Bellator 116 kicks off tonight from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Top billing is shared by the heavyweight semifinalists: Blagoi Ivanov vs. Lavar Johnson in the main event and Siala-Mou Siliga, aka “Mighty Mo,” vs. Alexander Volkov in the co-main slot. Half of the welterweight semifinals will also transpire as Nathan Coy meets Adam McDonough while Joey Beltran meets Vladimir Matyushenko in a light-heavyweight feature fight.
The preliminary lineup is a strong one: last season’s unexpected welterweight finalist Ron Keslar, who choked out War Machine in the semis, clashes with star Judoka Karo Parisyan, former TUF/UFC product Rob Emerson takes on Joe Taimanglo and Joe Pacheco tangles with Brandon Halsey in the leftover bout from the Middleweight Tournament.
Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for live results and play-by-play followed by officials results with gifs of all the evening’s goodies.
Bellator 116 Main Card (Spike TV at 9:00 p.m. ET)
Lavar Johnson vs. Blagoi Ivanov — Heavyweight Tournament semifinals
Nathan Coy vs. Adam McDonough — Welterweight Tournament semifinals
Siala-Mou Siliga vs. Alexander Volkov — Heavyweight Tournament semifinals
Joey Beltran vs. Vladimir Matyushenko — Light-Heavyweight feature fight
Preliminary Card (Spike.com and Bloody Elbow at approx. 6:45 p.m. ET)
Ron Keslar vs. Karo Parisyan
Rob Emerson vs. Joe Taimanglo
Keith Berry vs. Dave Vitkay
Poppies Martinez vs. Josh Smith
Brandon Bender vs. Mario Navarro
Brandon Halsey vs. Joe Pacheco — Middleweight Tournament semifinal
Andy Murad vs. Ricky Rainey
Travis Clark vs. Philipe Lins
Carlos Eduardo vs. Rodney Wallace
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