Bellator 194 Results: Mitrione Moves On
Tonight from the Mohegan Sun Arena, Bellator MMA continued the first round of their heavyweight grand prix, as Roy Nelson battled Matt Mitrione at Bellator 194.
In a battle that saw the ex-NFL defensive end, Mitrione control the pace for the first two rounds, Roy Nelson would find a way to switch the momentum in the third round and make the scorecards too close for comfort, but Mitrione will move on and join Chael Sonnen as semi-finalists in the Heavyweight Grand-Prix.
For round by round information and full results read below!
Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione: Matt Mitrione By Majority Decision (28-28, 29-28,29-28)
Both men standing and trading early in the round, Mitrione going for the leg kick, using his power to control the momentum of the fight. Nelson scores a takedown with under two minutes in the round, but per Goldberg, Nelson has not won via submission in over 11 years.
Nelson stopped the momentum for Mitrione, as he grounded the ex-NFL’er as they head to round two.
Mitrione a bit fresher than Nelson heading into round two, found a way to clip Nelson and send him down on a slip. Mitrione is able to open up Nelson’s left eye as both men begin to show signs of fatigue, but Nelson was able to score a takedown on Mitrione, but unable to convert it into a submission, but able to slow down the Purdue graduate and live to see round three.
Both men unafraid to trade jabs with one another as they continue to use every ounce of energy. Mitrione once again unable to stuff another Nelson takedown, as “Big Country” is looking to control and possibly steal the final round.
Nelson made the pass and is laying into Mitrione as he tries to fight out of a bottom position while being peppered with punches.
Mitrione finds a way to fight out, but immediately got sent down.
At the scorecards we almost saw our first fourth round fight of the tournament, but Mitrione had done enough for two judges to pull through and head on to face the winner of Ryan Bader and King Mo.
Derek Campos vs. Patricky Freire: Freire With a TKO in Round One.
A rematch four years in the making, in a fight requested by Campos’ camp as they wanted to rectify what they saw as a mistake.
Pitbull was able to trip Campos early in the round and caused a slip, but both men are standing, pacing, and exchanging throughout.
Pitbull caught Campos on the jaw and was able to get the right combination to knock Campos down and ensure the ref stopping the fight midway through the first round.
Heather Hardy vs. Ana Julaton: Hardy wins via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Two stars of the world of boxing begin a two fight series that spans both MMA and boxing.
Both boxers attempted to grapple and attempt a takedown early, as both are locked into a clinch against the cage.
The crowd expecting a war between the two, and so far its been about technique and try to out maneuver the other instead of out fight, as Hardy has tried to lock in a choke or pull a take down and keeping control of the position, and finally secured the first takedown with a minute left in the round.
Hardy would attempt a submission during the last minute, but was unable to pull it off as the bell would end the round.
Both fighters go to stand and exchange in round two, but Julaton would pull her first take down, but seems to be tired and attempts control from the top.
Hardy would find a way to push off and gain control and land some strikes on Julaton. Hardy would continue to dictate the pace and land effective strikes, even though she doesn’t seem as comfortable, as she is used to standup fighting.
Another round that could be given to Hardy, but Julaton has done enough to stop Hardy from being explosive.
Another slow and positioning based round, Hardy playing it safe as Julaton wouldn’t try to open the fight up into a brawl and try to steal a knockout.
Hardy would continue to dictate the pace and keep Julaton from gaining any momentum as we go to the score cards.
Scorecards 29-28, 30-27, 30-27: Hardy wins via unanimous decision.
Liam McGeary vs. Vadim Nemkov: Nemkov Via ref stoppage in the third round.
The former light heavyweight champion, McGeary is fighting for the first time in a nearly a year after a loss to Linton Vassel faces a Sambo expert in Nemkov.
Even though Nemkov is known for grappling, McGeary was able to keep him standing during the early half of the first round, as McGeary has made him chase and circle.
McGeary slips on a leg kick, but is able to get back up as Nemkov continues to pressure the former champion and try to chop him down with low kicks.
Nemkov would attempt a takedown at the bell as we end round number one!
-Great exchange to start the round, with Nemkov getting McGeary to the ground and both men being able to exchange and see McGeary nearly pull off his variation of a triangle choke.
Nemkov would be able to continue attacking the leg of McGeary and almost wobble him with the low kick as it heads to the final round.
McGeary limping noticeably as Nemkov continues to work on the leg, even following a take down he is kicking at the shin of McGeary.
McGeary went down and attempted to pull guard, McGeary is unable to get up as Nemkov chopped away at the legs with low kicks.
Even though McGeary got up, he was limping more and more and is operating on one leg and cannot gain momentum to generate offense.
Nemkov kept kicking the leg as Dan Miragliotta almost stepped in, but would wait on until Nemkov kicked McGeary right in the knee cause him to buckle and force Miragliotta to stop the fight.
Two fights, two stoppages.
Tywan Claxton vs. Jose Perez: Claxton via stoppage in the second round.
Claxton coming off an impressive Bellator debut looked to put a stop the Newark native and stay undefeated in the Bellator cage. In the first round Perez was looking to isolate Claxton and prevent him from utilizing his striking, but Claxton would gain control on the ground and pummel Perez with elbows and control the round.
It looked as if Claxton would win the fight in the closing seconds with clubbing punches, but Perez would be saved by the bell.
Claxton took Perez to the ground and would continue to wear out and assault Perez, while the referee demanded that Perez needed to move, but only moments later the fight would be stopped and Claxton would be given his second victory as a pro.