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February 16, 2019

Bellator 216 Live Play by Play

Michael Venom Page v. Paul Semtex Daley Welterweight Grand Prix

Travis Lizotte

Alright New England MMA fans after some technical difficulties last night we should be good to go for tonight's Bellator 216 card, bringing you live up to the minute results from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Tonight's card is absolutely stacked and will kick off at 7:30 PM Eastern time with the Main Card to follow at 10 PM. Stay with us throughout the night for all the live coverage as it goes down here at Bellator 216!


Pat "The Gorilla Ninja" Casey v. Nekruz Mirkhojaev

Round 1: They Touch em up and Nekruz goes for the early takedown and is stuffed, they return to striking distance and Nekruz ducks in for another takedown attempt and is stuffed. Nekruz lands a combination and is answered by the gloves of Pat Casey. These two are swinging for the fences as the first two minutes tick away. Casey lands a nice combination that rests the chin of Nekruz as he follows the right with a big lefthand. Nekruz is trying to clinch but Pat is having none of it as Casey stuffs another takedown but eats a strike in the process. Nekruz once again tries to get the fight to the ground but is again stuffed by Casey. Casey lands a body kick just before the round ends. 10-9 Casey.

Round 2: Both men come out looking to strike again as Casey puts his head down and strikes his way forward. Nekruz looks for another takedown but its more of the same, Pat stuffs and returns to striking distance. They are essentially standing in front of each other here trading combinations. Casey clips Nekruz with a nice right hand worthy of note. Casey has Nekruz backed to the cage as Pat goes on the offensive and Nekruz looks to counter and they return to the center. Nekruz catches a kick from Casey and dumps him on the canvas, Casey gets to his feet briefly but is dumped again and Nekruz takes his back with 20 seconds left to work, Nekruz lands some hammerfists and looks for the rear naked choke but cannot finish. 10-9 Mirkhojaev. 

Round 3: Nekruz touches the chin of Casey and they roll to the canvas, Casey gets to his feet but is greeted by a takedown by Nekruz. Nekruz gets the back and is landing some clean shots, Nekruz switches to a neck crank and Casey is forced to tap.

Decision: Nekruz Mirkhojaev defeats Pat Casey by Submission (Neck Crank) at 1:18 of the third round. 

Rodolfo Rocha v. Jesse "James" Kosakowski

Round 1: Jesse comes out careful of the reach of Rocha, Jesse closes that distance quick and lands a textbook doubleleg and goes to work from Rocha's guard. Rocha throws up a triangle attempt but Jesse is using it to try and pass guard, Jesse works to side control with time to work. Jesse throws in an inverted triangle but Rocha escapes and ends up on top with some ground and pound. Kosakowski sweeps to top position and scrambles to the back of Rocha with thirty seconds left. Jesse is too high on the ride and Rocha sweeps and ends the round on top. 10-9 Kosakowski.

Round 2: Jesse gets round 2 going with a side kick and a jab and we are underway as fighters exchange leg kicks. Jesse lands a nice right to the body and then closes the distance and trips Rocha to the mat and we are back in guard. Jesse uses some heavy left hands to batter the body of Rocha, Jesse creates distance and lands some heavy elbows the open Rocha up wide. Rocha gives his back and Jesse sinks in a body triangle and uses the blood of Rocha to lubricate his forearm under the chin of Rocha for the tap!

Decision: Jesse Kosakowski defeats Rodolfo Rocha by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:05 of the second round.

Vinicius "The Brazilian Bad Boy"de Jesus v. Rodolfo Barcellos

Round 1: Vinicius comes out stalking Barcellos and backing him to the cage, both men land some leg kicks and de Jesus lands a right to the body. Both fighters continue to work on one another's lead legs but it is de Jesus that continues to come forward. De Jesus comes forward firing a jab followed by another jab that sits Rodolfo down but he pops right back up and is greeted by a leg kick from de Jesus. De Jesus land another leg kick that folds Barcello's knee and Vinicius backs off and lets Barcellos stand. Vinicius throws a left jab followed by a right uppercut that folds Barcellos and de Jesus follows with heavy ground and pound for the stoppage.

Decision: Vinicus de Jesus defeats Rodalfo Barcellos by Knockout (Uppercut/ Ground and Pound) at 3:46 of round one.

Tyrell Fortune v. Ryan Pokryfky

Round 1: Ryan comes out fienting the jab loosing to stay away from the power of Fortune, Fortune walks throught a combination as he looks to back Ryan up. Fortune swings his right hand and looks to change levels but Ryan steps aside. Ryan is relying heavy on the jab and Fortune lands an overhand that clips Ryan, Fortune lets him return to his feet where he lands yet another overhand right that wobbles Ryan and Fortune follows up with a deadly knee that garners the stoppage from referee Leon Roberts.

Decision: Tyrell Fortune defeats Ryan Pokryfky by Knockout (Right Hand/ Knee) at 2:21 of round number one! That knee was NASTY!

Kastriot "Slaughterhouse" Xhema v. Kemran "Killer Kem"Lachinov

Round 1: Lachinov comes out throwing two righthands and goes straight for the takedow, he eats a fist from Kastriot on the way in but gets the takedown. They break and Kastriot fires a kick that hits the body of Lachinov but is caught and Lachinov dumps him back to the ground. Lachinov works to side control and eventually to north/ south. Lachinov is heavy on top but isn't doing much to improve position, Lachinov returns to side control where he looks to trap the arms of Xhema with a minute left in the round. Lachinov lands a share of knees and fist from side control before Xhema can scramble, Lachinov hops on the back and lands some ground and pound as the round ends. 10-9 Lachinov.

Round 2: Lachinov comes out welcoming Xhema to close the distance, Kastriot gets the takedown and Lachinov grabs the leg of Xhema, Kastriot looks at referee Kevin McDonald and calmly tells Kevin that his leg is broken as he taps out to the leg lock.

Decision: Kemran Lachinov defeats Kastriot Xhema by Technical Submission (Knee Bar) at :36 seconds of round 2.

Justin "The Fort" Sumter v. Reginaldo Felix

Round 1: Justin claims the center of the cage early and lands a body kick as Felix tries to get in on the kicking action and lands a couple of his own. Sumter continues to comes forward throwing kicks but Felix lands a huge counter that drops Justin. Sumter gets to his feet and Reginaldo looks for the kill with heavy strikes and Sumter is surviving now. Justin comes back with some heavy leather of his own and both fighters are showing signs of wear as both are bleeding now. Redinaldo lands some more heavy hands and Sumter lands some brutal knees to the body from the clinch. We have a war ladies and gentlemen! 10-9 Felix

Round 2: Reginaldo strikes first but is countered by Sumter and Sumter changes levels for the takedown. Justin works to half guard and looks to trap the arms of Felix as Sumter grinds Felix on the fence. Sumter is looking for room to land strikes but Felix is doing a great job defending the attack of Sumter. Justin works to mount and Reginaldo gives up his back and Justin Sumter sinks in the Rear Naked Choke for the tap.

Decision: Justin Sumter defeats Reginaldo Felix by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:42 of the second round.

Demetrios "Demi God" Plaza v. Drews Rodriguez

Round 1: Plaza opens with a lower leg kick and we are underway. Rodriguez comes forward with a combination and is turned away. Plaza comes forward with a combination of his own and knocks Rodriguez to the canvas and  quickly works to mount. Rodgiruez works back to half guard but eats an elbow for his troubles before Rodriguez returns to the feet and eats a knee to the face. Plaza trips Rodriguez back to the ground and is again in mount. Plaza comes up empty on an armbar attempt but ends up back on top and in mount once again. Demetrios postures up briefly and lands a short elbow but Rodriguez is minimizing damage by keeping Plaza close as the round ends. Rodriguez has a huge mouse on his left cheek that will need to be attended to between rounds. 10-8 Plaza.

Round 2: Rodriguez comes out with a spinning technique and some kicks that fall short as Rodriguez is sensing some urgency here. Rodriguez is showing some good movement to stay away from Plaza but all his strikes are being blocked by Plaza. Plaza eats a combination but is able to clinch but it is Rodriguez who puts Plaza's back to the cage and looks to work the knee game. Plaza is now landing some dirty boxing to the damaged cheek of Rodriguez as the action is slow this round. Rodriguez gets in a nice knee to the body but Plaza works more on that cheek and it is obviously effecting Rodriguez as the round comes to a close. 10-9 Rodriguez.

Round 3: Rodriguez comes out again throwing high kicks but they are being blocked by Plaza. Plaza throws a loud spinning head kick that just glances Rodriguez, Andrews fires back with a knee and is taken down by Plaza. Rodriguez is landing strikes from his back as Plaza looks to posture and once again work on the face of Rodriguez. Rodriguez looks to land elbows from the bottom but Plaza lands another couple elbows to the vastly damaged face of Rodriguez. Rodriguez comes up empty on a great attempt at an armbar and Plaza makes him pay with more sharp elbows. Rodriguez' face is destroyed as the round ends. 10-9 Plaza.

Decision: Demetrios Plaza defeats Andrews Rodriguez by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27) 

Main Card:

Valerie Loureda v. Colby "Dreamcatcher" Fletcher
Round 1: Both girls came out with a high volume of striking early in the first round with both landing numerous combinations.  Loureda landed a body kick that dropped Fletcher and she followed with heavy Ground and Pound for the stoppage.

Decision: Valerie Loureda defeats Colby Fletcher by Knockout (Body Kick/ Ground and Pound) at 2:55 of the first round.

Yaroslav "Dynamo" Amosov v. Erick "The Tiger" Silva
Round 1: Silva landed a right hand that cut the right eye of Amosov early, as these guys slugged it out from the word GO! Amosov tried hard to clinch with Silva but Silva did well to keep distance and strike his way through the first round. 10-9 Silva  

Round 2: Amosov closed the distance in the early part of round two and was able to get Silva to the ground where he did some damage with strikes and submission attempts. Silva got back to his feet but Amosov slammed him back to the canvas where he continued to work on Silva. 10-9 Amosov.

Round 3: The begin the first round at striking distance but Amosov wastes little time taking the fight to the ground but this time Silva is able to return to his feet. Amosov gets another takedown and works the body of Silva from side control. Silva gets up again and is slammed back to the mat by Amosov as the grappling of Amosov is wearing heavy on Silva in the later rounds. Amosov was all over Silva in the final round. 10-8 Amosov.

Decision: Yaroslav Amosov defeats Erick Silva by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Cheick Kongo v. Vitaly Minakov
Round 1: The first real action in the first round comes from a Cheick Kongo knee to the cup of Minakov. Following the stoppage from the foul both men look to amp up their striking as Minakov knocks Kongo down. Pretty closly contested first round I have it 10-9 Minakov.

Round 2: Minakov takes the center of the cage early in the second round as he chases Kongo around the outskirts of the cage. Kongo has been on his bicycle all round but with a minute left Kongo goes on the offensive landing some strikes to Minakov. Not a lot happening in this round until the last minute...10-9 Kongo.

Round 3: Minakov takes the center to start the third as Kongo lands some nice lower leg kicks on the Russian. Minakov answers the striking with a takedown as he works Kongo from the top. Minakov works the body of Kongo from top position but isn't threatening to finish the fight. Kongo uses a Guillotine choke to get to his feet and lands some heavy leather and knees as the third round expires. 10-9 Minakov. 

Decision: Cheick Kongo defeats  Vitaly Minakov by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) I did not see this fight the same as the judges.

Mirko Cro Cop v. Roy "Big Country" Nelson
Round 1: Roy Nelson is the more active fighter early on landing some shots and backing down Cro Cop. Roy lands some knees to the body with his back against the fence. Cro Cop lands a sharp kick to the body of Nelson as Nelson looks to take the fight to the ground. 10-9 Nelson.

Round 2: Roy is once again the aggressor early in the round as Cro Cop continues to keep that left leg loaded. They trade knees on the cage and Roy lands some nice short elbows and Cro Cop returns with an Uppercut. Cro Cop adds some kicks to the body of Nelson and a straight jab to the face. Cro Cop puts together some offense as Roy returns with some knees from the clinch. Roy lands some nice clean uppercuts as the round ends. 10-9 Nelson.

Round 3: Cro Cop lands a left to open the round and Roy returns fire with a left of his own. Mirko stuff three more takedown attempts from Nelson as we stay standing. Nelson has been doing a great job this round landing uppercuts to the body from the clinch. Roy finally capitalizes on a single leg with a minute left to go as Roy works from the guard of Cro Cop. Roy finishes on top landing some short elbows as we go to the judges. 10-9 Nelson.

Decision: Mirko Cro Cop defeats Roy Nelson by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) NEEDLESS TO SAY I AM STUNNED!

Michael "Venom" Page v. Paul "Semtex" Daley
Welterweight Grand Prix Opening Round

Round 1: Page comes out in true MVP fashion with his hands down and clowning Daley. Page chases Daley around the cage for the first half a round as he continues to clown with his hands down and his hands on his knees at times. Page is landing some jabs and push kicks but there is nearly zero offense out of Daley as round 1 ends. 10-9 Page.

Round 2: Page comes out in much the same style but with a little more activity to his movement as Daley still looks for his opening. Page starts to dance and Daley closes the distance and has MVP against the cage where Semtex lands some knees and strikes as he looks to get the fight to the ground. Page gets away briefly but Daley shoot for another takedown and gets it. Daley lands some short strikes from the top but nothing of note. MVP returns to his feet with seconds left and Daley connects with a shot that wobbles MVP. 10-9 Daley.

Round 3: MVP comes out in round three throwing kicks from distance. Semtex shoots for a takedown and MVP defends but Paul has his back against the cage. Daley is persistent and lands the takedown with just over 2 minutes left in the round. Daley opens up with some big shots on the ground before MVP can return to his feet. 10-9 Daley.

Round 4: Page opens the fourth round with an overhand right, Daley answers coming forward. Page lands another right hand and Daley shoots and gets the takedown in the center of the cage. MVP gets to his feet and fires a headkick that just misses and follows with a knee to the face that does land. MVP takes Daley down now and has a minute to work from the top. Page lands some short elbows and ground and pound but Daley survives the round. 10-9 Page.

Round 5: Page throws the flying knee as the bell sounds for round 5, Daley follows up with a takedown and we are on the mat once again. Daley lands some hammerfists and looks for a guillotine but Page defends and gets back to his feet. Page grabs the back from the standing position and looks to flatten out Daley as he has one hook in and is looking for a second. Daley makes it back to the feet and we are on the fence once again. MVP finishes the fight on top of Daley. 10-9 Page.

Decision: Michael Venom Page defeats Paul Semtex Daley by Unanimous Decision (48-47 x3) to advance to the Semi finals of the Welterweight Grand Prix.