Bellator returned to the Mohegan Sun on Friday night (Feb. 28, 2014) in Uncasville, Connecticut, for Bellator 110: "Rampage vs. M'Pumbu" to kick off its tenth season, live on Spike TV (full results here).
The card featured the opening round of the light heavyweight tournament and was headlined by Quinton "Rampage" Jackson facing former champion, Christian M'Pumbu. The co-main event featured former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion "King" Mo Lawal squaring off against Mikhail Zayats.
The night got off to a rocky start as the first two under card bouts ended in "no contest" in the first round. These fights typically showcase top local fighters, yet's Friday's event ended in disappointment as the bouts ended prematurely in the first round.
The highlight of the prelims was Egidijus Valavicius' knockout in the fourth bout of the evening. He landed a beautiful knee and punch combination that put Atanas Djambazov in the first round. In fact, it was arguably the best stoppage of the evening.
Once the main card kicked off, the night belonged to the light heavyweights.
"King" Mo was able to pick up a hard fought win over Zayats in the co-main event. The lauded light heavyweight didn't put forth a particularly strong showing, but was able to do enough to earn a unanimous decision for his place in the season 10 light heavyweight tournament finals.
The main event bout of Jackson vs. M'Pumbu ended in stoppage, though it didn't exactly live up to the expectations set at the weigh ins. The stoppage appeared to be premature and M'Pumbu was quick to protest as "Rampage" talked trash while being restrained by officials.
Once Jackson's hand was raised, Lawal entered the cage to square off with the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champ (video here). It was very pro wrestling-esque as fans know that there isn't any animosity between the two.
But it'll sell the finals, so who cares about legitimacy?