Bellator 149 went down last night and we’ve got all the results for you below.
The main event trilogy fight between old school stars Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock ended quickly and controversially.
In the early stages Shamrock appeared hesitant to engage, while Gracie was maintaining his distance while flicking out an assortment of kicks, landing a couple of his rivals legs.
Approaching the mid-way point of the round they clinched and Gracie started to land knee strikes. However, one appeared to stray low to the groin, then he landed another knee to the temple immediately afterwards and Shamrock dropped to the mat.
Shamrock was grimacing in pain and the way he was holding his arms down to his body suggests it’s the low blow that was affecting him. The ref didn’t see it though and Gracie was busy chipping away at him with ground and pound leading to the TKO stoppage with 2.22mins of the first round gone.
As soon as the fight is called Shamrock was furious about the illegal groin strike, but Gracie shrugged it off and was happy to take the win over his old adversary.
The co-main event was quite frankly horrendous. After displaying shoddy technique in the surprisingly frequent grappling exchanges on the mat and on the feet in the opening round former backyard brawlers Kimbo Slice and Dada 5000’s exceptionally limited gas tanks were already running low.
By round two both men’s punches were winging in slower by the second until it looked as if they were fighting underwater, and while they were tagging each other, the lack of power behind them meant that for the most part the real battle here was against collapsing from exhaustion.
The farce continued in the third round with Kimbo rallying from his slumber long enough to land a few shots. Dada lumbered forward and couldn’t maintain his balance, reeling off to one side and dropping heavily to the mat. He was completely spent and that was that, Kimbo wins by TKO at 1.32mins of Rd3.
Melvin Guillard’s slump continued earlier on the main card, racking up his third loss in a row against Derek Campos.
Guillard actually looked to have Campos in trouble early in the first round with strikes, but then was dazed himself after an accidental clash of heads. Things really went downhill for Guillard in the second round though when Campos caught him with a left and right hand that rocked him. He only just managed to stay on his feet, but was in survival mode and a two-piece combo from Campos finally drops him, leading to the TKO stoppage at 0.34mins of Rd2.
Elsewhere on the main card, Linto Vassell got the better of former light-heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton by unanimous decision despite having to overcome several low blows, one of which saw Newton deducted a point, while Emmanuel Sanchez earned a split decision victory over Daniel Pineda in the main card opener.
Royce Gracie def. Ken Shamrock via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:22
Kimbo Slice def. Dada 5000 via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:32
Derek Campos def. Melvin Guillard via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:34
Linton Vassell def. Emanuel Newton via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-27)
Emmanuel Sanchez def. Daniel Pineda via split decision (28-29, 29-27, 29-28)
Isaac Villanueva def. Richard Knepp via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:42
Jeremy Mahon def. Davis Sylvester via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:22
Adrian Yanez def. Ryan Hollis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jason Langellier def. Anthony Ivy via submission (anaconda choke) – Round 1, 2:09
Justin Wren def. Juan Torres via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mike Trinh def. Angel Zamora via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:49
C.J. Hancock def. Ruben Esparsa submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 1:26
Manny Lozoya def. Jacob Norsworthy via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:33