Bellator 136 takes place live from the Bren Events Center in Irvine, CA. Stream the preliminary card live on Spike.com starting at 7:30/6:30 C and catch the televised main card at 9/8C on Spike TV. Tonight’s main event features Will Brooks (15-1) defending his lightweight title against challenger Dave Jansen (20-2).
Bellator 136 Main Card
Will Brooks def. Ryan Dave Jansen via unanimous decision (49-46 x3)
Jansen threw a heavy volume of kicks in the opener. He fought hard with knees to the body in the clinch against the cage. Jansen really brought the heat to Brooks in the opening two rounds with knees to the body and a flurry of kicks, but the tide turned for Brooks in the third round. With aggressive clinch punches and good counterstriking, Brooks slowed Jansen down. The final three rounds of the championship bout saw a lot of clinch fighting and Brooks was able to get the better of the exchanges with close uppercuts and hooks in the clinch battles..
Rafael Carvalho def. Joe Schilling via Split Decision (30-27 29-28, 29-28)
Joe’s head kick was caught by Carvalho early on in the round, which Carvalho used for a takedown. Schilling used knees to the body to keep the pressure on his opponent. Schilling was taken down but swept for to attack in guard. Carvalho stood before the end of the round.
A left hook from Schilling was followed by knees to thee body from Schilling. They traded takedowns before Carvalho had Joe Schilling in a near Kimura from side control. Joe stood out, throwing more knees to the body before the round’s close.
Good right hook thrown by Schilling in the opener. He was able to land a huge right uppercut by as Carvalho stepped forward. Carvalho got a takedown, but Schilling was able to scramble for an ankle lock attempt. Carvalho would escape and get side control at the round’s close.
Marcin Held def. Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy via R3 Submission (kneebar)
The early striking exchange of thee first round was a fast scrap. Tiger was able to get a good hook to the body. Marcin Held did not let this fight stay on the feet for any length of time in all three rounds, battling for constant takedowns. Tiger was in full mount trouble in the second but was able to scramble out of trouble to guard. Tiger attempted a late second round arm-in guillotine, but Held escaped. Held had zero intention of standing with Tiger in the third, going hell for broke for a takedown in the third. In a scramble on the ground, Held managed to get a hold of Tiger’s foot by the ankle. He extended fully with control of the leg to get the kneebar finish.
Tony Johnson def. Alexander Volkov via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28×2)
Tony Johnson made this fight his by aggressively taking Volkov to the cage to clinch. Volkov battled with his back against the cage for the majority of the fight. Aside from one battle in the second round where Volkov had a near Kimura from guard, he was able to land some knees and punches to the body. For the most part, it was a challenge for Volkov to get any shots into the mix because of Johnson’s aggressive clinch. Johnson was able to command the action with his physicality for the split decision win.
Bellator 136 Preliminary Card
John Teixeira def. Fabricio Guerreiro via split decision (28-29, 29-28×2)
Saad Awad def. Rob Sinclair via unanimous decision (30-27×3)
Joey Beltran def. Brian Rogers via majority decision (28-28, 29-28 x 2)
AJ McKee def. Marcos Bonilla via R1 submission (rear-naked choke)
Chad George def. Mark Vorgeas via R1 Submission
Justin Governale def. Jay Bogan via R2 Submission (rear-naked choke)
Steve Ramirez def. Jon Santa Maria via R1 Submission (toe hold)
Luc Bondole and Chris Herrera fought to a draw
Cleber Luciano def. Aaron Miller via R2 Submission (armbar)