surprisingly) taking the fight to the kickboxer Rob Emerson, with some really solid punch combos, that looked like they might have done some damage to the composure of Rob Emerson... Maynard then kind of went for a takedown, but Emerson threw a huge knee to the face of Maynard, and then Rob Emerson (surprisingly) took Maynard (the wrestler) to the ground... But once they were on the ground, Gray Maynard dominated, by keeping the top position, and throwing big punches at the head & body of Emerson... Emerson went for a couple of submission attempts, so it's obvious he's been working on his ground game, but Maynard was easily able to maintain control for the entire first round... Good show by both fighters...
      The second round is when the fun really started... Rob Emerson was hurt pretty badly in the first round (his rib was all fucked up), so Gray Maynard came out & rushed him at the start of the second round, threw some wicked punch combos, then he lifted Emerson up into the air onto his shoulder, and then Gray Maynard dove headfirst, slamming Emerson to the ground, forcing Emerson to tap due to the fucking BRUTAL slam... So, Gray Maynard wins by second round submission, right? Well, not exactly... When Maynard jumped headfirst to slam Emerson, he actually knocked himself unconscious, which forced the referee to declare the fight a No Contest... FUCKING CRAZY... I still gave the fight to Maynard, because up until that point, he was dominating the fight anyways... But still, this was a crazy end to a brutal fight... I can't wait to see these two fight again HOPEFULLY sometime in the near future...
85.4
Decision
15:00
      Robert Emerson was already eliminated by Nate Diaz, but since Gabe Ruediger failed to make weight for this fight, they gave the opportunity to Emerson instead. The first round was somewhat uneventful, with Hill dancing around and picking apart Emerson with random punches, while Emerson kept rushing in, throwing wild punches, without really connecting with much.
      The second round was more of the same for the most part, but Emerson finally started to work in some kicks, which in my opinion probably won him the round, by showing more diversity. This still isn't a great fight though, as it moves on to a third round, after the judges couldn't decide after just two rounds.
      The final round was another sloppy round of striking, without many highlight reel worthy moments. To be honest, this fight was probably a draw, but since this is a tournament, clearly they can't declare it a draw, and I don't think anyone in their right mind would have wanted to watch a fourth round of this nonsense. Since Emerson was already eliminated in a previous fight, I scored this fight for Hill, and all 3 judges agreed, as Hill moves on to the semifinals.
88.2
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
9:46
      Emerson started the fight with some hard leg kicks, while Diaz was picking him apart with his awkward style of boxing. There was some relatively even clinching, and wrestling going on, but for the most part, the entire round was a pretty awkward striking match. Emerson probably landed the harder strikes, so I would probably give the first round to Emerson, but it was a competitive round, without a lot of highlight reel worthy moments from either fighter.
     Diaz scored a takedown 90 seconds into the second round, but Emerson stood back up a few seconds later, only to get dumped on his ass again with another Diaz takedown. Diaz hammered him with some punches on the ground, while working to pass to full mount. Diaz eventually went for a mounted triangle choke, gave that up in favor of punching Emerson in the face, Emerson gave up his back with 30 seconds left in the round, Diaz locked on the rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission with around 14 seconds left in the round. Really solid win for Nate Diaz, especially his performance in that second round.