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Bellator 158 Results: Lima Spoils UK Party with Decision win over Daley

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When the first ever Bellator event in the United Kingdom kicked off on Saturday night, hopes were high for home nation success. Brazilian welterweight Douglas Lima (27-6) had clearly not read the script, beating UFC and Strikeforce veteran Paul Daley (38-14-2) over three tough rounds in the night’s main event.

With the winner expected to face current Bellator champion Andrey Koreshkov, the stakes were high and it was Lima who struck first, dropping his British opponent with a counter left in the first round. That set the tone for a fight that was always competitive, but a result that could not be questioned. Landing the more telling blows on the feet, and scoring takedowns at crucial moments in the fight, Lima was given the nod by all three judges who scored the bout 30-27.

In the co-main event Oli Thompson (17-9) was unable to score the upset in a heavyweight slugfest with Matt Mitrione (11-5). The big men threw bombs from the opening bell, with Mitrione staggering his opponent on more than one occasion. Thompson was landing powerful shots of his own before he began to fade in the second round. Mitrione pushed the pace, backing the Brit up and unloading with hard punches that forced the stoppage at the four minute and 21 second mark of the second round.

It was not all bad news for British fighters however, as Michael “Venom” Page (11-0) impressed for the eleventh time in his professional career, stopping Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos (21-18) in the second round. Receiving the loudest crowd reaction of the night, Page hurt Cyborg with a body kick in the second frame, before catching the Brazilian with a perfectly timed knee to end the fight.

In the other fight aired as part of the main broadcast, French middleweight Francis Carmont (25-11) made quick work of late replacement opponent Lukasz Klinger (7-3). After successfully taking Klinger down early in the fight, Carmont was dominant from top position, securing a brabo choke from side control to force the tap. The win improved Carmont’s Bellator record to 3-1.

Full Results: Main Card
Douglas Lima def. Paul Daley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Mitrione def. Oli Thompson via knockout (Round 2, 4:21)
Michael Page def. Evangelista Santos via knockout (Round 2, 4:31)
Francis Carmont def. Likasz Klinger via submission (D’arce choke) (Round 1, 3:54)
James Gallagher def. Mike Cutting via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Prelims
James Mulheron def. Neil Grove via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
Manuel Garcia def. Alex Reid via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Mike Shipman def. Dom Clark via submission (Anaconda choke) (Round 1, 1:33)
Pietro Menga def. Spencer Hewitt via knockout (Round 1, 0:41)
Luiz Henrique Tosta vs. Dean Garnett ends in a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Jason Radcliffe def. Jack Mason via knockout (Round 1, 0:14)
Nathaniel Wood def. Chase Morton via submission (rear-naked choke) (Round 3, 3:55)
Danny Mitchell def. CJ Meeks via submission (twister) (Round 1, 4:25)

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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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Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card

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Bellator is once again heading to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut, and this time they are bringing with them one of the most anticipated former UFC fighter turned Bellator stars’ debut. Gegard Mousasi will be making his first appearance in the Bellator cage against a former Bellator champion in Alexander Shlemenko. Although this event has lost some of its star power over the last several weeks, it is still stacked and you can bet that the main event will bring some fireworks.

Earlier in the month, it was announced that King Mo had suffered an injury that had forced him out of his co-main event fight with former middleweight champion Liam McGeary. Bellator worked quickly to secure a replacement opponent for McGeary in Bubba McDaniels. Unfortunately for McDaniels and the fans alike, McGeary had later suffered an injury of his own and the fight was removed from the card.

This left a spot open in the co-main event slot, which would be filled by a welterweight matchup between Brennan Ward and David Rickels. Just four days out from the fight, Bellator announced that Ward had also become injured and the fight has been removed from the card as well. The main card has been shuffled around and the welterweight bout between Neiman Gracie and Zak Bucia will now serve as the co-main event.

Main Card- Spike TV (US/Canada) Spike UK (UK)- 9 pm EDT, 6 pm PDT, 2 pm UK

  • 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- Live Stream (MMA Latest New)- 7 pm EDT, 4 pm PDT, 12 pm UK

  • 195 lb. 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 (6-4) vs. Billy Giovanella (9-5)
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