Bellator MMA has returned back to the Revel Resort & Casino in Atlantic City with Bellator 118: Warren vs. Silva on May 2nd, 2014. The following are the results of Bellator 118 starting with the Prelims (* = unfortunately Sam Oropeza was unable to make weight, so he has been replaced by Justin Baesman for the Welterweight Tournament bout) :
Preliminary Bouts (Live Spike.com)
Amran Aliyev vs. Kevin Roddy
Kevin Roddy def. Amran Aliyev via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Kevin Roddy looked good in this fight in my opinion. Roddy is a lanky fighter and it's tough for some fighters to adjust to that as well as his fighting style. I thought the judges got this one right.
Mike Bannon vs. Sidney Outlaw
Sidney Outlaw def. Mike Bannon via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sidney Outlaw was extremely impressive in this fight. Outlaw's wrestling and submission defense looked very good against Bannon on the ground, which is impressive considering Bannon is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt. Outlaw dominated all three rounds, the first two with his wrestling and the final round outboxing his opponent. Outlaw stays undefeated again in dominating fashion.
Jay Haas vs. Lester Caslow
Haas came out strong pushing the action on Caslow. Caslow was taken down by Haas but defended with a guillotine choke. Haas was trying to defend, but Caslow cinched it in after a little bit of a struggle and Haas was forced to tap. Caslow has had a few good showings in a row, and seems to be getting better with each fight.
Joe Pingitore vs. Darrion Caldwell
Darrion Caldwell def. Joe Pingitore via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:32 of Round 1
Caldwell looked very impressive in this fight. Caldwell's transition into taking Pingitore's back followed by the Rear-Naked Choke submission was a thing of beauty. I would have liked to see more from him, but this win was definitely an impressive one.
Tim Woods vs. Eugene Fadiora
Tim Woods def. Eugene Fadiora via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Woods looked good with his stand up in round one, landing some nice leg kicks and scoring a takedown. The leg kicks from Woods to Fadiora did some serious damage in round two. The takedown at the end sealed the round for Woods. Woods basically dominated the whole fight.
Jesus Martinez vs. Ryan Contaldi
Jesus Martinez def. Ryan Contaldi via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Jesus Martinez looked very good on both the feet and the ground in this fight. Martinez looked to have the better stand-up and his takedown defense was pretty successful. Contaldi landed a couple takedowns, but subsequently didn't do anything with them. Martinez almost locked in a Rear-Naked Choke Submission a couple times but Contaldi survived them, but Round 2 could have easily been a 10-8 round (and apparently was from the judges).
Gemiyale Adkins vs. Dante Rivera
Dante Rivera took this extremely close decision, and it really was a tough fight for both competitors. I personally felt Gemiyale Adkins might have done enough for the victory winning rounds 1 and 3. Two judges scored it a sweep for all three rounds, but that's a very decepting score because every single round of the fight was close. Both men showed a ton of respect throughout the fight and even afterwards.
Main Card (Live on Spike TV)
Bellator Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Opening Round - Liam McGeary vs. Mike Mucitelli
Mucitelli started with a big takedown but McGeary rolled through it and ended up on top. Mucitelli scrambled back to his feet and started to push forward with some boxing. McGeary threw a counter left hook that landed on the button making Mucitelli collapse to his knees. McGeary walked off as referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the fight. McGeary is an imposing force and could be a favorite to win this Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight $100K Summer Series tournament.
Marcos Galvao vs. Thomas Vasquez
Marcos Galvao def. Thomas Vasquez via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
This fight wasn't super exciting. Vasquez had good footwork in the first round and some of the second round, but Galvao pushed the action more and got the fight where he wanted it to be. Galvao landed a takedown and kept Vasquez on his back for a good portion of the fight. Galvao is usually a lot more exciting, but he did what he had to do to win the fight in my opinion.
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinal - Andrey Koreshkov vs. Justin Baesman*
Andrey Koreshkov def. Justin Baesman via KO (flying knee) at 1:41 of Round 1
Andrey Koreshkov looked like a beast in this fight. His strikes were explosive but technical. Baesman for the most part did a lot to avoid a good amount of the strikes, but a flying knee landed flush on the chin makitng him go limp falling down the cage. Koreshkov goes to the Welterweight $100K tournament finals to face Adam "Big Gunna" McDonough for a chance to face the new Bellator MMA Welterweight Champion Douglas "The Phenom" Lima.
Bellator Interim Bantamweight Championship - Joe Warren vs. Rafael Silva
Joe Warren def. Rafael Silva via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) to become the Interim Bellator MMA Bantamweight Championship
Silva came out strong in the first two rounds. Silva landed some stiff punches on Warren. I gave the first two rounds to Silva, with the third going to Warren. The third round Warren was able to use his wrestling better, and was on top of Silva for most of the round. Silva did swell up and open a nasty cut around Warren's left eye though. In Round 4 it was more of the same for Warren. Warren was using his wrestling and controlled most of the action. After 4 rounds, I personally had it tied at two rounds a piece. Round 5 was all Joe Warren once again. Silva started off strong but must have gassed and gave the final three rounds to Warren in my opinion. Warren wins the Interim Bellator MMA Bantamweight Championship, and will go on to face the Bellator MMA Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas to unify the belts.
Overall it was a great night of fights. The Official Bellator MMA 118 After-Party is at the Irish Pub (DETAILS HERE), as well as the Official 215MMA Store is Opening. You can head over to 215MMA.com to get your 215MMA gear and sign up for the VIP list to get all the latest discounts and giveaway opportunities!