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bellator 139

Fresh on the heels of Bellator 138 going down this past Friday night, the promotion returns this week with Bellator 139.

Set for Friday from the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas, the Spike TV main card will feature a heavyweight contest between UFC veteran Cheick Kongo and former champion Alexander Volkov.

Along with Kongo-Volkov, lightweights David Rickels and John Alessio square off, featherweights Pat Curran and Emmanuel Sanchez collide and middleweights Joe Schilling and Hisaki Kato go to battle.

Kongo (22-10-2) has won two of his last three, but is coming off a split decision loss to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in his most recent appearance. Overall, he has posted a 4-3 record since signing with Bellator in 2013 after a knockout loss to Roy Nelson.

Volkov (24-5) is 6-2 with Bellator, but was also on the wrong end of a split decision this past April vs. Tony Johnson. He had won five in a row after dropping the title to Vitaly Minakov via first round TKO in 2013.

Rickels is a native of Kansas, while Curran is a former Bellator featherweight champion.

All of the action starts online, while the main card begins on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.

Some of the notables set to compete on the prelims are Bubba Jenkins, Joe Wilk, Bobby Cooper and Javy Ayala.

Check out the current lineup below:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Heavyweight: Cheick Kongo vs. Alexander Volkov

Lightweight: David Rickels vs. John Alessio

Featherweight: Pat Curran vs. Emmanuel Sanchez

Middleweight: Joe Schilling vs. Hisaki Kato

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com/7 p.m. ET)

Featherweight: Bubba Jenkins vs. Joe Wilk

Bantamweight: Jeimeson Saudino vs. Aaron Ely

Lightweight: Bobby Cooper vs. Pablo Villaseca

Heavyweight: Daniel Gallemore vs. Augusto Sakai

Featherweight: Iony Razafiarison vs. Bryanna Fissori

Heavyweight: Alex Huddleston vs. Javy Ayala

Featherweight: Greg Scott vs. Gaston Reyno

Heavyweight: Derek Bohl vs. Frederick Brown

Lightweight: Marcio Navarro vs. Cody Carrillo

ufc 189

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo once ruled the WEC like he has the Octagon.

As Aldo prepares for Conor McGregor next month at UFC 189, take a trip back in time to his WEC days in the video below.

Aldo, just 22 years old, takes on Cub Swanson and earns a highlight-reel victory:

Huge Bellator Card Set For September

Bellator MMA held a special press conference on Friday and announced plans for a monumental September event.

First, light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary will defend his title against Tito Ortiz, while a one-night, four-fighter tournament to crown the No. 1 contender at 205 pounds will also take place.

The tournament field includes Phil Davis, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Linton Vassell and former champion Emanuel Newton.

A pair of kickboxing matches are also scheduled, as Paul Daley and Joe Schilling take part. It is expected that a cage and a ring will be set up inside the SAP Center in San Jose, California on September 19.

“I’m so proud and honored to bring this truly amazing event to my hometown of San Jose,” said Scott Coker, Bellator president. “This mega-card will feature something for every combat sports fan- MMA legends, rising stars, a stacked tournament, plus many of the world’s best kickboxers. It will be an unforgettable night for the thousands in attendance and the millions watching at home.”

Tickets for Bellator: Dynamite!!! go on sale June 25, with more bouts to be announced soon.

ufc fight night 69

For the first time, the UFC put a championship belt on the line in Germany and on Fight Pass, as Joanna Jedrzejczyk took on Jessica Penne at UFC Fight Night 69 Saturday.

Jedrzejczyk did exactly as she said she would, picking the former Invicta FC champion apart in defending her title. She nearly knocked Penne’s nose off in the second, leaving her a bloody mess with her incredible striking talents.

Tatsuya Kawajiri claimed a decision victory over Dennis Siver in the co-main event, using his takedowns to defeat the German. In the 15-minute bout, Kawajiri attempted 23 takedowns and scored on just four, while being out-struck 127-46.

Peter Sobotta, another German-born fighter, made sure to end his fight with the debuting Steve Kennedy as soon as possible. Sobotta locked up a rear-naked choke and never relented, earning a first round submission win.

Germany’s own Nick Hein kicked off the main card with a methodical and deliberate decision over Lukasz Sajewski. Hein earned his 12th victory, handing Sajewski his first career loss in the process.

Makwan Amirkhani finished off the prelims with an emotional performance, submitting Masio Fullen inside of two minutes. After scoring an eight-second KO in his debut, Amirkhani left his family and trained in Sweden, only seeing his mother for the first time since after the win.

Mairbek Taisumov earned a TKO over Alan Patrick, hitting the Brazilian with a head-kick and following up with several strikes on the ground to earn the victory.

Competing on just a few days notice, England’s Arnold Allen shocked Alan Omer, slipping in a nasty guillotine choke in the third and earning a submission win. Allen, 21 years old, was likely down on the scorecards when he saw the opening and pounced.

Scott Askham was another winner via finish, as he landed with some heavy shots in knocking out Antonio dos Santos, Jr. In our first decision of the night, Noad Lahat bested Niklas Backstrom.

Magomed Mustafaev claimed a TKO over over Piotr Hallmann after the referee stopped the fight in the second due to a nasty cut on the eye of Hallmann. Taylor Lapilus made an impressive debut in the bantamweight division, scoring his second Octagon finish with a second round victory over Ulka Sasaki.

Jedrzejczyk and Penne were awarded the “Fight of the Night,” while “Performance of the Night” bonuses went to Amirkhani, Taisumov and Allen. All five picked up $50,000.

Officials also announced the attendance at 8,155.

Complete results can be found below:

Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Jessica Penne via TKO (strikes) at 4:22 of Round 3

Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Dennis Siver via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Peter Sobotta def. Steve Kennedy via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:57 of Round 1

Nick Hein def. Lukasz Sajewski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Makwan Amirkhani def. Masio Fullen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:41 of Round 1

Mairbek Taisumov def. Alan Patrick via TKO (strikes) at 1:30 of Round 2

Arnold Allen def. Alan Omer via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:41 of Round 3

Noad Lahat def. Niklas Backstrom via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Scott Askham def. Antonio dos Santos, Jr. via KO (strike) at 2:52 of Round 1

Magomed Mustafaev def. Piotr Hallmann via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 3:24 of Round 2

Taylor Lapilus def. Ulka Sasaki via TKO (strikes) at 1:22 of Round 2

ufc fight night 69

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 69.

Set for the O2 World in Berlin, the UFC Fight Pass card begins at noon ET. The main card is set for a 3 p.m. ET start.

Along with a world title fight between strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Penne, Dennis Siver takes on Tatsuya Kawajiri, Peter Sobotta meets Steve Kennedy and Lukasz Sajewski faces off against Nick Hein.

Original plans called for Alexander Gustafsson to take on Glover Teixeira, but an injury knocked Gustafsson out. Instead, German fans will get their first UFC title fight, as Jedrzejczyk makes her first debut and headlines are card for the first time.

Jedrzejczyk remained unbeaten when she finished Carla Esparza to claim the title earlier this year, while Penne was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter and is a former Invicta FC atomweight champion.

Some of the other key prelim fights include Makwan Amirkhani vs. Masio Fullen and Alan Patrick vs. Mairbek Taisumov.

Other fighters who were set for action that pulled out include Derek Brunson, Uriah Hall, Mike Wilkinson, Nikita Krylov, Sergio Moraes and Diego Rivas.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Ulka Sasaki vs. Taylor Lapilus

Bantamweights kick things off from Berlin, as Ulka Sasaki (18-2-2) goes up against Taylor Lapilus (9-1). Sasaki owns seven first round finishes, including his Octagon debut, while Lapilus is moving into the division for the first time.

Round 1: These two love to come ahead, and it’s Sasaki who scores with a takedown. Lapilus right back to his feet and they are tied in the clinch. Despite both loving to be offensive, this has turned into a stalemate for several minutes. Lapilus breaks free and is backing him down, which might be playing into the offense of Sasaki. Lapilus catches a kick and lands a straight right that rocks Sasaki’s head. He follows up with several elbows and strikes to the body, taking control with a minute left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lapilus

Round 2: Sasaki looking to counter-strike, putting his back against the fence and circling. Sasaki with a takedown attempt, but Lapilus remains upright and lands a combo. All in all, a very slow start from these two to the night. Straight left by Lapilus answers and he floors Sasaki. The French fighter pounces and hammers away on Sasaki, knocking him out and in a lot of pain before the referee can step in.

Taylor Lapilus def. Ulka Sasaki via TKO (strikes) at 1:22 of Round 2

Piotr Hallmann vs. Magomed Mustafaev

Up to the lightweight division for our next contest between Piotr Hallmann (15-3) and Magomed Mustafaev (11-1).

Round 1: Big kick from Mustafaev is answered by a left jab from Hallmann and they clinch, with the Russian gaining control. Nice elbow lands by Mustafaev off the exit, but he eats a huge shot and goes to the guard. Hallmann passes and Mustafaev transitions up and out. Knees to the body from the Polish fighter, but Mustafaev reverses and tees off himself. Mustafaev finding his range, landing with lefts and rights before shooting for a takedown. More dangerous strikes with full-force from Mustafaev, who lands a spinning back-kick. Hallmann, though, coming forward with a flying knee and kicks, knocking Mustafaev off balance and moving to the guard position. Mustafaev is very strong on his back, locking him up and avoiding much damage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hallmann

Round 2: Hallmann trying to damage the lead leg, throwing kicks to start. Mustafaev, though, continues to be the faster and more powerful striker, landing a spinning back-fist that causes Hallmann to grab a hold of the body and try for a takedown. He gets the takedown, but Mustafaev has a possible kimura up against the fence. Back to the feet and the Russian is teeing off with elbows and inside shots, busting open the eye of Hallmann. As they battle in the clinch, the referee stops things and brings in the doctor to look at the eye. The doctor is telling him that is it and this fight is all over.

Magomed Mustafaev def. Piotr Hallmann via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 3:24 of Round 2

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