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Bellator 147: Full Results

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Bellator 147 took place at the San Jose State University Event Center in San Jose, California. The main card aired live on Spike TV, with the prelims streaming on Spike.com. The show was headlined by a lightweight clash between UFC and Strikeforce veteran Josh Thomson and Pablo Villaseca.

Thomson (22-8) was heavily favored going into the bout against his less experienced opponent. Villaseca (10-2) was not only giving up 18 fights to Thomson, but had faced nowhere near the same level of competition. As a result, it was little surprise that Thomson was able to control the majority of the first round, landing solid body kicks and out-grappling Villaseca on the mat.

The second round was much of the same, as Villaseca eventually found himself on his back, trying to defend from the bottom. Thomson poured on the pressure, landing heavy punches and forcing referee Jason Herzog to stop the fight at three minutes and 59 seconds of the second round. After securing the second win of his short Bellator career, Thomson vowed to give the fans what they wanted, suggesting a fight with former Bellator champion Michael Chandler could be on the cards.

In a co-main event that had serious featherweight title implications, Daniel Weichel (36-9) had too much over three rounds for Georgi Karakhanyan (24-5-1). The German controlled the fight with crisp, accurate punching and utilized an effective front kick to control the distance. Karakhanyan never stopped coming forward, throwing plenty, but found Weichel tough to hit and was never able to impose his will. All three judges scored the bout 30-27 in Weichel’s favor, as he made it eight wins from his previous nine fights and moved right back into title contention.

Mixed martial arts is a sport where fortunes can change in an instant. Two years is an eternity. After their first bout in September 2013, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (14-7) and Derek Anderson (13-2) fought for the second time and once again it was Anderson who won a razor thin decision. After a competitive opening round, Pitbull’s power appeared to give him an edge in the second. A heavy left hook landed midway through the round, and Pitbull ended it on Anderson’s back working for a choke. With the fight in the balance, Anderson was able to work his range effectively in the final round and sway two of the three judges in his favor. The win improved Anderson’s Bellator record to 4-2 and moved him right back into contention at 155 pounds.

27-year-old Adam Piccolotti (7-0) made a statement at lightweight, submitting Mario Soto (6-2) in the second round. An energetic back-and-forth first round suggested that Piccolotti’s major advantage in the fight was on the mat. That was confirmed in the second, as Piccolotti dominated as soon as the two hit the ground. After taking Soto’s back and unloading with punches, Piccolotti sunk in a rear-naked choke and forced the submission. That earned Piccolotti his third win inside the Bellator cage and suggested he was ready to compete with the top 155 pounders Bellator has to offer.

In an entertaining opener, Brian Rogers (12-8 MMA) marked his light-heavyweight debut with a win in an entertaining scrap with Virgil Zwicker (14-5-1 MMA). Both men swung for the fences in the opening round, and it was much the same through the first four minutes of the second. That was until Rogers put Zwicker on his back with a big takedown, and quickly moved to mount looking for a finish. Hard elbows set up an arm-triangle choke that forced Zwicker to tap with 22 seconds left in the round. The win was only Rogers’ second in his last six fights, and breathed new life into his Bellator career at 205 pounds.

Bellator 147 Full Results:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

Josh Thomson def. Pablo Villaseca via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:59
Daniel Weichel def. Georgi Karakhanyan via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Derek Anderson def. Patricky Freire via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Adam Piccolotti def. Mario Soto via Submission (rear-naked Choke) – Round 2, 3:25
Brian Rogers def. Virgil Zwicker via Submission (arm-triangle Choke) – Round 2, 4:38

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 7.40 p.m. ET)

Gabriel Carrasco def. Khomkrit Niimi via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, 3:19
Brandon Hester def. Idris Wasi via Unanimous Decision (30-24, 30-25, 30-27)
A.J. McKee def. John Donaldson via KO (Knee) – Round 1, 3:19
Nick Barnes def. James Terry via Submission (rear-naked Choke) Round 1, 2:48

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Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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