ProMMANow.com is on the scene at Caesars Atlantic City provided live results of Bellator 74. The main card airs live on MTV 2.
Welterweight Tournament Quarter Finals:
- Official Result: Lyman Good def. Jim Wallhead Unanimous Decision (29-27 X 3)
- Official Result: Marius Zaromskis def. Nordine Taleb Unanimous Decision (29-28 X 2, 30-27)
- Official Result: Michail Tsarev def. Tim Welch Submission (rear-naked choke) 1:57 Round 2
- Official Result: Andrey Koreshkov def. Jordan Smith Unanimous Decision (29-28 X 3)
- Official Result: Will Martinez def. Casey Johnson Submission (rear-naked choke) 2:27 Round 1
- Official Result: Michelle Ould def. Munah Holland Unanimous Decision (30-27 X 2, and 29-28)
- Official Result: Alexandre Bezerra def. Matt McCook Submission (rear-naked choke) 3:04 Round 1
- Official Result: Phillipe Nover def. Derrick Kennington Submission (rear-naked choke) 4:24 Round 2
- Official Result: Brylan Van Artsdale def Jay Haas Submission (guillotine choke) 1:03 Round 1
- Official Result: Claudio Ledesma def. Kenny Foster Unanimous Decision (30-27 X 3)
Kenny Foster vs. Claudio Ledesma
For most of the first round the fighters circled and landed glancing blows. Ledsma went for a takedown late in the round, but Foster was able to defend. 10-9 Foster
This round remained on the feet. Ledesma was able to avoid most of Foster’s strikes when he tried to close the distance. The New Jersey native landed some slick counters, but it was still a close round. 10-9 Ledesma.
Ledesma turned it on in this round. In the first two he was ready to counter. In the final round, he started coming forward and noticeably getting the better of his opponent. Early in the round, he failed on a takedown, but with less than two minutes left, he finished one an ended in side control. He did some nominal work in the top position and was not able to pass. However, it clearly signed the round for him and the fight according to the ProMMANow scored card. 10-9 Ledesma.
Official Result: Claudio Ledesma def. Kenny Foster Unanimous Decision (30-27 X 3)
Jay Haas vs. Brylan Van Artsdale
Van Artsdale got in deep on a takedown. Haas defend with a guillotine that looked tight, but Van Artsdale reset and slammed out. On the bottom, Haas then tried to reverse, Van Artsdale then caught him in a guillotine. This one was a lot tighter and finished the fight. The fight card is moving at light speed. 28 minutes into the show and we are already done with two fights.
Official Result: Brylan Van Artsdale def Jay Haas Submission (guillotine choke) 1:03 Round 1
Derrick Kennington vs. Phillipe Nover
Nover shot right into a guillotine. Kennington used it to reverse and ended up in his opponent’s guard. Nover then got back to his feet and finished a double-leg takedown with an outside trip. Kennington threw up a slick armbar that nearly finished it. Nover winced in pain, but escaped and kept position on top. The TUF vet tried to pass to half guard, but Kennington swept him easily. DK defended a “ninja choke” and got mount for a second. However, Nover quickly reversed. Kennington got to his feet, but Nover put him back down and landed his best strikes of the fight against the cage. He then went for a Kimura from the top and lost position. Both fighters traded sloppy grappling. Kennington could have taken it with some submission threats, but he ate too many punches on the bottom. A Nover fans keeps yelling “Kill Him,” At least throw in a Karate Kid reference. Nover 10-9
Nover got out of the way of some punches and scored another takedown. Kennington tried to use some rubber guard and somewhere Joe Rogan thought “this guy needs to work on his flexibility.” Nover started unleashing some nasty elbows from the top, but he was still trying to work from guard. Kennington got back up, and Nover put him back down. This could have been the turning point of the fight. Nover kept top position and started landing harder and harder shots. Much better round for Nover. With 45 seconds left, Nover took the back. He worked for the rear-naked choked and finished with 36 seconds left in the round.
Official Result: Phillipe Nover def. Derrick Kennington Submission (rear-naked choke) 4:24 Round 2
Matt McCook vs. Alexandre Bezerra
Both fighters had no problem standing early. “Popo” was clearly more aggressive and had the better technique. The Brazilian waited for his shot and then scored a takedown. He passed to side on the way down and then took the back. From there it was only a matter of time. Bezerra secured the rear-naked choke, locked in the body triangle and then wiggled the choke tighter. The tap came with 1:56 left in the round.
Official Result: Alexandre Bezerra def. Matt McCook Submission (rear-naked choke) 3:04 Round 1
Munah Holland vs. Michelle Ould
Ould was the smaller fighter, but also the more physical and better fighter. She fought her way into the clinch, landed some knees and finished an ugly head-lock takedown. She did some work from mount, but lost the position quickly. Ould did work on top from the guard for the rest of the round. She wore her opponent down, but did not land anything huge. ProMMANow score 10-9 Ould
An Ould fan starts yelling “inner thigh” whenever the fighters are on their feet. Ould goes back to the head lock and finished another takedown into guard. Holland threatened with a triangle choke, but she did not know the finer points of the technique and could not finish. Ould continued to work with sloppy strikes from the top. With a minute and a half left, she passed to half guard, but it was more of the same. The “inner thigh” guy ends the round by saying “come on girl, use those legs, that’s why you’ve got them.” He is clearly a student of Charles Darwin. ProMMANow score 10-9 Ould It could have easily been a 10-8 round, if Ould’s favorite technique was not a weak hammer fist to the body.
Holland started the round by continually finding a home for her right hand. This was clearly the best offense of the fight for her. Ould landed a head kick, but it was all foot. Ould landed a pretty nifty takedown. She came forward like she was striking and then stepped behind her opponent. Of course, Holland could have just slipped, but at ProMMANow we give the benefit of the doubt. Once Ould got on top, the fight took the same path: a lot of inaccurate ground and pound. ProMMANow score 10-9 Ould
Official Result: Michelle Ould def. Munah Holland Unanimous Decision (30-27 X 2, and 29-28)
Casey Johnson vs. Will Martinez
Both fighters were fine with striking for the early part of the round. Neither landed anything clean. Martinez caught a kick and got a takedown into side control. He worked for the back and eventually got the hooks in. Johnson held onto the wrist for dear life. Martinez kept trying for the choke, got the body triangle and finished the fight.
Official Result: Will Martinez def. Casey Johnson Submission (rear-naked choke) 2:27 Round 1
Jordan Smith vs. Andrey Koreshkov
Smith wanted to throw to star this fight, but it might not have been the best strategy. After he caught with a spinning back kick to the head, he tried to take it to the ground. Koreshkov stuffed it with ease. Both fighters continued to throw, but Koreshkov is getting the better of the exchanges. He was able to dodge strikes and land counters. He also came forward with a few nasty step in knees. Smith was game and did not back out. Koreshkov went for a takedown that got stuff. Smith locked in a Peruvian neck tie, but Koreshkov escaped. Smiht switched to a guillotine and once again the Russian escaped. The rounded ending with Koreshkov on top hammering away. He was not doing much damage until a huge right stunned Smith with 13 seconds left. ProMMANow score 10-9 Koreshkov
Koreshkov landed an uppercut that crackled through the building to start the round. Smith ate it and got a takedown and quickly took the back. Koreshkov held Smith’s glove and defended well. Smith got an arm under the neck at one point, but he did not come close to finishing the rear-naked choke. With 2:09 left in the round, Koreshkov reversed the top position and ended up in guard. The Russian tried to stand over his foe. He ate some up kicks and had to defend a leg lock. ProMMANow.com score 10-9 Smith. He had more time in control and probably landed the better strikes when he was on the bottom.
Smith tried to take the fight back to the ground, but Koreshkov defended well. He knew he was the better striker, but his cardio was fading. Smith threw wildly and struggled to try to get takedowns, but he did not come close. Koreshkov kept the fight on the feet, but his arms were too tired to land anything significant. Towards the end of the round Smith’s wild shots started finding a home. With 30 seconds left in the bout, Koreshkov scored a takedown along the fence, but did nothing with it. ProMMANow.com score 10-9 Smith. The last round was very close.
Official Result: Andrey Koreshkov def. Jordan Smith Unanimous Decision (29-28 X 3)
Michail Tsarev vs. Tim Welch
Welch came out throwing heavy shots, but Tsarev as able to mostly avoid. The fighters traded knees in the clinch. Tsarev eventually got a takedown into side control. From there he stayed patient. Welch tried to escape, but got caught in a nasty guillotine. Tsarev strained, but Welch eventually escaped. The American postured up in the top position, and ate two nasty and illegal knees. The fight paused for a few seconds and restarted on the feet. Welch till looked dazed from the illegal blows, but the fight continued. Tsarev counters when Welch jumped in with a knee and then got a takedown. The Russian went for another guillotine choke, but he did not control the body at all. Welch escaped, got caught again, and escaped again. Tsarev then switched to a triangle choke, but it was not close. Another illegal up kick almost landed from the Russian. ProMMANow.com score 10-9 Tsarev
The Russian started to get loose with some kicks on the feet. Welch forced a clinch and landed some nice shots. Tsarev went for two ugly takedowns and failed on both. He tried to pull guard on the second, but Welch elected to stand. The Russian finished a takedown into side control and worked for the back. As he took the back, he locked in the rear-naked choke and finished the fight.
Official Result: Michail Tsarev def. Tim Welch Submission (rear-naked choke) 1:57 Round 2
Nordine Taleb vs. Marius Žaromskis
Taleb started the round by circling away and throwing kicks to the legs and to the head. Zaromskis did a pretty solid job defending, but he could not get inside to land. He finally connected with a right hand and he sent Taleb crashing to mat. He took side control. When Talen tried to spin, Zaromskis took the back, but the Canadian stood and got away. Taleb tried to change levels and get a takedown, but it was stuff. Zaromskis used the clinch to land some stiff knees. The fighters finished the round in the clinch against the fence. ProMMANow.com score 10-9 Zaromskis
The Canadian starts by circling away from his opponents power. It works for a bit, and he even landed his best strike of the fight. However, Zaromskis closes the distance and drops Taleb for the second time. The former Dream champion held side control, but did not do anything with it. The referee stood the fighters up from half guard for some reason. Taleb tried to shoot a double, but Zaromskis stuffed it and put his opponent into the cage. The fighters both looked for big shots at the end of the round, but nothing landed. ProMMANow.com score 10-9 for Zaromskis
Zaromskis started off round three with a takedown that was easily stuffed. He continued to chase his taller opponent around the cage. The Lithuanian pushed his opponent into the cage, and struggled for a takedown he could not get. After scoring two knockdowns it is odd that he looked so hard for the takedown. He finally pulled his opponent down with about a minute and a half left in the fight. He held side control until the referee stood them up. After the stand up, Zaromskis landed a head kick that made Taleb shake his hand. He tried to charge, but the Canadian took him down. He got to back to his feet at the clapper. ProMMANow.com score 10-9 for Zaromskis
Official Result: Marius Zaromskis def. Nordine Taleb Unanimous Decision (29-28 X 2, 30-27)
Lyman Good vs. Jim Wallhead
It was clear from the start that Wallhead wanted to clinch, and Good wanted to strike. Wallhead tried to neck wrestle, while Good worked his body with hooks. Good got the better of the striking at range and in the clinch. However, he seemed tentative in the clinch as if he was worried about a takedown. ProMMANow.com score 10-9 for Good.
The second round started the same as the first. Wallhead actually went for a takedown in the clinch this time, but it did not come close. Good tried to fight more on the outside, and it started to work for hi. Around the 3:30 mark he backed Wallhead into the cage with strikes. About a minute later, he started feeling it. He began to work his kicks and punches in combination, and the strikes were landing. Save for the occasional counter hook, Wallhead really had very little offense in this round. ProMMANow.com score 10-9 for Good.
The crowd chanted “Lyman” earlier in the third. Wallhead tried a double from very far and ate a knee for his trouble. In a clinch, Good landed a low knee that sent the Brit to his knees. After a brief stop, Good continued to score with straight punches and hooks in the clinch. Solid performance from the former champion. It was clear from the beginning that Wallhead had very little to trouble him. The fighters tried to flurry for the bell, and in the process a shot catches Wallhead in the groin. Dan Miragliotta in inexplicably takes a point away. ProMMANow.com score 9-9
Official Result: Lyman Good def. Jim Wallhead Unanimous Decision (29-27 X 3)