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Bellator 176 Results: Carvalho Knocks Out Manhoef in Italy

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Carvalho vs Manhoef

Bellator returned to Italy on Saturday night, with a four fight MMA main card on Spike. The event took place in Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy and aired ahead of Bellator Kickboxing 5.

In the main event middleweights Rafael Carvalho and Melvin Manhoef rematched for Bellator’s 185 pound title. The two first met in May 2016 at Bellator 155 in one of the worst title fights in Bellator history. That night Carvalho retained his title with a contentious, action-less split decision victory.

The winner would be the same on Saturday night, but Carvalho’s victory was much more decisive. The Brazilian landed a brutal head kick in the fourth round which instantly ended the fight.

Manhoef had some success early, landing with power, most notably chopping away at the champion with thudding low kicks. It was a performance from both fighters that was far removed from their previous tepid encounter.

Carvalho was always in the fight, no matter how hard Manhoef was willing to throw strikes. The champion bloodied Manhoef in the second round, before the challenger was deducted a point in the third for grabbing the cage.

Sensing that the deducted point could make all the difference, Manhoef came out firing in the fourth round, but that only opened him up to the perfect fight ending kick. Carvalho connected with such force that an audible thud could be heard throughout the arena and on television. The fight was stopped at the 3:15 mark in the fourth round.

Elsewhere on the four fight card, Russian prospect Anastasia Yankova secured the fifth win of her professional MMA career when she outpointed Elina Kallionidou.

It was a typically lacklustre performance from the faux-flyweight, who did little more than outwork her 18-year-old opponent over three rounds. A competitive win in the 133 pound catchweight bout did nothing to suggest that Yankova is ready to pose a legitimate threat to Bellator’s top flyweights, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, Emily Ducote and Colleen Schneider.

Judges turned in scorecards of 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 all in favour of Yankova, who remains a marketable work in progress.

At lightweight Valeriu Mircea pulled the upset against Djamil Chan, winning by majority decision. Chan was able to put Mircea on his back often, but was unable to keep the Moldovan there. Despite a late rally from Chan, two judges scored the fight 29-28 for Mircea, with a third rendering a 28-28 draw as Mircea won by majority decision.

In the show opener, local favourite Mihail Nica wasted no time in submitting Samba Coulibaly. The Moldovan born Italian resident took only 36 seconds to force the tap from Coulibaly with an anaconda choke.

Bellator 176 Results:

  • Rafael Carvalho def. Melvin Manhoef via knockout (head kick) – Round 4, 3:15
  • Anastasia Yankova def. Elina Kallionidou via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Valeriu Mircea def. Djamil Chan via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mihail Nica def. Samba Coulibaly via submission (anaconda) – Round 1, 0:36
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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Is Conor McGregor Pushing his Luck?

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MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy looks at why MMA superstar Conor McGregor just might be pushing his luck following his actions at Bellator 187.

Watch Dave talk about the Irishman below:

Do you agree, or disagree with Dave’s opinion? Let us know below!

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Exclusive: Jalin Turner vs Noah Tillis set for Bellator LA in January

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Bellator LA: Douglas Lima vs Rory MacDonald, has just had another entertaining fight added as two talented prospects Jalin Turner and Noah Tillis are set to meet in a lightweight bout. Sources close to the fight confirmed the news to MMA Latest earlier this morning.

Jalin “The Tarantula” Turner makes his return to the Bellator cage for the first time since January 2017, where he defeated Gabriel Green by knockout, in an exciting fight that only lasted 36 seconds. Since the fight, Turner has gone 2-1 where he defeated Paradise Vaovasa by KO, at Tachi PF 31, before dropping his next fight to Richard LeRoy by TKO, at CFX 8. Turner bounced back from the loss by beating Vytautas Sadauskas by submission, at KOTC: Never Quit, back in September.

Noah Tillis is currently coming off of a 9-second submission victory against Jeff Carson, at Gladiator Challenge: American Pride, back in July. The “Submission Magician” has amassed a professional record of 3-2 with three victories coming by submission, DQ, and a TKO due to injury. His two losses coming by way of TKO and decision.

It is unclear where the fight will be featured, but it is assumed it will take place on the undercard. The potential brawl represents a stiff challenge for either man, as well as an opportunity to make some noise in an always deep lightweight division.

The only other fight currently announced on the card is the main event between current Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima and former UFC title challenger, Rory MacDonald. Bellator LA: Lima vs MacDonald is set to take place on Saturday, January 20th, in Los Angeles, Calfornia, at the Forum.

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Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor wants to knockout Trey Branch then fight Brian Moore in Bellator on St. Patricks Day

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Going from postlim fights in Bellator to a co-main event and then a main card fight after with such little professional experience isn’t something you’d hear of very often in the slightest. In this case Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor is the exception, who in only his third professional fight went to Ireland as part of the co-main event for a fight with James Gallagher. Taylor became well known to many in the build-up to that fight for being so outspoken and quite an entertainer, something he carries with him to the cage.

Anthony Taylor now has himself a fight lined up in a regional show near his home in California at California Fighting Championships. This will be his first time fighting back in America since May 2016. His last two bouts were in Europe as part of Bellator’s expansion into Europe. Following two losses he now hopes to get back in the win column in front of a home crowd. Taking this fight as a tune off fight Anthony is confident he won’t be touched by his opponent Trey Branch.

“Well, I’m taking this fight because Bellator said I’ll be fighting next year for overseas and it will be a good tune off fight for me. I think of trey like any other fighter. Just a guy who’s not going to touch me nor beat me.”

His opponent Trey Branch is jumping up from flyweight for this fight, Anthony believes he’s going to dominate his opponent and knock him out with ease. Now having 3 career losses coming via submission, he is not worried about his ground game, guaranteeing it was improved from training with some of the top fighters in Bellator.

“I believe I’m going to overpower him and KO him. He’s coming up from 125lb to fight me which I stated to the world on Bellator that I’m the strongest 45er in the world!! And as far as my ground game, it’d be covered and it’s great. Thanks to AJ McKee, Baby Slice, Joey Davis and Aaron Pico. My ground game is great and up there to the level, as there’s”

Looking ahead to next year when he competes in Bellator again, Taylor has his eyes set on a big fight in a return to Irish soil.

“Well Bellator loves me and I proved them that I belong there. I haven’t been told when I was fighting but I hope it’s back in Ireland, and maybe on St. Patricks day and hopefully I’ll fight Brian Moore because me and him been wanting to fight the longest.”

As a training partner for AJ McKee, Taylor was very pleased with how the fight went down, claiming it was a simple enough fight for his teammate that apparently didn’t train much for the fight. Suffering a loss on the initial trip to the emerald isle, “PrettyBoy” wants to come back and take home a win next time around.

“Oh man it was an easy fight for AJ, he only trained 2 weeks for that Brian Moore fight” he laughs “but absolutely it would be a great show if I was also on the show me and James alone still holds the record of views internationally and I’m looking to come back and taking what’s mines which is that W”

The win against Brian Moore could now potentially line up a fight between McKee and James Gallagher, fight fans have long sought after. Having fought against James and training with McKee on the regular Taylor isn’t convinced that Gallagher is ready for the AJ just yet. He also had some words about SBG fighters who were calling out Baby Slice.

“James is not ready for AJ. And people calling out slice since he’s new in the game. Why are sbg guys not calling out Joey Davis?? They are all talk and think that they’re better than everyone.”

With a win on Saturday, Anthony Taylor thinks it will kick him off to a series of consecutive wins that could ultimately land him in a fight with Emmanuel Sanchez.

“Yes it will start off (Saturday) and I believe it will set me up tremendously. I’m only getting better and I plan on winning fights in Bellator and then taking out Emanuel Sanchez. I do not like him, I hate him”

“I don’t like his style and he’s always hating on my teammates so I want his head” he added

Away from the fight scene, Anthony is pleased with the life that he’s got set up for himself with his newfound love since joining Bellator as he now aims to break into the movie industry too.

“Man it’s been great I now have a wonderful woman in my life so I’m happy. I’m acting too, trying to get into the movies industry and God has blessed me which so much love”

You can follow Anthony Taylor on all his social media accounts to keep an eye out for all his upcoming fight information and results.

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