Bellator has come to the Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Headlining this card is former UFC fighter, Joey Beltran who makes his second appearance under the Bellator banner as he faces off against Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson as he makes his Bellator debut in the main event.
The co-main event is occupied by a heavyweight title fight between the champion, Alexander Volkov who looks to defend his belt against fellow Russian fighter, Vitaly Minakov.
Before the main card kicks off though, find out what happened on the preliminary card:
Chip Moraza-Pollard vs. Sam Oropeza defeats Chip Moraza-Pollard via TKO (punches) at :37 of Round 1.
The final fight on the Bellator 108 preliminary card was a lightning quick catchweight bout which saw a huge counter hook from Oropeza land on the chin of Moraza-Pollard. Oropeza followed up with another shot before Moraza-Pollard got back to his feet, forcing a stoppage under a minute in to round 1.
Light Heavyweight: Tom DeBlass defeats Jason Lambert via Knockout (punch) at 1:45 of Round 1
A light-heavyweight tilt saw DeBlass take an early lead on the feet, staying busy and countering well. Lambert kept rushing in to meet the counters of DeBlass until he was dropped. Lambert climbed back to his feet just to be knocked out by a lead left hook counter by DeBlass.
Nah-Shon Burrell defeats Jesus Martinez via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
This catchweight bout was a well-contested one early. Neither man-made serious statement on the other besides a caught kick by Burrell which slipped up Martinez’s footing. Martinez was the busier of the two, fighting for takedowns and landing multiple strikes while always setting up and finishing his combinations well as he established his timing.
The groin shots continued in this fight with Martinez catching a kick low after a series of kicks from both men. This round was another in a string of close rounds on the preliminary card. Burrell showcased a more diverse set of strikes but Martinez never went away, badgering Burrell at every turn.
Burrell showed a till-lingering gas tank in the final round, using his strength and speed to keep Martinez at bay. Martinez held Burrell for the majority of the round however, showing that he too has sizable gas tank.
Anthony Morrison defeats Kenny Foster via Majority Decision (28-28, 29-27, 30-26)
A fun back-and-forth battle was briefly halted by a Foster knee to the groin of Morrison. They resumed the action shortly after though and pickled up their competitive bout. After a few minutes of clinch striking and wild exchanges, Morrison again strike to the groin, this time, a fully wound soccer kick. He showed some serious mental fortitude and resumed the fight just before the end of round 1.
Round 2 saw Foster charging in on Morrison and landing another groin shot. Both men traded and landed making scoring for the second round a hard task to complete.
Another close round and yet another shot to the groin of Morrison dictated the final frame. Both men did well to land and make the other man miss. Foster was deducted a point in this round, a valuable and costly penalty in such a close bout. The final round could have very well sealed the deal for the winner.
Light Heavyweight: Liam McGeary defeats Najim Wali via Submission (triangle choke) at 1:31 of Round 1
This fight was a quick one as both fighters game with no discernible game plan early. They traded punches as McGeary landed the more significant shots. Wali shot in to avoid the strikes of McGeary several times, with McGeary threatening with a submission attempt each time until he found enough room to sink in a triangle choke that wasn’t just locked in over the ankle, but all the over the shin for McGeary, forcing Wali to tap.
Featherweight: Will Martinez defeats Kevin Roddy via Submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:50 of Round 1.
Neither man wasted time in this fight, coming forward and landing big shots on one another. Martinez remained in a dominant position while on the ground, landing big shots and transitioning to the right position, no matter the circumstance. Once in back control, Martinez was able to sink in a rear-naked choke to cement a first round
Dan Matala defeats Ryan Cafaro via TKO (strike) at 3:52 of Round 2.
An early submission attempt led to a fast-paced stand-up exchange. Cafaro nearly sunk in a guillotine choke with neither hook in but was unable to do so, and Matala grabbed top position. Matala near sunk in a choke of his but Cafaro made a beautiful escape and the fight went back to the feet.
Matala took control of the second round, winning a brief exchange on the feet, then working his game on the ground. Matala kept that control until he wounded up in back control. He flattened Cafaro out and landed shots until the referee waved off the fight.
Rob Sullivan defeats Sergio da Silva via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
The fight started with a quick takedown from Sullivan. Sullivan stayed in full guard as the Brazilian worked to disrupt da Silva’s top game. Da Silva worked to secure the arm of Sulivan to attain a triangle but Sullivan remained diligent. Da Silva then resorted to a leg-lock and eventually used the loose hold to sweep Sullivan to his back. Sullivan took a page out of da Silva’s book and used a submission attempt of his own to escape the position, riding the cage on a weak kimura attempt. Da Silva was able to take Sullivan right back down though, if only for a moment. Da Silva rolled as he held on to Sullivan’s leg looking for a toehold and then a knee bar. Sullivan countered by attempting a toehold of his own. Da Silva remained patient, however, and once again took top position on the escape from the submission attempt. The round ended with da Silva holding Sullivan in the clinch against the cage while landing knees to the head and legs of Sullivan.
The second stanza opened with a shot by Sullivan which he was able to lock ahold of. He lifted da Silva off the mat and slammed him to the ground and quickly transitioned to half-guard. Da Silva again went for the leg of Sullivan, who stacked up on that leg to avoid being submitted. Sullivan found his way out, landing in da Silva’s guard, where Sullivan seemed content to hang out and score points after a close first round. Sullivan stayed here for the remainder of the round, landing insignificant shots but seemingly taking round 2.
Sullivan again shot in shot in early and secured the takedown. Da Silva held on to the leg once taken down, a move he once again failed to secure fully. Sullivan also stuck his consistent formula, avoiding the submission attempts of da Silva and peppering him with light shots to score valuable late-fight points.