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Bellator 85 Results

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of Bellator 85.

Tonight’s Bellator MMA event comes to us live from the Bren Events Center in Irvine, California. The preliminary bouts will air on, while the main card will be broadcast on Bellator’s new home, SpikeTV.

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Mario Navarro vs. Cleber Luciano

Round 1: Jiu-jitsu master Luciano comes forward and his intentions – to get the fight to the ground – are clear. Navarro fires off one high-kick, but the Brazilian latches on with a double-leg takedown and dumps him onto the canvas. From top position, Luciano passes guard easily and slides from half-mount to knee-on-belly to North-South. Navarro, who sports a brown belt in jiu-jitsu himself, manages to keep his foe more or less at bay, but other than an up-kick attempt here and there, he’s stuck on the defense. With a minute left in the round Navarro goes for an armbar that the Brazilian is forced stop and recognize, and after Luciano is out he resumes the storm of leather.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Luciano.
Round 2: Although he knows it’s coming, all Navarro can manage before the takedown are a few high-kicks and a right hand that hits nothing but air. Again Luciano nails the takedown and goes to work from top position, first passing guard, then going to knee-on-belly and mount. Midway through the round Navarro explodes up and escapes to his feet, but a few wild punches later and he’s on his back with Luciano stuck in his guard. Navarro gets vertical in the waning seconds of the round, and then the bell rings.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Luciano.

Round 3: Desperation hangs over Navarro like a dark cloud, and he turns it into aggression, trying to find that one big kick or punch that will knock Luciano senseless. He doesn’t find it though, and when the Brazilian ties him up against the cage, Navarro foolishly jumps to guard, pulling his opponent down on top of him. Luciano resumes his steady onslaught of short punches mixed with positional advancement. The rest of the round sees Navarro stuck underneath eating whatever punches the aged black belt feeds him, and after the bell sounds it goes to the judges for a no-brainer.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Luciano.
Cleber Luciano def. Mario Navarro via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jamie Yager vs. Joe Williams
Round 1: These two circle each other cautiously, probing with single kicks and punches, until Williams rushes in at the and goes for a takedown after a minute has expired. He gets Yager down with a double-leg, and after the TUF veteran pops back up Williams gets him back down again. What follows is Williams working from within Yager’s half-guard, pounding away relentlessly while referee “Big” John McCarthy bellows for Yager to move and show him “something”. But Yager is stuck, and the stoppage comes at 4:02 of the first round.

Joe Williams def. Jamie Yager via TKO (Punches) at 4:02, Round 1

Savant Young vs. Mike Guymon
Round 1: Guymon opens up with leg-kick, and after the two stalk each other a bit, Young swings for the fences and Guymon ducks under and takes him down. Working from within Young’s guard and half-guard, Guymon peppers his foe with short punches. At the midpoint of the round Guymon pulls Young away from the cage and tries to slip on a rear naked choke, but Young avoids it. Young manages to get back on his feet in the final seconds of the frame, but it’s all Guymon, all day.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Guymon.

Round 2: Emboldened by his success in the first, Guymon comes out sloppy, wading in without care despite the heavy leather Young is slinging. He pays for his sloppiness in a big way, with Young blasting him with a left hook right to the chin. Guymon drops like a sack of potatoes, and the official time of the knockout is at :48 of the second round.

Savant Young def. Mike Guymon via KO (Punch) at :48, Round 2

Atanas Djambazov vs. Emanuel Newton
Round 1: Djambazov and Newton waste no time slugging it out, with the Bulgarian employing slightly better kicks and Newton firing off blows from odd angles. Both men take turns scoring on the other, but the first definitive shift in momentum comes with two minutes left when Newton takes his opponent down. Djambazov swings his hips around and attempts an armbar that Newton must slam his way out of, but in terms of bombs dropped and damage delivered, the round goes to Newton.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Newton.

Round 2: They come out swinging, but in no time the Bulgarian is huffing and puffing. He attempts a hip toss but succeeds only in letting Newton get on top, and the ensuing chain of events is pretty much textbook, with Newton delivering punches from the mount, Djambazov rolling and giving up his back, and Newton tapping him out with a choke.

Emanuel Newton def. Atanas Djambazov via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:21, Round 2

JJ Ambrose vs. Brian Warren
Round 1: Wielding all the confidence in the world when it comes to the stand-up game, Ambrose comes out and bangs Warren up. Things are no better for Warren on the ground, with Ambrose stinging him repeatedly from within his guard, and when they make it back to their feet in the waning seconds of the round, Warren continues with his fistic onslaught. Warren survives – but just barely.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ambrose.

Round 2: Ambrose and Warren come forward and Ambrose drops him almost immediately with an overhead right. Without hesitation, Ambrose pounces, snaking his arms around Warren’s neck and slipping on an arm-in guillotine. The dazed Warren has no choice but to tap out.

JJ Ambrose def. Brian Warren via Submission (Guillotine) at :50, Round 2

Hector Ramirez vs. Jason Lambert
Round 1: Lambert starts off trying to make Ramirez react with some kicks, and Ramirez answers with a couple stiff lefts that mark up Lambert’s face. Lambert tries to stifle him with as much dirty boxing against the cage as he can get away with, and his success steadily increases as the round wears on. With about a minute and a half left Ramirez changes tact and goes for a takedown, but from his back Lambert is even more dangerous, and he transitions from a triangle choke to a straight armbar that leaves Ramirez tapping and in pain.

Jason Lambert def. Hector Ramirez via Submission (Armbar) at 3:59, Round 1

Aaron Miller vs. Joe Camacho

Round 1: After about 45 seconds of tentativeness, Camacho lunges forward with an uppercut and ties Miller up against the cage. Things seem to slow a bit – that is, until Miller executes a beautiful judo throw that sends Camacho flying. On the ground, Miller finds himself in his opponent’s guard, and is forced to defend against an armbar attempt. Miller pulls free, dodges another armbar, and manages to get in a few good licks as Camacho rolls this way and that.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Miller.

Round 2: Camacho looks to try to land something big, but Miller avoids eating anything dangerous and scoops him up and deposits him on the canvas. Though active on the bottom – and capable of neutralizing the worst of it – Camacho is unable to really threaten Miller with a serious submission attempt, and Miller continuously pecks away with some light ground and pound.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Miller.

Round 3: Once again Camacho finds himself on the bottom, and once again Miller is slipping out of submission attempts and dropping fists where he can. But midway through the round Camacho kicks Miller in the head – an illegal kick to a grounded opponent – and the action is halted while a doctor checks Miller out. Miller gives the “all clear” and the bout resumes, and things play out just as they have for the last twelve and a half minutes. It goes to the judges’ scorecards when time runs out.

Aaron Miller def. Joe Camacho via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Main Card
Bellator Featherweight Championship
Pat Curran (c) vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire

Round 1: Curran moves forward calm, cool and collected, meeting the always-moving Brazilian head on as Pitbull tests him with punch-kick combinations. At about the three-minute mark, the champ begins to open up, finding an opening here and there and forcing the challenger to respect him. Although no one really lands anything definitive, Freire takes the round by virtue of his higher output.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Freire.

Round 2: Curran ratchets up the intensity with straighter punches that knock his foe’s head back. Pitbull shrugs them off, grins when Curran lands a glancing kick to his head, and continues his pursuit. The jabs are nonstop, and soon Freire is bleeding from his nose, but he’s undaunted, and the round ends with both men probing for openings.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Curran.

Round 3: The kickboxing match continues, with Curran and Freire chipping away at each other like they’d agreed beforehand to have a war of attrition. Two minutes in Pitbull lands a kick that catches the champ off balance and makes him stumble, but other than that and a flying knee soon after, it’s business as usual.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Freire.

Round 4: They begin to add more body blows to the mix in this round, and Curran’s boxing skills start to really ding Pitbull up. With a minute and 40 seconds left in the frame Freire changes levels and shoots for a takedown, but Curran stuffs it, and continues to tenderize the Brazilian’s ribs.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Curran.

Round 5: Curran is finding a home for his punches, and Freire attempts another takedown early. The champ avoids the ground, and his right hand starts to close up one of Freire’s eyes. Regardless, Pitbull keeps moving forward, returning fire like the championship belt is the only thing in the entire world worth fighting for. The last twenty seconds sees them banging it out furiously, and the when the bell rings they congratulate each other for a good hard-fought fight.

Pat Curran def. Patricio Freire via Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Mikhail Zayats

Round 1: Babalu comes forward, throws a kick to the Russian’s midsection, and they tie up against the cage. Unfortunately, the action grinds to a halt, so referee John McCarthy separates them. Zayats repeatedly tries to land a one-two, but the Brazilian clocks him with a right hand and Zayats again clinches up with him. Another restart, and Babalu lands a few leg-kicks. Then, out of nowhere, Zayats lands a spinning backfist, and Babalu goes into “retreat mode”. The hits just keep on coming though, and Zayats drops him with a left and hammerfists him into oblivion, forcing the ref to step in.

Mikhail Zayats def. Renato Sobral via TKO (Punches) at 4:49, Round 1

Bellator Lightweight Championship
Michael Chandler (c) vs. Rick Hawn

Round 1: Chandler takes the center of the cage and begins stalking Hawn, who tries to keep him at bay with the threat of a lead hook. A minute and a half in Chandler easily snags the single-leg takedown, and the champ goes to work from within the challenger’s guard. Hawn keeps him tied up, and the two trade elbows. Hawn works his way back to his feet methodically, and they trade leather, with the Olympic judoka landing a punch that lets Chandler know he’s got power.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Chandler.

Round 2: Chandler comes in, wraps his arms around his opponent’s waist, lifts him up and slams him to the canvas after only 45 seconds have gone by. The champ presses him against the cage and does a great job battering him with knuckles and elbows.
Hawn almost makes it back to his feet, but Chandler throws him back down, takes his back, and slips on the rear naked choke. Hawn has no other option but to tap out.

Michael Chandler def. Rick Hawn via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:07, Round 2

Seth Petruzelli vs. Jacob Noe

Round 1: Noe shows off his propensity for head-hunting in the opening exchange, so Petruzelli immediately presses him up against the cage to smother him. They disengage and Petruzelli does well landing kicks from the outside and sneaking in some punches. He changes it up, however, and goes for a takedown that Noe spins out of it. He gets behind the UFC veteran and delivers a series of punches that Petruzelli responds to by simply going fetal. The referee jumps in when it’s clear Petruzelli is done, giving Noe the TKO win.

Jacob Noe def. Seth Petruzelli via TKO (Punches) at 2:51, Round 1