Bellator 123: "Curran vs. Pitbull 2" takes place TONIGHT (Fri., Sept. 5, 2014) from inside Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with a strong main card lineup to counter-program UFC Fight Night 50 taking place in the same state.
In what feels like Scott Coker's Bellator debut (which it isn't) considering the match ups presented to us on the Spike TV broadcast, Bellator 123 features a highly-anticipated featherweight championship bout between Pat Curran vs. Patricio Freire. The main event will be a rematch of their Bellator 85 battle, where the American edged "Pitbull" by split decision.
Also on the card, Muhammed Lawal will try to bounce back into the win column as he takes on GLORY kickboxing product Dustin Jacoby, Cheick Kongo squares off against Lavar Johnson in a battle of former UFC heavyweight combatants, and TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley returns to the cage against Josh Burns.
We'll be here all night long to bring you LIVE Bellator 123 results below, including quick results of the under card action on Spike.com (6 p.m. ET), as well as play-by-play updates of the Spike TV broadcast that starts at 8 p.m. ET.
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Check below for the latest Bellator 123 results (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action).
BELLATOR 123 MAIN CARD:
Patricio Freire def. Pat Curran via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46x2)
Muhammed Lawal def. Dustin Jacoby via TKO (strikes) at 1:13 of R2
Tamdan McCrory def. Brennen Ward via knockout (strikes) at 0:21 of R1
Cheick Kongo def. Lavar Johnson via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:27 of R1
Bobby Lashley def. Josh Burns via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:54 of R2
SPIKE.COM "PRELIMS" UNDER CARD:
Rico Disciullo def. Marvin Maldonado via unanimous decision (30-27x3)
Steve Garcia def. Kin Moy via split decision (27-30, 29-28x2)
Josh Diekmann def. Mike Wessel via knockout (strikes) at 0:47 of R1
Dan Cramer def. Perry Filkins via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27x2)
Mike Mucitelli vs. Mark Griffin
Phillipe Martins vs. Pete Rogers Jr.
Brandon Fleming vs. Blair Tugman
Scott Cleve def. Matt Bessette via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28X2)
MAIN CARD PLAY-BY-PLAY
145 lbs.: Pat Curran vs. Patricio Freire
Round 1: No touch, and both out orthodox. Feeling out process, and Curran lands a leg kick, followed by some more attempts. USA chants, ugh. Pitbull comes in with a flurry that misses, but lands a leg kick. Curran gets a right in on the inside. Pitbull lands a tight jab. Leg kicks from Pitbull. Curran misses a big right hand, and Curran slips. Pitbull pounces, but nothing. Curran has him backed up, and they're very cautious. Curran misses a jab. Leg kicks from Curran. Crowd a bit restless. Jab from Pitbull. Lots of respect, and Pitbull can't take advantage of another slip. Curran misses a combination, and so does Pitbull. Body shots from Curran, and Pitbull scores a takedown, but Pat is back up. Curran sends him to the mat, and can't take advantage of the back because he was too high. Curran back up and lands a right. They both miss huge shots. Uppercut just misses for Curran. Pitbull backs him up with a jab, and lands a solid, straight right hand. Head kick misses from Pitbull. Counter jab from Curran and that's the round.
Round 2: Same stuff as the second opens. Curran slips, but Pitbull can't take advantage. Curran lands a nice right hand. Lots of respect here, maybe too much for the crowd's liking. Pitbull lands a nice left-right. Curran looks a bit off balance. Pitbull with a leg kick, and a straight right hand. They're tied up, and exchange knees in the clinch. Pitbull with a big left kick that turns Curran. Uppercut followed by a right from Curran. Knee misses from Pitbull, and then lands a serious combination. Left hook drops Curran. Curran back up, but Pitbull is storming him. Curran survives and gors for the takedown. He tosses Pitbull once he can't get it, and laces him with a big knee. Okay, so here we go. Curran aggressively comes forward, but can't land anything. Curran with his hands low, and backs him up. Right hand by Curran snaps Pitbull back. Body shots from Pitbull, but Curran stays away. Huge flying knee lands from Curran, and he tries to follow up, but the round ends.
Round 3: Pitbull is cut because of the knee. Jab from Curran. Curran ties him up, and lands some knees and an elbow. Pitbull feints a jump knee, and eats a jab. Body shot from Curran, and Pitbull explodes with a combo. He lands another low kick, and they exchange kicks. Curran lands a jab, and Pitbull is looking more open. Pitbull coming forward, but Curran keeps on blocking the blows. Pitbull drops Curran with a big left, and Curran gets back up. Pitbull smells a finish, but Curran makes his way back to the center after some clinching against the fence. Pitbull opening up, and Pitbull has Curran backed up. Another big right from Pitbull, yet Curran looks recovered. Curran working jabs. Pitbull landing some more shots, while Curran staying in front. Leg kick from Pitbull. Curran goes for a takedown, but it's stuffed. Pitbull connecting a little more here. Curran trying to stay busy, and gets another takedown stuffed. Curran lands a good right on the inside right before the bell.
Round 4: Curran more active, staying on Pitbull. Landing rights, he goes for a flying knee that misses. Pitbull goes to the body, and Curran misses a right. Curran backs him up, but can't do much. Curran active with the jab, and they come together but don't land anything. Curran with tight combinations, only landing the fourth strike of his punches thrown. Curran comes forward, but Patricio is keeping away from the big shots. Pitbull's eyes starting to swell up, and man, this looks a lot like the first bout. Pitbull comes forward, and moves backwards after Curran tries to punish him. Pitbull catches Curran on the chin after avoiding blows, and they're throwing a lot right now. It's a close round, and this crowd doesn't really understand what's going on. Nice leg kick from Pitbull. Big right from Pitbull. Pitbull with two good punches after being decked with a strong jab. Pitbull finding his range with short punches.
Round 5: Curran forcing Pitbull back, catching him with a body kick. Curran is a little more active, and gets taken down with a single leg. Curran goes for the guillotine off his back, but lets it go. Curran sweeps and ends up on top. They get back up, and Curran driving Pitbull. They're scrambling, and they're back on the feet. Curran with so more combos, and Pitbull gets another jab in. Curran with some punches, and mixes things up with leg kicks. Curran after the uppercut, busy with the left jab. Curran with an elbow. Pitbull with a jab, and he storms Curran and drops him again. Curran back to his feet, but that's a few times now. Leg kick from Pitbull. Curran landing good combinations, but Pitbull more ferocious. Pitbull throwing a lot of power, and gets another single leg takedown. Curran back on his feet, attempts a flying knee, and another monster right hand from Pitbull. They're going for it and Pitbull is storming him, has Curran in trouble. The bell sounds. What a fight. But honestly, Pitbull should win here.
Final Result: Patricio Freire def. Pat Curran via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46x2)
205 lbs.: Muhammed Lawal vs. Dustin Jacoby
Round 1: They touch gloves and are out orthodox. Not much in the first 30 seconds, and Mo scores a single leg. Jacoby with some upkicks and one lands, but Mo gets right into his guard. Jacoby is going nuts off his back, but Mo is remaining calm. Jacoby tries to get back up and Mo drives him back down. Jacoby pushes him off, and Mo now has control of his head. Jacoby back up against the fence, and Mo brings him back down after catching a leg and almost taking his head off. Cradles position, and Jacoby is against the fence while Mo controls his posture from the back. Punches from Mo, and Jacoby storms out. Jab misses from Jacoby. Hnads high for Mo, and he misses wildly. They're in the center, and Jacoby misses a front kick. Mo misses with a big right hand. Kick to the body from Jac. They both miss with rights. Mo clubs Jacoby with a right hand. Jac is looking a little more technical, and Oh my Lord Mo feints and dances like Pernell Whitaker. Mo is staying away from everything, but maybe that's not a good thing.
Round 2: Jabs from Jacoby, and Mo lands a counter. Jacoby with another right, and Mo returns the favor. Snapping jab from Mo, and a monster right hand lands from Mo. They're trading ferociously and Jacoby is swinging like it's his last day on earth. Mo is staying in front of him, and Mo drops him with a big right hand. Mo is working his ground and pound, and Jacoby is eating a lot of shots, but they ain't that hard. Big John is about to stop it, warning Jacoby, and Mo keeps active with punches to a downed Jacoby. Big John steps in, and although Jacoby seemed okay, he wasn't really protecting himself."Suck it" from Mo as a celebration. Cool.
Final Result: Muhammed Lawal def. Dustin Jacoby via TKO (strikes) at 1:13 of R2
170 lbs.: Brennen Ward vs. Tamdan McCrory
Round 1: Both are out orthodox, and Ward swings wildly. He's storming McCrory, who gets a counter from McCrory. Ward comes forward and eats a big combination from McCrory. Lefts and rights, connecting accurately, and Ward drops like a sack of potatoes. He doesn't even know where he is.
Final Result: Tamdan McCrory def. Brennen Ward via knockout (strikes) at 0:21 of R1
265 lbs.: Cheick Kongo vs. Lavar Johnson
Round 1: They touch gloves. Both are out orthodox, and Lavar swings heavy and backs his foe up, but Kongo stays out of the way. Lavar connects as he powers forward, and Kongo looks like he slipped, but he could have felt the heat and dropped near the fence. They separate and Kongo goes for a right hand. Lavar then slips underneath him, and Kongo is on top of Lavar while he's against the cage. Kongo in full mount, as Lavar is trying to get out from underneath. Kongo threatening with a keylock, and the crowd is already booing. Kongo has Lavar flat on his back, and he's keeping active with some body shots and elbows to the dome. Lavar turns and gives him his back, and Kongo sinks in the rear naked choke. Lavar taps quickly. That was pretty impressive, despite not even sinking in any hooks.
Final Result: Cheick Kongo def. Lavar Johnson via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:27 of R1
265 lbs.: Bobby Lashley vs. Josh Burns
Round 1: They touch gloves, both orthodox. Lashley drills Burns with a right. The pro wrestler ties him up, and scores a takedown. Lashley in half guard, and moves into side control easily. Lashley looking for an Americana, but he sort of looks puzzled. Lashley lets it go, and he's trying to lock up Burns' arm for a crucifix. Lashley has the knee on the bicep, and he's got another Americana locked in. Lashley lets it go, and starts to elbow Burns and cuts him. Lashley keeps on going for the Americana, but it doesn't look as if he knows how to close it out. Lashley has crucifix position, and he goes for the kimura. He's not stepping over the head, though. He's continuing to deck Burns with short elbows, and Burns looks like he's sporting a few cuts. Lashley postures up, and starts to punch away at his opponent. He holds top position to close out the round.
Round 2: Lashley looks methodical, and gets caught with a punch. Burns isn't rushing Lashley, which he should. Leg kick from Lashley. Right hands connect for Lashley, who keeps on switching stances. He's in southpaw now, and Burns looks petrified of the takedown as Lashley feints. Lashley keeping active with the right jab. Lashley goes for a single leg, and gets the ankle pick. Bobby is back in side control, and he gives up on a north-south choke. Back in side control, Bobby transitions into mount, and he's trying to sit up. Elbows from Lashley. Lashley starts to throw heavy punches, while Burns makes his way off his back. Burns trying to explode up to his feet, and Lashley gets a rear naked choke in for the finish. Burns is pretty bloody, but that's another rear naked choke that didn't require the additional techniques. Mauling from Bobby.
Final Result: Bobby Lashley def. Josh Burns via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:54 of R2