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Round 1

The “Showtime Era” for Bellator MMA kicks off with Bellator 255 and
a middleweight matchup between Newman (2-0, 2-0 BMMA) and Busick
(2-1, 1 NC; 0-1 BMMA). John English is your referee. No touch of
gloves as the 185ers set up, Newman southpaw, Busick orthodox.
Newman clinches and runs Busick to the fence, looking for the
takedown but Busick defends with an overhook. Newman drills Busick
with a knee just before they disengage. 90 seconds gone. Newman
clinches again, they’re against the fence, and Newman drills Busick
with a knee to the cup. After a brief break, they’re back to it.
Newman again closes the distance and clinches. They jockey for
position away from the fence, Newman just misses a big elbow on the
break. Busick slips and Newman chases him down. Newman sets up in
half guard, then moves to the back. He lands a couple of hard shots
that have Busick squirming to get out. Newman grabs a no-hooks
rear-naked choke but Busick slips out. Newman ends up in side
control, where he rains down punches. He ends up back in half guard
as the round expires. Big round for Jordan Newman.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-8 Newman
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-8 Newman
Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-8 Newman

Round 2

Newman shoots a double-leg takedown immediately and gets Busick to
the ground. He lands in half guard near the fence and starts
throwing punches. Busick is bloody and battered. Newman takes a
crucifix, then side control. English pauses the action to give
Busick back his lost mouthpiece. Newman is right back to pounding
on Busick with elbows from side control.
Busick’s left arm is trapped, he’s unable to defend
himself and English steps in to halt the beating
. Complete
domination by the Roufusport prospect, who moves to 3-0.

The Official Result

Jordan Newman def. Branko Busick R2 2:30 via TKO (Elbows)

Round 1

Well-traveled veteran Huerta (24-12-1, 1 NC; 1-5 BMMA) meets one of
Bellator’s more promising young homegrown talents in Gonzalez (5-0,
4-0 BMMA), at a contracted catchweight of 160 pounds. Kevin
MacDonald is the referee. Gonzalez pushes Huerta to the fence where
he’s looking for a takedown. Suddenly he scoops Huerta up with a
high-crotch and slams him to the canvas. Gonzalez very heavy on
top, as Huerta switches between full and half-butterfly guard from
the bottom. Halfway through the round, Gonzalez passes to half
guard. Huerta scrambles to his knees and Gonzalez grabs north-south
position. Gonzalez spins to the back. With 90 seconds left, he
sinks both hooks. Gonzalez flattens Huerta and begins throwing big
shots to the head. He goes for a rear-naked choke with a minute
left, or perhaps a neck crank. He gives it up and throws some more
heavy punches to the sides of Huerta’s head. With under 30 seconds
left, Huerta gets back to his knees, but Gonzalez is still
walloping him at the horn. Huge round for Gonzalez.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-8 Gonzalez
Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-8 Gonzalez
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-8 Gonzalez

Round 2

Gonzalez shoots a blast double, running Huerta to the ground within
the first 15 seconds. He moves to half-guard. Huerta locks down
Gonzalez’s left leg and throws short shots from the bottom, but
Gonzalez is not even distracted as he looks to trap an arm. Huerta
regains full guard. Gonzalez heavy on top, with his head in the
middle of Huerta’s chest, throwing punches to the head and body.
Halfway through the round, Huerta’s guard is closed, Gonzalez still
chipping away from top position. Huerta bucks Gonzalez off him,
stands and lands three good punches. Gonzalez half-staggers away,
but it doesn’t look as though he’s hurt badly. Gonzalez shoots a
single and gets another takedown. The round ends with Huerta on his
back.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Gonzalez
Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gonzalez
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Gonzalez

Round 3

Huerta is the man coming forward as the final round opens. Gonzalez
circles out, looks to counter. 90 seconds, in there are no takedown
attempts yet from the decorated wrestler. Huerta stalking, throwing
hard kicks to the legs and body. Gonzalez misses with a huge
Superman punch. Huerta throws a glancing head kick. At the midpoint
of the round, on a cue from his corner, Gonzalez shoots a takedown
and gets it easily. He moves instantly to the back, sinks a hook
and begins throwing punches.
He flattens Huerta out against the fence and out of
nowhere, Huerta taps
. Not sure whether it was some injury or
pure “no mas,” but either way, Chris Gonzalez remains undefeated in
dominant fashion.

The Official Result

Christopher Gonzalez def. Roger Huerta R3 3:01 via TKO (Submission
to Punches)

Round 1

Next up is our third catchweight of the evening, this one another
of the unscheduled variety, as Aguiar (17-1, 0-0 BMMA) missed the
middleweight limit for his Bellator debut by nearly two pounds. The
man we call “The Murdalizer” (14-2, 0-0 BMMA) will take a chunk of
his purse, and the fight goes on. Todd Anderson is the third man in
the cage. They touch gloves and set up in matching orthodox
stances. Aguiar shoots a double-leg almost immediately. Murtazaliev
sprawls against the fence and Aguiar switches to a single. 90
second in, they’re still jockeying. Murtazaliev gets away with a
fence grab, then uses another to take top position. Anderson stops
the fight immediately, gets a Russian translator and issues a
warning. He also restarts the fight in the middle of the cage,
standing. Aguiar’s lead hand is reaching, pawing as both men throw
low calf kicks. Murtazaliev lands a nice jab. Aguiar runs forward
and lands a one-two. With a minute and a half left, it’s the
Russian who initiates the clinch and shoves Aguiar to the fence.
Aguiar fights off the takedown, but Murtazaliev lands a hard elbow
as they separate. Aguiar keeps rushing forward with big hooks,
several of which land. Aguiar clinches and is looking for a
takedown at the horn. Aguiar appears to slip and nearly fall out of
his stool between rounds!

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Aguiar
Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Aguiar
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Aguiar

Round 2

Aguiar is the aggressor on the feet to open Round 2, coming forward
with jabs and looping punches, including a couple to the body.
Murtazaliev shoots a double-leg and drops Aguiar to his seat
against the fence. He takes Aguiar’s back against the fence and
looks to flatten the Brazilian out, and Anderson is forced to
intervene again, this time to tell Murtazaliev to keep his fingers
out of Aguiar’s gloves. Aguiar gets back to his feet briefly, but
Murtazaliev trips and hauls him back down, this time away from the
fence. Murtazaliev in full guard, throwing short punches to the
head. Aguiar turns away, then gives up half-guard. Murtazaliev is
driving Aguiar all around the cage on his back. Aguiar sits out and
the round ends with Murtazaliev on Aguiar’s back, sitting.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Murtazaliev
Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Murtazaliev
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Murtazaliev

Round 3

It’s anyone’s fight, on our scorecards at least, and both men are
fighting like it. Aguiar comes forward with more wide punches.
Murtazaliev holds his ground and throws a spinning back kick that
misses. Aguiar shoots a single-leg and pushes Murtazaliev to the
fence. Murtazaliev defends ably with an overhook, then as Aguiar
switches to a double-leg and pulls him down, he tries to deny the
takedown by grabbing a single-leg of his own. Aguiar completes the
takedown and tries to take the back, but Murtazaliev denies him and
takes top position. Halfway through the round, it’s Murtazaliev in
Aguiar’s full guard. Aguiar scoots to the fence and tries to stand.
He gets back up, with Murtazaliev at his waist trying to pull him
back down. A minute left and Murtazaliev is still working for the
takedown. He gets it, but Aguiar pops right back up. Aguiar is
working on a kimura, but he loses the grip and the Russian hauls
him to the canvas. As the 10-second clapper sounds, it’s
Murtazaliev behind a seated Aguiar once again. The horn sounds on a
grueling final round, and we’re headed to the judges’ scorecards
for the first time tonight.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Murtazaliev (29-28
Murtazaliev)
Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Murtazaliev (29-28
Murtazaliev)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Murtazaliev (29-28
Murtazaliev)

The Official Result

Khalid Murtazaliev def. Fabio Aguiar via Unanimous Decision (29-28,
30-27, 30-27)


Round 1

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Round 2

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Round 3

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Round 4

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Round 5

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The Official Result


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