Bellator season 10 continues with "Minakov vs. Kongo" live from Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada, TONIGHT (Friday, April 4, 2014) on Spike TV.
In the main event, Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov will attempt to defend his title against season nine tournament winner Cheick Kongo.
Minakov is undefeated thus far in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition and will attempt to make his first defense of the 265-pound title since capturing it last November at Bellator 108. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Kongo is riding a two-fight Bellator winning streak into his bout against Minakov.
Jeremy Kimball was originally scheduled to face Dan Cramer in a middleweight tournament semifinal bout, but the match was scratched from the card when Kimball failed to make weight.
That wasn't the only last minute change to tonight's card, however, as Andrey Koreshkov was forced to pull out of a scheduled welterweight tournament semifinal clash with Sam Oropeza because the Russian is suffering from the flu.
Instead, the card will be rounded out by a middleweight feature fight pitting Johnny Cisneros against Mikkel Parlo, Volkan Oezdrmir vs. Kelly Anundson in a light heavyweight feature bout, and a welterweight battle between Herman Terrado and Justin Baesman.
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Enough of this preamble, let's get to the fights! Check bellow for the latest Bellator 115 results (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action).
Bellator 115 Quick Results
Vitaly Minakov vs. Cheick Kongo -- Minakov defeats Kongo via unanimous decision (48-46)
Johnny Cisneros vs. Mikkel Parlo -- Parlo defeats Cisneros via unanimous decision (30-27) X3
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Kelly Anundson -- Anundson defeats Oezdemir via second round crossface crank submission.
Herman Terrado vs. Justin Baesman -- Majority draw (29-28) (28-28) (28-28)
Jimmy Jones vs. Rudy Morales -- Morales defeats Jones via split decision (29-28 Jones) (29-28 Morales) (29-28 Morales)
James Terry vs. Rick Reeves -- Reeves defeats Terry via split decision (29-28, Reeves) (29-28 Terry) (29-28 Reeves)
Freddie Aquitania vs. Josh Appelt -- Aquitana defeats Appelt via unanimous decision (29-28) X3
Jason Powell vs. Sinjen Smith -- Smith defeats Powell via armbar submission at 1:52 of the first round.
Benito Lopez vs. Oscar Ramirez -- Lopez defeats Ramirez via unanimous decision (30-27) (30-27) (29-28)
BELLATOR 115 PLAY-BY-PLAY
265-pound title fight: Vitaly Minakov vs. Cheick Kongo
Round one: Minakov lands a kick to Kongo's junk to start the round. Minakov stalking him. Minakov clinches, lands an inside trip, and gets Kongo on his back. Minakov blasting him with right hands as Kongo attempt to get back to his feet. Minakov lands a knee to the cup and Kongo goes to his knees. Point deduction perhaps? Yep, Herb Dean docks Minakov a point. Kongo comes forward with some straight punches, but Minakov lands a right hand that drops Kongo. Now Minakov is going for a foot lock. Now Kongo trying a footlock of his own. Both men trading punches while in footlock position, and Minakov goes into Kongo's half guard.
Round two: Kongo clinches early looking for a takedown. He gets it. Minakov back up quick though. Minakov turns him and lands a knee to the abdomen that Kongo claims went low. Kongo grabs a clinch but Minakov lands a knee. Straight right over the top wobbles Kongo. Minakov grabs a takedown and gets full mount, and into back mount. Kongo gets out though at the end of the round.
Round three: Kongo charges forward and lands some big punches, but Minakov clinches and gets a takedown. Minakov landing punches on the ground now. Kongo trying to get back to his feet and gets a takedown of his own. Kongo grabbing Minakov's shorts. Back to their feet and Kongo is looking for a taekdown of his own. He gets it. Minakov is tired. Minakov back on top now landing punches to the ribs from a crucifix postion.
Round four: Minakov goes for a takedown but ends up on bottom. Kongo gets a takedown as Minkavo gets to his feet. Kongo grabbing the shorts again. Be hilarious if he got a point deduction for it. Kongo landing some elbows. Herb Dean is frantically trying to see if Kongo is grabbing the shorts again. Dean stops the action and gives him a final warning for shorts grabbing. Minakov attempts to stand but Kongo dumps him again. Kongo smothering him with top pressure now. Kongo lands a knee after a standup, and Minakov gets a takedown late.
Round five: Minakov lands a single leg to start the round. He's hanging out in half guard landing shots. Minakov landing punches from half guard still. MInakov landing some shots to the body now. Minakov into full mount now. He's landing big rights to Kongo's face. MInakov rode out the whole round in the same position.
Final result: Vitaly Minakov defeats Cheick Kongo via unanimous decision (48-46) X3
185-pound feature fight: Johnny Cisneros vs. Mikkel Parlo
Round one: Cisneros' gimmick is that he is heavily tattooed. Isn't that like 70% of all MMA fighters? Parlo clinches up against the cage early. Takedown from Parlo, but Cisneros back up and eats a knee to the head. Parlo working for the takedown against the cage. Cisneros out and lands an uppercut, but Parlo shoots and gets him down. Parlo landing ground and pound strikes now. Cisneros up again. Parlo is stuck to him like velcro. Parlo lands a nice elbow, changes levels, and lands a nice takedown. Punches lands for Parlo. Cisneros is taken down again.
Round two: They trade to start. Cisneros landing good punches early. Cisneros lands a takedown of his own, but Parlo pops up and takes him down. Parlo attempt to take his back with one hook in. Now Parlo is in full mount. Cisneros gives up his back and Parlo landing shots to the side of the head. He's working for a RNC now. Back to mount and Parlo reigns down bombs.
Round three: Parlo gets him off balance with a leg kick to start. Cisneros desperately winging punches early but Parlo gets him down again. Parlo seems content to ride the round out on top doing a bare minimum of work on top. The Dane looking for a RNC now. Back to half guard and Parlo throws some punches. Parlo into full mount and throws a few punches. He throws some bombs at the end of the round.
Final result: Mikkel Parlo defeats Johnny Cisneros via unanimous decision.
205-pound feature fight: Volkan Oezdemir vs. Kelly Anundson
Round one: Oezdemir is going to be Volkan for this play by play, since it's much easier for me to spell when typing fast. Same deal with Annundson, who I'll call "Kelly." Kelly goes down on a leg kick and Volkan pounces. He gets back up quick though. Kelly throwing punches, but nothing gets through. He gets Volkan to the ground with a takedown attempt, but Volkan is back up. Kelly has his arms wrapped around him and lands a nice high angle takedown. And another big takedown for Kelly. Two more takedowns for Kelly since Volkan keeps popping up.
Round two: Kelly drives through early for another big takedown. Volkan closes guard on him though. Volkan up and Kelly gets a takedown. Kelly going for a kimura now, but he loses it. Kelly going for a rear naked that turns into a neck crank and Volkan taps.
Final result: Kelly Anundson defeats Volkan Oezdemir via second round crossface crank submission.
170-pound feature fight: Herman Terrado and Justin Baesman
Round one: Basesman's nickname is "Raw Deal" which amuses for some reason. Terrado gets Baesman against the fence and works for a takedown. Terrado clinching now. He throws an elbow strike at Baesman. Terrado gets him down. They clinch now with Baesman in the driver's seat. Now Terrado's looking for a single leg and gets it. Terrado in full mount, then back mount, then full mount, then back mount again. Terrado reigning down big shots to the ears now. These are vicious shots. Baseman explodes and ends up on top at the very end of the round.
Round two: Terrado throws an overhand left to start. Baesman with some low kicks. Terrado winging huge bombs but nothing there. Baesman lands a kick to the chin that stuns Terrado and follows up with some strikes. "Raw Deal" holds onto his head, lands a knee, and starts throwing ground and pound shots. Terrado goes for a knee bar and Baesman lands some bombs. Body kick lands for Baesman. Terrado is exhausted. Baesman landing ground and pound shots now. Terrado setting him up for an armbar, but he can't get it. Instead he gets a shit-ton of punches to the face. Elbows and forearms landing now for Baesman. Terrado all bloodied up.
Round three: Terrado lands a few swinging punches early. Baesman blasts him with body kicks. Raw Deal looks tired now. Terrado coming forward with punches. Just noticed Baesman has an amazing rat tail. He lands a nice punch combo and takes Terrado down. Now Terrado is going for the armbar. Raw Deal fighting for all he's worth to defend the armbar. Terrado pulls the arm free and gets a straight armbar, but Baseman gets out. Holy shit! Great spot. Baesman throws a spinning back kick with nothing on it. Terrado backs him against the cage and unloads with some right hands. Now Terrado gets a takedown. Terrado landing a few punches on top now. He either took the fight here or earned himself a tie. Either way, great fight.
Final result: Majority draw (29-28) (28-28) (28-28)