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Bellator 118 Results


warren-vs-silva-bellator-mma-resultsThe Ovation Hall at the Revel Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey held Bellator 118.  The promotion was shown on the Spike Television Network, included many great bouts and was headlined by an interim bantamweight championship title match between talented combatants Joe Warren (10-3) and Rafael Silva (21-3). 

Here are the televised results:

The opening bout featured a Light Heavyweights tournament opener as “Crazy” Mike Mucitelli (6-0) and Liam McGeary (6-0) locked horns.  The contest was scheduled for three rounds.  The fight was over in less than 20 seconds after McGeary landed a lightning-quick left hook bomb that put Mucitelli to bed.  The referee immediately stopped the bout after “Crazy” hit the floor as if he had been shot.  It was an impressive win for the undefeated McGeary.

Bantamweights followed as Thomas “The Diehard Kidd” Vasquez (7-0) and Marcos Galvao met in the cage for a three round bout.  Galvao, a former Brazilian Jiu-Jujitsu world champion, began as the stalker and after a few strikes, the Brazilian managed to take Vasquez to the ground.  Vasquez should good defense and managed to get to his feet.  Vasquez focused on keeping the fight erect as he moved in and out of range while scoring with punches.  The lighter "Diehard Kidd" used angles and tried to keep the distance.  Galvao managed to cut the escape routes and took Vasquez to the mat, but his success was limited.   

In the second, Vasquez kept moving and changing guards as he attempted to land punches.  He did not seem fully committed to landing anything with power and was more focused on just scoring.  Galvao kept stalking and was able to slam "The Diehard Kidd" to the cage floor.  Vasquez was able to defend well early but the fight lacked excitement as it needed sustained action.  The Brazilian managed to keep the fight on the mat, and though he had limited success with the ground-and-pound, Galvao was still in control as the round came to a close.  The final stanza was a microcosm of the fight: Vasquez attempted to keep it a boxing match but was ultimately take to the mat where Galvao searched for submission opportunities.  The contest came to an anticlimactic end and Galvao was awarded a unanimous decision by scores of 30-27.  

Power puncher Russian Andrey "The Spartan" Koreshkov (15-1) and American Justin Baesman (14-4-1) met in a welterweight tournament semifinal three round combat.  Both fighters made prefight statements that suggested a striking match.  Koreshkov came out pressuring the American and landing hard kicks and punches.  Baesman kept moving but the Russian was able to cut the distance.  With about 80 seconds gone in the opening round, Koreshkov landed a flying knee that shut Baesman’s lights out, prompting the referee to immediately stop the session.  With the win, Koreshkov earned his way to the tournament finale.   

The interim bantamweight championship match ended the night as American Joe Warren (10-3) took on Brazilian Rafael Silva (21-3) in a five round competition.  Silva was not eligible to win the title as he did not make the bantamweight limit.  Warren agreed to continue with the match and he was the only able to win the title.  Silva came into the match on a 13 fight win streak.  Warren came out quick and was looking to wrestle with the Brazilian but this backfired as Silva slammed the American to the floor.  Warren was able to keep good position and immediately came to his feet.  Warren was able to land some strikes and then attacked, looking for the guillotine but Silva defended well.  The fight returned to boxing and the Brazilian landed an uppercut that buzzed the American.  Silva followed up with right hand strikes but Warren was able to take things to the mat to stunt the Brazilian’s advantage.  

 Silva continued to beat Warren to the punch in the second.  The American was not able to stabilize his wrestling and continued to eat right hands.  Feeling that the fight was slipping away, Warren came out in the third, landing hard shots to the head of the Brazilian.  The American managed to take Silva to the mat and focused on a ground-and-pound approach.  Warren kept a chaotic pace, looking to tire his Brazilian foe.  Silva was able to survive the onslaught.  The American’s left eye was seriously damaged but this did not deter Warren as he feverishly attacked as the championship rounds opened.  Warren was aggressive and had success as he landed strikes and was able to keep Silva under control.  The Brazilian seemed gassed but was game as he attempted to regain momentum.  

The fifth was paused after Warren landed an illegal, but unintentional, knee to Silva’s face.  As soon as the final stanza continued, Warren continued his late fight surge as he suffocated the Brazilian and landed any shots he could while imposing his wrestling skills.  Warren closed the championship tilt in control and was in full ground-and-pound mode.  With his late fight dominance, the American became the first two weight division Bellator champion via a unanimous decision.

Sergio L. Martinez

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