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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.

PRELIMINARY CARD

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

MAIN CARD

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

ufc 184

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir will return to the Octagon in 2015, taking on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 184. The bout was announced during “UFC Tonight.”

Set for February 28 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, a pair of world title fights currently occupy the top billing. Chris Weidman defends his middleweight championship against Vitor Belfort, while Ronda Rousey puts her female bantamweight title on the line vs. Cat Zingano.

Mir (16-9) has made all but two of his pro appearances with the UFC, going 14-9. Recently, he lost to Alistair Overeem, but that took place in early 2014. Overall, the 35-year-old has lost four straight to Overeem, Josh Barnett, Daniel Cormier and Junior dos Santos.

Silva (18-6) is just 2-5 with one no-contest since 2011, including a September first round knockout loss to Andrei Arlovski. He spent a good portion of the year on the sidelines after having elevated levels of TRT in his system following a draw with Mark Hunt. That result was changed to a no-contest after the drug test.

Below is the current lineup:

UFC Middleweight Championship
Chris Weidman (c) vs. Vitor Belfort

UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Cat Zingano

Heavyweight: Frank Mir vs. Antonio Silva

ufc 183

Former title contenders Miesha Tate and Sara McMann will square off this January at UFC 183.

The fight announcement was made official on “UFC Tonight” Wednesday evening. It will take place January 31 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with Anderson Silva-Nick Diaz in the main event.

Tate (15-5) has won two straight inside the Octagon, defeating Rin Nakai and Liz Carmouche. She lost to Ronda Rousey last December for the UFC title following a loss to Cat Zingano earlier in 2013. Tate is a former Strikeforce champion.

McMann (8-1) suffered her first career defeat at the hands of Rousey to start 2013, but rebounded with a win over Lauren Murphy. She won silver in the Summer Olympics in wrestling.

Below is the current lineup:

Middleweight: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz

Welterweight: Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein

Female Bantamweight: Miesha Tate vs. Sara McMann

Middleweight: Andy Enz vs. Thiago Santos

Middleweight: Ildemar Alcantara vs. Richardson Moreira

Middleweight: Thales Leites vs. Tim Boetsch

Featherweight: Diego Brandao vs. Jimy Hettes

ufc 180

Former UFC title contender Chael Sonnen has found a new gig, agreeing to work ESPN’s coverage of upcoming MMA events.

Sonnen, previously the host of “UFC Tonight” and other UFC-led programming for FOX Sports 1, was released from his contract with the network after failing multiple drug tests. According to a report by ESPN, he has signed a multi-fight agreement as a studio and on-site analyst, providing expert pre- and post-fight insight on ‘SportsCenter’s coverage of major UFC pay-per-view events.”

That contract includes this coming weekend, as Sonnen will help break down UFC 180 coverage for ESPN. He was a two-time UFC middleweight title contender and one-time challenger to the light heavyweight title.

“Chael is a tremendous analyst and we are excited to have him join ESPN,” said Glenn Jacobs, ESPN senior coordinating producer. “Along with our established UFC analyst Gilbert Melendez, Chael allows us to provide unparalleled UFC coverage. We feel his insights from years in the octagon and his outgoing personality will enhance SportsCenter’s place as a destination for UFC fans.”

Most recently, Sonnen was the color commentator for BattleGrounds MMA alongside former WWE announcer Jim Ross. He also started his own podcast, “You’re Welcome with Chael Sonnen.”

“The industry leader in sports and ESPN have finally joined forces. You’re welcome, wait! These mics hot? The biggest thing to happen to ESPN since well nothing really comes close,” Sonnen said. “In all seriousness, to ESPN, to Disney, to the Hearst Corporation and to all the viewers…you’re welcome. From one industry leader to another, I look forward to the opportunity of bringing my stories, insight and unique perspective of mixed martial arts to the network.”

john lineker

Ian McCall flew all the way to Brazil last week in preparation of fighting John Lineker and trying to move closer to becoming the UFC’s No. 1 contender at flyweight.

After Lineker initially missed weight, the bout appeared in jeopardy. But, he found 126 pounds on the scale and the co-main event seemed set to go.

Hours later, doctors pulled “Uncle Creepy” because of a viral infection, canceling the fight.

Ali Bagautinov, a former No. 1 contender who is suspended until mid-2015 due to testing positive for EPO after the loss, took to Twitter to “call-out” McCall and Lineker over the issues this past weekend.

As one might imagine, McCall didn’t take that too lightly, firing back with his own shot.

And while McCall and Lineker had some in-your-face moments before their canceled fight, the two did pose for a picture after all of it had calmed down. McCall also posted that he hopes to fight “before years end” and wants to meet Lineker.

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