Bellator 99 delivered some fun fights and some terrible fights. There were a couple big KO’s and some sweet submissions. UFC vet Diego Nunes made his Bellator Debut against the dangerous Patricio Pitbull. And Vladimir Matyushenko and Houston Alexander fought for reasons yet to be determined. Check out all the night’s action with a special thanks to our own Zombie Prophet.
Featherweight: Patricio Freire def. Diego Nunes via KO (punch) at 1:19 of Round 1
Nunes stalks Pitbull at range looking for an opening. Eventually he gets tired of stalking and charges in, gets caught with a hard shot and is out.
Featherweight: Fabricio Guerreiro def. Desmond Green via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Green and Guerreiro traded at range for most of the round with Guerreiro barely getting the better of the exchanges. He hit a nice throw early in the round and Green hit a takedown right at the end for an even fight. Green and Guerreiro exchange takedown attempts which results in Guerreiro getting standing back control for most of the round. They separate late, exchange some meaningless strikes and a very suspect low blow, and Green hits a couple nice takedowns to end the round. Guerreiro effectively rides out the third for the win.
Light Heavyweight: Vladimir Matyushenko def. Houston Alexander via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Matyushenko getting hit a little early and throwing a lot of low power leg kicks. Alexander goes for the takedown, and gets it, but Matyushenko bulls out of it and Alexander brings the fight back up to the feet. Matyushenko hits a nice lateral drop and goes straight into mount but Alexander slips out. In the second the two trade slow, heavy bombs, both still look tentative. They spend the remaining four minutes of the round circling. Round 3 starts the same, the two trade a few slow strikes. Matyushenko finally shoots and gets a double leg from way outside, and Alexander reverses in the scramble, but gets reversed. Alexander finally makes it back to his feet, but takes a knee and gets ridden out for the rest of the round.
Matyushenko hits a sweet lateral drop:
A punch that wasn’t terrible:
Featherweight: Justin Wilcox def. Akop Stepanyan via Technical Submission (RNC) at 2:26 of Round 2
Stepanyan keeping Wilcox on the outside early with good footwork. He’s taking Wilcox’s legs out a lot with kicks. Wilcox is struggling to transition between striking and wrestling and is forcing the shot because of it. Wilcox getting picked apart in round 2 as well, Stepanyan gets over aggressive and gives up a poor takedown. Wilcox in guard, Stepanyan scrambles, gives up his back and gets technically submitted by the RNC.
Wilcox taking some bad leg kicks:
And another with an awesome cartwheel exit:
Hook kick puts Wilcox on rubber legs but Wilcox grabs a leg for the takedown:
Scramble from guard leads to the technical sub:
Featherweight: Joe Taimanglo def. Andrew Fisher via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Fisher and Taimanglo trading early, with Taimanglo landing the much harder shots and more consistently. Tainmanglo looks to be tiring however. Second round is much the same. Taimanglo landing more consistently but stopping and slowing after every strike. More of the same, Taimanglo potshotting Fisher hesitating.
Taimanglo getting the best of exchanges:
Heavyweight: Blagoi Ivanov def. Manny Lara via Submission (Front Choke) at 1:17 of Round 1
The two fighters circle tentatively. Lara comes in for a shot from the clinch and gets tapped from a tight front choke.
Featherweight: Goiti Yamauchi def. Musa Toliver via Submission (RNC) at 1:01 of Round 1
Toliver gets the early takedown, gets sucked into an omoplata sweep and from there gets caught in a nasty rear naked choke.
Catchweight (173): Gavin Sterritt def. Andy Murad via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Murad and Sterritt traded a little at range before Murad drove the fight into the clinch against the cage. The two separate and Sterritt overextends himself on the feet and gets taken down. Murad moves into side control and Sterritt slips out from the bottom. Murad gets him down again of a couple kicks. Sterritt again getting controlled against the fence in round 2. Sterritt found more success in the clinch later in the round and opened a large cut on Murad. In the third Sterritt got controlled in the clinch and on the ground again. McCarthy stopped the fight to check Murad’s cut afterward Sterritt started to open up and find his range on the feet. Sterritt Hurt Murad late and tried to finish but it went to a decision.
Sterrit lands a nifty elbow on the break:
Nasty cut on Murad:
Sterritt opening up his offense in the third:
Light Heavyweight: Hector Ramirez def. Savo Kosic via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kosic started early with an unorthodox kicking game but got taken down early in the first where he spent most of the rest of the round. In the second Ramirez started to hurt Kosic standing, but punched himself out from sidemount and spent the rest of the round on the ground. Kosic looked fresher in the third and landed a few hard shots before completely gassing, getting taken down, and spending finishing the fight on his back.
Ramirez dropped Kosic in the second:
From another angle:
Virgil Zwicker def. Nick Moghaddan via TKO at 3:22 of Round 1
That’s all from Friday’s Bellator 99 action, be sure to check back for more fight news announcements and results.
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