According to a Feb. 28 report from ESPN, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (34-11 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) helped Bellator kick off its tenth season with a knockout win over Christian M'Pumbu (34-11 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in front of a sold out crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Jackson's presence on the card helped Bellator sell out the 10,000-seat arena, and it didn't hurt ticket sales that he had a real feud with M'Pumbu.
"Rampage" was annoyed that M'Pumbu said prior to the fight that he was going to send him into retirement. Those comments didn't sit well with Jackson, who yelled in M'Pumbu's face after knocking him out cold.
"He said he was going to retire me, I took that personal," Jackson said. "Y'all don't know who you're messing with. I'm a monster. I'm taking everybody out. Anybody who steps in the cage is going to sleep."
In the Bellator 110 co-main, "King Mo" Lawal (12-3 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) slipped past Mikhail Zayats (22-8 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) to advance to Bellator's Season 10 light heavyweight tournament finals.
Lawal will meet Jackson later this year, at a date and venue that has yet to be announced.
“Listen, these guys they think I’m finished,” Jackson said immediately after his Bellator 110 victory. “(M’Pumbu) said he’s going to retire me. I took that personal. Bellator, you don’t know what you’re messing with.”
Jackson also exchanged words with Lawal at the Bellator 110 post-fight press conference, hyping up what will undoubtedly be one of the promotion's biggest fights of all-time.
Also on the Bellator 110 main card, Matt Bessette (13-4 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) had the crowd on its feet with his victory over Diego Nunes (18-6 MMA, 0-2 BMMA), in what was the most thrilling fight of the evening.
In the Spike TV main card opener, Desmond Green (10-2 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) took home a decision victory over Mike Richman (16-4 MMA, 5-3 BMMA), to advance in Bellator's featherweight tournament.
Earlier in the night, Daniel Weichel (32-8 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) tapped out Scott Cleve (14-4 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), and Will Martinez (8-2-1 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) upset fast-rising Brazilian phenom Goiti Yamauchi (16-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA).
Immediately following Bellator 110, the promotion announced it will be holding its first pay-per-view event on May 17 with a main event pitting lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez against Michael Chandler.
“Like every fight, you are only as good as your last performance,” Alvarez said. “I always go out and try to put out the best performance possible, and that’s what I’m going to do May 17th. Mike and I have a long history together, and everyone knows what type of battles we’ve had, but I’m training in a manner that should end the fight quickly. I want a fast, quick fight that is going to keep me as Bellator Champion.”
The venue for the Chandler vs Alvarez fight will be announced within the next week.
“I’m excited to be headlining the first Bellator Pay-Per-View, and just excited to get back in there,” Chandler said. “I’m going to bring the fight like always, and I’m not going to leave any doubt that I’m one of the best lightweights in the world. Whenever you suffer your first loss, you want that chance to avenge that defeat, and I have that opportunity on May 17th.”
Here's a look at the full Bellator 110 results:
Complete Bellator 110 results:
- Quinton Jackson def. Christian M’Pumbu via knockout (strikes) – Round 1, 4:34
- Muhammed Lawal def. Mikhail Zayats via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – light-heavyweight tournament semifinal
- Matt Bessette def. Diego Nunes via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) – featherweight tournament semifinal
- Desmond Green def. Mike Richman via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) – featherweight tournament quarterfinal
- Will Martinez def. Goiti Yamauchi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – featherweight tournament quarterfinal
- Daniel Welchel def. Scott Cleves via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:46 – featherweight tournament quarterfinal
- Saul Almeida def. Andrew Fisher via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Egidijus Valavicius def. Atanas Djambazov via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 0:48
- Ryan Quinn def. Andrew Calandrelli via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Josh Diekmann vs. Manny Lara ruled a no-contest (accidental eye poke) – Round 1, 0:18
- Marvin Maldonado vs. Rico DiSciullo ruled a no-contest (illegal knee) – Round 1, 1:53