Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of Bellator 120: Rampage Vs. King Mo.

Tonight’s card comes to us live from just outside of Memphis and the Landers Center. It marks Bellator’s pay-per-view debut.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting refresh for the latest results.


In early prelim action:

Brian Hall def. Cortez Phelia via TKO (strikes) at :24 of Round 3

Codie Shuffield def. Anthony Lemon via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:15 of Round 2

Ben Brewer def. Andy Uhrich via TKO (strikes) at 2:40 of Round 2

Mike Wessel def. Justin Frazier via TKO (strikes) at 4:28 of Round 1

Austin Lyons def. Zach Underwood via technical decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Mike Richman vs. Goiti Yamauchi

We open up the televised action with featherweights Mike Richman and Goiti Yamauchi.

Richman (16-4) is 5-3 with Bellator, including a recent decision loss to Desmond Green. Yamauchi (16-2) had his 11-fight win streak snapped by Will Martinez in February.

Round 1: Less than 30 seconds in and Richman goes down after taking a straight shot to the groin. Full-force right between the legs and this one might take up much of the five minutes Richman gets. Richman is good to go and we are back with action. Two kicks in and Richman has caused some major redness on the thigh of Yamauchi. Big knee to the body connects from Yamauchi, and they clinch. Richman gains the advantage with a body lock, forcing him against the fence and going to the body. Richman nearly lands a head kick after Yamauchi ducks, but he comes back with a left-hook and a kick to the body again. Just an incredibly quick head kick from Yamauchi is blocked. Yamauchi with a pair of lefts and Richman is retreating.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Yamauchi

Round 2: Yamauchi has Richman up against the fence and goes to work, hammering away with lefts and rights. Richman grabs for a body lock, but he has blood coming from his nose after the onslaught. Trip takedown from Yamauchi scores and he postures up, pounding away with more shots. Front kick scores for Yamauchi, who looks good halfway through this round. Richman slips on a kick attempt and gets punished for it, as Yamauchi tees off with strikes. Richman goes for a single-leg but bails as we head under a minute.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Yamauchi

Round 3: Richman on top with a takedown, but Yamauchi is doing well looking for a potential submission. Yamauchi is working actively off his back, but he has been on his back for the majority of the round. Richman working his ground-and-pound efficiently, making sure to not get caught in any of Yamauchi’s potential submission holds. With seconds left, the ref stands them up and Richman is pushing the pace, landing a nice left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Richman

Goiti Yamauchi def. Mike Richman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Fabricio Guerreiro

We’ll head to the featherweight division for a bout between Shahbulat Shamhalaev and Fabricio Guerreiro. Guerreiro missed weight on Friday, making this a catch-weight contest now.

Shamhalaev (12-2-1) had his six-fight win streak and 11-bout unbeaten streak snapped by current champion Pat Curran in 2013 via submission. Guerreiro (19-3) is 2-2 in his last four, including a loss last October to Patricio Freire.

Round 1: Shamhalaev working the kicks early, trying to set up his knockout punch. Guerreiro with an overhand right that misses and just a glancing blow with a left. Shamhalaev rips off a head kick that nearly lands to the chin. Shamhalaev gets in deep on a single-leg and Guerreiro fights it off with shots to the head. He’s working for a potential submission with two minutes to go, holding on to a switch before grabbing the wrist. He drops for a kimura and yanks. Guerreiro moves to the mount with the armlock and he forces Shamhalaev to tap. The ref was in a bad position and Shamhalaev had to be in the hold for an extended period of time.

Fabricio Guerreiro def. Shahbulat Shamhalaev via submission (kimura) at 3:29 of Round 1

Marcin Held vs. Nate Jolly

Two lightweights will meet at a catch-weight, as Marcin Held takes on Nate Jolly.

Held (18-3) was expected to face Patricky Pitbull in the Season 10 lightweight tournament final, but Pitbull suffered an injury and was forced out. Since a loss to Dave Jansen in 2013, the 22-year-old has earned three straight finishes.

Jolly (13-5) is making his debut with Bellator and was booked to face Will Brooks, who was moved to a bout vs. Michael Chandler for the interim title. He owns five stoppage wins in his career.

Round 1: Jolly with a huge right, but Held lands a knee that rocks him. These two are throwing bombs to start and that is what Jolly wants. Big uppercut catches Jolly coming in and Held proceeds to close the distance and clinch. Held with a perfect trip takedown against the wrestler and he immediately goes to the back, locks in his hooks and goes to work with three minutes to go. Held switches to full mount and a potential arm triangle in the process, rolling and forcing the break. Good defense from Jolly so far, but Held remains on his back with hooks locked in. Jolly waits for right time and powers out, but he gets his arm caught out of nowhere by Held. Jolly is very frustrated by his slip.

Marcin Held def. Nate Jolly via submission (armbar) at 4:20 of Round 1

Cheick Kongo vs. Eric Smith

We’ll end the prelims with a heavyweight bout between Cheick Kongo and Eric Smith.

Kongo (20-9-2) lost in April for the Bellator heavyweight title via decision to Vitaly Minakov. After leaving the UFC in 2013, he won his first two fights in the promotion over Peter Graham and Mark Godbeer.

Smith (6-1) hasn’t earned an official win since a 2009 TKO over Cody Donovan. He fought Jan Jorgensen to a no-contest last September after falling to Ricky Shivers in 2010.

Round 1: You would think Smith will try for the takedown right away, as he gets close and lands a nice combo. Front kick by Kongo gets him off the fence and to the attack, but Smith slips a right and clinches. Body lock for Smith, who bullies Kongo up against the fence. Smith lands, but Kongo fires off and hits his own left-right. Smith shoots for a takedown and gets denied. Smith lands a big takedown as we head under two minutes. Kongo trying to get up and he gets caught by Smith, who is teeing off with huge rights and has busted his lip. Kongo is mad, storming after him and throwing huge, powerful kicks to the body. Knees, elbows, rights, uppercuts all from Kongo.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Kongo

Round 2: Smith the aggressor again to start, backing Kongo up. He catches him with a left-right combo and another hard right, forcing Kongo to clinch. Kongo with a drop down and a double-leg that he scores with, working to side control and doing damage now from in close. Smith gives up his back in an attempt to get to his feet. We’ve been stuck on the ground, but Smith gets out of position and Kongo fires away. Knee lands to the face and Kongo has done some damage. This one is close to being stopped, as Kongo is teeing off and Smith isn’t defending himself. That’s it with another knee.

Cheick Kongo def. Eric Smith via TKO (strikes) at 4:35 of Round 2


Michael Page vs. Ricky Rainey

It’s time for pay-per-view action, as welterweights Michael Page and Ricky Rainey hit the cage.

Page (5-0) made an impact in his Bellator debut last year when he scored a 10-second knockout of Ryan Sanders. Rainey (8-2) owns five knockout victories in his career.

Round 1: Page held up his trademark “cobra” hand sign while instructions were being given. Two nice lefts from Page, who is dancing around inside the cage. Huge head kick misses from Page and Rainey is attacking. Nice right hand from Rainey, as Page has his hands down. He lands and hurts him, and again. Flying knee from Page. Page has him hurt, as he tosses him by the side to the canvas. Page isn’t even making eye contact with him and is doing it again. He’s looking at the crowd, walking away from Rainey and landing sharp shots at will. Left, and another and a head kick all land from Page, as Rainey’s face is bruised and bloodied. Showboating from Page and the crowd is booing him. Flying knee, spinning backfist in succession from Page as we go under a minute. Two straight lefts and a right from Page, but Rainey answers. A right hand from Page drops Rainey and this one is over.

Michael Page def. Ricky Rainey via KO (right-hand) at 4:29 of Round 1

Alexander Volkov vs. Blagoy Ivanov in Season 10 heavyweight tournament final

We’ll head back to the heavyweight ranks, as Alexander Volkov and Blagoy Ivanov meet for the Season 10 tournament title.

Volkov (21-4) has finished Mighty Mo and Mark Holata this year to advance to the finals and is 12-1 in his last 13. His lone loss came to Bellator champion Vitaly Minakov last year via first round TKO for the belt.

Ivanov (11-0) downed former UFC fighter Lavar Johnson with a submission to advance in April after scoring a decision over Rich Hale. Like Volkov, he owns a win over ex-UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez.

Alexander Volkov vs. Blagoy Ivanov in Season 10 heavyweight tournament final

We’ll head back to the heavyweight ranks, as Alexander Volkov and Blagoy Ivanov meet for the Season 10 tournament title.

Volkov (21-4) has finished Mighty Mo and Mark Holata this year to advance to the finals and is 12-1 in his last 13. His lone loss came to Bellator champion Vitaly Minakov last year via first round TKO for the belt.

Ivanov (11-0) downed former UFC fighter Lavar Johnson with a submission to advance in April after scoring a decision over Rich Hale. Like Volkov, he owns a win over ex-UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez.

Round 1: Ivanov doing a nice job of working inside the clinch to shorten the reach advantage that Volkov holds. Left catches Volkov, who grabs a body lock to try and gain the upper-hand. Ivanov with a right and Volkov tries for the head-kick, but it gets blocked. Volkov with a nice combo followed up by a knee from in close.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ivanov

Round 2: Ivanov back to the clinch, as he goes for a takedown but winds up with Volkov on his back. The Russian slips on a rear-naked choke attempt and he gets it quickly.

Alexander Volkov def. Blagoy Ivanov via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:08 of Round 2

Tito Ortiz vs. Alexander Shlemenko

After two years away, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz returns to meet Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko in a non-title fight.

Ortiz (16-11-1) lost his last three in the UFC and was just 1-7-1 from 2006-12, missing several months with injuries. He was inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame the weekend he lost to Forrest Griffin in his “retirement” match, but opted to sign with Bellator and compete again.

Shlemenko (50-7) is on a 13-fight win streak, including recent finishes over Brennan Ward and Doug Marshall to defend his title. His last loss came to Hector Lombard in 2010 and he owns 29 career knockout finishes.

Round 1: No touch of gloves and we are off. Ortiz looks the part of a heavyweight against a welterweight. Shlemenko to the body and Ortiz takes them. Loud “Tito” chant breaks out. Shlemenko with a left-right combo. Shlemenko looks like he really wants to use the body shots, using strikes and kicks to that area. Ortiz with a nice takedown and is working to flatten him out, Shlemenko to his back as we go under three minutes and Ortiz has an arm triangle or head-and-arm choke locked in. Shlemenko is out cold. He didn’t tap, but he went out cold and seemed to be stunned.

Tito Ortiz def. Alexander Shlemenko via technical submission (head-and-arm choke) at 2:27 of Round 1

Michael Chandler vs. Will Brooks for Bellator interim lightweight championship

Our co-main event will see Michael Chandler and Will Brooks compete for the interim Bellator lightweight title. Current champion, Eddie Alvarez, is sidelined with a head injury.

Chandler (12-1), a former lightweight titleholder, lost for the first time in his career last November to Alvarez via split decision. He defeated Alvarez in 2011 via submission in just his ninth pro fight.

Brooks (13-1) enters as the Season 9 tournament winner and having won his last four bouts overall. His lone loss came in 2013 to Saad Awad via knockout. Originally, Brooks was to meet Nate Jolly on the main card.

Round 1: Chandler wastes no time going for the takedown and scoring just seconds into the round. Short right hands from Chandler, as he works to better his position and hammer down with more effective ground-and-pound. Brooks explodes and gets to his feet. Heavy kicks from Brooks and Chandler misses with a wild right. Knee to the body from Brooks followed by a series of lefts. Chandler in deep and scores with a double-leg takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Chandler

Round 2: Chandler has tightened up his defense since the loss to Alvarez last year, and scores with his third takedown of the fight. To the body he begins to work. Chandler gets Brooks all the way on his back, allowing him a better chance to punish him. Brooks powers out, they flip and he takes his back. Only for a brief moment, though, as Chandler reverses and gets out of the rear-naked choke attempt with ease.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Chandler

Round 3: Brooks tries for a takedown, gets denied and just misses on a huge uppercut. Chandler goes for a takedown of his own and winds up on his back. He turns and Brooks takes his back, locking in a hook and the second. He spins and goes for a rear-naked choke. Chandler almost gets out, but a body triangle allows Brooks to keep the position. He’s peppering him with lefts. Now he flattens out Chandler and tees off. Chandler eats more punches as Brooks goes to full-mount with two minutes to go. A cut is opened over the left eye and Brooks is teeing off big-time now. Chandler gets out from under, but eats a huge shot to the body. His face is busted open. Brooks again with a shot and again with a takedown, giving up his back once more. Brooks with a hook and a body triangle, working for another rear-naked choke with seconds left.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Brooks

Round 4: Lots of left eye swelling for Chandler, who had that area of his face punished by Alvarez. Brooks with a takedown. Coming into the fight, Chandler had been taken down just once. Brooks takes the back again and gets locked up with three minutes to go in the round. Chandler explodes out and gets inside the guard. The ref stands them up, shouting for both fighters to break the hold and get to their feet. Brooks with a shot and Chandler shoots, getting denied and backed up. Chandler puts a hand on the ground and Brooks lands a vicious knee. The ref saw it and time is called. Again, Brooks takes the back and locks in his hooks. He’s got seconds to work the rear-naked.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brooks

Round 5: Nice scramble there over a takedown and both wind up on their feet. Chandler getting beat with knees to the body, but he fires back with a left hook. Brooks is retreating and Chandler gets thrown over his shoulder. We’ve got 90 seconds left in a very close round. Chandler drops for an ankle-pick, Brooks defends and gets free. Chandler lands his left hook again and Brooks is retreating. Chandler all over him and drops Brooks. He jumps on top for a choke with less than a minute to go. Brooks is fighting it off and Chandler switches to mount.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Chandler

Will Brooks def. Michael Chandler via split decision (47-48, 48-46, 48-47) to become interim Bellator lightweight champion

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in Season 10 light heavyweight tournament final

We’ve arrived at the main event, and a grudge match years in the making, as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson takes on Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.

Jackson, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, is 34-11 in his career and on a two-fight win streak. He has finished both Christian M’Pumbu and Joey Beltran since arriving in Bellator after his UFC contract expired.

Lawal (12-3) is an ex-Strikeforce champion who has gone 4-2 with the promotion. He is coming off a decision win over Mikhail Zayats, with both Bellator losses coming to current titleholder Emanuel Newton.

Round 1: As expected, no touch of gloves and just an incredible mean-mug from Jackson. Lawal shoots right for a takedown and scores with it. Lawal getting his right hand through and doing some damage, as Jackson throws up the guard attempt. Lawal passes with ease, but Jackson gets to his feet. Nice sprawl by Jackson as he takes a knee to the body. Lawal drops for another single-leg, moves to a double and gets it. Jackson again to his feet and again, taken back down by Lawal with no resistance. Lawal delivering knees to the body, but that allows Jackson to escape. Lawal throws a knee that Jackson catches and tosses him to the side. Left jab from Rampage lands and a right off a wild miss from Lawal. Left hook from Rampage and he defends a weak takedown attempt. Wild miss from Lawal allows Jackson to land again.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawal

Round 2: Short left lands from Rampage and Lawal has a cut over his left eye. He goes on the attack, landing a flurry of shots. Lawal goes for a takedown and gets denied. Jackson might be sensing the kill now, snapping off another jab and defending another takedown. Lawal working hard for the takedown and gets denied, allowing Jackson a brief moment of offense. Quickly, though, Lawal locks him up. Jackson puts his hands up, frustrated by the lack of offense from Lawal. Left lands by Rampage and Lawal with a flurry of his own, connecting with a right. Big takedown from Lawal with seconds left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jackson

Round 3: Lawal backing up to start this final round, as his left eye is almost completely swollen shut. Pair of uppercuts get through from Jackson off a failed takedown attempt by Lawal. Much slower pace to this round, as both look exhausted. Lawal drops for a single-leg, and gets it as Jackson tries to shove his head down. Three minutes to go and Lawal is in a position to win this round and maybe the fight. The crowd, as they have done all night, resorts to booing as soon as Lawal gets the takedown. Jackson flips to his knees and Lawal mounts his back as we head under two minutes, but Jackson gets to his feet. Miss on a wild hook from Jackson and Lawal shoots for a takedown. A minute left and Jackson defends the takedown. The ref steps in and separates them and Lawal ducks a big overhand right. Jackson coming forward and he eats a counter for his effort.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawal

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) to win the Season 10 light heavyweight tournament title