coverage kicks off Friday at approximately 7 p.m.
Buenafuente launches an overhand right and Healy sidesteps it.
Buenafuente shoots for a takedown and Healy defends. The
featherweights grapple for position, Buenafuente slams his foe
down, but Healy scrambles up instantly. Buenafuente drags Healy
down to the mat again moments later. Buenafuente sets up in guard,
landing short shots to the body. Healy works his guard up, looking
to isolate an arm. Buenafuente keeps the pressure on. Healy briefly
goes belly down but loses the submission quickly. Buenafuente lands
some ground-and-pound from half guard. Healy is up for a moment
before his foe dumps him down and lands in side control. Healy
recovers guard and Buenafuente lands some more body strikes
followed by a short elbow. The round ends with Buenafuente working
ground-and-pound from above. 10-9 Buenafuente.
Buenafuente comes out throwing wild overhand rights. Healy looks to
get inside and dodges his opponents power punches. Buenafuente
changes levels for a single leg and gets his foe down. Buenafuente
grinds away from half guard near the fence as Healy tries to frame
a kimura. Healy lets it go and Buenafuente remains heavy on top.
Healy works his way to his knees, but Buenafuente nearly takes the
back before forcing his man back to the mat. Buenafuente moves from
half guard to full guard, doing just enough to avoid a standup.
Buenafuente lands some punches and elbows in half guard before
Healy recovers full guard. Less than a minute to go now and Healy
finally stands near the cage. Buenafuente connects with a couple
knees before taking his opponent right back down. Buenafuente lands
a knee to the body before the bell. 10-9 Buenafuente.
Healy moves forward and Buenafuente jabs to control the range.
Healy lands a leg kick before engaging in the clinch. Healy drops
for a double leg, and Buenafuente responds with a crotch lift. They
separate on the feet. Healy punches his way into range, landing a
right hand. They clinch again and Buenafuente pulls his foe to the
ground. Healy lands some elbows to the side of the head as he holds
on to a modified crucifix position with Buenafuente on his knees.
After a stalemate, a standup is ordered with a little less than
2:00 to go. Buenafuente lands a right hand and pushes his foe into
the fence, eventually landing a takedown. Healy looks for a kimura,
but he’s not in position to truly threaten his foe. Buenafuente
escapes and lands some ground-and-pound. They stand and separate.
Healy rushes forward and tries for a takedown. The fight ends with
Buenafuente pressing Healy into the fence from the clinch. 10-9
Healy. (29-28 Buenafuente).
The Official Result
Frank Buenafuente def. Francis Healy via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
29-28, 29-28) R3 5:00
Bonilla-Bowman comes up short on a jumping front kick. Claxton
doubles up on his jab and misses a big left. Bonilla-Bowman lands
an uppercut in an exchange. Claxton continues to work behind his
jab early. Bonilla-Bowman blocks a high kick. Suddenly, Claxton
launches himself at Bonilla-Bowman with a flying knee. Claxton gets
plenty of height on his knee and catches his opponent ducking
forward. Claxton pulls his opponent’s head into the maneuver and
Bonilla-Bowman falls backward instantly, his head bouncing off the
canvas. No follow up is needed, and Claxton is victorious in his
professional debut with a spectacular knockout.
The Official Result
Tywan Claxton def. Jonny Bonilla-Bowman via KO (Flying Knee) R1
Storley opens by attacking Secor’s lead leg with low kicks. Storley
remains focused on this approach. Secor catches a kick and counters
with a right hand. Storley changes levels and takes his opponent
down. The decorated wrestler lands short elbows and punches from
half guard. Storley picks up the intensity and Secor is cut on his
head.. Storley targets the cut with an elbow. Storley continues to
land powerful ground-and-pound. Secor tries to roll through and
sweep, but Storely scrambles to a front headlock position, where he
lands some knees to the shoulder. Storley stands and circles as
Secor lays on his back. Storley responds with a hard standing to
ground right hand. Storley is content to kick at his foe’s legs and
a standup is ordered with 20 seconds to go. Storley ducks under a
punch and lands a powerful takedown before the end of the round.
throws a one-two, but can’t connect. Storley follows an overhand
with a takedown and Secor is on his back. Storley is in his
opponent’s full guard near the fence. Storley is staying somewhat
conservative from this position, and Dan Miragliotta calls for a
standup. Storley lands a low kick and drops low for a single leg,
but Secor defends. Storley goes back to attacking the legs. Secor
isn’t doing anything to check the kicks. Storley explodes for a
double-leg takedown and plants Secor on his back. Secor attempts to
neutralize Storley’s offense with his guard, and Miragliotta urges
Storley to keep busy. They are ordered up with less than minute to
go, and Storley shoots moments later. Secor ends up on his back
with Storley in his guard. Storley passes to side control and drops
a few hard elbows before the bell. 10-9 Storley.
Storley continues to attack Secor’s lead leg before changing levels
and executing an easy takedown. Storley is in half guard, and he
lands some punches to the side of the head. Secor recovers full
guard, but Storley stays busy with right hands to the ribs. Storley
continues to attack the body with short punches. Storley looks to
posture up, and Secor taunts his young opponent to “Hit me, baby.”
Miragliotta orders a standup with a little more than 2:00
remaining. Storley lands a couple leg kicks and shoots for a
takedown. Secor reverses to his foe’s back but is unsuccessful
rolling for a leg lock. Storley cinches a front headlock on the
mat. Storley then transitions from an inside cradle to a double
leg, and Secor is down again. Secor works his way up, but the round
ends with Storley dragging his man to the canvas once more. 10-9
Storley (30-27 Storley).
The Official Result
Logan Storley def. Matt Secor via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27,
30-27) R3 5:00
Both bantamweights trade kicks early before Mazzotta lands a right
hand. Mazzotta connects with a spinning kick to the body before
transitioning to a takedown. Lozano has full guard and Mazzotta
drops a short elbow, which opens a cut on his foe’s right eye.
Mazzotta drops several hard right hands from inside guard. Mazzotta
looks to pass as he remains active with ground-and-pound. Mazzotta
stands, dodges an upkick and dives back into full guard. Lozano
absorbs another short elbow and his cut is spewing blood. Referee
Keith Peterson yells for time so he can be examined by a physician.
Lozano has multiple cuts, including one in a bad spot on the
eyelid. Moments later, the contest is waved off, and Mazzotta has
his first Bellator triumph.
The Official Result
Dominic Mazzotta def. Matt Lozano via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) R1
Otwell throws a high kick and transitions to a double leg. After an
adjustment, Trizano is on his back. Trizano works his way up, and
they battle for position against the fence. Otwell goes for a throw
and instead pulls Trizano into full mount. Trizano transitions from
a key lock to an armbar, but Otwell escapes and gets top position.
Otwell lands some short left hands to the ribs. Trizano looks to
set up a triangle from his back. He gives up on that and attempts
to isolate Otwell’s arm for a kimura. Otwell yanks his limb free
and moves to half guard. Trizano sweeps into top position and
commits to a guillotine from half guard. Trizano rolls and Otwell
is out. They’re up and Otwell drives for a takedown against the
fence. Trizano lands some elbows to the side of the head. Otwell
gets the takedown but Trizano easily sweeps into top position. 10-9
Trizano comes forward and blocks a head kick. Otwell changes levels
for a takedown and Trizano defends. Otwell pushes his foe into the
fence and is able to turn his foe away from the cage and drag him
down. Trizano has a modified rear-naked choke but he is out of
position. Otwell briefly gets mount but ends up in half guard
instead. Trizano sweeps easily and lands an elbow and some punches
as he sprawls. They stand, and Trizano locks up a brabo choke.
Trizano works his hips into the proper position, and locks up
Otwell’s right arm and leg. Trizano continues to apply the squeeze.
Otwell ands on for a few seconds before tapping out.
The Official Result
Michael Trizano def. Mike Otwell via Submission (Anaconda Choke) R2
Wilkins lands a left and is taken down. Martinez can’t keep his foe
down and Wilkins unloads with a series of hard punches. Wilkins
rocks Martinez with a short elbow against the fence. Martinez dives
for a high crotch and Wilkins defends, landing short rights to the
ribs. The combatants trade short punches in close quarters against
the cage. Wilkins lands three short knees to the midsection. They
separate briefly, and then Wilkins lands another short elbow over
the top. Martinez responds with an uppercut in close. Wilkins goes
back to landing knees to the body as they remain locked up against
the fence. Wilkins throws another elbow and they break. Wilkins
lands a lead right hook. Martinez has a high kick blocked. Martinez
drops for a takedown and Wilkins sprawls, lifts his man up and
lands several knees to the head. Wilkins keeps the pressure own,
attacking with punches in the clinch. 10-9 Wilkins.
Wilkins lands a kick to Martinez’s chest. Martinez lands a body
kick and Wilkins responds by punching his way into range. Martinez
shoots a desperation takedown and eats more punches as a result.
Wilkins pulls Martinez off the fence, takes his opponent’s back and
locks in a rear-naked choke. Wilkins has one hook in, but Martinez
isn’t defending his neck. It’s a quick tap from there for Wilkins.
The Official Result
Mike Wilkins def. Brett Martinez via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Freeman opens with an outside leg kick, then lands another a few
moments later. Awad answers with a leg kick of his own in a
tentative beginning in the opening minute. Awad counters a missed
uppercut with a right hand behind the ear and Freeman looks to be
stunned as he stumbles to a knee. “The Altar Boy” backs up
momentarily and then changes levels for a takedown. Freeman is
still dazed as he shoots, and Awad shoves his foe to the canvas and
Freeman falls like a sack of potatoes. Awad raises his arms in
victory and Keith Peterson waves off the lightweight bout.
The Official Result
Saad Awad def. Zach Freeman via KO (Punch) R1 1:07
Ruth moves forward behinds his jab and Dempsey initiates the
clinch. Ruth breaks free and returns to the center of the cage.
Ruth looks like he wants to test his standup. Ruth lands a body
kick and quickly transitions to take Dempsey’s back. Ruth instead
uses the wrestling ride to keep Dempsey down. Dempsey attempts to
stand and Ruth pulls him back. Ruth gets side control near the
fence. Ruth stands and jumps into half guard. He steps into full
mount halfway through the frame. Ruth postures up to land some
punches and Dempsey gives up his back. Dempsey scrambles up and
eats a knee to the ribs on the break. Ruth lands a clean jab while
keeping his hands low and utilizing head movement. Dempsey lands a
right hand, but Ruth comes right back at his opponent. Ruth forces
the clinch against the fence, but they separate quickly. Ruth ducks
under a Dempsey combination and gets a single leg. Dempsey grabs a
guillotine but Ruth jumps into side control and ends the round
there. 10-9 Ruth.
A counter right hand from Dempsey lands in an early exchange. Ruth
is content to keep boxing, however. He connects with one glancing
right hand over the top and remains in the pocket, ready to trade.
Moments later, Ruth follows a jab with an overhand right that
connects cleanly behind the ear. Dempsey crumbles to the canvas
instantly, and referee Dan Miragliotta waves off the middleweight
bout. Ruth improves to 4-0 in his burgeoning professional
The Official Result
Ed Ruth def. Chris Dempsey via KO (Punch) R2 0:27.
Davis follows a missed one-two with a landed outside leg kick.
Davis misses another one-two but follows with a clean kick to the
body. The light heavyweights tie up and Davis pushes Leite against
the cage. The Brazilian ties to trip “Mr. Wonderful” to the mat,
but Davis remains upright. They turn away form the cage but remain
in the clinch and Davis tosses Leite to the mat. Leite rolls for a
leg lock but Davis hops free. The UFC veteran pushes Leite against
the fence and lands a knee before the break. Davis lands a thudding
leg kick. A left hook connects for Davis, and then he just misses
on a head kick. Davis looks to close the distance and eats a left
hook for his efforts. Leite rushes forward with a combination but
most of it doesn’t land. The round ends with both fighters
standing. 10-9 Davis.
Davis lands a left hook as he attacks from the outside. Davis lands
a body kick behind a left jab. Time is called after an accidental
eye poke by Davis. Leite takes a few moments to recover and the
action resumes. Davis clinches with Leite and shoves him away.
Leite lands a combination to the body and head. They clinch in the
center of the cage and Davis shoves Leite away again after a few
seconds. Davis lands a low kick. The UFC vet feints his way in and
clinches with Leite against the fence. They eventually separate and
return to the center of the cage. They clinch again and Davis
shoves the Brazilian into the fence. Davis lands a knee as they
jockey for position. Davis maintains a body lock and Leite drops to
a knee. Davis lands a few short rights to the side of the head
before Leite stands and breaks away. Davis misses a right hand but
follows up and connects with a left hook. 10-9 Davis.
Davis ducks under a Leite combination. The former Bellator champ
continues to work from the outside, throwing from unorthodox angles
and keeping Leite off balance. Davis connects with a combination to
back Leite up. Davis closes the distance and clinches with Leite,
who attempts to execute a trip. Davis thwarts the maneuver and
they’re back up. Davis jabs and changes levels but is denied by
Leite. A one-two for Davis finds a home and another combination
lands shortly thereafter. Davis isn’t extremely damaging with his
offense, but he’s in control. A left hook from Davis finds Leite’s
chin and the Brazilian pauses briefly. Davis forces the clinch and
forces his foe into the fence. Davis lands three knees to the body
and then a right hand on the break. Leite seems to be fatigued as
time winds down. Davis lands a right hand as he avoids a Leite
combination before the bell sounds.
The Official Result
Phil Davis def. Leonardo Leite via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
30-27, 30-27) R3 5:00
Macfarlane answers a Ducote leg kick with a two-piece combination.
Ductoe goes with another low kick before Macfarlane jumps into the
clinch. Macfarlane lands a few knees to the midsection before they
separate. A right hand from Macfarlane lands and she backs Ducote
into the fence with a combo. Ducote shrugs off the linch and moves
to the center of the cage. A counter right lands for Macfarlane and
the San Diego resident unloads with more combinations as she
attempts to cut of the cage. Macfarlane grabs the clinch and begins
landing hard knees to the body. Macfarlane drags Ducote down and
works a neck crank. She gives it up in favor of landing
ground-and-pound. Macfarlane drops some short elbows from half
guard and looks to frame a kimura. Macfarlane works diligently to
pass Ducote’s guard, but she can’t quite get through. finally
Macfarlane gets free and spins for an armbar. She leans back but
doesn’t have enough time to get the submission. 10-9
Macfarlane lands a two-punch combo in an exchange. Macfarlane lands
a counter left after a Ducote low kick and Ducote is bleeding from
her nose. Another crisp two-piece combo finds a home for
Macfarlane. A right lands for Ducote, but Macfarlane is landing
more consistently in exchanges. Macfarlane goes to the body, while
Ducote lands anohter leg kick. Macfarlane’s pace seems to be
slowing somewhat. They trade inside leg kicks. Ducote counters a
leg kick with a right hand. Macfarlane is finding success with her
left jab. Ducote misses combination but follows it with a hard leg
kick. Macfarlane continues to find the range on her punching
combination. A left hand backs Ducote up briefly. Macfarlane grabs
a single leg with 10 seconds to go but Ducote breaks free. 10-9
A jab for Macfarlane lands and Ducote answers with a leg kick.
Another leg kick lands for Ducote. Macfarlane presses forward with
punches but Ducote sidesteps her foe’s takedown attempt. Macfarlane
punches her way into the clinch and lands some knees to the ribs.
They remain tied up in the center of the cage for a bit before
Ducote breaks Macfarlane’s grip. A multi-punch combination lands
for Macfarlane. A straight left tags Ducote. Macfarlane ducks under
a Ducote punch and tries for a single-leg takedown. She pushes
Ducote into the fence and continues to pursue the takedown.
Macfarlane commits to the double leg and after a few tries, dumps
Ducote on her back with about 20 seconds to go. Macfarlane finishes
the stanza with some ground-and-pound inside Ducote’s guard. 10-9
Heading into the championship frames, Macfarlane is still looking
crisp with her combinations. Macfarlane lands a left uppercut
followed by a straight right hand. Ducote moves forward and is
countered by a two-punch combination. Macfarlane misses a spinning
backfist. Ducote lands an outside leg kick, which has been her most
consistent offense so far. They continue to trade, with Macfarlane
landing more consistently. An overhand right from Ducote misses and
Macfarlane counters with a leg kick. Moments later, Macfarlane
connects with a hook to the body. A three-punch combination
connects for Macfarlane. Ducote rushes her foe and is tossed to the
canvas. Ducote winds up on top in a scramble, but she has less than
30 seconds to work from side control. Ducote ends the round
absorbing some elbows from top position. 10-9 Macfarlane.
A short left counter lands for Macfarlane as Ducote presses the
action. Macfarlane then connects with a Superman punch. Macfarlane
is still using her superior range, landing crisp combinations.
Ducote’s best offense continues to be leg kicks. Macfarlane catches
a low kick and tries for a takedown but Ducote ends up on top.
Macfarlane shows a flexible guard from her back to neutralize her
opponent. Ducote isn’t mounting any offense from above as
Macfarlane controls her posture nicely. Macfarlane lands a few
short right hands but keeps Ducote wrapped up. Macfarlane looks
like she’s going to ride out the round from this position, but
suddenly she begins to frame a triangle. “The Ilimanator” then
isolates Ducote’s arm and extends it for an armbar. In a matter of
seconds, Ducote is forced to ask out of the fight. Macfarlane is
the first ever Bellator women’s flyweight champion.
The Official Result
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane def. Emily Ducote via Submission (Armbar) R5
Bader shoots for a takedown behind a right hand and pushes Vassell
into the fence. Vassell turns the Arizonan and almost has a
takedown, but instead Bader executes a throw and lands in side
control. Vassell fights his way back up and they break. A stiff
left jab lands for Vassell, followed by a kick to the body. A low
kick by the Englishman buckles Bader’s knee. Vassell again with a
low kick. another low kick makes Bader stumble. Vassell is landing
punches and kicks effectively and Bader elects to plant Vassell on
his back with a double-leg. Vassell holds on and looks to control
Bader’s posture. Vassell scrambles back to his feet and pushes
Bader into the fence. Vassell tries to land a trip but Bader
reverses him and lands in top position near the fence. Bader still
isn’t creating much space to land ground-and-pound, but he does
land a hard knee to the body and a couple short punches before the
end of the frame. 10-9 Bader.
Bader just misses a high kick, and moments later he changes levels
and powers Vassell to the canvas. Vassell sits up near the fence as
Bader applies pressure. Bader lands some short punches as referee
Keith Peterson urges the fighters to keep working. The Power MMA
Team member grinds away and Vassell decides to turn his back in
hopes of returning to his feet. “The Swarm” finally stands but
Bader stays attached and takes him right back down. Bader lands
about four hard hammerfists from the wrestling ride. The round
hasn’t been pretty, but it’s undeniably effective for Bader. Bader
finds an opening and begins to hammer away with left hands to the
side of the head. Vassell isn’t defending himself with one arm
trapped, so Bader picks up the intensity of his assault, landing
about 10 unanswered punches before Peterson dives in to intervene
and halt the bout. Bader is successful in his first Bellator MMA
light heavyweight title defense.
The Official Result
Ryan Bader def. Linton Vassell via TKO (Punches) R2 3:58