Over this weekend in MMA weekend we got to watch some great fights from Bellator and the UFC. We saw knockouts, submissions, back and forth decisions… and we also saw Chael Sonnen back on our screens.
At the start of the Bellator 161, Chael Sonnen made his first appearance for the promotion after a lengthy hiatus (suspension) from the sport. As always, Chael was entertaining, throwing around insults and poetry like only Chael can. Chael called out Tito Ortiz, resulting Ortiz firing back online.
So "The Bad Girl"@ChaelSonnen calls me out!Payback is a great way 2 end of my career.Welcome 2 @BellatorMMA ass whippings come at a cost!👏🏼
— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) September 16, 2016
It’ll take a bit of work on Bellator’s behalf, but we’re hoping we finally get to see Wanderlei Silva and Sonnen go at it.
In the main event of Bellator 161 Cheick Kongo beat Tony Johnson in what turned out to be a bit of a grappling match. Both men had moments of control and both landed shots from inside the clinch. Johnson managed to take Kongo’s back in the second round and hunted for a rear naked choke. Johnson planned to take Kongo out in the second round, but Kongo was having none of it. While Kongo’s approach to the third round wasn’t pretty, it was effective. Kongo beat Johnson to the take down and controlled him. It worked and it won him the fight.
Russian Muay Thai champion, Anastasia Yankova snagged herself a come from behind victory over Veta Arteaga. At the start of the fight Arteaga hit Yankova with a straight left that sent her reeling back into the cage. Yankova replied with a combination of kicks and punches. Displaying absolutely no head movement, Yankova was caught again, and this time Arteaga sat her down with her right hand. But Yankova started to find success with her front kicks as the fight went on. Arteaga clearly won round one, round three was Yankova’s. The decisive round was the second, and the judges gave the nod to Yankova, taking her to 4-0. Yankova didn’t look too happy post fight, but perhaps that’s just Russian stoicism.
Joe Warren versus Sirwan Kakai was, as expected, an exciting fight. Kakai tried to finish Warren with an arm bar early, Warren responded by escaping and hammer fisting Kakai in the head. Still riding Kakai’s back, Warren attempted to end the fight with an unsuccessful rear naked choke. In the third round Warren broke Sirwan’s nose with a knee to the face, and finished him shortly after with a guillotine choke. Never count Joe Warren out.
|Cheick Kongo||Tony Johnson||Decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Heavyweight|
|Joe Warren||Sirwan Kakai||Submission (Guillotine)||Round 3 – 1:04||Bantamweight|
|Anastasia Yankov||Veta Arteaga||Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Women’s Flyweight|
|Derek Campos||Djamil Chan||Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Lightweight|
|Emily Ducote||Kenya Miranda||Submission (Arm Bar)||Round 2 – 4:37||Women’s Flyweight|
|Daniel Pineda||Mark Dickman||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Round 3 – 2:07||Featherweight|
|Armando Villareal||Tommy Burghart||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Round 1 – 2:08||Bantamweight|
|Nick Gonzalez||Warren Stewart||Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Lightweight|
|Rey Trujillo||Deuce King||Submission (Arm Triangle)||Round 1 – 1:20||Featherweight|
|Matt Mazurek||Jose Guerra||Decision (29,28- 30-27, 28,29)||Round 3 – 5:00||Featherweight|
|Garrett Scott||Waylon Brunstrup||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Round 1 – 0:50||Welterweight|
|Sean Clements||Jonathan Taylor||Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)||Round 3 – 5:00||Featherweight|
The main event of UFC Fight Night 94 between Michael Johnson and Dustin Poirier was quick, the finish coming at 1:35 of the first round. Johnson dropped Poirier with a counter right hook, following up with another right hand as Dustin tried to sit back up. The result was Johnson talking shit to Poirier as he was regaining his senses. Though we didn’t get to see much of it, Johnson’s striking looked smooth and accurate. Post fight Johnson said he wanted in on UFC 205– when the UFC will make its first appearance in New York.
Uriah Hall didn’t have such a good night, getting knocked out by Derek Brunson in less than two minutes. Brunson held Hall against the cage early in the first round, but after eating a few knees Hall broke free. Brunson clipped Hall with a left hook, and Hall dropped. Curled in a ball and eating punches, Hall left referee Herb Dean with no choice but to wave the fight off. Some claimed that referee Herb Dean stopped the fight early, but that’s hard to defend when Hall dropped in the way he did.
Chas Skelly versus Maximo Blanco was the shortest fight of the night, lasting only 19 seconds. Both men charged each other when the fight started; Skelly got the better of a jumping kick contest, sending Blanco to the mat. Skelly quickly established top position and submitted Blanco with a d’arce choke. This submission win is the fastest in UFC/ WEC featherweight history. In the post fight interview Skelly said his plan was to drop kick Blanco… but only managed to put one foot on his opponent.
In the prelims Sam Sicilia lost to Gabriel Benitez. Sicilia ate a whole bunch of leg kicks in the first round, but told his corner that they weren’t bothering him. In the second round Sicilia got dropped with a straight left hand. Sicilia then tried to take Benitez down with a double leg, but Benitez countered with a high-elbow guillotine and put Sicilia to sleep.
In another prelim fight, Antonio Carlos Junior had a point taken away for kneeing Leonardo Augusto Leleco to the head while he was considered a downed opponent. It was close to being a legal strike, but the knee was thrown before Leleco’s hand came off the ground. Thankfully 2017 will see a change in the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, requiring athletes to have four points of contact with the ground to be considered a downed opponent. In Round 2 Carlos Junior absolutely dominated Leleco on the ground. Carlos Junior managed to keep the fight in the grappling realm, eventually taking Leleco’s back, tapping him with a rear naked choke.
|Michael Johnson||Dustin Poirier||KO||Round 1 – 1:35||Lightweight|
|Dereck Brunson||Uriah Hall||TKO||Round 1 – 1:41||Middleweight|
|Evan Dunham||Rick Glenn||Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||Round 3 – 5:00||Lightweight|
|Roan Carneiro||Kenny Robertson||Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Welterweight|
|Islam Makhachev||Chris Wade||Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Lightweight|
|Chas Skelly||Maximo Blanco||Submission (D’arce choke)||Round 1 – 0:19||Featherweight|
|Gabriel Benitez||Sam Sicilia||Submissin (Guillotine)||Round 2 – 1:20||Featherweight|
|Belal Muhammad||Augusto Montano||TKO||Round 3 – 4:19||Welterweight|
|Antonio Carlos Junior||Leonardo Augusto Leleco||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Round 3 – 4:46||Middleweight|
|Jose Quinonez||Joey Gomez||Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)||Round 3 – 5:00||
Fight Pass Prelims
|Randy Brown||Erick Montano||Submission (Anaconda Choke)||Round 3 – 0:18||Welterweight|
|Albert Morales||Alejandro Perez||Draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Bantamweight|