Bellator returned to the SSE Arena in London, England on May 19 with Bellator 179, which saw a main event of hometown hero Paul Daley facing off with former UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald in MacDonald’s promotional debut.
The fight was pretty one-sided, with MacDonald forcing Daley to submit in his home country 1:45 into the second round. You can view highlights from the fight in the video above.
Elsewhere on the main card, another native son was forced to submit, as former Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary tapped out in the third round during his bout with Linton Vassell. Kevin Ferguson Jr. (aka Baby Slice), son of the late Kimbo Slice, scored his first professional win in the main card’s opening bout, defeating DJ Griffin via TKO in 3:40.
Bellator 179 results:
Welterweight: Rory MacDonald def. Paul Daley via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 2, 1:45)
Light heavyweight: Linton Vassell def. Liam McGeary via submission (arm-triangle choke) (Rd. 3, 2:28)
Heavyweight: Cheick Kongo def. Augusto Sakai via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweight: Alex Lohore def. Dan Edwards via TKO (Rd. 2, 0:56)
Welterweight: Kevin Ferguson Jr. def. DJ Griffin via TKO (Rd. 1, 3:40)
Bellator 179 Preliminary Card results:
Heavyweight: Stav Economou def. Dan Konecke via submission (guillotine) (Rd. 1, 1:05)
Flyweight: Amir Albazi def. Jamie Powell via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)
Welterweight: Nathan Jones def. User Kayani via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1, 4:35)
Middleweight: Fabian Edwards def. Rafal Cejrowski via KO (Rd. 1, 3:44)
Catchweight (150 lbs.): Jeremy Petley def. Chase Morton via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
Middleweight: Mike Shipman def. Marcin Prostko via TKO (Rd. 1, 2:39)
Bantamweight: Salih Kulucan def. Diego Barbosa via submission (heel hook) (Rd. 1, 2:18)
Bellator 179 Dark Bout result:
Lightweight: Alfie Davis def. Jay Dods via KO (Rd. 1)