Bellator 134 went down Friday night from Uncasville, Connecticut and the Mohegan Sun Arena.
The main event went a full 25 minutes, as Liam McGeary remained unbeaten and claimed the light heavyweight title with a decision victory over Emanuel Newton.
McGeary, who earned his shot at the belt by winning a Summer Series tournament, was given scores of 48-47 twice and 48-46 to supplant Newton atop the 205-pound division.
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal moved up to heavyweight in the co-main event, claiming a split decision over Cheick Kongo. Lawal, a former Strikeforce champion, controlled the bigger Kongo with his wrestling to earn the decision.
In early main card action, Brennan Ward submitted Curtis Millender in the first round with a rear-naked choke, Linton Vassell finished Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the second and Paul Daley scored a decision over Andre Santos.
Daley was scheduled to face Douglas Lima for the welterweight title before an injury forced Lima out.
Prelim winners were Dean Hancock, Matt Bessette, Raphael Butler, Tamdan McCrory, Neiman Gracie and Blair Tugman.
Complete results can be found below:
Liam McGeary def. Emanuel Newton via unanimous decision (48-46, 48-47, 48-47) to become Bellator light heavyweight champion
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Cheick Kongo via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Paul Daley def. Andre Santos via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Linton Vassell def. Rameau Sokoudjou via TKO (strikes) at 3:18 of Round 2
Brennan Ward def. Curtis Millender via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:37 of Round 1
Dean Hancock def. Michael Mangan via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:33 of Round 1
Matt Bessette def. Josh Laberge via TKO (cut) at 5:00 of Round 2
Raphael Butler def. Josh Diekmann via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:04 of Round 1
Tamdan McCrory def. Jason Butcher via submission (armbar) at 1:06 of Round 1
Neiman Gracie def. Bobby Flynn via submission (crossface) at 2:36 of Round 1
Blair Tugman def. Marvin Maldonado via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)