Bellator MMA come waltzing back into our lives tonight on SpikeTV with Bellator 98. Coming to us from The Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.
Miggs here bringing you live play-by-play action for the main card. Tonight’s action will consist of a middleweight title bout in addition to kicking off seasons nine’s middleweight tournament. Make sure to refresh your screen for the most up to date results from the main card.
So without further ado, let’s get to the toughest tournament in sports!!
Middleweight Title Bout (185 lbs) Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brett Cooper
Round 1- Cooper is attacking but nothing is landing yet. Cooper throws a kick which Shlemenko catches and drops Cooper but lets him get back up. They keep exchanging but you can hear the power is of Shlemenko punches, more than Coopers. Two body kicks land clean by Shlemenko. Shlemenko controlling the center of the cage or “circle”. Shlemenko’s signature spinning back fist is blocked nicely by Cooper. Cooper shoots and gets in deep but loses his balance and that allows Shlemenko to sprawl. Nice 1-2 foolwing by a slapping kick from Cooper. Clean left hook by Cooper lands flush on Shlemenko and Shlemenko is mildly stunned, more than we’ve seen before. Shlemenko is regaining his legs as the bell sounds. Scary moment for Shlemenko there but he still takes the round.
Fightline gives Round 1 to Shlemenko 10-9
Round 2- Cooper is marching forward, eats a few from Shlemenko that ends that. Spinning back fist misses by Shlemenko and he eats a right hand for his troubles. Cooper seems to have an easy time sneaking those hands in after Shlemenko throws his punches. Shlemenko is bloody. Cooper shoots in and takes Shlemenko but Shlemenko pops back up against the fence but Shlemenko is keeping his hands on the canvas to avoid the knees to the head. The cut actually looks really bad, the area specifically. Shlemenko is turning up the pressure but Cooper is meeting him in the middle, no pun intended. Shlemenko looks a bit tired but he keeps marching forward, throwing heavy shots. Level change by Cooper but eats a right hand. Cooper looks a bit stunned. Stiff jab by Shlemenko lands clean, head kick by Shlemenko looks clean but it was blocked. Shlemenko attacks and eats a huge right hand by Cooper that came over a Shlemenko uppercut, awesome timing. Shlemenko is trying to clinch as he staggers across the cage. Cooper is pressing, Shlemenko is back peddling and Cooper gets a TD right before the end of the round. It looks like Cooper stole the round.
Fightline gives round 2 to Cooper 19-19
Round 3- Shlemenko catches a Cooper kick, Coopers falls momentarily. They’re back up and they continue to exchange. Shlemenko lands 2 straight body kicks followed by a lead right hand. They briefly clinch and they both land as they break. 1-2, 1-2, 1-2 by Shlemenko, missed most of them. Cooper gets a little right hand crazy but lands some clean hooks and upper cuts. They clinch and Shlemenko pulls the head down and lands a knee on Cooper and momentarily threatens w/ a guillotine. They exchange again as Cooper attempts a single leg but nothing. They keep swining w/ a lot of punches missing. They clinch again after an exchange and Cooper is finshing for a single leg again. He drops his levels again and reaches for a double and gets it. Shlemenko gives his back to get back to his feet. Breaks loose w/ some hand control. Back and forth, they continue to pot-shot one another and they clinch as the bell ends.
Fightline gives Round 3 to Shlemenko 29-28
Round 4- Shlemenko attacks immediately. Cooper has his hands up high but as he backs away, Shlemenko lands a clean left hook that drops Cooper and Shlemenko jumps on him. Shlemenko is looking for the finish but Cooper desperately shoots for a single leg to stall some. Cooper is on wobbly legs but he’s recovering. They clinch as Cooper shakes off the cobb webs. Cooper throws a kick that Shlemenko catches and as he lets the leg go, he unloads a sweet knee to Coopers body. Spinning back fist misses. Cooper lands a clean punch and Shlemenko invites Cooper for more, waiving him in. This is the 4th or 5th time he’s invited Cooper in, he may actually be feeling those punches. They clinch again against the fence. They both exchange and it seems as if these guys can take anything because damn near every punch in that exchange connected flush. Shlemenko is not circling as Cooper is trotting forward. Spinning back kick by Shlemenko lands right before the bell.
Fightline gives Round 4 to Shlemenko 39-37
Round 5- They pick up where they left off and Cooper looking for the single leg. And not a double. Shlemenko is doing a great job of stuffing Cooper’s TD. Clean left by Shlemenko, Cooper eats it well. Shlemenko continues to march forward, momentary Thai plum by Shlemenko but they break. Coopers barges in for a TD and gets it. They both connect on the same left hand but Shlemenko adds a right hand afterwards that also connects. They clinch and now Shlemenko goes for a TD which he gets. Cooper looks tired. But even still, he gets back up. Shlemenko’s corner has done a great job w/ that cut. They clinch and again a TD from a body lock from Shlemenko. Cooper on his knees looking for a single but Shlemenko is sprawling well. They get back up. They exchange once more and again Shlemenko shoots in for a double and gets. He postures and lands a big right hand before Cooper rolls to his knees then back to his guard. Shlemenko passes Cooper’s guard and lands a few more punches as the bell sounds.
Fightline gives Round 5 and the bout to Shlemenko 49-46
Official Results: Alexander Shlemenko def. Brett Cooper via unanimous decision (48-47×3)
Middleweight Bout (185 lbs) Justin Torrey vs. Brennan Ward
Round 1- Gggahhtt damn Ward is build!! Ward comes in swining and gets taken down but pops back up. Torry goes for a single against the fence and Ward threatens w/ the guillotine. Nothing on it though. Torrey w/ double underhooks gets flipped over as Ward executes a gorgeous hip toss. He stays on top in Torrey’s guard. Torrey is keeping Ward close but Ward gets some room and lands a few right hands. Torrey goes for a leg lock, a heel hook I believe and as Ward defends, he goes for a lock lock himself but fails and Torrey lands on top. Ward doing a nice job off his back, landing some nice punches of his own. Torrey answers by digging some right hands to Wards body. Torrey clears Wards legs and passes to side mount. Knees to the body and hammer fists by Torrey. Torrey looking for a key lock but Ward defends it well. Torrey gets full mount and is raining down some heavy punches right as the bell sounds.
Fightline gives Round 1 to Torrey 10-9
Round 2- Torrey’s eye is extremely swollen and is closing quickly if not already closed. Before the round started, the ref warned Torrey to protect that eye or else he have to stop the fight. They meet in the center and exchange again, this time Ward gets the TD and lands in Torrey’s half guard. Torrey gets full guard but again, Ward passes to half. Torrey doing a nice job of stifling Ward offense. Ward postures and lands 2 nice right hands and there’s now blood. That mouse might have popped. As ward stands to land some shots, Torrey manages to get back to his feet and now they exchange on the feet. Ward throws and lands a big right hand that stuns Torrey. Ward gets another TD and rains down heavy left hands while in Torrey’s half guard, the eye is pissing blood. The ref has no choice but to step in and call a halt to the fight.
Official Results: Brennan Ward def. Justin Torrey via TKO at 3:28 of Round 2
Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Bout (185 lbs) Jeremy Kimball vs. Perry Filkins
Round 1- Low kicks by Kimball, landing cleanly. Filkins answers w/ one kick. Filkins attacks but hits nothing as Kimball back peddles. Front kick by Kimball lands flush. More kicks by Kimball, this time to the body. Filkins is attacking but nothing is landing. Filkins blitzkriegs Kimball but Kimball circles and doesn’t eat anything hard. Kimball fakes a right hand and shoots in on a double and gets the TD. Filkins uses the fence to get back up, they stand int he center and continue to exchange. Exact same feint and gets the TD again. And again Filks back to his feet an uses the fence to get back up. They meet in the center again. Filkins lunges in w/ a wide right hand, barely misses. Once more, Kimball shoots and get’s it. And once more, Filkins gets back up. Clean crescent kick lands by Kimball and gets a TD right as the round ends.
Fightline gives Round 1 to Kimball 10-9
Round 2- Body kick by Kimball, continues w/ high volume of kicks. Filkins throws a kick of his own but it’s caught by Kimball and gets a body lock near the fence. Kimball almost has Filkins back on the feet. Kimball tries to drag Filkins down but fails and Filkins lands on top, in Kimballs guard. Filkins steps over the half guard and then lands some nice shoulder shots on Kimball. Filkins goes for the mount and Kimball bridges him over and back to the body lock. Filkins hits a switch and goes for the TD but gets caught in a guillotine. He slams Kimball down and escapes easily. They stay on the ground w/ Filkins on top. Kimball doning a great job of defense off his back. Filkins jumps for a punch and misses and allows Kimball to get back up and Kimball goes for a single. Filkins sprawls and gets Kimballs back. He rains down punches just as the round ends.
Fightline gives Round 2 to Filkins 19-19
Round 3- They meet in the center and they continue to exchange. Kimball is looking like the more active fighter as Filkins continues to stalk. Filkins attacks and is throwing caution to the wind, swinging w/ everything. Kimball shoots for a double, Filkins sprawls and immediately shoots himself and gets the TD. Kimball w/ great hand control as Filkins tries to pass his gaurd. Filkins passes and lands in side mount. Kimball risks his back and rolls over and Filkins gets back mount w/ both hooks in and is fishing for a RNC. Kimball is defending it well. Kimball rolls over again and Filkins keeps mount. Kimball rolls over again and again gives his back, this time Filkins sinks in the RNC for the finish.
Official Result: Perry Filkins def. Jeremy Kimball via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:18 of Round 3
Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Bout (185 lbs) Brian Rogers vs. Mikkel Parlo
Round 1- No tap of the gloves and they’re off. Low kick by Rogers lands and nearly stumbles over. Parlo lands a stiff jab that drops Rogers but he pops back up. They clinch against the fence w/ Rogers’ back on the fence. Rogers looks to have regained his legs. Rogers lands a clean body kick and attacks w/ a flying knee but it misses. A combo by Rogers and he lands a nice left hand that stuns Parlo but he back peddles to shake it off. The exchange again and this time Rogers is momentarily stunned. These guys are swinging for the fences. Every time they exchange, someone gets stunned. Rogers lands a few nice combos and falls after landing a leg kick. He backs back up immediately. Rogers’ punches are looking cleaner than before but now it appears as if he’s beginning to gas. Parlo lunges in w/ some body shots and leaps in w/ a knee. I believe it landed to the body. Parlo bullies Rogers down but Rogers turns Parlo over and puts him on his back. Parlo gets right back up though. They both swing big near the end of the round, Rogers looks to be the fight whose feeling the punches the most.
Fightline gives Round 1 to Parlo 10-9
Round 2- Rogers lands a leg kick as Parlo lands a wide left to the head. They clinch and Parlo loads up for a knee as Rogers lands 3 or 4 body shots. they separate and Rogers leaps in w/ a knee. They clinch again and Parlo lands a few knees. Rogers goes for a head and arm toss but Parlo blocks it and lands on top in Rogers’ half guard. Parlo gets full mount and now begins to rain down shots but Rogers is squirming and gives his back just to get half guard again, which he does. Parlo landing some clean right hands as Rogers scrambles to block them. Parlo stands and lands a few punches while Rogers throws up kicks near the fence. Parlo jumps back in to Rogers half guard. Parlo is being very active, enough to keep the fight here. Parlo landing solid knees to Rogers body, Rogers eating each one. All Rogers is doing now is holding on and waiting till the end of the round, which eventually comes.
Fightline gives Round 2 to Parlo 20-18
Round 3- Sorry guys I missed the beginning of the round, I had to run to the little girls room. They’re on the ground w/ Parlo on top in Rogers half guard again. Parlo landing more left hands and more knees to Rogers’ body. Parlo occasionally tries to pass but isn’t going for it 100%. Rogers gets a deep half and uses it to sweep but Parlo stands back up as does Rogers. They stay clinch against the fence w/ Rogers back on the fence. Parlos threatens w/ a single leg and Rogers goes for a kimura. Parlo defends it easily. Parlo drop his levels again for a single leg and gets it. Parlo postures and lands big shot to the head and a few hard knees as Rogers turtles up. Rogers gets to his feet only to eat a huge knee by Parlo, sending Rogers timbering back like a tree. The ref is close to stopping the fight but Rogers defends just enough to finish the round and the fight. Rogers looked done, I’m shocked the ref didn’t stop the fight. 10 more seconds in the fight and the ref would’ve jumped in.
Fightline gives Round 3 and the fight to Parlo (30-27)
Official Result: Mikkel Parlo def. Brian Rogers via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26×2)
Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Bout (185 lbs) Jason Butcher vs. Giva Santana
Round 1- I’m a big sub fan, this should be fun. They meet in the center and Butcher throws some heavy shots. He throws a kick and Santana catches it and takes Butcher down and passes his guard quickly. North-south position as Santana is looking for a kimura. Butcher does a great job get getting guard back. Butcher looking for a kimura while in the half guard. Santana has just passed Butchers guard yet again. Santana doing an excellent job of staying heavy on top and not allowing Butcher to roll over. Santana gets full mount and Butcher looks for the back door escape. Santana stays on top and is now looking for the arm triangle. It looks real tight. Butcher gives the thumbs up. Butcher looking get to get half guard but moves back to mount. Santana goes for his signature armbar and Butcher uses it to get back up. Butcher goes for a toe hold but gets swept in the process and ends up on his back as the bell ends. Awesome jj rolling session. w/ MMA gloves.
Fightline gives Round 1 to Santana 10-9
Round 2- Butcher throwing again but this time eats a few punches. Butcher attacks and Santana shoots but Butcher’s sprawl is too good. Santana looks tired as he lunges in and eats a right hand. He’s stunned as he back peddles into the cage and Butcher attacks and Santana little wilts and flops the ground. Butcher lands a few more punches before the ref jumps in.
Jason Butcher def. Giva Santana via TKO at 1:12 of Round 2
Lightweight Bout (155 lbs) Derek Anderson vs. Patricky Pitbull
Round 1– Either there’s a pretty big crowd for this event or they’re all bunched together tightly to make it look that way. Anyway, they tap gloves and they’re off. They exchange jabs and Pitbull knocks Anderson down but pops back up. Flash kd it was. Pitbull putting a lot of pressure on Anderson, stuns Anderson again. They clinch near the fence and break. They both swing right hands and miss big. Straight right hand to the body by Pitbull, landed cleanly. Pitbull is slowing down and Anderson is pressing the action a bit until Pitbull lowers his levels and gets the take down. Goes straight to mount. Anderson bridges and leaves his arm out, Pitbull goes for the armbar, then the triangle and Anderson is in big trouble. He slams Pitbull and as Pitbull transitions back to the armbar, Anderson escapes and keeps top control in Pitbulls guard. The ref stands them up. End of round 1.
Fightline gives Round 1 to Pitbull 10-9
Round 2- High kick by Anderson, slips, Pitbull gets top position in Anderson’s guard. Pitbull eases off and lets Anderson get back up. Anderson gets hit w/ a good left hook and wobbles slightly. Anderson still controlling the center of the cage but not doing enough damage. Both of these guys look a bit tired, they’re fighting in spurts. Pitbull lands some nice shots to Anderson’s body. Anderson throws a nice comber and lands the last right hand of the combo. Pitbull shoots but Anderson defends it well. Pitbull shoots from way outside and when Anderson sprawls, Pitbull flops to his back, he looks gassed. They stand back up and Anderson is pressing the action again. Anderson is consistently walking Pitbull down as the bell sounds.
Fightline gives Round 2 to Anderson 19-19
Round 3- They meet in the center and now Pitbull is walking forward and now that’s stopped. Pitbull circling the fence as Anderson continues to walk him down. Pitbull nods no every time Anderson lands a clean punch or kick but nodding your head doesn’t win you rounds. Pitbull doesn’t look as aggressive as before, who knows if there’s something wrong w/ him. Anderson throwing some nice combos but nothing landed. Still, he’s winning the round based on moving forward and trying to take the fight to Pitbull. Pitbull shoots again and Anderson chucks him off easily. Pitbull falling for all of Andersons feints. Not much power behind Anderson’s punches but they keep landing. Pitbull landed a nice left the made Anderson think for a second but he shook it off. Ten second warning and Anderson is still walking forward.
Fightline gives Round 3 and the fight to Anderson 29-28
Official Result: Derek Anderson def. Patricky Pitbull via unanimous decision (29-28)
Light Heavyweight Bout (205 lbs) Jeff Nader vs. Mike Mucitelli: Rules a No Contest (Accidental Eye Poke)
Lightweight Bout (155 lbs) Ryan Quinn def. Brylan Van Artsdalen via submission (arm triangle) at 2:34 of Round 1.
Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs) Matt Bessette def. Nick Piedmont via TKO at 1:41 of Round 1.
Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs)Rico Disciullo def. Glenn Allair via knockout at 1:21 of Round 2.
Heavyweight Bout (265 lbs) Josh Diekmandef.Parker Porter via TKO at 1:12 of Round 1.