Bellator NYC is underway at Madison Square Garden, and the card will feature Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva and Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione in the headliners.
In addition, welterweight champ Douglas Lima will battle Lorenz Larkin, and lightweight champ Michael Chandler will throw hands with Brent Primus.
Main card bout recaps and the results follow below.
James Gallagher def. Chinzo Machida via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 2:22
Heather Hardy def. Alice Yauger via TKO (punches) R3, 4:47
Ryan Couture def. Haim Gozali via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Bradley Desir def. Nate Grebb via knockout (punch) R1, 2:54
Anthony Giacchina def. Jerome Mickle via submission (rear-naked choke) R3, 3:40
Matt Rizzo def. Sergio da Silva via submission (arm-triangle choke) R3, 3:48
Hugh McKenna def. John Salgado via submission (kimura) R1, 4:06
Ryan Bader def. Phil Davis via split decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46)
Welterweight Championship: Douglas Lima vs. Lorenz Larkin
Both welterweights were hesitant to throw punches early only, but they did fire off quite a few kicks. Larkin picked up the pace in round two, and began peppering Lima with punches. But, Lima cracked Larkin with a counter left hook that sent the latter stumbling to the deck. Larkin took some strikes from above but was able to get back to his feet. In round three, Lima appeared to score more often but neither man landed any telling blows. Larkin was busier in round four, but before the frame concluded, he slipped to the mat and had to work off his back. Larkin took it up another level in round five, and was the aggressor throughout much of the final frame. Lima, however, chucked some big punches before the final horn went.
Wow. One judge scored every round for the champ Lima.
Douglas Lima def. Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision (50-45, 48-47, 48-47)
Zach Freeman vs. Aaron Pico
Pico came out aggressively but ate a huge uppercut seconds in. Freeman quickly slapped on a choke that forces the highly touted prospect to tap. What an upset.
Zach Freeman def. Aaron Pico via submission (choke) R1, 0:24
Michael Chandler vs. Brent Primus
Chandler stumbled back, awkwardly, early on and it was clear he had injured his ankle. Chandler continued to fight on, but anytime he put a lot of weight on the ankle, the champion had serious difficulties. The referee brought the fight to a halt to have the doctors look at Chandler’s ankle, but strangely, the fight wasn’t immediately called. After the doctors looked at Chandler further, however, the fight was called. Replay shows that Chandler badly rolled his ankle during one of the fight’s first exchanges.
Awful luck for Chandler.
Brent Primus def. Michael Chandler via TKO (ankle injury) R1, 2:22
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione
Both heavyweights came out looking for a read on the other. Unbelievably, both men landed shots at the same time which sent each to the ground. Mitrione, however, got to his feet first and finished Fedor with punches from above. Crazy.
Matt Mitrione def. Fedor Emelianenko via KO (punches) R1, 1:14
Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva
Sonnen scored a power double moments into the bout, and punished Silva from above with punches and elbows. Eventually, Silva got back to his feet, and dropped Sonnen with a right hook behind the ear. Sonnen recovered, however, and retook top position in a scramble. Silva came out winging heavy punches in round two, but he had no answers for Sonnen’s double leg. Sonnen relied on his wrestling and top game in round three as well, and cruised to the decision win.
Chael Sonnen def. Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)