Bellator 110 Results: Rampage vs King Mo set to meet in finals, four featherweights advance to semis

Bellator MMA returned with the premier of Season 10, Bellator 110 on February 28th, with a card that featured the Light Heavyweight tournament semifinals and the Featherweight tournament quarterfinals. The fight card airing on Spike TV, was main evented by a light heavyweight semifinal bout between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Christian M’Pumbu. Also on the card, former Bellator title challenger, King Mo Lawal taking on Mikhail Zayats in the other semifinal.

When the event was all said and done, the light heavyweight tournament finals were set between and it was the final all fans were expecting between King Mo Lawal and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

Also 4 featherweights punched their ticket into the bellator tournament semifinals: Desmond Green vs Will Martinez and Daniel Weichel vs Matt Bessette.

Main Card

The main event got heated at the weigh-ins yesterday when former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson got into the face of the former Bellator Light Heavyweight champion, Christian M’Pumbu. M’Pumbu entered this fight giving up a significant size disadvantage, weighing below 200lbs and coming off a 1 year layoff between fights.

Rampage came out aggressive looking to throw right away, but M’Pumbu smartly did not engage, this led to Rampage throwing up his arms in frustration. M’Pumbu was able to push Rampage up against the fence, until they were separated. Near the end of the round, M’Pumbu slipped and fell to the ground throwing a kick, Rampage took full advantage of this, getting on top of the former champion, and delivered 3 heavy right hands that knocked out M’Pumbu in the 1st round.

But Rampage wasn’t done there, he continued to get in the face of an semi-unconscious M’Pumbu. And took it to another level when interviewed by Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith post-fight. “I’m a MONSTER” shouted Rampage, before getting into the face of his next opponent King Mo Lawal. The two were then separated by security in the cage.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Christian M’Pumbu via Knockout (punches) — Round 1: 4:34

 

The co-main event saw a light heavyweight semifinal between, King Mo Lawal returning after losing an interim title fight to Emmanuel Newton, looking for another title shot. And Russian Mikhail Zayats–who lost to Newton in the finals of the light heavyweight tournament. Mo attempted to take the fight to the mat in the opening minute with resistance from Zayats, which turned this into a stand up fight and Zayats was happy to oblige. Zayats out-struck Lawal 12-10 in a tentative 1st.  Both continued to show each other a lot of respect in the stand up, with neither opening up in the 2nd. Mo again unsuccessfully attempted to take this fight to the mat, with Zayats defending nicely. The 3rd round saw the pace continue to slow, King Mo pressured Zayats against the fence and was able to control him for a good 2 minutes. With all 3 rounds being very close, and could have gone either way, King mo earned the decision.

King Mo Lawal def. Mikhail Zayats via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

 

Long time UFC veteran, Diego “The Gun” Nunes made his 2nd appearance in Bellator–suffering a KO to Patricio Freire in his debut, against Matt Bessette in the final quarterfinal bout. Both fighters came out swinging wildly, with neither connecting often, until Nunes decided to take the fight to the ground, and remained in control both on top and in the clinch against Bessette. A flying knee connected at the end of the round that looked like it had dropped Bessette, who also went for the takedown. Bessette returned the favor in round 2, sending Nunes to the mat with a looping right hook. Nunes recovered as Bessette failed to capitalize on a dazed opponent. Diego was able to fight back in the 2nd and land good shots of his own, but the knockdown made the difference in the round. The 3rd round continued where the 2nd ended, both Nunes and Bessette being aggressive, throwing power strikes. Diego was the more effective striker out-struck Bessette 28-16, however Bessette earned the judges’ split decision to advance to the semifinals.

Matt Bessette def. Diego Nunes via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

 

Mike Richman enters his 3rd Bellator featherweight tournament, having lost in the semis and finals in his previous 2. Opposite second time tournament competitor Desmond Green. An eye poke by Green opened the bout, both southpaws started cautious in the stand up. Green able to time one of the leg kicks of Richman for a takedown, but ‘The Marine’ popped right back up. Richman started to get comfortable on the feet as the round went on, landing the more crisp shots. Round 2 saw Green abandon the striking completely, going straight for the shots. Once again take Richman down early, but again Richman did not stay there for long.  Green imposed his will, dragging Richman to the ground, this time, where he would stay with Green on top in side control to end the round. Round 3 looked more like round 1, with the whole round taking place on the feet, both fighters landing jabs and straight punches at a distance. A very close 3rd round that saw Green out-strike Richman 15-6, but with Richman being the aggressor, Green would be rewarded the unanimous decision.

Desmond Green def Mike Richman via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Prelims

The 2nd featherweight quarterfinal saw 21 year old prospect Goiti Yamauchi, take his 11-fight win streak into this fight against Will Martinez. Martinez was not afraid to go to the ground early with the Brazilian, remaining on top in guard while constantly defending the leg lock attempts of Yamauchi in a closely contested round 1. Martinez continued to smother Yamauchi from the top position in round 2, Yamauchi would eventually find his way back to the feet, where the two fighters exchange some stiff  powerful shots with Martinez doing the stalking. Goiti fought hard to get the fight to the ground in round 3, but Martinez defended the takedown attempts. Resulting in Yamauchi eventually pulling guard with 1 minute left, desperately going for a submission. Fight went to the judges with Martinez, a 3-to-1 underdog pulling off the upset and advancing.

Will Martinez def. Goiti Yamauchi via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

 

In the first featherweight tournament quarterfinal, German Daniel Weichel–a veteran of the M-1 promotion–made his Bellator debut, competing in his 40th professional MMA fight against Scott Cleve, who was on a 6 fight win streak. The fight was competitive on the feet for the first 3 minutes, around the 1:30 mark, Weichel dropped Cleve with a right hand over the top and pounced on him for the finish, securing a rear naked choke without the hooks for the tap.

Daniel Weichel def.  Scott Cleve via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) — Round 1, 3:46

 

Featherweight grappler Saul Almeida took on the Brit Andrew Fisher in a non- tournament bout. Almeida relentlessly went for the takedown, pushing Fisher up against the cage, but it wasn’t until the final 2 minutes of round 1 was Saul able to secure the takedown pushing off the cage and taking the back of Fisher. Almeida once again got the back w/ body triangle of Fisher in round 2, with 3 minutes to work, but once again was unable to secure any chokes as Fisher defended. Knowing he needed a finish to win in the 3rd, Andrew Fisher came out and took Almeida down, cut him open near the left eye. Fisher remained on top for the majority of the round, trapping Almeida in the crucifix and delivering continuous ground and pound to the open cut. But it wasn’t enough to get the stoppage, and Almeida winning the first two rounds earned him the decision.

Saul Almeida def. Andrew Fisher via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

 

In a fight between two light heavyweight fighters whose names I cannot pronounce, Lithuanian, Egidijus Valavicius took on Bulgarian, Atanas Djambazov. Valavicius stunned Djamvazov early with a right hook, and followed up when Djambazov came in overly aggressive, Valavicis landed a left knee in the clinch that knocked out the Bulgarian in just 48 seconds.

Egidijus Valavicius def. Atanas Djambazov via Knockout (knee) — Round 1, 0:48

 

Two lightweights unbeaten in the Bellator cage clashed when Ryan Quinn (4-0 in Bellator) took on Andrew Calandrelli (2-0 in Bellator). Quinn began round 1 aggressive in the stand up, pushing forward and continually landing left and right lead hooks on Calandrelli. Calandrelli mixed things up in the 2nd round, pushing Quinn up against the fence for control, and later landing a lead jab over and over. Without Calandrelli following up on his jab, Quinn was still able to land the more powerful strikes. Quinn continued to be the aggressor throughout the fight, in addition to a more diverse arsenal of strikes, earned him the unanimous decision victory over Andrew Calandrelli. Quinn is now 5-0 in Bellator MMA.

Ryan Quinn def. Andrew Calandrelli via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

 

The heavyweight prelim ended in just 18 seconds after Josh Diekmann unintentionally poked/scraped Manny Lara pawing with his left hand. Lara went down in pain, and after a 5 minute break to recover, Lara was still unable to see out of his right eye, and ruled a no contest.

Josh Diekman vs. Manny Lara — No Contest (eye poke), 0:18

 

In the opening bout of the card, between two relatively inexperienced fighters, Rico DiSciullo was able to avoid the ground game of Marvin Maldonado, almost finishing him early with a barrage of knees in the clinch. However he got a bit reckless and landed two illegal knees with Maldonado’s hand on the ground in a 3-point stance. Maldonado could not continue after the knees, and the fight was ruled a no contest–with the knees deemed unintentional.

Marvin Maldonado vs. Rico DiSciullo — No Contest (illegal knees), 1:53

Quick Results:

MAIN CARD:
Bellator Light Heavyweight Semifinal: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Christian M’Pumbu via Knockout (punches) — Round 1, 4:34

Bellator Light Heavyweight Semifinal: King Mo Lawal def. Mikhail Zayats via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Bellator Featherweight Opening Round: Matt Bessette def. Diego Nunes via Unanimous Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

Bellator Featherweight Opening Round: Desmond Green def Mike Richman via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Bellator Featherweight Opening Round: Will Martinez def. Goiti Yamauchi via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Bellator Featherweight Quarterfinal: Daniel Weichel def.  Scott Cleve via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) — Round 1, 3:46

Saul Almeida def. Andrew Fisher via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Egidijus Valavicius def. Atanas Djambazov via Knockout (knee) — Round 1, 0:48

Ryan Quinn def. Andrew Calandrelli via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Josh Diekman vs. Manny Lara — No Contest (eye poke), 0:18

Marvin Maldonado vs. Rico DiSciullo — No Contest (illegal knees), 1:53

 

***A scheduled light heavyweight fight between Pat Schultz vs Dave Roberts was cancelled due to Roberts unable to make the weight limit, coming in at 212 lbs.

Tags: Andrew Calandrelli Andrew Fisher Atanas Djambazov Bellator MMA Christian M'pumbu Daniel Weichel Desmond Green Diego Nunes Egidijus Valavicius Goiti Yamauchi Josh Diekman King Mo Manny Lara Marvin Maldonado Matt Bessette Mike Richman Mikhail Zayats MMA Quinton Jackson Rampage Rico DiSciullo Ryan Quinn Saul Almeida Scott Cleve Will Martinez

comments powered by Disqus