Bellator 118: "Warren vs. Silva" took place last night (Fri., May 2, 2014) at Revel Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey and believe it or not, history was made.
Joe Warren became the first fighter ever in the Bellator organization to hold two titles in two different weight classes, as he beat Rafael Silva in the main event by unanimous decision to take home the interim bantamweight championship.
The scrap itself was rather uneventful, apart from a pair of solid punches thrown by both fighters. Since he missed weight yesterday, the title was not on the line for Silva, but he almost secured the victory by lacing the American with a beautiful uppercut in the first round.
A hurt Warren shot for the takedown seconds later, avoiding an early knockout loss.
After exchanging takedown attempts in the second stanza, Warren blasted Silva right at the beginning of the third round with a vicious right hand, stunning the Brazilian. Instead of really going for it, Warren throws an awful spinning head kick only an action movie star could land and wasted his chance at finishing the fight.
The good news for Warren was that his takedowns proved the difference, since he out-muscled the Brazilian for the last three rounds. Warren did have a ghastly cut over his left eye, which was complete with major swelling, but he was able to control his Brazilian counterpart on the mat en route to a unanimous decision win.
It certainly wasn't pretty, yet Warren did what he had to do to win the interim strap and set up a title unification bout against Eduardo Dantas at a later date.
In the co-main event, we had a bit of a switch up as Andrey Koreshkov fought Justin Baesman and not Sam Oropeza in the welterweight tournament final.
It's interesting to note at the weigh-ins on Thursday, a whopping five fighters missed weight. Oropeza came in at 1.4 pounds heavy, which didn't seem like a big issue to shed the fat ahead of a welterweight tournament semifinal fight.
Apparently, Oropeza did not make the weight and he is now forced to go up to middleweight or face the ax from the promotion. Baesman served as a tournament alternative and he was slotted in the co-main event.
All that to say the Russian wasted no time in disposing Baesman, booking a place in the finals by crushing his opponent with a flying knee. Baesman couldn't adjust or find his groove for as long as the fight lasted, as Koreshkov kept coming at him with bombs. The former welterweight title challenger landed a brutal body shot, followed by some hard uppercuts, which had Baesman crouching. The Russian then soared with a flying knee and hit Baesman right on the chin. Koreshkov tried to follow up on his downed opponent, but it was all over.
The co-main event winner will now meet Adam McDonough in the welterweight tournament final.
In a bantamweight feature bout, former Bellator 135-pound title challenger Marcos Galvao bored the crowd to near death with his win against Thomas Vasquez, utilizing his superior ground game without having to do any significant damage at all.
Vasquez showed positive signs in the beginning of the fight, keeping his distance and proved he was going to be a strong opponent to handle. The Brazilian scored a couple of takedowns, but his foe was back up on his feet.
After a bit of headhunting, Galvao brought the fight to the mat and was content to simply lie on his opponent and pretend to go for submissions. This is where the broadcast team of Sean Wheelock and Jimmy Smith had to remind viewers that although Galvao was a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under the team of Nova Uniao, he's never scored a submission victory in his professional fighting career.
In the third round, Galvao went for a rear-naked choke over and over again, and in all honesty, he wasn't even looking to submit his opponent. He simply let the clock wind down and scored the decision win.
In the first fight on the Spike TV main card, England's Liam McGeary advanced in the Summer Series light heavyweight tournament after his devastating walk-off knockout over Mike Mucitelli.
The fight was just over 20 seconds, as McGeary stormed out of an early takedown and threw a vicious left hook afterward. Mucitelli dropped to the ground with his legs bent inwards, taking a few seconds to fall backwards as his opponent was already away from him commencing his celebration.
The "prelims" were rather boring, but the online portion's performance of the night definitely belonged to Darrion Caldwell, who transitioned spectacularly and effortlessly on the mat to choke out Joe Pingitore in a minute-and-a-half. Their bout also made the main card broadcast.
Here are the full quick results for Bellator 118: "Warren vs. Silva."
BELLATOR 118 QUICK RESULTS:
Bellator Bantamweight Interim World Title Fight: Rafael Silva vs. Joe Warren -- Warren wins by unanimous decision (48-47x3)
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinal: Andrey Koreshkov vs. Justin Baesman -- Koreshkov wins by knockout (flying knee) at 1:41 of round one.
Bellator Light Heavyweight Opening Round: Mike Mucitelli vs. Liam McGeary -- McGeary wins by knockout (punch) at 0:22 of round one.
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Thomas Vasquez vs. Marcos Galvao -- Galvao wins by unanimous decision (30-27x3)
"PRELIMS" UNDER CARD:
Welterweight Feature Fight: Gemiyale Adkins vs. Dante Rivera -- Rivera wins by majority decision (29-29, 30-27x2)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Jesus Martinez vs. Ryan Contaldi -- Martinez wins by unanimous decision (30-26)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Tim Woods vs. Eugene Fadiora -- Woods wins by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27x2)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Joe Pingitore vs. Darrion Caldwell -- Caldwell wins by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:32 of round one.
Featherweight Feature Fight: Lester Caslow vs. Jay Haas -- Caslow wins by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:29 of round one.
Lightweight Feature Fight: Mike Bannon vs. Sidney Outlaw -- Outlaw wins by unanimous decision (30-27x3)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Amran Aliyev vs. Kevin Roddy -- Roddy wins by unanimous decision (29-28x3)
That just about does it.
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