Bellator 150: "Kongo vs. Quieroz" takes place TONIGHT (Fri., Feb. 26, 2016) from inside Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas.
The Spike TV-televised main card will feature a Heavyweight war between contenders Cheick Kongo and Vinicius "Spartan" Queiroz, as well as a Middleweight clash between The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 3 winner Kendall "Da Spyder" Grove and the up-and-coming Francisco "Kiko" France.
That's not all.
Bellator 150 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 150: "KONGO VS. QUIEROZ" QUICK RESULTS:
Cheick Kongo vs. Vinicius Queiroz -- Kongo SD 30-27, 28-29, 29-28.
Dave Rickels vs. Bobby Cooper -- Rickels via TKO 3:49 R1.
Kendall Grove vs. Francisco France -- Grove via KO 0:35 R2.
Gaston Reyno vs. Chuka Willis -- Willis UD 29-28, 30-27 X2.
Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Rebecca Ruth -- Ruth UD 29-28, 30-27, 29-28.
David Hammons vs. Kyle Noblitt -- Noblitt via TKO 0:45 R1.
Brandon Farran vs. Gregory Babene -- Babene via sub 3:37 R1.
Manny Meraz vs. Andre Fialho -- Fialho via KO 0:29 R1.
Chris Harris vs. Julian Marquez -- Harris UD 29-28, 30-27 X2.
Marcio Navarro vs. Henry Lindsay -- Lindsay via TKO at 2:30 R1.
Thai Clark vs. Deron Carlis -- Clark via UD 29-28 X3.
BELLATOR 150: "KONGO VS. QUIEROZ" PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Cheick Kongo vs. Vinicius Queiroz
The tall and lanky "Spartan" Quieroz is first to enter tonight, wearing black white and red trunks, sporting a career record of 8-3. His walkout song is "My Time" by Fabolous. Cheick Kongo yawns as he walks toward the Bellator cage, seemingly unconcerned about this fight. He has black trunks with gray trim, 23-10-2 overall. His walkout song is "Real N----z Don't Die" by N.W.A. Quieroz is the taller fighter at 6'7" even though Kongo is a sizable 6'4". Quieroz hails from Curitiba, Brazil and Kongo hails from Paris, France. Our referee is "Big" John McCarthy.
Round 1: Both men respectfully tap gloves to start round one. McCarthy warns Quieroz to close his hands on the strikes before one even lands. Kongo circles on the outside as Quieroz tries to find the range. "Fingers up or close the hand" warns McCarthy as Quieroz paws at Kongo. Fans are getting impatient after 85 seconds of inactivity. The two tie up in a test of strength and Quieroz has to break free and back away. Leg kick by Kongo. Quieroz continues to cautiously approach Kongo as "The Darkness" plays counter fighter on the outside, unloading with leg kicks when Quieroz gets too close. Quieroz steps in after inside and outside kicks to the left leg, and Kongo immediately turns him into the fence to make it a grind. Kongo fires knees to the legs as Quieroz is unable to get free. Quieroz turns him around and gets a takedown at 4:08 but Kongo gets up quick and Quieroz backs away. He comes forward and eats more punishment to the left leg. Quieroz nearly lands a spinning backfist but Kongo largely blocked the blow. R1 ends with a chorus of boos as they tie up against the cage.
Round 2: Kongo goes right back to the leg kicks as R2 gets into progress, but he also throws in some push kicks and lands a good right hand. Quieroz continues to push forward but "cage control" does not equal him winning this fight so far. McCarthy calls for more work at 1:35 but Kongo is doing as much work as he needs to - slowing Quieroz down and picking him apart when he chooses. Crowd lets their displeasure be known as we pass two minutes. Quieroz tries a backfist and Kongo mocks it. Quieroz gets a takedown at 2:39. Kongo pulls Quieroz in tight chest to chest looking for McCarthy to stand them up. He calls for work at 3:38. Quieroz pops free for a moment at 3:55 but gets tied up again and McCarthy calls for more work 20 seconds later. McCarthy stands them up at 4:47 but Kongo gets up so slowly the round is over seconds after they reset to the feet.
Round 3: Once again Kongo is landing with the leg kicks, but Quieroz is quicker to the takedown this time, getting it in the first half minute. McCarthy calls for work at 1:46 and both men stand up 15 seconds later. Kongo suddenly seems motivated and fires off a series of shots, pushing Quieroz to the fence and unloading with knees. McCarthy is not impressed by the pressure against the cage and asks for more. He resets them with two minutes left. Quieroz rocks Kongo with a right hand with just over 90 seconds left. Kongo grabs and holds on as McCarthy asks for work at 3:50. The crowd boos as Quieroz tries to pass on the ground. McCarthy wants work at 4:24. Quieroz has given Kongo a full minute to recover. They're stood up as the clapper sounds and Kongo throws one last flurry before it ends.
Final result: The judges score this contest 30-27 Kongo, 29-28 Quieroz, 29-28 for Kongo by split decision.
Dave Rickels vs. Bobby Cooper
Rickels comes out with his matching leopard print pants smoking jacket on to rile up the crowd, dancing to "Return of the Mack." He's got on gray trunks for tonight's fight while Cooper is in the white. Rickels comes in 16-4 while Cooper is 12-5. Cooper fights out of Missouri and Rickels fights out of Denver, Colorado by way of Derby, Kansas. John McCarthy will officiate our co-main event.
Round 1: A few leg kicks early for Rickels as he feels out the range, getting his hands up whenever Cooper tries to fire off a shot. He's bouncing around on his feet but finally he decides to stand and trade at 1:12 and eats a few counter shots as he does so. Rickels and Cooper grind against the fence until Rickels backs away at 1:53. Hard left hand finds Cooper's chin and Rickels closes the distance again. Rickels tries to grab clinch but Cooper breaks free. Rickels slips to one knee but recovers quickly. They tie up on the fence again. Cooper has landed a surprising number of good counter shots so far but he gets hurt by a knee at 3:27 and he's in a lot of trouble. Rickels pounds away with right hands and McCarthy waves it off at 3:50.
Final result: 'The Caveman' David Rickels via TKO at 3:49 of the first round.
Kendall Grove vs. Francisco France
Round 1: 13-3-1 for France, 22-15 for Grove. Black trunks for France, fighting out of Gilbert, Arizona. Yellow trunks for Grove, fighting out of Maui, Hawaii. Our referee in charge is Rob Hinds. France is content to work leg kicks to the inside and outside for the first two minutes of the fight. When he tries to switch to the hands, Grove seems to be just out of his reach. Nasty leg kick hurts Grove a little at 2:16. France closes the distance and takes a shot to the groin for his trouble. France continues to hunt with leg kicks after the restart. Grove tries to brawl and then pushes France into the fence as Hinds calls for improvement. France misses on a leg sweep but gets a dominant position on the cage. Call for improvement at 4:30. 10-9 for France.
Round 2: Grove's left leg has got to feel horrible at this point. Grove decides to make it a brawl to not eat those any more and it works as he CLOBBERS France with a right hand and gets the stoppage at 35 seconds. He got one or two shots in on the ground before the stoppage but they were entirely academic.
Final result: Kendall Grove via knockout at 0:35 of the second round.
Gaston Reyno vs. Chuka Willis
Round 1: Willis is 6-2 and Reyno is 5-0. Willis fights out of Emporia, Kansas in the black trunks and blue gloves. Reyno fights out of Montevideo, Uruguay by way of Lee's Summit, Missouri with red gloves. Rob Hinds is in charge. Willis immediately makes it tight to not give Reyno any range to strike. They are chest to chest with Willis pushing him sideways against the fence until a takedown at 1:10. Reyno is back up 10 seconds later. Willis is still staying tight and keeping Reyno's back to the cage. Reyno goes for an outside trip, Willis pops up quick, both men reset. Reyno throws a right kick that doesn't land. Willis gets a single leg but Reyno grabs a guillotine as he does. Willis loses his mouthpiece at 3:55 but pops out at 4:06. Willis takes his back and gets both hooks in as Hinds picks up the mouthpiece. 10-9 round for Willis.
Round 2: Willis lands a push kick early to open R2. Willis drops Reyno with a right at 43 seconds and pours it on as Reyno gets back up. Willis manhandles Reyno to the ground at 1:20. He gets back up and Willis fires off a few knees. Hinds calls time at 1:50 as Willis took a shot to the cup. Hinds restarts them in the same position they were with Willis pressuring Reyno against the fence. Reyno goes for a standing guillotine but Willis pops out at 2:50. Hinds calls for improvement at 4:05 as they stall against the fence jockeying for position. He calls for it again at 4:22. He threatens separation at 4:40 but they break on their own. Reyno puts a spin kick on the chin right at the bell. 10-9 Willis.
Round 3: Willis puts Reyno against the fence for some hard left hands and takes him down again. Reyno gets back up at 45 seconds. It's a battle for hand control and when Willis gets his left hand free he makes Reyno pay. Hinds wants improvement at 1:30. Knees to the body by Willis. Willis gets another takedown at the two minute mark. Hinds wants more action a minute later. Reyno finally stuffs a takedown attempt and circles out, but Willis puts him right back on the cage. One final warning and he restarts both fighters with 50 seconds left. Willis immediately lands a left hook as Reyno pushes him to the cage. He has a split lip and it's bleeding onto Willis back. Reyno jumps for a guillotine late but can't sink it in tight enough for a tap before the bell.
Final result: The judges score this contest 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 all for Chuka Willis.
Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Rebecca Ruth
Round 1: Ruth is 5-1, Ovchynnikova is 10-3. Ruth is in the blue top and fights out of Pacific, Missouri. Ovchynnikova is in a black top and fights out of Kiev, Ukraine. Our referee is John McCarthy. They tap gloves and we're underway. Ruth has Ovchynnikova against the fence 45 seconds in. Ovchynnikova reverses and throws her to the ground at 1:33 immediately taking side control and looking for a choke. Ruth sweeps and she's on top in side at 1:51. Ovchynnikova tries to throw up her legs for an inverted triangle. Ruth tries to take the back and lands a knee to the body as she does. McCarthy wants to see more. Another knee to the body lands - and another - and Ovchynnikova gets two warnings for grabbing the fence as she gets back to her feet. Ruth stands and trades with her at 4:30 but never gives Ovchynnikova any breathing space. 10-9 Ruth.
Round 2: Ruth slips and Ovchynnikova is briefly on top but she escapes and is back to her feet at 0:20. They immediately go toe to toe and Ruth counters a head and arm throw with a takedown at 41 seconds. Ovchynnikova escapes at 56 seconds and Ruth comes forward bombing again. Ovchynnikova is dropped by a right hand but gets back up at 1:58. Dirty boxing by Ruth as they clinch up. Ovchynnikova tries to spin her way to a throw to no avail and they separate at 3:05. Ovchynnikova is bleeding from the mouth. She gets hurt by another right hand at 3:45. Ovchynnikova is landing counters in the exchanges but Ruth lands all the power shots that hurt. Ruth gets on top as Ovchynnikova misses on a spinning backfist and goes for an armbar with short time. Ovchynnikova survives but that's not only a 10-9 it's borderline 10-8.
Round 3: Ruth is very happy to pressure Ovchynnikova to open R3 and then she gets a solid takedown to side control at 50 seconds. Ruth goes hard for an armbar, then takes Ovchynnikova's back and holds her down, and fires off a right knee to the body. McCarthy wants more work. Ovchynnikova gets up at 2:45 and is thrown right back down seconds later. Ruth mounts at 3:05 sitting on Ovchynnikova's side and searching for openings for a submission. McCarthy hints he'd like to see more as Ruth spins her way around to the other side but ends up back in full guard. She backs away at 4:20 and resets. Ovchynnikova has landed a few good jabs that make Ruth a little bloody but she walks right through them and gets a takedown in the final 10 seconds. The decision should be Ruth's.
Final result: The judges score this contest 29-28, 30-27, 29-28 all for Rebecca Ruth.
David Hammons vs. Kyle Noblitt
Round 1: Noblitt is in the white trunks with red trim for this 265 pound limit bout. He's 1-0 in his career. His opponent David Hammons in the black trunks is 1-1. Noblitt fights out of Republic, Missouri. Hammons fights out of Kansas City, Missouri. Our referee in charge is Nick Berens. Noblitt gets a takedown and full mount 25 seconds into the fight. Hammons gives up the back and gets hammered until it's stopped at 45 seconds.
Final result: Kyle Noblitt via technical knockout at 0:45 of the first round.
Brandon Farran vs. Gregory Babene
Round 1: Babene is 16-11 out of Paris, France. Farran is 12-10 out of Abilene, Texas. Nick Berens is our ref. This is being fought at a catchweight of 187 pounds. Babene is in the white trunks, Farran the camouflage trunks. Both men spend the first minute feeling out the range. Babene is connecting frequently with leg kicks. He shoots for a takedown and gets it at 1:42. Babene looks to pass from half guard and Farran tries to hang on. Side control achieved at 2:34 by Babene and full mount 10 seconds later. Farran gives up his back and being softened up with shots to the head. Berens is looking for a reason to stop it as Farran isn't defending well. Babene seals it with a rear naked choke.
Final result: Gregory Babene via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:37 of the first round.
Manny Meraz vs. Andre Fialho
Round 1: Fialho is 5-0 out of Portugal. Meraz is 7-1 out of Wichita, Kansas. John McCarthy is in charge. Fialho sports the black trunks and Meraz the blue. Meraz gets dropped by a right hand, McCathy gives him every change to recover, but Fialho pounds out the stoppage in under a half minute.
Final result: Andre Fialho wins by KO at 0:29 of the first round.
Chris Harris vs. Julian Marquez
Round 1: Marquez is 2-0 out of Kansas City, Missouri. Harris is 4-0 out of Wichita, Kansas. Our ref is Rob Hinds. Both men are wearing white trunks and have mohawks, but Harris has the red gloves and Marquez the blue. Both men seem eager to engage. Snapping body shot with a leg kick. Marquez prefers to let his hands go and his biceps suggest it's his favorite weapon. He keeps trying to push Harris to the outer circle but Harris resets well and opens up with his hands in the exchanges even when counter striking. No takedowns, the defense is to block with hands and arms, everything seems engineered to get a knockdown for either man. Harris gets off a great flurry at 4:08 but Marquez doesn't fall. Harris with a good left hook at 4:40. Both men had fireworks throughout but Harris edges it 10-9.
Round 2: Both men enthusiastically touch gloves and get right back to the stand-up war. Marquez presses Harris into the fence at 46 seconds. Harris tries to pull his head down to land a knee and Marquez breaks. If I were to sum up this fight so far it's power versus technique - Harris lands more aimed shots but Marquez lands heavier shots. Harris wobbles Marquez with a combo at 2:10 but not enough to fall down. Marquez comes back firing every punch with bad intentions and he body locks Harris into the fence at 2:47. Harris turns him around, pulls the head down, lands a knee and fires off some hard elbows to the head. There's a mouthpiece on the ground and it belongs to Marquez. He calls time at 3:30 for him to put it back in. Marquez looks a little winded as the final minute of R2 ticks by but he still gets through with an uppercut. I give Harris another very slim 10-9 round.
Round 3: Marquez' corner tells him to go out and finish - they may think he's behind too. He certainly seems to be more cut up as their respective corners work on their injuries. Both men hug 3 seconds into the round in a show of respect for the war they've had. Marquez rushes Harris into the fence at 59 seconds but there's no takedown to follow. Marquez gets turned around into the fence to eat more knees and elbows. He's bleeding heavily now and left a streak of blood across Harris' trunks. He's half out of it but still 100% dangerous. He lumbers forward and is momentarily on top of Harris as he slips, but Harris recovers and hurts Marquez with a short elbow standing. Marquez hands are all the way down by his waist. He's wildly flinging out uppercuts on a prayer. Harris picks his shots. Marquez gets cracked with a left at 4:08 and he comes forward with rights and uppercuts hoping to land one big shot. Harris blocks 60% of strikes and counters 35%, so the 5% Marquez connects with aren't enough. Harris should get the decision. The crowd erupts and both men hug as the fight ends.
Final result: The judges score this contest 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 all for Harris by unanimous decision.
Marcio Navarro vs. Henry Lindsay
Round 1: Lindsay is in the black trunks for tonight's fight, 4-5 in his career out of Pittsburgh, Kansas. Navarro is in the white trunks and 14-11 out of Mulvane, Kansas. Our referee is Nick Berens. Navarro is getting pushed around early as Lindsay pours on shots. He weathers the storm and a couple of head kicks at 1:26 without seeming the least bit faded. Lindsay's confidence seems to be growing by the second as he goes body to head and back again. Navarro gets nailed with a left hook at 2:26 and Berens stops it four seconds later. Lindsay screams "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?" to the crowd afterward.
Final result: Henry Lindsay via technical knockout at 2:30 of the first round.
Thai Clark vs. Deron Carlis
Round 1: Carlis is 4-1 out of Overland Park, Kansas in the gray trunks. Clark is 5-0 out of Wichita, Kansas in the blue trunks. Our ref is Rob Hinds. Both men are trading shots immediately. Hinds calls time at 36 seconds as Carlis takes a left foot shot to the groin. Carlis is quickly ready to resume and is throwing big right hands. They tie up and Clark tries to push him toward the fence, but he lets go and backs up to strike at distance. He keeps working his way in and eventually shoots for the takedown and gets it at 2:18. Carlis rolls at 2:47 and is on top momentarily then chooses to stand back up. Clark continues to push forward striking and now he's the one who takes a shot to the groin from a knee up the center. Action resumes with just over 90 second left. Carlis takes what appears to be a low blow at 3:52 but Hinds waves it off saying it was clean. Clark gets a takedown at 4:08. He's got the back as Carlis stands back up at 4:21. Carlis gets warned for grabbing the fence as Clark takes him down again. 10-9 Clark who finished the round with a big flurry against the fence.
Round 2: Clark lands a knee that wobbles Carlis 20 seconds in but he goes for a takedown and lets Carlis recover. Clark starts to tune him up against the fence when they stand up and takes him down again at 52 seconds, quickly getting full mount 8 seconds later. Carlis gives up his back and appears to be in deep trouble, but Clark just steps off him at 1:18 because he wants to bang. Clark paws at him with a left hand and a left foot and Carlis gets his second wind and throws a flurry. He hurts Clark with a right and a left so Clark takes him down at 2:22. Carlis gets right back up and throws reverse elbows as Clark hangs onto his back. Hinds warns them to improve so Clark spins out and throws a big left. Carlis is throwing wild shots hoping they land. He hints at a single and Clark turns him around them dumps him at 3:47. Carlis is breathing heavily. Carlis gets back up at 4:20 and both men are warned to improve. Hinds resets them to the center with 20 seconds left. Carlis stumbles around on his feet until the bell. 20-18 Clark.
Round 3: Carlis offers a fist bump but it takes him five seconds just to walk out and make the tap. Every part of Carlis' body language screams he's spent. Clark looks calm and composed and like he's barely broken a sweat. Still every now and then Carlis saves up his energy and lets a flurry go, and after Clark goes for a takedown it's Carlis who is able to stuff it and take his back. Clark sweeps on top in full guard at 2:20. Clark stands up at 2:55 to trade on the feet. Clark patiently walks Carlis down but Carlis keeps swinging wildly and connecting occasionally. He might actually take this round with a judge or two -- and it's to the judges we go.
Final result: The judges score this contest 29-28 all for the winner by unanimous decision Thai Clark.
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