Bellator 58 Results and Play-by-Play

Nov 19, 2011
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Farkhad Sharipov vs. Fabio Mello

Round 1
Sharipov stays on the outside and chops the southpaw Mello with a crisp leg kick. Mello wades inside with a flurry and tags Sharipov, and moments later sends him stumbling to the mat with another punch. Mello gives chase to his opponent’s guard and quickly passes to side control on Sharipov’s left. After taking a couple knees to the ribs, Sharipov stuffs him back to half-guard. Mello lays his forearm on Sharipov’s throat and mashes with short punches while the wrestler tries to mount some offense from his back. Mello again passes to side control with two minutes remaining in the round. Hard, grinding forearms and elbows drop on Sharipov from above, forcing him to shrimp. Mello bashes him with a few punches and puts Sharipov on his back again. He nearly loses top position when Sharipov sweeps nicely out of an arm-triangle choke attempt. Sharipov gets to his feet and digs for a single-leg, finally getting Mello to the ground at the bell.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Mello
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Mello
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Mello

Round 2
Sharipov snaps off quick front kicks to try and keep Mello at range, misses with a few long punches and rushes the Brazilian into the fence with a double-leg. Mello defends and grabs for a guillotine as Sharipov spins him to the canvas. Sharipov extracts his head, but allows Mello back to his feet in the process. He shoots again, a single-leg this time, and Mello defends ably by widening his base against the cage. Sharipov gives up and backs out, and the bantamweights get back to slugging. A strong knee in the clinch from Mello has Sharipov shooting again, but it’s Mello who puts Sharipov on his back. Mello gets to work with more ground-and-pound, occasionally stacking up for more power. Mello nearly takes Sharipov’s back in a scramble before Sharipov twists around and gets on top, then drives for another takedown when Mello stands up. Mello lands a few elbows while defending the try before the bell. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Mello.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Mello
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Mello
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Mello

Round 3
W. Musacchia

Mello dominated Sharipov.
Mello backs Sharipov off with sharp kicks and Sharipov looks for an angle to get inside with punches. Sharipov shoots again and this time he’s met with a jumping knee. Mello wards off another takedown and drops Sharipov with a leg kick shortly after. Crashing through Sharipov’s guard, Mello lands big punches and elbows before moving into side control. Sharipov tries to squirm out as Mello smothers him and lays a few knees on his ribs. Framing up another arm-triangle, Mello tries to step into mount and stalls out midway. He gets to the other side eventually and wrenches the choke. Sharipov gives a thumbs-up to referee Troy Waugh, but the choke looks deep and there’s more than a minute left in the fight. Sharipov rides it out and gets his head free, and Mello stays heavy on top, posturing up before the final bell to drop punches.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Mello (30-27 Mello)
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Mello (30-27 Mello)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Mello (30-27 Mello)

Official result: All three judges -- Hector Gomez, Barry Luxenberg and Eliseo Rodriguez -- score the bout 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Fabio Mello.

Jonas Billstein vs. Herbert Goodman

Round 1
Billstein attacks the body of Goodman. "Whisper"automatically clinches with the German and attempts a takedown, but can’t secure the position. They separate and circle. Billstein lands a crushing right that wobbles Goodman. Whisper clinches and recovers. Both men content to strike at distance with Billstein getting the better of the exchanges. Billstein pushes Goodman against the cage. The two separate and the ten-second warning prompts Billstein to turn up the heat as he attacks Goodman landing a stiff combination followed by a body kick.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Billstein
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Billstein
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Billstein

Round 2
The bell rings and Billstein comes out firing leg kicks. He’s now landing the left hook seemingly at will. After some circling, Billstein connects on Goodman, dropping the American to his knees. Billstein then inexplicably fires off an illegal soccer kick, prompting referee Frank Gentile to deduct a point. Well after five minutes passes, Goodman is still clearly feeling the effects of the illegal kick and remains on his knees as the ringside doctors attend to him, giving him oxygen. Frank Gentile calls the bout at 3:21 of the second stanza, as Billstein apologizes to the crowd.

Cosmo Alexandre vs. Avery McPhatter

Round 1
Alexandre comes in quickly and lands a massive right, dropping McPhatter. The American attempts a takedown but is stuffed by the muay Thai specialist. Both men against the cage, a brutal knee drops McPhatter and Alexandre follows with another, but the fight is called by referee Troy Waugh at the 20-second mark. Sensational knockout.

Ailton Barbosa vs. Valdir Araujo

Round 1
Both men circle and feint at the start. Araujo looks to chop at the legs of Barbosa. Barbosa catches his leg but is unable to take the fight to the ground. The action starts to pick up as Barbosa finds his range and begins to land punches. Araujo continues to kick to the legs and body. Barbosa begins getting the better of the exchanges. Araujo has had enough; he shoots and pushes the fight against the cage. Araujo finally turns the corner and completes the takedown but has little time to work as the round comes an end.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Barbosa
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Barbosa
Ryan O'Leary scores the round 10-9 Barbosa

Round 2
Barbosa is throwing wide punches that are connection to the head of Araujo, who looks to clinch. Barbosa shucks Araujo and begins to throw bombs. Barbosa connects with a right, stunning Araujo. Araujo desperately covers, circling away from Barbosa. Araujo shoots and successfully takes the fight to the ground. Barbosa seems content to play guard and strike from the bottom. Remaining largely inactive, with the exception of occasional body blows, Araujo looks to pass. Barbosa seizes the opportunity and gets back to his feet after pushing his opponent away. The round comes to a close with Araujo looking for yet another takedown.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Araujo
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Barbosa
Ryan O'Leary scores the round 10-9 Araujo

Round 3
W. Musacchia

Araujo's wrestling got it done.

Barbosa attempts to work his jab but can’t put anything solid together. Araujo shoots and scores a takedown. Barbosa attempts to play rubber guard but is stacked. Araujo finally passes to side control, where he begins kneeing the body of his opponent. After taking a series of short punches and elbows, Barbosa attempts to regain guard and stand. Now in guard, Araujo begins to stack his opponent, Barbosa manages to escape and get to his feet, which proves to be fleeting as his opponent uses a rear waist lock to slam him to the ground. The bout comes to an end with Araujo striking at at the head of his opponent, who is in the turtle position at the bell.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Araujo (29-28 Araujo)
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Araujo (29-28 Barbosa)
Ryan O'Leary scores the round 10-9 Araujo (29-28 Araujo)

Official result: All three judges -- Hector Gomez, Barry Luxenberg, and Eliseo Rodriguez -- all score the bout 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Valdir Araujo.

Jared Hess vs. Brett Cooper

Round 1
Both men looking to strike, Hess is throwing big overhand rights whole Cooper looks to work his uppercut. Hess is getting the better of the striking, with his back to the cage. Cooper works for a takedown and eventually completes. Hess doesn’t spend much time on his back and returns to his feet. The Oklahoma City native levels Cooper with a hard right, and then another. Cooper is in the turtle position and Hess is punching under the armpit looking to finish. He takes the back and flattens cooper but is unable to finish.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Hess
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Hess
Ryan O'Leary scores the round 10-9 Hess

Round 2
Hess comes out aggressively in the second, landing an overhand right an elbow in close. Hess continues to get the better of the striking exchanges. Cooper shoots and takes Hess to the ground. Hess stands is pushed against the cage. Cooper has over-under position along the fence. Hess finally gets the better of the positioning and shoots, Cooper stuffs him. Both men are exchanging wildly with Cooper landing stiff uppercuts. Hess is hurt; he once again looks to shoot. Cooper once again defends and closes the round by teeing off on Hess, who once again looks to shoot. Great action through two rounds.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cooper
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Cooper
Ryan O'Leary scores the round 10-9 Cooper
W. Musacchia

Cooper outlasted Hess in a grueling
one.

Round 3
Cooper has finally found his rhythm. He lands a big elbow as Hess attempts to work the body. Both separate and circle. Cooper continues to outland Hess. "Fudoshin" scores a takedown and works to pass. Now in side control, Cooper begins to land short punches. He locks in a kimura and steps over his foe's head, but Hess manages to escape. Cooper maintains the position. He now traps Hess in a brabo choke. Hess escapes and both men return to their feet. Cooper continues to land uppercuts. Hess looks to shoot as the round closes. Cooper defends and lands hammerfists to head of the Oklahoman as the bell rings.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cooper (29-28 Cooper)
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Cooper (29-28 Cooper)
Ryan O'Leary scores the round 10-9 Cooper (29-28 Cooper)

Official result: All three judges -- Hector Gomez, Barry Luxenberg and Eliseo Rodriguez -- score the fight 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Brett Cooper.

Marlon Sandro vs. Rafael Dias

W. Musacchia

Dias got strangled standing.
Round 1
Sandro stalks Dias, landing a leg kick. The Nova Uniao product throws a big right hook that fails to connect clean, poking Dias in the eye. Both men pause for a second and resume fighting. Dias drops Sandro with stiff overhand right and swarms. Sandro takes advantage of Dias’ recklessness and switches. Sandro is working from the top position. Dias manages to stand, but Sandro keeps the fight in close quarters. Sandro locks in a standing arm-triangle against the cage and pulls the Pompano, Fla., resident to the ground. The choke is in tight. Dias is forced to tap at the 3:56 mark. Impressive submission by Marlon Sandro.

Jessica Aguilar vs. Lisa Ellis-Ward

Round 1
Both women feinting and trying to exchange hands early, but neither can land clean. Aguilar is in the middle of the cage and continues to bob and weave in at Ellis with her left hook. Ellis throws an overhand right that lands, but Aguilar smacks her with a knee. Ellis begins to circle the outside, trying to kick Aguilar from distance, but the Floridian is starting to touch her with the overhand right. The pace slows as the women try to trade punch for punch, but can't land clean. Finally, a pair of Aguilar right hands breaks the dry spell with just over a minute to go in the round. Left hook-right hook for "Jag" lands. At the 10-second clapper, Ellis punches her way into the clinch but can't get a takedown before the horn.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Aguilar
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Aguilar
Ryan O'Leary scores the round 10-9 Aguilar

Round 2
Ellis stalks Aguilar in the second's opening moments, pumping her jab while Aguilar looks to wing overhand rights as a counter. An Ellis low kick is caught and answered with a straight right from Aguilar, sending Ellis backpedalling momentarily, and Aguilar is now finding regular success countering Ellis kick attempts. Ellis leaps forward with a flying knee, but loses her footing ,ending up on her back with Aguilar raining down right hands from her feet. Ellis attempts to drive forward for a takedown, but Aguilar locks up a an anaconda choke grip, and begins driving knees into Ellis' head as she attempts to stand. Aguilar scores a takedown with an outside trip, and again begins raining punches down through Ellis' guard as Ellis' flails her legs upward. Ellis stands back up looking the worse for wear, and the two trade strikes as the time winds down.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Aguilar
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Aguilar
Ryan O'Leary scores the round 10-9 Aguilar

Round 3
Ellis lands a solid one-two to open the final stanza, again coming forward as Aguilar circles and through the occasional overhand right hand. Aguilar begins setting up with a left jab, and the change pays immediate dividends as she lands a pair of right hands. An Ellis body kick is caught, and Aguilar trips her to the mat briefly before Ellis pops back to her feet. Aguilar scores with a left jab and straight right to the body, while Ellis' output has slowed significantly. It's now Aguilar pumping a jab in her opponent's face, as Ellis resorts to single kick and punch attempts before launching a multiple kick combinations and following up with a rushing punch combination, driving Aguilar into the cage.

W. Musacchia

Aguilar's overhand right was
on point.
Aguilar gets Ellis to the ground as Ellis searches for a kimura, giving up side control before abandoning the attempt. Aguilar stands and drops more heavy punches down on Ellis as the fight comes to a close.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Aguilar (30-27 Aguilar)
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Aguilar (30-27 Aguilar)
Ryan O'Leary scores the round 10-9 Aguilar (30-27 Aguilar)

Official result: All three rounds -- Chris Lee, Barry Luxenberg and Eliseo Rodriguez -- all see it 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Jessica Aguilar.

Hector Lombard vs. Trevor Prangley

Round 1
Lombard and Prangley lock up quickly, with Lombard getting Prangley pressed agains the cage. Little action as the two jockey for position, but a glancing Prnagley punch on the break has Lombard slipping to the mat for a split second. Lombard lands a left hook that hurts Prangley, and begins winging left and right hooks at the South African before Prangley changes level and scores a double leg takedown. Prnagley attempts to land a few blows, but Lombard kicks away and gets back to his feet, and Prangley begins backing away. Lombard scores with inside leg kicks as Prangley attempts to counter from the back foot, but can't seem to find Lombard's head. An inside low kick scores for Prangley, and Lombard answers with right hook before the horn.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Lombard
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Lombard
Ryan O'Leary scores the round 10-9 Lombard

Round 2
W. Musacchia

Lombard lamped Prangley.

Lombard comes out strong in the second frame, landing hard body shots on the South African. Prangley continues to circle away from Lombard and kick the legs of the Cuban as the crowd begins to get restless. Lombard levels Prangley with vicious right hook that can be heard throughout the arena. Prangley is laid out, defenseless as Lombard tees off on him. The South African is done in this fight. Referee Frank Gentile steps in and saves Prangley from more punishment at 1:06 of the second frame.

Bellator Lightweight Championship
Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler


Round 1
Chandler comes out firing huge shots, dropping Alvarez with a Superman punch, and following up with an unending salvo of punches, dropping the champ again near the cage. Alvarez fires back heavy punches of his own before Chandler scores a takedown. This seems to give Alvarez a chance to regain his senses, and he quickly gets back to his feet and begins potshotting Chandler. Chandler continues stalking Alvarez, leaping in with left hooks and diving with takedowns behind them, as Alvarez patiently counters everything thrown at him. Alvarez sprawls on a double leg attempt and tries to take Chandler's back, but fails to get his hooks in and slips over the top, and Chandler dives for a low double as Alvarez scoots away. They continue trading, and Alvarez lands a hopping switch knee, and Chandler comes right back with a right hand. Incredible action as the round wears down. A right hand lands for Chandler, and a third drops Alvarez again, and Chandler tries to pounce as the round comes to end, with the crowd going nuts.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Chandler
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Chandler
Ryan O'Leary scores the round 10-9 Chandler

Round 2
Chandler lands a one-two to open the second round, and follows up with a low left leg kick. The Mizzou alum grabs a bodylock against the fence, and trips Alvarez to the mat, who gets back to his feet, but is quickly dumped again. Chandler spins to Alavarez' back, but Eddie stands and spins away. Eddie trying to pop in with jabs and straight right hands, but can't land as cleanly as Chandler thus far. Chandler shoots in, but Alvarez sprawls and grabs a front headlock, and Chandler drops down to avoid any incoming knees.Alvarez seems to be searching for an anaconda choke, but Chandler recognizes it and stands, only to eat an Alvarez knee. Chandler pops Alvarez with a jab, and Alvarez answers in kind, and goes to the body with a straight right. Alvarez lands a right kick to the body, and tries to follow up with a leaping left knee, but gets tagged by a Chandler left hook for his trouble. Alvarez scores with a straight right of his own as the bell sounds.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Alvarez
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Chandler
Ryan O'Leary scores the round 10-9 Alvarez

Round 3
Both fighters are showing damage on their left eyes at the opening of the third round. Chandler still pumping his jab, and Alvarez coming forward, micing up his punching combinations to the head and body. The champion lands a right over Chandler's jab, and then a right to the body underneath it. Chandler changes level, but Alvarez quickly jumps onto a front headlock. Chandler escapes, but is under assault now, as Alvarez begins landing in combination as Chandler unsuccessfully tries to circle away from the cage. Chandler with a desperate shot, but Alvarez sprawls on it easily and hammerfists at Chandler's head before standing up and teeing off some more on a clearly spent Chandler. A huge right uppercut misses for the challenger, and Alvarez lands a straight right through it in a counter. Chandler shoots again, and manages to pin Alvarez on his knees against the fence. Alvarez looks for a switch, but instead gets back to his feet as the round comes to a close. Outstanding fight so far.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Alvarez
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Alvarez
Ryan O'Leary scores the round 10-8 Alvarez

Round 4
W. Musacchia

Chandler upset Alvarez.
Chandler looks to have recovered a bit in between rounds, as he's back to pumping his jab, but Alvarez is much fresher, popping in and out with potshotting rights to the body and lefts to the head. Chandler pops Alvarez with a left jab, and just misses on a follow-up right straight. Now Alvarez is looking a little lethargic, as Chandler is doing the stalking. A Chandler shot is defended, but Alvarez loses his balance, and Chandler capitalizes with a right hand. A second right hand sends Alvarez to the fence, and Chandler pounces. Alvarez eats more punishment as Chandler gets to side control, and soon has mount. A dazed Alvarez gives his back, and Chandler immediately grabs the rear-naked choke for the tap. Michael Chandler is the new Bellator lightweight champion at 3:06 of the fourth round. Incredible fight, and quite possibly 2011's "Fight of the Year."
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