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Bellator 137 Live Results: Halsey Takes 4th Round TKO

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Brandon-Halsey
(Bellator middleweight champion Brandon Halsey)

Bellator 137 takes place live at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA. The night is headlined by Brandon Halsey vs. Kendall Grove. The middleweight title is only available to Kendall Grove in the main event, as Brandon Halsey was stripped of the title for missing the 185 lb. mark.

Bellator 137 Main Card

Brandon Halsey def. Kendall Grove via R4 TKO (Strikes) 2:25

All four rounds of this bout were nearly identical to one another. Halsey was able to secure dominating takedowns all four rounds and wear on Kendall Gorve with hard elbow strikes. Getting out from underneath the physically imposing Bellator 137 Live Results: Halsey Takes 4th Round TKO win highlighted by ankle lock attempts int he first and second rounds and a near arm triangle in the opener. Grove attempted to work for triangle and armbar submissions throughout but Halsey was likely too slippery for them to be effective as the fight went on. Halsey is a giant at 185 and does not leave with the vacated title, but a dominant victory nonetheless. Grove showed some resilient heart, constantly surviving Halsey’s ground strikes and harsh top game.

 

Eduardo Dantas def. Mike Richman via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Round 1

Donatas opened this fight like a bat out of hell, swinging a hard kick to the body and securing a takedown. Richman was able to stand out, to which Dantas kept working on the body kicks before another takedown. Dantas was able to command the majority of the round on the ground, but Richman was able to land some hard left straights at the round’s end.

Round 2

Danta’s success with body kicks continued on into the second, but not his takedowns. Richman was keen to Dantas’ movement and takedown setups and was able to sprawl out of all of them by my count. Richman may have had the edge in this round with significant strikes mostly coming by way of his signature left straight.

Round 3

Dantas opened round three with a great body kick to spinning backfist. He was successful with an early takedown and tried to work with elbow strikes. Richman did not try to progress from the front headlocks he took in the fight at Dantas’ failed takedown attempts and it’s surprising that he didn’t try to move forward from that position. After the grappling scramble, Dantas appeared to get the better of the striking exchanges with body kicks.

Fernando Gonzalez def. Curtis Millender via R3 Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1:14

Round 1

The physical differences between these competitors is evident from the start. Millender is able to strike effectively with a superior range and Gonzalez has to constantly maneuver and angle to get inside. Gonzalez was able to get a takedown at the very end of the opener.

Round 2

Gonzalez had trouble getting inside to score at the beginning of the round, but he eventually found his side several times with a left hook to the head and liver on Millender. Millender worked with oblique kicks throughout the round to keep Gonzalez at bay and was able to score a takedown. Gonzalez appeared to get the better of the significant strikes in the second.

Round 3

Gonzalez kept pressing forward to strike with the left hook. He was able to sweep Millender with a leg kick and slap on the guillotine in guard for the submission victory with the tap. At welterweight, Gonzalez has now taken his fourth consecutive victory with this submission win.

Darrion Caldwell def. Rafael Silva via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)

Round 1

The majority of this round was a hard ground fight that Caldwell was able to command with top control. Caldwell was able to score with elbows to the face of Silva. On Silva’s end, he was able to secure two submission attempts with reverse heel hooks but would not be successful.

Round 2

Silva opened this round with a hard guillotine attempt on Caldwell, but he managed to escape. This round was very similar to the first in that Caldwell’s strategy in guard was to throw as many elbows as possible. Silva again went for the reverse heel hook, but was not successful. Caldwell ended the round on his back.

Round 3

The third was again similar to the first two frames of this fight. Silva could not dial in on Caldwell’s movement for strikes and it inevitably ended in Caldwell finding his way to a takedown. Caldwell had some fantastic top control on the ground and was able to neutralize Silva’s Jiu-Jitsu expertise.

Bellator 137 Preliminary Card

Albert Morales def. John Yoo via R3 TKO (Strikes) 1:43

Round 1

Yoo opened with body kicks and a single leg takedown attempt. Morales was able to take Yoo down and get to his back, fighting for the rear-naked choke. Yoo escaped at the end. Morales was commanding in this round with his ground control.

Round 2

Body kick Yoo. Morales got into Yoo’s side control. Morales again got to Yoo’s back, working for a rear-naked choke. They are stood up after being stalemates. Morales scored with hard hooks at the end of the round.

Round 3

Morales opens with a hard hook. Yoo gets taken down and Morales gets to deep half. Morales got to full mount and tried to finish with strikes, Morales finishes the bout with strikes from full mount.

BW: Shawn Bunch def. Rolando Perez via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Round 1

Bunch threw hard hooks in the opener, but landing flush on the evasive Perez proved difficult. Bunch managed to score with two takedowns in this round, looking like the clear winner in the exchange.

Round 2

Bunch took a great takedown fromt he start of this round after catching Perez’s kick. Bunch tried for a guillotine but Perez defended successfully. Bunch showed great top control and wrestling in this round.

Round 3

Perez edged this round with better striking, landing many leg kicks in the striking exchange. In addition, Perez’s punching combinations opened up and he was much more successful in stopping Bunch’s takedowns.

LW: Steve Kozola def. Ian Butler via R1 TKO (punches) 2:22

Round 1

Butler landed a hard hook in the opener and followed with a takedown. Following that, Kozoloa landed a hard uppercut and followed with a knee to the head. Kozoloa then dropped Butler with a right hand and followed up with ground strikes for the TKO victory.

FW: Arlene Blencowe def. A.J. Jenkins via R1 TKO (unanswered strikes)

Round 1

Blencowe got the better of Jenkins in the striking exchange, landing constant shots to the body. After dropping Jenkins with a right, Blencowe pressed forward with knee strikes to the body and unanswered strikes to the head for the finish.

MW: Ben Reiter def. Benji Radach via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Round 1

Radach scored early with strokes to the body and an uppercut, but Reiter took a takedown. Reiter dominated the ground game with strikes to the body until the pair were stood up. Before the round’s end, Reiter would score with a hard overhand right and left hook.

Round 2

Reiter scored with a body kick, but Radach stuffed his takedown. Reiter dominated this round as much as he did the first, dominating with power strikes and takedowns evenly.

Round 3

Uppercut to hook from Radach. Reiter took another slam takedown. Radach could survive in guard but not really make progress from bottom. The fight is stood up and Reiter was stuffed on a takedown. Radach took a hard uppercut at Reiter’s takedown but doesn’t follow up. Radach scored with a hard left hook but Reiter took him down again. Reiter was dominant in this fight in all aspects.

BW: Joe Taimanglo def. Antonio Duarte via R3 KO (Right Hook) 1:00

This was one of the greatest bouts on the undercard. Taimanglo was able to outmaneuver Duarte in the bout in a war. Taimanglo came out on top with the round three right hook KO that landed right on the temple in round 3.

FW: Jordan Parsons def. Julio Cesar Neves Jr. via R3 Submission (Arm Triangle) 4:09

Parsons fought a really hard battle against the undefeated Brazilian. The early striking exchanges were even and the ground game was stalemated. After wearing down with hard strikes, Parsons got the takedown and into devastating mount. With the arm triangle on tight, Cesar tapped at 4:09.

LHW:  Virgil Zwicker def. Razak Al-Hassan via R1 KO (Uppercut) 3:51

Round 1

Al Hassan was able to land a many kicks to the body and the legs of Zwicker at the opener of this fight. He seemed to have the technical best of Zwicker at many points during the opener, but Zwicker was able to land some hard hooks that wore Al-Hassan down. Holding Al-Hassan’s head down with his lead hand, Zwicker sent home the uppercut for the KO victory.

WW: Ricky Rainey def. Jesse Juarez via R2 KO (Knee Strike)

Round 1

Rainey had the advantage in striking in this round. Juarez was able to take a few takedowns but couldn’t capitalize on the ground. Rainey nearly had a rear-naked choke close to the end of the round.

Round 2

After drawing Rainey to cage, Juarez was hoping to counter. Rainey was able to work, tie up in the clinch and send home a knee to the head that dropped Juarez and had John McCarthy over to stop the fight immediately.

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Kurt Tellez
Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.