Bellator 88 Results: Live Play-by-Play & Updates

By Staff Feb 7, 2013

Bellator 88 Fight Card will report from The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., at approximately 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with play-by-play and live results of Bellator 88, which is headlined by four featherweight tournament quarterfinal fights.

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George Hickman vs. Stephen Upchurch

Round 1
Keith Mills

Hickman got revenge on Upchurch with a
first-round sub.
Will Fisher is the referee for tonight’s opening bout. The featherweights clash legs as they go for low kicks inside. Hickman lands a few low kicks from the southpaw stance and then switches to orthodox. Hickman gets off a body kick, waits for Upchurch to come in and ducks a punch for a double-leg. Almost as soon as they hit the ground, Hickman has Upchurch’s back secured, then rolls him over. Hickman works for the rear-naked choke, gets his arm under Upchurch’s throat and coaxes the tap at 2:19 of round one.

Clay Harvison vs. Ururahy Rodrigues

Round 1
George Allen is the referee for this bout. Harvison spends a minute trying to chase Rodrigues down, lobbing long punches as the Brazilian backpedals. Rodrigues eventually comes forward, changes levels and begins working for a single-leg on the cage. He can’t get it and switches to a double, but Harvison continues to sprawl ably. Rodrigues lets go and, just as he does, catches a wild, swiping right hand from Harvison on the jaw. Rodrigues hits the deck but gets his wits about him just in time to catch Harvison in his guard. Harvison is unable to pound out Rodrigues, who moves forward to hit a takedown. It only lasts a moment, as Harvison gets back to his feet and defends the next shot. Harvison closes in on Rodrigues and takes a kick square on the groin. The “Ultimate Fighter” alum takes a moment to recover; when they resume, it’s Harvison landing right hands, then sprawling on another takedown attempt to close the frame.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Harvison
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Harvison
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Harvison

Round 2
Rodrigues throws some wild punches, trying to trap Harvison on the fence, but doesn’t land anything clean. Harvison repays the favor with a kick to Rodrigues’ cup, but they’re quick to resume again. Nice lead uppercut from Harvison lands as he explodes off the fence. Rodrigues is mostly throwing single overhand rights; he starts throwing some combinations toward the middle of the round, but Harvison is able to back away from most of the wild strikes. Harvison isn’t doing much offensively, but he’s not taking any real damage from his wide-swinging opponent. Kick to the body lands for Harvison, then he turns away another takedown try. Rodrigues comes right back with another shot, holds Harvison on the fence for a second and backs out. Rodrigues lands a couple outside leg kicks, his only real effective offense of the round, then gets stuffed on a shot again to finish the round.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Rodrigues
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-10
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Rodrigues

Round 3
K. Mills

Harvison knocked Rodrigues silly late
in the fight.
Slow start to the final round with Rodrigues waiting on the outside, not showing his aggression of the previous frame. Harvison works his jab to begin, then gets some leg kicks going inside. More wild overhand rights from Rodrigues miss or are deflected by Harvison, who himself misses with a charging uppercut-hook combo. Lots of missed strikes going on, but Rodrigues has a hard left hook partially get through while Harvison lands a couple kicks inside. Rodrigues thinks punch from Harvison and ducks... right into a knee between the eyes. Rodrigues hits the ground in a daze, and Harvison only gets off one punch before ref Allen intervenes at 3:34 of round three.

Shane Crenshaw vs. Ronnie Rogers

Round 1
Dan Miragliotta is the referee for this bout. Crenshaw gets inside on a double-leg but Rogers defends against the fence. Now it’s Rogers looking to clinch, but Crenshaw tries to arm-drag Rogers over his shoulder. The throw is botched and Rogers uses the opportunity to latch onto Crenshaw’s back and sink in a rear-naked choke. It looks like a wrap for Crenshaw, but he defends with two-on-one and peels off Rogers’ wrist. Crenshaw gets up and the middle of the round is spent circling and feinting. Crenshaw hits a takedown with 45 seconds to go and tries to ground-and-pound from open guard, at first without much success. Crenshaw gets to side control and drops a couple hard, short elbows on Rogers’ face before trying for full mount. Rogers denies him and Crenshaw finishes the round on top in half-guard.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Rogers
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rogers
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-10

Round 2
Crenshaw dives on a single-leg from way out and gets stuffed by Rogers. Neither man is really pulling the trigger through the first half of the second round, mostly circling and trying to navigate the distance. Rogers is landing inside leg kicks at will, though they come sporadically. Crenshaw tries a few shots, always from a mile out and always defended by Rogers. A leg kick from Rogers turns Crenshaw around, so Crenshaw decides to shoot behind a wild right hand. Rogers shuts it down and they go back to circling and feinting.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Rogers
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rogers
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Rogers

Round 3
K. Mills

Rogers stayed active on the bottom and
was rewarded for it.
Crenshaw wastes no time in shooting, pressing Rogers against the fence but still unable to drag “Bam Bam” to the ground. Rogers shoves him off and backs him away with a hook, then shuts down another long shot. A nice knee to the body lands for Rogers as they disengage from the clinch. Rogers looks the fresher of the two; even though Crenshaw is circling the outside, he’s doing so with his mount open and his hands by his side. Rogers turns him around with another low kick. Crenshaw wades in for another shot and gets slugged by Rogers. The next shot attempt is successful at last, and Crenshaw lands in north-south position with 90 seconds to go.

Crenshaw tries to pass to side control and instead nearly carwheels into a triangle choke. Rogers puts him in closed guard and lands elbows to the faded Crenshaw, who is just winging blind punches with his face buried in Rogers’ chest as the fight ends.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Rogers (30-27 Rogers)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rogers (30-27 Rogers)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Rogers (30-28 Rogers)

Official result: All three judges score the bout 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Ronnie Rogers.

Jerrid Burke vs. Joe Elmore

Round 1
Will Fisher is the referee for this bout. Burke catches the crouching Elmore off-balance with a probing punch, but Elmore keeps chasing him around the outside. Elmore misses a spinning backfist as he tries to catch Burke against the fence. Burke tries to kick inside and catches Elmore on the cup. Elmore recovers and gets back to chasing Burke around, looking to knock his block off with wild punches over the top. Burke is on his bike, dashing away from the chopping inside leg kicks of the smaller man. With a minute left in the round, Burke sticks his man with a stiff jab, prompting Elmore to charge in and hit a double-leg against the fence. Elmore stands above the lanky Burke and eats an upkick. Now Elmore takes a knee and slugs Burke with a couple hard right hands. He briefly catches Burke with a front headlock, gives it up and finishes on top.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Burke
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Burke
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Burke

Round 2
K. Mills

Elmore knocked Burke dead in round two.
Burke jumps guard with a guillotine choke and squeezes to try and put Elmore out. Elmore gets his head loose as Burke tries to roll him over, but Burke stays in control and moves right into full mount. Burke has head-and-arm control and could possibly hop off to try an arm-triangle; instead, he postures up and slams Elmore a few times. A syrupy battle ensues from mount as Elmore nearly gives up his back and Burke spends a minute trying to secure the position. Elmore bucks Burke off, gets to his feet and starts chasing Burke, catching him with a right hand and a left high kick that bloodies Burke’s face at the corner of his right eye. Burke misses on a pair of punches, but swings a wild left hand that clubs Burke on the face. Burke falls backward in a daze and ref Fisher is running in to stop the bout before Elmore can follow up. The surprising knockout finish comes at 4:11 of the second round.

Bellator Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Fabricio Guerreiro vs. Magomedrasul “Frodo” Khasbulaev

Round 1
George Allen is the referee for this featherweight tournament quarterfinal. The smaller Khasbulaev ducks low and kicks at the legs of the Brazilian, who comes forward swinging wide punches. Khasbulaev catches a kick, can’t counter but manages to get out of the way of Guerreiro’s counters. Nice, short punch in the clinch lands for Khasbulaev, marking up the face of Guerreiro. Both men are swinging for the fences in close quarters, Guerreiro now finding his range. Khasbulaev clinches and tries a throw, but instead pulls Guerreiroon top of him. Seconds later, Khasbulaev sweeps on top but is immediately forced to defend two armbar attempts from Guerreiro. Khasbulaev tries a no-hooks rear-naked choke in a scramble; it doesn’t work, but he keeps Guerreiro on his back and lands some thumping punches to the Brazilian’s body. Khasbulaev goes to the ground and socks Guerreiro in the face with another punch, and this one seems to make Guerreiro cover up a bit. Guerreiro throws ups a triangle and Khasbulaev slams his way out. Khasbulaev drops for a heel hook, rolls with it, but loses it. Khasbulaev is still on top, so he tries for a kneebar, but Guerreiro defends this as well. With 15 seconds left, Khasbulaev drops back for another heel hook try but runs out of time.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Khasbulaev
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Khasbulaev
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Khasbulaev

Round 2
Guerreiro gets Khasbulaev’s back against the fence, but it’s Khasbulaev who hits the takedown and puts the Brazilian on his back once again. Khasbulaev quickly frames up an arm-triangle choke and hops off to Guerreiro’s right side. Guerreiro resists for a moment but the choke is sunk in all the way and he’s forced to tap out at 1:15 of round two.

Bellator Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Alexandre Bezerra vs. Genair da Silva

Round 1
George Allen is the referee for tonight’s first main card bout. Bezerra staggers da Silva with a stiff jab and hops on the back of the standing “PQD” in the ensuing scramble. Da Silva tries to peel him off but “Popo” won’t be shaken. Eventually, Bezerra slips off the side and da Silva winds up on top in his opponent’s guard. A couple good hammerfists come from da Silva on top, but just as quickly, Bezerra swings his legs up and catches da Silva in an armbar. It’s deep and the upside-down da Silva quickly taps out at the 1:40 mark.

Bellator Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Mike Richman vs. Mitch Jackson

Round 1
Dan Miragliotta is the referee for this bout. Jackson tries to shoot from too far out and gets stood up by Richman, who goes back to switching stances in the center of the cage. Richman eats a jab but walks right through it and drops Jackson with a right hook. Jackson hops back up and has another takedown attempt thwarted by Richman, who is bloodied underneath his right eye. Richman drops Jackson with a left hook, but again Jackson stands. Another knockdown follows and this time Richman goes down to Jackson’s open guard with half the round to go. Richman works some punches to the body but the pace is slower on the ground and ref Miragliotta orders them up with a minute remaining. With seconds left in the round, Richman floors Jackson with a left high kick. Jackson is in trouble, trying to hang on as Richman uses punches and elbows to pound him out. Jackson’s lights go off and on, and Miragliotta finally sees fit to wave it off at 4:57 of round one, giving Mike Richman the win via TKO.

Bellator Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Marlon Sandro vs. Akop Stepanyan

Round 1
Sandro quickly gets inside and grabs hold of Stepanyan, who scoots over to the fence and tries to ward off the takedown. They spend a minute in the position, with Stepanyan grabbing the fence more than once and drawing a warning from referee George Allen. Stepanyan keeps Sandro at range with spinning back-kicks and front kicks, though Sandro manages some leg kicks as he moves around the outside and tries to find an opening for his big right hand. Sandro steps in to throw at the same time as Stepanyan throws a spinning kick and neither lands clean. With 20 seconds left in the round, Sandro gets under Stepanyan and puts him on the fence. Stepanyan can’t grab the fence this time and gets elevated, then slammed to finish the round.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Sandro
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Stepanyan
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Stepanyan

Round 2
Stepanyan goes after Sandro, chasing the Brazilian to the outside of the cage with spinning kicks and snappy punches. One kick finds Stepanyan’s heel landing on Sandro’s head, and the Nova Uniao representative is visibly dazed. Stepanyan rushes him and tries to finish, but instead gets the takedown and lands on top. The action slows and ref Allen orders the featherweights back up. Sandro again sets up on the outside, eats a body kick from Stepanyan and fails on a takedown attempt. Stepanyan is rolling his hands, luring Sandro in and throwing kicks to the body, playing matador when Sandro looks to wrap up. Sandro goes for a leglock with seconds to go and Stepanyan rides out the attack. Before the start of the third round, the ref docks one point from Stepanyan for grabbing the cage.

Jordan Breen scores the round 9-9
Chris Nelson scores the round 9-9
Mike Whitman scores the round 9-8 Stepanyan

Round 3
Sandro takes Stepanyan down in the middle of the cage and works from half-guard, his right leg trapped between the Russian’s. Sandro’s head is being controlled as well, and he can manage only a few right hands to the body from the position before ref Allen stands them up. Just under three minutes remaining in the bout, which is suddenly up for grabs after the point deduction. They’re only on their feet a few seconds before Sandro catches a Stepanyan kick and brings him down again. Sandro repeatedly picks up and slams Stepanyan, who is controlling the Brazilian’s wrists from guard. Scooting Stepanyan over to the fence, Sandro is finally able to get off some hard punches, though mostly to the body.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Sandro (29-27 Sandro)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Sandro (28-28 Draw)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Sandro (28-27 Stepanyan)

Official result: Judge Joey Harnist scores the bout 28-28, ruling the bout a draw. However, judges Ken Coffey and Derek Cleary both score the bout 29-27 for the winner by majority decision, Marlon Sandro.

Bellator Middleweight Title Fight:
Alexander Shlemenko vs. Maiquel Falcao

Round 1
Referee Dan Miragliotta is in charge of tonight’s main event. Shlemenko tries to keep Falcao at bay with punches and even a spinning backfist, but Falcao works his way inside, clinches up and puts Shlemenko on the fence. Shlemenko gets loose and starts throwing again, but Falcao is doing well with his counters, first sticking the Russian with a left hook and then a snappy right hand. Shlemenko puts Falcao on the ground but the Brazilian has overhooks and quickly gets the stand-up. Falcao gets another takedown but Shlemenko is immediately back on his feet, being pushed against the cage. Shlemenko busts out with 30 seconds to go, misses with another spinning attack but now gets the outside position, pushing Falcao into the cage.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Falcao
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Falcao
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Falcao

Round 2
Shlemenko lands a hook and a kick to the body, going after Falcao as the second round begins. Falcao weathers a minute of striking on his back foot before wrapping Shlemenko up and clinching on the fence. Shlemenko gets out and swings a murderous left hook at the Brazilian’s face. He catches a kick from Falcao and sticks a right hand down the pipe, but Falcao comes right back, punishing the body with hooks as Shlemenko covers up. Now it’s Shlemenko’s turn, grabbing the Thai plum and kneeing Falcao’s body. A hook to the liver hurts Falcao, and a short right hook puts him on the ground. Falcao already appears to be surrendering when Shlemenko drops more punches down and knocks him out cold. Alexander Shlemenko becomes the new Bellator middleweight champion at 2:18 of round two.

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