Bellator 63 Live Results & Play-by-Play

Mar 30, 2012



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Pete Rogers vs. Brandon Flemming


Round 1
Keith Mills

Flemming's sub got him in touch
with his Incan roots.

The two fighters clash in the middle of the cage as Flemming quickly dives for a single-leg takedown. He's stuffed by Rogers, but he moves for a hip toss and throws his opponent to the ground. Flemming brutally pounds away on top, passing to full mount. He continuously to rain down punishment. Rogers gets Flemming off of him and throws up an omoplata, but Flemming is out of it and quickly into side control. Rogers tries to scramble up, but Flemming controls his head. He struggles with his foe's hands, but eventually locks up his grip and throws his leg up for a Peruvian necktie. Rogers is forced to tap and referee Kevin McDonald steps in at 3:39 of the first round.

Marianna Kheyfets vs. Munah Holland


Round 1
Kheyfets just misses with a snapping front kick, connects with one to the body. Holland scores with a right hand and a body kick of her own. They tie up in the middle of the cage and break off just as quickly. Holland continues plodding forward while Kheyfets looks to counter and circle out, though many of her punches are coming up short. Holland traps Kheyfets against the cage briefly; when they split, Kheyfets scores with a few leg kicks, which Holland gives right back. Holland scores with a left in an exchange that has Kheyfets dashing out of range. Trip takedown goes for Kheyfets with a minute left in the round. She doesn’t do much from Holland’s closed guard, while Holland spends the last minute trying to strike off her back.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Kheyfets
Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-9 Holland
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Holland

Round 2
K. Mills

Holland crumpled Kheyfets.
Holland scores with a couple low kicks and tries to chase Kheyfets down with hooks, but the “Crushin’ Russian” is on her bike. Kheyfets gets off a nice combination in the pocket, but seconds later she has her legs taken out by a big right hand. Holland pounces and works to finish Kheyfets off, but Kheyfets survives and ties up long enough to regain her wits. Ref Todd Anderson pauses the action to let Kheyfets back up. Holland denies a sloppy shot and blasts Kheyfets again, sending her down to the base of the fence. Stacking Kheyfets up, Holland tries to pound out her foe from guard again, and again is unsuccessful. Kheyfets is back on her feet with less than a minute to go and Holland just keeps moving forward on her. Kheyfets tries to tie up, gets shucked off.

Holland gets in the pocket and unloads with another right hand, and that’s all she wrote. Kheyfets isn’t getting up from this one, and referee Todd Anderson pulls Holland off her dazed opponent at 4:45 of round two.

Round 1
K. Mills

Koreshkov remained unbeaten with
his uppercut.

Andrey Koreshkov vs. Tiawan Howard


A spinning back kick for Koreshkov is the first impactful strike of the bout. Howard tries to return with an axe kick, but can’t locate it. Koreshkov gallops in and out with flying knees and follow-up punches, but can’t land clean on the stockier Howard. A clean overhand right for Koreshkov stuns Howard, and “Spartan” follows up by feinting a kick and roaring back with a crushing right uppercut that topples his foe. The Russian is on top of Howard with hammerfists instantly, but they’re not needed. Referee Dan Miragliotta rescues Howard at 1:26 of the first round. Fantastic knockout for the unbeaten Koreshkov.

Dan Cramer vs. Jeff Nader


Round 1
Cramer tries to tie up in the center of the cage but wades out after Nader throws a wild punch over the top. One-two lands for Cramer, but again he’s backed away when he goes for the Thai plum. Nader rushes him into the fence and puts his forearm across Cramer’s throat. They split and a straight right hand jacks Cramer’s jaw, but he replies with an uppercut and a stiff knee. Nader’s legs go out from under him after the next punch, but Cramer can’t pounce in time to finish. Instead, he goes to Nader’s guard; after a few strikes, Nader appears to be complaining of receiving a finger to the eye. The action keeps going and Cramer keeps using his hand to smother Nader’s face from half-guard. Nader stuffs Cramer back into his open guard with less than a minute to go. Cramer drops some hard elbows from on top to close out the round.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cramer
Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-9 Cramer
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cramer

K. Mills

‘Cosmo’ kept it on the ground
for the victory.
Round 2
The second round starts slowly until Cramer backs Nader away with a right hand. A heavy exchange ensues, with Nader looking more aggressive and scoring with big rights of his own. One dazes Cramer against the cage -- the heavily pro-Cramer crowd “oohs” -- and Nader tries to polish him off, but the American Top Team product drives forward and hits a double-leg in the middle of the cage. Ref Kevin MacDonald is warning Cramer this time to watch his fingers, then stands the middleweights up with a minute left in the round. Cramer ducks a right hook and plows Nader down again with 20 seconds to go, and that’s where it ends.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Nader
Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-9 Nader
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Nader

Round 3
Nader lands a chopping leg kick and sticks his right hand in Cramer’s face. Another inside thigh kick from Nader, and he backs out of the way of a Cramer combination. They trade hard shots along the cage, and when it looks like Nader has Cramer dazed again, Cramer hits another takedown at the base of the fence. Cramer stands up and gets grazed by an upkick, then decides to go back to Nader’s guard. Cramer tries to get busy with ground-and-pound while his supporters get vocal in the stands. With a minute left, another come-from-behind win for Nader is looking unlikely, as he’s stuck beneath Cramer with nowhere to go.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cramer (29-28 Cramer)
Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-9 Cramer (29-28 Cramer)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cramer (29-28 Cramer)

Official result: Judge Dave Tirelli scores the bout 30-27 for Nader, while Cardo Urso has it 29-28 for Cramer. The third judge, Eric Colon, sees it 29-28 for the winner by split decision, Dan Cramer.

Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Quarterfinal
Ben Saunders vs. Raul Amaya


Round 1
Amaya gets a rear body lock and tries to trip Saunders to the ground, but Saunders puts his shoulder to the cage and keeps his balance as Amaya works for a single-leg. Saunders has a standing kimura framed up on Amaya’s left arm, but he loses it as he tries to crank it. They go back and forth, jockeying for position on the fence. Saunders lands a high knee and grabs at another kimura; this one puts Amaya on his back. Amaya turtles and tries to stand, and Saunders socks him in the face a couple times before trying to hop on his back. Saunders can’t get the position, so he drops some knees on Amaya’s body and scoops him into the fence. Amaya gets to his knees, then his feet, and gets muscled into the cage again. Saunders keeps busy with the knees and shuts down Amaya’s tries for another takedown. He steps over and sets uip an armbar on Amaya’s left arm, but his hold is loosened when Amaya twists around. Saunders keeps on it and nearly extends the limb with 20 seconds left, but Amaya gets back on top to close the round.

Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-9 Saunders
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Saunders
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Saunders

Round 2
Amaya comes out on fire, diving for a takedown, but Saunder shuts him down and gets yet another standing kimura. The hold doesn’t stay, but it allows Saunders to reverse the position, where he drops Amaya to the canvas with a knee. Amaya is in trouble, but Saunders can’t pound him out and settles for taking his back. Amaya twists around and winds up in Saunders’ rangy guard. They work back to their feet and Amaya tries to lift Saunders up and slam him. It doesn’t go, but the next attempt does. Saunders keeps busy from the bottom, throwing up a triangle which appears to nearly finish Amaya. He gets loose, though, and stands up to punch, then passes to north-south position. The position lasts only a moment, as Saunders puts Amaya back in his closed guard. Saunders catches another armbar and Amaya slams his way free. Amaya stands and Saunders just misses an upkick at the bell.

Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-9 Saunders
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Saunders
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Saunders

K. Mills

‘Killa B’ won, but Amaya was
proved a serious buzzkill.
Round 3
Amaya emerges for the final round with his left eye nearly swollen shut. He tries to pull guard and winds up mounted by Saunders, who goes for another armbar. Again, Saunders can’t finish and Amaya winds up on top, then takes the UFC veteran’s back. Saunders pins Amaya’s head to the canvas and scoots out the backdoor. He gets on Amaya’s back and locks up a body triangle, and Amaya is just trying to survive as he crawls around with the bigger man on his back, wailing away. Amaya turns over and Saunders briefly considers a kimura, but Amaya extracts his limb and flips over again. Saunders keeps working to soften him up for a rear-naked choke, but he runs out of time.

Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-9 Saunders (30-27 Saunders)
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Saunders (30-27 Saunders)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Saunders (30-27 Saunders)

Official result: Judge Jeff Blatnick scores the bout 30-26, while Dave Tirelli and Eric Colon have it 30-27, all for the winner by unanimous decision, Ben Saunders.

K. Mills

‘Caveman’ clubbed Smith in
just 22 seconds.

Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Quarterfinal
David Rickels vs. Jordan Smith


Round 1
Rickels blitzes Smith off the bell and pins him against the fence. He catches “Mata Ele” with a couple hooks off a front kick, then finishes him off with vicious right uppercuts. Referee Dan Miragliotta steps in to wave the contest off at the 22-second mark and Smith immediately jumps up to protest. The complaint subsides once he sees the replay on the big screen, which clearly shows Smith was out of commission as Rickels thumped him on the ground.

Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Quarterfinal
Carlos Alexandre Pereira vs. Bryan Baker


Round 1
Baker attempts to use side-to-side movement to open up a striking opportunity, but it’s Pereira with the first hard strike, smacking Baker with a low kick. Baker shoots a double-leg and gets Pereira to the ground, but the Brazilian stays on his hip, and scrambles back to his feet with an overhook. Baker keeps double underhooks, picking Pereira up and slamming him to the canvas. “The Beast” sets up shop from half guard, but Pereira underhooks his near leg and sweeps him. They scramble and Pereira cracks Baker with a heavy right on the way up. Pereira continues to pour in low kicks. Baker charges the Brazilian and eats a short left hook for his trouble, hitting his knees briefly. Baker gets to his feet and clinches along the fence, working over-unders along the cage. “Indio” dumps Baker momentarily but he’s right back up, reinitiating the clinch. The round ends with knees inside.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Pereira
Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-10
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Baker

Round 2
Baker alternates between orthodox and southpaw, throwing low kicks and side kicks. “Indio” simply stalks forward slowly, dumping in hard outside low kicks to Baker’s lead leg. Baker tries to double-leg Pereira, but the Brazilian again makes use of the whizzer to get back to his feet. Slow leg kicks land for both men. As the pace slows at the halfway point of the round, the boos begin to pour in. Baker continues to throw side kicks, but Pereira finally returns with a hard outside low kick and a glancing knee. Both men block head kicks from the other. Baker shoots for a slow double-leg, but Pereira gets under his armpits with underhooks and flips him to his back. Pereira sets up in guard, but Baker looks for a triangle for a moment. “Indio” postures out and lands some short hammerfists. Baker turns for an omoplata, and picks Pereira’s leg to peel him over to his back. The round ends with Baker kicking Pereira's legs from Ali-Inoki position.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Pereira
Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-9 Pereira
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Pereira

Round 3
K. Mills

Baker kicked his way to a
close decision win.
Baker lands a swiping right hand. He pumps his jab fruitlessly, but lands another glancing right. Baker goes southpaw briefly, landing low kicks, then switches back to orthodox. In sparring session-type fashion, the two trade lukewarm low kicks back and forth for a minute before Baker shoots another double. Once more, it’s stuffed and Pereira drags him back to his feet with underhooks. Baker forces a clinch and gets a rear waistlock, but can’t elevate the Brazilian to slam him as he handfights ably. Pereira attempts a kimura, while Baker tries to sink one hook in. However, they stalemate along the fence and referee Kevin McDonald breaks them up with 45 seconds to go. Baker lands an outside low kick, inside low kick, then a side kick. He powers through a double-leg and ends up in a crucifix on top, punching away at the bell.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Baker (29-28 Pereira)
Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-9 Baker (29-29 Draw)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Baker (29-28 Baker)

Official result: Jduge Eric Malone sees the bout 29-28 for Bryan Baker, while Cardo Urso has it 29-28 for Carlos Alexandre Pereira. Judge Jeff Blatnick has the bout 29-28 for the winner by split decision, Bryan Baker.

Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Quarterfinal
Chris Lozano vs. Karl Amoussou


Round 1
K. Mills

France's Karl Amoussou was tres
magnifique against Chris Lozano.


Amoussou stalks Lozano to the fence, but strikes are few and far in between save for some lazy kicks through the first 80 seconds. Amoussou throws a head kick that opens a cut on Lozano’s head, but “The Cleveland Assassin” bulls forward into a takedown. Instantly, Amoussou bucks his hips and sweeps straight into full mount in brilliant fashion. The Frenchman goes into kill mode, smashing Lozano with punches. Lozano is forced to roll and when he reaches for Amoussou’s feet, “Psycho” locks up the rear-naked choke. The bloodied Lozano is forced to tap out at 2:05 of the first round. Impressive first-round mauling by Karl Amoussou.

Saul Almeida vs. Matt Bessette


Round 1
Almeida grabs a collar tie and tries to mug the local favorite with punches, but Bessette gives the Brazilian expat some shots in return. He slips on a punch and Almeida tries to hop into full mount, gets blocked and goes to Bessette’s open guard. Bessette keeps busy on the bottom until he can scramble back to his feet and push Almeida into the fence. He drills a knee into a Almeida’s gut and a few into his leg, but the rangy Almeida turns the tables and knees Bessette in the solar plexus. Almeida has double underhooks and is controlling the action against the fence with 90 seconds left, though there’s not much action to speak of. Almeida trips Bessette to the floor with a minute left, but Bessette immediately sweeps to the top and the partisan crowd explodes. The lightweights finish the round trading winging punches on the fence.

Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-9 Almeida
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Almeida
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Almeida

Round 2
Almeida wades inside to grab for a single-leg, gets backed off by some punches and then goes for it again. He holds Bessette against the cage for a moment, but can’t find the takedown. Almeida is looking tired already, but he hits a double-leg against the cage. Bessette pops back to his feet and grabs a guillotine as he’s brought back down. It looks deep and Almeida seems to be in serious trouble, but he stays calm and pops his head out. Almeida stays on top until Bessette sweeps with two minutes remaining in the round and pushes “The Spider” into the cage. Bessette moves to side control, but gets stuffed back to full guard when he tries to take mount. Almeida pulls rubber guard, causing Bessette to stand back up. Bessette scores with punches on the feet in the closing seconds while Almeida throws wild bombs with his head down.

Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-9 Bessette
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Bessette
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Bessette

Round 3
K. Mills

Bessette lost his balance
but not the decision.
Almeida tries to keep Bessette at range with long punches, but there’s nothing behind them and the Connecticut native is just walking forward, unperturbed, landing punches and kicks when he can get close enough. Almeida seems to be struggling to keep his mouthpiece in as he breathes with his mouth wide open. The Brazilian throws a leg kick, then has a body kick caught, but Bessette can’t do anything with it. Almeida puts Bessette on his back and stands over his prone opponent, only to be rocked with an upkick. He falls on top of Bessette, regaining his wits as he sits in the local fighter’s open guard. Bessette tries some double-palm slaps and elbows from his back; Almeida just clings on and stays tight in Bessette’s guard. Bessette lands a couple hard sideways elbows and Almeida stands up. Almeida throws a couple punches to finish the fight, but he’s a few feet away from Bessette.

Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-9 Bessette (29-28 Bessette)
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Bessette (29-28 Bessette)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Bessette (29-28 Bessette)

Official result: Judges Dave Tirelli and Cardo Urso score the bout 30-27, while Jeff Blatnick sees it 29-28, all for the winner by unanimous decision, Matt Bessette.

Ryan Quinn vs. Marc Stevens


Round 1
Quinn pushes forward at the bell, but he’s taken down with a Stevens double-leg. Quinn scrambles back up and puts his shoulder to the fence, then turns Stevens around and tries to work some dirty boxing. Quinn drops low for a single-leg and gets stuffed, then kneed in the head as he comes back up. Stevens tags his man with a combination and Quinn closes the gap again. They break off briefly but are soon back in the clinch, Quinn scoring with knees inside. Stevens reverses and stomps at Quinn’s feet.

Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-9 Quinn
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Quinn
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Quinn

Round 2
Quinn walks down Stevens with hooks, then plows him to the mat at the foot of the fence. Stevens tries to post and use the fence to inch up the wall, but Quinn flattens him out. They get back to their feet and work along the perimeter, exchanging foot stomps until Quinn drags Stevens down again, this time away from the fence. Quinn tries to pass to side control and gets put back in Stevens’ closed guard. Quinn looks to get busy with some ground-and-pound, but Stevens is doing well to tie up from the bottom and limit the damage. Ref Dan Miragliotta stands them up with 45 seconds to go and Stevens sprawls all over a Quinn double-leg.

Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-9 Quinn
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Quinn
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Quinn

Round 3
Stevens sprawls on another Quinn double-leg and puts the Connecticut native’s back on the cage. Quinn reverses the position, drops low and gets denied a single-leg. Stevens puts Quinn on the fence again; it’s all pummeling and fighting inside early in the third, with few strikes being thrown. Quinn gets his takedown and Stevens throws up a loose triangle which Quinn powers out of. Quinn steps into full mount and drops some punches to Stevens’ ribs as he tries to find space to posture up and unload. The chance doesn’t come, as Stevens sweeps out of the precarious position and winds up on top for a few seconds. He tries to take Quinn’s back and winds up on the canvas again, with Quinn working on top from his full guard with a minute to go. Quinn drops sporadic ground-and-pound in the last 30 seconds, with nothing landing all that hard.

Jack Encarnacao scores the round 10-9 Quinn (30-27 Quinn)
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Quinn (30-27 Quinn)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Quinn (30-27 Quinn)

Official result: Judges Jeff Blatnick and Eric Colon score the bout 29-28, while Cardo Urso has it 30-27, all for the winner by unanimous decision, Ryan Quinn.

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