Bellator 16 results and play-by-play

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bellator 16 takes place tonight at the Kansas City Power & Light District. The event will air live on FOX Sports Net beginning at 7:00 p.m. CT. ProMMAnow.com will provide live results and play-by-play commentary during the broadcast.

The event features the first round of the Bellator 8-man Middleweight Tournament quarterfinals. The four winners will move on to the Middleweight Tournament semi-finals.

Quick Results:

Tournament Card:

  • Bryan Baker def. Sean Loeffler by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (2:43)
  • Alexander Shlemenko def. Matt Major by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jared Hess def. Ryan McGivern by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 2 (1:54)
  • Eric Schambari def. Luke Zachrich by submission (arm triangle) Rd 1 (3:34)

Local Feature Fight Card:

  • Brent Weedman def. Rudy Bears by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (4:19)
  • Danny Tims def. Brian Davidson by unanimous decision
  • Eric Marriott def. Demi Deeds by submission (triangle choke) Rd 2 (3:02)
  • Drew Dober def.  Nick Nolte by submission (arm-triangle choke) Rd 1 (4:45)

Play-by-play:

Eric Schambari vs. Luke Zachrich

Middleweight Tournament quarterfinal
Round 1 –  Schambari with some set up punches, then shoots,  gets stuffed. Goes for it again, Zachrich defending well, locks on a guillotine but Schambari escapes guillotine, now has half guard. Schambari locks up his own guillotine, but Zachrich is free and has top control. Schambari gets to his feet and takes Zachrich down. Schambari in side control, moves to mount, but Zachrich gets half guard right away. Schambari locks on an arm triangle submission and Zachrich taps out from half guard. Zachrich tapped out VERY quickly. Kind of strange.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Eric Schambari def. Luke Zachrich by submission (arm triangle) Rd 1 (3:34)

Alexander Shlemenko vs. Matt Major

Middleweight Tournament quarterfinal
Matt Major has some very interesting fight shorts on that the announcers said he designed himself. The have polka-dots and tassles. They said Matt Major is into fashion design and Major said his interests include art, fashion, and sewing. Not hobbies you hear everyday from a fighter. The have Matt fighting out of San Jose, Calif. Shlemenko has won 12 of his last 13 bouts.

Round 1 – They touch gloves. Spinning back kick misses by Shlemenko. Spinning back kick catches Major in the stomach. Shlemenko lands an overhand left, then a right to the body. Spinning heel kick barely misses Major’s head. Leg kick then a right by Major. Spinning back fist then spinning kick by Shlemenko. Body kick by Shlemenko then a spinning back fist. Left hand scores for Shlemenko. Major lands a left jab. Major’s nose is bloody. Body kick by Shlemenko. Spinning back fist clips Major. Side kick by Major. Right  hand by Shlemenko. Major shoots but gets stuffed. Body kick by Shlemenko, Major returns the same. ProMMAnow.com scores round 1 10-9 for Shlemenko.

Round 2 – Major comes in punching. Shlemenko with a spinning back kick and spinning back fist. Major grabs a Thai clinch but eats a big right from Shlemenko. Shlemenko has thrown probably 20 spinning strikes. Left hand by Shlemenko scores. Body punch by Shlemenko. Major comes in punching and eats a punch. Leg kick lands for Shlemenko. Major seems confused by his opponent’s style. Spinning heel kick catches Major on the head but Major half blocks it and falls on top of Shlemenko on the ground as Shlemenko slips. Major in Shlemenko’s full guard. Major not doing much, Shlemenko stands up after a scramble. Shlemenko lands a knee to the groin and gives Major a time out. Left hand by Shlemenko. Major’s striking looks horrendous and uncomfortable. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Shlemenko.

Round 3 – Spinning kick to the body by Shlemenko, then a side kick to the body. Body kick by Shlemenko. Another spinning kick to the body by Shlemenko. Two more Shlemenko spinning kicks score. A couple of left jabs from Major. Shlemenko lands a spinning back fist and rocks Major. Major’s face is busted up. Beautiful spinning back fist hits Major in the face. And another one, and another that misses. Body shot by Shlemenko. 2:00 left in the fight. Major throwing lazy arm punches. Somehow Major ends up on top of Shlemenko in his full guard. Shlemenko stands up and lands a couple of big punches to the face, then a big body punch. Big left hand on the chin by Shlemenko. Spinning back fist knocks Matt Major’s mouth piece out. Shlemenko points and tells the ref his mouth piece is out. Both fighters finish with spinning back fists, Major’s misses, and Shlemenko’s lands. One of the weirdest fights I’ve ever seen. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Alexander Shlemenko.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Alexander Shlemenko def. Matt Major by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Bryan Baker vs. Sean Loeffler

Middleweight Tournament quarterfinal
Round 1 – Loeffler recently lost his friend and trainer Hector Gil just a couple weeks ago. Right hand by Baker. Baker lands a left then a right hand. Leg kick by Loeffler. Baker grabs a body lock and trips Loeffler to the ground. Loeffler has an open guard on Baker. Baker stands and passed guard to side control. Loeffler goes for a leg lock, Baker escapes and lands a huge punch to his mid-section that hurts Loeffler. Baker then rains down the heavy punches over and over, Loeffler covers up, rolls to his stomach, and offers no defense. The ref has to stop it.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Bryan Baker def. Sean Loeffler by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (2:43)

Jared Hess vs. Ryan McGivern

Middleweight Tournament quarterfinal
Round 1 – Jared Hess gets a big takedown and ends up in McGivern’s full guard. Hess stands up and dives in with a punch, lands in side control. McGivern gets butterfly guard, and lands some punches from the bottom. Hess dives into side control again. McGivern gets guard briefly, Hess stands up and dives in with a shot. Up kick by McGivern before Hess dives in again. McGivern  has butterfly guard. Hess stands up, dives in again with a punch. Nothing much is landing for Hess but he is maintaining control. Hess gets side control with 45 seconds left in the round. Hess nearly gets a crucifix position on McGivern before the bell sounds. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Jared Hess.

Round 2 – Left hook for McGivern. Hess shoots, gets a single leg, McGivern sprawls, but Hess does not let it go and drives through and puts McGivern right back down again on his back. McGivern gets to his knees and grabs a leg of Hess, going for his own takedown. Hess jumps guard into a guillotine as McGivern puts his head in danger looking for the takedown. It’s over, McGivern taps out.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Jared Hess def. Ryan McGivern by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 2 (1:54)

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