Bellator 227: “Henderson vs. Jury” airs TODAY (Sept. 27, 2019) from 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. Promotional newcomer Myles Jury (18-4) will challenge the three-fight win streak of fellow UFC veteran Ben Henderson (27-8). In addition, “The Strabanimal” James Gallagher (9-1) faces Roman Salazar (13-9, 1 NC) in “European Series” action.
Bellator 227’s main card will start at 9 p.m. ET on Paramount Network (and DAZN), while Bellator: “Dublin” (a.k.a European Series) airs 5 p.m. ET on Channel 5 U.K. (and Bellator’s mobile app) with “Prelims” undercard action at 11:45 a.m. (on DAZN). MMAmania.com will deliver play-by-play for Bellator 227’s main card and quick results for the rest.
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BELLATOR 227 MAIN CARD QUICK RESULTS:
Benson Henderson vs. Myles Jury — Henderson UD 30-27 X3.
Kiefer Crosbie vs. Hugo Pereira — Crosbie UD 29-28 X2, 30-27.
Norbert Novenyi vs. Will Fleury — Novenyi UD 30-26 X2, 30-27.
Leah McCourt vs. Kerry Hughes — McCourt sub (RNC) 2:48 R1.
Frans Mlambo vs. Dominique Wooding — Mlambo UD 30-27 X2, 30-28.
BELLATOR: “DUBLIN” QUICK RESULTS:
James Gallagher vs. Roman Salazar — Gallagher sub (guillotine) 0:35 R1.
Michael Page vs. Richard Kiely — Page KO 2:47 R1.
Ryan Scope vs. Peter Queally — Queally TKO 3:07 R2.
BELLATOR 227 UNDERCARD QUICK RESULTS:
Lee Chadwick vs. Karl Moore — Moore SD 30-27, 28-29, 29-28.
Dylan Logan vs. Adam Gustab — Logan sub (triangle) 2:14 R2.
Richie Smullen vs. Sean Tobin — Smullen sub (RNC) 2:43 R1.
Philip Mulpeter vs. Keith McCabe — Mulpeter SD 30-27, 28-29, 29-28.
Constantin Gnusariev vs. Ian Coughlan — Gnusariev UD 29-28 X3, 30-27.
Camila Rivarola vs. Danni Neilan — Neilan UD 29-28 X2, 30-27.
Ilias Bulaid vs. Vitalic Maiboroda — Bulaid KO 4:59 R1.
Patrik Pietilla vs. Ryan Roddy — Roddy UD 29-27 X3.
George Courtney vs. Ciaran Clarke — unaired postliminary.
Blaine O’Driscoll vs. Jacob Hadley — Hadley sub (RNC) 3:14 R3.
BELLATOR 227 MAIN CARD PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Benson Henderson vs. Myles Jury
Jury sports the blue gloves, black trunks and the 18-4 record in his Bellator MMA debut. Red gloves and white trunks with a 27-8 record for the experienced “Smooth” Henderson. Our referee in charge of the main event is Dan Miragliotta.
Round 1: Henderson keeps switching up his stance early. Each man fires off leg kicks. Jury feels the range with his left and keeps the right cocked next to his chin. Henderson is targeting the left leg effectively thus far. Jury seems to be unable to close the distance to land his hands. Henderson with a body shot. He checks a high kick and throws a body kick. Knee kick. Again. Jury with a leg kick. Leg kick again by Henderson. Combo by Jury at 3:55. Henderson faints with a foot stomp and kicks the thigh. Jury’s left leg is undoubtedly miserable and there’s plenty of time to eat more shots. 10-9 Henderson.
Round 2: Henderson shaves the chin with a spin kick. Jury catches a body kick but lets it go. Jury is changing stances as he winces putting weight on his left leg. Henderson throws a 1-2 combo and a kick. Another leg kick. Jury needs to start doing something different and soon. Half the round and/or fight are already gone. Henderson tags him with 3-4 shots ending with a left hand. Jury is being outpointed, out struck and out worked. This is not just Henderson looking to win on the scorecards — he’s winning clearly and decisively. Jury lands a jumping right. Overhand left by Hendo. Another 10-9 to the former champion.
Round 3: Question — whatever happened to Miles “Fury” Jury? Answer — someone tamed the flame that fired that fury and his name was Benson Henderson. Jury just seems completely perplexed by his inability to figure out the striking, find the range, pull the trigger or do damage. Henderson meanwhile is cruising in this fight. Whatever he wants to throw he lands — leg kicks, body kicks, overhands, jabs, the works. If he shot for a takedown and looked to take the back he’d probably get that too. Henderson slipped on a leg kick and Jury couldn’t even take advantage of that, getting rocked seconds later when Henderson stood back up. Overhand right lands at 3:13. Henderson checks a head kick. This Benson Henderson deserves to fight Patricio Freire for the Lightweight title. He could win it. He’s definitely won this round 10-9 and should score a clean sweep with the judges.
Final result: “Smooth” Benson Henderson takes a 30-27 X3 unanimous decision.
Kiefer Crosbie vs. Hugo Pereira
Black trunks and blue gloves for Pereira in his Bellator debut. Red gloves and black trunks for SBG Ireland’s own Crosbie. Crosbie is 6-1 and Pereira is 4-2. Our referee for Bellator 227’s co-main event is Todd Anderson.
Round 1: The fighters are tentative early, staying near the center and testing the range. Eventually Crosbie settles into circling on the outside and coming forward to throw kicks. Pereira catches a body kick and drives into the cage. Crosbie appears to be complaining about a low blow but Anderson tells him to continue. 2:00 gone. At one point Anderson says “You blocked it. Keep fighting.” Anderson also issues a warning to Pereira to be more active with the position instead of just holding Crosbie in place. Crosbie turns him around with under 2:00 left and is warned not to grab the cage. Pereira turns him right back. They step apart at 3:47. Body kick by Crosbie. A slim 10-9 to Pereira.
Round 2: Clash of leg kicks at 35 seconds. Crosbie inches Pereira closer and closer to the fence until he uncorks a couple of rights to back him up. Crosbie tries a kick to the knee and an axe kick. Leg kick for Pereira. His overhand right misses. Pereira dares Crosbie to come forward. Body kick and leg kick by Crosbie. Overhand left for Crosbie. High kick. Knee kick. Pereira with a leg kick. Spinning high kick misses for Crosbie. Body kick for Crosbie. Crosbie continues to outpoint Pereira for the rest of the round. 10-9 Crosbie.
Round 3: Crosbie continues to dominate the fight standing until Pereira catches him off balance on a kick and pushes him to the ground at 1:49. Crosbie puts him in full guard and fishes for a triangle. Pereira is being kept chest to chest and generating virtually no offense. Anderson warns him that he’ll be stood up if he doesn’t get busy. Crosbie uses the fence to get up but Pereira jumps on his back as he does. Crosbie slips out with 90 seconds left and takes the rest of the round for a 10-9 including a takedown with 25 seconds left.
Final result: Kiefer Crosbie wins via unanimous decision of 29-28 X2 and 30-27.
Norbert Novenyi vs. Will Fleury
Fleury is out first in the blue trunks and gloves. Novenyi has the white trunks and red gloves. Fleury is 6-1 and Novenyi is 3-0. Our referee is Leon Roberts.
Round 1: Fleury stands in the center looking to bang as Novenyi circles around him on the outside. Fleury throws a flurry at the minute mark that forces Novenyi to backpedal. They tie up against the fence and Fleury drops levels. Fleury gets the takedown but Novenyi has him headlocked. Fleury escapes and tries to gain side control but ends up in half guard. Novenyi almost pushes him away with his knees but Fleury gets back on top in full guard. Novenyi rolls for an armbar and Fleury loses position to save himself and gets back to his feet. Novenyi drops Fleury with an overhand right! He pours it on as Fleury tries and fails to get a takedown. They trade standing and it’s Novenyi who takes Fleury down and takes his back. Fleury gets back up with 20 seconds left but he’s wobbly. Fleury gets decked by TWO more overhand rights and is stumbling like a drunk at the bell. That would’ve been a 10-9 for Fleury at one point, but Novenyi came roaring back and earned a 10-8 for a near finish.
Round 2: Fleury’s corner is trying to stop the bleeding from his nose as we watch a replay of him being saved by the bell. They tap gloves to open R2. Novenyi bounces up and down on his feet looking for his opening and charges in with a flying knee. Fleury looks for a takedown but Novenyi slips away at 40 seconds and drops Fleury with another overhand right. He’s in side control immediately on the ground. Fleury tries to sit up against the fence but he’s getting decked and blood flies each time his face gets mashed. He finally stands at 3:02. Fleury gets a takedown at 3:16 and tries to pass the guard but can’t. Novenyi kicks him away and gets back to his feet. Fleury chases him across the cage. Fleury’s blood wins up on Novenyi’s back as he tries to fend off a takedown when Novenyi gets the upper hand. They break at 4:38. Overhand right again, again, and again. 10-9 Novenyi.
Round 3: Novenyi’s white trunks have now been stained red in multiple places. Fleury is laughing and smiling like he loves the leakage. Novenyi has more spring to his step of the two men. The overhand right connects at 1:33. Fleury shoots at 1:48 and is blocked. Another right for Novenyi at 2:12. The crowd is becoming impatient with the stalling of both men as they each try to find an opening, standing in front of the other sizing up opportunities to strike. Novenyi sprints backward to avoid kicks and strikes. Fleury shoots hard for a single leg but doesn’t get it and the overhand connects AGAIN. Another 10-9 for Novenyi.
Final result: Norbert Novenyi wins by 30-26 X2, 30-27 unanimous decision.
Leah McCourt vs. Kerry Hughes
Hughes is out first in the blue gloves and leopard trunks. McCourt has the red gloves, black trunks and top. She gets a nice round of applause from the crowd as she comes out to the stage, as Goldberg tells us she travels 16 hours each time to train. McCourt is 2-1 and Hughes is 3-4 in their respective careers. Our referee in charge is Todd Anderson.
Round 1: Hughes tries to get off to a fast start with her hands. McCourt is unfazed. McCourt keeps her at length with kicks as Hughes continues to chase the right jab and overhand. Clash of kicks. McCourt with a knee to the body before the two tie up and Hughes loses the test of strength. McCourt judo throws her to the ground and gets one hook in. She keeps fishing for a rear naked choke from behind and Hughes submits at 2:48.
Final result: Leah McCourt wins via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:48 of round one.
Frans Mlambo vs. Dominique Wooding
Mlambo is 7-4 in the red gloves and trunks, and Wooding is 6-2 in the blue gloves and black trunks. Our referee in charge of the fight is Bryan Miner.
Round 1: Wooding is the pressure fighter early, backing Mlambo to the outer circle while stepping in and out to feel the range. Mlambo responds by knocking Wooding down when he comes forward with a right hand, then putting Wooding on the cage when he gets up. Both men jockey for a dominant position once there. They trade hands and knees as Wooding tries to get a clinch. Mlambo hits a left knee to the cup and the ref calls time. The two tap gloves and we restart at 2:21. Wooding gets a takedown but Mlambo gets right up and hits numerous elbows before Wooding gets another one and goes for his back. Wooding would like to sink an arm under his chin. He keeps trying to sink it under but Mlambo peels him off at 4:13. Mlambo survives but it’s a 10-9 to Wooding.
Round 2: Another tap of gloves to start. Mlambo throws a kick and a right hand to try and back Wooding away, but he shoots for the legs and they end up against the cage. Miner warns Mlambo to not target the back of the head with his elbows as he tries to stop the takedown. Mlambo is the one doing all the damage in this position with his hands and knees as Wooding tries and fails to take him down. 2:30 gone. Miner calls for more work. Mlambo is working his way toward a standing guillotine as he turns Wooding around and fires off knees. Wooding slips out at 3:44. They break apart briefly and Mlambo lands a flurry until an errant left knee catches him low and Miner has to call time again. The restart is faster this time and there’s a half minute left. 10-9 Mlambo.
Round 3: This time the fighters exchange a hug to start our final round. Wooding misses with an overhand right. Mlambo lands a body kick and a loud leg kick. Both men are bobbing up and down and trying to time the other’s moves. Mlambo shaves Wooding’s head as he misses with a kick and grabs ahold of Wooding to push him into the fence. The normally raucous Dublin crowd is unusually quiet as these men have a test of strength against the cage. Wooding peels Mlambo away at 2:25 and comes forward with the right hand, but Mlambo beats him to the literal punch and knocks him backward. 3:00 gone. Wooding lands a 1-2 and shoots to get a takedown at 3:20. Mlambo is back up at 3:39. Wooding tries a spinning back elbow, misses, and returns to center. Mlambo hits a kick to the body but gets taken down again with 20 seconds left. He’s back up before the bell and rolls away from a hard strike by Mlambo. I give Mlambo a 10-9 but like any of these rounds a judge could find enough reason to go the other way. It’s an incredibly close fight.
Final result: Frans Mlambo by unanimous decision of 30-27 X2 and 30-28.
BELLATOR: “DUBLIN” PLAY-BY-PLAY RESULTS:
James Gallagher vs. Roman Salazar
“El Gallito” Salazar sports the red trunks with blue gloves and a pro record of 13-9 (1 NC) for this fight. “Strabanimal” Gallagher sports the flag of Ireland trunks with red gloves and a pro record of 9-1 for the “Dublin” card main event. He also wears the Irish flag over his shoulders on his way to the cage. Our referee for this contest is Todd Anderson.
Round 1: Gallagher goes for a flying knee and gets taken down, with Salazar immediately being caught in a guillotine in the process. Anderson raises his arm once to make sure that he’s okay, and seconds later Salazar taps out. This was over in under a minute.
Final result: James Gallagher via submission at 0:35 in the first round.
Michael Page vs. Richard Kiely
Kiely has the solid black trunks with blue gloves for this fight. Page comes out with a London Shootfighter shirt on, dancing his way to the cage with black trunks and red gloves. Kiely’s record is 3-1, Page 14-1. Kiely is 35, Page is 32. Page owns the height and reach advantages by a sizable margin as well. Our referee for this fight is Dan Miragliotta.
Round 1: No glove tap after the bell. Page immediately starts to dance and shuffle sideways toward Kiely, forcing him backward toward the fence. Right hand tags Kiely at 0:40. Miragliotta stops the action briefly to warn both fighters about taunting. Page throws Kiely to the ground and does a little dance in front of him. Isn’t that taunting too? He stands over the top of Kiely dropping bombs as Kiely covers up. Page closes the distance and delivers hard elbows. Miragliotta stands him up and gives Page a one point deduction for taunting Kiely again. Jumping knee hurts Kiely badly and Miragliotta waves off the fight.
Final result: Michael Page via flying knee knockout at 2:47 in round one.
Ryan Scope vs. Peter Queally
Queally is in the blue gloves and black/white Onnit trunks for tonight’s fights. “Big Baby” Scope is in the red gloves and black trunks. Queally is 11-5-1, Scope is 10-2. Queally is 34 years old, Scope is 27. “Everything else is virtually identical.” The ref is Leon Roberts.
Round 1: A tap of gloves and we’re underway. Queally charges forward immediately and has Scope on the fence. Left hands to the body and head until Scope escapes at 0:35. Queally continues to press the action. Scope tries to put Queally on the fence and gets reversed. Queally backs up to find the range and throws a right. Scope throws a hard leg kick. Queally lands a solid kick to the body and right hand to the head. They clinch up at 2:10 and break. Scope lands a right. Scope with a front kick and a knee. Queally dances around him. Scope trips him to the ground on a kick but lets him back up. Another kick to the left leg from Scope. Queally with a two piece and a biscuit backing Scope up into the cage. Head kick by Scope is checked. Body kick from Queally before they clinch on the fence. Scope pushes free and misses with a right hand. 10-9 Queally.
Round 2: Scope has rocked Queally with a kick early in this round and has jumped to his back for a rear naked choke. Queally survives but Scope is in full mount pounding away and takes the back again to continue pouring it on. He rolls to the top and has busted Queally’s head open numerous times from the strikes this frame. Short right hands land on top as Queally tries to figure out where to go to get away from the onslaught. Scope tries to take side control and Queally gets a knee up to block. 2:30 left. Hard elbow from Scope. Queally gets him back into full guard to the applause of the crowd. Queally sweeps his way on top at 3:05 and backs up to let Scope stand. Queally rocks a tired Scope, pours on the damage and gets the stoppage to the roar of the Dublin crowd!
Final result: Peter Queally via technical knockout at 3:07 in round two.
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