Bellator 59 Results and Play-by-Play

Nov 26, 2011
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Brandon Saling vs. Gregory Milliard

Round 1
Greg Franklin is the referee for this contest. Milliard catches a kick and quickly takes down Saling. Milliard lands short punches to the ribs inside of Saling’s closed guard; then follows with punches to the head. A cut has already formed above Saling’s eyelid and is bleeding profusely. Milliard continues to control position, landing elbows. Franklin orders a standup as Milliard fails to work in the guard. Saling misses with a spinning back fist. They clinch and Milliard pushes his opponent toward the cage. Milliard connects with a leg kick, and Saling grins back at him. Saling is stalking Milliard now, but Milliard connects with a head kick. The round ends with Milliard circling his opponent. Sherdog.com scores the bout 10-9 Milliard.

Round 2
Milliard comes out throwing kicks, then he secures another takedown within the first 30 seconds of the round. Saling tries to sit up, and Milliard takes his back. He can’t get the hooks in, so he moves to a front face lock before switching to side control. Milliard looks to pin his opponent’s arm down for a crucifix, but Saling rolls over onto all fours. Milliard continues to maintain control of the bout with 90 seconds remaining. He connects with a hard knee to Saling’s ribs. Now with both men standing, Milliard lands a couple more knees and they separate and return to the center of the cage. Nothing significant lands in the standup as the round expires. Sherdog.com scores the bout 10-9 Milliard.

Round 3
Touch of gloves as the final frame begins. Milliard fires a leg kick. Saling comes forward with punches but isn’t landing anything. He’s looking to bait his opponent into a brawl as Milliard retreats. Saling continues to throw big looping punches toward the Aruban. A right hand from Saling finds its mark and they tie up against the cage. The stronger Milliard turns Saling against the cage before taking him down and moving to side control. Saling gives up his back yet again to avoid Milliard’s crucifix. Milliard takes advantage with hammerfists and right hands. Saling moves toward the fence, he’s up momentarily but Milliard drags him down from behind. Back in side control, Milliard finally achieves full mount in the final 20 seconds. Milliard takes Saling’s back and hunts for a rear-naked choke as the round ends. The final verdict is announced and Milliard gets identical 30-27 marks on all three judges’ scorecards. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Milliard. (30-27 Milliard)

Brylan Van Artsdalen vs. Scott Heckman

Round 1
Van Artsdalen attacks immediately, pushing Heckman against the fence. Heckman breaks away, throws a huge left hook and slams his opponent to the mat. Now he locks in a guillotine, but Van Artsdalen escapes and counters with a standing rear-naked choke. Quick pace as the two men move back to the center of the cage. Hckman lands a kick to the body. Van Artsdalen changes levels and leaves his neck exposed as he shoots for a takedown. Heckman takes advantage of the opportunity, locks in a modified standing guillotine and forces his opponent to tap. The end officially comes at 1:38 of round 1.

Doug Gordon vs. Lucas Pimenta Borges

Round 1
Keith Peterson is the referee in the cage for this catch-weight affair. Gordon throws a kick, which Pimenta checks. Pimenta follows with a right hand that catches Gordon off balance. With his opponent on the mat, Pimenta pounces immediately and fires away with elbows to temple. As the assault continues, Peterson has no choice but to call it. Pimenta gets the win via knockout just 40 seconds into the opening stanza.

LeVon Maynard vs. Chris Wing

Round 1
Kevin McDonald is in charge of the welterweight contest. Maynard hits a leg kick followed by a body kick. He rushes forward with a body punch and ties Wing up against the cage. Maynard continuing with short body punches, while Wing attempts to stay busy with knees of his own. Wing escapes and circles away. Wing throws a 1-2 combination. Maynard throws an outside leg kick. Maynard hits another leg kick and follows with a right hand. The aggressor so far has been Maynard, who is using leg kicks to set up his offense. Thirty seconds to go and Wing misses a switch kick. They tie up again as the round winds down. Wing ends the round with some knees as he’s backed up against the cage. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Maynard.

Round 2
Wing comes forward with a combination and moves away. Maynard connects with an outside leg kick. Wing misses with a head kick and slips. Maynard capitalizes and mounts an attack in Wing’s half guard. Plenty of right hands to the body by Maynard, who is also mixing in sharp left elbows. Maynard continues to press on with elbows in half guard, and now Wing is bleeding. Wing with an upkick as Maynard gets up, but he quickly pounces and falls into the full guard of Wing. Maynard has done a good job of staying busy in this position. Wing is turtling momentarily as Maynard’s punches gain force. Maynard dives in with a big right hand in the final 20 seconds. The round ends with more Maynard strikes from top position. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Maynard.

Round 3
A Wing right hand is countered by Maynard. Wing comes forward with an uppercut, left hand combo that misses. Maynard connects with a solid uppercut. An outside leg kick is countered by a right hand from Wing. Wing continues to come forward with combinations, but Maynard lands a good counter right hand. The outside leg kicks continue to be a constant source of offense from Maynard. Wing shoots for a takedown, but Maynard sprawls and pushes down on Wing’s head. Maynard can’t take his foe’s back, but diligently goes back to his ground and pound. Less than 90 seconds remain, and Wing is back on the defense. Maynard remains consistent with punches and elbows. Wing doesn’t get back to his feet until the bell sounds.

Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Maynard (30-27 Maynard) Official result: Two judges score the bout 30-27, while another has it 30-26 for the winner by unanimous decision, Levon Maynard.

Karl Amoussou vs. Jesus Martinez

Round 1
Greg Franklin is the referee for this 175-pound catch-weight scrap. Amoussou comes out throwing kicks, Martinez catches one and the two clinch for a moment before separating. Martinez misses with a windmill overhand right. Amoussou throws a leg kick and Martinez falls to the floor. It looks like a slip. Amoussou lands a combination. Amoussou throws a head kick, and then a right hand catches Martinez on the chin, crumpling him to the canvas. From there, Amoussou lands a flurry of punches with his opponent on all fours before the bout is stopped at 2:20 of round two, giving Amoussou a TKO triumph.

Marcin Held vs. Phillipe Nover

Round 1
Kevin McDonald is in charge of the action for this lightweight fight. Touch of gloves to start the action. A right hand from Nover temporarily floors Held, but he’s up quickly. Held rolls into a kneebar attempt, but Nover avoids the submission. Held transitions from Nover’s back to an inverted heel hook. Nover has a leg lock of his own. Held is rolling for a heel hook for the second time, but again is unsuccessful. Now both men are back up. The 19 year old presses Nover against the cage, Held pulls guard. The former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor counters with punches on the ground. Final minute of the round, Held is content to wait on his back, but a standup is ordered. Held rolls for another kneebar and now finds himself in top position. Nover finishes the round hunting for an armbar from his back. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 for Held.

Round 2
Held pulls guard again, and Nover tries to work from his opponent’s half guard. Held is trying to somersault his way out of trouble. A big left from the American connects, and he continues to batter Held with methodical short punches and elbows. The Pole tries for a rolling armbar, but Nover pops out and moves to his feet. Nover remains patient while Held waits on his back. Finally Nover walks away and forces Held to his feet. Held shoots for a takedown and is successful. Nover looks for a kimura, then gives it up and tries to get mount. Held won’t allow it. Now Nover dives into Held’s guard with punches. The final 10 seconds feature solid ground and pound from Nover. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 for Nover.

Round 3
Held immediately shoots for a takedown. The Pole moves to Nover’s half guard while Nover throws a short elbow from the bottom. Held lands a series of short punches to the head. Held moves to a front facelock, but Nover drives him back against the fence. Now in top position, Nover peppers Held with short punches to the face. Held reaches for a knee bar but Nover escapes and walks away. Held flies in recklessly, but Nover avoids damage. They stand, and Held comes forward aggressively. Nover responds with a double-leg takedown. With a minute to go, Nover is in his opponent’s half guard, continuing to throw short punches and elbows. Nover concludes the round with hammerfists.

Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Nover (29-28 Nover)

Official result: Two judges see the fight 29-28 in favor of Held, while the third has it 29-28 Nover. Marcin Held gets the split decision nod.

Bellator Bantamweight Tournament Final
Alexis Vila vs. Eduardo Dantas


Round 1
Keith Peterson is in charge of the bantamweight contest. They touch gloves, and Vila immediately comes forward and scores a takedown. The Brazilian threatens with submissions from the bottom and Vila stands up, throwing kicks at Dantas’ legs. Dantas gets up and connects with a jumping knee. Vila gets a body lock and pushes Dantas against the fence. Vila can’t do much with the position, however. Dantas tries to push the Cuban away from the cage, but Vila regains the position and looks for a single leg. The Nova Uniao product continues to display good balance while pressed against the cage. With less than 30 seconds left, Vila drives Dantas to the mat in the center of the cage. Dantas is up, and Vila holds to his opponent’s back as time runs out. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Vila.

Round 2
Vila attacks for a single leg early, but Dantas resists. Vila isn’t letting go as the Brazilian attempts to spin away. Dantas finally breaks away and lands a looping right hand. Another solid punch from Dantas is followed up by a kick to the body. An outside leg kick from Dantas finds its mark. Vila rushes forward, using punches to set up a takedown attempt before pushing Dantas against the cage. Dantas reverses and they break away. Dantas lands a good knee to Vila’s midsection. Dantas continuing to use his superior reach to connect with leg kicks. Vila shoots and holds on to a leg. Dantas sees an opening and briefly has a guillotine. Now standing Vila lands a right hand, but Dantas returns fire with yet another knee. Now pressed against the cage, the black belt attempts a standing guillotine, but Vila is out of it. Dantas has Vila against the cage and is throwing knees to the gut. Dantas attempts another jumping knee with 10 seconds left but doesn’t connect. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Dantas.

Round 3
Dantas snaps an outside leg kick to start things, then lands another. His jab seems to be finding its mark as well. Vila slips as Dantas attempts a knee. Another knee attempt from the Brazilian lands just below Vila’s chest. The fight hits the mat and Dantas takes his opponent’s back. On the ground, Dantas has one hook in and looks for a rear naked choke. Now the other hook is in, but his back is against the cage. Dantas has a body triangle and e’s attempting to stretch the Cuban out. Vila throws a few ineffective backwards punches. Vila rolls over, and Dantas momentarily loses the grip. He doesn’t give up, however, as he continues to slide his arm under Vila’s chin. Dantas is persistent as Vila continues to defend the choke. Vila can’t mount any offense, and Dantas rides out the round in complete control.

Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Dantas (29-28 Dantas)

Official result: All three judges score the bout 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Eduardo Dantas

Patricky Freire vs. Kurt Pellegrino

Round 1
Kevin McDonald is the referee for this lightweight tussle. Pellegrino begins the bout on the outside, using angles to combat Freire’s power. A left hook followed by a big right hand from Freire instantly drops Pellegrino, and the New Jersey native grabs a leg in desperation. Pitbull continues to pound away relentlessly on his prone opponent. Pellegrino looks like he’s attempting to roll out of the position, but it’s too late, as McDonald intervenes to stop the beating, giving Pitbull a TKO victory just 50 seconds into the opening frame.

Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final
Eric Prindle vs. Thiago Santos


Round 1
Greg Franklin is the referee for this heavyweight tilt. Prindle looks for a big left hook, and Santos is able to take him down with ease. Big Monster is in Prindle’s half guard and lands some punches. Prindle explodes to his feet but is taken right back down to the ground again. Santos attacks with ground and pound. From a standing position, Santos launches a kick to the groin of Prindle, who was on his back. The former U.S. Army boxing champion writhes in pain on the mat as Franklin stops the action. Prindle eventually gets to his feet, but is in obvious pain. Still grimacing, Prindle insists that he can continue. He then tells the cageside doctor that he feels nauseous. After further consultation the bout is stopped, and Prindle exits the cage. Santos’ strike, which came at the 1:24 mark, is ultimately ruled an accidental blow. The bout is declared a no contest, setting up a rematch between the two men sometime in 2012.

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