Bellator’s 10th season premiere went according to plan last night as major stars Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal successfully progressed to the final of the four-man light-heavyweight tournament final.
‘Rampage’ won his semi-final in decisive fashion, cuffing former champ M’Pumbu to the ground with a left hook late in the first round and then uncorking some heavy ground and pound blows that left his opponent’s eyes rolling back in his head.
‘King Mo’ was far less impressive in his win over Mikhail Zayats which suffered from a lack of action and engagement over the course of 15 minutes, but nonetheless, the former Strikeforce champion did enough to earn a clean sweep on the scorecards.
So, ‘Rampage’ Vs ‘King Mo’ is now set up as the 205lb tournament final and the two men had a brief verbal altercation in the cage after their fights.
Elsewhere, former UFC fighter Diego Nunes slumped to his second defeat in a row in the Bellator cage with a split decision loss to Matt Bissette who progresses to the featherweight semi-finals where he’ll be joined by Desmond Green, Will Martinez and Daniel Weichel who were also victorious on the night.
See all the results from last night’s event below.
Rampage Jackson def. Christian M’Pumbu via first-round KO (4:34)
King Mo Lawal def. Mikhail Zayats via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Matt Bissette def. Diego Nunes via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Desmond Green def. Mike Richman via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Will Martinez def. Goiti Yamauchi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Daniel Weichel def. Scott Cleve via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:46 of R1.
Egidijus Valavicius def.Atanas Djambazov via TKO (knee)at :48 of R1.
Saul Almeida def. Andrew Fisher via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ryan Quinn def. Andrew Calandrelli via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Josh Diekman vs. Manny Lara: Declared No-Contest at :18 of R1 (Diekmann unintentional eye-poke on Lara)
Marvin Maldonado vs. Rico DiSciullo Declared No-Contest at 1:53 of R1 (illegal knee)