The former heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov was one of the six fighters on the Bellator Season 10 heavyweight tournament opening round. He would fight Mark Holata.
UFC veteran Lavar Johnson returned to the Bellator cage against Ryan Martinez and kick boxer Peter Graham took on Might Mo.
Heavyweight: Ryan Martinez (10-3) vs. Lavar Johnson (17-8)
Round 1: Martinez set up his grappling with successful strikes. Martinez threw Johnson over his leg and got in to half guard. Johnson persevered and was able to get back to his feet and emptied his tank as he attacked Martinez. He looked like he knew something the audience did not as he just didn’t back down from Martinez. Johnson had less than a minute in round one and let loose, eventually catching Martinez on the temple. He followed him to the mat and finished him with some academic shots.
Official Decision: Lavar Johnson defeats Ryan Martinez via TKO (punches) at 4:22 of Round 1.
Heavyweight: Peter Graham (9-6) vs. Mighty Mo (5-2)
Round 1: Graham ran in to a stiff opponent in Might Mo who walked him down and was able to find openings in Graham’s guard. Graham outlanded him in round one but Might Mo landed the more visually appealing punches.
Round 2: Mighty Mo took Graham down in the second round and was able to make contact on Graham. The fight got brought back to the feet and Graham took to tenderizing the leg of Mighty Mo. The kicks worked well and Mighty Mo got another takedown to perhaps steal or secure the round.
Round 3: Mighty mo again brought Graham to the mat. He landed right in side control and worked on an arm lock in between a few shots from the top. Mighty Mo let Graham fatigue even more and locked in an arm-triangle to submit Graham and move to the Bellator Season 10 heavyweight tournament semi-finals.
Official Decision: Mighty Mo defeats Peter Graham via Submission (head-arm choke) at 2:31 of Round 3.
Heavyweight: Alexander Volkov (19-4) vs. Mark Holata (12-4)
Round 1: Holata caught Volkov early and set him on his heels. Holata shot in for a clinch against the cage but Volkov made him pay just after that with a flurry of punches. Holata crumpled and Volkov mounted him and finished him off withs strikes in the first round to advance to the Bellator Season 10 Heavyweight Tournament semi-finals.
Official Decision: Alexander Volkov defeats Mark Holata via TKO (punches) at 1:21 of Round 1.
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