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Live Coverage Of Bellator 131: Ortiz Vs. Bonnar

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Welcome to our live coverage of Bellator 131: Ortiz vs. Bonnar.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. The main card airs on Spike TV following online prelims.

FightLine will have complete coverage of the main card, along with quick results from the prelims.


In earlier action:

Rolando Perez vs. Mark Vorgeas ruled a draw (29-27, 26-30, 28-28)

Jordan Bailey def. Alex Higley via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:27 of Round 1

Nick Garcia def. Matt Ramirez via submission (guillotine choke) at :56 of Round 1

Andy Murad def. Bubba Pugh via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Jonathan Santa Maria def. Ron Henderson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

A.J. Matthews def. Kyle Bolt via KO (strike) at 1:39 of Round 1

Joao Faria def. Ian Butler via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 1:58 of Round 3


Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Joe Vedepo

We begin the Spike TV main card with former Strikeforce champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (13-4) taking on Joe Vedepo (17-8), who is stepping in on short notice as a replacement for Tom DeBlass.

Round 1: Vedepo comes out to meet Lawal in the center of the cage, showing no signs of backing down. Seconds in, and Lawal scores with an uncontested takedown. Lawal pounding away with shots. Vedepo tries to kick his way out and might have landed an illegal blow, but Lawal just ignores it and goes back inside the guard. Some swelling and bleeding on Vedepo, as Lawal is dominating this fight through four minutes. He’s using his power and strength advantages, landing rights at will. Lawal transitions to the back, which allows Vedepo to get to his feet. Switches to a takedown off a guillotine from Vedepo to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawal

Round 2: Lawal brushes him to the side to start, keeping Vedepo on the canvas with his wrestling. Possible kimura for Vedepo, as he has the right arm trapped, but he’s unable to secure it. Vedepo works to his feet, but his eyes have swelling around both of them and his face is a bloody mess. Lawal just teasing him with his hands down by his side, trying to get Vedepo to make a mistake. Vedepo again gets out of control and taken down. Lawal flexing his might inside the closed guard with lefts and rights.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawal

Round 3: Big lefts land by Lawal to open the round, rocking Vedepo. He’s teeing off on him, as Vedepo is defenseless. He shoots for a takedown, gets denied and has Lawal on his back punishing him with shots. That’s all, and this one is over.

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Joe Vedepo via TKO (strikes) at :39 of Round 3

Mike Richman vs. Nam Phan

Former UFC and Ultimate Fighter competitor Nam Phan (20-13) makes his debut against Mike Richman (17-5) in a catch-weight bout after Phan was unable to cut down to bantamweight.

Round 1: Richman landing his jab with ease, peppering the face of Phan. He’s already bruised him up with the shots, and Richman drops Phan. Another flurry of rights and this one is all over, as Phan is down and out.

Mike Richman def. Nam Phan via KO (strike) at :46 of Round 1

  • Dufresne says:

    So no coverage of UFC 180?

  • AlphaOmega says:

    You think this site pays them enough to get the PPV? Not anymore

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Lamas / Ellenberger / Werdum parlay

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Ellenberger will get the KO

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Lamas is a beast.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    In WSOF action, Melvin Guillard continues to show himself to be one of the biggest wastes of talent MMA has seen.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Damn, KG is real deal.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Werdum the non-striker just KO’ed Mark Hunt with a knee

  • Richard Stabone says:

    That was nuts. Hunt basically proved me wrong, and props to Werdum for eating some shots and then delivering the boom rather than timidly waiting for a takedown that wasn’t gonna come like he did a few years ago against Reem.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    But the HW divison is kinda back to shambles again. Cain is the man, and whether they take the belt and pretend someone else is the champ to try to promote a PPV event won’t matter, but you’ve gotta wonder how long Cain’s body will hold up. And after him there’s now a bunch of older guys like Hunt (valiant effort, mang), Werdum and JDS.

    Wonder how long it’ll be till the next wave of talent hits.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    How many fights is this now for Tito a split dec? 3 for 4 isn’t it?

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Wonder if that’s who Diego has been training with to get all the splits as well

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Wow, I thought Chandler would get back on the winning path. But like guys before him who are great fighters and fights balls to the wall (Joe Daddy, Roger Huerta, Eddie Alvarez, just to name a few among a VERY long list.) by the time you make your way thru the ranks and put on exciting fights, you’re body/brain is most likely at its breaking point (as far as avoiding long term negative impact).

    But it’s all good…the Dana Whites and other promoters collect their money and throw guys under the bus who might complain about money. And the casual fans eat that bullshit up.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    ” to become the Bellator lightweight champion”

    Well since he already was the LW champion….

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Tito made 300k for this fight, salaries were just released


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