Bellator returns to the cage tonight headlined by a trilogy fight between Daniel Straus and Pat Curran for the Bellator Featherweight Title. Before the trilogy is settled, Bellator has a six fight preliminary card that will air on Spike.com at 6:45 PM ET/3:45 PM PT. Take a look below for results for all of the night’s action:
This is a live post and will update as the fights conclude. The preliminary card starts on SPIKE.com at 6:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT.
Heavyweight Bout: Daniel James (Debut) vs. Erick Correa (2-0)
Round 1: The fighters clinched early and James landed some knees early then powered the undefeated Correa to the ground. James established side mount and scored with elbows and punches. Correa got to his feet and managed to get Daniel to the ground and secured a north-south position then went to sidemount while the ref threatened a standup right before the at the end of round 1 sounded.
Round 2: James came out and clinched early on the fence, then as the fighters seperated, James again found success by pressuring Correa in the corner with knees and punches. Then following a ref seperation a visibly winded Correa ate solid lefts and rights from James then he pushed Erick to the cage once more and hip tossed him then went straight into full mount and landed strikes until Erick tapped out due to strikes with just 31 tics left in round 2. Daniel James wins his first pro fight.
Official Result: Daniel James via Submission due to Strikes at :31 of Round 2.
Catchweight Bout (215 lbs): Jason Guida (19-27) vs. Anthony Gomez (7-2)
Round 1: Guida came out aggresively early but Gomez quickly pinned him against the cage and landed short punches which were returned with short shots from Guida. Anthony utilized foot stomps and combos along the fence to neutralize Guida’s slight offense. Gomez landed a few left hooks to end the round while Guida connected with a single right after the bell of round one sounded.
Round 2: Guida took Gomez down early but both fighters reached their feet quickly. Gomez took Guida down and started to land heavy leather on Guida from his back, he sunk both hooks and landed more bombs to the side of Jason’s face. Anthony slowed his output but Jason still didn’t have an answer, Gomez attmepted a rear naked choke but to know avail. Gomez flattened Guida out and complained to the Ref to stop the fight due to volume strikes and the Ref warned Jason to improve his position which he did right before the round ended.
Round 3: After Guida was asked by his corner “Do you have a (expletive) plan? You beat up me and your trainers, now go beat up on this guy.” Jason came out and looked incredibly winded and backed away from a stalking Gomez for most of the round, then Guida landed a takedown out of desperation that was quickly reversed to end round 3.
Official Result: Anthony Gomez defeats Jason Guida via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight Bout: Derek Loffer (6-2) vs. Bobby Reardanz (8-12)
Round 1: Both guys came out swinging heavy early, then Reardanz did his best impression of a human telegraph as he missed wildly with spinning back kicks, superman punches and spinning back fists. Loffer picked his shots and landed a spinning back kick to end the round.
Round 2: Loffer picked apart Bobby throughout the entirety of the round landing at will. Reardanz’s gas tank was nearing empty and a cut formed on his forhead as Loffer landed at will and muslced Bobby around and almost secured a gulliotine but the bell of round 2 sounded.
Round 3: Reardanz and Derek exchange early but an accidental poke in the eye occured. The fighters then continued and Loffer continued his dominance as he bullied Bobby around the cage and Reardanz missed takedown after takedown, each shot got weaker and weaker. Then Derek entered Reardanz’s guard then backed off and ate a push kick from Bobby. Each time Bobby goes to shoot he gets up more and more slowly as both combatants end the fight landing shot on their feet.
Official Result: Derek Loffer defeats Bobby Reardanz via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight Bout: Darrion Caldwell (3-0) vs. Lance Surma (2-0)
Round 1: Caldwill comes out fast with a few kicks then jumped up from a guilliotine where he was brutally slammed by Surma but held on and walked Lance down with the gulliotine when Surma attempted to get to his feet and finished the fight in a mere 50 seconds.
Official Result: Darrion Caldwell defeats Lance Surma via Submission (guillotine choke) at :50 of Round 1.
Welterweight AJ Matthews (6-2) vs. Belal Muhammad (4-0)
Round 1: Matthews pressured Belal against the fence to secure a single leg early but failed in his attempt but continued to circle Muhammad who threw more and managed to take Matthews back standing. Belal took AJ down but both regained their feet quickly with Muhammed still secured Matthews back for awhile until they split and circled once more and AJ entered Belal’s guard where he landed a few strikes from top position to end the round.
Round 2: AJ came out pressuring but Belal would steadily land more and utilize superior angles and footwork over Matthews. Both fighters slowed their output and circled for the majority of the round then Belal clinched Matthews against the fence. Muhammad landed a takedown towards the end and landed significant strikes before both fighters returned to their feet as the bell sounded.
Round 3: Much of the same action to start round three with AJ stalking but Belal landing more then Muhammad landed another big takedown. However both fighters quickly got to their feet. Belal continued to hunt for takedowns but Matthews’s sprawl was able to turn him away. Muhammad then clinched AJ against the cage once more. Belal misses a takedown and Matthews lands on top and lands all he can before the round ends.
Official Result: Belal Muhammad defeats A.J. Matthews via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweight Tournament Opening Round (170) Paul Bradley (21-5) vs Nathan Coy (13-4)
Round 1: Both fighters land over hand hooks early then Coy landed a slick left to scramble Bradley’s brain cells but Paul rebounded only to take a kick to the cup which gave him a slight breather. Nathan continues to land that sneaky left. Coy continues to circle and buy real estate on Paul’s face with his left that can’t seem to miss. Bradley and Coy are both cut over their left eyes. Coy began to establish his right jab to go along with his left straight. The two division 1 standout wrestlers end the round on their feet.
Round 2: Bradley came in early with quick punches but is answered right away by Coy’s stellar left. Paul’s face has been picked off more then Eli Manning at this point and Coy lands again to set up a takedown. Bradley is quickly back on his feet to finish off the round.
Round 3: The game of “face-tag” continues with Nathan winning. Bradley has sustained two cuts to his face, both on the left eye and alot of blood is flowing around it. Bradley can only throw clubbing blows it seems as his face resembles a pin cushion. Coy rushes for a takedown against the fence and got it as the final bell sounded shortly after.
Official Result: Nathon Coy defeats Paul Bradley via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)