Another heavyweight bout headlined a Bellator card as the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas saw Cheick Kongo out grapple and ground and pound his way to a unanimous decision victory over former Bellator Heavyweight Champion Alexander Volkov. The two decorated strikers battled in a technical grappling exhibit where Kongo kept constant pressure and had total cage control. While in the full guard position, Kongo managed to cut Volkov above the hairline with vicious, fight ending elbows. With a win, the French combatant might have opened up discussions to face a fellow heavyweight Kimbo Slice, who was interviewed about his future and Bellator’s 139 main event during the broadcast on Spike.
Home state hero David Rickels headlined the co main event and was winning, but due to an illegal knee, the fight was ruled a no contest. Rickels was close to finishing the fight. As the referee stepped closer to the action, Rickels unintentionally threw a knee while his opponent John Alessio was on the ground. The fight was stopped in the middle of the first round as Alessio was given 5 minutes of rest. Afterwards, the fighter unable to continue, leading to the Kansas crowd expressing their frustration with a chorus of boos.
Glory tournament winner Joe Schilling returned to MMA competition after a disappointing outing in his last fight this past April. Schilling fought unknown striker Hisaki Kato, in a fight that delivered another potential “of the year” nominee as Kato landed a superman punch that knocked Schilling out cold. Former Featherweight Champion Pat Curran also competed, and won via unanimous decision.
Also during the telecast, it was announced Scott Coker had signed former TUF star Josh Koscheck. After the show, it was revealed Koscheck has signed a multi-fight deal, leading many to believe a possible Koscheck vs Daley rematch will take place in the foreseeable future. Here’s the full results:
Cheick Kongo def. Alexander Volkov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
John Alessio vs. David Rickels – No Contest (unintentional illegal knee) – Round 1, 2:21
Hisaki Kato def. Joe Schilling via KO (punch) – Round 2, 0:34
Pat Curran def. Emmanuel Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Aaron Ely def. Jeimeson Saudino via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 1:05
Alex Huddleston def. Javy Ayala via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:12
Bryanna Fissori def. Iony Razafiarison via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Augusto Sakai def. Daniel Gallemore via TKO (injury) – Round 2, 5:00
Bubba Jenkins def. Joe Wilk via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:00
Bobby Cooper def. Pablo Villaseca via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Gaston Reyno def. Greg Scoot via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:17
Fredreick Brown def. Derek Bohi via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:29
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Exclusive: Jalin Turner vs Noah Tillis set for Bellator LA in January
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.
Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor wants to knockout Trey Branch then fight Brian Moore in Bellator on St. Patricks Day
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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