Bellator 114

Bellator 114 Results & Play by Play

Bellator 114 takes place Friday, March 28th at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. A card that features the Bellator Middleweight Championship on the line in a fight pitting the champion, Alexander Shlemenko against the challenger and Season 9 Middleweight tournament winner, Brennan Ward.

Brennan Ward was a dark horse in the season 9 tournament, coming in as a late replacement and defeating Justin Torrey, Joe Pacheco, and Mikkel Parlo–finishing all 3 fights–on way to earning this title shot.

Alexander Shlemenko would defend his Bellator middleweight championship for a successful 3rd time. The two fighters engaged in an entertaining first round that saw the champion come out on the losing end, but he would redeem himself in round 2 securing a guillotine choke in the 2nd minute to retain his championship. Victory #50 in the career of Alexander Shlemenko, extending his winning streak to 13, and just his first submission victory in Bellator.

Also on the card, are two Season 10 Featherweight tournament semifinals between Daniel Weichel vs Matt Bessette and Desmond Green vs Will Martinez. Both Weichel and Green would use wrestling to their advantage winning their respective bouts, to secure a spot in the featherweight tournament finals.

As well as one half of the Season 10 Middleweight tournament semifinals, with Brett Cooper defeating Kendall Grove by knockout and advancing to the finals.

The prelims saw two dominant performances by wrestlers Justin Wilcox and Bubba Jenkins. Also British fighters Linton Vassell and Gavin Sterritt finish their opponents in impressive fashion.

Main Card

Bellator Middleweight Championship: Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brennan Ward

Ward came out very aggressive, not afraid of the champion. Ward shot for a takedown early but was stuffed by Shlemenko. The two fighters then engage in some wild high pace exchanges, before a knee to the groin would pause the action. Just as the fight resumed, Ward shot and successfully secured a takedown, transitioning to the back of Shelmenko. After a few moments of stalemate, referee John McCarthy would stand them up. Shlemenko would be caught overly aggressive throwing strikes by Ward, who parlayed that into another takedown and once again taking the back of the champion to end the round. 10-9 Ward

Shlemenko came out stalking his opponent in round 2, landing headkicks and straight lefts. Brennan Ward shot for a single leg takedown, but left his head out too far, as Shlemenko grabbed it and locked in a guillotine choke for the tap. Defending his title for a 3rd straight time, and winning his 50th career bout.

Alexander Shlemenko def. Brennan Ward via Submission (guillotine)–Round 2, 1:22

 

Featherweight tournament semifinal: Daniel Weichel vs. Matt Bessette

Matt Bessette pulled off arguably the biggest upset in the quarterfinals, defeating Diego Nunes, he takes on over 40-fight veteran Daniel Weichel. Bessette came out looking to throw leg kicks, Weichel caught one of them and turned it into a takedown. Weichel would then switch between staying in Bessette’s guard and standing up over his downed opponent–all while landing some sort of ground and pound in the process. Bessette would eventually work his way back up to his feet, only to be pressured against the cage by Weichel.

Bessette proved to be the much more technical striker in round 2, throwing plenty of feints to get Weichel to react, also getting off first and landing the majority of the strikes. Weichel would catch a few of Bessette’s kicks and turn them into a couple of takedowns but inexplicably would let Bessette right back up. Bessette was the more accurate and quicker striker throughout the round.

Round 3 would be completely different, in favour of Weichel, who after being out struck in the first minute, decided to take the fight to the ground and from there would ground and pound, remain on top position in Bessette’s guard till the final bell.

Daniel Weichel def. Matt Bessette via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

 

Featherweight tournament semifinal: Desmond Green vs. Will Martinez

Both fighters pulled off upsets in the quarterfinals to secure their spots in the semis, Desmond Green defeating Mike Richman and Will Martinez defeating Goiti Yamauchi. Des Green would use his striking and 8 inch reach over Martinez to set up takedowns. But Martinez would pop right back up after an early takedown, although unable to get his striking going because of the takedown threat constantly posed by Green. Martinez looked to land powerful hooks but Green landed a 2nd takedown, again Martinez would pop right back up. And a 3rd takedown by Green to close out the first round.

Green did not take long to look for the takedown in round 2, securing the back of Martinez standing, and with double underhooks would eventually suplex him onto the mat. From there, the two would engage in a bit of a chess match, Green cautiously aware of Martinez’s ground game where he attempted an armbar but was easily defended by Green, who remained on top to end the round.

Martinez worried about the takedown was a lot more tentative to begin round 3, which allowed Green to push forward and out strike him, including landing a 1-2 combo that staggered him on the feet. Martinez’s tentativeness was apparent in the final round, Green continued to pick him apart from the outside and land a final takedown to end the fight.

Desmond Green def. Will Martinez via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

 

Middleweight tournament semifinal: Brett Cooper vs. Kendall Grove

Brett Cooper comes off a recent loss to the Bellator middleweight champion, Alexander Shlemenko in a title fight, while Grove makes his 2nd appearance in Bellator after a successful debut defeating Joe Vedepo. After a brief opening exchange on the feet, Grove would catch Cooper being overly aggressive, and use that to land a takedown. Grove quickly transitioned to take the back of Cooper, with both underhooks in–Grove would fish for the rear naked choke for over 3 minutes but successfully defended by Cooper. Grove ended the round in mount and delivering ground and pound, Cooper saved by the bell.

Round 2 saw Grove and Cooper exchange strikes on the feet, with Grove using his tall and lanky reach to keep Cooper out of range. While Cooper kept pressing forward to get into closer striking range. Cooper would get inside and land an uppercut, followed by a right hook to drop Kendall Grove. Brett Cooper swarmed on him with punches for the comeback finish.

Brett Cooper def. Kendall Grove via KO (punches)–Round 2, 3:33

 

Preliminary Card

Justin Wilcox looking to bounce back from losing the Season 9 featherweight tournament final, against Jason Fischer. Wilcox got a hold of Fischer with over/under control in the first minute, briefly taking him to the mat. But Fischer would work his way back up to his feet, where both fighters would exchange leg kicks. The taller Fischer used his reach to keep Wilcox at the end of his strikes. Wilcox would shoot and secure a double leg with 2 minutes remaining and end the 1st round on top in Jason’s guard.

Fighters came out striking in round 2, with Fischer landing a kick to the groin of Wilcox to put a pause to the action. Wilcox continued to push forward, despite Fischer getting the better of the striking with his kicks and longer reach. Wilcox successfully landed a double leg takedown around the 2 minute mark, and in the half guard of Fischer. Jason Fischer regained full guard, but could not fight off the pressure from Wilcox on top, stuck on his back for the rest of the round.

Jason Fischer could not avoid the ground in round 3, as Wilcox shot and took him down early in the round. Leading to over 4 minutes of top control and ground and pound from the AKA lightweight. Eventually leading to a unanimous decision victory.

Justin Wilcox def. Jason Fischer via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

 

NCAA Div I National Champion, Bubba Jenkins made his 4th appearance in Bellator, against Sean Powers. Right off the bat, Jenkins took down the submission artist Powers with a single leg takedown. Powers would immediately go for a leg lock attempt, but Jenkins defended and would remain on top in Powers’ guard for the remainder of round 1.

Round 2, Jenkins wasted no time dragging Powers to the ground once again, this time into side control. Powers quickly regained full guard where Jenkins would let him back up but not without delivering a flurry of punches in the process. Within 3 seconds, the fight would be back down and Jenkins in Powers’ guard once again. Stacking Powers up against the fence, Jenkins would go on to control round 2 as well.

More of the same in Round 3, Bubba Jenkins with the early takedown, Sean Powers against the fence, eating ground and pound. Jenkins was a little more busy this round, landing strikes from top position but the fight would eventually reach a judges decision in favour of the dominant Bubba Jenkins, who improves to 3-1 in Bellator.

Bubba Jenkins def. Sean Powers via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

 

Linton Vassell waited his time before exploding for a power double to take down Trevor Carlson in the opening minute, from there Vassell would smother Carlson in half guard while delivering ground and pound in the process. Carlson would give up his back in the very final seconds of round 1, leading to Vassell attempting a rear naked choke, but he would be saved by the bell.

Round 2 began the same way, with Linton Vassell securing another double leg takedown, right into half-guard. This time, Linton Vassell would transition to the back of Trevor Carlson, flatten him out and secure the rear naked choke for the tap in a dominant performance.

Linton Vassell def. Trevor Carlson via Submission (rear naked choke)–Round 2, 1:54

 

A standing Gavin Sterritt blasted Mike Estus with leg kicks–while Estus was on his back early on. Estus shot for takedown, but would get caught in and forced to defend a guillotine choke attempt from Sterritt. After a knee to the body in the clinch that forced Estus to turtle, Sterritt continued to punish the body of Estus with punches–eventually leading to a 2nd guillotine choke attempt, this time successful for the tap in round 1.

Gavin Sterritt def. Mike Estus via Submission (guillotine choke)–Round 1, 3:29

 

In the opening bout of the prelims, both fighters made their debuts in the Bellator cage. Eric Wahlin dominate Jose Rodriguez in the opening minutes, first landing a flurry of strikes in the clinch before taking Rodriguez down and delivering ground and pound. But Wahlin’s pace would quickly slow allowing Rodriguez to sweep him and stay on top to end the first round.

Both fighters exhausted in the 2nd round, came out an exchanged huge hands in the opening minute. Wahlin took Rodriguez down, but Rodrgiuez would once again sweep him with an arm-triangle choke secured from the bottom, Rodriguez finished the choke on top for the tap.

Jose Rodriguez def. Eric Wahlin via Submission (arm-triangle choke)–Round 2, 2:06

 

Quick Results:

Main Card (9 PM EST, Spike TV)

Bellator Middleweight Championship: Alexander Shlemenko def. Brennan Ward via Submission (guillotine)–Round 2, 1:22

Featherweight tournament semifinal: Daniel Weichel def. Matt Bessette via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Featherweight tournament semifinal: Desmond Green def. Will Martinez via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Middleweight tournament semifinal: Brett Cooper def. Kendall Grove via KO (punches)–Round 2, 3:33

Preliminary Card (7 PM EST, Spike.com)

Edson Berto vs. Rad Martinez

Justin Wilcox def. Jason Fischer via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Bubba Jenkins def. Sean Powers via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Linton Vassell def. Trevor Carlson via Submission (rear naked choke)–Round 2, 1:54

Gavin Sterritt def. Mike Estus via Submission (guillotine choke)–Round 1, 3:29

Jose Rodriguez def. Eric Wahlin via Submission (arm-triangle choke)–Round 2, 2:06

Daniel Weichel def. Matt Bessette via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Tags: Alexander Shlemenko Bellator 114 Bellator MMA Brett Cooper Bubba Jenkins Daniel Weichel Desmond Green Edson Berto Eric Wahlin Gavin Sterritt Jason Fischer Jose Rodriguez Justin Wilcox Kendall Grove Linton Vassell Matt Bessette Mike Estus MMA Sean Powers Trevor Carlson Will Martinez

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