Bellator 183 and Bellator Kickboxing 7: Results & Recap

A charge of excitement buzzed in the air when MMA and Kickboxing fans alike filed into the SAP Center for Bellator 183 and Bellator Kickboxing 7.

Nearly two years had past since Bellator’s previous visit to the Bay Area, Dynamite 1, which also paired MMA and Kickboxing, and the Viacom-backed promotion’s faithful fanbase foamed at the mouth, anticipating the carnage that the bell would incite, when Scott Coker, President of Bellator MMA, unfurled the dual combat event on September 23, 2017.

Main Event: Benson Henderson vs. Patricky Freire

The rough road for ‘Smooth’ Benson Henderson continues after Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire outworked the former UFC Lightweight Champion and earned a split-decision victory in his favor.

Although Henderson sprinted to the cage from backstage, his engine never appeared to fire on all cylinders. Every combination from Freire was thrown with a rabid rage, impressing the judges to side on his behalf.

Proving his bite and bark are of equivalent ferocity, Freire screamed into the microphone during the post-fight interview about, once again, challenging for Bellator’s Lightweight Title.

Co-Main Event: Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin

Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley forecasted—then proved: the way to end the storm Lorenz ‘Da Monsoon’ Larkin can bring into any bout is with an explosive left hand.

Roy Nelson vs. Javy Ayala

Javy ‘Eye Candy’ Ayala may have been in his own backyard, fighting out of Porterville, but the SAP Center erupted at the introduction of Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson into the Bellator cage.

Those familiar with Nelson’s resume in the UFC are accustomed to leather being thrown with the ability to level heavyweight bodies the size of small land masses. Initially, Nelson seemed content to launch an assault with his right and left bombs; except, Ayala returned fire, even finding success in several exchanges.

When Nelson transitioned to a grappling game, Ayala could only counter for so long; thereby, the judges’ scorecards prompted Nelson’s first ‘belly rub’ with Bellator.

Aaron Pico vs. Justin Linn

Actions speak louder than any words, especially in the case of Aaron Pico’s knockout of Justin Linn:

Adam Piccolotti vs. Goiti Yamauchi

Goiti Yamauchi, a savvy veteran with almost three times as many MMA matches as Adam ‘The Bomb’ Piccolotti, demonstrated the effectiveness of experience by earning the rear naked choke in the first third of the opening frame.

Mike Ortega vs. Tony Johnson

Mike Ortega versus Tony Johnson told a tale of two rounds: In the first, Ortega bloodied Johnson’s face, but in the second, Johnson claimed a KO by crushing Ortega’s cranium.

Brooke Mayo vs. Kaytlin Neil

When Kaytlin ‘Katniss’ Neil received the nod from the cage side officials, the myth of hometown favoritism was debunked.

Brooke ‘The Bully’ Mayo may not have suffocated Neil with enough pressure to levy all the scorecards for the fight’s entirety; additionally, Neil’s increased output in the third may have even divided certainty amongst the decision-makers, but the announcement of Neil by unanimous decision was perplexing.

Gaston Bolanos vs. Brandon Laroco

Once Gaston ‘The Dream Killer’ Bolanos and Brandon ‘Little Beast’ Laroco exited their corners, the audience inched toward the edge of their seats. Both Bolanos and Laroco tested the granite in one another’s jawlines, yet Laroco seized control in the second round, lassoing his legs around Bolanos’ neck for a triangle.

Jaimelene Nievera vs. Corina Herrera

All hail the Bay Area’s queen after Jaimelene ‘Quee Nie’ Nievera, a product of Dragon House MMA in San Francisco, defeated Corina Herrera, a formidable foe in the women’s flyweight division, by way of unanimous decision.

Alex Lopez vs. Fernando Gonzalez

Alex Lopez executed a clinic on leg kicks, but the judges scored a split-decision on the side of Fernando Gonzalez for implementing a more well-rounded attack.

Ricardo Vasquez vs. Justin Tenedora

Playing the role of spoiler, Ricardo Vasquez, representing Team Ochoa in Lemoore, silenced the stands after submitting American Kickboxing Academy’s Justin Tenedora with an artery closing guillotine.

JJ Okanovich vs. Luis Jauregui

Along with earning his fifth straight win, ‘The Bosnian Bomber’ JJ Okanovich also attempted to add one of Luis ‘Jara’ Jauregui’s limbs to his trophy case, securing an inescapable arm bar in only forty-two seconds.

Daniel Gonzalez vs. Anthony Castrejon

Prior to Bellator 183, Daniel ‘Prodigy’ Gonzalez discussed with norcalmixedmartialarts.com, on Episode 76 of the @norcalfightmma Podcast (link here), his desire to become the wrinkle and scar-free face of Bellator’s flyweight division.

After a brief feeling out process with Anthony ‘Pretty Boy’ Castrejon, Gonzalez, in a game of inches, measured the necessary distance to land a memorable knockout.

Official Bellator 183 results:

Patricky Freire defeated Benson Henderson by way of split-decision.

Paul Daley defeated Lorenz Larkin by way of KO in round 2 (2:40).

Roy Nelson defeated Javy Ayala by way of unanimous decision.

Goiti Yamauchi defeated Adam Piccolotti by way of rear naked choke in round 1 (3:19).

Aaron Pico defeated Justin Linn by way of KO in round 1 (3:45).

Kaytlin Neil defeated Brooke Mayo by way of unanimous decision.

Fernando Gonzalez defeated Alex Lopez by way of split-decision.

Brandon Laroco defeated Gaston Bolanos by way of triangle choke in round 2 (2:16).

Tony Johnson defeated Mike Ortega by way of KO in round 2 (1:49).

Ricardo Vasquez defeated Justin Tenedora by way of guillotine in round 1 (2:39).

Jaimelene Nievera defeated Corina Herrera by way of unanimous decision.

JJ Okanovich defeated Luis Jauregui by way of arm bar in round 1 (:42).

Daniel Gonzalez defeated Anthony Castrejon by way of KO in round 1 (4:03).

Official Bellator Kickboxing 7 results:

Raymond Daniels defeated Karim Ghajji by way of doctor’s stoppage.

Kevin Ross defeated Domenico Lomur by way of split-decision.

Joe Schilling defeated Najib Idali by way of doctor’s stoppage in round 2.

Jorina Bars defeated Anke Van Gestel by way of unanimous decision.

Malaipet defeated Joe Palacios by way of unanimous decison.

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Bellator 183 *Live Results*

Although no titles hang in the balance at Bellator 183, the shine of the star-studded card doesn’t lose any luster. In conjunction with Bellator 183’s mixing of the martial arts, the Viacom-owned promotion will also unfurl the seventh installment of Bellator Kickboxing, which features two championship slugfests.

Keep up with the play-by-play and other live updates of Bellator 183 and Bellator Kickboxing 7 by following along on Twitter or Facebook: @norcalfightmma.

Bellator 183’s results include:

Benson Henderson vs. Patricky Freire in the lightweight division

  • Results: Freire def. Henderson by way of split-decision

Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin in the welterweight division

  • Results: Daley def. Larkin by way of KO in round 2 (2:40)

Roy Nelson vs. Javy Ayala in the heavyweight division

  • Results: Nelson def. Ayala by way of unanimous decision

Adam Piccolotti vs. Goiti Yamauchi in the lightweight division

  • Results: Yamauchi def. Piccolotti by way of rear naked choke in round 1 (3:19)

Aaron Pico vs. Jusin Linn in the featherweight division

  • Results: Pico def. Linn by way of KO in round 1 (3:45)

Brooke Mayo vs. Kaytlin Neil in the women’s flyweight division

  • Results: Neil def. Mayo by way of unanimous decision

Fernando Gonzalez vs. Alex Lopez in the welterweight division

  • Results: Gonzalez def. Lopez by way of split-decision

Gaston Bolanos vs. Brandon Laroco in the featherweight division

  • Results: Laroco def. Bolanos by way of triangle in round 2 (2:16)

Tony Johnson vs. Mike Ortega in the light heavyweight division

  • Results: Johnson def. Ortega by way of KO in round 2 (1:49)

Justin Tenedora vs. Ricardo Vasquez in the bantamweight division

  • Results: Vasquez def. Tenedora by way of guillotine choke (2:39)

Jaimelene Nievera vs. Corina Herrera in the women’s flyweight division

  • Results: Nievera def. Herrera by way of unanimous decision

JJ Okanovich vs. Luis Jauregui in the lightweight division

  • Results: Okanovich def. Jauregui by way of arm bar in round 1 (:42)

Daniel Gonzalez vs. Anthony Castrejon in the flyweight division

  • Results: Gonzalez def. Castrejon by way of KO in round 1 (4:03)

Bellator Kickboxing 7’s results include:

Karim Ghajji vs. Raymond Daniels for the Welterweight World Title

  • Results: Daniels def. Ghajji

Kevin Ross vs. Domenico Lomurno in the Featherweight World Title

  • Results: Ross def. Lomurno by way of split-decision

Joe Schilling vs. Najib Idali in the middleweight division

  • Results: Schilling def. Idali by way of doctor’s stoppage in round 2

Jorina Bars vs. Anke Van Gestel in the women’s featherweight division

  • Results: Bars def. Van Gestel by way of unanimous decision

Joe Palacios vs. Malaipet in the featherweight division

  • Results: Malaipet def. Palacios by way of unanimous decision

Daniel Gonzalez: Making Flyweight Great for Bellator at Bellator 183

No matter the arena, the champions of Bellator MMA are top of mind for every visitor to their events, as the elite at nearly every weight class wave in the rafters.

One division yet to be posterized: flyweight, and Daniel ‘Prodigy’ Gonzalez (1-0), as he shared on Episode 76 of the @norcalfightmma Podcast (link here), envisions himself as the 125-pound face of Bellator.

Bellator 183 welcomes Gonzalez for his promotional debut on September 23, 2017. The young product of American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) will light the fuse to Bellator 183’s prelims against Anthony Castrejon (1-1) and intends on creating an explosive need for Bellator’s decision-makers to construct a hierarchy of flyweights.

Throughout the interview, Gonzalez grinned from ear-to-ear at the thought of gracing the center of Bellator’s iron gates in the near future, but its his pursuit of a legacy, with iron fists to anchor potential and flashy footwork to lead the way, that grips the attention of his Bay Area fanbase:

“They [Bellator] have those flags of the bantamweight champion, the featherweight champion, the ’this and this’ champion; I’m like: there’s no flyweight champion—that’s interesting. Once they put me on this card, they’re going to want to sit down and have a meeting and say, ‘Hey man, we need to start opening a division.’”

By preparing a performance for the punctuation mark, Gonzalez sentences his opponents to an excessive degree of punishment; moreover, all of his training leading in to Bellator 183 was fixated on a bold exclamation point,

“That was my whole goal in this camp, to make a huge statemanet and have everyone in that arena open their eyes.”

According to Gonzalez, those inside San Jose’s SAP Center and viewers of Bellator 183’s prelims, found online at bellator.com, will be eager for the next chapter in his career.

Follow Daniel ‘Prodigy’ Gonzalez at:

Twitter: @prodigydan1

Instagram: @prodigydan

Be sure to listen to Episode 76 of the @norcalfightmma Podcast in its entirety at:

NorCal MMA’s Preview of Bellator 183

When Dionne Warwick asks like a nightingale, “Do you know the way to San Jose?,” Scott Coker, the President of Bellator MMA, has an answer that is music to the ears of Northern California’s MMA community: Bellator 183 on September 16, 2017 at the SAP Center. 

Although no titles hang in the balance at Bellator 183, the shine of the star-studded card doesn’t lose any luster. In conjunction with Bellator 183’s mixing of the martial arts, the Viacom-owned promotion will also unfurl the seventh installment of Bellator Kickboxing, which features two championship slugfests.

Bellator 183’s Main Card

Main Event: Benson Henderson vs Patricky Freire in the lightweight division

Since leaving the UFC, big things were expected from ‘Smooth’ Benson Henderson (24-7); unfortunately, the former lightweight champion has hit a rough patch since contracting his services with Bellator. As Henderson continues to hunt his legacy, a win over Freire, in addition to a TKO stoppage of Patricio Freire at Bellator 160, will cement his place in the Bellator brothers’ family album as public enemy number one.

Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire (17-8) seeks revenge for his brother, but he’s also primed to bolster his reputation, in the wake of a KO victory over Josh Thomson—another UFC vet, as a barometer of excellence amid Bellator’s lightweight roster. Watch for ‘Pitbull’ to salivate at the sound of the bell and engage Henderson in a dog fight as Bellator’s main attraction.

Co-Main Event: Javy Ayala vs. Roy Nelson in the heavyweight division

Javy ‘Eye Candy’ Ayala (10-5) has been on Bellator’s payroll since 2013, and this heavyweight heartthrob signed his sweetest deal to date: Roy Nelson. Before serving the former UFC contender all-you-can-eat knuckle sandwiches, Ayala divided an overwhelming experience factor in half by blasting Sergei Kharitonov, a seasoned competitor with nearly thirty professional fights, at Bellator 163.

Over the past year, Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson (22-14) has suffered a checkered record in the UFC. When a position at Bellator opened an endless acreage of possibility for ‘Big Country,’ he transferred his talents to a prospering division. If Nelson thrives in his new home, he’ll find himself as a leading candidate for king of Bellator’s heavyweight brutes.

Feature Bout: Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin in the welterweight division

Regardless of Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley (39-15-2) and Lorenz ‘The Monsoon’ Larkin (18-6) entering Bellator 183 in the wake of losses, fight fans are the winners when these welterweights are locked between the wire fencing. It’s safe to assume: an explosive storm is brewing, and MMA enthusiasts will be hypnotized to the gale force winds packed with TNT for fifteen minutes—if necessary.

Goiti Yamauchi vs. Adam Piccolotti in the lightweight division

Goiti Yamauchi (21-3) has been branded by Bellator since Adam Piccolotti (9-0) ditched the amateur ranks in 2013. Ignoring disparities on the stats sheet, Piccolotti, a blue-chip prospect out of Raul Castillo Martial Arts, will further his march up Bellator’s lightweight ladder in front of his Bay Area collective.

Aaron Pico vs. Justin Linn in the featherweight division

After Aaron Pico (0-1) erased his Bellator debut from memory, he’s eager to ink a new chapter against Justin ‘The Mortal Sinn’ Linn (7-3). Pico, flying the flag of American Kickboxing Academy, and Linn, raised on the mean streets of Stockton, will model for those at the onset of Bellator 183’s main card the abilities of mixed martial artists molded in Northern California

Bellator 183’s Prelims include:

Brooke Mayo vs. Kaytlin Neil in the women’s flyweight division

Ricardo Vasquez vs. Justin Tenedora in the bantamweight division

Mike Ortega vs. Tony Johnson in the light heavyweight division

Brandon Laroco vs. Gaston Bolanos in the featherweight division

Corina Herrera vs. Jaymee Nievara in the flyweight division

Alex Lopez vs. Fernando Gonzalez in the welterweight division

Luis Jauregui vs. JJ Okanovich in the lightweight division

Anthony Castrejon vs. Daniel Gonzalez in the flyweight division

Bellator Kickboxing 7 includes:

Karim Ghajji vs. Raymond Daniels for the Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Championship

Kevin Ross vs. Domenico Lomurno for the Bellator Kickboxing Featherweight Championship

Jorina Baars vs. Anke Van Gestel in the featherweight division

Joe Schilling vs. Najib Idali in the middlweight division

Malaipet vs. Jose Palacios in the welterweight division

Brooke Mayo booked opposite debuting Kaytlin Neil at Bellator 183 in San Jose — MMAjunkie

After a gritty Bellator debut, Brooke Mayo will now be the one welcoming someone to the promotion. Mayo (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) meets Kaytlin Neil in a flyweight bout at Bellator 183 (0-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), which takes place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif, a Bellator official on Tuesday told MMAjunkie. The Sept. 23…

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