Bellator 120 adds Kongo-Smith, Volkov-Ivanov, Pitbull-Held, and Richman-Yamauchi

The Bellator 120 preliminary card is now set as Bellator MMA Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney announced on Friday night during Bellator 117 the four fights that will air on Spike TV before the pay-per-view. Bellator 120

The televised prelims will see Mike Richman vs. Goiti Yamauchi in a featherweight bout, Patricky Pitbull vs. Marcin Held in lightweight tournament final, Alexander Volkov vs. Blagoi Ivanov in heavyweight final, and Cheick Kongo vs. Eric Smith in a heavyweight bout.

Bellator 120 will come from the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi and will be headlined by Eddie Alvarez defending the Bellator lightweight title against Michael Chandler.

“When I look at this card top to bottom, it just brings a smile to my face,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “We simply wanted to give our fans an incredibly entertaining night of fights top to bottom, and this card should absolutely deliver. From the start of our Spike TV show to our main event with Eddie and Michael, the card is loaded with great fights, and I can’t wait until May 17th.”

The current Bellator 120: Alvarez vs. Chandler III card is below.

Main Card: (PPV – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Eddie Alvarez (25-3) vs. Michael Chandler (12-1)
Quinton Jackson (34-11) vs. Muhammed Lawal (12-3, 1NC)
Alexander Shlemenko (50-7) vs. Tito Ortiz (16-11-1)
Will Brooks (13-1) vs. Nate Jolly (13-5)
Michael Page (5-0) vs. Ricky Rainey (7-2)

Preliminary Card: (Spike TV – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Cheick Kongo (20-9) vs. Eric Smith (6-1-1)
Blagoi Ivanov (11-0) vs. Alexander Volkov (20-4)
Patricky Pitbull (13-5) vs. Marcin Held (18-3)
Goiti Yamauchi (16-2) vs. Mike Richman (16-4)

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Bellator 117 Results: Douglas Lima wins vacant title; Held and Pitbull advance to LW tournament final

Bellator 117 took place on Friday night and Douglas Lima became the third Bellator welterweight champion as he defeated Rick Hawn in the second round to win the vacant title.Bellator 117 Poster

From the opening bell, Lima attacked the lead leg of Hawn with kicks as Hawn attempted to counter the strikes. As the round went on, Hawn’s left leg was getting lit up by the low kicks and would eventually fall to the mat.

Lima went for the finish on the ground, but Hawn would make it to the bell. Once the second round started, Lima went back to attacking the lead leg and Hawn fell to the mat on multiple occasions. After Lima dropped him near the three minute mark of the round, Hawn’s head trainer Firas Zahabi would throw in the throw and referee Rob Hinds stopped the fight.

Hawn (26-5) has now won five fight in a row and this victory ties him with Lyman Good for the second most wins in Bellator welterweight division. This defeat marks the second time that Hawn (18-3) has lost a title fight in Bellator and he will likely drop back down to the lightweight division.

Held scores another submission, advances to lightweight final
The co-main event of the fight card was a lightweight tournament semifinal as Marcin Held scored his tenth career win by submission as he defeated Derek Anderson in the second round.

Held was able to get the fight to the ground early and immediately went for a leg lock. Anderson would be able to defend the submission attempt but he would be stuck on the ground with Held for the entire round. Anderson would be able to keep the fight on the feet at the start of the second round, but Held was able to get the fight to the ground with an awkward move. Once on the ground, he locked in a triangle choke and Anderson would tap out.

Held (18-3) now has seven wins in the Bellator lightweight division, which is second most in divisional history. While this is his tenth career win by submission, this is the first time he has won by triangle choke.

Amoussou earns first victory since 2012 with split decision over Gomez
Season six welterweight tournament winner Karl Amoussou snapped a two fight losing streak on Friday night as he defeated Bellator newcomer David Gomez by split decision.

Amoussou opened up the fight by being able to use his jab to creat distance and be the more active fighter during the opening round. He came close to a stoppage victory in the beginning of the second round as he went for a heel hook submission. Gomez would survive the submission attempt and began to land significant strikes during the middle round.

The final round would be high pace with each fighter landing several significant punches. It would be the closest of the three rounds and could have been scored for either fighter. The judges would be split on the decision and two of the three judges had the fight for Amoussou (17-6-2). This is his first victory in 638 days and may secure him a spot in the next welterweight tournament.

Pitbull advances to second lightweight tournament final
The opening bout of the main card was a lightweight tournament semifinal as Patricky Pitbull advanced to his second Bellator lightweight tournament final with a second round TKO victory.

Pitbull got off to a slow start in the fight as Campos was in control during the opening round. However, Pitbull came out quick in the second round as he dropped Campos with a right hand. Campos would be able to survive for a moment as he got back to his feet, but Pitbull would drop him once again and finish the fight on the mat.

The victory for Pitbull (13-5) gives him four tournament victories in Bellator and all of those victories have come by TKO/KO. He has now won three straight and both of his wins in this tournament have come in the second round.

The complete Bellator 117 results are below.

Main Card: (Spike TV)
Douglas Lima def. Rick Hawn via TKO (corner stoppage) – Round 2, 3:19
Marcin Held def. Derek Anderson via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:09
Karl Amoussou def. David Gomez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Patricky Pitbull def. Derek Campos via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, :52

Preliminary Card: (Spike.com)
Ryan Jensen def. Mark Stoddard via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:52
Houston Alexander def. Matt Udhe via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
Martin Brown def. Jared Downing via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Larue Burley def. Cliff Wright Jr. via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
Joe Vedepo def. Ben Crowder via verbal submission (injury) – Round 1, :48
Anthony Smith def. Victor Moreno via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, :59
Julio Cesar Neves def. Josh Arocho via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:37
Jordan Parsons def. Tim Bazer via KO (punches) – Round 2, :04

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UFC on FOX 11 Weigh-In Video

The UFC on FOX 11 Weigh-Ins took place earlier today in Orlando and the complete weigh-in video is below.

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UFC on FOX 11 Preview: Brad Tavares vs. Yoel Romero

The opening bout of the UFC on FOX 11 main card tomorrow night will be a middleweight bout as Brad Tavares looks for his sixth straight victory as he meets Yoel Romero.

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Michael Page vs. Ricky Rainey will kick off Bellator 120 PPV

A welterweight bout will kick off the Bellator 120 pay-per-view on May 17th as undefeated British striker Michael Page will meet Ricky Rainey. Ricky Rainey

The fight booking was announced by the Bellator on Friday afternoon.

Bellator 120 will come from the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi and will be headlined by Eddie Alvarez defending the Bellator lightweight title against Michael Chandler.

Page (5-0) made his Bellator debut last year and scored the fastest victory in Bellator welterweight history as he defeated Ryan Sanders by knockout out ten seconds. He was scheduled to return in season nine, but injuries forced him out of two different fights.

Rainey (7-2) was signed by Bellator earlier this year and made his debut last week at Bellator 116. He would earn his fourth career victory by knockout as he defeated Andy Murad and his performance convinced Bellator MMA Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney to get him back in the cage as soon as possible.

“After seeing the performance that Ricky put on at Bellator 116, the decision was a no brainer to get him back into our cage as quickly as possible,” Rebney said. “Michael Page is one of the most explosive fighters this sport has, and to be able to put both these guys in the cage together is magic. I couldn’t think of a better fight to put on to kick off our pay-per-view than these two explosive, tall, long Welters that throw bombs.”

The current Bellator 120: Alvarez vs. Chandler III card is below.

Main Card: (PPV – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Eddie Alvarez (25-3) vs. Michael Chandler (12-1)
Quinton Jackson (34-11) vs. Muhammed Lawal (12-3, 1NC)
Alexander Shlemenko (50-7) vs. Tito Ortiz (16-11-1)
Will Brooks (13-1) vs. Nate Jolly (13-5)
Michael Page (5-0) vs. Ricky Rainey (7-2)

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