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Unbeaten Brandon Halsey tries to turn back the challenge of veteran Kendall Grove Friday night in the main event of Bellator 137.

The main card airs live on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET from Temecula, California and the Pechangar Resort and Casino.

Halsey (8-0) won the title with a quick submission of Alexander Shlemenko last year and will be making his first title defense. Grove (21-14) has fought for several promotions during his career, including the UFC.

The rest of the main card features Eduardo Dantas vs. Mike Richman, Fernando Gonzalez vs. Curtis Millender and Darrion Caldwell vs. Rafael Silva.

Below are fight-by-fight predictions for the main and prelim cards:

Brandon Halsey over Kendall Grove via first round submission to retain the Bellator middleweight championship

Eduardo Dantas over Mike Richman via first round submission

Curtis Millender over Fernando Gonzalez via decision

Darrion Caldwell over Rafael Silva via third round TKO

Ben Reiter over Benji Radach via second round TKO

Virgil Zwicker over Razak Al-Hassan via decision

Antonio Duarte over Joe Taimanglo via decision

Julio Cesar Neves, Jr. over Jordan Parsons via decision

Ricky Rainey over Jesse Juarez via second round TKO

Adrienna Jenkins over Ariene Blencowe via decision

Steve Kozola over Ian Butler via third round submission

Shawn Bunch over Rolando Perez via decision

Albert Morales over John Yoo via first round KO

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We’ll have an interesting pair of events go down this weekend on television, as Bellator 137 takes place Friday night and UFC Fight Night 66 happens early Saturday morning.

One title fight, a battle between former champions and challengers, along with several interesting contests are all scheduled.

Bellator features Brandon Halsey defending his middleweight title against veteran Kendall Grove, while the fans in Manila will witness Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber inside the Octagon.

Here’s a look at those two bouts, along with a couple of others to keep your eye on this weekend:

Brandon Halsey vs. Kendall Grove for the middleweight title/Bellator 137

This marks the first title defense for Brandon Halsey, as the former NCAA Div. I wrestler claimed the title with a 35-second submission win over Alexander Shlemenko last September. He joined Bellator after just two pro bouts and has claimed six wins – including four finishes – since.

Halsey earned his title shot with a tournament victory over Brett Cooper in the finals, which also ended in the first round and via submission. He’s scored wins over Joe Pacheco, Hector Ramirez, Joe Yager and Rocky Ramirez since.

In Kendall Grove, Halsey will be facing his most unique test. Shlemenko has had more fights, but the level of competition that Grove has faced is far better.

A former UFC fighter, the 32-year-old has been inside the cage with the likes of Derek Brunson, Mark Munoz, Tim Boetsch, Demian Maia, Evan Tanner, Patrick Cote and Jake Rosholt. He won The Ultimate Fighter and is 3-1 in his last four overall.

Eduardo Dantas vs. Mike Richman/Bellator 137

Eduardo Dantas is fighting for the first time since dropping the Bellator bantamweight crown to Joe Warren last October. He had defended it twice, but was unable to win over the judges vs. Warren.

Dantas would likely position himself right back in title contention with a win over Mike Richman, who is a former Bellator finalist. Richman has won two straight, finishing both Nam Phan and Ed West inside of three minutes.

Interestingly enough, Dantas was scheduled to defend his title against Richman in March before Richman suffered an injury and was forced out.

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Bellator is back this Friday night, as Bellator 137 takes place from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.

In the Spike TV main event, Brandon Halsey puts his middleweight title on the line against Kendall Grove. Halsey, unbeaten, won the belt from Alexander Shlemenko and has fended off comments about alleged steroid use by Grove over the recent week.

Halsey (8-0) has subbed four foes and knocked out another, including two straight submission wins with Bellator. Last September, he choked out Shlemenko in just 35 seconds to claim the title.

Grove (21-14) earned his second Bellator win when he submitted Christian M’Pumbu in October. Since 2012, he is 7-4 overall with five finishes.

Also, Mike Richman meets Eduardo Dantas in a key bantamweight affair, Fernando Gonzalez squares off with Curtis Millender and Darrion Caldwell battles Rafael Silva.

The current card can be found below, along with a video promo:

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

Bellator Middleweight Championship
Brandon Halsey (c) vs. Kendall Grove

Bantamweight: Eduardo Dantas vs. Mike Richman

Welterweight: Fernando Gonzalez vs. Curtis Millender

Bantamweight: Darrion Caldwell vs. Rafael Silva


Middleweight: A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter

Light Heavyweight: Virgil Zwicker vs. Razak Al-Hassan

Bantamweight: Joe Taimanglo vs. Antonio Duarte

Featherweight: Jordan Parsons vs. Julio Caesar Neves, Jr.

Welterweight: Jesse Juarez vs. Ricky Rainey

PRELIMINARY CARD (After main card)

Lightweight: John Yoo vs. Albert Morales

Lightweight: Shawn Bunch vs. Rolando Perez

Lightweight: Steve Kozola vs. Ian Butler

Female Featherweight: Arlene Blencowe vs. A.J. Jenkins

ufc fight night 65

The UFC invaded South Australia Saturday night, as UFC Fight Night 65 took place from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia.

In the main event, Stipe Miocic was utterly dominant in stopping Mark Hunt in the fifth round. Miocic, coming off a loss to Junior dos Santos, got back on track by landing 77-percent of his significant strikes and almost 400 total over four-plus rounds before forcing the ref to step in and end it.

Hunt never got on track, landing just 46 total strikes overall and throwing only 109 in the fight.

Robert Whittaker showed that he is a force to pay attention to at middleweight, stopping veteran Brad Tavares in just 44 seconds in the co-main event. The veteran of The Ultimate Fighter landed a left-hook that dropped him, followed with a second that signaled the end of the fight.

A pair of quick finishes left the Australian fans down in the dumps, as Sean O’Connell stopped Anthony Perosh and James Vick submitted Jake Matthews. O’Connell hammered Perosh with lefts and rights in earning his seventh first round stoppage.

For Vick, the win kept him unbeaten in his career and handed Matthews his first career loss.

To conclude the prelims, Dan Hooker stunned Hatsu Hioki with a second round head-kick, knocking out the Japanese fighter. Hooker earned his second Octagon victory, and the New Zealander made an impact in Adelaide and the featherweight division.

Kyle Noke scored a split decision over UFC newcomer Jonavin Webb in his first fight in over a year, while Sam Alvey picked up his third straight first round knockout when he finished Daniel Kelly. The loss was the first for Kelly in his MMA career.

Bec Rawlings brought another delight to the Aussie fans, scoring a rear-naked choke victory over Lisa Ellis in a battle of Ultimate Fighter 20 alums. Brad Scott topped Dylan Andrews with a guillotine in another meeting of TUF veterans.

Alex Chambers, a native of Australia, stunned Kailin Curran with a third round submission. Chambers was well behind after almost getting finished numerous times in the first two rounds, but locked up the armbar and earned the win.

Brendan O’Reilly claimed a decision over Vik Grujic and Ben Nguyen kicked off the night with a first round TKO of Alptekin Ozkilic, getting the finish with just a second left in the opening round.

Earning “Performance of the Night” bonuses were Whittaker, Chambers, Hooker and Vick. All four picked up an additional $50,000.

Complete results can be found below:

Stipe Miocic def. Mark Hunt via TKO (strikes) at 2:47 of Round 5

Robert Whittaker def. Brad Tavares via KO (strike) at :44 of Round 1

Dan Hooker def. Hatsu Hioki via KO (head-kick) at 4:13 of Round 2

Kyle Noke def. Jonavin Webb via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

Sam Alvey def. Daniel Kelly via KO (strike) at :49 of Round 1

Bec Rawlings def. Lisa Ellis via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:09 of Round 1

Brad Scott def. Dylan Andrews via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:54 of Round 2

Alex Chambers def. Kailin Curran via submission (armbar) at 3:15 of Round 3

Brendan O’Reilly def. Vik Grujic via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Ben Nguyen def. Alptekin Ozkilic via TKO (strikes) at 4:59 of Round 1

ufc fight night 65

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 65.

Tonight’s card airs entirely on UFC Fight Pass from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia. It marks the first time that the Octagon has touched down in South Australia.

New Zealand’s own Mark Hunt and Stipe Miocic collide in a key heavyweight battle in the main event, while Brad Tavares faces Robert Whittaker. Anthony Perosh-Sean O’Connell and Jake Matthews-James Vick round out the main card.

Hunt (10-9-1) was stopped by Fabricio Werdum last November in a bout for the interim UFC heavyweight title. Miocic (12-2) had his three-fight win streak snapped by former champion Junior dos Santos in December after the two went at each other for 25 minutes.

Prelim action begins at 7:45 p.m. ET with flyweights Alptekin Ozkilic vs. Ben Nguyen. The rest of the prelims include Vik Grujic-Brendan O’Reilly, Alex Chambers-Kailin Curran, Dylan Andrews-Brad Scott, Bec Rawlings-Lisa Ellis, Dan Kelly-Sam Alvey, Kyle Noke-Jonavin Webb and Hatsu Hioki-Dan Hooker.

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


Alptekin Ozkilic vs. Ben Nguyen

We open up the evening in the flyweight division, as Alptekin Ozkilic (9-3) meets Ben Nguyen (13-5). Ozkilic earned “Fight of the Night” honors in his last fight, while Nguyen, making his Octagon debut, currently trains in Australia.

Round 1: Very nervous energy for Nguyen coming out, but he’s doing a nice job of attacking inside-out. Smooth left catches him from Ozkilic, who isn’t protecting his lead leg. Nguyen switching his stances and avoids a takedown. He’s going on the attack, dropping Ozkilic with a combo and pouncing. The crowd is well-behind Nguyen, who is on top and landing. Ozkilic powers his way to his feet and gets a takedown. Nice elbows getting through for Ozkilic. Nguyen fights his way back to his feet this time, landing with just about everything he’s throwing. Left catches Ozkilic, opening a cut on the nose. The striking of Nguyen has been on-point through four minutes. As the 10-second buzz sounds, Nguyen goes for the kill, dropping Ozkilic and following up. The ref has called a stoppage to this one with just a second left.

Ben Nguyen def. Alptekin Ozkilic via TKO (strikes) at 4:59 of Round 1

Vik Grujic vs. Brendan O’Reilly

We’ll try to keep the finishes coming as we move up to the welterweight division for Vik Grujic (7-4) and Brendan O’Reilly (5-1). Solid entrance for Grujic, as he comes out to Rocky’s “Hearts on Fire.” These two were teammates on The Ultimate Fighter: The Nations.

Round 1: Funky stance for Grujic, as O’Reilly is attacking with kicks and knees. Grujic up from a takedown and immediately they clinch against the fence. O”Reilly reverses, tries for a trip takedown, and is back to the clinch. Takedown for O’Reilly, but he again can’t keep him down on the canvas as we go under three minutes. Grujic separates and unloads with several lefts and rights, but is once again taken down – a third time this round. Potential kimura for O’Reilly, but he’s unable to secure it. He goes back into the mount and lands elbows and strikes from the top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for O’Reilly

Round 2: Grujic connects to start the round, working the body against the fence. He lands five straight lefts, and another series of shots, dominating this one in the clinch. They are standing toe-to-toe and firing away, with Grujic gaining the upper-hand. Both men take heavy breathes, and O’Reilly makes him pay, landing a kick to the face and scoring with a takedown. After dominating the early couple of minutes, O’Reilly now has a chance to steal back the round. Back to the clinch, and it’s Grujic in control. Huge uppercuts getting through to the chin by Grujic. These two are just throwing everything and anything they can at one another. Takedown and rear-naked choke for Grujic, but the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Grujic

Round 3: We are early into the night, but this will be a tough one to top for “Fight of the Night.” Extended break after ice gets dumped inside the cage. Grujic lands with lefts and rights, going for a takedown before releasing it. As expected, these two have taken it down a couple of notches after their early offense. Takedown for O’Reilly as we go under two minutes. As we go under a minute, Grujic works to his feet and needs to do something to take back the round. O’Reilly concludes the round with a takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for O’Reilly

Brendan O’Reilly def. Vik Grujic via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Alex Chambers vs. Kailin Curran

Our first of two female prelim bouts takes to the Octagon, as Alex Chambers (4-2) meets Kailin Curran (3-1). This will be a strawweight contest.

Round 1: Curran takes control of the cage, quickly imposing her will. She has Chambers stuck against the fence and is teeing off. Chambers shoots for a double and gets it, bringing this fight to the ground. Nice up-kick and Curran gets to her feet, landing a flying knee and taking her down. Curran connecting with shots and stringing them together as we go under three minutes. The striking difference between these two if huge, as Curran is dominating.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Curran

Round 2: Lots of heavy breathing for Chambers, as she’s taken a lot of punishment. Curran firing off lefts, rights and kicks at will, dropping Chambers and this one might be over here soon. She’s got top position and Chambers is exhausted. Lots of shots to the body, including knees. Chambers to her feet, covering up and trying to fight back. Big-time hooks by Curran.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Curran

Round 3: Curran on-point, putting together combos. She’s got her against the fence and is peppering Chambers. Potential arm-submission for Chambers, which is her only hope, and Curran tries to slam her way out. She’s unable to break the hold and Chambers is gaining a better position for the tap. Over two minutes left in the fight and Curran is struggling to defend. Curran pulls out, but gets herself caught in a triangle and has her arm still locked up. There it is and Chambers get the tap.

Alex Chambers def. Kailin Curran via submission (armbar) at 3:15 of Round 3

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