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Bellator 125 Prelim Results

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(Julio Cesar Neves, photo via bellator)

Scifighting.com has your live results covered for Bellator 125’s prelims and upcoming main card matchups. Stay tuned into Spike TV and visit us for Bellator 125 fight analysis and results.

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Middleweight Feature Fight: Doug Marshall vs. Melvin Manhoef
Middleweight Feature Fight: Rafael Carvalho vs. Brian Rogers
Catchweight Feature Fight (149 lbs.): Martin Stapleton vs. Goiti Yamauchi
Heavyweight Feature Fight:  Javy Ayala vs. Raphael Butler

Preliminary Card Results:

Welterweight Feature Fight: Jesse Juarez Def. Ron Keslar by unanimous decision 

(Jesse Juarez (left) photo via Sherdog.com)
(Jesse Juarez (left) photo via Sherdog.com)

Keslar and Juarez had an intense battle on the ground for the majority of the fight. Juarez took Keslar’s back and controlled the first round, Keslar took Juarez’s back in the second, and there was an equal trade in the third. Very close match, but the unanimous decision goes to Jesse Juarez for the victory.

Welterweight Feature Fight: Chris Honeycutt Def. Aaron Wilkinson via TKO

(Chris Honeycutt, photo: John Walsh)
(Chris Honeycutt, photo: John Walsh)

Wilkinson does not accept the sportsman’s hand of Honeycutt and pays for it when he gets taken down hard. Honeycutt was able to control the ground game for the first round. Somehow, Wilkinson survives to see the second round. Honeycutt gets another massive bodyslam, putting Wilkinson away with relentless ground and pound.

Featherweight Feature Fight: Julio Cesar Neves Def. Poppies Martinez via TKO

(Julio Cesar Neves, photo via bellator)
(Julio Cesar Neves, photo via bellator)

Martinez gets a good inside leg kick in the opener, but Cesar clowns him forward. Cesar connects on a huge leg to the body, trying to finish Martinez as he hangs on. Cesar lets him get up and resumes striking. After the knockdown, Cesar grounds and pounds until he gets his the TKO victory to go (30-0) in his career.

Middleweight Feature Fight: George Zuniga Def. Granson Clark via KO

Clark gets Zuniga to the cage early. Zuniga gets out of the clinch in a big way, connecting on left and right hands. Clark stays in the pocket without head movement and gets knocked out. Zuniga gets the KO victory in 34 seconds, advancing to a professional record of (3-0).

Featherweight Feature Fight: Johnny Bonilla-Bowman Def. Art Becerra by split decision

( Johnny Bonilla-Bowman (red Shorts) www.themmajournalist.com)
( Johnny Bonilla-Bowman (red Shorts) www.themmajournalist.com)

Bonilla-Bowman was comfortable in the center of the ring while Becerra worked from the outside for the majority of the fight. Beccera showed great boxing technique, hitting Bonilla-bowman with a hard shot to the head early in the first round. Becerra was unsuccessful in his takedown attempts in the fight, getting stuffed every time. Bonilla-Bowman worked heavily on the left leg of Becerra for the whole fight, heavily swelling it with low kicks. Bonilla-bowman goes for a last minute takedown but gets hit on the way up by a very hard punch to the temple. It was a very close fight, but the judges see the win for Bonilla-Bowman.

Flyweight Feature Fight: Matt Ramirez Def. Oscar Ramirez via armbar submission

(Matt Ramirez, photo: via srmma.com)
(Matt Ramirez, photo: via srmma.com)

Matt and Oscar have a striking exchange early on, but Matt was able to knock Oscar down quickly. Matt gets side control on Oscar and locks in the armbar lightning quick for the submission victory.

Bantamweight Feature Fight: Joe Neal Def. Paul Ruiz by unanimous decision 

(Joe neal at 2012 World Combat Series State Championship, photo via Flickr.com)
(Joe neal at 2012 World Combat Series State Championship, photo via Flickr.com)

Joe Neal and Paul Ruiz fought very cautiously in the standup game. No hard strikes were really landing in the first two rounds, but Neal was able to get a takedown in both. Ruiz tried for the guillotine several times, but was not ultimately successful. Overall, no question that Neal deserved the decision victory.

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