Bellator 222 took place last night and we’ve got all the results for you below.
In the main event of the evening, Rory MacDonald successfully defended his welterweight title and progressed to the final of the welterweight grand-prix with a unanimous decision victory over Neiman Gracie.
It was an intriguing battle as though MacDonald was getting the better of the striking battle, he also showed a willingness to compete with the BJJ ace on the mat too, and for the most part acquitted himself well, and though Gracie did have his moments with submission attempts, he wasn’t able to catch out the champion.
Meanwhile, in the co-main event, Lyoto Machida convincingly earned a TKO victory over Chael Sonnen, flooring him with a flying knee in the first round and then doing it again early in the second round as his opponent ducked in for a takedown, setting up a ground and pound TKO finish.
Elswhere on the main card, Conor McGregor’s BJJ coach Dillon Danis showed off his submission skills with a first round armbar finish against Max Humphrey, while Kyoji Horiguchi battled his way to a unanimous decision victory over Darrion Caldwell to win the bantamweight title.
Rory MacDonald def. Neiman Gracie via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)
Lyoto Machida def. Chael Sonnen via TKO (knee, punches) – Round 2, 0:22
Dillon Danis def. Max Humphrey via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:28
Juan Archuleta def. Eduardo Dantas via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 4:59
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Darrion Caldwell via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
Taylor Turner def. Heather Hardy via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:53
Adam Borics def. Aaron Pico via knockout (flying knee) – Round 2, 3:55
Valerie Loureda def. Larkyn Dasch via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Lindsey VanZandt def. Rena Kubota via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:04
Haim Gozali def. Gustavo Wurlitzer via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:02
Mike Kimbel def. Sebastian Ruiz via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Robson Gracie Jr. def. Oscar Vera via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:15
Marcus Surin def. Nekruz Mirkhojaev via split decision (30-27, 27-29, 29-27)
Phil Hawes def. Michael Wilcox via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 1, 5:00
John Beneduce def. Kenny Rivera via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)