February 15, 2019
Uncasville, CT from Mohegan Sun Arena
Live on Paramount Network and DAZN (9 PM ET)
Quick Prelim Results
Billy Goff def. Ryan Hardy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Zarrukh Adashev def. Ron Leon via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Probin def. Ali Zebian via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Pete Rogers def. Jason Rine via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 0:50
Steve Mowry def. Darion Abbey via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 1:27
Amanda Bell def. Amber Leibrock via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:52
Lindsey VanZandt def. Tabatha Ann Watkins via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:25
Pat McCrohan def. Jason Markland via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:11
Cody Jones vs. Austin Vanderford (Welterweight/170)
Round 1: Jones misses early with an over hand and slips up in the process. Vanderford takes advantage and drops down into Jones’ guard. Jones scrambles but Vanderford is staying with him. Cody Jones has a front headlock but Vanderford pulls out and he’s now back in top position. Bellator has mentioned the Van Zant-Vanderford marriage at least three times already… He’s going to have quite a time getting out from under that shadow. Austin Vanderford transitions to the back, Jones rolls and moves right into a head and arm triangle! He’s fighting it but Vanderford has this in tight and its all over! Austin Vanderford impresses in his Bellator debut!
Result: Austin Vanderford def. Cody Jones via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) Round 1, 4:49
Mike Kimbel vs. John Douma (Bantamweight/135)
Round 1: Lots of movement in the early part of the round but neither guy is landing much. Kimbel throws a spinning back kick, but Douma avoids it and secures a clinch. Kimbel grabs a body lock though and uses it to toss Douma to the mat. Douma recovers guard and throws up a triangle from his back! Kimbel lifts Douma up and slams him down but Douma still has the choke! Kimbel is in serious trouble here and its all over! Nice win for the underdog.
Result: John Douma def. Mike Kimbel via Submission (Triangle/Armbar) Round 1, 2:51
Eduardo Dantas vs. Toby Misech (Bantamweight/135)
Round 1: Dantas connects with a nice left hook to start the fight. Misech is aggressive though and returns a right hand right on the button. Dantas rips into Misech with a slick kick to the midsection! Dantas forces the fight against the fence with an under hook and uses is to take the fight down to the ground. Misech is holding on tight to a half guard but Dantas is working hard to pass. Misech is just holding on, no attempts to advance, or recover position, no submission attempts, all defense. Dantas is threatening with a kimura! Misech appears to be okay though. Misech is just allowing Dantas to work here and that’s now the round will end. Started strong for Misech but once he was taken down it became all Dantas’ fight. (10-9 Dantas)
Round 2: Misech is starting the first round just like he did the second, but Dantas is handling it better. The threat of the kick seems to be bothering Misech a bit. Dantas grabs a single, but Misech scrambles out of it! Dantas stays on him though and trips Misech up against the fence. Dantas has his opponents back, but he’s looking to take top position to lock in a head and arm triangle! Misech realizes though and he is defending well so far. Dantas is now threatening with a rear naked choke, and punches. Misech is defending but he’s making to attempts to escape the position… (10-9 Dantas)
Round 3: Dantas connects with a kick to the body right out of the gate. Misech is stalking, he likely needs a finish to win but Dantas is proving difficult to hit. Dantas is mostly playing defense and has been through out this entire round. Not much action in this round… Misech is looking for something but Dantas is not leaving anything open. Dantas moves in for a single leg in the final seconds of the round, but Misech will defend long enough to survive the round. (10-9 Misech) Could go either way though, Misech didn’t connect with much but Dantas didn’t through much.
Result: Eduardo Dantas def. Toby Misech via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Analysis: It wasn’t the best performance of Eduardo Dantas’ career but he did enough to get the win. This was his first fight back since his TKO injury loss to Michael McDonald, and with this win he snaps a two-fight losing streak. So, while it wasn’t exciting, he now knows that his leg will hold up in a fight, and he can relax knowing he is back on the winning trail.
Ion Pascu vs. Logan Storley (Welterweight/170)
Round 1: Storley shoots almost immediately but Pascu sprawls and grabs a front head lock. Storley is working to get up and reverses the position. He lifts Pascu up and slams him with a high crotch takedown. Pascu recovers a half guard but Storley is landing lots of shots here. Hard elbow lands for Storley! (10-9 Storley)
Round 2: Storley takes the fight right down to the mat! Storley is totally dominating this round with his positioning. Lots of short elbows and punches are landing for him but nothing that will end the fight. Pascu is doing what he can but he is just getting completely controlled here. Dominant round for Storley when it comes to grappling control. (10-9 Storley)
Round 3: Storley ducks beneath a punch early in the round and takes the fight down with a single leg. Pascu is looking for a kimura but he probably won’t find it. Pascu is looking to get up but Storley just won’t allow it. He moves to take the back and Pascu tries to scramble but Storley stays with him. Storley is starting to land some solid hammer fists and Pascu is busted open! He will survive but things got violent there at the end. (10-9 Storley)
Result: Logan Storley def. Ion Pascu via Unanimous Decision
Analysis: Just total positional domination for Logan Storley. It was a great performance, but we already knew he could wrestle. It will be interesting to see him flesh out his game in the future.
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Matt Mitrione (Heavyweight/265)
Round 1: Mitrione connects with a low kick to start the fight…and by that, I mean a kick directly to the groin and Kharitonov is down… The referee has waved off the fight and this will be a no contest. He is being stretchered out of the cage right now. Things are not good in the life of Sergei Kharitonov.
Result: Sergei Kharitonov vs. Matt Mitrione results in a NO Contest due to a low blow
Analysis: Well that was about the most disappointing main event ever. Mitrione is apologizing post fight and asking for a rematch which seems possible. I can’t really say much else… Mitrione ended it quickly but not exactly in the fashion he would have liked.
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