Bellator FC 89: Dan Cramer vs Brian Rogers
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02-14-2013, 11:32 PM
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R1: They start a bit tentative with Cramer pawing with a jab. Rogers finally uncorks his signature 1-2 and Cramer answers with a right hand on his way into the clinch. Rogers hits a sweet lateral drop and ends up on top. Cramer reverses position and enjoys a brief moment of top control, and Rogers gets back to his feet but chews on some leather in the process. Cramer gets a strong body lock and hits another takedown; Rogers lands some strikes off his back and swivels for an armbar to force Cramer into disengaging.
Cramer looking to poke some power through the open holes in Rogers' defense, as "The Predator" is heavy on offense and light on defense. Rogers windmills a series of short hooks at phone booth range and Cramer stumbles but may have been poked in the eye. Rogers slips on a high kick and gets caught in a standing rear waist lock but breaks it and connects on an uppercut. 10-10 for no clear winner and mutually effective offense.
R2: Rogers' hips are too quick and strong on Cramer's takedown attempt and this counter is more of a smooth belly-to-belly suplex. Cramer's out and Rogers responds to his charging combination with a hard 1-2. Both men exchanging with heat. Rogers hits another takedown and showers some ground strikes. Now Cramer lands the takedown after Rogers lets him up and maintains top control for a bit but without significantly effective punches. Rogers squirts out and lets his hands go to close the stanza. 10-9 Rogers.
R3: Cramer seems to be slowing a bit and Rogers starts to find more rhythm with his punches. He gets the better of the first few exchanges but eats a stiff knee to the chin as Cramer locks horns with him. Rogers falls to his back and looks stunned, managing to control Cramer's posture a moment later and then spinning for a leg lock and escaping during the chaos.
Rogers blazes the guns with a kick, punches and a flying knee attempt. Cramer returns fire and they go ballistic on each other for a pleasantly violent outburst on both sides. Cramer springs for a double while Rogers is committed to a combo and gets it; both throw ground punches until the horn sounds. Excellent effort and display of heart from both competitors. Gotta go 10-9 Cramer for stunning him with the knee, resulting in the first draw I can remember scoring in some time (29-29 overall for me).
The judges have it 29-28 twice and 30-27 for Dan Cramer, who defeats Brian Rogers by unanimous decision.
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