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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of Bellator: Dynamite 1.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the SAP Center in San Jose and will feature both a typical MMA cage and a kickboxing ring, as Bellator and Glory co-promote the card.

The main card airs live on Spike TV and will feature Liam McGeary defending his light heavyweight title against Tito Ortiz in the main event.

McGeary is unbeaten in his career and won the title with a decision victory over Emanuel Newton earlier this year. Ortiz, of course, is a former UFC champion and was inducted into the hall of fame before deciding to return to action for Bellator.

Along with the title fight in the 205-pound division, Newton, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Phil Davis and Linton Vassell will compete in a four-fighter, one-night tournament to crown a No. 1 contender.

Glory will crown a new light heavyweight champion, when Saulo Cavalari meets Zack Mwekassa. Other kickboxing matches include Paul Daley vs. Fernando Gonzalez and the debut of Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez, the wife of former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, against Hadley Griffith.

Josh Thomson, another ex-Strikeforce champion, fights for the first time in Bellator against Mike Bronzoulis.

Now, on to the action:


Francis Carmont def. Anthony Ruiz via decision in light heavyweight tournament alternate bout

Thomas Diagne vs. Mike Malott ruled a majority draw (29-28 Diagne, 28-28, 28-28)

Jose Palacios def. T.J. Arcangel via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Serhiy Adamchuk def. Anvar Bonyazarov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Adam Piccolotti def. Salvador Becerra via submission (neck crank) at 1:47 of Round 2

Gabriel Carrasco def. Joe Neal via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)


Linton Vassell vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in light heavyweight tournament semifinal

We kick things off with the first semifinal, as Linton Vassell takes on former Strikeforce champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.

Round 1: These tourney semifinals will be contested over two five-minute rounds, putting the pressure on fighters to come out. Lawal doing just that, catching Vassell with a big shot that floors him inside of the first 30 seconds. But here comes Vassell right back with shots of his own and he shoots for a takedown. Lawal sprawls and avoids it, as they square back off. Another right finds the mark for King Mo. Lawal the aggressor, really pushing the pace and backing Vassell down. Another takedown attempt is denied and Lawal lands with more rights to the body. Excellent round for Lawal, as he almost finishes him in the final seconds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawal

Round 2: Bit more deliberate approach for Lawal to start, as he knows he won the first and has Vassell concerned with the power. Nice exchange, as Vassell uses his length and lands. He’s just not packing enough to really hurt Lawal. Vassell takes advantage of a hands-down approach by Lawal, dropping him briefly. He’s finding a home for his jab, but Lawal fires back and is dancing now in front of Vassell. After a takedown, Vassell attempts a submission, but Lawal reverses and scores with a slam-takedown of his own.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawal

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Linton Vassell via unanimous decision

Phil Davis vs. Emanuel Newton in light heavyweight tournament semifinal

His Bellator debut is next for Phil Davis, as the former UFC fighter takes on ex-Bellator champion Emanuel Newton. The winner moves on to face Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in the finals later tonight.

Round 1: Newton quickly gains the center of the cage, but Davis shows his length and almost lands a big kick. Davis with a takedown and he’s working for a submission, but Newton shows his own skills and gets to his feet. “Mr. Wonderful” brings him right back down and in side control, searching for a kimura. He’s in a strong position to finish, moving freely and taking the back after being denied. Good rights getting through to the face of Newton. Another roll and Davis is in a modified-mount. Davis gains the kimura and gets it, forcing the tap and advancing. Davis will face Lawal in the finals for a title shot.

Phil Davis def. Emanuel Newton via submission (kimura) at 4:39 of Round 1

ufc 193

For Ronda Rousey, the prospect of becoming one of the biggest stars in all of MMA is right in front of her.

This November, Rousey will defend her UFC female bantamweight title against Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 193. The card will take place inside the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. It marks the Octagon’s debut in the Australian city, and a chance to shatter the all-time attendance record in the process.

And Rousey is embracing that challenge.

“I thought – that’s as big as a whole WrestleMania. I’ll have to sell it all by myself,” said Rousey, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “That’s a tall order. It’s great that the UFC has confidence we can set the record. It’s a testament to how far women’s MMA has come. It’s going to be great to set the record.”

Rousey (12-0), a former Olympic bronze medalist, actually appeared at the most recent WWE WrestleMania event, as she is a long-time fan of pro wrestling.

Since being taken into the third round in 2013 by Miesha Tate, “Rowdy” has been on a memorable run. She’s finished Sara McMann, Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia in just over two minutes combined, including 14- and 16-second victories vs. Zingano and Davis.

In Holm, though, she’ll be facing a different beast. She is a former multi-time world boxing champion and is unbeaten in MMA.

“She’s got the best footwork of anyone I’ve ever fought before, so I couldn’t just come up and tie her up right away. She’s a great counter-puncher, I have to be more careful,” Rousey said. “I can’t be as risky. It’ll take a lot of patience to set her up to break the distance. I’ll have to be a much more mature fighter to finish her.

“I’ve been keeping my eye one her since before she moved to MMA. I knew our paths would cross at some point. I know I’ve been her focus since she came into this, but she’s been in the back of my mind the whole time too.”

titan fc 35

Three championships will be on the line this Saturday night at Titan FC 35, including a main event between Rick Hawn and lightweight champion Pat Healy.

Set for the Clark County Fairgrounds Event Center in Ridgefield, Washington, the entire card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

Along with Healy-Hawn for the 155-pound belt, Andre Harrison defends his featherweight title against Desmond Green and Tim Elliott does the same with his flyweight strap on the line vs. Felipe Efrain.

Check out the current lineup below, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/8 p.m. ET)

Titan FC Lightweight Championship
Pat Healy (c) vs. Rick Hawn

Titan FC Featherweight Championship
Andre Harrison (c) vs. Desmond Green

Titan FC Flyweight Championship
Tim Elliott (c) vs. Felipe Efrain

Welterweight: Zane Kamaka vs. Belal Muhammad

Featherweight: Steven Siler vs. Austin Springer

Lightweight: E.J. Brooks vs. Jason Novelli

Bantamweight: Ricky Simon vs. Alex Soto

Welterweight: Jake Smith vs. Taki Uluilakepa

Welterweight: Trey Ogden vs. Ryan Walker

Lightweight: Mohammad Abed vs. Pete Petties

Tito Ortiz

Another “tent-pole” event under the watchful eye of Scott Coker will take place this Saturday night, as Bellator 142: Dynamite 1 goes down from the SAP Center in San Jose.

In the main event, Liam McGeary defends his light heavyweight title against Tito Ortiz. The main card airs on Spike TV and will feature kickboxing from Glory along with MMA matches.

A four-fighter, one-night tournament featuring Phil Davis, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Emanuel Newton and Linton Vassell will go down in the 205-pound division. The winner will be crowned the No. 1 contender to the belt.

Saulo Cavalari and Zack Mwekassa will meet to crown a Glory light heavyweight champion, while Paul Daley and Kerri Anne Taylor-Melendez compete in kickboxing matches.

Josh Thomson is also set to make his Bellator debut, as the lightweight battles Mike Bronzoulis.

Check out the current lineup, along with a video preview, below:

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

Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship
Liam McGeary (c) vs. Tito Ortiz

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final

Vacant Glory Light Heavyweight Championship
Saulo Cavalari vs. Zack Mwekassa

Lightweight: Josh Thomson vs. Mike Bronzoulis

Glory Welterweight: Paul Daley vs. Fernando Gonzalez

Glory Bantamweight: Kerri Anne Taylor-Melendez vs. Hadley Griffith

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
Phil Davis vs. Emanuel Newton

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
Linton Vassell vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal


Lightweight: Israel Delgao vs. JJ Okanovich

Welterweight: James Terry vs. Carlos Rocha

Flyweight: Matt Ramirez vs. Josh Paiva

Glory Featherweight: Serhiy Adamchuck vs. Anvar Boynazarov

Bantamweight: Gabe Carrasco vs. Joe Neal

Lightweight: Adam Piccolotti vs. Marlen Magee

Featherweight: Thomas Diagne vs. Mike Malott

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Alternate Bout
Roy Boughton vs. Philipe Lins

Lightweight: Nick Pica vs. Mauricio Alonso

Featherweight: Victor Jones vs. David Blanco

Flyweight: Gloria Telles vs. Alysia Cortez

Glory Lightweight: Jose Palacios vs. TJ Arcengal

Middleweight: Brandon Hester vs. DeMarco Villalona

wsof 23

Justin Gaetje returns to the cage this Friday night, defending his World Series of Fighting lightweight title against Luis Palomino in the main event of WSOF 23.

Set for the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, the main card will air live on NBC Sports Network.

Gaethje scored a victory over Palomino back at WSOF 19, but officials decided to grant the veteran an immediate rematch.

Along with Gaethje-Palomino, WSOF middleweight champion David Branch will face Teddy Holder in the finals of the light heavyweight tournament. The winner will be crowned the new champion.

Other planned main card fights include Timur Valiev vs. Tito Jones, Ben “Phoenix Jones” Fodor vs. Roberto Yong and Brian Foster vs. LaRue Bentley.

Eight prelim fights will stream online prior to the start of the televised main card.

Below is the current lineup, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network/10 p.m. ET)

WSOF Lightweight Championship
Justin Gaethje (c) vs. Luis Palomino

Inaugural WSOF Light Heavyweight Championship
David Branch vs. Teddy Holder

Bantamweight: Timur Valiev vs. Tito Jones

Catchweight: Phoenix Jones vs. Roberto Yong

Lightweight: Brian Foster vs. LaRue Burley

PRELIMINARY CARD (Online/6:45 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Vagab Vagabov vs. Brian Grinnell

Middleweight: Clifford Starks vs. Krasimir Mladenov

Lightweight: Estevan Payan vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

Welterweight: Matthew Frincu vs. Danny Davis, Jr.

Bantamweight: Andres Ponce vs. David Nuzzo

Bantamweight: Randy Steinke vs. Joey Miolla

Lightweight: Benny Madrid vs. Jeff Fletcher

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