Season eight of Bellator rolls along tonight as the promotion makes a trip to Mount Pleasant, MI. The show is a step down in terms of “importance” as there are no title fights or tournament championship matches, but all four lightweight quarterfinal bouts will take place on the card.
Patricky Pitbull suffered an injury that forced him out of his bout with Delorenzi and he has been replaced by Saad Awad.
The prelim stream starts at 8 p.m. ET with the main card kicking off at 10 p.m. ET on Spike TV. We’ll have live results as well as a live video stream right here, so make sure to check back once the card kicks off.
Lightweight Quarterfinal: Guillaume Delorenzi vs. Saad Awad
Lightweight Quarterfinal: Lloyd Woodard vs. David Rickels
Lightweight Quarterfinal: Thiago Michel vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy
Lightweight Quarterfinal: Ricardo Tirloni vs. Will Brooks
Lightweight: Sevak Magakian vs. Jason Fischer
Welterweight: Sam Quito vs. Ben Lagman
Lightweight: J.P. Reese vs. David Shepherd
Heavyweight: Jason Fish vs. Karl Etherington
Lightweight: John Schulz vs. Amir Killah
Bantamweight: Nick Kirk vs. Tony Zelinski
Check back for results as the show goes down.
Thiago Michel vs. Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy – Round 1 – Tiger hurts him badly early on but he backs off after Michel gets back to his feet. Tiger is still pushing forward and opening up with combinations then goes for a takedown but abandons it into a left hook. Michel has recovered but eventually gets a kick caught and Tiger uses it for a takedown but does allow him to stand back up. Michel gets his own takedown. 10-9 Sarnavskiy.
Round 2 – Tiger out working for takedowns this round, much less action on the feet. Tiger does manage to finish the takedown now and Michel is trying to stand back up. Tiger does manage to slide around to the back and he locks in a rear naked choke and this fight is over. Tiger Sarnavskiy wins by submission (rear naked choke), round 2.
Guillaume Delorenzi vs. Saad Awad – Round 1 – They come out with both men firing and now Awad drills him with a left hand and a few flurries of punches and that’s it, Delorenzi is out. Wow. That’s a statement. Saad Awad wins by TKO (punches), round 1
Ricardo Tirloni vs. Will Brooks – Round 1 – Brooks pops the jaband misses a head kick. Leg kick from Brooks lands now. Brooks with a wide punch, ducks under the return shot from Ricardo. Brooks keeps working the leg kicks and now gets a right hand in. Ricardo starts to get a takedown but Brooks gets up and gets his own takedown. Tirloni throws his legs up for a triangle and Brooks is out, but then right back in, and now right back out. Brooks landing a ew punches on the ground now. Brooks lands a few more punches and that’s it for the round. 10-9 Brooks.
Round 2 – Brooks popping him with punches early. Mixing in jabs and right hands. Good body kick by Brooks and now a right hand. Brooks with a big takedown and he’s on top again. Brooks popping him with hard shots from the top and now they’re back to standing. Brooks starting to land and he shoots in for a takedown. Ricardo with a guillotine choke as he gets taken down but Brooks pops his head out. Back to standing they go after a Tirloni leg lock attempt. Both guys looking tired now and Brooks takes a knee to the groin. Tirloni looks for a takedown but can’t get it and the round ends. 10-9 Brooks.
Round 3 – A little bit of striking and then Brooks gets yet another takedown. Brooks spends the round on top doing more of the same work as the previous rounds until Tirloni almost catches him in a triangle choke with 30 seconds left but Brooks pops out and finishes the round. 10-9 Brooks.
Official scorecards: 30-27 across the board. Will Brooks wins by unanimous decision.
Lloyd Woodard vs. David Rickels – Round 1 – They are locked up pretty quickly and Woodard is trying to take the back standing. Woodard kneeing the back of the legs before getting a takedown. Woodard looked briefly like he wanted to lock in a twister but it wasn’t there so he lands a few hammerfists. Rickels looking for a triangle choke, Woodard picks him up and slams him down and then frees himself. Woodard trying to pass but settling for landing more punches. Rickels goes for a leglock, can’t get it, so Woodard tries for his own heel hook and can’t finish it. Rickels uses the leg lock to get on top but Woodard looks for a leg lock again. Rickels back on top landing a few punches and Woodard’s nose has been bloodied. Rickels looks for a giant swing at the end of the round! 10-9 Woodard.
Round 2 – Hard left by Rickels. Woodard looks gassed and like his leg might be hurt. Rickels is in control here but Woodard is still firing shots back. Rickels with a flurry to the body. Rickels gets hit by a punch and slips to the mat so Woodard jumps on top of him. Rickels almost locks up an armbar but Woodard picks him up and gets out. They get to the feet, Rickels lands a knee but Woodard takes him back down. Close round but I imagine Woodard got it on the judge’s cards, I’d probably go 10-9 Rickels.
Round 3 – Rickels with a big two punch combo and Woodard is hurt. Rickels isn’t really pouncing but he is taking this round clearly and every punch looks like it is affecting Woodard when it lands. Big left hand for Rickels again. Rickels really tagging him again and now Woodard charges in looking for the takedown. Rickels looks for the guillotine but can’t finish it as Woodard gets the takedown with 20 seconds left. 10-9 Rickels gives him a 29-28 on my card but I’m expecting Woodard to take two cards for the win.
Official scorecards: 29-28 across the board, David Rickels wins by unanimous decision. Good job by the judges!
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