Bellator 214: “Fedor vs. Bader” airs TONIGHT (Jan. 26, 2019) from The Forum in Inglewood, California. The main event will conclude the Heavyweight Grand Prix as finalists Fedor Emelianenko (38-5, 1 NC) and Ryan Bader (26-5) meet to crown a Heavyweight champion!
Bellator 214’s Paramount Network-televised main card will (also on DAZN) start at 9 p.m. ET with “Prelims” undercard bouts at 7 p.m. ET on DAZN (watch it). MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play for the entirety of the Bellator MMA card.
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BELLATOR 214 QUICK RESULTS:
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader — Bader KO 0:35 R1.
Aaron Pico vs. Henry Corrales — Corrales KO 1:07 R1.
Jake Hager vs. J.W. Kiser — Hager sub (head and arm choke) 2:09 R1.
Juan Archuleta vs. Ricky Bandejas — Archuleta 29-28 X3.
Brandon McMahan vs. Adel Altamimi — Altamimi sub (armbar) 1:16 R1.
A.J. Agazarm vs. Jesse Roberts — Roberts SD 29-28 X2, 28-29.
Weber Almeida vs. Odan Chinchilla — Almeida TKO 3:04 R1.
Jay-Jay Wilson vs. Tyler Beneke — Wilson sub (RNC) 1:31 R1.
Sean Johnson vs. Arturo Rivas — Rivas TKO 4:30 R1.
Jorge Juarez vs. David Pacheco — unaired on DAZN.
Jesse Merritt vs. Thor Skancke — Skancke sub (Monson choke) 4:26 R1.
Osman Diaz vs. Christopher Reyes — unaired on DAZN.
James Barnes vs. Ryan Lilley — Lilley KO 1:03 R1.
Ian Butler vs. Craig Plaskett — Plaskett UD 30-27 X3.
Steve Ramirez vs. Desmond Torres — Torres sub (arm triangle) 4:21 R1.
BELLATOR 214 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader
The legendary Fedor Emelianenko comes in 38-5 (1 NC) for our main event. His opponent Ryan Bader comes in 26-5 and is the current 205 pound champion. Emelianenko has on the red gloves with black trunks and Bader sports the blue gloves with black trunks. Bader fights out of Gilbert, Arizona and Emelianenko fights out of Stary Oskol, Russia. Our referee for the main event is Mike Beltran.
Round 1: Bader is bouncing on his feet. Fedor is stepping back and forth cautiously. Bader drops him with the lead left hook! He hits another right as Emelianenko is on the ground, two short lefts as Beltran is diving in and IT IS ALL OVER in less than a minute.
Final result: Ryan Bader wins via KNOCKOUT at 0:35 in round one.
Aaron Pico vs. Henry Corrales
Pico brings a 4-1 record into tonight’s co-main event, while Corrales comes in 16-3, both men riding a four fight win streak. Pico sports the red gloves with white trunks and fights out of Whittier, California. Corrales has the blue gloves and trunks and fights out of La Mirada, California. Our referee is Jason Herzog.
Round 1: Corrales connects with the first leg kick, then another, then a left hand. Pico ignores it and walks forward trying to find his range, and hurts Corrales with an uppercut when he does. Pico backs off and resets at 55 seconds and then the two clinch up throwing haymakers at each other — AND CORRALES GETS THE BETTER OF IT AND DROPS HIM. In the words of Mike Goldberg “IT IS ALL OVER!” The replay shows the double clinch as they both threw shots at each other but the one right hand Corrales got snapped Pico’s head around, and Corrales actually landed another right and a left as Pico was falling down.
Final result: Henry “OK” Corrales wins by KNOCKOUT at 1:07 in the first round.
Jake Hager vs. J.W. Kiser
Jake Hager, the University of Oklahoma wrestler better known to some as “Jack Swagger,” comes into Bellator MMA tonight making his pro fighting debut. His opponent J.W. Kiser brings a more experienced record of 1-1. Kiser sports the blue gloves and black trunks. Hager sports the red gloves and gray trunks. Kiser fights out of Kansas City, Kansas and Hager out of Perry, Oklahoma. Our referee in charge is Mike Beltran.
Round 1: A respectful glove tap starts the bout. Kiser circles on the outside and puts a right hand on Hager’s chin before Hager takes him to the ground. Hager elbows him in the ribs and Kiser gets a warning to watch the back of the head. Hager grabs a kimura from half guard but doesn’t have it so he comes over the top with a right elbow. Left hammerfists and another right elbow. Hager goes for the head and arm choke and Kiser taps at 2:09.
Final result: Jake Hager wins via submission (head and arm choke) at 2:09 of round one.
Juan Archuleta vs. Ricky Bandejas
Archuleta comes in 21-1 on a 16 fight win streak, and Bandejas comes in 11-1 having just knocked off the previously undefeated James Gallagher. Bandejas has the blue gloves and black/green trunks tonight, fighting out of Brick, New Jersey. Archuleta has the red gloves and white trunks, fighting out of Venice Beach, California. Our referee is Frank Trigg.
Round 1: Both men walk to the center and tap gloves. Archuleta immediately begins to circle on the outside then comes forward and surprises Bandejas with a punch that sends him rolling backward, picking him up and taking him high in the air and throwing him down, then throwing knees at him from behind. Bandejas fights to break the grip around his waist but eats hooks from both sides as he does. Bandejas comes forward as Archuleta circles side to side and then surprises Bandejas with a jab again. Archuleta lands some kicks and a hard left hook. Bandejas is having a hard time reading the shifting stance of Archuleta or dealing with his speed. Body kick by Bandejas. Archuleta misses to the head then lands a left hook to the body. Bandejas puts a nice kick on the jaw and Archuleta shoots for a takedown he doesn’t get. Archuleta lands a hard right hook counter as Bandejas was coming forward. Clash of leg kicks before Archuleta clinches up. Bandejas lands a couple of knees before Archuleta gets him down and has the back standing to end R1. 10-9 Archuleta.
Round 2: Bandejas tries a spinning heel kick. Archuleta shoots but Bandejas stays upright. Bandejas catches Archuleta with a kick on the chin again. Bandejas trips Archuleta to the ground but lets him back up clean. Bandejas lands a right hook before Archuleta clinches up. Archuleta doesn’t land a jumping knee on the break — but he was thinking about it. Bandejas kicks him in the shoulder. Archuleta misses with a lunging uppercut. Bandejas teases a jump knee of his own. Archuleta with a jab. Bandejas with a body kick. Archuleta with a right hook. Bandejas catches the kick again. Archuleta misses with a lunging right. He misses with a superman punch too. He’s missing a lot this round. Archuleta goes for a takedown again and has his hands around Bandejas’ waist. Foot stomps. Archuleta tries and fails to trip him and goes for a right hook at the bell. 10-9 Bandejas.
Round 3: Bro hug to open the final round. Archuleta is really chasing the big shots. Bandejas shaves his head with a kick. Archuleta pushes him into the fence. He breaks at 0:57. Bandejas cracks Archuleta with a knee and follows with a good right hook. Archuleta is hurt and trying not to show it. He shoots for a takedown and gets it but Bandejas pops right back up. Archuleta goes for a leg trip and can’t get it. Bandejas can’t get free until 2:42. Archuleta misses on a single leg. Leg kick by Archuleta. Bandejas stuffs a takedown and kicks the chin again. Head kick is checked by Archuleta. Bandejas lands another knee, Archuleta gets a single leg but he’s getting hurt by Bandejas with elbows when he stands back up. Bandejas creams him with a right on the break. Body kick by Bandejas. Archuleta misses a cartwheel kick and takes a kick. 10-9 Bandejas. Whoever wins this fight was the winner of R2 — that’s the only one that could go either way.
Final result: Juan Archuleta wins a unanimous decision 29-28 X3.
Brandon McMahan vs. Adel Altamimi
Altamimi comes in 7-5 with the blue gloves on. He’s an Iraqi born fighter who lost both his brothers before being saved by the U.S. Marines. Chris Pratt walks him to the cage. His opponent McMahan is 5-6 in the red gloves described as “a natural Bantamweight who took this fight on short notice.” Altamimi fights out of Torrance, California and McMahan out of Knoxville, Tennessee. Our referee in charge is Milan Ayers.
Round 1: Glove tap to start. The size advantage Altamimi has is hard to ignore as is the left kick he nails McMahan in the head with. McMahan responds by driving Altamimi into the fence looking for a takedown. Altamimi uses heel kicks to the thigh to break free, sweeps and then rolls for an armbar and gets the tap a little over a minute in.
Final result: Adel Altamimi wins via submission (armbar) at 1:16 of round one.
A.J. Agazarm vs. Jesse Roberts
Roberts has blue gloves, making his pro debut out of Alexandria, Louisiana. Agazarm has red gloves for his pro debut out “Parts Unknown” but he’s from Hollywood, California and he’s a jiu-jitsu prodigy of the Diaz brothers. This is a 160 pound catchweight fight. Our referee is Jason Herzog.
Round 1: Agazarm pulled guard to get to the ground then got hurt by a left hand when the fight went back to the feet. Roberts has been lighting him up standing throughout the round. Agazarm was doing better with his jiu-jitsu late in the round but considering how much he got out struck it’s hard to say he won. 10-9 Roberts.
Round 2: Agazarm is looking for a double leg against the fence after riding a trapped single leg all the way there. Roberts has an extremely wide stance and is trying to elbow Agazarm in the head but he’s still taken down at 2:11. Agazarm drives knees home as Roberts gets back up. A takedown with short time left leads to a rear naked choke attempt that doesn’t work, and a second attempt that Herzog has to break up. 10-9 Agazarm.
Round 3: Agazarm sticks his neck all the way forward with his hands down daring Roberts to hit him. He looks like a rooster doing a cock strut, particularly with that tuft of hair hanging all the way over his eyes. Clearly he learned from the Diaz family. The crowd is booing the lack of strikes landed by either man. Agazarm gets back up from his failed takedown at 2:42. Agazarm is having to wipe his hair out of his own eyes. He shoots and Roberts sprawls to block it again. The crowd is restless again with a minute left. Another takedown is stuffed. Roberts unloads with his hands for the last ten seconds. 10-9 Roberts.
Final result: 29-28 Roberts, 29-28 Agazarm, 29-28 Roberts by split decision.
Weber Almeida vs. Odan Chinchilla
Almeida is a Brazilian fighter with a 1-0 record. Chinchilla is a Californian who has a 1-0 record as well. Almeida was the only fighter to miss weight yesterday. Almeida sports the red gloves and black trunks, while Chinchilla the blue gloves with green trunks. Our referee in charge is Frank “Twinkletoes” Trigg.
Round 1: Chinchilla seems to stun Almeida early but he recovers quickly. Goldie and McCarthy inform us that Almeida trains with Lyoto Machida and you can see it in his stance. Leg kick from Almeida. Almeida lands a knee and a nice right hook. Body kick from Almeida. Another body kick. Chinchilla comes forward with a jab. Almeida throws Chinchilla to the ground at 2:13. Trigg makes Chinchilla let go of the shorts as they stand back up. Left punch right kick for Almeida both to the dome. Almeida hurts Chinchilla with an left and an over the top right, a left head kick and a big leg hand, and Almeida pounds on his chest like a gorilla after Trigg mercifully steps in. Chinchilla is still wobbly after it’s waved off.
Final result: Weber Almeida wins via technical knockout at 3:04 in round one.
Jay-Jay Wilson vs. Tyler Beneke
Red gloves and white trunks for the 1-0 Wilson hailing from New Zealand but fighting out of San Diego, blue gloves for Beneke in his pro debut with silver trunks, fighting out of Bowmont, California. The referee is Jason Herzog.
Round 1: Tap of hands to start. Beneke quickly tries to back Wilson up but Wilson clinches up, whiffs on a kick, lands the left hook, and clinches again. Herzog warns them to not grab the cage as they spin around. Wilson gets a leg trip and jumps on Beneke’s back unloading damage from behind and looking for a rear naked choke. Beneke taps out.
Final result: Jay Jay Wilson wins via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:31 of round one.
Sean Johnson vs. Arturo Rivas
Red gloves for the 4-1 Johnson. Blue gloves for the 5-2 Rivas. Both men are over 250 pounds for this fight. Rivas sports neon green trunks and fights out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Johnson has black trunks and fights out of Lancaster, California. Our ref is Milan Ayers.
Round 1: Glove tap. Johnson immediately pumps the left jab. Johnson unloads a flurry and lands a couple of right hooks but Rivas lands a counter shot over the top and gets a headlock against the fence to throw some hard knees. Johnson finally pops back up at 49 seconds and is throwing some wild right hands. Rivas pushes back and gets a takedown. Johnson tries to get up but Rivas gets his hands locked around Johnson from behind forcing Johnson to drag him across the cage. Ayers warns Johnson multiple times to keep his hands out of the cage as Rivas takes him down again at 2:08 and takes the back throwing left hands. Johnson tries and tails to get up and Rivas takes the back mount looking for a rear naked choke. Johnson spins out and gets on top but Rivas gets up and takes his back again against the fence throwing left hands. Johnson stands up and blatantly grabs the fence. Rivas drags him down and delivers clubbering shots to the left and right of Johnson’s head. Johnson is warned to fight back with a minute left. Johnson grabs the cage for about the tenth time. Rivas keeps kneeing him in the body and finally the referee steps in to stop it with about 30 seconds left.
Final result: Rivas wins via technical knockout at 4:30 of round one.
Jorge Juarez vs. David Pacheco
Round 1: Unaired on DAZN.
Final result: To be determined.
Jesse Merritt vs. Thor Skancke
Black trunks and blue gloves for Skancke, 10-8-1, fighting out of Woodland Hills, California. Black trunks and red gloves for Merritt, 5-4, fighting out of Long Beach, California. Our referee is Mike Beltran.
Round 1: Skancke tries to push forward to throw looping punches 90 seconds into the first round. He’s also tagging Merritt with leg kicks. Skancke gets a takedown at 2:02 into full guard. It’s hard to ignore the bright yellow open toe socks Skancke has on in this position. Merritt gives up side control with 1:50 left. Skancke is looking for a mounted crucifix and driving hard knees to the body. If he gets high up enough he could also wrap his arm around Merritt’s head — sure enough he goes for a North-South choke and gets it with about a half minute left in the round.
Final result: Thor Skancke wins via submission (Monson choke) 4:26 R1.
Osman Diaz vs. Christopher Reyes
Round 1: Unaired on DAZN.
Final result: To be determined.
James Barnes vs. Ryan Lilley
Red gloves and black trunks for 11-3 Barnes, blue gloves and white trunks for 9-4 Lilley. Lilley fights out of Thousand Oaks, California. Barnes fights out of Los Angeles, CA. Our referee is Jason Herzog.
Round 1: Both men circle and feint early. Lilley has a low squat forward leaning striking stance. His knees always seem to be bent. Barnes gets destroyed by a right head kick for a walk off home run at 1:03 and Lilley jumps up to the top of the cage to celebrate.
Final result: Ryan Lilley via EMPHATIC KNOCKOUT (head kick) at 1:03.
Ian Butler vs. Craig Plaskett
Butler has the red gloves and a 4-5 record fighting out of Costa Mesa, California. Plaskett is 3-3 in the blue gloves and fighting out of Los Angeles, California. The referee is Frank Trigg.
Round 1: The fight goes immediately to the fence for a takedown attempt with Butler widening his stance as Plaskett digs and digs. He finally gets the fight down at 54 seconds. Butler tries twice to get back up and finally does at 1:24. Plaskett eats a knee to the groin and Trigg calls time. After we resume it’s right back to the fence again for the takedown at 2:17. We’re up and he’s right back down at 3:05. Short punches to the body. Both men are up at 3:40 and we’re right back down again. Plaskett finishes the round on top in half doing damage to earn the 10-9.
Round 2: Butler comes forward pumping the left jab and throwing a left kick. He pushes Plaskett into the fence but Plaskett reverses it gets a takedown into guard while Butler is off balance. He’s quickly looking to pass to a full mount. Butler manages to trap the right leg to keep him from moving up. Trigg calls for more action. Butler scoots backward to the cage. He’s eating left hands from Plaskett on top. Butler gets up at 2:14 and lands a knee but Plaskett gets him back down again. Plaskett gets a full mount but Butler pushes off the fence with his feet to get free. Plaskett takes him right back down again. Butler gets off a couple nice elbows sitting up against the fence. Plaskett stands up with a minute left. Butler is elbowing him in the head as he goes for another takedown, which he gets at 4:17. Hard left hands land for Plaskett. 10-9 Plaskett.
Round 3: Butler charges forward looking to throw hands. Plaskett throws a kick straight up the middle at his face. Butler keeps bobbing and weaving. Plaskett circles off and unloads with the right hook and leg kicks. Plaskett loses his cup and Frank Trigg calls time to make him put it back in. Both men trade kicks and suddenly Plaskett comes forward tagging Butler with hard lefts. He throws a knee to the body and shoots the double, completing it at 1:51 even as Butler grabbed the fence. Butler tries to get up but time is leaking away and he’s taken down again at 2:57. He’s up again at 3:18 but Plaskett tags him with shots. Butler tries a takedown of his own and gets it at 3:41. Plaskett reverses it almost immediately. Butler keeps him pressed into the cage with his head and shoulders and Butler gives up his back trying to get back up — but he can’t. 10-9 Plaskett.
Final result: Craig Plaskett wins a unanimous decision of 30-27 X3.
Steve Ramirez vs. Desmond Torres
Ramirez is in the red gloves with a record of 6-3 fighting out of Orange, California, Torres the blue gloves with a record of 5-1 and fighting out of Irvine, California. Milan Ayers is the referee for this bout.
Round 1: Tap of gloves. Torres uses a a lot of leg kicks to open. Ramirez keeps his distance trying to avoid a right hook. Torres is working him back to the fence and finally clinches with him at 1:19. Leg trip to the ground at 1:48 as Ramirez closes his guard. Ayers calls for work. Ramirez tries to lock up a guillotine off his back. He’s using his legs to push up and try to create enough pressure for it to work — it does not. Torres gets half guard with an arm trapped and is landing right hands and a big elbow that’s caused a cut. He passes to side with an arm triangle choke and squeezing the life out Ramirez. The fight ends at 4:21.
Final result: Desmond Torres wins via submission (arm triangle choke) at 4:21 of R1.