Join us tonight on Bloody Elbow for live results, streaming video (prelims) and detailed play-by-play as Bellator 172 comes to San Jose. Unfortunately the fight everyone was tuning in for, a heavyweight tilt between legend Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione, was called off at the last second due to Mitrione falling ill. This definitely takes a lot of the luster off the event, but the show must go on.
The new main event will see veteran lightweight Josh Thomson taking on Patricky “Pitbull” Freire.
You can watch all of the prelim action starting at 7pm ET/4pm PT by viewing the video stream at the top of the page. There are a loooot of prelims, so I think some might be unaired or going down after the main card. The main card itself begins live on Spike TV at 9 PM ET/PT. Join us and let us know what you think of tonight’s fights.
Mauricio Alonso vs. Josh Koscheck
Round 1 – Koscheck bringing the pressure early. Alonso circling and throwing inside leg kicks. Kos rips with a right but eats two counters. Alonso with a nice combo. Two jabs from Alonso. They trade leg kicks. John McCarthy warns Kos about closing his fists, which is a part of the new rules. Kos with a nice combo but again Alonso cracked him with a counter combo. Double jab from Alonso. Koscheck chasing a bit now. McCarthy removing some tape from his gloves. Three jabs from Alonso on the restart. Kos wit ha right up the middle. Goes to the body. Alonso scores right back. Nice inside leg kick from Alonso. Kos still walking him down. Alonzo with a right that hurts Koscheck. He chases Kos across the cage. Uppercut and Kos is down. It’s over.
Mauricio Alonso defeated Josh Koscheck by TKO (strikes), 4:42 of round 1
Veta Arteaga vs. Brooke Mayo
Round 1 – Mayo with an outside leg kick. Arteaga comes forward with hands and Mayo fell down. Just a slip. She’s back up an they’re clinching against the cage. Arteaga makes a mistake and Mayo ends up on her back. Full back control on the ground and looking for a choke. Nothing there so she briefly went for an armbar. Arteaga got out and landed some GnP before they returned to the feet. They clinch up again. Knee from Arteaga. Couple of knees to the face from Arteaga. John McCarthy is getting a cut on Arteaga’s eyebrow checked from a headbutt. They’re back at it quickly. Head kick from Mayo. Mayo backs her up to the fence and they brawl a bit. 10-9 Mayo.
Round 2 – They’re trading low kicks. Arteaga tried to catch a kick but couldn’t get anywhere with it. imid pace early. Arteaga chasing a bit now. Then it goes to Mayo chasing. Hard outside leg kick from Mayo. They clinch up and Mayo pushed her opponent into the cage. Mayo with a takedown. She steps over into mount and Arteaga gave up her back. Mayo going for a sloppy armbar and/or omoplata. Now a triangle. Eventually Arteaga escaped the web and let Mayo back to her feet. They brawl a bit in the clinch in the center before Mayo backs her to the cage again. 10-9 Mayo.
Round 3 – Arteaga comes out firing. Mayo lands a leg kick as Arteaga scores with a right hook. Mayo with a front kick. More work in the clinch. They trade knees. Two hard elbows from Arteaga. More knees from both ladies. Knee and a right hook on the break for Mayo. Nice right from Arteaga. And another. A third one makes Mayo shoot in for a takedown, which she got. She just stepped right around to mount and get the back again. Again Arteaga is able to take top position, and drops some GnP before letting Mayo up. Mayo’s eye is an absolute mess from the third right hook earlier. The doctor is in and Mayo is pleading that she can see. It really doesn’t look good though. She just keeps saying “I can see!” Apparently the fight has been stopped though.
Veta Arteaga defeated Brooke Mayo by TKO (doctor stoppage), 4:04 of round 3
Francisco France vs. Anatoly Tokov
Round 1 – They clinch up against the cage and jockey for position. They stay there a long time. Finally Tokov gets a takedown two minutes in. He’s working from side control, but France regains full guard and is looking for an armbar. Tokov defended well. He’s trying again and has Tokov in a little more danger this time. He’s looking for a triangle now but Tokov escapes. France is holding Tokov against the cage. 10-9 France.
Round 2 – Tokov with a right hook. He lands a few punches and clinches up. France looked to pull guard. Tokov threw a few leg kicks then told France to get up. Apparently Tokov kicked him in the junk while he was on the ground. Nice combo from France on the restart. Tokov landed a counter and France went to his back again. Tokov landed a right on the ground that stunned France. He opened up with GnP and it’s over just like that. Wow.
Anatoly Tokov defeated Francisco France by TKO (strikes), round 2
Cheick Kongo vs. Oli Thompson
Round 1 – Thompson with a leg kick. He’s backing Kongo up but neither man is throwing. There’s seriously nothing going on for the first 90 seconds. Finally Kongo presses forward with a combination. Thompson fires back and clinches up. Kongo with his customary groin shot. Kongo gets a takedown on the restart. Thompson looking for a kimura. Thompson trying to grab a leg and get an underhook but Kongo is controlling him. Elbows and a right from Kongo. Thompson back to his feet with 30 seconds to go. Knees from Kongo in the Thai clinch. Many, many knees. 10-9 Kongo.
Round 2 – Thompson wades in with a right and pushed Kongo against the cage. Foot stomps. Finally Kongo spins him around and looks for a takedown. He gets it with 3:10 to go. Kongo in half guard landing a few punches. Kongo with two big rights. Body shots. Thompson looking for a kneebar but there’s nothing there. Kongo upping the tempo briefly but Thompson is still defending. 10-8 Kongo.
Round 3 – Kongo with a front kick and he’s walking Thompson down. Kongo clinches up. He lands a knee and looks for the takedown, which he gets. Again. Kongo back to dropping elbows and punches. He’s turning it up again, looking for the stoppage. Thompson heeds the referee’s call to defend though. More elbows. Thompson just trying to escape, but not effectively. He’s getting dominated but doesn’t seem too hurt. It’s just volume. Kongo to mount. Doesn’t matter though. Goes to the horn. 10-8 and 30-25 Kongo.
Cheick Kongo defeated Oli Thompson by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)
Patricky Freire vs. Josh Thomson
Round 1 – Thomson with a leg kick. Outside and inside. Two more to the outside. Pitbull sitting back. Pitbull with his own outside leg kick to the thigh. Now to the calf. Thompson looks to tie him up but Pitbull spins away. Thomson with a left. More kicks. Pitbull looking to get his hands going. Hard outside leg kick from Pitbull. Right hook floors Thomson! He gets back up immediately. Pitbull lets him off the hook. Inside leg kick from Putbull. Thomson with some kicks to the arms. Pitbull misses wit ha spinning back fist. 10-9 Pitbull.
Round 2 – Pitbull with an outside leg kick. Pitbull with a left that puts Thomson down again! May have been a headbutt. Thomson is up, but a right uppercut ends his night!
Patricky Pitbull defeated Josh Thomson by TKO (strikes), round 2
Preliminary Card (7pm ET)
Gaston Bolanos defeated Abner Perez by TKO (punches), 4:53 of round 1
James Terry defeated JC Llamas by technical decision, 0:37 of round 3 (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Diego Herzog and. Martin Sano went to a majority draw (27-28, 28-28, 28-28)
Juan Cardenas vs. Luis Vargas
Dominic Sumner vs. Abraham Vaesau
Jeremy Murphy vs. Matthew Ramirez
Anthony Do vs. Bobby Escalante
Cesar Gonzalez vs. Nikko Jackson
Zach Andrews vs. J.J. Okanovich
Roque Reyes vs. Justin Tenedora
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