Derek Campos officially comes out on top in his series of fights against Brandon Girtz, as Campos defeated Girtz in a trilogy bout on July 14, in the main event of Bellator 181, which took place at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
Entering this bout, Campos and Girtz each held a victory over the other. Campos won via unanimous decision at Bellator 96 in June 2013, while Girtz won the second bout by first-round knockout at Bellator 146 in November 2015.
Both men came out firing right away from the opening bell, with a hard knee busting Girtz’ face open early on. Girtz attempted the first takedown of the bout, but ultimately both men stood and traded blows until the end of the first. A doctor checking on Girtz’s cut between rounds allowed the fight to go on.
The second round saw the fighters still standing and exchanging hard shots, with each rocking the opposition at some point in the round. Action was paused by referee John McCarthy to have the doctor look at Girtz’s cut again, but again the fight continued. After the bell, however, the doctor came back into the cage and called off the bout, giving Campos the win via doctor’s stoppage TKO.
Bellator 181 Results:
Derek Campos def. Brandon Girtz via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) (Rd. 2, 5:00)
John Salter def. Kendall Grove via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1, 4:37)
Emily Ducote def. Jessica Middleton via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Joe Warren def. Steve Garcia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary Card Results:
Jonathan Gary defeated Will Florentino via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Romero Cotton defeated Aaron Rodriguez via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
Logan Storley defeated Kemmyelle Haley via TKO (Rd. 1, 1:44)
Andre Fialho defeated A.J. Matthews via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Amanda Bell defeated Brittney Elkin via TKO (Rd. 2, 4:56)
E.J. Brooks defeated Guilherme Bomba via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Rafael Lovato Jr. defeated Mike Rhodes via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1, 1:59)
Justin Lawrence defeated Treston Thomison via TKO (doctor stoppage) (Rd. 1, 3:34)
Valentin Moldavsky defeated Carl Seumanutafa via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Katy Collins defeated Bruna Vargas via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jordan Howard defeated Johnny Marigo via KO (Rd. 1, 1:26)