Bellator 190 “Carvalho vs. Sakara” takes place TONIGHT (December 9, 2017) at Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy. Middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho (14-1) will go for his third straight title defense and 15th straight win against local favorite Alessio Sakara (19-11, 2 NC).
Flyweights will also be in action tonight as kickboxer turned MMA fighter Lena Ovchynnikova (12-4) takes on Alejandra Lara (6-1), while Lightweights also clash on Spike as Brandon Girtz (14-7) will face Luka Jelcic (10-2).
Bellator 190 will start at 8 p.m. ET on Spike TV. MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play for the entirety of the Bellator MMA card.
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BELLATOR 190 QUICK RESULTS:
Rafael Carvalho vs. Alessio Sakara — Carvalho KO 0:44 R1.
Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Alejandra Lara — Lara via sub (RNC) 4:09 R3.
Brandon Girtz vs. Luka Jelcic — Girtz KO 1:57 R1.
Mihail Nica vs. Carlos Miranda — Miranda UD 30-26, 30-27 X2.
Gregory Babene vs. Tony Zanko — Babene via sub (armbar) 2:04 R1.
BELLATOR 190 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Rafael Carvalho vs. Alessio Sakara
Carvalho is 14-1 and the reigning champion is on a 14 fight win streak. The Rome born challenger Sakara is 19-11 and is currently on a three fight win streak. Sakara is out first wearing the blue gloves and black trunks, Italian flag draped over his shoulders. Carvalho enters wearing the red gloves and white trunks, receiving the rude chants of the partial fans on his way down to the cage, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil. Our referee for this title fight is Dan Miragliotta.
Round 1: We’re underway with Sakara pressuring forward and Carvalho dancing around him and throwing a left body kick. Carvalho with a knee to the body and a right hook that stuns Sakara and makes him backpedal, then another right hand that ENDS IT at just 44 seconds.
Final result: Rafael Carvalho retains the title via knockout at 0:44 of round one.
Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Alejandra Lara
The 6-1 Lara sports black trunks and a black top with blue gloves, carrying the Colombian flag behind her and dancing her way to the cage, hailing from Medellin, Colombia. Ovchynnikova is 12-4 and wears gray trunks and top with the red gloves, her hair braided into cornrows, fighting out of Lviv, Ukraine. Our referee in charge is Todd Anderson.
Round 1: A quick glove tap gets things underway as both women bounce on their feet and measure the range to throw strikes. Lara keeps her left hand high and her right hand cocked. She gets caught with a right hook and looks for a defensive takedown, nearly gets trapped in a scarf hold, escapes and takes Ovchynnikova down into side control. She steps over to full mount at 2:18. Ovchynnikova has an arm around Lara’s neck just trying to keep it chest to chest. Lara throws right hands to the body. Ovchynnikova escapes as Lara looks for an arm and they spin around against the fence. Ovchynnikova steps over as it goes down to the ground again and gets one hook in, Lara gives up full mount at 4:15 but scrambles and gets it back to half guard. Ovchynnikova isn’t able to do much damage in the final minute so I give a narrow 10-9 to Lara. The judges could see it the other way given who was on top late.
Round 2: The first 58 seconds are a stalemate against the fence until Lara gets a takedown and steps through to half guard. Anderson decides she’s not staying busy enough and gives her a warning about grinding forehead to forehead when she’s stood up at 2:15. Spinning backfist by Lara and counter right by Ovchynnikova, who lands another good shot seconds later. Lara catches a kick and takes Ovchynnikova back down again. Ovchynnikova prevents Lara from pulling her left leg through to improve position and they are stood up again with just over a minute to go. Lara reverses a takedown attempt and takes Ovchynnikova’s back with short time left and hooks in. Ovchynnikova avoids a submission but this round she clearly lost 10-9 to Lara.
Round 3: Lara and Ovchynnikova mix it up at 45 seconds. Ovchynnikova pumps the double right and Lara goes for the takedown in response. Ovchynnikova keeps her balance on one leg for a bit but is finally pushed down to her knees and once again Lara takes her back with the hooks in. Anderson is warning the fighters not to stick their fingers into the gloves. Ovchynnikova’s nose is starting to leak blood as she’s being beat up from behind. She tries to stand up and Lara flattens her out in response with two minutes left. Lara is fishing for the neck and has to flatten Ovchynnikova out a second time. Anderson is taking a look as she sinks in the rear naked choke and Lara taps her out with 51 seconds left.
Final result: Alejandra Lara wins via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:09 of the third round.
Brandon Girtz vs. Luka Jelcic
Jelcic has black trunks and blue gloves, representing the Straight Blast Gym tonight for his first Bellator fight. The promotional veteran Girtz has black trunks and red gloves, wearing a helmet to the cage to show he’s ready for war. Jelcic is 10-2, Girtz is 14-7. Jelcic fights out of Dublin, Ireland but hails from Zagreb, Croatia. Girtz fights out of Denver, Colorado and hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our referee is Todd Anderson.
Round 1: Jelcic comes forward aggressively but Girtz backs up and responds with a right hand. They clinch and break apart at 31 seconds. Jelcic is trying to impose a sizable height and reach advantage but Girtz continues to throw hands at close quarters. They go to their knees and break the hold at 1:20. Now Jelcic is starting to back and gets dropped by some serious bombs and Jelcic is so out of it he’s trying to take down the referee after the stoppage. MOMMA MIA. A right hook started it and an uppercut ended it.
Final result: Brandon Girtz wins by knockout at 1:57 of the first round.
Mihail Nica vs. Carlos Miranda
Nica is in the red gloves sporting white trunks with black trim and Miranda is in the blue gloves and white trunks. Miranda fights out of Curitiba, Brazil and is currently on a four fight win streak. Nica is undefeated so far in his pro career and fights out of Torino, Italy. Miranda is 10-3, Nica is 6-0. Our referee in charge is Dan Miragliotta.
Round 1: A very respectful double glove tap gets round one underway. Nica is using kicks in the early going, ties up with Miranda, and Miranda gets dropped to his knees against the fence on what Mauro Ranallo believes was a groin strike. Miragliotta doesn’t call it and the fight continues. Nica gets back up swinging. Miranda grabs a muay thai plum and starts throwing knees. Miranda gets a leg trip takedown at the center of the cage. Nica throws his legs up trying to trap an arm but us unable to do it. Miranda makes him pay with hammer fists. Left elbow to the jaw. The elbows continue to land as we pass the three minute mark. Miranda is landing so many strikes from full guard he doesn’t even need to pass. He’s even throwing head butts but since they aren’t forehead to forehead Miragliotta hasn’t said anything. Nica pushes Miranda away with his legs so Miranda backs up for leg kicks and stomps. Nica gets back up with 14 seconds to go in the round and it ends standing. 10-9 Miranda.
Round 2: Nica throws a spinning high kick early in round two and follows it with a right cross. Miranda tries to return the favor and backs Nica up toward the fence, grabbing another thai plum for a knee up the middle. He throws Nica back to the ground and steps over into full mount at 1:12. Hammer fists and hooks to the head are followed by elbows. Nica is surviving but he’s getting beat up in an almost entirely one-sided fight. Nica goes for a sweep and gets up at 2:20 but Miranda nearly armbars him in the process. Miranda delivers a groin strike as they’re against the fence and Miragliotta calls time with just over two minutes left. Both fighters touch double gloves as we resume the action. Nica throws a spinning backfist. Miranda comes forward for the clinch and takes Nica right back down into closed guard. Nica tries to throw his legs up again but Miranda smells it coming. 10-9 Miranda.
Round 3: Nica lands a left hook flush 31 seconds in. Miranda goes behind him for a waist lock into a takedown and Nica tries but fails to turn it into a guillotine. Miranda passes to half guard and delivers more left elbows to the jaw. Miranda gets moved back to full guard but all Nica can do is try to hang on and not take too much more damage. Nica is trying to throw right hands off his back but he’s not generating much power that way. Nica may have grabbed the fence with his right hand but Miragliotta didn’t call it. Nica keeps trying to throw shots from the bottom as the time left on his undefeated career ticks away. He tries to cinch up the arm and Miranda pulls free with 33 seconds remaining. Miranda stacks Nica up, drops bombs, and stays in guard until the bell. I’d call it a three round clean sweep for Miranda.
Final result: The judges score it 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27 all for Carlos Miranda.
Gregory Babene vs. Tony Zanko
Round 1: Unaired on Spike TV.
Final result: Gregory Babene defeats Tony Zanko via armbar at 2:04 of the first round.