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Bellator kicks off its Season 10 tournament with Bellator 110: "Rampage vs. M'Pumbu" live from Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., TONIGHT (Fri., Feb. 28, 2014) on Spike TV.
The night features the opening round of the Light Heavyweight tournament that includes both Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and "King" Muhammed Lawal. Jackson is set to main event the card against former Bellator Light Heavyweight champion Christian M'Pumbu, while Lawal takes on Mikhail Zayats.
The clear best case scenario for Bellator would be for Jackson and Lawal to be victorious, but both Zayats and M'Pumbu are very capable of spoiling those plans. It is mixed martial arts (MMA), after all.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE coverage of the entire Bellator 110: "Rampage vs. M'Pumbu" fight card below, starting with quick under card results from SpikeTV.com at 7 p.m. ET and then round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the Spike TV main card matches, which are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET.
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BELLATOR 110 QUICK RESULTS:
Quinton Jackson def. Christian M'Pumbu - Knockout
Mo Lawal def. Mikhail Zayats - Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Bessette def. Diego Nunes - Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
Will Martinez def. Goiti Yamauchi - Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Desmond Green def. Mike Richman - Unanimous Decison (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Daniel Weichel def. Scott Cleve - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Saul Almeida def. Andrew Fischer - Unanimous Decison (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Egidijus Valavicius def. Atanas Djambazov (KO R1 via Knee in Round 1)
Ryan Quinn def. Andrew Calandrelli - Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Manny Lara vs. Josh Diekman - No Contest
Marvin Maldonado vs. Rico DiSciullo - No Contest
BELLATOR 110 LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Quinton Jackson vs. Christian M'Pumbu
Round 1: Whole buncha dancing going on to open the first round. Ramage is stalking, but it's whatever. Rampage finally closes the distance and lands some punches, but it's whatever. This really is an awful round. Rampage honestly expects M'Pumbu to just stand there and throw punches. Sorry bro, that's not how it works. M'Pumbu falls to his back and Rampage "lands" a punch and John McCarthy stops the fight for some reason. Whatever.
Final result: Quinton Jackson def. Christian M'Pumbu by Knock Out.
Mo Lawal vs. Mikhail Zayats
Round 1: Zayats connects as King Mo attempts a takedown. Zayats remains on his feet and they trade knees against the fence. Both fighters are tentative to try and press the action. Zayats throws a hook but connects with Lawal's shoulder. Lawal looks for a trip takedown off the clinch but Zayats defends well. Both fighters are hoping to counter the other, which is screwing up the pacing of the bout. Lawal is bleeding out of his mouth as the round ends. 10-9 Zayats
Round 2: Zayats has found his range and stops Lawal in his tracks with a straight right hand. Lawal does well to create space but is clearly on the defensive. Despite having the wrestling advantage, Lawal has yet to attempt a takedown. Lawal is bouncing on his toes as the round ends. He didn't do anything. 10-9 Zayats.
Round 3: Shit, this fight's still going on? Okay, whatever. But really, this is still going on? Lawal is doing well to finally establish his wrestling. Makes you wonder what he was doing for the rest of the bout but that's whatever. Not my problem that he had a crappy gameplan. The crowd boos and I'm booing from my apartment. I stayed home for this? 10-9 Lawal?
Final result: Mo Lawal def. Mikhail Zayats by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Diego Nunes vs. Matt Bessette
Round 1: Diego Nunes is just an absolute beast. He's pushing the pace and making Bessette work to keep the fight on the feet. Gorgeous sprawl by Nunes and Bessette remains on the defensive. Nunes is doing well to control the center of the cage. Bessette charges and eats a flying knee. Nunes is unable to finish the round. 10-9 Nunes
Round 2: Nunes attempts to keep distance against Bessette. He's doing well but it's pretty clear that he's not comfortable. Bessette lands clean and has Nunes on the defensive. Nunes is having trouble handing Bessette's pressure. Bessette is landing clean and Nunes is just on the defensive for the remainder of the round. 10-9 Bessette
Round 3: Nunes is pushing the pace to open up the third round. He knows that he dropped the second and needs to make a statement. Despite starting strong, Nunes has started to fade and Bessette is now on the offensive. Bessette is really making a case for taking the final round.
Final result: Bessette def. Nunes via Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
Goiti Yamauchi vs. Will Martinez
Round 1: Yamauchi fires off a left-right combo to start the featherweight quarterfinal round and briefly closes the distance. Martinez creates distance and then hits a takedown, but the 21-year-old counters with an omoplata attempt, which Martinez easily defends. Yamauchi tries to attack with up-kicks and then roll for a heel hook, but Martinez defends and maintains top position. The American stacks against the cage and lands a couple of nice shots. Just before the round ends, Yamauchi uses a leg lock attempt to create space and finally regains to his feet.
Round 2: Martinez fires a low kick and then a two-punch combination before closing the distance and grabbing hold of a clinch. Martinzes hits a takedown and once again puts Yamauchi on his back. Yamauchi throws his legs up for an armbar, but Martinez intelligently maintains his posture and lands some light shots to Yamauchi's ribs. Yamauchi manages to escape to his feet midway through the round, and the men trade jabs. Martinez moves forward and lands another left and then a right, cracking his younger opponent with a nice low kick-right cross combo to end the frame.
Round 3: Martinez lands a body kick to start the third but then misses a spinning back fist. Yamauchi then drives forward and secures a body lock, but Martinez defends a bunch of takedown attempts and works his way off the cage. Martinez lands a spinning back kick attempt and connects with a right. Martinzes closes the distanceand presses Yamauchi against the cage, landing with knees to the thighs and ribs. Yamauchi jumps guard with just over one minute remaining. Yamauchi throws up two armbar attempts and then a attempts a leg lock, but Martinez defends. Yamauchi stands and looks for a single-leg takedown, but Martinez sprawls out on it to close the round.
Final result: Will Martinez def. Goiti Yamauchi via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mike Richman vs. Desmond Green
Round 1: Richman comes out with a busy right hand, circling away from the power-hand when Green returns fire. Green accidentally pokes Richman in the eye while pushing him away with loose fingers. Richman casts an outside low kick and loses his footing, then gets taken down momentarily after Green capitalizes on the stumble. Half-power outside low kick from Green. Green double jabs and fakes a level change; Richman unwinds a one-one-two and closes the combo downstairs. Green sneaks in a stiff right jab at the end of the round.
Round 2: They trade jabs to open the second frame. Green looks more comfortable on the feet in countering Richman with a retreating right hook but he can't get the double leg. Green stays connected after both throw combinations and manages to slip behind Richman, holding the rear waist lock. Hard knees to the hamstring and thigh from Green. Richman posts to avoid a Green knee to the head and Green counters nicely by pivoting into top position.
Richman defends well and stays active from his guard, disallowing any meaningful ground-and-pound and forcing Green to hustle just to maintain position. He does, and eventually passes to side control though little offense was registered or attempted.
Round 3: Both southpaws once again look to establish their jabs, but it's Richman tacking on follow up blows and piecing together more combos. Richman snaps a jab and lands a right to the body. More lefts and rights from Richman as Green stays on his bike. Green dabs Richman with a straight right in the closing moments.
Final result: Desmond Green defeats Mike Richman by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)