Re: Bellator MMA: The Scott Coker era
Bellator 123: Curran vs Freire
Featherweight Bout: Scott Cleve (14-4) vs Mark Bessette (13-5)
Opening the show on the preliminary card was a battle between two feathers both of whom were looking to get back on the winning tracks after both losing their previous fight to Germany's Daniel Weichel. Clearly the more powerful of the two Cleve was throwing heavy shots right from the off as Bessette the more gifted submission specialist of the two looked to take things to the ground. Clearly panicked after being rocked with a right hand by Cleve, Bessette pulled guard on Cleve but this quickly proved to be a big mistake as Cleve began hammering him with punches and elbows causing a late first round stoppage by the referee
Result: Scott Cleve (15-4) defeated Mark Bessette (13-6) by TKO at 4:43 in the 1st round
Lightweight Bout: Lucas Cruz (7-2) vs Andrew Calandrelli (6-4)
Making his Bellator debut Jujitsu fighter Lucas Cruz had a tough task ahead of him in fellow submission artist and Bellator veteran Anrew Calandrelli. In fact with both men pretty much cancelling one another out on the ground it was of no surprise that this ended up as more of a sloppy kick boxing match between the two which whilst not very entertaining gave the fans a exciting finish as Cruz was able to connect with a straight right hand which put Andrew down on the mat for a KO Victory.
Result: Lucas Cruz (8-2) defeated Andrew Calandrelli (6-5) by KO at 2:56 in the 2nd round
Bantamweight Bout: Blair Tugman (5-5) vs Brandon Fleming (3-2)
After coming up short in his last Bellator appearance Blair Tugman was very much looking for redemption here as he battled young prospect Brandon Fleming who last time he stepped in the Bellator cage secured an impressive Peruvian Necktie finish. Much like the aforementioned Cruz/Calandrelli bout despite both men being more versed in their submission skills. They opted to keep the fight stranding for a very timid affair in which both men seemed to be content to wait for the other to make a mistake rather then create their own openings. This lead the fight to go to the score cards for a decision win for Fleming.
Result: Brandon Fleming (4-2) defeated Blair Tugman (5-6) by split decision
Featherweight Bout: Philipe Martins (0-0) vs Pete Rogers (1-1)
Having lost in his first Bellator Appearance to Brandon Fleming the pressure was on Karate based fighter Pete Rogers as he took on debutante Philipe Martins and right from the off it was clear that since that loss Rogers had grown a lot more confident in his skills as a fighter as he constantly moved round and out struck the debuting Martins. Clearly getting frustrated at being picked apart Martins in the last round tried rushing in on Rogers only to have Pete clip him right a right hand which rocked him heavily. Keeping calm Rogers continued his pressure based striking style which he employed the whole fight leading to him scoring a unanimous decision.
Result: Pete Rogers (2-1) Defeated Philipe Martins (0-1) by unanimous decision
Light Heavyweight Bout: Mike Muticelli (6-1) vs Mark Griffin (3-3-1)
With the last few bouts focusing on some of the lighter divisions the next fight of the evening saw two light heavyweights who desperately needed to get back on the winning track face off. Both having come off KO Losses with Griffin in fact not having fought since 2011. It was no surprise that both men went for bust right from the off and with the way they was swinging it was also no surprise that in the end someone was going to sleep and it was a right uppercut by Muticelli which did just that as Griffin collapsed in a heap on the canvas
Result: Mike Muticelli (7-1) defeated Mark Griffin (3-4-1) by KO at 1:41 in the 1st round
Middleweight Bout: Perry Filkins (8-1) vs Dan Cramer (10-4)
Since his arrival to Bellator heavy handed Perry Filkins has managed to go 2-0 with impressive wins over Jonas Billstein and Jeremy Kimball to his credit. However here Perry battled his arguably toughest opponent yet in durable Bellator Veteran Dan Cramer. The ATT product of course holds a 6-2 Bellator Record but right in the first 30 seconds of the fight it looked like it would soon become his 3rd Bellator loss and his 3rd Bellator stoppage loss as a heavy over hand by Filkins dropped Cramer. Cramer to his credit was able to recover before he wobbled Filkins with a shot of his own. To the fans delight this fight was very much a back and forth war from this point on with both men being rocked on several occasions until late in the third round when a body shot by Cramer crumpled Filkins and allowed Cosmo to follow up with several more shots for a TKO.
Result: Dan Cramer (11-4) defeated Perry Filkins (8-2) by TKO at 4:51 in 3rd round
Middleweight Bout: Brennan Ward (9-2) vs Tamdan McCroy (11-3)
Having come up short against the Champion Alexander Shlemenko in his last fight, Brennan Ward came out aggressive looking to make a statement here against debutante Tamdan McCroy. Throwing wild strikes right from the off Brennan was able to push Tamdan up against the cage where he landed several crushing knee strikes for a KO Finish giving McCroy his first ever KO Loss.
Result: Brennan Ward (10-2) defeated Tamdan McCroy (11-4) by KO at 1:46 in the 1st round
Heavyweight Bout: Mike Wessel (14-7) vs Josh Diekmann (14-5)
After his last Bellator fight ended in controversy knockout artist Josh Diekmann quickly returned to form here against longtime journeyman Mike Wessel as literally the first punch thrown by Josh dropped Mike and as he got to his feet a flurry from The Freight Train was enough to put Wessel down.
Result: Josh Diekmann (15-5) defeated Mike Wessel (14-8) by KO at 0:32 in the 1st round
Bantamweight Bout: Steve Garcia (4-0) vs Kin Moy (4-0)
Two undefeated Bantamweight prospects did battle in the second to last preliminary fight of the evening in what looked to be an interesting styles clash between striker Steve Garcia and grappler Kin Moy. For most of the fight Moy made the surprising decision to keep things standing with Garcia and to his credit Moy showed some technical striking but as the fight drew on Garcia began to overwhelm Moy with the sheer volume of his strikes leading to a unanimous decision victory.
Result: Steve Garcia (5-0) defeated Kin Moy (4-1) by unanimous decision
Bantamweight Bout: Rico DiSciullo (2-0) vs Marvin Maldonado (2-1)
Finally in the last fight of the prelim card Bellator fans were treated to an interesting rematch between Rico DiSciullo and Marvin Maldonado who of course last time they fought ended up with a no contest thanks to some illegal knees. However unlike their last fight there would be no controversy this time as Maldonado was able to quickly get the fight to the ground and work position until he took DiSciullo's back and locked in a rear naked choke for the submission.
Result: Marvin Maldonado (3-1) defeated Rico DiSciullo (2-1) by submission at 2:21 in the 1st round
Heavyweight Bout: Cheick Kongo (21-9-2) vs Lavar Johnson (18-9)
Opening up the main card portion of the show was a Heavyweight battle between strikers Cheick Kongo and Lavar Johnson. Any fans expecting a stand up war were quickly disappointed as Cheick Kongo was able to quickly secure a take down on Johnson but this wasn't to just hold down Lavar as from half guard Kongo began to unleash several nasty elbow strikes of Johnson opening up a cut which caused the ref to cause a stop to the contest for the doctor to take a look. With the cut right above Lavar's eye and blood actually going into the eye, The doctor was left with no choice but to call the fight off.
Result: Cheick Kongo (22-9-2) defeated Lavar Johnson (18-10) by doctor stoppage at 2:08 in the 1st round
Heavyweight Bout: Bobby Lashley (10-2) vs Josh Burns (8-7)
Making his Bellator debut thanks to TNA's relationship with Bellator. Bobby Lashley made a very quick statement as he quickly dropped journeyman Josh Burns with a right hand and right away jumped on the downed Burns taking the mount and raining down on him with punches before taking an arm triangle choke for the submission.
Result: Bobby Lashley (11-2) defeated Josh Burns by submission at 1:55 in the 1st round
Light Heavyweight Bout: Muhammad Lawal (12-4) vs Marcus Sursa (13-8)
In the co main event of the evening Muhammad "King Mo" Lawal looked to return to his winning ways as he battled late replace Marcus Sursa who stepped in to replace an injured Tom DeBlass. Clearly right from the off you could see this fight was a mismatch as Mo was the superior fighter in every facet of the game controlling Sursa from top position and working his ground and pound before finally finishing Marcus late in the second with some hard punches from mount.
Result: Muhammad Lawal (13-4) defeated Marcus Sursa (13-9)
Featherweight Championship Bout: Pat Curran (20-5) vs Patricio Freire (21-2)
Finally in the main event of the evening Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran battled past opponent Patricio Freire in a rematch from their epic Bellator 85 battle in which Curran just scraped a split decision win. Just like the first fight this rematch was a battle from start to finish with both the champion and the challenger having their moments with Curran actually coming close to finishing Patricio late in the second after several heavy shots whilst in the 4th Freire took Curran's back and repeatedly threatened for chokes. As for the fight went to the 5th round both men really went for broke and it looked like Curran had the round in the bag as he was able to deal up some major damage with his jab only to have Patricio connect with a flying knee late in the round which dropped him. Freire pounced on Curran and again threatened with a choke as the fight drew to a close.
Result: Patricio Freire (22-2) defeated Pat Curran (20-6) by split decision to become the new Bellator Featherweight Champion
(This was more a preview card to get things rolling as this card was already set IRL for Bellator. With the upcoming cards I will be making my own matches and also incorporating some other aspects to my show. Hope you enjoy)