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They touch gloves and we’re underway, with Davis landing a spinning
back kick to the midsection. Roswell pushes his foe into the fence
and is slammed on his back by Davis, who sets up in his opponent’s
full guard. Davis lands some punches before passing to side control
near the fence. He opens up a big gash near Roswell’s left eye with
an elbow. Roswell is bleeding profusely now and Davis ratchets up
the intensity, pummeling his man with a barrage of elbows. Referee
David Bruce has seen enough and halts the catch-weight bout.
Joey Davis def. Justin Roswell via TKO (Elbows) R1 1:35
They trade early, with Kavanagh throwing one-twos and Blencowe
firing off a lead hook. Kavanagh is holding her hands low, throwing
straight punches down the middle. A long right hand from Kavanagh
finds a home. Blencowe counters in an ensuing exchange. Blencowe is
looking to land her right hand over the top of Kavanagh’s jab. A
left hook for Blencowe connects in an exchange. Kavanagh jabs to
the body and Blencowe comes over the top with a right hand again.
Another right from Blencowe lands and Kavanagh appears to be
bleeding slightly from her nose. Kavanagh answers with a
combination. A competitive first round comes to an end. 10-9
A quick lead hook for Kavanagh connects in an initial exchange.
both fighters remain content to exchange. Kavanagh is landing with
superior volume early in the round as Blencowe attempts to counter.
A right hand from Blencoe makes Kavanagh take a step back. Kavanagh
goes to the body and eats a powerful counter right by Blencowe. A
two punch combination lands for Blencowe, who then follows up with
a left jab. Blencowe steps forward and lands a solid one-two as
about one minute remains. A left hook and a straight right land for
Blencowe, and Kavanagh shakes her head. The story remains the same
as the round winds down, with Blencowe landing a couple more solid
counter rights before the bell sounds. 10-9 Blencowe.
Kavanagh takes the center of the cage as she has all fight and
attempts to work her way inside. Blencowe, meanwhile, is content to
counter. Kavanagh is trying to mix in the occasional leg kick, but
it isn’t especially effective. Kavanagh continues to move forward,
and she lands a decent right hand. Blencowe answers with a right
hand of her own. Blencowe doubles up on her jab and lands one of
them. A clean right hand from Blencowe lands on Kavanagh’s mug.
Kavanagh’s face is wearing the damage from eating Blencowe’s right
hands for three rounds. A left hook from Kavnanagh tags Blencowe
right between the eyes with her back to the fence. Kavanagh gets
wobbled in an ensuing exchange, but Blencowe doesn’t appear eager
to capitalize. The combatants continue to exchange as time expires.
10-9 Kavanagh. 29-28 Blencowe.
Arlene Blencowe def. Sinead Kavanagh via Split Decision (28-29,
30-27, 29-28) R3 5:00
Honeycutt goes upstairs with a high kick but Casey blocks it. In an
ensuing exchange, a Honeycutt kick catches Casey directly on the
cup. After a brief respite, the action resumes. Honeycutt loses the
distance and lands a takedown. Casey tries to secure a guillotine
but he only has half guard and Honeycutt is free. Honeycutt is
heavy on top, as he looks to create space to land ground-and-pound.
Casey attempts to isolate Honeycutt’s left arm but the Dethrone
Base Camp member frees himself. Honeycutt is still in top position
with about 1:30 to go. He lands just enough offense to avoid a
standup. Casey works his way back up with about a minute to go.
Casey counters a Honeycutt body kick with a right hand over the
top. Casey attacks near the fence with punches and gets
double-legged to the canvas. Casey has an arm-in guillotine but the
horn sounds. Honeycutt looks a little wobbly as he stands. 10-9
Casey lands a big left hand over the top near the fence. Honeycutt
closes the distance, ducks under a punch and secures a body lock,
dragging Casey to the mat. Honeycutt rides his foe while landing
short punches. Honeycutt is in half guard, then side control. He
steps to full mount and begins teeing off with left and right
hands. Casey attempts to sit up but has no answer for the assault,
and Honeycutt has his fourth consecutive Bellator MMA triumph.
Chris Honeycutt def. Kevin Casey via TKO (Punches) R2 2:06
Schneider kicks Jackson’s lead leg hard as she switches stances
repeatedly. Schneider connects with a left hand and they briefly
tie up. Jackson is looking to land low kicks and oblique kicks to
Schneider’s knee. Schneider maintains the range with a push kick to
the gut. Schneider lands a kick to the body and then follows up
with a knee as they briefly clinch. Schneider steps in with a hard
kick to the body. Schneider counters Jackson’s forward movement
with a spinning back kick to the body. Jackson sends Schneider to
the canvas with a push kick and she follows her foe to the mat.
Schneider’s knee appeared to pop out of place as she falls to the
floor. Jackson goes to work from top position, and she attempts to
frame an arm triangle but can’t pass guard before the end of the
round. Schneider attempts to return to her corner but tumbles to
the mat as she stands. Cageside doctors take a look at a clearly
disappointed Schneider, who screams in pain when the knee is
manipulated. This one is over.
Kate Jackson def. Colleen Schneider via TKO (Knee Injury) R1
Karakhanyan comes forward with a combo and Pineda grabs him and
tosses him into the fence. They tie up, and Karakhanyan pushes
Pineda into the cage. Pineda turns and lands an elbow as they
break. They clinch again and Pineda drops and gets a takedown near
the fence. Pineda sets up in Karakhanyan’s guard, but “Insane” is
able to work his way up in relatively short order. Pineda takes his
foe back down quickly and is back in Karakhanyan’s guard. Pineda ls
landing short elbows and punches to the side of the head. Pineda is
content to land offense from this position rather than attempting
to pass Karakhanyan’s guard. Pineda lands a hard knee to the face
as Karakhanyan stands. Pineda gets yet another takedown before the
round ends. 10-9 Pineda.
Pineda goes for a spinning kick up high but he’s a little too close
to do serious damage. Karakhanyan lands an easy single leg but
Pineda sweeps into top position. Pineda is back on top in his
opponent’s full guard. Karakhanyan does his best to neutralize
Pineda, but “The Pit” postures up and drops a hard elbow. That’s
about it for offense from Pineda, however, and a standup is
ordered. Pineda lands an uppercut to the body. A right hand from
Karakhanyan lands clean but Pineda responds with a double-leg
takedown. Karakhanyan is able to briefly sweep and create space,
but Pineda dives right back into guard moments later. Pineda is
bleeding from a cut near his eye now, which appears to be a product
of a Karakhanyan axe kick from the bottom. Another standup is
ordered moments later and Bryan Miner pauses the action so Pineda’s
cut can be examined. Pineda is surprised, then furious, as the
fight is halted as a result of the gash.
Georgi Karakhanyan def. Daniel Pineda via TKO (Cut) R2 4:05
Corrales opens up with a low kick. Lahat has a rear-waist lock and
slams Corrales to the floor. Corrales fights hard to stand, but
Lahat keeps the pressure on. Corals eventually gets up and they
battle for position in the clinch before separating. Lahat thinks
he’s been poked in the eye but referee David Bruce isn’t giving him
a break. He seems to have recovered quickly. Corrales shoves Lahat
to the mat after a kick, but he pops up right away. A lead leg kick
lands for Lahat. A left hook and an uppercut connects for Corrales.
Corrales lands a combination in close quarters and Lahat backs up.
The featherweights continue to exchange as the bell sounds. 10-9
Lahat secures a body lock and pushes Corrales into the fence.
Corrales turns and they separate. Corrales lands a hard kick to
Lahat’s lead leg. Lahat connects with a nice counter right, but a
Corrales leg kick appears to sting “Neo.” Corrales nearly spins
Lahat around with another low kick. Another leg kick from Corrales
finds a home, and Lahat tries to entice his foe to come to the
ground. Corrales isn’t having it. Corrales shrugs off a takedown
and lands a right hand. Corrales continues to chop away at Lahat’s
lead leg. A right hand from Lahat finds a home, and Corrales
answers with another low kick. Corrales lands a right hand. Lahat
briefly lands a takedown but he can’t keep Corrales down. Corrales
swings heavy punches as the bell sounds. 10-9 Corrales.
Corrales lands a left hook. They trade in close quarters and
Corrales gets a takedown and winds up on top. Referee David Bruce
doesn’t like what he sees from Corrales and orders a standup.
Corrales blocks a head kick and then shrugs off a Lahat takedown
try. Corrales lands a combination and Lahat backs up for a moment.
“Neo” tries to pick u the pace with a little more than 2:00
remaining. Corrales ducks under a high kick and takes Lahat down.
Lahat is trying to score with elbows from his back. Corrales isn’t
throwing a lot of offense from top position. With less than a
minute to go, a standup is ordered. Lahat appears exhausted,
however. Corrales works the body and lands some uppercuts in close
quarters as the bell sounds. 10-9 Corrales (29-28 Corrales).
Henry Corrales def. Noad Lahat via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
29-28, 29-28) R3 5:00
Nemkov starts out throwing leg kicks and punches upstairs. Nemkov
lands a kick to the inside of Lins’ lead leg. Nemkov lands a right
hand and Lins circles away. Nemkov goes to the body with a kick.
Nemkov is the aggressor, pushing the tempo by mixing punches and
kicks nicely. Nemkov punctuates a combination with a solid right
hand. Moments later, Nemkov floors Lins with a right hand that
sends his foe’s head snapping off the canvas. The Russian lands two
more follow-up standing to ground punches before the contest is
Vadim Nemkov def. Philipe Lins via KO (Punches) R1 3:03
The combatants tie up early and Nogueira pushes her foe into the
fence. The Brazilian has Bell in a front headlock now, and she
lands a couple knees to the midsection. Bell turns her foe into the
fence and lands a knee of her own. Nogueira trips Bell down to the
canvas and works from half guard. Nogueira stands and lands a
couple punches. The Brazilian moves to north-south position and
then lands a couple hard punches to the body. Nogueira spins to
Bell’s back and huntd for a rear-naked choke. She gets both hooks
in and sneaks her right arm underneath Bell’s chin. Bell tries to
stand but stumbles under the pressure of the choke and is forced to
Talita Nogueira def. Amanda Bell via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Stevens lands a low kick then circles away. Rainey is stalking his
foe from the center of the cage, staying patient. Rainey continues
to stalk but has yet to find the range. Stevens lands a right hand
on his taller foe. Rainey narrowly misses a head kick and he ups
his aggression with punching combinations as he attempts to cut off
Stevens. Rainey flicks a high kick out and lands it effortlessly.
Stevens lands a hard kick to the lead leg, and again circles away
quickly. Rainey lands a push kick. Stevens catches a leg and takes
Rainey down with about 45 seconds remaining. He lands in side
control and lands some knees to the body. Stevens maintains top
pressure as the round ends. 10-9 Stevens.
Rainer moves in and lands a right hand. Stevens answers with a
combination before shoving his opponent into the fence. Stevens
lands a short right hand before separating. The lanky Rainey looks
for an axe kick and Stevens catches it. He drops the leg and lands
a left hand. Rainey answers and they trade near the fence before
Stevens ties his man up. Stevens with a low kick to the inside.
Rainey goes up high with a kick but Stevens defends. Stevens again
lands a low kick and then easily sidesteps a spinning back kick by
Rainey. Stevens blocks another high kick, then attacks the lead leg
of his foe. Stevens is landing counter right hands in the pocket.
He grabs Rainey’s leg and tries for a takedown, but Rainey
maintains his balance. Stevens grinds his foe against the fence and
drives for a takedown, but Rainey defends. They separate. Rainey
pushes forward and lands a good combination followed by a knee.
Stevens grabs a leg but eats some punches for his efforts. Stevens
holds onto the leg, allowing Rainey to step into position for a
rear-naked choke. He doesn’t get it, and Stevens scrambles into top
position before the round ends. 10-9 Rainey.
Rainey follows a push kick with a furious barrage of punches and
knees near the fence. Rainey backs up and resets. He steps in with
a knee and Stevens ties up and turns him into the fence. Stevens
grabs a leg and lifts Rainey but can’t get him down. Rainey
capitalizes, landing short punches to the head as he works to take
his adversary’s back. Rainey has both hooks in now as he attacks
with more ground and pound. Stevens is in serious trouble as Rainey
looks to flatten him out. Rainey pounds away with short right hands
as 2:00 remain. Rainey gets one arm on a rear-naked choke and then
maintains mount as Stevens tries to turn into him. Rainey rides
Stevens, landing short right hands and hammerfists as time ticks
down. That’s the way the round ends, with Rainey in complete
control. 10-8 Rainey (29-27 Rainey).
Ricky Rainey def. Marc Stevens via Unanimous Decision (29-27,
29-27, 29-27) R3 5:00
McKee whips a front kick through Tugman’s guard that narrowly
misses the mark. McKee is throwing a variety of kicks from the
outside during a feeling-out process in the early going. Tugman
marches forward for a takedown, and McKee sprawls on it nicely.
McKee has a front headlock and could be angling for a submission.
Tugman remains in a defensive shell and McKee throws a knee to the
chest before breaking away. Tugman shoots from far away and eats a
right hand counter. Tugman thinks he was poked in the eye but the
ref didn’t see it. McKee lands a combination and takes Tugman down
near the fence. Tugman attempts to fight his way up, and McKee
places a couple hard knees to the body before he can stand. McKee
lands a leg kick and easily dodges Tugman’s follow-up one-two. 10-9
McKee whips a spin kick to the body then goes upstairs with a high
kick. McKee lands a right hand, then sidesteps and connects with a
hard body kick. McKee rips a leg kick, and Tugman just looks like a
target at this point. McKee misses on a spinning backfist and
resets. Tugman doesn’t attempt to capitalize. McKee catches Tugman
moving in with a short right hand. McKee stalks his foe and lands a
hard body kick. Tugman defends an ensuing McKee takedown attempt,
however. McKee is getting loose and lands a side kick to the body.
McKee lands a long lead uppercut to stop Tugman in his tracks.
McKee pushes forward behind a high kick and Tugman shoves his
opponent into the cage as he looks for a single leg takedown.
Tugman continues to doggedly pursue the takedown, but McKee remains
upright. They trade strikes in close before the round ends. 10-9
Tugman walks into a body kick to begin the frame. Tugman is
bleeding near his nose. McKee lands a long hook from the outside,
then ties up Tugman near the cage. McKee lands a knee to the head
then drops to look for a takedown. Tugman remains upright, and he
turns McKee around. McKee lands a knee and several uppercuts to the
body before they separate. McKee goes low for a takedown and Tugman
sprawls near the fence. Tugman is bleeding more profusely now as he
continues to defend against McKee. Tugman has a guillotine choke,
but he doesn’t have McKee in full guard. McKee slips his head free
and smothers Tugman near the fence. McKee is in half guard landing
elbows with a minute to go in the fight. McKee continues to chip
away with elbows on a bloodied Tugman. Tugman rolls for a kneebar
but can’t get it before the round ends. 10-9 McKee (30-27 McKee).
A.J. McKee def. Blair Tugman via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26,
30-26) R3 5:00
Arteaga pushes forward and Ellen counters with a hook. Arteaga is
pressuring behind her punches but isn’t landing much early. Ellen
lands a hard right hook, but Arteaga forces a tie-up against the
fence. Ellen is able to break away and return to the center of the
cage. Ellen lands a counter right hand in an exchange. Arteaga
continues to pressure and they tie up near the fence. Ellen turns
her foe and lands a right hand on the break. Ellen looks for a
takedown of her own, but Arteaga defends. They trade knees against
the fence before separating. Arteaga attacks the legs and then
finds the range on her punches. Ellen gets a takedown with about 20
seconds remaining and she lands some ground-and-pound before the
end of the period. 10-9 Ellen.
Ellen counters Arteaga with a one-two. Arteaga remains diligent in
her pursuit and forces a tie-up. Ellen lands a pair of short elbows
in the clinch and grinds away on her foe. Arteaga remains struck
against the fence, but she manages to land some knees. Ellen breaks
the clinch and fires off a couple more short elbows. Arteaga rushes
forward recklessly and is taken down by ellen. Ellen takes
Arteaga’s back in a scramble, but Arteaga is able to turn into top
position. Arteaga moves into side control and lands some short
elbows from above. Arteaga keeps the top pressure on and lands some
punches to the ribs. Arteaga is smothering Ellen while remaining
busy with ground-and-pound. Ellen fishes for a heel hook in the
final 10 seconds and Arteaga lands a hammerfist in response at the
end of the frame. 10-9 Arteaga.
Arteaga wades forward behind a barrage of punches to begin the
round. Ellen throws a looping punch but appears to be dropped by an
Arteaga counter. Ellen backs up and Arteaga presses her opponent
into the fence. Arteaga lands a knee before Ellen is able to
reverse the position. Action has slowed against the fence, with
both women trading knees. Ellen just misses a huge elbow on the
break. A straight right hand finds a home for Ellen. Arteaga
continues to apply pressure while Ellen looks for a counter. Ellen
lands a short left hand followed by a trip takedown with about 1:40
to go. Ellen sets up in her opponent’s guard, where she postures up
to land some right hands. Ellen stands and Arteaga is able to
return to her feet. Ellen lands a knee in close and then backs
away. A right hook from Ellen lands behind a missed jumping knee.
The combatants tie up as the bell sounds. 10-9 Ellen (29-28 Ellen).
Bruna Ellen def. Veta Arteaga via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29,
29-28) R3 5:00
Gonzalez fires a straight left and dodges a looping offering by
Ward. Ward executes a head and arm throw after Gonzalez forces a
tie up and now “Irish” is on top. Gonzalez creates some separation
with his guard and he’s up. Ward pursues his opponent, swinging
heavy punches. Gonzalez dips his head a throws an overhand left.
Gonzalez briefly moves forward and lands a left to the body. Ward
closes the distance and slams Gonzalez down. “The Menifee Maniac”
sits near the fence and works his way back up. Gonzalez connects
with a kick to the body followed by two straight lefts. Ward
pressures with more punches. Ward goes to the body with a kick.
Ward stays tight, throwing one-two combinations. Gonzalez circles
back to the middle of the cage. A left hand slips through at the
end of combination for Gonzalez and Ward shakes his head. Ward
fires a jab before the bell. 10-9 Ward.
Gonzalez steps in an lands a hook in close before circling away.
Ward jabs forward and Gonzalez ties him up and lands an elbow over
the top before breaking free. Gonzalez with a push kick to the
midsection. Ward explodes and takes Gonzalez down against the cage.
Gonzalez throws short punches from a seated position. Ward lands a
combination as Gonzalez gets up. Ward closes the distance but
Gonzalez lands an uppercut in close quarters and follows up with a
body kick. Ward fires off three jabs in a row to keep his opponent
at a distance. Gonzalez finds the range on a left hook. Ward still
looks crisp, throwing and landing clean straight punches. Gonzalez
is trying to up his volume with combinations, but Ward backs him
off with a powerful one-two. Ward ducks under a Gonzalez punch and
takes his foe down again with less than a minute to go. Ward lands
a couple short punches on a seated Gonzalez at the end of the
frame. 10-9 Ward.
Ward begins the frame snapping his jab repeatedly. Gonzalez lands a
leg kick and then moves in range with a combination. Ward continues
to rely on his jab early in the frame. “Irish” changes levels for
the takedown, ducking under a Gonzalez left hand. Gonzalez is
ready, however, and he traps Ward in a guillotine in full guard.
Ward attempts to pry himself free but it’s to no avail. He taps out
Fernando Gonzalez def. Brennan Ward via Submission (Guillotine
Choke) R3 1:02
The welterweights trade leg kicks at the outset, but the rangy
Njokuani’s offering lands harder. A jab from Koreshkov gets
through, while Njokuani continues to attack the legs. Koreshkov
shoots for a takedown after the Njokuani leg kick and he takes his
man down near the fence. Njokuani powers his way to his feet. They
separate and Koreshkov instantly lands a spinning back fist that
catches Njokuani. Koreshkov lands a flying knee before taking
Njokuani down again. The Russian fires away with several hard
punches to the ribs before Njokuani stands. “Spartan” takes his foe
right back down and unloads with right hands and elbows. Njokuani
is simply covering up as Koreshkov continues to batter “Chidi Bang
Bang.” Referee John McCarthy gives Njokuani eveyr opportunity to
defend himself, but after nearly 20 unanswered blows, he mercifully
waves off the bout.
Andrey Koreshkov def. Chidi Njokuani via TKO (Punches) R1