Bellator 158: "London" takes place TONIGHT (Sat., July 16, 2016) from inside O2 Arena in London, England, featuring two Welterweight scraps with local favorites -- Paul "Semtex" Daley vs. Douglas Lima and Michael "Venom" Page vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos. Also set for the Spike TV-televised main card, Polish-born Lukasz Klinger battles Francis Carmont at Light Heavyweight, and Conor McGregor's training partner, James Gallagher, will face Mike Cutting.
Matt Mitrione and Michael "Venom" Page will also be in action against Oli Thompson and Evangelista Santos, respectively.
Bellator 158 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 6:30 p.m. ET.
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BELLATOR 158 QUICK RESULTS:
Douglas Lima vs. Paul Daley -- Lima UD 30-27 X3.
Matt Mitrione vs. Oli Thompson -- Mitrione by KO 4:21 R2.
Michael Page vs. Evangelista Santos -- Page by KO 4:31 R2.
Lukasz Klinger vs. Francis Carmont -- Carmont by sub (d'arce) 3:54 R1.
James Gallagher vs. Mike Cutting -- Gallagher UD 30-27 X3.
Neil Grove vs. James Mulheron -- Mulheron UD 29-28, 30-27, 30-26.
Michael Shipman vs. Dom Clark -- Shipman by sub (anaconda) 1:33 R1.
Pietro Menga vs. Spencer Hewitt -- Menga by KO at 0:41 R1.
Luiz Tosta vs. Dean Garnett -- DRAW 28-28 X2, 29-27 Tosta.
Jason Radcliffe vs. Jack Mason -- Radcliffe by KO at 0:14 R1.
Chase Morton vs. Nathaniel Wood -- Wood via sub (RNC) 3:55 R3.
Alex Reid vs. Manuel Garcia -- Garcia by UD 30-27 X2, 30-26.
C.J. Meeks vs. Danny Mitchell -- Mitchell by sub (twister) 4:25 R1.
BELLATOR 158 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Douglas Lima vs. Paul Daley
Gray trunks and blue gloves for Lima. Camouflage trunks and red gloves for Daley. 26-6 and 38-13-2 career records respectively for Lima and Daley. Lima fights out of Atlanta, Georgia by way of Brazil. Daley fights out of Nottingham, England. Our referee in charge of the main event is John McCarthy.
Round 1: Daley gets caught by a left hand 10 seconds into the fight and Lima jumps right on top in half guard. Daley gets back up at 50 seconds and Lima throws knees. McCarthy warns them to target the strikes carefully. Lima looks for a takedown and it's not there. McCarthy gets tired of inaction and resets them at 2:05. Lima lands another left as Daley charges in, but Daley gets off a few of his own. Lima covers up for a flurry and Daley pushes him into the cage. McCarthy warns him to let go of it and Lima turns him around. More knees are exchanged. They break and Lima ducks under the big shot Daley wanted to land. Lima keeps landing leg kicks as Daley keeps trying to back him into the fence. Daley clinches with him again at the horn. 10-9 Lima.
Round 2: Neither man is shy with the leg kicks early in this round. Daley tries to come over the top with a right but it isn't flush. Lima is able to touch Daley with the left jab when he gets into range even though Daley theoretically has the reach advantage. Lima pushes Daley into the fence and Daley breaks free at 1:55. Daley is pushing his way in aggressively while Lima is covering up well and firing counter shots. He hurts Daley with a left at 3:03 and he's backing away. Lima gets into range for more shots and Daley goes for a takedown -- Lima sprawls and pushes his way on top. Daley is eating some big rights as he gets up. Lima keeps him against the fence and Daley tries to punch his way free, but eats a shot that snaps his head back. Daley lands a left but Lima lands an even better shot and is going for ground and pound at the bell. Daley gets up slow. 10-9 Lima.
Round 3: Daley needs to dig his way out of a hole now to win this fight. Jimmy Smith is predicting that there could be a robbery if it goes to the judges. Both men are trading at 1:25 until Lima gets the single leg takedown seconds later. Lima tries to pass possibly looking for a kimura but Daley blocks and keeps him in guard. Lima tries again as we pass the halfway point of the round. Daley keeps pushing him back to guard and McCarthy is getting anxious to stand it up. He calls for work at 3 minutes. Lima tries one more time to step over. This time he's got side control, Daley gets on top for just a second, but Lima sweeps right back into control. Daley's corner is screaming at him to get up but it doesn't seem like he'll be able to as the time ticks away. McCarthy calls for work at 4:40 but that's academic because he doesn't stand it up before the final bell. 10-9 Lima.
Final result: The judges score this contest 30-27 X3 for Douglas Lima by unanimous decision.
Matt Mitrione vs. Oli Thompson
Thompson has on red trunks for this fight. Mitrione has on black trunks. Their records are 17-8 vs. 10-5 respectively. Thompson fights out of Eastbourne, England. Mitrione fights out of Indianapolis, Indiana. Marc Goddard is the ref.
Round 1: Thompson throws the first leg kick. Both men are light on their feet early. They may have clashed heads trying to find the range but no blood was drawn. Mitrione has a smile on his face after Thompson misses. He comes forward with a combination and they stand trading bombs against the fence. Goddard thought Mitrione went low with a knee in the clinch but Thompson said he was fine. Mitrione wobbles Thompson with a knee and a left hand, keeps pouring it on, but Thompson recovers and throws an uppercut. Thompson misses badly on a takedown attempt. Thompson's left eye looks damaged. Mitrione backs up and they stand and trade again. Three minutes gone and it seems like one man could fall at any moment. Thompson clips Mitrione a couple times and they go to the fence. Thompson sneaks in an uppercut as they tie up. Mitrione tries to get a clinch to throw knees. He backs out of danger at 4:06 and they trade heavy shots again. I'd score 10-9 Mitrione but it was a slobberknocker of a round.
Round 2: Mitrione is the first to score with a combo at 20 seconds but Thompson fires right back. Mitrione starts to mix it up with a leg kick. He scores with a hard left hand at 2:08. Both men have slowed down considerably compared to their first round footwork and offense. Mitrione presses Thompson into the fence as the three minute mark passes with a heavy right hand and a flurry that was mostly (but not entirely) blocked. Goddard calls for more work as Mitrione puts all his weight on Thompson against the fence. A second warning to stay busy follows. Mitrione backs away at 4:12 and he cracks Thompson with three straight rights, and 8 seconds later he falls straight down on his face. That's a wrap.
Final result: Matt Mitrione by knockout at 4:21 of the second round.
Michael Page vs. Evangelista Santos
Santos has on the blue gloves, sporting a career record of 21-17, fighting out of Houston, Texas by way of Brazil. Page has on red gloves and a career record of 10-0, dancing to his entrance music and high fiving fans along the way, fighting out of London, England. Our referee in charge is John McCarthy.
Round 1: A polite tap of gloves starts our contest. The crowd is loudly chanting MVP before he rushes in for his first flurry. Santos is backing up with his hands up. He comes forward spinning but doesn't throw any strike doing it. Page lands a right hand and throws Santos to the ground, popping right back to his feet. He's dancing and switching stances with his hands down around his waist, then goes for a flying knee that Santos uses for a successful takedown, but Page is back to his feet at 1:55. Santos trips him to the ground again at 2:06. Page goes for a leg lock and can't get it but forced Santos to defend for a bit. Santos tries to inch his way up on the ground. He passes to side at 3:30. Page should be concerned. Santos is using his left arm squarely on Page's throat to disrupt his breathing. McCarthy warns Santos to watch fingers to the eye. Page survives but Santos has to be pleased with round one.
Round 2: Page throws a high kick that's checked. Page rolls his shoulders and throws a left hand. Page tries to flip his way into a kick and quickly gets away to avoid a takedown. Body kick. He teases a flying knee then throws a spinning heel kick. Santos lunges with an overhand right and hits air. Left jab from Page. Overhand right misses. Santos wings one that nearly lands. Left jab by Page. Straight right for Page lands flush. Huge liver kick by Page hurts Santos and Page knows it. He goes for a head kick but can't find it. Leg kick for Santos. ONE JUMP KNEE ENDS SANTOS' NIGHT and Page puts on a Pokemon hat to celebrate.
Final result: Michael Page by knockout at 4:31 of the second round.
Lukasz Klinger vs. Francis Carmont
Round 1: Klinger is in the red trunks, 7-2 out of Northampton, England by way of Poland. Carmont is 24-11 in the black trunks fighting out of Montreal by way of France. Our referee is Marc Goddard. Carmont shoots and gets a double leg at 51 seconds. Klinger is able to keep him in guard but not do much else. Carmont gets to half at 2:34 but loses it as Klinger gets a butterfly guard between them. Carmont tries again and he appears to have a d'arce choke. Klinger is forced to tap out before the four minute mark.
Final result: Francis Carmont wins by submission (d'arce choke) at 3:54 of the first round.
James Gallagher vs. Mike Cutting
Cutting has the blue gloves and Gallagher the red. Cutting's record is 6-5 and he fights out of Andover, England. Gallagher's record is 3-0 and he fights out of Strabane, Northern Ireland. John McCarthy is our ref.
Round 1: Black trunks for Gallagher and light blue for Cutting. Gallagher is bouncing on his feet. He catches a right kick and gets Cutting to the ground with ease. McCarthy warns Gallagher to target his head strikes carefully. Gallagher spins around and takes the back, both hooks in by 1:38, and Cutting is in deep trouble. Gallagher softens him up with left hands to the head. Gallagher is fishing to get the arm under Cutting's neck. This has been a one sided fight for over three minutes now. The only thing Cutting has done right is avoid being tapped out. Cutting scrambles and escapes and is on top for a couple of seconds until Gallagher sweeps. He goes for an armbar and Cutting gets out and is on top with 26 seconds left but has to scramble as he nearly gets heel hooked. Cutting gets a little ground and pound right before the bell but I'd still score 10-9 Gallagher.
Round 2: Gallagher throws a front kick to open R2. Cutting circles on the outside as Gallagher sidesteps his way toward him. Gallagher catches the foot again but Cutting gets away. The crowd is getting restless until Cutting lands a spinning back kick, but Gallagher responds with a right that momentarily drops Gallagher. McCarthy is warning Cutting that he's running away too much. McCarthy gets sick of it and stops the fight at 2:45 and gives him a warning he'll take a point away if he keeps doing it. Gallagher cracks him with a couple of rights and throws a spin kick. Cutting with one leg kick and then he starts running backward again. Gallagher closes the distance and trips him to the ground at 3:55 and he's in side control right away. Gallagher takes the back and wants a RNC with short time but can't get it. 10-9 Gallagher again.
Round 3: Once again we've got Cutting constantly moving backward until he throws one spinning back kick. After we hit the halfway point of the round I'm surprised that McCarthy hasn't called him out on it. He finally does at 2:48. Gallagher takes him down on a kick at 2:59. Gallagher has North-South but Cutting is able to defend by putting his feet on the fence. McCarthy calls for both men to work. Gallagher moves to side control and the crowd is amusing themselves with soccer chants. Gallagher goes for ground and pound late and Cutting goes for a throw when he scrambles right at the bell. Gallagher should get the UD.
Final result: All three judges score it 30-27 for James Gallagher.
Neil Grove vs. James Mulheron
Round 1: Grove is in the white trunks, 12-7-1, and hailing from London, England. Mulheron is in the black trunks, 8-1, hailing from South Shields, England. Our referee is Marc Goddard. Good left jab by Grove. The shorter and stockier Mulheron moves back and forth rolling his hands while the bigger Grove stands in the middle and bangs. Mulheron tries to work the leg kick but it's a left hook that puts Grove on the ground. Grove recovers and throws a flurry of kicks once he stands up. Mulheron is hunting for the hook and he lands a hard right hand then another left to the chin. Mulheron cracks Grove with a right hand as he's backing up. Grove tries a knee but Mulheron keeps coming forward. He's going body head and when he goes upstairs Grove doesn't seem to get his hands up. Grove is tripped to the ground and Mulheron takes side control. Grove avoids a submission attempt, gets to his knees, flops to his back and eats a big right and a ton of ground and pound. Borderline to a 10-8 for Mulheron.
Round 2: Mulheron comes forward with overhands. Grove tries to respond again with knees. Mulheron lands a right at 35 seconds and a few of each hand to follow. He's also kicking the left leg to slow Grove down and even throws a spinning backfist for good measure. Mulheron pushes him into the fence but Grove cuts him open with a right elbow. Another spinning backfist for Mulheron. Grove keeps trying to land more elbows and Mulheron would be better advised to back up and land from distance. Goddard tells them to get busy as we pass the three minute mark, and Mulheron backs up at 3:18 to throw a left. Goddard gives another warning at 3:58 and 4:06. Grove is getting the better of this round but Mulheron may just be hoping he wore Grove down against the fence and can take over in R3.
Round 3: Grove knocks Mulheron down with a leg kick at 32 seconds. Mulheron pops right back up and pushes Grove into the cage. Mulheron is warned not to put his fingers in the fence. Goddard tells them to stay busy. Backfist by Mulheron lands at 1:20 and Grove covers up then lumbers forward. Grove stumbles backward and he's against the fence letting it hold him up. Mulheron lands a few good shots then wind sup clinched up. He has the presence of mind to back away at 2:20 and throw a spinning back kick. He realizes now that Grove is just going to stand there with his back on the fence no matter what. Still Grove manages to tie him up again as Goddard calls for improvement at 3:06. Mulheron tries a flying knee but Grove is so tall it really doesn't help. Despite all his warnings Goddard hasn't reset them at all. The judges will determine the winner here.
Final result: The judges score it 29-28, 30-27 and 30-26 all for James Mulheron by unanimous decision.
Michael Shipman vs. Dom Clark
Round 1: Black trunks, 7-9, hailing from Bournemouth, England is Dom Clark. Blue trunks, 8-1, hailing from London, England is Michael Shipman. Our referee is Marc Goddard. Clark takes the center of the cage and Shipman circles on the outside with leg kicks, then steps forward for a combo. He's shifting left and right trying to throw Clark off, then charges in to throw a knee. He grabs another clinch for knees to the head and body. Clark doesn't seem to have answers for it, gets caught and covers up on the ground, then Shipman rolls for the anaconda and gets the tap.
Final result: Michael Shipman wins via submission (anaconda choke) at 1:33 of the first round.
Pietro Menga vs. Spencer Hewitt
Round 1: Gold trunks, 12-10, London, England is Hewitt. White trunks, 12-0, Southford, England is Menga. Our referee in charge is Paul Nichols. Hewitt circles on the outside and eats a big body kick from Menga. MENGA DECKS HIM WITH ONE LEFT HAND AND IT'S OVER. The ref immediately waves it off. He walks away and bows.
Final result: Pietro Menga wins by knockout at 0:41 of the first round.
Luiz Tosta vs. Dean Garnett
Round 1: Blue gloves, 7-0, hailing from Liverpool, England is Garnett. Red gloves, 8-4, fighting out of London, England is Tosta. Our referee is Paul Nichols. Tosta circles back and forth on the outside before throwing a kick. Both men are trying to find an opening to take their opponent to the ground. Tosta shoots for the single switches to a double and gets it at 1:17 but Garnett almost scrambles free. Tosta gets back on top in guard. Garnett fails to get a sweep but Tosta simply stands up at 2:14 and lets him back up. Garnett sprawls to block a takedown, Tosta flops to his back, Garnett backs away for a stand-up. Hard body shot kick by Tosta. They battle against the fence as the ref looks in to make sure they're staying active and keeping their fingers out of the fence. A takedown attempt is aborted at 4:30. Garnett gets the back standing as the round ends.
Round 2: Garnett catches a kick to start the round and pushes Tosta into the fence. They break at 0:59. Tosta tries a flying knee. Garnett ducks under an overhand shot and puts Toasta on the fence again to no advantage. Garnett hurts Tosta with a right hand and backs away to force Tosta to stand. He lands another and Tosta backs away pumping his fist in the air. Weird. Garnett puts him on the fence again and Nichols calls for more work. Tosta has a cut possibly from aheadbutt. Nichols stops the fight at 4:00 to have a doctor look at it. The doctor cleans it up and lets it continue. Garnett immediately takes the back and takes Tosta to the ground with both hooks in. Garnett tries to transition to the top but loses a full mount. 10-9 round for Garnett.
Round 3: Tosta throws a flurry to set up a takedown and it works. Garnett wraps both arms around him trying to force a stand-up for inactivity but Tosta advances to a full mount. Tosta is trying to posture up and throw elbows. Garnett tries to roll to escape but Tosta is sticky on top. Nichols tells them to keep working. Garnett is getting eaten up this round but may have won the first two so anything is possible if it goes to the cards. Tosta goes for a toe hold but knows he can't get it and jumps right back to the mount. Garnett is being warned to defend himself. Tosta is being warned not to put his fingers in Garnett's eyes. The judges will decide.
Final result: The judges score it 29-27 Tosta, 28-28 and 28-28 for a majority draw.
Jason Radcliffe vs. Jack Mason
Round 1: Blue gloves, 29-15-1 for Chelmsford, England's Mason. Red gloves, 8-2 for London, England's Radcliffe. Our referee is John McCarthy. THIS ONE IS OVER QUICK. Radcliffe lays him out with a right knee as Mason was trying to shoot forward and drop levels for a takedown.
Final result: Jason Radcliffe by knockout at 14 seconds of the first round.
Chase Morton vs. Nathaniel Wood
Round 1: Morton sings his way to the ring in the red gloves. His opponent Wood is in the blue. Wood's record is 8-3 and he hails from London, England. Morton's record is 6-2 and he too hails from London. Our ref is Paul Nichols. Wood clinches up and goes for a leg trip and he gets the takedown at 32 seconds. The commentators have let us know Morton was a contestant on a reality show in England -- for singing though not for MMA. He's using his knees to block and create distance though and he stands back up against the fence at the 2 minute mark. Wood fires off knees as Nichols calls for more work. Wood drops for a double but Morton spread his legs to block it. Wood goes for foot stomps. Sean Grande makes a superkick joke. Morton finally breaks free at 3:49. Morton may have the height, reach and singing advantage but Wood won the first round 10-9.
Round 2: Wood is the pressure fighter in R2, coming forward and putting lefts and rights on Morton as he dances and shifts his stance on the outside. Wood pushes him into the cage at 2:22 looking for a leg trip takedown. He breaks it off at 3:09. Wood nearly doubles him to the ground with a minute left then lands a big counter right. There's a whole lot of nothing going on this round but it's conceivable a judge might have scored the one big uppercut Morton landed and the round for him as a whole. Then again Wood was more "active." It can go either way.
Round 3: Wood goes hard for a double on the fence as we pass the minute mark and gets it at 1:19.Morton scrambles to get back up at 2:06 and Wood goes for a guillotine as a result. Morton slips out but got taken back to the ground in the process. He gets up again at 3:06 and is taken down again, with Wood taking his back with hooks in at 3:38. He's going for the rear naked choke and Morton has to tap out.
Final result: Nathaniel Wood wins via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:55 of the third round.
Alex Reid vs. Manuel Garcia
Round 1: Garcia is out first in the blue gloves. Reid comes out with a showgirl on either side and the red gloves on. Garcia is 27-19 out of Spain. Reid is 11-9-1 out of London, England. Our referee is John McCarthy. Garcia is content to play the outside and throw kicks then get a takedown on Reid at 28 seconds. Reid tries to grab an arm for a submission off his back but Garcia pulls free and they scoot toward the fence. Garcia momentarily considers a guillotine but abandons it. Garcia is landing some good right hands as Reid works back to his feet at 2:02. Garcia throws him to the ground again at 2:23. Reid gets back up again at 2:38 and is warned to let go of the shorts. Garcia with another takedown at 2:59. Reid looks exhausted already. He's going for an armbar and once again Garcia pulls out and moves to side control. McCarthy warns them to watch the fingers. Garcia backs away and stands up with 15 seconds left. 10-9 for Garcia.
Round 2: Reid looks like he could tap from exhaustion just sitting on his stool between rounds. Garcia pushes him to the fence for a double leg at 24 seconds. Reid gets up at 0:46. Reid lands a clean uppercut and Garcia doubles him to the ground. Reid manages to sweep on top at 2:30 and get off some ground and pound. Reid is also landing some nice shots to the body via punches and elbows. Garcia sweeps on top again at 4:10 and has full mount. This round could go either way with the judges.
Round 3: Both men tap gloves for the final round of our final preliminary bout. Garcia throws a spinning back kick and gets another takedown at 29 seconds, but Reid scoots back to the cage right away. Garcia is considering a guillotine choke but isn't fully committing to it. McCarthy calls for work at 1:45. Reid gets up at 1:55 and slips out of danger shortly after. Garcia with another takedown at 2:18. Unless Reid does something dramatic this round Garcia should win at least two out of three rounds from the judges. Reid gets back up at 4:16 but he's throwing illegal elbows to the back of the head and not listening to the red so McCarthy stops the fight to give a stern warning. Garcia gets another takedown after the restart at 4:40 and that should seal the deal.
Final result: The judges score it 30-27 X2 and 30-26 all for Manuel Garcia.
C.J. Meeks vs. Danny Mitchell
Round 1: Blue gloves, 17-7 for Doncaster, England's Mitchell. Red gloves, 5-1 for London, England's Meeks. Paul Nichols is our referee. Mitchell gets a takedown 25 seconds into the round. Mitchell is laying in some hard rights but Meeks is trying to throw his legs up around the neck. Meeks slips going for it and eats some more ground and pound. Meeks kicks him off but Mitchell clocks him with a right hand as he's trying to get up. Meeks gets on top in transition briefly but lets him back up at 2:49. Mitchell takes him right down. A twister is locked in and Meeks taps out.
Final result: Danny Mitchell via submission (twister) at 4:25 of the first round.