Bellator 276 is set to go down later TONIGHT (Sat., March 12, 2022) from inside The Family Arena in St. Louis, Mo., featuring a Featherweight showdown between top contenders Adam Borics and Mads Burnell, who are currently tied for the No. 2 spot on the official rankings. In the co-main event, former Light Heavyweight champion Phil Davis battles Julius Anglickas.
Bellator 276’s main card will air on Showtime at 6 p.m. ET, with “Prelims” undercard action beginning at 9 p.m. ET right here. MMAmania.com will deliver results for the full card and comprehensive play-by-play for the televised portion of Bellator 276 below.
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145 lbs.: Adam Borics vs. Mads Burnell - Borics via unanimous decision (Highlights)
205 lbs.: Phil Davis vs. Julius Anglickas - Davis via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: John Salter vs Johnny Eblen - Eblen via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Jay-Jay Wilson vs. Gadzhi Rabadanov - Rabadanov via unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Alex Polizzi vs. Jose Augusto - Polizzi via submission (rear-naked choke)
185 lbs.: Romero Cotton vs. Freddie Sandoval - Cotton via first-round TKO (punches)
125 lbs.: Diana Avsaragova vs. Kyra Batara - Avsaragova via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Cody Law vs. James Adcock - Law via first-round KO (punches)
170 lbs.: Roman Faraldo vs. Kelvin Rayford - Faraldo via first-round TKO (punches)
135 lbs.: Jordan Howard vs. Trevor Ward - Howard via second-round TKO (punches)
185 lbs.: Nico Alcaraz vs. Stanton Ketcherside - Alcaraz via second-round submission (americana)
BELLATOR 276 PLAY-BY-PLAY
Adam Borics vs. Mads Burnell
Round 1: Double jab to open things up for Borics. Nice right hand down the middle for Borics. They exchange low kicks. Jumping knee from Borics lands. Two right hands from Borics. Borics utilizing the jab, right hand from Burnell. Burnell shoots for the takedown and he pushes Borics up against the fence. Left hook from Borics. Another flying knee from Borics, this one is blocked. Borics is really letting his fists fly, intense pace to start things off. Calf kick from Borics. Another jumping knee from Borics. Burnell is still pushing forward, though. Shot to the body for Burnell and a clean left hook for Burnell, what a pace to start things off here. Hard shots to the body from Borics, Burnell with a few of his own. Burnell grabs a hold of Borics and Borics lands a sold standing elbow that rocks Burnell. These two are going toe-to-toe! Fast paced action here, a lot of energy being expended. Nice jab to the body from Borics, push kick from Borics. Uppercut from Burnell, Jab by Borics. What. A. Round. 10-9 Borics
Round 2: Borics’ standup is just super-clean, no forced or wasted punches. Standing elbow for Borics, low kick from Burnell. Three-punch combo from Borics, utilizing the jab well. Thai clinch for Borics, throws a knee down the middle. Burnell with a calf kick. Another flying knee from Borics. Left hook lands for Burnell. Borics catches Burnell’s kick and he slams him down to the canvas. Burnell works his way back up. Burnell shoots for the takedown, stuffed by Borics. Nice left hand from Burnell lands. Burnell shoots for a takedown and Borics stuffs it. They separate. Knee to the head for Borics. Nice digging shot to the body for Burnell lands clean, and another! Borics is retreating and is now bleeding from his nose. Spinning back-fist lands for Borics and Burnell eats it. These two are showing out tonight. One-two from Borics. Burnell gets dropped by a huge right hand. That should steal the round for Borics. 10-9 Borics
Round 3: Burnell lands a left hook, solid shot. Borics with a calf kick. Burnell with a jab straight down the middle. Borics looking for the takedown, stuffed by Burnell. Burnell with the front kick, Borics with a low kick. Over 12 minutes in and they are still keeping a high pace. Left hook from Burnell again, it’s there when he wants it. Uppercut from Borics, Burnell with a nice left elbow. Right hook from Borics. Huge left hook from Burnell, and he is starting to find his groove. Burnell with a left hook, then a right hook. Kick to the body from Burnell. Two calf kicks from Burnell, and another. Burnell is keeping the pressure on. Huge right hook from Burnell and Borics with another flying knee attempt. Inside leg kick from Borics. One-two from Borics. Borics starting to open up, lands back-to-back right hands and Burnell still looking for that clean hook. Borics with a spinning kick catches nothing. This was a close round 10-9 Burnell
Round 4: Borics up the middle with a knee to the jaw. Uppercut by Burnell. Borics is slowing a bit, Burnell still pushing forward, wearing down his foe. 1-2 for Borics. Burnell stalking, Borics circling. Knee up the middle by Borics and Burnell with a shot to the body, hook upstairs. Solid big right hand from Burnell. Uppercut from Burnell. Kick to the body. Nice left hook, right uppercut from Borics. Burnell is still talking and land another left hook, follows it up with a calf kick. One-two from Burnell. High knee from Borics. High kick from Borics. Some showmanship from Burnell, and again..that came out of nowhere. Borics lands a takedown right before the round ends. This was another exciting, close round. 10-9 Burnell
Round 5: Borics starting to pick up the pace. Straight right hand down the pipe. Borics is doing a great job of peppering him with strikes, keeping him at bay. Burnell is still trying to push forward but is being met with resistance from Borics. Nice jab from Borics. Knee to the body again from Borics. Standing elbow from Borics, Burnell blocks it. Borics catches Burnell’s kick, tried for the takedown but no-go. Another flying knee from Borics. Right uppercut lands for Burnell. Another flying knee attempt from Borics, seems to have plenty left in the gas tank to keep going to the well. Nice hook to the body from Burnell. Straight right hands lands for Borics. He goes for another jumping knee. Burnell still staying in the pocket but Borics is landing the cleaner shots. Borics now pushes Burnelly up against the cage. Burnell looking for a takedown, defended well by Borics. What a fight, 10-9 Borics
Final Result: Borics defeats Burnell is unanimous decision
Phil Davis vs. Julius Anglickas
Round 1: Anglickas shoots in with solid jab. Right hand for Davis. Davis shoots for a takedown and it’s stuffed. Good start for Anglickas. High kick lands for Davis. Straight right hand down the middle for Davis. Anglickas light on his feet, Davis with the double jab. Anglickas with clean right hand. Davis with a double jab, shot to the body. Anglickas whiffs on an overhand right. Low kick from Davis lands, another. Anglickas throws a right hand down the middle. Shot to the body from Davis. Davis shoots in for the takedown and he gets it. Side control for Davis. Anglickas trying to escape. Davis landing some shots, knee on belly for Davis. Anglickas trying to get up but that is easier said than done against a powerhouse wrestler like Davis. 10-9 Davis
Round 2: They take the center of the cage. One-two from Anglickas finds nothing but air. Kick to the body by Davis. Low kick by Davis. Right hand down the middle lands for Davis. Jab by Anglickas. Strong low kick from Davis buckles Anglickas momentarily. High kick is blocked by Anglickas. Anglickas is looking for the overhand right, doesn’t land. Davis circling away very well, not giving Anglickas the angles he wants. Right hand lands by Anglickas as I say that. Davis with a jab to the body. Davis gets a hold of Anglickas and he secures the takedown, rather slowly might I add. Side control for Davis. Davis is looking to secure a kimura. Knees from Davis. Davis circling well as Anglickas tries to escape. Side control again for Davis. Short elbows from Davis find their mark. Davis again looking for the kimura, and he lands some solid shot to the side of Anglickas body. Anglickas trying hard to get up, but it just isn’t happening for him. Another dominant round from Davis. 10-9 Davis
Round 3: Low kick from Anglickas. Davis with a double jab, but great head movement from Anglickas. Kick to the body from Davis lands, seems to hurt Anglickas. Davis shoots in for the takedown and it’s stuffed by Anglickas. Davis shoots in again with a double leg, picks him up, takes a couple of steps to the center of the cage and slams his foe. Just too good when it comes to wrestling. Side control one more time for Davis, and he is looking for the kimura again This is literally a mirror of the first two rounds. Anglickas lands some shots to the body, but they aren’t causing any discomfort whatsoever. Davis isn’t letting go of his kimura attempt. Davis mounts, he is now looking for a triangle and Anglickas gets to his feet. Davis drags him back down. Anglickas gets back up, and Davis drags him down, yet again. Anglickas gets up, yet again. This time Davis has him up against the cage. Davis trying hard for the takedown and he gets it. Anglickas, undeterred, gets back up. We can not question his heart. Davis manages to drag him down to the mat as time runs out, picks him up and slams him. 10-9 Davis
Final Result: Davis defeats Anglickas via unanimous decision
John Salter vs Johnny Eblen
Round 1: Touch of gloves. Salter with a low kick, Eblen with a strong right hand lands. Calf kick from Eblen lands. Salter with a jab, connects. Another low kick lands for Eblen. Salter lands a beautiful left hand, Eblen shoots in and lands a takedown. Salter shoots in for an arm triangle and he has it in tight. Eblen working hard to slip out, he does. Closed guard now for Eblen. Salter peppering Eblen with shots to the side of the head. Eblen with a huge elbow from top position. Eblen not really doing much with this position. Salter trying to work but Eblen is simply smothering him. Shots to the ear from Salter. Eblen positioning himself to try and unload some offense, no-go. Eblen seems content with just neutralizing Salter for now. 10-9 Eblen
Round 2: Left hook lands for Eblen, follows it up with a low kick. Salter attempts an overhand right, hits Eblen’s glove. Nice straight right hand lands for Eblen. Kick to the body from Eblen. Salter with an overhand right. Solid kick to the body from Eblen, loud thud. Salter starting to retreat a bit more as Eblen is pushing the pace, picking up the intensity. Double jab from Eblen. Calf kick from Salter. Salter is looking for a takedown but Eblen is moving very well, not stationary at all. Eblen shoots in and he lands a takedown up against the cage. Eblen has a hold of Salter up against the cage and Salter manages to escape. Action back to the feet. Eblen pitching a shutout so far. Nice jab to the body from Eblen, follows it up with yet another solid body kick, Salter felt that one. Salter throws a knee, low blow. Eblen taking his time to recover. Action resumes, Eblen throws a high kick, blocked. Round over. 10-9 Eblen
Round 3: Nice kick right up the middle from Eblen. Salter counters with a left hook Salter throws some high kicks, but they have absolutely nothing behind them. Eblen sneaks in a left hand. Right to the body from Salter, then Eblen counters with a right to the body of his own. Nice overhand right from Salter. Solid right hand down to the middle, then the body from Eblen. Counter left from Salter. Salter whiffs on an overhand right, Eblen stalking and he lands a huge left hook. High kick lands for Eblen. Eblen is looking sharp in the third and final round. Two minutes remaining in the fight. Salter needs a finish. Eblen pushes Salter up against the cage, has the single leg attempt. Eblen gets the takedown, this should be game, set, match for Eblen if Salter can’t get back up. Eblen in side control, lands a huge elbow, and another. Dominant performance from Eblen. 10-9 Eblen.
Final Result: Eblen defeat Salter via unanimous decision
Jay-Jay Wilson vs. Gadzhi Rabadanov
Round 1: Wilson opens up with a spinning back-fist, Rabadanov answers with a sold left hand. Wilson with low kick, check. Double jab from Rabadanov. Vicious calk kick by Wilson. Rabadanov pressuring, jab. shot to the body. Wilson fires back with another low kick. Rabadanov looking for space, overhand right barely misses for Wilson. Hick kick misses for Wilson. Rabadanov waiting for an opening, whiffs on a low kick. Spinning back-fist again from Wilson. Jab from Rabadanov and Wilson storms in with a kick to the body, then a left hook. Rabadanov retreating for a second. Back to the center of the cage. Wilson working the spinning back-fist for the third time in the first round, not sure why. 10-9 Wilson
Round 2: Shot to the body from Wilson, Rabadanov goes in for the takedown, stuffed. Jab from Wilson, pushes Rabadanov up against the cage and gets the takedown briefly. Calf kick from Wilson, Rabadanov with a kick to the midsection. Rabadanov with a nice jab, Wilson tries to fire back with a left hand. Nice overhand right lands for Wilson. Rabadanov goes in for the takedown and he gets it. Half guard for Rabadonov. Shots to the body, Wilson trying to fire off shots from his back, no good. Wilson trying hard to work his way back up. Rabadanov has good position and isn’t letting go. Rabadanov postures up and lands a couple of blows from top position to close out the round. 10-9 Rabadanov
Round 3: Wilson takes the center of the cage quickly. Kick to the body from Wilson. Calf kick from Rabadanov. Rabadanov digs deep and picks up Wilson to score a huge takedown. Nicely done! Rabadanov looking for the rear-naked choke, it gives Wilson the space to escape. Wilson lets go of a three-strike combo, doesn’t land cleanly on anything. Rabdanov lands a kick to the knee. Rabadanov shoots for another takedown and he gets it. Half guard, looking to posture up to land some shots. Up kick for Wilson, doesn’t land and now Rabadanov takes his back. Wilson rolling, trying to escape but Rabadanov has great control here. Wilson in search of an armlock submission, can’t get it. Rabadanov landing some shots to the back of the ear and Wilson shoots up for a triangle, no-go. Wilson continuing to work, needs to get a Hail Mary finish here. Doesn’t get it as time runs out. 10-9 Rabadanov
Final Result: Rabadanov defeats Wilson via unanimous decision
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