Bellator 215: “Mitrione vs. Kharitonov” airs TONIGHT (Fri., Feb. 15, 2019) from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The big boys take the center stage in the main event as Matt Mitrione (13-6) faces Russian legend Sergei Kharitonov (29-7, 1 NC).
Bellator 215’s main card will 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 below.
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BELLATOR 215 QUICK RESULTS:
Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov — NO CONTEST 0:15 R1.
Logan Storley vs. Ion Pascu — Storley UD 30-27, 30-26 X2.
Eduardo Dantas vs. Toby Misech — Dantas UD 29-28, 30-27 X2.
Michael Kimbel vs. Jonathan Douma — Douma sub (triangle choke) 2:51 R1.
Austin Vanderford vs. Cody Jones — Vanderford sub (arm triangle) 4:49 R1.
Pat McCrohan vs. Jason Markland — McCrohan TKO 1:11 R1.
Pete Rogers vs. Jason Rine — Rogers TKO 0:50 R2.
Tabatha Watkins vs. Lindsey VanZandt — VanZandt TKO 3:25 R2.
Amber Leibrock vs. Amanda Bell — Bell KO 3:52 R1.
Billy Goff vs. Ryan Hardy — Goff UD 29-28 X3.
Steve Mowry vs. Darion Abbey — Mowry sub (kimura) 1:27 R1.
Matt Probin vs. Ali Zebian — Probin SD 28-29, 29-28 X2.
Zarrukh Adashev vs. Ronie Arana — Adashev UD 29-28, 30-27 X2.
BELLATOR 215 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov
As Mike Goldberg likes to say, “Here WE GO.” Kharitonov is out first in the blue gloves and black trunks for our main event. His entrance music was a cover of “Eye of the Tiger,” while Mitrione’s entrance music is “Simple Man.” He has on the red gloves and dark trunks. Kharitonov fights out of Moscow, Russia and Mitrione fights out of West Lafayette, Indiana. Our referee in charge is Leon Roberts. Both men touch gloves during final instructions.
Round 1: Mitrione lands a left kick to the groin within the first 15 seconds and Roberts calls time. Kharitonov is laying on the ground writhing in pain. They give him the full allotted time and he can’t get back up. Since Leon Roberts says the foul was accidental, this won’t go down as a loss.
Final result: The main event goes down as a no contest at 0:15 of R1.
Logan Storley vs. Ion Pascu
Storley is undefeated at 9-0 in the red gloves and black trunks, and Pascu comes in to face him at 18-9 looking for his first Bellator win wearing the blue gloves and black trunks. Pascu fights out of Dublin, Ireland. Storley fights out of Webster, South Dakota. Our referee in charge is Yves Lavigne.
Round 1: Neither Storley nor Pascu are giving an inch for the first 40 seconds. Storley finally shoots for a takedown at 45 seconds but Pascu blocks it and has a front headlock. Storley escapes it and keeps digging for a single leg takedown. Pascu throws left hands at his head as he’s sitting up against the fence. Storley’s corner is advising him to “get his back off the cage” but it’s not like he isn’t trying. Storley takes his back standing and finally gets a high crotch takedown right to half guard. Right elbow mashes Pascu’s face. Several more follow. Storley tries to peel Pascu’s head back to the mat so he can get better range for the right hand and elbow. Solid 10-9 round for “Storm.”
Round 2: Storley has the takedown 18 seconds into this round. It’s half guard and lefts the the head with right elbows whenever his arm is free. It feels inevitable that Pascu will break under this pressure and that we just have to wait for it to happen. Pascu tries to scramble at 2:02 to no avail. Storley takes the back momentarily as he was looking to pass to full mount but ends up back in half guard. Storley grinds away for the remainder. 10-9 Storley.
Round 3: Storley has the takedown at 44 and at 57 seconds. Pascu tries to turn the second one into a kimura but Storley squeezes down with his leg to stay out of danger. Storley takes the back as Pascu tries to improve position and puts all his weight on his back. Pascu goes for the kimura again but Storley winds up in half on top. Storley dominates from there to the bell for another 10-9.
Final result: Logan Storley wins via unanimous decision 30-27 and 30-26 X2.
Eduardo Dantas vs. Toby Misech
Former Bellator champion Dantas comes into this bout 20-6 wearing gray trunks and red gloves, while his less experienced opponent Misech comes in 12-6 with military black/green trunks and blue gloves. Dantas has the reach advantage 72.5” to 68”. Misech fights out of Hilo, Hawaii. Dantas fights out of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Our referee is Kevin MacDonald.
Round 1: Tap of gloves as Misech rushes to the center jabbing away with the right. Dantas throws a right leg kick. Misech comes in and lands the left hand. He throws a leg kick and backs away from another right by Dantas. Dantas connects with it again. Misech pulls away to avoid a clinch and Dantas charges forward and puts him against the cage. The action stalls there. MacDonald calls for improvement. Dantas finally takes Misech to the ground and tries to open up with right hands. Dantas would like to pass but his back is very close to the fence. He has to inch both men away just to get room to move. He’s in half guard with 90 seconds left and he’s going for the kimura. Dantas lets it go and throws lefts to the head. 10-9 Dantas.
Round 2: Dantas is unafraid of using that surgically repaired right leg to throw kicks. He’s attacking the body and the leg with impunity to open R2. Misech tries to come forward and tag him to no avail. Another hard body kick from Dantas. Misech with a leg kick of his own. The crowd is becoming impatient with Misech’s inability to land a shot and Dantas fighting him at range. Dantas goes for a takedown and even without getting it climbs up onto Misech’s back with one hook in. The crowd gets impatient again as Dantas carefully works to improve his position and potentially get a submission. Dantas tries and tries to get the arm under the chin but Misech survives. 10-9 Dantas.
Round 3: Misech is coming forward throwing left hands like a man who knows he’s already down two rounds. Dantas throws a kick and Misech immediately counters with his hands. The crowd is booing again at 1:37. Body kick from Dantas at 2:15. Leg kick for Dantas. Misech with a flurry and Dantas easily eludes it. Misech and Dantas are not thrilling this crowd with 90 seconds remaining. Dantas seems confident he’s well ahead and Misech seems either unable to change the equation or unwilling to go for broke even if it means he might get knocked out. Another leg kick for Dantas. Dantas shoots for a single leg late and puts Misech against the fence at the bell. 10-9 Dantas.
Final result: Eduardo Dantas wins a unanimous decision of 29-28 and 30-27 X2.
Michael Kimbel vs. Jonathan Douma
Kimbel is undefeated at 2-0 with the black trunks and red gloves. His opponent Douma is 3-1, sporting the black trunks and blue gloves. Kimbel is 2” taller at 5’9” and has a 74” reach versus 66.5” for Douma. Douma fights out of Narragansett, Rhode Island. Kimbel fights out of Waterbury, Connecticut. Our referee is Yves Lavigne.
Round 1: Tap of gloves is followed by a high kick from Kimbel which just misses, so this fight is already longer than his last one. Douma is backpedaling to stay out of Kimbel’s range. Kimbel throws leg kicks as he tries to cut an angle on Douma. Spinning heel kick by Kimbel is ducked under as Douma clinches and goes to the fence, and Kimbel reverses it and takes Douma down. Both men get up at 2:10 before Kimbel throws him down to side control and starts to tee off. Douma wraps the leg triangle around his neck deep, Kimbel tries to power bomb his way out of it, but it doesn’t work and he’s forced to tap!
Final result: Jonathan Douma wins by submission (triangle choke) 2:51 of round one.
Austin Vanderford vs. Cody Jones
“Mr. VanZant” Vanderford is undefeated at 6-0 in the red gloves with black trunks. Jones is 6-2 in the blue gloves with bright red trunks and a four fight win streak coming into this bout. Vanderford works with Chael Sonnen and Jones trains with John Salter. Jones is taller at 6’2” to 5’10” but Vanderford has a two inch reach advantage at 76”. Jones fights out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina while Vanderford fights out of Portland, Oregon. Our referee in charge is Todd Anderson.
Round 1: Jones throws a head kick early that’s checked. Vanderford takes him to the ground at 37 seconds. In the scramble that follows Vanderford momentarily has the back, but Jones eventually winds up looking for a Peruvian necktie, and in the process he lets Vanderford back on top. Jones tries to sit up against the fence and Vanderford pushes him back down. Vanderford finally gets range to throw some good right hands. Vanderford goes to side control and takes the back with one hook in then transitions looking for an arm triangle. Jones taps out with under 15 seconds left!
Final result: Austin Vanderford improves to 7-0 via submission (arm triangle) 4:49 R1.
Pat McCrohan vs. Jason Markland
Markland makes his pro debut in the blue gloves, fighting out of New York, NY. McCrohan is in the red gloves, a record of 3-2, fighting out of Berkley, Mass. Our ref is Bryan Miner.
Round 1: A polite tap of gloves gets us started before McCrohan goes hard for a single leg and eventually gets it. He passes to full mount 35 seconds in while Markland does his best to cover up. McCrohan pins down the right arm with a knee and unloads so much punishment that Miner is forced to step in and save Markland. Fast win for McCrohan!
Final result: Pat McCrohan via technical knockout at 1:11 in round one.
Pete Rogers vs. Jason Rine
Red gloves and black trunks for the 3-4 Rogers. Blue gloves for the 1-4 Rine with neon yellow on his trunks. Rogers is a half foot taller at 6’0” and 9” longer at 73” in reach. Rogers fights out of Norwich, Connecticut. Rine fights out of Fredericktown, Ohio. Our referee in charge is Leon Roberts.
Round 1: Rogers quickly pushes Rine into the cage after the opening bell and they spin around jockeying for position. Takedown to side control at 35 seconds. Rogers is moving into position for a neck crank but Rine is momentarily able to block it. If Rogers can improve his position Rine is done for. Two minutes gone. Rogers lets it go then switches to a d’arce choke. He actually picks Rine up to apply more leverage and Rine starts stomping on his feet. Rogers lets this go too. Rogers gets another takedown with a minute left and is throwing heavy right hands that Rine is not defending. Rogers takes mount from behind and Roberts is taking a close look and warning Rine to fight back. 10-8 Rogers.
Round 2: Rogers is teeing off and Rine goes for a heel hook to try and save himself. Rogers unloads with right elbows and hammerfists and this one is mercifully over.
Final result: Pete Rogers wins via technical knockout at 0:50 in the second round.
Tabatha Watkins vs. Lindsey VanZandt
Red gloves, 3-0, Watkins - fighting out of Brighton, MI. Blue gloves, 4-1, VanZandt - fighting out of Wappinger Falls, NY. Our referee in charge of this fight is Bryan Miner.
Round 1: No glove tap to start. Watkins tries to bring the pressure and VanZandt pushes her back. Watkins throws a head kick that’s checked. Leg kick and a right hand for Watkins. Body kick for VanZandt. Right hook for Watkins. Left kick goes high again for Watkins. Leg kick follows. VanZandt pushes her into the cage to throw knees to the body and comes over the top with an elbow. VanZandt drops levels for a takedown right at the two minute mark and secures it. Watkins has her in full closed guard and unable to posture up. VanZandt keeps trying to turn to pass but Watkins has her legs crossed behind VanZandt’s back. When VanZandt briefly gets free she smashes an elbow home. VanZandt takes her back and goes for an armbar VERY late - the bell saves Watkins. 10-9 VanZandt.
Round 2: VanZandt with a left jab and Watkins with leg kicks to open the round. VanZandt gets a takedown 45 seconds into the round and passes to side control at 1:03. Watkins sweeps her way back to her feet but VanZandt dumps her again at 1:42 and postures up for right hands and elbows. Watkins finally closes guard at 2:01 but a left elbow still gets through. Watkins goes for an armbar but VanZandt scrambles to her feet, and decks Watkins before she can get back to hers, then slams her down with authority. Watkins gets back up at then gets decked with a hard left hand and quickly crumbles as Bryan Miner steps in to save her. VanZandt was throwing a right hook that missed as Watkins was already slumping to the ground.
Final result: Lindsey VanZandt wins via technical knockout at 3:25 in round two.
Amber Leibrock vs. Amanda Bell
Leibrock, 3-2, red gloves and white top, fighting out of Hayward, California. Bell, 5-5, blue gloves and top, fighting out of Hubbard, Oregon. Our referee in charge is Yves Lavigne.
Round 1: Double high-five from both fighters. The tall and lanky Leibrock is circling and looking for angles. Amanda Bell throws a strike so hard she throws herself to the ground. Bell gets back up clean and manages to put a right kick on Leibrock’s head. Leibrock turns her around against the fence to throw knees and breaks at 1:28. Now Bell is moving forward and forcing Leibrock to back up. Bell is tagging her with shots and pushes her into the fence again at 2:20, and Leibrock turns her around for knees to the body. They separate at 3:01. Bell keeps walking her down and puts her against the cage at 3:30 to throw lefts, rights and uppercuts. Leibrock covers up, goes down at 3:50, and Lavigne stops it. Leibrock has a look in her eyes afterward like she’s back in California — definitely not early at all. Medical personnel are attending to Leibrock for several minutes before Bell’s win is official.
Final result: Amanda Bell via first round knockout at 3:52.
Billy Goff vs. Ryan Hardy
Blue gloves and black trunks for Hardy making his professional debut out of Gordon Heights, NY. Red gloves and trunks with pink trim for Goff, 1-0 out of Connecticut. Our referee is Todd Anderson.
Round 1: Hardy is landing early including a left to the chin and a spinning elbow. Goff ties him up. Hardy breaks a clinch at 48 seconds. Goff with a leg kick. HARDY LEVELS GOFF WITH A RIGHT HAND and pours on ground and pound. Goff tries to hang on to Hardy’s arms to recover hits wits and survive. It’s working. Hardy looks to pass guard and throws a big right hand before Goff ties him up again. Hardy backs out at 2:56. Hardy is trying to control the legs and pass but is also having to avoid upkicks. Hardy throws leg kicks as the crowd boos. Goff is stood up at 4:15 and Hardy lands another hard punch. Goff and Hardy tie up for the last 10 seconds. 10-9 Hardy.
Round 2: Hardy is hunting for the home run right and jabbing with the left. Goff seems determined to walk him down and lands a good counter left. Head kick lands for Goff and he comes forward with a flurry. Hardy is backing up. Hardy’s arms are dropping low. Goff is using leg kicks as he closes the range. Blood is streaming down the left side of Hardy’s face. Another head kick from Goff. Hardy goes for a single leg but can’t get it. He connects on the double and pins Goff against the fence with short time left. 10-9 Goff.
Round 3: Goff continues to pressure and Hardy shoots for a takedown only to eat a knee in response. Goff pushes him into the cage and gets a takedown at 1:50. Hardy is able to push Goff away with his legs and get up at 2:29. Goff with a combo. Goff is attacking to the body and the head with his hands and kicks. 90 seconds remain. Even when Hardy throws nothing but a left jab it lands flush. Right kick and left hook both find the head. Hardy is in survival mode. 10-9 Goff.
Final result: Billy Goff wins via unanimous decision of 29-28 X3.
Steve Mowry vs. Darion Abbey
Mowry has the brown trunks with red gloves and a 5-0 record fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Abbey makes his pro debut in the black trunks and blue gloves fighting out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our referee in charge is Yves, Lavigne.
Round 1: Glove tap starts it before Mowry gets decked with a clean hard right that drops him. Mowry recovers and gets a takedown but Abbey gets back up and throws a superman punch and a knee and more rights. Abbey is teeing off on him and Mowry is almost a zombie standing. Leg kick by Abbey. Mowry takes him down again and gets to side control and cinches up the kimura for a come from behind submission.
Final result: Steve Mowry wins by submission (kimura) at 1:27 in round one.
Matt Probin vs. Ali Zebian
Blue gloves, black trunks, 1-0 for Zebian out of Westfield, Massachusetts. Red gloves and trunks for Probin, 3-0, fighting out of Portland, Maine. Our referee is Kevin MacDonald.
Round 1: Glove tap to start before Probin unloads a leg kick. Zebian shoots for a takedown and gets it at 19 seconds. Probin scoots backward toward the cage and gets up at 46 seconds, breaking free with an elbow but getting decked in response. Head kick from Probin is checked. Zebian with a left jab. Probin with a body kick. Over hand right swing and a miss for Probin. Body and leg kick connect. Zebian’s takedown is stuffed. 2:30 gone. Probin keeps pressuring and connecting with the kicks. Zebian is trying to respond with inside kicks and then gets another takedown at 3:12. He’s trying to squeeze out a submission as Probin looks to sweep. Zebian is trying to convince the ref that Probin is going out. Probin is giving the ref a thumbs up and pops out to mash Zebian with some big right elbows and heavy body shots. 10-9 Probin.
Round 2: Zebian gets a takedown 15 seconds in and quickly moves to side control. Probin gets back up at 36 seconds and unloads with a body kick. Zebian’s next takedown attempt is stuffed but the one after connects at 1:08. Zebian is in side control again but Probin wall walks up at 1:40. They separate at 2:11. Both men trade leg kicks. Zebian goes hard for a single leg but Probin hops to the fence and is fighting it off. He’s free at 3:31. Jump knee and head kick from Probin. Probin falls down on a kick and gets right back up. Another takedown to side control for Zebian at 4:17. If he can’t do anything to Probin there how effective are they really? Finally he postures up to throw some right hands to finish. 10-9 round for Zebian.
Round 3: Glove tap. Zebian lands the first leg kick of this round. Question mark kick from Probin in return. Zebian drops levels once as a fake out then does it for real as Probin widens his stance against the cage. Probin breaks free at 1:17 to throw hands and drops Zebian with a big left. Probin gets on top in side control. Zebian gets back up at 2:09. Zebian goes for a single but doesn’t have it. Probin throws a knee and Zebian tries to get a takedown while he’s off balance. He drops levels with under 90 seconds left but Probin elbows him in the head and looks at the ref hoping he’ll break up the stalemate. Zebian keeps digging and digging on the legs. Probin turns him around. Zebian goes for a single leg again right away but doesn’t have it. I sense a split decision coming. I’d go with Probin.
Final result: The judges score it 29-28 Zebian, 29-28 Probin, 29-28 Probin by SD.
Zarrukh Adashev vs. Ronie Arana
Red gloves and white trunks for 1-1 Adashev fighting out of Brooklyn, NY. Blue gloves and black trunks for the 0-2 Arana fighting out of New York, NY. Our referee in charge is Kevin MacDonald.
Round 1: Glove tap to start. Adashev is hunting with hands but Arana is trying to clinch up to avoid it. A straight shot puts Arana on his butt and he gets back up at 1:01. Arana backs up and dares him to come forward. Adashev throws Arana down at 1:40, stands up, then goes back down to side control. Arana is warned not to link his toes in the fence. Adashev is taking his time and slowly moving up, driving a hard right knee into Arana’s body as he does. Adashev lets Arana stand back up at 3:20. Adashev charges forward with a big kick to the body and some fast hands. He throws Arana to the ground again at 4:01 and takes full mount to bomb away. Arana is trying like hell to hang on and not let him posture up. He survives the round. 10-8 Adashev.
Round 2: They tap gloves again to start the round. Adashev quickly throws a spin kick but it doesn’t connect. Arana tries a head kick and falls on his butt. Adashev with a leg kick and a hard body shot. Right hook. Adashev with a spin kick a combo and a left. Arana clinches up and pushes Adashev to the fence. Adashev lands a knee to the groin and we get a timeout. John McCarthy doesn’t think it really landed. Adashev gets a verbal warning all the same. Adashev lands three right hooks and Arana briefly stumbled to the ground, then clinches on the fence. Adashev throws him to the ground and gets back up. He does it again at 2:48. He lets Arana back up at 3:06 and lands an uppercut. Adashev hits another takedown after a flurry all the way across the cage. 10-9 Adashev.
Round 3: Both men swing haymakers for the first 15 seconds until Adashev throws Arana to the ground one more time. Adashev’s judo is so good in this fight that John McCarthy is comparing him to Ronda Rousey. Knees to the ribs and left elbows to the chin. Arana tries to scramble and finally gets up at 1:22. Right hook for Adashev. Superman punch. Arana gets a takedown at 1:56. Adashev goes for an armbar but isn’t able to lock it up. Adashev gets back to his knees at 3:11. Arana spins to take the back but ends up in side control and then moves to full mount at 3:48. Adashev reverses and gets up at 4:10. Adashev lands a left hand as they break. Both men swing away and Adashev takes a hard one to the chin before the final bell. 10-9 Arana.
Final result: Zarrukh Adashev wins via unanimous decision 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27.
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