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Round 1

Kicking off the card, Erik Perez (19-8), who had a sterling 7-2
record in the UFC but is presently 0-2 in Bellator, is a big
favorite over Blaine Shutt (8-4). Officiating the contest will be
referee Kerry Hatley. Shutt begins the action with a nice leg kick.
Perez comes forward with a series of punches, but Shutt mostly
avoids them. Perez is stalking forward, but Shutt is bouncing well
and circling. Suddenly, Shutt starts limping on a foot and
immediately shoots in. He is able to stall, but is eating plenty of
punches and elbows. Nevertheless, he gets Perez against the cage
and onto his butt. Even in this position, though, Perez continues
to pepper him with strikes. Eventually though, Perez is able to get
back up, and Shutt goes for a guillotine which has little chance of
success. Perez is now on top, in half-guard. Halfway through the
round, and Shutt is against the cage, absorbing the occasional
punch from Perez. Perez is posturing up, but Shutt is unable to use
the butterfly guard to get back up. With the additional space,
Perez lands some heavy, hard elbows that find the mark. Shutt tries
to scramble off the cage, and is able to get some exotic
situations, albeit with Perez still on top. Shutt kicks off the
cage again and seems to be up, but Perez maintains top control and
hits Shutt with some elbows for his efforts. Shutt is active
though, going for a triangle and then an omoplatta, both avoided by
the experienced Perez. Perez continues to land solid
ground-and-pound, mixing in punches and elbows at a steady rhythm.
10-9 Perez.

Round 2

Perez lands the first good shot of the stanza, with a nice body
kick. Shutt goes for some type of roll for a possible submissoin,
but only winds up on his back for his troubles. Surprisingly, after
a short while, Perez stands back up with him, perhaps prefering to
strike. And not long after that, as Shutt comes forward with
punches, Perez catches him with a hard overhand right that stuns
his opponent. As Perez comes forward with more punches, Shutt goes
to his knees, preferring to be on his back. He might regret this
decision, though, as against the cage, Perez mercilessly punishes
him with elbows, which Shutt is simply eating. Kerry Hatley is
taking a closer look. After a considerable amount of damage, Shutt
is able to grab onto his biceps and slow the attack, at least for a
while. Perez continues being active, hitting him with punches when
the elbows aren’t there. Shutt’s head is trapped against the cage,
making the impact of many of the blows from the top even worse.
Perez continues teeing off at will with ground-and-pound, and Shutt
is simply eating it, no longer trying to even scramble or throw up
submissions. With a minute left, Shutt is simply looking to
survive. Out of nowhere, Perez gets a little sloppy and gives up
his back while on top, and suddenly, Shutt has some slim chance of
a rear-naked choke! However, he doesn’t have both hooks in and
Perez is able to turn back into him, and lands some brutal punches
and elbows on Shutt to end the round. Very dominant round, outside
of about 20 seconds. 10-8 Perez.

Round 3

Shutt throws a few punches to start the final round, but they miss
by a solid foot. Perez comes forward with punches of his own, which
patially land. Shutt, surprisingly, lands a nice front kick to
Perez’s face, but it doesn’t do enough damage. Against the cage,
they trade head kicks, with Perez getting the better of the
exchanges. Shutt decides his best opportunity to win is a
guillotine, but again, he doesn’t have it on well, and ends up on
his back, with Perez in his half-guard. Finding himself in a
familiar spot, Perez does what has worked all fight long, scoring
with powerful, short elbows and nice punches. As a neat new
wrinkle, Perez is ripping hard punches to the body now, not just
the head. Shutt postures up, giving up his back, and then manages
to stand up. Against the cage, however, he eats a number of hard
knees to the head from Perez. It’s bad enough that he decides to
drop again to his knees. Shutt tries again to stand up, eating a
number of punches, but in this case, is able to fully regain his
feet. Finally, they disengage, and when Perez misses a spinning
elbow, Shutt show-boats that it missed, a strange gesture for
someone who is being dominated. Shutt is tired and his few punches
are slow and lack power. Perez has also slowed down, but his
punches still possess power. With thirty seconds left, Shutt shoots
in for a single-leg, which Perez easily pancake sprawls. They
scramble a little to end the fight. A game performance by Shutt, by
a very dominant performance by Perez, giving his opponent few
chances. 10-9 Perez (30-26 Perez).

The Official Result

Erik Perez def. Blaine Shutt via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27,
30-27)

Round 1

Undefeated Weber Almeida (5-0), who has knocked out everyone he has
fought, takes on Johnny Soto (3-1), the only weight miss on the
card, coming in 2.5 pounds heavy. Referee Mike Beltran will keep
them honest. Almeida uses a bladed karate stance, and keeps his
distance early. Soto almost immediately clinches, and after a wild
scramble, briefly ends up on top. Almeida is able to explode back
up to his feet, though, and they are now grappling against the
fence, with each man having one underhook. Soto is pressing, but
Almeida stays upright. Eventually, he is able to push Soto back,
and they disengage. Soto lands a solid body kick. Soto then lands a
leg kick some time later, but gets countered by an Almeida left
hand for his efforts. Almeida lands a solid head kick that pushes
Soto back. Almeida is picking his shots, but landing well when he
does. Indeed, as Soto comes in, Almeida nails him with a straight
left. A spin with no strike by Soto leads to a series of punches by
Almeida, only partially blocked. Almeida, circling on the outside,
lands a leg kick for good measure. Soto is having trouble landing
effective offense now. He goes for several kicks to the legs and
body, but they’re mostly blocked. Almeida throws a nice combo, with
the straight left landing yet again. Soto lands a roundhouse leg
kick, and Almeida lands a side kick to the legs. As the round draws
to a close, Almeida opens up with a barrage of punches to the body
and head, some of them getting through. Soto goes for a takedown,
but it’s defended well. 10-9 Almeida.

Round 2

Almeida lands a thudding body kick to begin the second stanza. A
short while later, he throws a nice 3-punch combination, although
Soto blocks it. Almeida is using his kicks more, landing to the
legs and body in a series of shots. Soto scores with an inside leg
kick of his own. Soon after, he goes for a double-leg, who sprawls,
but doesn’t angle off well enough. Soto is able to scramble onto
Almeida’s back. Almeida is defending well, but Soto has back-mount
and is now landing punches to soften up his opponent. Now with both
hooks in, he is threatening with a rear-naked choke. When Almeida
defends, Soto lands with hard punches to the side of the head,
before going back to the submission attempt. Finally, with 2
minutes left, Almeida is able to turn back, although he is still
mounted. Soto continues delivering solid ground-and-pound,
including some old-school forearms in addition to meaningful, hard
punches. Almeida is in big trouble! He decides to turn again, but
Soto manages to get his arm around his neck effectively, and the
RNC looks tight. Almeida manages to gut it out, but he continues
eating heavy damage. Finally, with 30 seconds left, Soto gets too
loose, and Almeida is able to escape. After some changes in
position, they get back up to their feet, and it’s now Almeida who
is landing punches to a tired-looking Soto. What a round! Very
close to a 10-8. 10-9 Soto.

Round 3

Almeida starts the round like he did the last one, with a hard body
kick. A short while later, he lands a front kick to the body that
lands nicely, too. And then a third one to the exact same spot,
which Soto looks too tired to defend against. He throws a 1-2, and
the cross connects well. The Brazilian continues his kicks, scoring
with a roundhouse body kick and then a leg kick for good measure.
Soto is passive, likely conserving his energy for a shot. Indeed,
he does so a short while later, but Almeida is ready and simply
steps out of the way. Soto slowly lumbers after his opponent, and
he eats a straight left for his troubles. With 3 minutes left, Soto
gets a hold of Almeida’s hips, and tired as he is, he manages to
get the takedown! Yet again, he quickly gets to the back. Almeida
turns back into him, but Soto is landing the occasional punch.
Almeida keeps turning around, but it’s a stalling tactic, and he is
eating punches. Soto now has full mount, and he starts to open up
with punches and elbows. When Almeida turns around, Soto takes his
back with both hooks and threatening with a rear-naked choke. It
looks fairly tight with a minute remaining, but Almeida fights the
helping arm to stay alive. Finally, Almeida is able to spin around
with the cage and creates a scramble, but Soto is still on top of
him. As the fight winds down, Soto is all over Almeida’s back. What
a dramatic, back-and-forth fight! Soto appears to have pulled off
the upset. 10-9 Soto (29-28 Soto).

The Official Result

Johnny Soto def. Weber Almeida via Unanimous Decision (29-27,
29-28, 29-28)

Round 1

Long-time Bellator featherweight contender Henry Corrales (18-5)
drops down to 135 to take on veteran Johnny Campbell (20-13), who
has fought almost every fight of his career in Cage Titans. Referee
Kevin MacDonald will look on. Campbell throws a unique side-kick to
the head, but Corrales avoids it. A while later, he throws two
spinning back roundhouse kicks which are also avoided, with
Campbell falling down in the process. He does land a solid leg
kick, though. A short while later, Corrales lands a 1-2 and
Campbell briefly falls, although he doesn’t appear to be too hurt.
Campbell starts throwing punches of his own, but they’re solitary
shots he heavily loads up on. Meanwhile, Campbell has his hands
down, relying on his head movement, but Corrales is catching him. A
crazy power punch by Campbell catches Corrales though and clearly
hurts him. He continues swinging wildly, but Corrales has recovered
enough to avoid them. Campbell connects with another right hand.
Corrales continues throwing 1-2s, but Campbell’s head movement is
effective now. Campbell continues coming forward, throwing wild
power punches non-stop. Campbell drops down for a takedown, but
Corrales defends without even having to sprawl much. Still,
Campbell is persistent and he briefly scores with a double-leg
pick-up. Still, Corrales quickly uses the cage to get back up.
Further attempts by Campbell are unsuccessful, and in getting up,
he eats an uppercut for his efforts. Corrales is starting to score
a lot more on the feet with his jab and a chopping right hand, with
the 1-2 being particularly successful. Campbell throws wild power
punches that miss. After a leg kick by Campbell lands, Corrales
shoots a double-leg of his own and gets Campbell down. Campbell
doesn’t get up though, but Corrales isn’t able to land much
ground-and-pound. Very, very close round. 10-9 Corrales.

Round 2

The two fighters pick up where they left off, exchanging punches in
the center of the cage. Campbell lands a very hard calf kick that
knocks Corrales off his feet. Corrales continues throwing 1-2s, but
Campbell evades with his head movement. Corrales is doing a better
job of avoiding Campbell’s kicks, though. Campbell does eventually
score with one, but Corrales hits him with the chopping right hand
soon after. Campbell’s punches are missing, but his follow-up leg
kicks are frequently finding the mark and bothering Corrales more
and more. In a change of tactics, Campbell starts throwing the jab
instead of power punches, and they’re landing. Midway through the
round, Corrales scores with a series of punches that Campbell eats
flush, with his hands down, though he doesn’t look hurt. Campbell
soon goes back to the well with his leg kicks. Corrales partially
scores with the same 1-2 combination. Corrales then catches
Campbell with a chopping right hand counter that stumbles him back.
As Corrales looks to be in control, Campbell suddenly lands a right
uppercut that drops Corrales like a ton of bricks!
Campbell quickly follows him to the mat, attaining
mount and delivering punches. Corrales turns his back and Campbell
sinks in a quick, tight rear-naked choke!
Corrales has no
choice but to tap! What an incredible turn-around and upset! Great
performance by Campbell, as the second big underdog in a row
triumphs.

The Official Result

Johnny Campbell def. Henry Corrales via Submission (Rear-Naked
Choke) at 4:12 of Round 2

Round 1

Submission artist Patrick “Patchy” Mix (13-1), whose first
professional loss was his last fight, a decision loss for the
Bellator bantamweight championship against Juan Archuleta, looks to
bounce back against Albert Morales (10-6-1). Keeping a keen eye on
the proceedings will be referee Todd Anderson. Morales comes out
pumping his jab and landing with a couple of solid body kicks.
However, it’s not long before Patchy Mix grabs a hold of him and
takes him down. Morales wall-walks back up, but Mix takes him down
again. A second attempt ends with yet another mat return by Mix and
this time, he has the back with both hooks in. Morales turns
around, but Mix has three-quarters mount. Morales does a nice job
to retain full guard. Mix backs up, looking for a way to pass, and
Morales manages to stand back up. Of course, it’s not for long, as
Mix is back on him. Mix gets too high on the back, however, and
Morales throws him forward on his head, and it’s now Morales on
top! Morales is mostly stalling here, but he does land a few short
forearms, although they’re not hard. Morales switches between
half-guard and side control, as Mix stays on his back. Morales is
looking to smother the grappling virtuoso, not giving Mix any
opportunities for submissions. Eventually though, he postures up
just a little, and Mix immediately hip-escapes back up to the feet.
Morales throws a nice punch combination, with Mix blocking the
punches to the head, but absorbing ones to the body. Unfortunately
for him, he also goes for a jumping knee, which allows Mix to
easily take him down. Still, Morales continues defending tough on
his back, and with 15 seconds left he gets up. He comes forward
with more punch combinations, scoring to the head and body as Mix
retreats. Good round for the massive underdog Morales. 10-9
Morales.

Round 2

Starting the round, Mix lands a nice body kick. Morales is throwing
punches, but Mix is blocking them a little better now. Mix lands a
1-2 of his own. Morales comes back with right hooks, scoring to the
body. Mix ducks down for a takedown, pushes him to the cage, and
then picks him up. With Morales off the floor, Mix calmly walks him
to the center of the cage before slamming him down, shades of Matt
Hughes. This time, Mix is looking to work his ground-and-pound
more, landing with short punches and hammerfists from side control.
Morales tries to scramble up, but gives up his back, and Mix gets
his beloved body triangle position, from where he is as dangerous
as any fighter in the sport. He peppers some short right hands to
Morales, who is trying desperately to escape. At one point, Mix
lands a very hard elbow to his head. Morales turns into the mount,
but gets nailed with punches and elbows for his troubles. Still, he
continues resisting, and Mix hasn’t yet attempted any submissions.
However, the punches are becoming more constant, and Morales is
struggling to avoid them. Suddenly, with 80 seconds left, Mix goes
for a quick rear-naked choke, but Morales attacks the helping arm
to get out. Mix then continues to better Morales with punches and
elbows on the ground, several of them landing hard and flush.
Morales struggles to get away near the end of the round, but Mix
still has the body triangle on. Nice turnaround for Mix, and an
utterly dominant round. 10-8 Mix.

Round 3

Mix starts the round with two body kicks, both of which land. He
immediately grabs onto the hips of Morales, gets him to the cage,
and again lifts him up, although this time, he immediately drops
Morales down. Working in side control, he lands short punches, but
nothing significant. Morales has less energy now, and he isn’t
scrambling up the way he was in round 1. Mix goes back to
half-guard and is working an arm-triangle choke. Morales knows how
to defend, but Mix’s squeeze looks tight as he seeks to get his
right leg free and crank it from side-control. Mix wisely uses some
knee strikes and punches to the body to soften up Morales.
Finally, still in half-guard, Morales has no choice
but to tap to Mix’s deep arm triangle.
Interestingly, despite
being such a terrific grappler, this is the first arm triangle
submission of Mix’s career.

The Official Result

Patrick Mix def. Albert Morales via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
at 2:40 of Round 3

Round 1

Up next, resurgent middleweight contender Lorenz Larkin (22-7),
having won 4 times in a row, takes on late replacement and former
Bellator middlweight champion Rafael Carvalho (16-5). This could be
an incredible striking battle. Referee Mike Beltran will get the
best seat in the house. Both men walk slowly to the center, looking
to gain a sense of the rythm of the fight first. Carvalho throws
out a few solid leg kicks. Larkin throws a fast right cross, but
it’s blocked, and Carvalho lands another leg kick, although it’s
partly checked. Larkin isnow circling around the perimeter of
Carvalho’s reach well, and throwing the odd leg kick of his own,
although Carvalho is avoiding or checking them well. Larkin throws
a beautiful combination, but Carvalho covers up expertly. They fire
off punches, and a straight right from Carvalho lands. Larkin
explodes forward, and partially lands a three-punch combo. Carvalho
comes back with punches of his own. The feeling-out proces didn’t
last long after all! They clinch, and Larkin disengages with a hard
right elbow. Strangely, Carvalho decides to clinch with him again,
and the paces slows, with 2 minutes left. Larkin lands two more
elbows, one after the other, for good measure. Then, as Carvalho
continues to clinch, he lands about three or four more, with the
last couple hurting Carvalho. They throw punches at range, but
interestingly, Larkin is occasionally throwing the same short elbow
at range now, too. A right hand counter catches Carvalho coming
forward and he ducks down before backing up. Carvalho fires off
punches, but Larkin is avoiding or blocking them. As the end winds
down, Larkin lands more short elbows as he comes forward and opens
up with his punches as Carvalho covers up. Carvalho did well the
first half of the round, but after he clinched, it was all Larkin.
10-9 Larkin.

Round 2

Carvalho is more tentative with his leg kicks now, which Larkin now
avoids. Carvalho goes for a head kick, but Larkin retreats out of
the way again. Larkin explodes with a body kick of his own,
partially blocked. Carvalho now comes forward with a barrage of
strikes, connecting with a head kick that partly hits the back of
Carvalho’s head, then throwing punches, several of which land.
Larkin returns fire with a right cross and they clinch. It’s Larkin
now looking for a takedown, and he gets Carvalho to his knees
against the cage. However, Carvalho works his way back up to his
feet. Larkin disengages with a spinning back elbow, but it’s
blocked, unlike his elbows in the previous round. Carvalho lands a
solid 1-2 at short range and inexplicably clinches again. The pace
slows with 2 minutes left as referee Beltran warns them to keep
working. Neither man is doing much, perhaps looking to get a
breather after the furious action earlier. With 70 seconds left,
Beltran separates them and restarts them in the center of the cage.
They soon clinch again, but Larkin lands some powerful elbows.
However, Carvalho finally disengages and lands solid punches of his
own. Larkin is moving less and it’s allowing Carvalho to score with
his punches now. Late in the round, Carvalho scores with another
1-2, the latter of which snaps Larkin’s head back. Larkin attempts
his own punches, but Carvalho evades them well. Nice bounce back
for Carvalho and I have it all tied up. 10-9 Carvalho.

Round 3

Larkin starts circling again to begin the final round, if less
energetically than in round 1. He scores with a nice calf kick. He
then lands a body kick. Carvalho comes forward with punches, but
Larkin slips them and clinches, landing yet another short elbow in
the process. Larkin is working for the takedown now against the
fence as Carvalho defends. Mike Beltran is quicker with his warning
for more work now, as neither man is doing much. Carvalho
disengages and amusingly, lands a nice short elbow of his own. At
range, he again scores with a 1-2, both punches landing flush.
Larkin is throwing right hooks to counter, but they’re slower and
Carvalho avoids them easily. Meanwhile, Carvalho’s straight right
seemingly can’t miss. They clinch again and now exchange elbows.
Larkin lands a right uppercut, his best strike of the round. Larkin
pushes Carvalho against the cage again and looks for a takedown. He
again gets Carvalho to his knees, but the Brazilian is able to post
back up. Larkin is persistent, but eventually Carvalho regains his
position against the cage with a minute left. Finally, with 50
seconds left, they disengage. Larkin throws a few punches, but
Carvalho avoids them. Carvalho’s own strikes look slow now though,
and miss. Larkin now starts to connect with his combinations,
nailing Carvalho several times with straight right hands. As the
fight winds down, they again clinch to end the bout. Very close
round, and a strong showing for Carvalho given he took the bout on
very short notice. 10-9 Larkin (29-28 Larkin).

The Official Result

Lorenz Larkin def. Pedro Carvalho via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29,
29-28)

Round 1

Finishing up the prelims, Raufeon Stots (15-1), whose only loss was
to Merab Dvalishvili back in 2017, takes on “The Gentleman” Josh
Hill (20-3) in another high-quality bantamweight clash. Referee
Kevin MacDonald will look on. Stots fires off jabs to open up the
fight. Hill lands a leg kick that stumbles him. Not long after,
Stots lands a hard inside leg kick of his own. Stots fires straight
punches, but Hill avoids them well. Stots scores with another leg
kick, and then follows up with a 1-2 that partially lands. With
Hill against the cage, Hill opens up with punches, and with Hill
ducking, Stots takes his back against the cage. Stots continues
working against the cage, but Hill is defending well, controlling
his wrists. Stots throws the occasional punch, but they do little
damage. Hill beings to post up and establish a base as Stots tries
to break it against the cage.As Hill stands up, Stots hits him with
several knees to the head for his effort. Not long after that, Hill
goes back to the canvas while eating a few punches. Stots is using
a wrestling ride to control Hill as the round draws to a close, and
he lands a few weaker punches. As the bell rings, he locks in a
rear-naked choke, but the round is over. 10-9 Stots.

Round 2

Stots begins the round with a few jabs. Hill lands a body kick.
Stots continues to stalk forward, hoping to drive Hill against the
cage again. Hill scores with a 1-2. Stots responds with a couple of
left crosses that find the mark, causing Stots to retreat. Hill
goes for a leg kick, but Stots responds with a hard check. Stots
lands a flush body kick, too. They are now exchanging punches, with
Hill landing right crosses and Stots landing left crosses. Both men
are cautious with their strikes, though. Stots fires off a few
jabs. They clinch halfway through the round, and Stots lands a few
knees to Hill’s legs. Hill is able to break the clinch and they
return to the center of the cage. Hill comes forwad and lands
straight right as Stots ducks. Stots fires off a 1-2, but Hill
moves just out of range. Stots goes back to the 1-2, with the cross
partially landing. The pace has definitely slowed, with both men
being very cautious. Hill goes for a body kick, but Stots blocks it
and almost catches it. To end the round, Stots lands a hard body
kick. Close round. 10-9 Stots.

Round 3

Stots begins the round again with a few jabs. Stots lands a solid
inside leg kick. Hill comes forward with straight punches, but has
little success. Not long after the commentators remark on his lack
of effectiveness, he lands a solid straight right, perhaps his best
of the fight. Circling around, he lands a solid leg kick, and not
long after, an overhand right. Stots then lands a big body kick.
Hill throws a 1-2, but Stots avoids it. Stots lands a front
body-kick, an effective strike it’s surprising he hasn’t used more.
Stots lands a thudding left cross as Hill was throwing himself.
Hill’s 1-2 misses. They are going strike-for-strike a lot here, but
Stots is getting slightly the better of it. With a minute left,
Hill explodes for a double-leg shot, but Stots easily stuffs it and
lands a knee on Hill’s way up. As Hill comes forward with punches,
Stots picks him up and slams him neatly. Stots is in half-guard now
and lands a few solid punches to the body. The fight ends. A solid
victory for Stots if not a particularly spectacular one. 10-9 Stots
(30-27 Stots).

The Official Result

Raufeon Stots def. Josh Hill via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27,
30-27)

Round 1

Beginning the main card, one of the most exciting fighters in the
sport, Michael “Venom” Page (18-1) faces a hard test in Derek “The
Barbaric” Anderson (17-3) in a 175 pound catchweight affair.
Keeping a close eye on the proceedings will be referee Todd
Anderson. Page comes out with his trademark heavily bladed side
stance. He lands a calf kick early, as Anderson tries to get a
gauge on his opponent. Page throws a big right cross, but Anderson
ducks down in time. Anderson comes forward with an overhand right,
but Page easily avoids with his trademark movement. Page lands a
right straight and then mocks Anderson when he covers up. Page
attempts a jumping knee some time later, but Anderson is ready and
defends well. As Anderson comes forward, though, Page partially
connects with a hard right hand. A short while later, Page throws a
brilliant 1-2 that Anderson eats. Anderson comes forward with leg
kicks and an overhand right, but neither is successful. Finally,
Anderson clinches Page’s hips. Page is defending against the
takedown well though, as the round reaches the halfway point. Page
is throwing the occasional elbow to Anderson’s head, but is careful
to concentrate on defending the takedown around his waist. Anderson
keeps grinding, but seems to have little success advancing
position. Finally, Page gains underhooks, lands a few knees and
separates. Anderson partially lands a leg kick.
Then, out of nowhere, Page lands a lightning-quick
roundhouse kick that crushes Anderson’s nose and drops him.
He
gets up quickly though, and is game to continue. A short while
later, Page explodes with a right cross that floors him again.
Anderson’s face is already a mask of blood, dripping all over his
chest. Anderson tries a few punches of his own, but none land.
Excellent round for Page, with two knockdowns. 10-8 Page. As the
bell is about to ring to start Round 2, the referee waves off the
fight, as Anderson’s nose looks badly caved in by that vicious head
kick. Yet another sensational, highlight-reel victory for Page,
becoming the first man to stop Derek Anderson.

The Official Result

Michael Page def. Derek Anderson via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 5:00
of Round 1

Round 1

In a lightweight affair, longtime Bellator contender Patricky
“Pitbull” Freire battles tough Irishman Peter Queally (12-5-1).
Making sure they follow the rules will be referee Kerry Hatley.
Queally starts off with a front kick that touches Patricky. Freire
responds with a hard calf kick that knocks Queally back. Queally
responds with a body kick that lands solidly. As both men move to
kick, Freire’s lands below the belt line, and there is a brief
pause. Meanwhile, it appears that Patricky was caught with an
eye-poke. A rare double foul! They resume, and Queally scores with
a leg kick. Patricky comes forward with some nice punches, a right
uppercut followed by a left hook, though they’re mostly blocked.
Pitbull lands several solid leg kicks. Freire, after a pause, lands
another hard leg kick. Queally seems to land an eye-poke, and as
Freire protests, Queally lands a right cross. Patricky responds
with a flush cross of his own, the best connection of the round.
They go back to throwing leg kicks, and Patricky is getting the
better of it. Queally lands a body kick followed by a right cross.
Very hard leg kick now lands for Patricky. Queally lands a hard leg
kick of his own and blocks the right hook that Pitbull throws.
Freire then responds with a brutal leg kick that temporarily
crumples Queally. Queally attempts a few jabs, but Pitbull easily
evades. Freire goes for a jumping knee, but it only finds air. Near
the end of the round, Freire shoots for a double-leg and gets
Queally down to his knees. He is not fully down though, and he
throws slaps to the side of Patricky’s head. The round ends as
Queally defends on his knees. 10-9 Freire.

Round 2

Queally scores first in the round, landing a solid jab. However,
Patricky follows up with two brutal leg kicks that clearly hurt the
Irishman. He then lands an overhand right that temporarily stuns
Queally. Queally tries more jabs, but these are ineffective.
Meanwhile, Pitbull’s own jab has some success, and a short while
later, he lands another leg kick, this one forcing Queally to his
knees. Queally is now clearly hurt, to the point where he is
switching to the southpaw stance. However, a straight left by
Queally has opened up a cut right underneath Freire’s right cheek.
Freire throws another combination, mostly blocked, but digging a
left uppercut to the body at the end. Freire continues his attack
to the legs, but is throwing his hands more. Queally throws a 1-2
that partially lands. Freire responds with a two-punch combo of his
own. Pitbull doubles up on the jab, with both landing. The
Brazilian continues to circle well on the outside, and lands a hard
right hook to the body. Queally responds with an uppercut to
Freire’s body. With forty seconds left, similar to the first one,
Freire shoots a double-leg as Queally comes forward, and this time,
gets the Irish fighter fully on his back.
Queally lands a few elbows off his back to the
crown of Freire’s head that causes a lot of blood to gush out,

as Freire peppers him with punches to the body. Blood aside, Freire
is firmly in control. 10-9 Freire. The ringside physician looks at
Freire’s cut and decides that since it won’t stop leaking, he can’t
continue. A curious decision, as we have seen fighters in similar
situations allowed to keep fighting.

The Official Result

Peter Queally def. Patricky Freire via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at
5:00 of Round 2

Round 1

In the co-main event, the Bellator Light Heavyweight tournament
continues as long-time top UFC light heavyweight, Anthony “Rumble”
Johnson, comes out of retirement to face late replacement Jose
Augusto Azevedo Barros (7-2), filling in for for Yoel Romero.
Referee Mike Beltran gets the assignment. Johnson begins with
several hard leg kicks and mostly evades Augusto’s return punches.
He neatly ducks a left hook by Augusto. Johnson scores with a hard
front push-kick to Augusto’s stomach that has him stumbling back
into the cage. Johnson throws a very hard head kick that Augusto
blocks, but still effects him. Augusto lands a right cross to the
body. Johnson goes for a leg kick, and Augusto counters with an
overhand right, but evidently injures his hand in the process. It
might be broken. Johsnon stalks forward, with bad intentions, but
Augusto evades. Augusto throws a right hand, but winces in pain
upon impact. Johnson comes forward and lands a hard, short overhand
right that hurts the Brazilian. Johnson has him against the fence
now, and unleashes a barrage, including a right uppercut that hurts
Augusto. Augusto is wobbly as he spins off. Then, as Johnson looks
to finish him, Augusto fires a desperation power punch of his own
and it has Johnson BADLY hurt. A follow-up left hook drops Johnson
and has him close to knocked out. Augusto continues hammering away
on a prone Johnson as referee Mike Beltran is very close to
stepping in. He works for a rear-naked choke and somehow Johnson
finds a way to survive. Johnson then manages to turn around and get
the takedown. Johnson rides out the last moments of a crazy round
on top. 10-9 Augusto.

Round 2

Starting the round, both men throw caution to the wind and exchange
hard jabs. It will be interesting to see if Augusto will throw the
right hand at all. At present, he is only throwing jabs and left
hooks, but he is having success with them, digging a nice left hook
to Johnson’s body. He continues flicking a jab too, which finds the
mark. Johnson has been notably passive, but out of nowhere,
he throws a vicious 1-2, with the right cross
completely turning Augusto’s lights off.
He lands a follow-up
hammerfist, but it’s unnecessary, as the valiant Brazilian martial
artist is completely out. What a great, exciting fight, and yet
another spectacular knockout for Johnson, whose power is still
incredible.

The Official Result

Anthony Johnson def. Jose Augusto Azevedo Barros via KO (Punch) at
1:30 of Round 2

Round 1

In the main event, Sergio Pettis (20-5) challenges Juan Archuleta
(25-2) for the Bellator Bantamweight Championship in what should be
a terrific mix of striking and grappling. Getting the final
assigment of the night is referee Kevin MacDonald. Both fighters
come out bouncing and moving deftly around the cage. Both throw out
a few jab and leg kicks, and it’s Pettis who lands first with his
own jab. Archuleta explodes forward with a series of hooks, but
it’s Pettis who seems to get slightly the better of the exchange.
Archuleta explodes forward again, but Pettis dodges and partially
connects with a beautiful right cross. As Pettis comes forward,
Archuleta times a double-leg perfectly, taking Pettis down. But
Pettis instantly bounces back up and defends against the cage, as
Archuleta holds onto a leg, trying to wrench it out. After a
stalemate, Pettis manages to land a few side elbows to Archuleta’s
head. Eventually, he manages to gain separation and pushes
Archuleta off. Archuleta again comes forward with punches but only
hits air, as Pettis counters with another right cross that
partially lands. Archuleta tries a head kick, but it’s blocked.
Then, as Archuleta comes forward, Pettis pops him with a gorgeous,
perfect right cross, the best connect of the night thus far. Soon
after, he lands another right cross for good measure. And, not long
after, he connects with an overhand right. Archuleta continues
bouncing around on the outside, but he is leery of coming forward
with punches now. He does, however, manage to land a few leg kicks.
As Archuleta comes forward for another takedown, he eats a hard
head kick. He continues wrestling, but with no success. Great round
for the challenger. 10-9 Pettis.

Round 2

As the round starts, Archuleta throws a punch combination, but it’s
mostly blocked. Archuleta pumps out a jab, and then follows it up
with a few punches. Pettis touches him with a right cross, but it
does little damage. Pettis works his own jab, but Archuleta is
circling well on the outside, evading it. Then, a little over a
minute into the round, Archuleta times an excellent double-leg and
this one succeeds, planting Pettis firmly on his back. However, he
does a fantastic job hip-escaping and getting back to the cage,
from which he regains his feet and gains separation. Pettis scores
with a nice jab pushing Archuleta’s head back. Archuleta comes
forward with a punch combination, and this time is more successful,
as he targets the body and lands effectively. Pettis just barely
misses with a powerful 1-2. Archuleta is looking for Pettis’
punches more and seems to be evading them better this round. Pettis
connects with a hard jab soon afterwards, though. Archuleta lands a
solid right cross to Pettis’ body. They both throw a series of
punches, but both avoid them. A cut has opened up on the forehead
of Archuleta now. Not long after this, he lands his best punch, an
uppercut that gets Pettis’ attention. Pettis responds with a head
kick that is only partially blocked. Archuleta scores with a left
hook that is only partially blocked. Pettis lands a short right to
end the round, as Archuleta drops for a takedown attempt. Very
close round. 10-9 Pettis.

Round 3

Archuleta is still bouncing energetically to begin the third, and
he throws a head kick that Pettis ducks. Archuleta scores with a
right cross coming forward, and then Pettis retaliates with one of
his own. Archuleta now pops Pettis with his own jab, the most
success he’s had with that punch. Archuleta is evading Pettis’
punches much better now, which look a little slower. Archuleta’s
punch combinations are having a little more success now, too.
Archuleta lands a solid 1-2 and Pettis’ response isn’t as
successful. Pettis throws a nice front kick to the face that
partially gets through. Archuleta is looking for his straight
punches, and lands a nice right cross. Pettis is landing the
occasional jab and right cross, but without the same frequency or
power as in earlier rounds. Archuleta decides to clinch with Pettis
against the cage, perhaps feeling that a transition will be
successful. Pettis defends ably, however, and they soon separate.
They then rade jabs. As Archuleta comes forward, Pettis records a
solid body kick. The pace slows a little, but Archuleta is still
moving as energetically as ever. He lands a left hook to the body,
and Pettis scores a jab to respond. A close round, but the first
one I think the champion has won. We have ourselves a very tense,
competitive championship bout. 10-9 Archuleta.

Round 4

Archuleta races to the center of the cage to start round 4, and
immediately engages with punches in the pocket. He goes for a
clinch, but Pettis defnds well. Archuleta scores with a few jabs to
the head. Soon after, he scores with another jab, but this time to
the body. Archuleta hits a nifty bodylock takedown, but as earlier
in the fight, Pettis immediately springs back up. Pettis scores
with a jab, and soon after, several more. Off one of these jabs, he
lands a very hard right cross that has Archuleta’s head rocking
back and forth, likely the best strike of the fight. Archuleta
wears it well, though. As Archuleta comes forward, it’s Pettis who
goes for a double-leg. Archuleta is brought to his knees, but gets
back up. As Archuleta goes back into the pocket, Pettis blisters
him with another hard 1-2, the cross clearly hurting Archuleta,
despite his toughness. Archuleta goes for a huge uppercut, but it
misses completely, and Pettis tags him with another one of those
gorgeous straight rights. Pettis then hits him with a hard jab, and
when Archuleta goes forward to clinch, Pettis lands a good knee.
Pettis seems to have Archuleta’s timing down well now, and
Archuleta’s forward advances are being consistently punished. Near
the end of the round, Archuleta ducks low and eats a solid 1-2 for
his troubles. About 15 seconds later, Pettis lands another powerful
1-2. Archuleta charges forward with a jumping knee and right hook,
but Pettis deftly moves out of the way. A very clear, dominant
round for the challenger. 10-9 Pettis.

Round 5

Archuleta, showing the heart of a champion, comes forward with a
punch combination to begin the final stanza. Pettis avoids it.
Pettis stuns Archuleta with a good jab, and touches the champion
with a right cross. Archuleta hits a nice single-leg, but yet
again, Pettis athletically regains his feet in short order.
Tremendous work at getting up by Pettis all fight long. Archuleta
is a little slow in coming forward, and Pettis tags him with a
three punch combination, a cross followed by a jab and then another
cross. Archuleta is at a loss for what to do, and a body kick is
easily avoided. Pettis peppers him with yet another jab. Archuleta
is coming forward, but with him slowing down, Pettis tags him with
another laser-accurate jab. Soon after, Pettis hits him with a hard
right cross. But Archuleta isn’t done, as he comes forward, picks
Pettis up over his head and slams him down with authority! Pettis
is solidly on his back, but he manages to stall the champion, who
is unable to land much ground-and-pound with only 90 seconds left.
With a minute left, they’re in North-South position, but without
being able to knee a downed opponent, little damage is possible for
Archuleta. Pettis eventually wall-walks back up, as Archuleta
continues to grapple with him. The championship fight ends with
Archuleta pressing Pettis against the cage. A phenomenal fight by
Pettis, showing some of the most technical striking in the entire
sport. 10-9 Pettis (49-46 Pettis).

The Official Result

Sergio Pettis def. Juan Archuleta via Unanimous Decision (50-45,
49-46, 49-46)


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