The first installment of this weekend’s Bellator double header has just closed out in the most anticlimactic way possible. Matt Mitrione accidentally landed a kick to the cup of Sergei Kharitonov just moments into the fight. The low blow was bad enough to where Kharitonov said that he was unable to continue, so the bout was ruled a no contest. They should just go ahead and re-schedule this one for a later date.
In the co-main event, Logan Storley put on a grappling clinic for 15 minutes straight on Ion Pascu. The unanimous decision moves Storley to a perfect 10-0, and also establishes him as one of the most dominant wrestlers that Bellator MMA has to offer. Who will be next for the All-American collegiate wrestler turned professional MMA fighter?
Returning from a gruesome leg break in his last fight, Bellator’s former two-time bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas earned himself a dominant decision win over the less seasoned Toby Misech. The win snapped a two-fight losing skid for Dantas, and also gave the former champ some much needed rounds on the rehabilitated leg.
Also on the main card, John Douma made good on his Bellator debut by upsetting the -420 betting favorite Mike Kimbel with a first-round triangle choke. The 22-year-old Douma moves to 4-1 while the 21-year-old Mike Kimbel drops to 2-1. Opening up the main card, Austin Vanderford sniffed out a first round submission of Cody Jones. Vanderford is now 6-0 in his young career and has also finished four opponents in a row. Did you know he’s married to the UFC’s #15 ranked women’s flyweight Page VanZant? Of course you did.
Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov was ruled a no contest at :15 of round 1: Heavyweight
An accidental cup kick from Mitrione caused an early pause in the action. Kharitonov dropped flat on the mat in agony and the doctor was brought in to check on him. The ball shot was so bad, that Kharitonov was unable to continue.
Logan Storley def. Ion Pascu by unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 30-27): Welterweight
It didn’t take very long for Storley to close the distance and tenaciously work for the takedown. After a lot of smothering against the fence, Storley lifted up Pascu and dropped him on his head. Storley owned top position for the remainder of the round.
It took all of about 20 seconds for Storley to score the takedown and lockdown the half guard from the top. The wet blanket did what wet blankets do. Storley smothered Pascu and stayed just busy enough to not get stood up for the entire round. Round three saw more of the same. Storley obtained the takedown and got his grind on. Pascu threatened with a few sub attempts here and there, but he got dominated on the ground.
Eduardo Dantas def. Toby Misech by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28): Bantamweight
Misech pressed forward to open the bout, backing up the former two-time champ to the cage. Dantas seemed to have no issue throwing kicks with the leg he broke in his last fight. Misech got stuck in the clinch with his back up against the cage, and eventually got taken down. Dantas attacked a Kimora from half guard until time ran out.
Dantas returned to his kicks to open up the second act, attacking to the leg and body. Misech pressed forward, but Dantas closed the distance, initiated the grappling, and then took the back. Misech was unable to stop Dantas from controlling him for the rest of the round.
The superior technical ability of Dantas continued on into the final round. Although Misech was moving forward, he wasn’t opening up a ton, and when he did, Dantas was there to cut him off with a strike of his own. Misech did up his output in the final minute of the round, but the movement of Dantas caused Misech to hit a bunch of air.
John Douma def. Mike Kimbel by submission (Triangle) at 2:51 of round 1: Bantamweight
Kimbel took to the center as Douma cautiously skirted along the outside. A missed spinning attack led to Douma obtaining a bodylock, but Kimbel hit a throw and found top position. Douma stood back up but got taken right back down. Kimbel went to throw some ground strikes but punched his way right into a triangle choke. Kimbel power-bombed his foe, but Douma hung on and tightened up the hold. It was tap or nap at that point, so Kimbel elected to tap.
Austin Vanderford def. Cody Jones by submission (Arm Triangle) at 4:49 of round 1: 175 pounds
Jones fell to his back early in the fight, giving Vanderford to position. Right away, Jones showed off a rather active guard, looking for sweeps and subs. Vanderford did a solid job of remaining on top and shutting down whatever Jones threw his way from below. Jones exposed his back with about a minute left in the first round, and grabbed ahold of an arm triangle. Jones tried to fight off the hold, but the pressure proved to be too much, and he was forced to tap.
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- Zarrukh Adashev def. Ronie Arana by unanimous decision: Flyweight
- Matt Probin def. Ali Zebian by split decision: Featherweight
- Pete Rogers def. Jason Rine by KO/TKO at :50 of round 2: Featherweight
- Steve Mowry def. Darion Abbey by submission (Kimura) at 1:27 of round 1: Heavyweight
- Amanda Bell def. Amber Leibrock by KO/TKO at 3:52 of round 1: (W) Featherweight
- Lindsey VanZandt def. Tabatha Ann Watkins by KO/TKO at 3:25 of round 2: Atomweight
- Pat McCrohan def. Jason Markland by KO/TKO at 1:11 of round 1: Middleweight