Bellator 117 Results: Play-by-Play & Updates

Apr 18, 2014


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Jordan Parsons vs. Tim Bazer

Round 1

Parsons shoots in, easily passes by Bazer's legs and gets to side control while working a headlock. Bazer tries to sit up, rolling into a desperation single-leg attempt. Parsons opts to isolate his arm, jumps to his back and threatens with a kimura. Parsons stands up, but Bazer is in on his hips. He can't get the takedown as Parsons sits down on him and takes top. Parsons takes the back, punching away before Bazer shrugs him off. The Minnesotan stays tough on top, punching from the guard and looking for passes into dominant position. Parsons gets to side control as Bazer works his feet up the fence. Parsons takes full mount for a third time, but stands up out of it to dive back on top with punches.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Parsons
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Parsons
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-9 Parsons

Round 2

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Parsons mauled Bazer with his hands.
Just as soon as the second-round bell tolls, Parsons rushes forward with heavy artillery. Nebraska's Bazer tries to throw an ill-conceived kick to the body, but Parsons blows threw him, tagging him with a left hand, then the follow-up right hook that destroys his consciousness the minute it makes contact. Bazer clatters back like a falling tree, thunking off the canvas as he comes down. Referee Bruce Allen instantly intervenes to end the contest mere seconds into round two.

The Official Result

Jordan Parsons def. Tim Bazer via KO (Punches) R2 0:04

Josh Arocho vs. Julio Cesar Neves

Round 1

Arocho patiently circles around the perimeter, unsure of attacking. He wades in casually and gets dinged with a knee. Neves gallops forward with a knee feint and Arocho clinches, running him into the cage. As Arocho drives forward, Neves cleverly sweeps his outside leg and sends his foe flying onto the mat. Neves patiently works for the guard pass, punching and elbowing to the body before taking side control. Arocho fights to regain half guard underneath more steady, chopping punches. Arocho feebly looks for an arm-triangle choke from the bottom of mount, just hanging on to slow “Morceguino” down until the bell rings.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Neves
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Neves
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-9 Neves

Round 2

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Neves stopped Arocho with a steady attack.
The second round goes awry quickly as the spindly Brazilian jumps in with another lunging knee, but his attack goes low, hitting Arocho in the groin and prompting referee Dan Miragliotta to pause the action. After two minutes, we're restarted on the feet and Arocho wades in with punches, shoots and winds up pulling guard. Neves lands short hammerfists from the guard. The pace slows and Miragliotta asks the men on the ground to show him something. “Morceguinho” steps back to pound his foe and Arocho upkicks to keep him away. Neves passes by his legs, punching his way into half guard.

Neves gets a good angle to release from right elbows, and does he ever release them. The 19-year-old slams forearm after forearm into Arocho, who covers up his head. Miragliotta tells him to fight back, but he's still blocking most of the blows' brunt. Neves lands a hard clean right that snaps Arocho's head back then another steady stream of elbows that convince Miragliotta to intervene.

The Official Result

Julio Cesar Neves def. Josh Arocho via TKO (Punches and Elbows) R2 2:37

Victor Moreno vs. Anthony Smith

Round 1

Smith stalks Moreno right from the get-go, walking him down with his hands high. Moreno throws a spinning back kick to slow Smith's advance but can't land it. Moreno punches then shoots in, with Smith easily stuffing him, ripping him with a knee to the chest, then the head. Smith ties Moreno up inside, pummelling for position steadily but neither man gaining an advantage. Finally, Smith simply separates and starts walking Moreno down once more. Moreno starts to advance forward, so Smith jabs and puts his uppercut behind it. Hard low kick by the UFC and Strikeforce veteran. Smith continues pressing with his kicks. Moreno looks for a left roundhouse to the body at the same moment Smith teeps him, resulting in a front kick straight to the groin. Fortunately, it's a glancing blow and Moreno shakes it off quickly. Upon resumption, Moreno tries to crow hop into the pocket against Smith, but eats leg kicks and right hooks for his effort. As the round nears its end, Smith changes levels and easily dumps Moreno on the mat for emphasis.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Smith
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Smith
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-9 Smith

Round 2

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Smith stopped Moreno in round two.
“Lionheart” is getting more comfortable standing, throwing more low kicks to open the second frame, hurting Moreno's lead leg and backing him up. Desperate to respond after 45 seconds of leg chopping, Moreno throws an overhand and rushes Smith. He gets to his body, locks him up and runs him into the ground. Unfortunately for him, the Omaha, Neb., native instantly pushes his head down, gets his own legs up and tightens a triangle. Moreno is quickly trapped with nowhere to go and taps out.

The Official Result

Anthony Smith def. Victor Moreno via Submission (Triangle Choke) R2 0:59

Ben Crowder vs. Joe Vedepo

Round 1

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Crowder suffered a brutal knee injury.
The two feel one another out with cautious staring and feinting for a minute or so. Crowder tries to get inside the pocket on Vedepo quickly but can't get past Vedepo's upright punching. Vedepo lets off a few bursts of punches which backs Crowder off, prompting a level change and a shot. The two come together in the clinch where Vedepo looks for a takedown of his own, getting to Crowder's hips and trying to muscle him down. As Vedepo wrenches him around, Crowder's right foot plants awkwardly as “The Doctor” trips him to the canvas, Crowder's knee bending at an awkward angle beneath him as Vedepo comes down on top of him.

He cries out in pain, waving his hands and referee Rob Hinds is on it in a heartbeat, halting the contest. Crowder stays down, writhing in pain after the injurious mishap.

The Official Result

Joe Vedepo def. Ben Crowder via TKO (Knee Injury) R1 0:48

Larue Burley vs. Cliff Wright

Round 1

The contest starts at a measured pace with Burley pumping his jab from the outside. After a minute of gauging the distance, he starts to duck under, coming forward with swiping hooks. Burley pops Wright with a lunging left, prompting Wright to kick back at him. Burley catches the kick and tackles Wright to the ground, where he quickly finds himself fending off a triangle attempt. Burley finally breaks Wright's control over his upper body and settles into Wright's guard. Burley is stagnated in Wright's guard, not doing much of anything. Wright throws up another triangle and gets the position, but he has his legs locked on the wrong side and can't trap Burley's arm across his neck. Burley escapes this attempt and goes back to his feet. Wright gets in on a single-leg against the fence, getting it with 30 seconds to go in the round and nearly moving into full mount. Burley continues to hold onto Wright's head, so Wright tries a quick shoulder choke a la Jason Von Flue. He can't get it, but does force Burley to play defense until the bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Wright
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Wright
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-9 Wright

Round 2

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Burley dominated Wright after the first round.
Burley knocks Wright off-balance as Wright lunges in, sending Wright rolling for a leglock. Burley defends, pounding away throughout, but Wright rolls into a single-leg attempt and takes top position. Burley tries to stand and Wright goes for his back. He can't get the position, but he throws his leg over Burley's face and momentarily threatens with an armbar. Burley escapes and gets to Ali-Inoki position, kicking away at Wright's thighs until referee Dan Miragliotta asks them to stand. Wright looks tired as he stands and “Cannonball” comes straight at him with a flying knee and salvo of punches.

Wright is drifting back to the fence as Burley pops him with jabs and digs to the body. Wright manages to conserve enough energy for a decent takedown, sucking Burley to the mat and moving to side control again. As he takes the position, Burley tries to stand back up, giving Wright the back crucifix position. Wright tries to use the position to sweep to top, but he's too tired and nearly gets mounted. Somehow, Wright scrambles free and the tired pair resume grappling against the cage. Hard knee to the dome by Burley, but Wright momentarily sucks him to the mat. Spinning back elbow by Wright glances, but Burley whacks him with an overhand right. Wright gets another takedown up against the fence with 10 seconds to go, but nothing comes of it.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Burley
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Burley
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-9 Burley

Round 3

Burley is aggressive to begin the final frame, moving an exhausted Wright straight back to the cage with his jab, then unloading with both hands, albeit without a ton of zip. Burley continues digging left hooks to the bread basket and punctuating those punches with jabs and leg kicks on the way out. Wright continues to try to kick as Burley punches right through the attempts. Wright throws a right body kick, Burley catches it and smashes his opponent to the mat with an overhand right. Wright scrambles to his feet, only to be rocked by two hard overhand rights from Burley. Wright continues to stumble back, getting just enough breathing room to get his wits. Burley keeps coming forward, winging tired hooks. A pair of them send Wright's mouthguard flying out and we have a brief pause for Dan Miragliotta to put it back in Wright's mouth. Wright, running on fumes, tries for a desperate takedown, but winds up getting tossed on his back and casually mounted with over two minutes to go. Wright doesn't have the strength or cardio to do much of anything but take tepid punches and elbows from Burley. With 60 seconds to go, Burley could stop the fight if he could just land clean or hard enough to warrant it. Wright goes belly down, but Burley is on autopilot winging at his head and can't generate enough clean offense to avoid going the distance.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Burley (29-27 Burley)
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-8 Burley (29-27 Burley)
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-8 Burley (29-27 Burley)

The Official Result

Larue Burley def. Cliff Wright Jr. via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28) R3 5:00

Martin Brown vs. Jared Downing

Round 1

Downing trots forward feinting for 45 seconds before landing a soft leg kick. Brown simply sits down in the middle of the cage and looks to counter. Downing leg kicks again and Brown loads up on a left hook counter. Downing closes the distance, running Brown back into the cage, but both men struggle with over-unders, progressing nowhere. With just over 90 seconds to go, Downing finally picks Brown's ankle and puts him on the canvas. Downing tries to posture up to pound and winds up nearly getting armbarred. He escapes, but Brown throws a triangle his way briefly. Downing keeps trying to pass under Brown's legs while Brown plays wrist control, amounting to a stalemate until the bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-10
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Downing
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-10

Round 2

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Brown was on another level than Downing.
Downing circles the outside for the first 60 seconds, waiting until Brown finally feints. Downing changes levels but can't get the takedown and we get another over-under clinch with the squattier Downing trying to drag his taller foe to the canvas. It's tightly contested and referee Bruce Allen lets them work, but there's no real progress being made as Brown uses a kimura threat on the left arm to shut down most of what Downing is looking to do. Hard right uppercut-left hook from Brown against the cage.

Downing finally sucks him off of his feet, but Brown posts on his knees against the fence, waiting it out. As time ticks down, Brown stands and hits a big slam takedown of his own, unloading a few shots on Downing before the bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Brown
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Brown
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-9 Brown

Round 3

Downing again pursues the takedown against the fence, but it's still going nowhere fast. Brown's back is on the cage, but he's easily defending the takedown and landing some short shots inside. Brown turns Downing around briefly, but he also can't make headway on a takedown or land heavy shots inside. Downing gets the position and gets in on a single. Brown breaks his grip, turns him around and lands some short lefts. Downing shoots a single, gets stuffed and takes some elbows to the side of the head. Brown slides up the fence, regains his feet and pushes Downing back into the fence. Hard right hook moves Downing back and Brown tags him with an uppercut after that. Downing responds, of course, with a takedown attempt that is stuffed against the fence.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Brown (30-28 Brown)
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Brown (29-28 Brown)
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-9 Brown (30-28 Brown)

The Official Result

Martin Brown def. Jared Downing via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) R3 5:00

Bellator Lightweight Semifinal:
Patricky Freire vs. Derek Campos

Round 1

Campos starts with three hooks upstairs, which Freire blocks before responding with a glancing jump knee. Lots of feinting and probing of the distance from Campos as Freire coolly looks to counter. The Brazilian lets go of a counter right that tags Campos on his way in. Freire continues to circle out as Campos wades forward with punches. “Pitbull” winds up on a big right that misses. A left hook to the body followed by a glancing right upstairs land for Freire. Campos walks Freire to the fence again but eats a left hook. Campos keeps coming forward, finally locating his jab and putting it on the Brazilian a few times. Campos won't be deterred, continuing to pressure behind a multiplied jab, hurrying the Brazilian. Sharp head kick by the Natalense fighter, but Campos eats it, then tags himwith two punches that draw some blood from the Brazilian's mouth. Clean double jab from Campos lands again before the bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Campos
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Campos
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-9 Campos

Round 2

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Pitbull showed his teeth at Bellator 117.
Hard hooks from both fighters to start the round. Freire lands the cleaner one, then jams a jab down the pipe that crushes Campos to the canvas. “Pitbull” is all over him with hammerfists and follow-up punishment, but Campos regains his wits and gets guard for a moment to stop the beating. Campos get to his feet, only to take a hard knee to the forehead and a heavy one-two that spills him on the canvas. He's not out cold, but the sand is running out of the hour glass. Freire dives into full mount, pounding away as referee Rob Hinds gives Campos another chance to recover.

Campos goes belly down and this one is officially over.

The Official Result

Patricky Freire def. Derek Campos via TKO (Punches) R2 0:52

Karl Amoussou vs. David Gomez

Round 1

It's frenetic feinting for the first minute with the welterweights mostly sizing one another up from distance. Amoussou is the more active, sticking his right cross out and chopping with his leg kicks. One-two-head kick upstairs from Amoussou is blocked by Gomez. Inside low kick by Amoussou, followed by a stiff right. The next time the Frenchman attacks, Gomez cracks him with a sharp counter right. Amoussou continues to pump his jab and throw low kicks behind it, through neither is landing with serious force. Strong jab by Amoussou, but Gomez does tag him with a right simultaneously. Amoussou rushes Gomez and flurries before the bell to no avail.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Amoussou
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Amoussou
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-9 Amoussou

Round 2

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Ammousou slipped by Gomez.
More active flashes to start round two, with Gomez and Amoussou both slinging more serious leather inside and the Frenchman attacking more vigorously with body kicks. Gomez tries to respond by kicking and Amoussou puts his judo into practice, dumping him on the mat and taking top position. Amoussou stands, rolls back and looks for a heel hook, but Gomez gets his foot free and slinks his leg out. They restart standing, but Amoussou ties Gomez back and moves him straight back to the fence quickly. Gomez gets his back off the cage and tags “Psycho” clean with a chopping right on the exit.

Another heavy right from Gomez seems to bring Amoussou to live, as he responds with hard punches with both hands, backing Gomez up to the cage. Gomez circles out, opting to throw hard hooks while Amoussou keeps up his body kick attack, but neither man can move beyond glancing blows before the second-round bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Gomez
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Amoussou
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-9 Amoussou

Round 3

Amoussou wades in, looking to get a collar tie and work his judo against the fence. Gomez isn't having it at this point, separating and punching on the exit. Amoussou charges back to the clinch, kneeing to the body while Gomez digs at his ribs with both hands. Gomez punches free, Amoussou hits him with a body kick and grabs for standing overhooks once more. Gomez blocks Amoussou's attempted body knees, pummels and stalls him long enough for referee Dan Miragliotta to break them up. Another body kick from Amoussou lands. A clean, short uppercut for Amoussou gets through when the fighters come together, giving him the chance to run Gomez to the cage again. Gomez fights free again, but gets tagged by two Amoussou rights and winds up pressed into the cage again. Amoussou smothers him, looking for more body knees. Gomez's body punching has slowed. As the fight expires, Gomez throws some heavy blows but is nowhere near the target.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Amoussou (29-28 Amoussou)
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Amoussou (30-27 Amoussou)
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-9 Amoussou (30-27 Amoussou)

The Official Result

Karl Amoussou def. David Gomez (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) via Split Decision R3 5:00

Bellator Lightweight Semifinal:
Derek Anderson vs. Marcin Held

Round 1

Held methodically closes the distance on Anderson, getting into the clinch, tripping him to the mat and immediately grapevining Anderson's right leg for an inverted kneebar on with his own legs. Anderson escapes and looks to sneak up the cage wall, but Held rolls back for a heel hook. Anderson fights it and lands a few good right hands, but the crafty Pole is still in hot pursuit of one of his trademark leglocks. Anderson breaks Held's grip on his leg and settles into half guard. Held again spins for another leglock, but this time, he sits up and drives forward into top position. He looks for a pass to half guard, but since Anderson puts his own legs up, Held rolls for another leglock .Anderson lands a half dozen rights as Held rolls around before the bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Held
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Held
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-9 Held

Round 2

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Held attacked Anderson’s upper extremities.
Held tags Anderson with a left, then shoots but can't get the takedown. Anderson shrugs him off and pops him with a hook on the exit. Anderson stalks Held now, but walks into an overhand left that knocks him down briefly, appearing to be more of a slip than a devastating shot. Anderson is up in a hurry, looking to throw back at Held, landing hooks over the top of Held's straighter punches. Anderson explodes for a takedown and gets it, but Held throws up a quick triangle choke and ensnares him. True to form, Held is patient, tightening the choke incrementally.

He gets it tight, then pulls Anderson's arm across his face, yanks his head down and forces the tap with clean technique to earn a second Bellator lightweight tournament finals berth.

The Official Result

Marcin Held def. Derek Anderson via Submission (Triangle Choke) R2 3:09

Bellator Welterweight World Title Fight:
Douglas Lima vs. Rick Hawn

Round 1

The rangier Lima cuts angles moving forward, sticking his right hand out and snapping off low kicks. Lima gets the jab going and despite just pumping it out there, he butters Hawn up for an outside low kick. Two more low kicks from Lima hit Hawn low on the shin. The controlled pace continues with Lima slowly moving forward, whipping hard right low kicks as the Iowan crowd boos gently. With just under 90 seconds to go in the round, Lima crushes Hawn below the left knee with a brutal kick and legitimately drops him for a moment. Hawn soldiers through it but Lima goes right back to the lead leg, He slashes into Hawn's left leg again, buckling him, then storming with a knee and punches. Hawn goes down against the fence, but is covering up intelligently. Rather than winging away, Lima takes his time, loading up on hard shots that cut Hawn open before the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Lima
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Lima
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-9 Lima

Round 2

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Lima chopped Hawn down with low kicks.
Lima is already in the zone, surgically attacking Hawn's lead leg. He knocks him down with another brutal right-leg cut kick, then after letting him back up, ends up dropping him with the next one he throws. Hawn regains his feet with Lima on the hunt, absorbing another two leg kicks before the third one sends him flying again. Lima starts to get active with front kicks and his right hand, but can't break Hawn's high guard. Lima winds up on another low cut kick and smashes an increasingly-beleaguered Hawn to the canvas again. Hawn sits in the butt scoot with Lima coldly, casually kicking at his legs.

Referee Rob Hinds, perhaps sensing Hawn's pride might be prolonging this matchup, looks to his corner and asks if they want to stop the fight. Trainer Firas Zahabi jumps on the perimeter of the cage and signals to Hinds that his fighter is done, ending the bout and making Douglas Lima the new Bellator welterweight champion.

The Official Result

Douglas Lima def. Rick Hawn via TKO (Corner Stoppage) R2 3:19

Houston Alexander vs. Matt Uhde

Round 1

Both fighters start cautiously, feeling one another out. Uhde lands a body kick, then launches a spinning back fist that doesn't hit its target. He cracks Alexander with a hard right hand that rocks the Nebraskan, then gets the fight to the mat and gets off a few decent shots before opting to stand back up. Alexander gets back to his feet and finally starts landing shots of his own, tagging Uhde and getting a takedown of his own now. With half of the round left to fight Alexander gets to the side and lands knees to the body. He continues working Uhde's ribs with punches and knees diligently until the round expires.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Alexander
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Alexander
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-9 Alexander

Round 2

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Alexander bounced back with a win.
Alexander is visibly tired to start the second. Uhde starts with a kick, but Alexander catches it, cracks him and takes him to the mat. Alexander gets a few shots off before letting Uhde stand. Alexander hurts Uhde again standing, dropping him to the mat and diving on him with more punishment. Alexander is on top, raining down punishment on a tired, flagging Uhde with both hands. Uhde is just covering up, eating shots from an also-tired Alexander after their early slobberknocking expended their energy. Alexander chips away until the bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Alexander
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Alexander
Joe Ortiz scores the round 10-9 Alexander

Between rounds, referee Dan Miragliotta halts the bout on suggestion from the ringside physician who deemed Uhde unable to continue.

The Official Result

Houston Alexander def. Brian Uhde via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) R2 5:00

Mark Stoddard vs. Ryan Jensen

Round 1

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Jensen took it to Stoddard.
Jensen and Stoddard clinch quickly and Jensen trips him to the canvas. Stoddard searches for a submission, but Jensen is just punching through his attempts and pounding on him. Stoddard changes tactics and just tries to hang on now, slowing the pace. Jensen now works to pass, getting to half guard then passing into mount. Stoddard rolls and exposes his back, but Jensen can't lock up the rear-naked choke. Stoddard turns back over and gets back to half guard, only for Jensen to power right back to full mount. This time, he wraps up an arm-triangle choke with ease and forces the submission.

The Official Result

Ryan Jensen def. Mark Stoddard via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) R1 3:52

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