bellator 94[ads2]Bellator 94 takes place this evening at the Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla. and features the Season 8 lightweight and light heavyweight tournament finals. Saad Awad and David Rickels will square off in the main event for $100,000 grand prize and a shot at Michael Chandler‘s lightweight crown, while Mikhail Zayats and Emanuel Newton face off for $100,000 and a shot at light heavyweight champion Attila Vegh.

A couple of women’s MMA bouts will be featured on the prelims starting at 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. PT) with Felice Herrig taking on Heather Jo Clark in a strawweight match-up, and resident blogger Patricia Vidonic looking for revenge against No. 1 ranked 115-pounder Jessica Aguilar.

Bellator 94’s main card will broadcast live on Spike TV starting at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT). ( will provide LIVE results and play-by-play commentary of all the action from top-to-bottom.

Bellator 94 quick results:


  • Light Heavyweight Final: Emanuel Newton def. Mikhail Zayats by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Lightweight Final: David Rickels def. Saad Awad by TKO (strikes) Rd 2 (5:00)
  • Welterweight: Luis Melo def. Trey Houston by submission (arm triangle choke) Rd 3 (1:09)
  • Bantamweight: Rodrigo Lima def. Ronnie Mann by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)


  • Welterweight: Julien Williams def. Kenny Moss by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 1 (3:19)
  • Heavyweight: Augusto Sakai def. Rob Horton by TKO (strikes) Rd 2 (4:01)
  • Strawweight: Jessica Aguilar def. Patricia Vidonic by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Featherweight: Joe Taimanglo def. Ronnie Rogers by submission (north-south choke) Rd 2 (:33)
  • Lightweight: James Edson Berto def. Bruno Carvalho by submission (heel hook) Rd 1 (1:27)
  • Catchweight 157 lbs: Patrick Cenoble vs. Tony Fryklund ruled a draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
  • Strawweight: Felice Herrig def. Heather Jo Clark by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Bellator 94 play-by-play:

Heather Clark vs. Felice Herrig

Round 1 – Overhand right from Clark then a judo throw from her puts Felice on her back. Clark on top in half guard, holding Herrig’s neck. Herrig trying to sweep. Body shots from Clark. Lots of shots right to the gut of Herrig while holding Herrig’s neck in a guillotine position. Ref wants them to improve position. Elbows from Clark from the top. Nice big elbows from Clark draw a reaction from the crowd. Herrig tries to sweep but can’t get it. Clark postures up with punches before the bell. PMN has it 10-9 for Clark.

Round 2 -Nice right and a knee from Clark. Leg kick from Herrig. Nice right from Clark. Left from Herrig. Right from Clark, Herrig counters with a nice left. Head kick from Clark. Herrig attacks, clinches, Clark turns her to the cage. Knee from Herrig and she backs out. Time is called as one of Herrig’s hair extensions come out and he throws it out. Knees from Clark. Nice right from Clark. Nice left from Herrig, nice right from Clark, pushes Herrig to the cage. Herrig turns her around. Clark turns her around then uses a head and arm trip to try and put Herrig down but ends up with Herrig on her back with a body triangle and under a minute to go. Clark defends until the bell. PMN has it 10-9 Herrig.

Round 3 – Side kick from Clark to the face. Nice left hook from Herrig. Push kick from Clark to the face. Herrig gets a takedown, takes top control in half guard. Clark fishing for a kimura from bottom. Herrig pulls out, looking for mount and gets it. Clark gives up her back. Both hooks in from Herrig, they roll and she looks for the choke. Body triangle, she gets one arm under the chin but Clark has the other arm. Herrig trying to finish with one arm with a minute to go. They roll to their knees, Clark gives the ref a thumbs up as he asks if she’s okay. Herrig lets the choke go and lands a few shots. Clark takes top control before the bell. Felice screams in her face after the fight and Clark gives her a back hand. Herrig swings back at her and the ref separates them.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Felice Herrig def. Heather Jo Clark by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Pretty scary that one judge saw that for Clark.

Tony Fryklund vs. Patrick Cenoble

Round 1 – Leg kick from Fryklund, again. He eats a right. Body shot from Cenoble. Right hand. Fryklund looks for the takedown after clinching up, Cenoble defends. Fryklund presses him to the cage, dirty boxing from both guys as Fryklund tries to get him down with a body lock. Knees to the thigh from Fryklund. He backs out. One two from Cenoble. Nice right. Tony shoots, stuffed. Cenoble with several punches. Fryklund shoots, stuffed. Body shot from Cenoble, uppercut, left. Nice left from Cenoble as he steps to the side, big body shot. Thai clinch, knee from Tony. His left eye is pretty red. Tony gets a body lock takedown after getting tagged a few more times. Fryklund now bleeding around that left eye. Cenoble with full guard from bottom as Fryklund works the ground and pound. Tony stands up, passes to side control but Cenoble gets up, fires off punches as Tony shoots, stuffed., lands a couple more, Tony gets the takedown. Tony postures up with a couple shots before the bell. PMN sees it 10-9 for Cenoble.

Round 2 -The cut is right on Tony’s left eyelid. Tony takes the center. Nice left from Cenoble. Knee from Tony, he shoots and gets the takedown. Ref takes a point from Cenoble for grabbing the fence on the takedown after being warned earlier. Cenoble lands a one two. Takedown from Fryklund, takes top control in half guard. Tony looking for a keylock but Cenoble gets to his feet. One two, three, body shot, another body shot from Cenoble. Tony shoots, stuffed. Shoots again and he gets Cenoble down with an ankle pick. Fryklund lands some shots from half guard as Cenoble tries to get up. He gets to his knees, then feet but Tony puts him back down. Tony with some body shots. Cenoble trying to sweep. Tony postures up with body shots, hammerfist before the bell. PMN sees it 10-9 Fryklund. Plust the point deduction means it’s 10-8.

Round 3 – Cenoble’s corner told him he’s winning. Not sure why they would say that. If anything, it’s even. Touch gloves. Tony shoots, eats a knee. Uppercut, one two from Cenoble. Tony shoots, stuffed. Cenoble lands some big shots, stuffs another takedown and unloads some big punches, body shot, right hand, another right, body shot. Fryklund gets the desperation takedown, takes side control. Three minutes to go. Tony gets north south looking for the keylock. Cenoble explodes out and Tony takes his back and pulls him down, gets crucifix position, drops some elbows and Cenoble gets to his feet. Cenoble is tired, lands a punch or two but Fryklund gets the takedown, takes half guard from top. Fryklund traps one arm with his knee and lands some right hands. Under a minute to go. Cenoble uses a butterfly to get up but Tony puts him right back down. Ground and pound from Fryklund as the clock winds down. Cenoble gets up and they trade shots before the bell. They hug it out. PMN sees it 10-9 and 29-27 for Fryklund. Kryzsztof Soszynski in Fryklund’s corner.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Patrick Cenoble vs. Tony Fryklund ruled a draw (29-27 Cenoble, 29-27 Fryklund, 28-28 draw)

James Edson Berto vs. Bruno Carvalho

Round 1 – Edson Berto is boxer Andre Berto’s brother. Touch gloves. Leg kick Carvalho, head kick Berto, leg kick Berto, brief clinch. Leg kick from Carvalho but Berto counters with a big right that drops him and knocks his mouthpiece out. Berto goes in for the kill and Carvalho locks on an armbar. Berto gives a thumbs up as Carvalho tries to crank it and the ref asks him if he’s okay. Berto gets out, jumps on a leg, rolls with the heel hook and Carvalho taps out.

OFFICIAL RESULT: James Edson Berto def. Bruno Carvalho by submission (heel hook) Rd 1 (1:27)

Joe Taimanglo vs. Ronnie Rogers

Round 1 – Guam’s Joe Taimanglo with a leg kick. Clinch, Taimanglo jumps guard and Rogers puts him on his back. Taimanglo looking for a triangle, Rogers picks him up for a slam and Taimanglo lands on his feet. He presses Rogers to the cage. Knee from Rogers. Bit of a stalemate and ref wants action. Knee from Rogers. Taimanglo with underhooks, lands a knee. Ref separates them. Huge leg kick/sweep from Rogers. Taimanglo ties him up and gets a huge slam. Lands in side control. Crucifix from Taimanglo, drops a few right hands to the noggin of Rogers. Now some elbows to side of the noggin. Taimanglo landing a lot of shots here. Rogers escapes to his feet. Shoots, stuffed. Bell. PMN sees it 10-9 Taimanglo.

Round 2 – Taimanglo with a huge body slam, locks up a north-south choke and Rogers taps out fairly quickly.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Joe Taimanglo def. Ronnie Rogers by submission (north-south choke) Rd 2 (:33)

Jessica Aguilar vs. Patricia Vidonic

Round 1 – Patricia comes out swinging, body shot. Leg kick from Jag. Clinch, knee from Jag as she presses P to the cage. Body shots from P. Jag drops levels for a big takedown. Jag on top in half guard. Patricia gets to full guard and controlling well. High guard from Patricia. Patricia landing some shots from the bottom, elbows and punches. Couple body shots from Jag. More shots from P from the bottom. Jag not able to do much from top. She stands up and tries to land something but ends up just laying back on top in half guard before bell. PMN sees it 10-9 for Patricia.

Round 2 – Body shot from P, again. Leg kick from Jag. Clinch, P pulls back, pushes Jag to the cage, drops levels but can’t get the takedown. Jag turns her around, looking for the takedown. Knees from Jag. P turns her around. Knee from Jag. P gets the takedown, has top control inside full guard. P traps one arm briefly. P with body shots. Ref wants action with 90 seconds left in the round. Elbow from P. More body shots. Full guard. Big body shots from P. Hammerfists from P. Jag looking for an armbar. P stacks her with 10 seconds left. More hammerfists from P to take the round. PMN sees it 10-9 for P. Remember though… this is home field advantage for Jag.

Round 3 – Jag’s corner, Ricardo Liborio, tells her to take P down in this round. Touch gloves. P comes out swinging. Clinch, Jag turns her to the cage with a Thai plum. Jag looking for the takedown here, knee to body. Knees from P. Ref wants action. Knee from Jag, she trips P to the ground hard. Jag inside half guard with three minutes to go. Jag stacks her, lands a few body shots. Bit of a stalemate. P gets her to full guard. Body shots from Jag. Ref wants action. Ref stands them up. Leg kick from Jag. P comes out swinging. Couple knees from Jag, presses P to the cage. P turns her around. They trade knees. More knees from Jag as they struggle in the clinch. PMN sees it 10-9 for Jessica and 29-28 for Patrica. Not sure if she can get the win there in Florida though. We’ll see. Interesting that commentator Jimmy Smith scored it for Lil P.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Jessica Aguilar def. Patricia Vidonic by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Rob Horton vs. Augusto Sakai

Round 1 – Stream died.

Round 2 – Missed first two minutes due to stream cutting out. Clinched against the cage. Knee from Sakai. Thai plum and big knees to the body, one to the face opens Horton up. Horton turns him to the cage and drops levels, stuffed. More knees from Sakai, big punches and two nice leg kicks. Big left. Sakai presses him to the cage, grabs the Thai plum, lands a big knee to the chin and Horton drops to his knees and the ref stops it.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Augusto Sakai def. Rob Horton by TKO (strikes) Rd 2 (4:01)

Kenny Moss vs. Julien Williams

Round 1 – Leg kick Williams. Left hook, presses Moss to cage. Williams turns him around, gets the trip takedown, takes top control inside full guard. Ground and pound from Williams as he stacks Moss. Big upkick from Moss as Williams dives in. Big body shots from Williams. He postures up with big right hands to head and body. Williams sinks on a guillotine as Moss sits up. Moss stands up as Williams holds the neck. Moss tries shooting in but Williams still holding it. Finally, Moss taps out.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Julien Williams def. Kenny Moss by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 1 (3:19)

Ronnie Mann vs. Rodrigo Lima

Round 1 – Touch gloves. They trade leg kicks. Lima with overhand left. Left hook from Mann. Leg kick. Beautiful counter right from Mann, again. Lima on the outside, kicks, caught by Mann, counter right punch from Mann. Left right from Lima. Right counter from Mann. Right counter from Lima. Both guys throwing heat. Leg kick from Mann but he gets caught and dropped with a counter punch. He gets up but Lima goes for the kill. Lands a big right. Mann seems recovered, coming forward again. Leg kick from Lima. Right from Mann. Leg kick Lima inside. Leg kick, several punches from Lima, including a big right. Mann fires back but Lima scores with the better punches. Lima catches a leg kick, lands an overhand right counter. Counter right from Lima lands. Lima much lighter on his feet. PMN sees it 10-9 Lima.

Round 2 – Left hook from Lima, leg kick. Mann catches it, lets it go. Nice punch exchange. Lima catches a kick, lands a nice right left counter. Clinch, brief exchange as Mann backs out. Nice straight right from Lima right down the middle. Leg kick from Mann, again. Nice stiff left from Mann. Right from Mann. Leg kick from Lima. High kick from Mann. Lima clinches, leg kick from Mann on the break after a punch exchange. Thai plum from Mann, lands a knee but pays for it by eating a few punches. Clinch before the bell. PMN sees it 10-9 Lima.

Round 3 – Leg kick from Lima, nice straight right. Leg kick. Right from Mann. Leg kick Lima. Clinch against the cage. Mann drops levels looking for the takedown, Lima locks on a guillotine, lets it go then locks it back on, lets it go and rests on top in half guard. Body shots from Lima. Elbows from Lima. Lima works from top with under two minutes to go. Mann sits up, gets to his knees then feet, takes top position but gets caught in Lima’s triangle. Lima throws some elbows off his back to the side of Mann’s head. Body shot from Mann as he’s stuck in the triangle. Lima playing to the crowd, lands more elbows. PMN has it 10-9 and 30-27 for Lima.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Rodrigo Lima def. Ronnie Mann by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Lima, 21, will move on to fight in the Summer Series bantamweight tournament.

Luis Melo vs. Trey Houston

Round 1 – Competing for a place in the Summer welterweight tournament. Touch gloves. clinch, trade knees, scramble, body lock takedown from Houston, takes top control inside guard. Houston stands up, lets Melo up. Kick to the groin from Melo. Houston goes down, gets 5 minutes from the referee. He takes about one minute to rest. Delayed head kick from Melo. Side kick from Houston. Leg kick, Melo puts him on his back. Hammerfists and punches from Melo, inside full guard. He postures up with punches and more hammerfists, moves to side control. Melo looking for the crucifix. Houston gets half guard, now full guard. Busy ground and pound from Melo. He stacks Houston with big shots. Houston gets up, presses Melo to the cage. Body shot, backs out. Body kick Houston. Left right left, body lock, takedown attempt but ends up on bottom in half guard. Now full guard. PMN sees it 10-9 Melo.

Round 2 – Front kick from Houston. Body kick from Melo. Left , then a left right from Houston. Left right from Melo. Clubbing right from Houston drops Melo. Houston jumps on his back looking for the choke. No hooks in, Melo is able to turn around and ends up  in half guard . Houston lets him up. Uppercut from Melo. Body lock takedown and he takes top control inside full guard.  Melo lands a right. Moves to side control, then to north/south. Houston gets to his knees. Melo lands a couple rights, kick to the body. Houston eating a lot of punches as he rolls to his back. Melo inside guard landing body and head shots. Nice elbow shots from Melo. Houston gets to his knees. Rolls. Melo stays on him as Houston turtles up. PMN sees it 10-9 Melo.

Round 3 – Touch gloves. Uppercut from Melo. Knee. Body kick from Melo. Melo with the takedown. Melo laying on the ground and pound, moves to full mount and locks on an arm triangle. Houston taps out.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Luis Melo def. Trey Houston by submission (arm triangle choke) Rd 3 (1:09)

Lightweight Final: David Rickels vs. Saad Awad

Round 1 – Touch gloves. Leg kick Rickels. Awad slips to his butt, back up. Big leg kick Rickels. Again, inside. Awad catches a front kick, unloads a couple punches. Nice left from Awad, big right, Rickels fires back and connects. Rickels with a counter left. Leg kick from Rickels. Jab, leg kick inside. Awad looking for the counter. Inside leg kick. Leg kick Rickels, again. Awad with the body lock takedown. Inside guard. Elbows off his back from Rickels. Awad with hammerfists, pushes Rickels to the base of the cage. Rickels gets to his feet. Knees to the thighs from Awad, body lock takedown. Hammerfists, axe kick attempt to the stomach of Rickels. Awad goes for a guillotine, lets it go, postures up with punches. PMN sees it 10-9 Awad.

Round 2 – Awad shoots, stuffed. Left hand from Awad, drops levels and puts Rickels on his back. Awad on top inside half guard. Rickels gets full guard. Rickels gets to his feet and gets his own body lock takedown. Rickels on top in half guard now. Drop;s a couple elbows. Awad sweeps, inside full guard. Awad fights to keep Rickels on his back, working the ground and pound when he can. He postures up with an elbow. Rickels with elbows off his back. Rickels tries to get up. Awad stands up tries to hop pass guard. Rickels is able to get to his feet and lands a couple left hands a right that drops Awad. The round is over but the referee rules it a TKO after the bell. Controversy erupts.

OFFICIAL RESULT: David Rickels def. Saad Awad by TKO (strikes) Rd 2 (5:00)

Light Heavyweight Final: Emanuel Newton vs. Mikhail Zayats

Round 1 – Overhand right from Newton. Leg kick from Zayats but Newton catches it and counters with a big overhand right. Side kick from Newton. Body kick from Newton. Leg kick Zayats. Right from Newton. Left jab Newton. Right hand from Newton. Nice right from Zayats but Newton lands a nice counter and gets a takedown putting Zayats on his back, inside guard. Zayats trying to set up an armbar, gets to his feet. Zayats turns him around to the cage but Newton gets a body lock takedown. Zayats grabs a guillotine from bottom with Newton in his guard. Newton moves him against the cage and rides his back as Zayats gets to one knee. Newton with light punches trying to soften him up to lock on the choke. PMN sees it 10-9 Newton.

Round 2 – Leg kick Newton. Zayats counters with a punch or two. They exchange punches, brief clinch, Zayats backs out. Leg kick Newton. Newton misses a spinning kick. Lands a leg kick inside. Right counter from Zayats. Leg kick from Newton. He slips on a spin kick. Zayats lets him up. Clinch, Zayats backs out. Zayats just misses a big spinning backfist. Nice one two from Zayats. Leg kick Newton. Nice right from Zayats and a trip takedown before the bell. PMN sees it 10-9 for Zayats. Newton cut by his left eye.

Round 3 – Jab from Zayats. Clinch, knee from Newton. He pushes Zayats to the cage, they clinch and spin around, Newton with underhooks.Newton tries for a trip takedown. Can’t get it. Left from Newton. Jab. Jab from Zayats. Newton drops him with a right. Zayats gets up as Newton looks for the choke. Spinning backfist from Newton just misses. They square up. Left jab from Zayats. Body kick from Newton. Again. Jab from Zayats. Body kick Newton. Right from Zayats. Spinning backfist from Newton but not much on it. Side kick. Big leg kick from Zayats. Zayats shoots, not able to hold Newton down as he pops right up. Body kick Newton. Misses a spin kick. Body punch from Zayats. Newton gets a single leg takedown with under 20 seconds to go. Newton inside guard. PMN sees it 10-9 and 29-28 for Newton.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Emanuel Newton def. Mikhail Zayats by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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