HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - CHANDLER WINS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
- And new!
Michael Chandler has won back his Bellator lightweight title for the third time in his career with an impressive, hard-earned win over Brent Primus.
Chandler dominated Round 1, knocking Primus down with a vicious right hook followed by some superb ground-and-pound. In the second, Primus showed signs of life and actually knocked Chandler down, got his back and sunk in a rear-naked choke.
But somehow, Chandler survived.
Chandler spun out of the choke and gained top position. He then laid down some ground-and-pound of his own.
In Rounds 3, 4 and 5, Chandler took over and wrestled Primus for the final 15 minutes of the fight to secure the 50-45 win on all three judges' scorecards.
That was a tough one to watch for Frank Mir fans out there, but there’s still the main event to look forward to. The Bellator lightweight title is on the line as Michael Chandler looks for revenge against Brent Primus in tonight’s main event.
AYALA WINS VIA SECOND ROUND SUBMISSION (STRIKES)
- That was a bloody war inside the cage. Mir took the first round with some impressive grappling, but Ayala came back strong in the second and took the fight to Mir.
Ayala caught Mir with an elbow and a couple straight-right hands to open up Mir’s eye, followed by a nasty hook that knocked Mir’s mouthpiece out his mouth.
Ayala stayed busy enough before the referee could intervene to give Mir his mouthpiece back which resulted in Mir tapping out due to strikes. It appears that Mir suffered some sort of mouth injury, forcing him to tap.
It doesn’t get much more impressive than that finish by McKee. However, there might be something special in store for tonight’s co-main event of the evening as Frank Mir -- yes, that Frank Mir -- returns to the Bellator cage to take on Javy Ayala.
MCKEE WINS VIA FIRST ROUND SUBMISSION (ANACONDA CHOKE)
- Another win, another clinical performance from the undefeated McKee, who improved to 13-0 in his young career.
Crawford did his best to prevent the takedown, but once McKee got a hold of the double-leg, the night was over. Once Crawford was on his back, McKee worked into position and sealed up the submission for his 13th-straight Bellator victory.
The future is now for McKee. The hype is real.
Up next is A.J. McKee, the 23-year-old phenom who calls himself “The G.O.A.T.” He’ll be taking on Daniel Crawford next.
VELASQUEZ WINS VIA SPLIT-DECISION
- A tough fight to scores, the judges did well to score this one in favor of Velasquez. Lara was too tentative on the feet - a surprise to many who saw her against Macfarlane earlier this year.
Velasquez controlled the ring well enough to win over two of the three judges, even though she might not have inflicted muh damage with her strikes. Her ability to neutralize Lara’s ability to strike while also implementing her gameplan.
In the third round, Lara went for broke and attempted a heel hook from bottom position, which was never going to work. It seems that the Bellator flyweight division has a new contender in Velasquez.
- Next inside the cage is former Bellator flyweight contender, Alejandra Lara. Lara last fought and lost to Macfarlane earlier this year but has a shot at redemption against undefeated Juliana Velasquez.
SICILIA WINS VIA SPLIT-DECISION
- Sicilia came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, seemingly landing his right hand at will. Sicilia dominated Round 1 and looked on his way to an easy finish in the second round, but allowed Campos to get back into the fight.
As Campos gained confidence in the second round, Siciila began to fade.
In the third, Campos was the aggressor over the full five minutes, even gaining full mount at one stage. However, the damage was already done as Sicilia won over two judges for the win. All in all, an entertaining fight to open the main card.
- It’s officially time for the main card. First up will be Derek Campos and Sam Sicilia.
MISECH WINS VIA THIRD ROUND TKO (STRIKES)
- What a showing by Toby Misech, who put on a striking clinic against Thommes over three rounds. Thommes did his best to work in the clinch and force a takedown. However, the clinch belonged to Thommes.
From the first exchange, it was clear that Misech had the clear advantage on the feet. A perfectly landed elbow opened up Thommes' right eye, resulting in a nasty gash that referee Herb Dean had to have a look at before the fight could be continued.
Thommes had a little more success in the second round, avoiding punishment while trying to get the fight to the ground but failed in each of his single-leg attempts.
In the third round, Misech continued to bring the fight to Thommes who fought valiantly but just couldn’t stay on his feet after he was rocked by a knee in the clinch.
Dean quickly jumped in between the fighters to separate them as soon as Thommes went down to prevent any further damage.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a bit of friendly-fire here as two Hawaii fighters -- Edward Thommes and Toby Misech -- are set to go at it.
CLAXTON WINS VIA FIRST ROUND TKO (STRIKES)
- That was vicious.
Claxton uses some excellent ground-and-pound to stop Meyer. Claxton slammed Meyer onto the canvas almost immediately and began to work into side control, eventually settling for butterfly guard before unleashing hellacious elbows that got Meyer’s attention.
Once Meyer began to cover up as his right ear began to bleed, Claxton poured on the pressure until he got the referee intervened. Claxton improves to 4-0 in a statement victory.
Making his way inside the Bellator cage is Hilo native Kaeo Meyer, who is looking to improve to 4-3 in his career against undefeated Tywan Claxton from Cleveland, Ohio.
GRACIE WINS VIA SECOND ROUND SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE)
- Credit where credit is due to Bolahao, who landed a couple clean shots on Gracie but couldn’t stuff the takedowns in the second round. Gracie was able to take Bolahao down with relative ease and worked hard to take the Hawaiian’s back.
From there, it was only a matter of time until Gracie got the finish. A strong showing for Gracie in his first promotional appearance.
Next up we have Robson Gracie taking on Makaha’s own Bryson Bolahao - both are making their professional debut tonight.
AVILA WINS VIA FIRST ROUND SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE)
- It didn’t take long for the 25-year-old Avila to geet Pieper’s back once the fight went to the ground after a couple minutes into Round 1.
Avila quickly sunk in his hooks and got under Pieper’s chin, who just couldn’t fight off Avila’s grip any longer, tapping out due to rear-naked choke. What a way to start the night.
The first fight of the night features Hawaii native Brandon Pieper going up against Stockton’s own Chris Avila.
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