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Bellator 175 Results: King Mo grinds his way to victory over Rampage

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Friday evening at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois, Bellator took the Windy City by storm for an exciting night of mixed martial arts action.

The main event of the evening featured a rematch between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal who first met at Bellator 120 in 2014. The matchup would result in a victory for “Rampage” via unanimous decision, although many thought “King Mo” won the fight on the scorecards despite how the three officials cage side scored the contest.

With neither man ever being short on words in the lead up to the contest, the pre-fight talk added to the excitement of an already solid matchup between two of the best fighters the sport has ever seen. Unlike the first bout which took place at light heavyweight, both men skipped the weight-cutting procedures and met at heavyweight.

The first round would be all King Mo.

Lawal would secure a couple of takedowns on Jackson who was tentative early, watching out for the wrestling of his opponent. Jackson would find himself pinned against the cage for most of the round while Lawal tried to bring him to the canvas. Lawal would successfully bring Jackson to the canvas with a minute remaining and landed a few strikes on the ground before Jackson exploded back to his feet with a few seconds remaining in the round.

Rampage would have a much better second round.

Exploding with punching combinations that had Lawal backpedaling, Jackson found his range and confidence with his hands. Jackson even scored a takedown on Lawal, which came as a surprise, considering Jackson wanted to avoid grappling with Lawal. Going into the third round, it would all be about who wanted it more.

Early in the third, Lawal went back to his wrestling to set the tone of the round. Jackson would defend the takedown attempts well, but Lawal kept the pressure high. The final minutes would see a few wild punching exchanges between the two, but neither man was able to find a punch to cause significant damage.

The judges would render their decision unanimously in favor of Lawal, all submitting scores of 29-28.

The co-main event saw Emmanuel Sanchez make his latest claim for a title shot as he outpointed former Bellator champion Marcos Galvao over the course of three rounds. The victory didn’t come unblemished however considering Sanchez missed weight for the bout. Despite the issues on the scale, Sanchez performed very well at every turn and perhaps earned himself a shot at the Bellator strap.

Bellator 175 Full Results:

  • Muhammed Lawal def. Quinton Jackson via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Emmanuel Sanchez def. Marcos Galvao via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Sergei Kharitonov def. Chase Gormley via KO (Punches), Round 1 – 3:55
  • Noad Lahat def. Llyod Carter via Submission (Rear-naked choke), Round 2 – 3:50
  • Steve Kozola def. Jake Roberts via TKO (Punches), Round 1 – 0:28
  • Joaquin Buckley def. Justin Patterson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Tim Cho def. Joshua Hardwick via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:43
  • Manny Vazquez def. Nate Williams via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-27, 29-28)
  • James Bochnovic def. Matt Paul via Submission (Rear-naked choke), Round 1 – 4:30
  • Damian Norris def. Tom Shoaff via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Mike DeLaVega def. Brian Akins via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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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 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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