Bellator MMA has granted the scifighting team press access to the action at Bellator 131. Live from Valley View Casino Center, we will report the round-by-round breakdown of the preliminary and main card matchups. If you’re waiting for Bellator 131’s main card due to tape delay on Spike TV, be aware that our results are coming live and may spoil the outcome.
Main Card Results
Tito Ortiz def. Stephan Bonnar via split decision
There was strong opening aggression from Tito Ortiz. He took Bonnar’s back after a takedown, but Bonnar got out and held him against the cage. The two traded back and forth until they broke to the middle of the cage. Bonnar’s long reach was definitely a force to be reckoned with. Tito was called for an illegal knee. Tito has moved Bonnar to the outside of the cage, working more and coming forward. Tito got a good takedown at the end of the round, and worked to ground and pound Bonnar at the end of the round. Bonnar was very hesitant to go back to his corner.
Bonnar came out guns blazing with punching combinations, but Tito was able to block most of them. Tito worked with his jab before trying another takedown, but Bonnar was still able to escape. Tito’s punches have caused Bonnar’s eyebrow. Tito Reached with his left arm to take Bonnar down and get to his back. Bonnar tried to defend for the final 30 seconds of the round.
Tito traded some crosses with Bonnar before Ortiz took Bonnar to the cage. Ortiz took his back once again. After escaping, Ortiz has tagged Bonnar a few times. Good head kicks and punches on Tito’s part. On the whole, Bonnar looked very tired at the end. Tito’s boxing precision looked great against Bonnar. No doubt that it should be a decision in his favor.
Will Brooks def. Michael Chandler via TKO for Lightweight Championship
Brooks had a great opening leg kick. Chandler caught a jab on Brook’s in the opening round. Chandler caught Books’ leg kick and pushed him to the cage. He had him in trouble until Brooks went out the back and under Chandler to get out of trouble. Both fighters picked jabs and head kick shots for the remainder of the round.
Brooks has some great distance shots in the opener. Chandler came straight into Books’ knee, but took him to the cage as a result. The two fought hard for better grappling and sweeping position before Chandler caught Will Brooks with a hard illegal kick to the groin. Chandler showed some great wrestling, taking Brooks into a very hard standing guillotine choke. Brooks escaped the choke and landed some hard punching combinations at the end of the round.
The opener of round three saw a hard exchange of jabs by both sides. Chandler took Brooks to the cage once again. Will got out and started winning the battle in the clinch. After battling off the cage, Brooks got to Chandler’s back, but Chandler was able to escape out. The round concluded clinched against the cage.
Great jab openers by Chandler. Chandler used a huge flying knee. Will got to Chandler’s back after the following takedown, but he was able to escape out. Will Brooks caught Chandler with a right. Chandler appeared to be lost trying to get the referee’s attention, but the fight was still on and Brooks knocked out Chandler with a hard right cross.
Joe Schilling def. Melvin Manhoef via KO
Schilling opened up with strong leg kicks. Both fighters showed excellent movement and kickboxing pedigree of speed. Manhoef caught Schilling with a hook, and schilling got called for a low blow foul. After the recovery time, Manhoef dropped Schilling hard on the ground with a right. They battled until Joe worked out of trouble from the ground. The fighters were stood up close to the the end of the first. To everyone’s surprise, this fight will saw another round.
Joe Schilling came forward with a very calculated advance. He clinched with Manhoef against the cage and kneed him in the head. As Manhoef got out of the clinch, Schilling caught Manhoef with a right hook that dropped Manhoef for the KO.
“I felt great in my Bellator debut and the end result was exactly what I wanted. The first round kind of sucked and I was put in a bad position, but I went back to how I felt during training camp and tough positions I was in through that process. I felt comfortable in the fight and I know I will continue to feel more comfortable every time I get in the cage. You can expect to see my game continue to evolve and I am getting better in every aspect.” -Joe Schilling
Mike Richman def. Nam Phan via TKO
Phan opened with a flurry of constant strikes. Richman kept him at a distance with constant jabs. Phan continued to press forward with hard overhand rights, but Richman caught him with a cross. Richmond followed Phan to the ground finished him with punches.
“The win over Phan felt awesome. I matched up well against him and I felt great going in. I am going to take down everyone in the division and I am going to knock Joe Warren’s ass out.”
King Mo def. Joe Vedepo Via TKO
King Mo walked out to his own song before the final bell sounded. Mo took an early takedown after a the heavy swings that opened the fight. Vedepo worked from his guard, but Mo worked around for Vedepo’s back. Vedepo worked back to guard, but Mo pushed him into the corner of the cage for strikes. Joe Vedepo tried for up kicks but Mo quickly worked back into ground and pound range. Vedepo got up and was taken down again by Mo, very much saved by the bell at the end of the round.
Vedepo came in swinging and shot in, but Mo was able to out wrestle him. Mo took Vedepo’s back, but he stood up from the cage. Vedepo slipped, and Mo started working in with ground and pound. Mo’s takedowns and ground and pound were the story of round two.
Mo landed a total assault of fists that Vedepo barely escaped from. Mo followed Vedepo to the ground and finished Vedepo for the TKO
“The fight was alright, it was cool, it was good to be fighting in such a big crowd and having a big walk out again was awesome. I wanted to get that knockout in the first but he’s tough. Whatever Coker has next for me, I’m ready, I just want to keep fighting, keep getting paid, and get a title around my waist this year.” – King Mo
Preliminary Card Results
AJ Matthews def. Kyle Bolt via KO
Bolt opened with some really strong kicks, A.J. responded with low kicks to the legs. In the clinch, Mathews Gave bolt a strong knee. Aj Matthews found the perfect opportunity to come forward, land a left hook and a right cross for the KO.
Jonathan Santa Maria def. Ron Henderson via split decision.
Santa maria opened with a leg kick. Both fighters size each other up cautiously. Henderson ate a few punches, but neither fighter moved in aggressively. Santa Maria stuffed Henderson’s takedown after his leg was caught. Henderson caught a combo on Santa Maria’s chin. Santa Maria got some hard punches in. Henderson clinched with Santa Maria but, but Santa Maria got out of trouble before the end of the round.
Henderson opened with some really hard shots, knocking down Santa Maria. Henderson kicked Santa Maria and took Santa Maria’s back, but he was able to work out of rear naked choke trouble and knock Henderson down. A Flying knee effort and punching combination from Santa Maria were successful and the end of the round was a back and forth striking battle. Henderson shot in for a takedown, but was stuffed and striked by Santa Maria.
The third round opened hesitantly but Henderson continued to push Santa Maria to the outside. There was a lot of cage movement and traded strikes until Santa Maria dropped Henderson with another right hand. Santa Maria fought a hard 3 round battle, winning the split decision.
Jordan Bailey def. Alex Higley via submission.
Bailey took a great opening takedown. Higley got to work right away on the ground, striking Bailey in guard. Bailey slammed Higley, working in his guard. Higley pressed on with elbow strikes from the bottom, but Bailey took side control, his back, and won the battle for the rear naked choke.
Nick Garcia def. Matt Ramirez via submission.
Ramirez landed a huge head kick in the opener and Garcia yelled out in excitement at the kick. After landing another head kick, Ramirez tripped and Garcia followed him to the ground. Garcia started with the ground and pound, but Ramierez was able to get up and out. Ramirez got a good takedown and pushed Garcia standing against the cage. Ramirez looked more offensive in the first, throwing more strikes than Garcia.
Garcia came forward strong and pushed Ramirez against the cage. Garcia landed a big uppercut and stuffed Ramierez on a takedown. He headlocked Ramirez and sat back for the guillotine.
Andy Murad def Bubba Pugh via split decision.
Murray came forward with a very strong combination and pinned Pugh against the cage. Pugh retaliated with head strikes before taking him to the ground. Pugh took down Murad and started working for his hooks with strikes to the back of the head. Pugh worked his hands in for the rear naked choke. Murray was able to spin out and scramble. The scramble went on an Pugh was unable to finish the submission. Murray worked out but was taken down right after by Pugh. Pugh tried for a guillotine but was eventually worked into Murad’s half guard. Murray worked out and stood up at the bell.
Murray came forward for the clinch, Murad worked for strikes and the takedown but was stood against the cage. Against the cage, Murad was unsuccessful on the takedown but weighed heavy on Pugh. Pugh looked patient and waited for the right moment for a takedown. Pugh took Murad’s back and was working hard for the takedown, but Murad spun out and stood up. Pugh looked patiently waiting for the right time to leg sweep, but the fight ended in a clinch against the cage.
Opening strikes on both sides lead to a clinch from Murad against the cage. Murad pressed forward before the referee called time for an inspection of Murad’s eye, but the fight continued. The referee middled the two fighters and Murray went for a takedown. He was unsuccessful and stood Pugh up against the cage. Pugh stuffed another of Murad’s takedowns and dropped his elbows down on him before the fight’s final bell.
Mark Vorgeas & Ronaldo Perez split draw.
Joao Faria def. Ian Butler via submission.
Faria landed a left hook on Butler that had him a tad woblled in the first. Both fighters are peppered each other in short strikes, but didn’t land any major strikes. Faria worked hard on Butler’s lead leg with low kicks. Butler was unable to close in range because of Faria’s low kicks. Faria started trying more head kick attempts before the final bell, but there were no major strikes landed at the end of the round.
Butler stopped an early takedown from Faria. Faria clinched with Butler against the cage, but he was unable to get out of the clinch. Faria continued to wear away at Butler’s lead leg in the second round. Faria landed a big head kick. The fighters were very hesitant to close the distance against one another. Faria was able to work from the outside most of the round with lead leg kicks.
Butler caught Faria’s leg and threw him in the opening minutes, but was unable to follow up with strikes. Faria caught Butler with a punch and followed him to the ground to Butler’s half Guard. Maria took full mount against Butler and started hard with the ground and pound. The fight should have been called before Butler was submitted, however, Faria got to the head and arm choke. He tapped Butler out late in the third round.