Bellator 147: "Thomson vs. Villaseca" takes place TONIGHT (Fri., Dec. 4, 2015) from inside Event Center Arena in San Jose, Calif., featuring a Lightweight main event with popular local favorite Josh Thomson facing tough competition in Pablo Villaseca.
Bellator MMA returns to San Jose following its epic "Dynamite 1" event in September, which coincidentally marked the promotional debut for Thomson. This time he moves up from a mid-card match with Mike Bronzoulis to the main event, but the 21-8 (1 NC) "Punk" can't afford to take the young and hungry Villaseca (10-1) lightly.
Other key match ups for the televised portion on Spike TV include a Featherweight contender battle between Daniel Weichel and Georgi Karakhanyan, a Lightweight rematch between Patricky Freire and Derek Anderson, and a Light Heavyweight slugfest between Virgil Zwicker and Brian Rogers.
Bellator 147 will start tonight on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET. MMAmania.com will be here all night long to deliver LIVE results and play-by-play for the televised fights, along with the "Prelims" undercard action airing on Spike.com at 7 p.m. ET.
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BELLATOR 147: "THOMSON VS. VILLASECA" QUICK RESULTS:
Josh Thomson vs. Pablo Villaseca - Thomson via TKO 3:59 R2.
Daniel Weichel vs. Georgi Karakhanyan - Weichel via UD 30-27 X3.
Patricky Freire vs. Derek Anderson - Anderson via SD 29-28 X2, 28-29.
Virgil Zwicker vs. Brian Rogers - Rogers via sub (arm triangle) 4:38 R2.
Adam Piccolotti vs. Mario Soto - Piccolotti via RNC 3:25 R2.
A.J. McKee vs. JT Donaldson - McKee via TKO 3:19 R1.
Idris Wasi vs. Brandon Hester - Hester UD 30-27, 30-25, 30-24.
Khomkrit Niiimi vs. Gabriel Carrasco - Carrasco via TKO 3:19 R1.
James Terry vs. Nick Barnes - Barnes via RNC 2:48 R1.
Thomas Diagne vs. Erick Sanchez - Sanchez via TKO 1:22 R3.
Jeremiah Labiano vs. Alvin Cacdac - Labiano UD 30-27 X3.
Jose Perez vs. Bronson Mohika - Mohika UD 29-28, 30-27 X2.
Adin Duenas vs. Anthony Taylor - Duenas via RNC 2:43 R1.
Anthony Do vs. Dustin Moore - Do via TKO 2:05 R1.
BELLATOR 147: "THOMSON VS. VILLASECA" PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Josh Thomson vs. Pablo Villaseca
Round 1: Gray trunks for Villaseca. Black trunks for Thomson. Villaseca is 10-1, Thomson is 21-8. Villaseca is 28 and Thomson is 37. Villaseca hails from Santiago, Chile and Thomson hails from San Jose, California. Our referee is Jason Herzog. The two tie up quickly and Thomson is on top after a leg trip. Thomson stands up at 1:05 to throw a right hand then comes back down into the full guard. He stands again at 1:30 and Villaseca briefly considers a knee bar, gets the sweep, but Thomson is looking for the inverted armbar and Villaseca's in trouble. Villaseca escapes and Thomson stands at 2:30. Thomson comes in with a hard knee then drops levels for a double. Villaseca defends well and Thomson breaks at 3:19. Thomson nearly shaves the top of Villaseca's head with a kick. Villaseca goes for a takedown, and a second, but can't keep Thomson on the ground in either case for more than a half second. Villaseca hits a knee to the cup and Herzog calls time. Thomson is quickly ready to restart and there are 22 seconds left in R1. Thomson hits a single leg and the crowd roars. Thomson's on top to end R1.
Round 2: Thomson has a clinch 35 seconds into R2, then has to sprawl as Villaseca looks for a takedown. He ends up on top in guard at 1:14. Thomson starts to grind Villaseca up with elbows on top. He's going for the arm triangle but can't lock it up as he's on the wrong side. He finally starts to climb across at 2:45 but Villaseca blocks it with literally one toe. Thomson starts to pour on the ground and pound at 3:25 and Villaseca is warned to defend himself. He survives for a bit as Herzog keeps looking in close and he finally waves it off just before four minutes are gone.
Final result: Josh Thomson via TKO at 3:59 of the second round.
Daniel Weichel vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
Round 1: 24-4-1 for Karakhanyan. 35-9 for Weichel. Gray trunks for Karakhanyan, fighting out of Riverside. Black trunks for Weichel, fighting out of Frankfurt, Germany. Our referee in charge is Ed Collantes. Weichel is circling throwing leg kicks and body kicks. One of those left kicks lands on the groin and Collantes calls time. Karakhanyan recovers quickly and we continue at 1:41. Karakhanyan shoots and misses on a single leg. Weichel continues to apply the pressure with a very kickboxing style fight, leaving bruises and welts on Karakhanyan's left left and knee. Periodically Karakhanyan throws that same leg up hoping to find the head but Weichel consistently checks, blocks or avoids it. A frustrated Karakhanyan tries to bait him into a brawl at the end of R1 and fails. 10-9 Weichel.
Round 2: Karakhanyan tries a jump knee early in R2 to no effect. Weichel punishes the inside and outside of that lead leg of Karakhanyan. He lands a couple of good right hands at 59 seconds and Karakhanyan is trying to clear the cobwebs. Karakhanyan has once again resorted to begging for a brawl. Weichel continues to back out of Karakhanyan's range and pick his shots. Karakhanyan tries a spinning heel kick to the chin. Karakhanyan keeps dropping his hands to taunt Weichel and I have to believe that will cost him dearly at some point. The announcers are speculating that Karakhanyan's confidence was shaken by his torn ACL and surgery to cover from it. Strong body kick by Weichel at 3:48. Weichel is finding the over-the-top right hand more and more frequently. He front kicks Karakhanyan in the face at 4:25. Karakhanyan misses with a spinning backfist and jump knee to close the second round. He's down 20-18.
Round 3: The two contenders tap gloves to open R3. Weichel continues to show precision in his striking game, and Karakhanyan drops his hands to his waist again at 1:42. It's an 'Insane' strategy that's not paying off. Weichel grabs the groin at 2:23 from a kick but waves off the ref and wants to continue. Karakhanyan lands a decent right hand at 3:05 but not decent enough. He keeps on trying to lure Weichel into making a mistake. Weichel just circles and resets for a combo and a leg kick. One minute to go and Karakhanyan needs to go for broke. Karakhanyan falls down trying to throw a cartwheel kick. That's almost the whole fight in a nutshell. Weichel has fought a technically superior bout.
Final result: The judges score this contest 30-27 X3 all for Daniel Weichel by unanimous decision.
Patricky Freire vs. Derek Anderson
Round 1: 14-6 for Pitbull. 12-2 for Anderson. Freire is in the blue trunks and hails from Natal, Brazil. Anderson is in the black/white/red trunks and hails from San Diego. Our referee is Mike Beltran. Freire lands some hard shots 30 seconds in but Anderson eats them all and continues to push forward. Freire ducks a high kick and continues to throw big lefts, some sailing way over Anderson's head. Anderson keeps wading his way in with his jab and push kicks. Freire shoots for a takedown and jumps to the back with one hook in at 3:01. Anderson spins out, the two scramble, and reset on their feet at 3:23. Anderson hits a takedown but Freire scrambles on top at 3:44, seems to back off, jumps back in and gets swept as Anderson is on. Freire keeps him at bay with butterfly and stands back up at 4:24. Close first round.
Round 2: Freire momentarily stuns Anderson 25 seconds into R2. Both fighters are staying closer to each other this round, feeling out the range, trading big shots. Freire has him hurt after a jump knee, and Anderson fails to get a takedown in response. Anderson is bleeding straight down his nose as we pass the two minute mark. Freire lands another hard knee at 2:20 then shoots for his own takedown and gets a double leg to side control at 2:30. Anderson scrambles but Freire gets both hooks in for a full body triangle. Now the bloody nose will make it hard for Anderson to breathe. Freire is trying to fish an arm underneath the neck for the rear naked choke. Anderson keeps sitting up trying to get more oxygen. Anderson continues to peel away attempts and spins on top right before the end of R2.
Round 3: This fight could be tied one round apiece right now, but Pitbull definitely won round two. Neither man seems to give up an inch striking. Freire hits a takedown at 1:30. Freire lets him get back up at 1:48. Freire shoots again and Anderson widens his stance against the cage and then starts to open up on Freire when he escapes and turns around. It almost seems to be a test of wills now as to who can drop the other. Freire lands the bigger power strikes but Anderson lands the bigger volume. Freire hurts Anderson with a hard knee. He goes for a double leg to recover. Freire hits the switch and ends up on top, then backs off and lets Anderson up. Anderson goes for a single leg and is warned not to grab the shorts. Freire is on top at the bell. This could go either way.
Final result: The judges score this contest 29-28 Anderson, 29-28 Freire, 29-28 for Anderson by split decision.
Virgil Zwicker vs. Brian Rogers
Round 1: 11-8 for Rogers, 14-4-1 for Zwicker. Rogers is in white trunks, Zwicker is in blue trunks. Our referee in charge is Ed Collantes. It's worth noting as we get underway that Zwicker didn't make weight for this fight. Rogers is staying tactical early, circling and throwing leg kicks, but at 1:07 the two stand and trade for a bit. Zwicker seems to be having a little trouble closing the distance. Rogers clocks him with a good right hand. They get into a slugfest again at 2:14 and Rogers backs off. Zwicker is starting to mix in leg kicks, but Rogers hits a big takedown to side control at 4:08. Zwicker gets back up at 4:40 and pushes Rogers into the fence to brawl. Rogers 10-9.
Round 2: There's a weird moment 25 seconds into the round where Zwicker walks away like he got kicked in the cup even though nobody could see a big strike land. He recovers quickly. The second time at 55 seconds he got a left foot straight up the center to the soft spot. Rogers is given a verbal warning by Collantes not to do it again as Zwicker is given time to recover. Zwicker is landing some pretty solid hooks to the head. Rogers tries to fly in with a knee at 2:25, Zwicker tries a spinning backfist, Rogers tries a Superman punch, none of it finds the mark flush. Zwicker knocks Rogers to the ground with a kick and nearly creams him when he gets back up. Rogers takes him down at 3:46 and jumps to the back. Rogers at first looks for a rear naked then takes full mount to pour on ground and pound. Next comes an arm triangle attempt, the jump to side, and Zwicker taps at 4:38.
Final result: Brian Rogers wins via submission (arm triangle) 4:38 of the second round.
Adam Piccolotti vs. Mario Soto
Round 1: Soto is 6-1, Piccolotti is 6-0. Soto is in the green trunks and fights out of Sacramento. Piccolotti is in the black trunks and fights out of Half Moon Bay. Our referee in charge is Jason Herzog. Piccolotti lands the first strikes of the bout and he's on the hunt, pushing Soto toward the fence, then shooting for a single leg and jumping to the back with both hooks in at 38 seconds. Soto gives up full mount on top at 56 seconds and Piccolotti is going for the arm triangle - deja vu to the last fight except Soto survives and Zwicker did not. Soto responds by going for a foot lock and Piccolotti spins out then jumps to the back again with one hook in. Soto spins free at 2:05 but takes a knee in the process. Soto is throwing high kicks but Piccolotti stays out of range. Piccolotti decks Soto with a 1-2 combo when his hands were down. Soto backs up to the fence again at 4:14 but backs Piccolotti off with some counter strikes. Piccolotti 10-9.
Round 2: Piccolotti knocks Soto down and is on top again 12 seconds into R2. He has mount sitting on Soto's left side and goes for a neck crack, then lets it go when he can tell it's not there, moving from one position to the next but nearly giving Soto a knee bar. He gets back to the full mount at 1:58 and Soto just rolls underneath him, never shaking him loose whether he's on the back or the chest. Piccolotti is really loading up with elbows and at the three minute mark Soto is face down making ink prints with his bloody face. Piccolotti takes the back and goes under the chin and Soto taps out at 3:25.
Final result: Adam Piccolotti wins via rear naked choke at 3:25 of the second round.
A.J. McKee vs. JT Donaldson
Round 1: Donaldson is in off-white trunks and blue gloves for tonight's fight. McKee is in black trunks and red gloves. Donaldson is 1-0, McKee is 2-0. They touch gloves and McKee rocks Donaldson with a right hand eight seconds into the fight. Donaldson digs hard for a double leg as he tries to recover but McKee trips and throws him and is on top 36 seconds into R1. Blood is spraying into the Bellator cage from a cut over McKee's eye. McKee goes for a d'arce choke then stands up for a guillotine, tripping Donaldson back down, throwing him into the fence and getting warned for grabbing it with his fingers. Donaldson gets back to his feet and Donaldson works elbows when they clinch, hoping to further open up the cut. McKee rocks Donaldson with a knee to the jaw and the fight is stopped at 3:20 - McKee does a backflip to celebrate.
Final result: A.J. McKee wins via technical knockout at 3:19 of the first round.
James Terry vs. Nick Barnes
Round 1: Terry is 16-8. Barnes is 9-1. Mike Beltran is our referee. There's a delay while we're waiting for the judges, doctors and commissioners to be at cageside. They touch gloves and we're finally underway. Terry is wearing red gloves and Barnes is in blue. Terry is trying to overwhelm Barnes early and catches him with a big right 55 seconds in. Barnes spends most of the next minute covering up to avoid another hard shot. Terry gets a warning to watch putting his fingers in Barnes' eye. Barnes gets a takedown at 2:10 and tries to jump on Terry's back. Barnes goes for the choke and taps him out at 2:48.
Final result: Nick Barnes wins via rear naked choke at 2:48 of the first round.
Thomas Diagne vs. Erick Sanchez
Final result: Erick Sanchez (6-2) defeated Thomas Diagne (5-5-1) via technical knockout (punches) at 1:22 of round three.
Jeremiah Labiano vs. Alvin Cacdac
Final result: Jeremiah Labiano (9-3) defeated Alvin Cacdac (16-12) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Jose Perez vs. Bronson Mohika
Final result: Bronson Mohika (1-1) defeated Jose Perez (1-1) defeated via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Adin Duenas vs. Anthony Taylor
Final result: Adin Duenas (3-1) defeated Anthony Taylor (0-1) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:43 of round one.
Khomkrit Niiimi vs. Gabriel Carrasco
Round 1: Yellow trunks, 6-7, blue gloves is Niiimi. Black trunks, 6-0, red gloves is Carrasco. Mike Beltran is our referee again. Niiimi is acting whacky and striking karate poses. Carrasco takes him down at 22 seconds with ease. Beltran calls for more work as we move past the first minute and again at 1:44. Niiimi keeps making weird noses on the ground but he gets split open from ear to eat with a hard elbow. At 2:41 the announcers think Niiimi is in trouble but so far it's just turning his blonde hair pink. The ground and pound really starts coming big at 3:10 and it's stopped about 10 seconds later.
Final result: Gabriel Carrasco via technical knockout at 3:19 of the first round.
Idris Wasi vs. Brandon Hester
Round 1: Idris Wasi is out first in the black trunks and blue gloves. Brandon Hester comes out in black trunks and red gloves. Wasi is 1-2 and Hester is 2-0. Hester delivers a couple of solid body kicks early and knocks Wasi off balance when he tries a kick of his own, ending up on top in full guard. Hester slowly but inexorably passes to side control. Hester continues to grind away with elbows and smash with forearms, but Wasi does get half of his guard back. Wasi gets the full guard back for the last minute but he's still on the bottom of a one-sided beating. Hester tries to posture up for a little excitement with 16 seconds left but we're on to R2.
Round 2: Hester tries and fails to get a takedown right off the bat. He shoots again at 21 seconds and this time he nails it. Hester postures up against the fence bombing away with left hands as Hester once again slowly tries to improve his position, although this time the ref is looking for a little more excitement. Wasi and Hester are stood up at 2:57 and Wasi's mouthpiece is washed out and put back in before the restart. Hester trip's him to the ground with a loud THUD at 3:30 and is immediately in side control. Hester delivers left knees to the body while looking for possible submissions. Another dominant round for Hester ends with a flurry of ground and pound.
Round 3: Wasi lands his best right hand of the first 38 seconds into the third round. He's taken down 13 seconds later and that should make this a clean sweep on the cards unless Wasi does something dramatic in the next four minutes. He doesn't. He gets up at the end but it's academic.
Final result: The judges score it 30-27, 30-25, 30-24 for Hester by unanimous decision.
Anthony Do vs. Dustin Moore
Final result: Anthony Do (2-0) defeated Dustin Moore (0-1) via technical knockout at 2:05 of round one.