0Bellator 211: “Sakara vs. Kauppinen” airs live TODAY (Sat., Dec. 1, 2018) from RDS Arena in Genoa, Italy, featuring a Paramount Network-televised main event between Light Heavyweight knockout artists Alessio Sakara (20-12, 2 NC) and Kent Kauppinen (10-4).
Bellator 211’s main card will start at 4 p.m. ET on Paramount Network. MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play for the entirety of the Bellator MMA card below.
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BELLATOR 211 QUICK RESULTS:
Alessio Sakara vs. Kent Kauppinen — Kauppinen KO 1:10 R1.
Hesdy Gerges vs. Domingos Barros — Barros TKO 2:53 R1.
Kiefer Crosbie vs. Orlando D’Ambrosio — Crosbie UD 30-27 X3.
Alen Amedovski vs. Ibrahim Mane — Amedovski KO 0:12 R1.
Luca Vitali vs. Pedro Carvalho — Carvalho sub (guillotine) 0:43 R1.
Andrea Fusi vs. Walter Pugliesi — Fusi SD 29-28 X2, 28-29.
Georgio Pietrini vs. Nemanja Milakovic — Pietrini KO 0:20 R1.
BELLATOR 211 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Alessio Sakara vs. Kent Kauppinen
Black trunks and blue gloves from Kauppinen. Brown trunks, red gloves, and a hero’s welcome for Italy’s own Sakara. His record is 23-12, 2 NC while Kauppinen comes in at 10-4 for the main event. Kauppinen fights out of Wiltshire, England while Sakara fights out of Coconut Creek, Florida. Our referee for this contest is Dan Miragliotta.
Round 1: Sakara pressures Kauppinen to the outside immediately, though he lands a good right hand and tries a bull rush forward. Sakara slips throwing a kick and pops right back up. Kauppinen rocks Sakara with a left hand and he’s unable to get up or fight back so Miragliotta stops it immediately.
Final result: Kent Kauppinen wins via knockout at 1:10 in the first round.
Hesdy Gerges vs. Domingos Barros
Barros has the blue gloves, gray trunks, and a 5-0 record in MMA. Gerges has the red gloves, black trunks, and a 50-20-1 record in kickboxing (including a win over Badr Hari) as he makes his mixed martial arts debut to the strains of 2Pac’s “Me Against the World.” Barros has a 3” reach advantage at 79”, and outweighs Gerges by 31 pounds at 264. Barros fights out of Porto, Portugal and Gerges out of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Our referee for the co-main event is Todd Anderson.
Round 1: Both men extend their arms to tap gloves starting R1. Barros goes for a takedown but Gerges sprawls effectively to block it. Barros shoots again at 50 seconds and this time he has it against the fence. Barros quickly steps over one knee to half guard. Barros goes for a mounted crucifix and is able to land unblocked lefts as Gerges tries to push off the fence with his feet. Next he takes full mount with half the round left swinging away at will with lefts and rights. Anderson has seen enough at 2:53 and saves Gerges from punishment.
Final result: Domingos Barros wins by TKO at 2:53 of the first round.
Kiefer Crosbie vs. Orlando D’Ambrosio
Kiefer Crosbie (4-0) and his opponent Orlando D’Ambrosio is (7-3). Crosbie has the red gloves and D’Ambrosio the blue, and D’Ambrosio has a two inch reach advantage at 72”. D’Ambrosio fights out of Noca Inferiore, Italy and Crosbie out of Dublin, Ireland. Our referee in charge is Dan Miragliotta.
Round 1: Glove tap starts the contest. Crosbie opens with leg kicks and presses forward. He feels the range with his left hand then steps back as D’Ambrosio teases throwing a knee. D’Ambrosio circles on the outside and the two clinch into the fence. Crosbie gets a takedown to side control then stands up to kick at his legs. Two minutes remain. He backs away again and has to avoid D’Ambrosio’s upkicks. Miragliotta stands D’Ambrosio at 3:48. Crosbie and D’Ambrosio trade kicks. Spinning heel kick for Crosbie lands on the chin late in the round. 10-9 Crosbie.
Round 2: Crosbie is immediately on offense with his kicks. He checks a head kick with his arm then catches a kick and pushes D’Ambrosio into the cage. D’Ambrosio tries to spin out but they end up clinched throwing knees again. Crosbie drives forward and scores a takedown into half guard. He looks to posture up as D’Ambrosio tries to keep his feet locked behind Crosbie’s back. Crosbie backs up and out with 30 seconds left. He’s kicking the legs up to the bell. 10-9 Crosbie.
Round 3: Glove tap to open R3. D’Ambrosio finally lands a nice 1-2 combo and Crosbie responds with a right hand. D’Ambrosio clinches and gets a takedown with his foe sitting up against the fence. Crosbie gets back up at 1:35. Crosbie gets a takedown at 1:54. D’Ambrosio tries to control the arms and wrists off his back. With two minutes left Crosbie is just holding on top so Miragliotta stands them up with near 90 seconds remaining. D’Ambrosio presses forward but he’s turned around a couple of times as both men jockey for position, and Crosbie gets one last takedown at 4:49. 10-9 Crosbie.
Final result: Kiefer Crosbie earns a 30-27 unanimous decision from all three judges.
Alen Amedovski vs. Ibrahim Mane
Ibrahim Mane enters first at 7-1 with the blue gloves and camouflage trunks to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” His opponent Alen Amedovski has the red gloves with red trunks and is unbeaten at 7-0. Mane has a 5” reach advantage at 76” and fights out of Paris, France. Amedovski is four inches shorter at 5’9” and fights out of Trento, Italy. Our referee in charge is Dan Miragliotta.
Round 1: The introductions are longer than the fight. Amedovski puts a right hand on Mane’s chin that snaps his head back and blinks his eyes shut. He threw a left cross that didn’t even touch because Mane was already falling backward unconscious.
Final result: Alen Amedovski improves to 8-0 by KO in just 12 seconds.
Luca Vitali vs. Pedro Carvalho
Luca Vitali comes in 11-4 while his opponent Pedro Carvalho is 8-3. Vitali hails from Milan, Italy in the red gloves and black trunks with yellow trim and Carvalho fights out of SBG in Dublin, Ireland with the blue gloves and solid black trunks. Carvalho is a late replacement for Luka Jelcic fighting on 10 days notice. Vitali owns a three inch reach advantage at 73”. Our referee in charge is Todd Anderson.
Round 1: Vitali has Carvalho moving backward and he eats a body kick. Carvalho jumps guard and goes for a tight guillotine and Todd Anderson stops the fight when Vitali slumps to the ground and manages to slap one hand on the canvas before he passes out cold.
Final result: Pedro Carvalho wins via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:43 in round one.
Andrea Fusi vs. Walter Pugliesi
Round 1: Unaired.
Final result: Fusi wins a split decision of 29-28 X2 and 28-29.
Georgio Pietrini vs. Nemanja Milakovic
Round 1: Unaired.
Final result: Pietrini wins by knockout 20 seconds into round one.