Alexander Shlemenko used a mix of punishing shots to the head and body to finish off Maiquel Falcao and claim the Bellator middleweight title in the featured attraction at Bellator 88 on Thursday night.
The event, which emanated from The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, also saw the completion of the quarterfinals of Bellator's season eight featherweight tournament. Marlon Sandro, Mike Richman, Alexandre Bezerra and Magomedrasul Khasbulaev all moved on to the semifinals with victories.
Complete results from the event are after the jump.
In a meeting between two of Bellator's more exciting fighters, it was David Rickels that got the better of Lloyd Woodard to the tune of an unanimous decision win in the main event of Bellator 87 on Thursday night.
The bout was one of four lightweight quarterfinal matches that crowd at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan witnessed.
Woodard did not go down without a fight, however. The Montana native took control early on with an early slam and a mix of ground and pound and submission attempts from top position. Woodard also hurt Rickels late in the final round and landed a pair of timely takedowns that ended up not being enough to sway the scorecards.
Above is a recap of highlights from Demetrious Johnson's successful defense of the UFC flyweight title against John Dodson.
After the jump are highlights and interviews from the rest of the main card fights. Be sure to check them out.
Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his UFC flyweight title on Saturday night, but took all he could handle from prepared challenger John Dodson in the main event of Saturday night's UFC on FOX 6.
The 16,091 in attendance at United Center in Chicago witnessed Dodson drop the champ thrice within the first two rounds, only for Johnson to storm back with a relentless attack in the later rounds.
"I got dazed a little bit," Johnson said after the fight. "It's going to happen. It's like swimming, you're gonna get splashed. I'm going to get hit."
Despite displaying a crafty ground game and an effective arsenal of punches and kicks, Hatsu Hioki came out on the losing end of a split decision to Clay Guida in the featured bout during the UFC on FOX 6 prelims on Saturday night.
The crowd inside of Chicago's United Center was clearly behind their native son in Guida, but "The Carpenter" drew scattered boos over the course of three rounds due to a stagnant offense, which saw Guida controlling Hioki on the ground, but not offering much in terms of punishment.
Hioki took the the first round on two of the judge's scorecards by making Guida miss on the feet, while scoring with a barrage of punches, kicks and knees. The second stanza saw Guida turn the tide with some hard leg kicks and a huge slam that put Hioki on his back for the majority of the round. The Japanese veteran still managed to keep things close however courtesy of a couple of submission attempts and a head kick that landed flush as the round closed.
MMA on Tap will be going live at 4:35 PM ET with real-time results of this evening's UFC on FOX 6 event, which takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
The show is headlined by a UFC flyweight title bout, pitting champion Demetrious Johnson against challenger John Dodson. The main card airs on FOX at 8 PM ET. Preliminary bouts can be seen starting at 5 PM ET live on FX and prior to that, at 4:35 PM ET on the UFC's Facebook page.
Live results can be seen after the jump.
Ben Askren is evolving.
On a night that many expected Askren's smothering top position and submissions to do Karl Amoussou in, it was Askren's new ground-and-pound that put away the Frenchman in his latest Bellator welterweight title defense in the main event of Bellator 86 on Thursday night at the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
Prior to the bout, Askren predicted a finish and he delivered. It was his second stoppage under the Bellator banner and his first since he submitted Ryan Thomas in his promotional debut back in April 2010.
Benson Henderson def. Nathan Diaz - Decision (Unanimous)
Alexander Gustafsson def. Mauricio Rua - Decision (Unanimous)
Rory MacDonald def. BJ Penn - Decision (Unanimous)
Matt Brown def. Mike Swick - KO (Punches)
Yves Edwards def. Jeremy Stephens - KO (Punches & Elbows)
Raphael Assuncao def. Mike Easton - Decision (Unanimous)
Ramsey Nijem def. Joe Proctor - Decision (Unanimous)
Daron Cruickshank def. Henry Martinez - KO (Kick)
Abel Trujillo def. Marcus LeVesseur - TKO (Knees)
Dennis Siver def. Nam Phan - Decision (Unanimous)
Scott Jorgensen def. John Albert - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Last week on MMA Fighting’s “The MMA Beat”, Mike Straka stated that he's heard through sources that Georges St. Pierre is requesting $50 million to fight Anderson Silva. Straka said, “I was told by somebody very close to Georges that Georges today makes close to $8 million a fight. So to fight Anderson Silva he’s going to ask for $50 million.”
St. Pierre, who is currently in Paris, France, joined 98.5 FM Sports and shot down the report saying it was not true.
Johny Hendricks recently told MMA Junkie Radio that he has no intentions of risking his status as the number one contender for the UFC welterweight title. Hendricks said, “I’m not going to fight unless it’s for a belt. Nothing else matters but the belt.”
It’ll be interesting to see how the UFC handles the current welterweight title picture. Will it be the lesser known yet more deserving Hendricks or the outspoken and brash Nick Diaz?
Mamed Khalidov def. Kendall Grove – Submission (Achilles Lock)
Michal Materia def. Rodney Wallace – KO (Punch)
Aslambek Saidov def. Borys Mankowski – TKO (Leg Injury)
Maciej Jewtuszko def. Artur Sowinski – Submission (Brabo Choke)
Piotr Strus def. Krzysztof Kulak – TKO (Corner Stoppage)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Paulina Bonkowska – Decision (Unanimous)
Matt Horwich def. Terry Martin – TKO (Punches)