Bellator held their first ever pay-per-view event last night and we’ve got all the results for you below.
Rampage Vs King Mo:
In the main event Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson claimed a controversial unanimous decision victory over his rival Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal (29-28 x3).
King Mo clearly won the first round, immediately taking Rampage to the mat. Rampage was able to work his way back to his feet, but found himself being repeatedly taken down by the former NCAA Division 1 All-American. He did eventually manage to get up and stay up, but there wasn’t enough time left in the round to swing the round in his favor.
The second round started much better for Rampage, preventing a takedown with a short hook opening up a cut to Lawal’s left eye which would start to swell shut as the round progressed. Rampage landed a few more punches and King Mo seemed hurt, but was able to start using clinch work to break up the action and also managed a takedown in the final minute. however, Rampage was on his feet and backing up his opponent with a nice uppercut as the round came to an end.
There was all to fight for in the final round, but there wasn’t as much action this round. Rampage landed a few strikes early, but then King Mo returned to his wrestling game and was able to get him down and briefly had his back at one point.
Rampage was able to get upright and was able to prevent his opponent from taking him down again, but was being clinched up against the cage until they were broken apart. Rampage looked to land something big in the closing stages, but while he did land a nice uppercut, King Mo responded with a solid jab.
So, it was on to the judges scorecards, and while there was a solid case to be made that King Mo’s more grinding-orientated action had been enough to win the fight, it ended up being Rampage who won by unanimous decision to win the light-heavyweight tournament.
Brooks Vs Chandler:
In the co-main event will Brooks produced an upset victory over Michael Chandler in a closely fought five round encounter that ended by split decision.
Chandler, who’d initially been set to fight in the main event of the card before Eddie Alvarez pulled out injured, looked like he’d done enough to win the first couple of rounds with frequent takedowns and ground and pound.
However, Brooks, who’d taken the bout on short notice but had been scheduled to fight elsewhere on the card anyway, turned the screw in the third round, stuffing a takedown from Chandler and then getting him to the mat instead. He was then able to take Chandler’s back and then move into full mount where sustained ground and pound left his opponent bleeding.
Chandler was able to get back up to his feet, but Brooks continued to pile on the pressure, connecting with kicks, managing to get him down and take his back again, and finish the round landing more blows. Big round for Brooks.
Brooks was able to continue that momentum in the fourt round, again getting Chandler to the mat and taking his back. Chandler was able to reverse and get on top, but a lack of action would eventually see them stood up by the ref.
Brooks getting the better of the striking, but an illegal knee while Chandler had his hand down forces a stoppage. They get back to it though and after stuffing a takedown Brooks ends the round latched onto his opponent’s back once again.
To make the judges life more difficult the fifth and final round was closer than the previous four with both men having their moments.
Brooks was looking for strikes in the opening minute, but the had to defend takedown attempts from Chandler and was eventually taken down for a brief moment.
Chandler was starting to look more aggressive on the feet, but Brooks managed to get around to his back and landed a suplex. He took and then slipped off Chandler’s back and it wasn’t long before they were standing again, with Brooks escaping another takedown attempt.
Into the closing stages and Chandler seemed to have Brooks hurt with a strike and as the fight went to the mat he started looking for an arm triangle, but couldn’t finish it in the remaining time.
So, a tough one for the judges to score and that’s reflected in the split decision verdict (48-47 x2, 47-48) for Brooks, crowning him as the new interim lightweight champion and spoiling Bellator’s hopes for a trilogy fight between Alvarez and Chandler, for the time being at least.
Ortiz Vs Shlemenko:
This seemed a puzzling match-up on paper, with Shlemenko being Bellator’s middleweight champion and suited to that weight class, yet offering to move up to fight the much bigger Ortiz.
In the end it turned out to be a decision Shlemenko would quickly regret, with Ortiz managing to drag him down to the mat early in the fight.
Ortiz looked to take Shlemenko’s back, then settled for an arm triangle and sent him to sleep with just 2.27mins of the first round gone.
So Ortiz gets his first win in four fights and leaves open to the potential for a fight with ‘Rampage’ Jackson at some point in the future.
On the down side though, Shlemenko’s 13 fight unbeaten run comes to an end and you have to wonder if it was such a good idea for Bellator to put one of their champions and rising stars in an unfavorable match-up like this.
Volkov Vs Ivanov:
Ivanov looked to have edged Volkov in the striking department in the opening round of this heavyweight encounter, but a botched takedown attempt early in the second cost him dearly, with Volkov able to take his back and sink in the rear-naked choke, forcing the tap with 1.08mins of the second round gone.
And so Volkov wins Bellator’s heavyweight tournament and will go on to fight Vitaly Minokov for the title at a later date.
Page Vs Rainey:
Page showboated from the start in this fight, appearing very confident in his striking ability, and on this occasion that was well-founded as a looping right hand late in the round landed flush behind Rainey’s ear and produced the knockout finish.
Check out all the Bellator 120 results below.
Rampage Jackson def. King Mo by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Will Brooks def. Michael Chandler by Split Decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)
Tito Ortiz def. Alexander Shlemenko by Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 2:27, R1
Alexander Volkov def. Blagoi Ivanov by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:08, R2
Michael Page def. Ricky Rainey by KO (Punch) at 4:29, R1
Cheick Kongo def. Eric Smith by TKO at 4:35, R2
Marcin Held def. Nate Jolly by Submission (Armbar) at 4:20, R1
Fabricio Guerreiro def. Shahbulat Shamhalaev by Submission (Kimura) at 3:29, R1
Goiti Yamauchi def. Mike Richman by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Austin Lyons def. Zach Underwood by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Mike Wessel def. Justin Frazier by TKO at 4:28, R1
Ben Brewer def. Andy Uhrich by KO at 2:40, R2
Codie Shuffield def. Anthony Lemon by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:15, R2
Brian Hall def. Cortez Phelia by KO at 0:24, R3