Bellator 67 kicked off the weekend at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario with a Super Fight between reigning Bellator Lightweight champion Michael Chandler Japanese MMA star Akihiro Gono. For a second consecutive week a Bellator Lightweight made short work of a Japanese fighter. Chandler rendered Gono unable to continue in under a minute with a first round TKO.
In the Season 6 Welterweight tournament semifinal Bryan Baker was able to escape Ben Saunders’ submission attempts and crafty Muay Thai to pick up the unanimous decision to advance into the finals. Baker is now set to take on the winner of the Karl Amoussou vs. David Rickels.
Damian Grabowski picked up his second consecutive win in a weeks time with a decision victory over Dave Huckaba.
Canadian standouts on the card included Ryan Ford, Will Romero, and Tristar’s Nordine Taleb all picking up second round TKOs. The debuting Ford defeated Luis Santos, Romero defeated, and Taleb defeated Matt MacGrath. (Full Bellator 67 event results below.)
MFC 33 went down at the Mayfield Inn Trade and Conference Centre, in Edmonton, Alberta. The event was headlined with STRIKEFORCE veteran Nathan Coy challenging MFC Welterweight champion and TUF 13 alumni Ryan McGillivray. Coy took home the Welterweight title after blooding up McGillivray so bad that the bout was ended following the third round. The real drama however, was when McGillivray’s coach Greg Jackson was seen slapping McGillivray across the face after the third round in an attempt to motivate him. Broadcaster Pat Militech was vocal in expressing his disgust for Jackson’s actions.
UFC and Affliction veteran Edwin Dewees continued his two fight losing skid, when he was submitted with a guillotine choke in the first round by co-founder of Hayabusa brand training gear Luke Harris. Harris (9-1) has not loss since his MMA debut in 2007. (Full MFC 33 event results below.)
In other action on Friday night, brother of UFC Lightweight Anthony Pettis, Sergio Pettis picked up a unanimous decision victory over Chris Haney for the North American Fighting Championship’s seventh event entitled “Colosseum” at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Full NAFC – Colosseum event results below.)
Former UFC Heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez (48-18) fought on the inaugural show of Dubai FC in a loss to Stav Economou (13-2) at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort, in Dubai. (Full Dubai FC 1 – The Beginning event results below.)
Ringside Report Radio’s Kevin McKough made the trek down to East Rutherford, New Jersey for UFC on FOX 3 which took place at the IZOD Center. The card was headlined with Lightweights Nate Diaz taking Jim Miller. Diaz outclassed Miller on all fronts, in classic Diaz fashion, taunting him in the second round before submitting him with a guillotine choke. With the win Diaz now earns himself a shot at the winner between UFC Lightweight champion Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar, which takes place on August 10th in Denver, Colorado at UFC 151.
Johny Hendricks also punched his ticket to a title shot, with a split decision win over Josh Koscheck. Both fighters threw bombs at each other, with Hendricks creating a hematoma over Koscheck’s right eye. Although the action was very back and forth, and close, Koscheck was robbed by the judges.
Alan Belcher displayed some amazing Jiu-Jitsu against Rousimar Palhares, as he attempted to wrench a twister on Palhares. Belcher escaped every leg lock attempt from Palhares and eventually pounded him out for the TKO victory.
Lavar Johnson escaped from near submission as Pat Barry had a americana wrenched far back. Barry was displaying his ever improving ground skills, but was unable to finish Johnson off. Back to their feet, Johnson rushed Barry with relentless combos, rendering Barry unable to continue with 20 seconds left in the round.
Also on UFC on FOX 3, John Hathaway delivered Pascal Krauss his first ever loss, by outclassing him in three for the unanimous decision. Michael Johnson defeated an unimpressive Tony Ferguson by unanimous decision.
Flyweight action went down with two exciting fights as winner of The Ultimate Fighter 14, John Dodson made his division debut against flashy striker Tim Elliott in a three round war that saw Dodson get the judges nod. In a striking fiesta Louis Gaudinot squared off against John Lineker. Both fighters stood toe-to-toe throwing bombs at each other throughout the bout, until Gaudinot slapped on a guillotine choke to end it with sic seconds left in the second round. (Full UFC on FOX 3 event results below.)
In boxing, Floyd Mayweather squared off against Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The two fighters went the distance in a 12-round dog fight, that saw a very game Cotto bloody up Mayweather’s mouth and nose. In the end Mayweather walked away with the decision, and the WBA Super Light Middleweight Title and 36 million dollars.
21-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez dominated 40-year-old Shane Mosley with his speed and counter striking to take a unanimous decision victory to retain the WBC super welterweight title. (Full Mayweather vs. Cotto event results below.)
India based promotion Super Fight League wrapped up the weekend om Sunday night with SFL3 – Thompson vs. Lashley at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi. Like most Bobby Lashley fights, it started in his favor, but with the bout going into the later rounds it was all Thompson. Thompson would get the nod and improve his win streak to four.
Trevor Prangley avoided his fourth loss by snapping his skid with a third round TKO victory over Russian fighter Baga Agaev. After taking a lot a heavy shots from Agaev, Prangley dropped him with a devastating right hook. (Full SFL 3 event results below.)
Friday Night Fights –
Champ Michael Chandler def. Akihiro Gono via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:56 – non-title bout
Bryan Baker def. Ben Saunders via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) – welterweight tourney semifinal
Ryan Ford def. Luis “Sapo” Santos via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:24
Damian Grabowski def. Dave Huckaba via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Will Romero def. Matt Veal via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:25
David “Bo” Harris def. Nick Kirk via (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cosmo Alexander def. Lorawnt-T Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Nordine Taleb def. Matt MacGrath via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:30
Dom O’Grady def. Nathan Gunn via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:51
Nathan Coy def. Ryan McGillivray via TKO (Doctor Stoppage -5:00- Round 3
Mukai Maromo def. Adam Lynn via Split Decision
Luke Harris def. Edwin Dewees via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – 2:05 – Round 1
Jamie Toney def. Andrew Buckland via Unanimous Decision
Diego Bautista vs. Sabah Fadai – NC (illegal knee)
Derek Parker vs. Jared McComb – Draw
Matt Jelly def. Garret Nybakken via Submission (Armbar) – 2:01 – Round 1
Josh Kitchen def. Mike Scarcello via submission (Triangle Choke) – 2:27 – Round 1
Rick Glenn def. Charon Spain via TKO (Punches) – 0:29 – Round 2
Josh Robinson def. Dustin Ortiz via Split Decision
Sergio Pettis def. Chris Haney via Unanimous Decision
Matt Gauthier def. Israel Lozano via Split Decision
Robert Coulliard def. Aaron Carter via Submission (Triangle Choke) – 4:33 – Round 2
Agostino Denatale def. Cody Osbourne via TKO (Retirement) – 0:25 – Round 2
Mike Rhodes def. Zak Ottow via Unanimous Decision
James Barber def. Jamie Bowar via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) – 1:12 – Round 1
Elias Garcia def. Dillon Woods via TKO (Punches) – 1:57 – Round 3
Nate Jennerman def. Doug Douback via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 1:20 – Round 2
Ben Wilson def. Bobby Bernicky via Split Decision
Ryan Pang def. Prince Kuumba via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2:43 – Round 1
Kevin Morris def. Sean Wallace via Submission (Punches) – 1:46 – Round 2
Aaron Drouse def. Mathew Zach via TKO (Punches) – 2:01 – Round 1
Stav Economou def. Ricco Rodriguez via Unanimous Decision
Malik Omarov def. Stuart Davies via TKO (Punches) – 3:01 – 3
Michel Maia def. Mohammed Jamshidi via Submission (Armbar) – 3:55– Round 2
Fabricio Nascimento def. Mohammed Naemi via Submission (Armbar) – 0:52 – Round 1
Matteo Piran def. Omid Balkham via TKO (Punches) – 0:30 – Round 1
Rafat Shawe def. Bhupesh Kamble via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – 3:47 – Round 1
Nilson Lopes def. Morteza Minbashi via Submission (Armbar) – 3:05 – Round 1
Fernando Cosenday def. Hadi Rivandi via Submission (Armbar) – 1:58 – Round 1
Saber Ghorbani def. Franky Spencer via Unanimous Decision
Gudrat Mamedov def. Amir Taghinejad via TKO (Punches) – 4:05 – Round 2
Evan O’Reilly def. Shafeeq Iqbal via Submission (Kimura) – 2:04 – Round 1
Saturday Night Fights –
Nate Diaz def. Jim Miller via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 4:09
Johny Hendricks def. Josh Koscheck via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Alan Belcher def. Rousimar Palhares via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:18
Lavar Johnson def. Pat Barry via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:38
FUEL TV prelims:
Michael Johnson def. Tony Ferguson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
John Dodson def. Tim Elliott via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
John Hathaway def. Pascal Krauss via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Louis Gaudinot def. John Lineker via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 4:54
Danny Castillo def. John Cholish via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dennis Bermudez def. Pablo Garza via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Roland Delorme def. Nick Denis via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:59
Karlos Vemola def. Mike Massenzio via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:07
Floyd Mayweather def. Miguel Cotto via Unanimous Decision – won WBA Super Light Middleweight Title
Saul Alvarez def. Shane Mosley via Unanimous Decision – retain WBC Super Welterweight title
Jessie Vargas def. Steve Forbes via Unanimous Decision
Carlos Quintana def. Deandre Latimore via KO – Round 6
Keith Thurman def. Brandon Hoskins via TKO – Round 3
Sunday Night Fights –
James Thompson def. Bobby Lashley via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Joanne Calderwood def. Lena Ovchynnikova via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Anup Kumar def. Chatmongkhon Simma via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:55
Kultar Gill def. Quinton Arendse via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:51
Trevor Prangley def. Baga Agaev via KO (punches) – Round 3, 2:03
Lakwinder Sekhon def. Vladimir Todorov via TKO (retirement) – Round 2, 5:00
Gurdarshan Mangat def. Si Cong Liu via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:37
Zelg Galesic def. Doug Marshall KO (flying knee) – Round 1, 0:34