The second card for the tenth season of Bellator MMA took place tonight with the opening round of the season 10 heavyweight tournament and a bantamweight championship match between champ Eduardo Dantas and Anthony Leone.
Before that tough, here are the results for the preliminary card, which aired on SPIKE.com at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.
Heavyweight: Blagoi Ivanov (254.1) vs. Rich Hale (245.8)
Round 1: The first kicked off the heavyweight tournament well. Both men landed big and made a good case for the first round to be ruled in their favor.
Round 2: This round was off to a quick start. Ivanov put Hale down with a big shot and battered him on the ground. He punched himself out though and looked exhausted but he was able to coast out of the round and wasn’t threatened much.
Round 3: Both men swung to the finish in this fight. A spot in the semi-finals of the Bellator season 10 heavyweight tournament. It was a great start to the tournament and end to the prelims
Official Decision: Blagoi defeats Rich Hale via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Middleweight: Daniel Miller (185.1) vs. Cortez Coleman (185.6)
Round 1: Miller was clear in his intentions to bring this fight to the mat. He lunged in then immediately tried to pull guard but wasn’t able to get it. Coleman made him get back up on each failed attempt. Coleman was taken down once as he walked away from Miller who seized the opportunity to grab ahold of him. Miller was beaten up on the ground though and offered no offense to even out the round.
Round 2: Coleman again took advantage of Miller’s desire to bring the fight to the mat as he battered him in every position. He dropped big shots with little worry put towards the defensive grappling of Miller. Coleman was able to get in mount and battered him with the same hand over and over until the referee pulled him off.
Official Decision: Cortez Coleman defeats Daniel Miller via Verbal Submission (punches) at 4:49 of Round 2.
Heavyweight: Javy Ayala (264.4) vs. Eric Prindle (264.8)
Round 1: Heavy shots landed in the first few seconds of the fight. Then it was all Ayala. He got a nice takedown on a trip and was able to ride out the round peppering Prindle with shots from the top and making round one a clear cut choice for a winner.
Round 2: Almost as a mirror image of round one, Prindle was held down and brutalized by Ayala and despite being able to stand up once, he was take down again and held there for what surely felt like an eternity.
Round 3: Round 3 had the most stand up but did end up on the ground with Prindle on his back. Prindle’s eye was checked earlier due to damage sustained but it appeared that it had been badly poked while on the ground. That coupled with the damage that already obscured Prindle’s vision forced the doctor to stop the fight. Prindle couldn’t
Official Decision: Javy Ayala defeats Eric Prindle via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage) at 2:05 of Round 3.
Catchweight (190 lbs): Abdul Razak (188) vs. Matt Jones (187.8)
Round 1: The fight started with Razak landing five consecutive leg kicks on Jones who was effected immediately. He shot in for a takedown and had a clinch but was able to sneak out of it and resume the stand up. Razak was caught being a bit over-zealous but recovered and brought the action back to Jones. Razak caught him with an uppercut and dropped him and he was able to knock Jones out as he sat above him in a sprawl.
Official Decision: Abdul Razak defeats Matt Jones via TKO (strikes) at 1:23 of Round 1.
Lightweight: Brent Primus (155.6) vs. Chris Jones (156)
Round 1: Another prelim fight, another finish. The fight hit the ground early and Jones was on the bottom. He delivered a nice up kick that hurt Primus but didn’t sway the control on the ground. Primus stayed postured over him and got caught with another up kick but powered through it and ended up pounding Jones out in the first round.
Official Decision: Brent Primus defeats Chris Jones via TKO (punches) at 1:45 of Round 1.
Bantamweight: Justin McNally (135.6) vs. Chris Gutierrez (135.8)
Round 1: Gutierrez was grabbed in the clinch early but flipped him over on to his back. He grappled his way through McNally on the mat and worked around for better positioning. Gutierrez landed a punch on McNally and hurt him badly. He unloaded on him until the referee stopped the fight.
Official Decision: Chris Gutierrez defeats Justin McNally via TKO (knee and punches) at 2:50 of Round 1.
Featherweight: Treston Thomison (145.8) vs. Stephen Banaszak (146)
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