Joe Warren won the Bellator interim bantamweight title last night at Bellator 118, but he had to dig deep to do so.
Rafael Silva had Warren hurt with strikes on several occasions in the early rounds, but he managed to shake that off and rallied later in the fight to earn a unanimous decision victory (48-47 x3).
In the co-main event Andrey Koreshkovdef moved on to the welterweight tournament final in spectacular fashion as he knocked out Justin baesman with a flying knee early in the first round that was somewhat reminiscent of Chris Beal’s one from the UFC 172 prelims last week.
Marcos Galvao earned a decisive unanimous decision victory (30-27 x3) in a feature fight with Thomas Vasquez on the main card, while Liam McGeary moved to the next stage of the light-heavyweight tournament after Mike Mucitelli walked straight into his left hook just 22 seconds into the fight, dropping him on the spot.
See all the Bellator 118 results from last night below.
Joe Warren def. Rafael Silva via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) – to win interim bantamweight title
Andrey Koreshkovdef. Justin Baesman via knockout (flying knee) – Round 1, 1:41 – welterweight tournament semifinals
Marcos Galvao def. Thomas Vasquez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Liam McGeary def. Mike Mucitelli via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:22 “Summer Series” light heavyweight tournament opening round
Dante Rivera def. Gemiyale Adkins via majority decision (29-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Jesus Martinez def. Ryan Contaldi via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Tim Woods def. Eugene Fadiora via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Darrion Caldwell def. Joe Pingitore via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:32
Lester Caslow def. Jay Haas via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:29
Sidney Outlaw def. Mike Bannon via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kevin Roddy def. Amran Aliyev via (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)