Bellator 124: "Newton vs. Beltran" takes place TONIGHT (Fri., Sept. 12, 2014) from Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Mich., as the promotion rolls on with its second event of Season 11.
The main event features Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Emanuel Newton defending his strap against former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) slugger Joey Beltran. It's the "Hardcore Kid's" third title fight inside the Bellator cage, while the "Mexicutioner" fights for a major strap for the first time in his career.
Liam McGeary will look to continue his undefeated streak when he takes on Kelly Anundson in the co-main event, which serves as the 2014 Summer Series 205-pound tournament final. Also on the Spike TV main card, L.C. Davis battles Zeilton Rodrigues in a Bantamweight scrap, while second-generation slugger Ryan Couture makes his Bellator debut against John Schulz.
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Check below for the latest Bellator 124 results (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action).
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BELLATOR 124 MAIN CARD (SPIKE TV):
Emanuel Newton def. Joey Beltran via knockout (spinning back fist) at 3:07 of R3
Liam McGeary def, Kelly Anundson via submission (inverted triangle choke) at 4:40 of R1
L.C. Davis def. Zeilton Rodrigues via unanimous decision (30-27x3)
Ryan Couture def. Tom Bagnasco via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:01 of R1
PRELIMINARY CARD (SPIKE.COM):
Justin Jaynes vs. Reuben Baraiac
Eric Ramirez def. Cortez Phelia via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:38 of R3
Ben Reiter vs. Shamir Garcia
Jason Fischer def. Tony Hervey via unanimous decision (30-26x3)
Leroy Johnson def. Adrian Henderson via split decision (29-28x2, 28-29)
Mike Hernandez def. Thomas Vasquez via unanimous decision (29-28x2, 30-27)
Sabah Homasi def. Eric Moon via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:07 of R2
Adrian Hadribeaj def. Mike Hamida via split decision (29-28x2, 28-29)
MAIN CARD PLAY-BY-PLAY:
205 lbs.: Emanuel Newton vs. Joey Beltran
Round One: They touch, and Beltran opens orthodox while Newton goes southpaw. The champion opens up with a kick. Beltran backing him up, and they clinch. Newton has him up against the cage, and Beltran shifts position. Short punches and knees from both. Newton now has him against the cage, and vice versa. Beltran pushing Newton against the cage, and Newton gets his back. Belly-to-back suplex, and Beltran is back up in no time. More clinch work, and as they break off, right hands land for both. Newton has Beltran against the fence and lands a big takedown. Beltran back up, and Newton is trickling blood. Both trading in the center, Newton pushes him towards the cage some more. Newton backs off, and lands a right hand. Jab from Newton, and he decks him with a head kick. Beltran reverses positioning in the clinch. They break free, and Beltran counters with a left hand. Spinning leg kick grazes Newton's shoulder, and Beltran comes forward with missing uppercuts.
Round Two: Newton with some leg kicks. Newton with a flying kick to counter Beltran coming forward. They trade punches, and Beltran lands a few. Newton changing stances, and Beltran has him up against the fence. Newton comes forward and throws a head kicks, with a few punches in between. Beltran has Newton against the fence and lands some punches. Beltran starting to open up. Takedown stuffed by Beltran, and spinning back fist misses for Newton. Beltran has Newton against the fence. God, this clinch work is exhausting. Counter elbows from Newton, who closes his combo with a kick. Spinning back fist misses for Newton. Newton lands a right, while Beltran pressure him. Beltran coming forward, and they exchange body kicks. Uppercut lands for Newton. Newton drives and gets the takedown. Beltran is back up, and Newton takes his back. Beltran's eye is opened up. Beltran kicks Newton's legs, while Newton drives him against the cage.
Round Three: Beltran lands some body kicks, and pressures Newton against the fence again. Newton forgot his mouthpiece, so they stop it for a few seconds. Spinning back kick misses for Newton. Left hand lands for Newton, and Beltran shoots while Newton's on his bike. Beltran is doing a really good job of disallowing Newton to establish his kicking game. Beltran forward again, and eats a right hand but lands some shots. Body kick from Newton, and Beltran laces him with a few shots. Uppercut from Beltran. Spinning back fist out of nowhere decks Beltran, who falls flat. Holy mother of hell. Beltran is out. Like, out-out.
Final result: Emanuel Newton def. Joey Beltran via knockout (spinning back fist) at 3:07 of R3
205 lbs.: Liam McGeary vs. Kelly Anundson
Round One: They touch, and both orthodox. Kelly with a leg kick. Kelly with a takedown attempt, and eats a knee on the way in. McGeary starts pummeling, and takes his back. Right hands for McGeary and he walks away. Kelly shoots, and gets a takedown after a huge sloppy right misses. In guard, Kelly isn't doing that much. Kelly in half guard, and moves into side control. Liam is going for an Americana from the bottom and lets go, but Kelly kind of yelped. And he did again after McGeary goes for it again. Weird. Anundson with his own key lock, and he moves into North South. He goes for the Americana again. McGeary going for subs from the bottom, but not reallyu shifting his hips or anything. Another yell from Anundson while McGeary goes for another Americana. Like, seriously, what the hell is going on? Anyway, Anundson starts to pour on some elbows. McGeary stays calm, and he locks on an inverted triangle from the bottom. Kelly taps, and holy shit, what a submission win from this beast. 2014 Summer Series Tournament winner. Same stuff as Toby Imada and Rich Hale.
Final result: Liam McGeary def, Kelly Anundson via submission (inverted triangle choke) at 4:40 of R1
135 lbs.: L.C. Davis vs. Zeilton Rodrigues
Round One: Rodrigues orthodox, while LC switches stances. Hands high for both. LC faking going low. Leg kick from LC, while Rodrigues backing him up. Nice right hand from LC, but he's on his bike. They swing like it's their last day on earth, both missing. LC scores a takedown. LC in side control, and Rodrigues is clenching on to his head. Rob Hines calls for improvement. Rodrigues squirms out, and has LC's leg caught in a heel hook. LC trying to get out with lots of pressure, and Rodrigues going for the ankle. Nothing there. Their legs are caught together, but LC is on top. LC gets up right as the bell sounds.
Round Two: LC blitzes forward with a combination. Jab from LC, and he's landing some good counters. Left hand lands for Rodrigues, and LC shoots for the takedown. He secures it, but Rodrigues has his caught in a guillotine, but there's not much there. Davis in half guard, and there's really not much going on here. A bit of jostling for position, and Rodrigues is definitely doing okay off his back, yet LC can't really establish anything other than smothering. Rodrigues turns on his back, and LC starts to pour on some left hands. Nothing big, but he's imposing his will. Rodrigues going for a kneebar, however, LC seems really unfazed by his opponent's attacks. Maybe it's because Rodrigues isn't really committing, and he's out of options. Punches from Davis as the bell sounds.
Round Three: LC shoots and scores again, as Rodrigues was looking to do his best to go for it on the feet. I mean, LC really isn't doing much, but softening up Rodrigues while holding a dominant position is going to win him this fight. LC decked Rodrigues on the forehead, and the former is sporting a gnarly gash. Rodrigues trying to control a wrist, but it's kind of hopeless. LC looks like a pretzel on top of Rodrigues, which says a lot about how this fight is going. Rodrigues shifts , and now he's attacking with a d'arce, but it doesn't work. As LC gets up, Rodrigues scores a takedown, but it won't help him. As LC gets back up, he puts Rodrigues on his behind within seconds. The crowd is dead silent. The bell sounds, and that's it.
Final result: L.C. Davis def. Zeilton Rodrigues via unanimous decision (30-27x3)
155 lbs.: Ryan Couture vs. Tom Bagnasco
Round One: They touch gloves, both out orthodox. Tom opens up with a head kick, and Couture hacks at his legs. They clinch, and Ryan takes his down, and Big Dan calls a stop for duel groin shots. Amazing. Bagnasco got the worst. They resume fighting. Bagnasco going high again with a kick, and Couture nails him with a right hand. Body lock from Ryan, and he takes him down. Couture in side control, and he postures up. Bagnasco gives him his back, and Couture is obviously going for the rear naked. He's got one hook in, but nothing's really there yet. Tom turns away, and Couture is in half guard. Strong body lock from Couture. He's attacking the back again. Body lock is on, and Couture starts to squeeze on the chin. He gets the tap, despite the arm not being directly under the chin.
Final result: Ryan Couture def. Tom Bagnasco via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:01 of R1