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Bellator Dynamite II Results: Rampage Outpoints Ishii

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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (37-11) is back, and he’s still winning. Olympic gold medallist Satoshi Ishii (14-6-1) provided the competition in the Bellator: Dynamite II main event, losing via split decision to the former UFC champion. It had been 14 months since Rampage stepped into the cage to face Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186, but he was able to overcome the ring rust, and a slow start in round one, to sway two of the three judges in his favour come the final bell.

Ishii had some success in the opening round, dragging the fight to the mat and controlling the action for long periods, but it was Jackson’s prowess in the clinch that turned the tide in rounds two and three. The split decision victory made it five straight wins for Jackson, who suggested in his post fight interview that he would be taking a short vacation before getting back into the Bellator cage.

In the co-main event Michael Chandler (15-3) won the Bellator lightweight title for a second time with a knockout of the year contender. Fighting Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (16-8) in a rematch of their 2011 Bellator season four lightweight tournament final, Chandler landed a perfectly timed right hand that required no follow up, with referee John McCarthy waving off the action at the two minute and 14 second mark. Following the bout, Chandler insisted he had unfinished business with Josh Thomson, and was also open to the possibility of a future fight with former UFC champion Benson Henderson.

Earlier in the night Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (4-0) picked up the fourth win of her pro career, smothering Rebecca Ruth (6-2) for a round and a half before submitting her via rear naked choke. The win was Macfarlane’s third straight inside the Bellator cage as she staked her claim to be the promotion’s premiere flyweight.

In a wild opener former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione (10-5) recovered from an early scare to stop Carl Seumanutafa (10-7) in the first round. Mitrione was dropped by an overhand right, but came back to knock Seumanutafa out with a heavy right hand on the ground. Immediately following the bout it was announced that Mitrione would face Oli Thompson in the o2 Arena in London on July 16, pending medical clearance.

As for the kickboxing portion of the main card there were wins for Kevin Ross and Gloria Peritore, who defeated Justin Houghton and Denise Kielholtz respectively.

Full Results: Main Card
•Quinton Jackson def. Satoshi Ishii via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
•Michael Chandler def. Patricky Freire via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:14
•Kevin Ross def. Justin Houghton via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-26) (kickboxing)
•Ilima MacFarlane def. Rebecca Ruth via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:00
•Gloria Peritore def. Denise Kielholtz via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) (kickboxing)
•Matt Mitrione def. Carl Seumanutafa via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:22

Prelims
•Cheljean Erwin-Davis def. Kevin Engel via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:19
•Brad Jones def. Tyler Claussen via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:26
•Joaquin Buckley def. Chris Heatherly via knockout (strikes) – Round 2, 4:14
•Darryl Cobb def. Elmir Kulosman via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:28 (kickboxing)
•Tara Walker def. Mimi Kutzin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) (amateur kickboxing)
•Guilherme Vasconcelos def. Jordan Dowdy via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:59
•Justin Lawrence def. Isao Kobayashi via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 2:11
•Matt Murphy def. Justin Robbins via TKO (injury) – Round 2, 2:16
•Rashard Lovelace def. Garrett Mueller via TKO (injury) – Round 2, 5:00
•Steven Mann def. Mike Estus via TKO (knees) – Round 1, 0:25

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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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