Bellator Dynamite

Bellator and Glory’s hybrid MMA / Kickboxing event “Dynamite 1” goes down tonight in San Jose and PMN will provide live results of the entire card and round-by-round updates of the main card. The prelims kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT) on and the main card starts at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on Spike TV.

Tonight’s Dynamite 1 event features a light heavyweight title bout with champion Liam McGeary taking on former UFC light heavyweight champ and MMA legend Tito Ortiz in the main event. Also, a four-man one-night light heavyweight tournament is on the bill with King Mo taking on Linton Vassell, and Emanuel Newton taking on Phil Davis in the semifinals.

Bellator is expected to make a big announcement before tonight’s main event. We’ll update you on that info as well.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the fights in the comments section below.



Main Card (Spike TV)

  • Bellator Light Heavyweight (MMA) Liam McGeary (c) def. Tito Ortiz via submission (inverted triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:41
  • Light Heavyweight (MMA) Phil Davis def. Francis Carmont via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:15
  • Glory Light Heavyweight Championship (Kickboxing) Saulo Cavalari def. Zack Mwekassa via majority decision (48-46, 48-46, 47-47)
  • Lightweight (MMA) Josh Thomson def. Mike Bronzoulis via submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 3, 0:39
  • Welterweight (Kickboxing) Paul Daley def. Fernando Gonzalez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Women’s Bantamweight (Kickboxing) Keri Melendez def. Hadley Griffith via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Light Heavyweight Semifinal (MMA) Phil Davis def. Emanuel Newton via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 4:39
  • Light Heavyweight Semifinal (MMA) King Mo def. Linton Vassell via decision (no scores given) – advances to tournament finals co-main event

Preliminary Card (

  • Bantamweight (MMA) Gabe Carrasco def. Joe Neal via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Lightweight (MMA) Adam Piccolotti def. Marlen Magee via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:47
  • Featherweight (Kickboxing) Serhiy Adamchuck def. Anvar Boynazarov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Featherweight (Kickboxing) Jose Palacios def. TJ Arcengal via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Featherweight (MMA) Ousmane Thomas Diagne vs. Mike Malott ruled a majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)
  • Light Heavyweight (MMA) Francis Carmont def. Anthony Ruiz via decision (alternate for light heavyweight tournament)

Dark Matches (not televised)

  • Featherweight (MMA) Victor Jones vs. David Blanco
  • Women’s Flyweight (MMA) Gloria Telles vs. Alysia Cortez
  • Lightweight (MMA) Nick Pica vs. Mauricio Alonso
  • Middleweight (MMA) Brandon Hester vs. DeMarco Villalona
  • Lightweight (MMA) Israel Delgado vs. JJ Okanovich
  • Welterweight (MMA) James Terry vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
  • Flyweight (MMA) Matt Ramirez vs. Josh Paiva



King Mo vs. Linton Vassell (semifinals)

Round 1 – We didn’t get to see Mo’s walkout. Mo drops him with a right hook early but he recovers. Vassell shoots but Mo defends. That’s interesting he would shoot on Mo. Nice solid straight right from Mo. Body jab. Overhand right and a left hook from Mo. His hands looking improved. Straight right again. Left hook from Vassell. Jab from Mo. Body shot from Vassell. Mo checks a leg kick. Right hook from Mo, another one stuns Vassell. Clinch against the cage, Mo lands some body shots as he presses Vassell to the fence. Knee and a leg kick from Vassell. Couldn’t tell if the knee landed. Mo lands a left hook behind the head and Vassell goes down. Somehow the ref doesn’t stop it as Mo knocks him down and wobbles him several times. Should have been or could have been stopped in my opinion. Mo landed some huge punches. 10-8 Mo.

Round 2 – Nice jab on the chin from Vassell. Quick left hook lead counter from Mo. Body kick Vassell. Nice head movement from Mo avoiding punches. He dances a little. Nice body kick from Vassell. Body shot and body kick from Vassell. Mo slips to the ground. Back up. Vassell racking up some strikes. Mo trying to land that big one again. Left hook counter from Mo rocks Vassell backward. Vassell lifts Mo up and drops him on his head with a slam. He goes for Mo’s back but Mo defends and picks him up for his own arguably better slam. Vassell back up, Mo pressing him to the cage. Knee from Vassell, Mo with another takedown with 25 seconds to go. Vassell gets up with just a couple seconds left. 10-9 Mo.

OFFICIAL RESULT: King Mo def. Linton Vassell via decision (no scores given)

He now advances to the finals where he will face the winner of Emanuel Newton and Phil Davis.

Emanuel Newton vs. Phil Davis (semifinals)

Round 1 – Leg kick from Newton. Body kick from Davis. They trade body kicks, though neither land solid. Right jab from Newton and a spinning back kick that Davis stifles and uses to score a takedown. He’s riding Newton, but he gets up briefly before Davis puts him right back down and takes side mount. Davis looking for a kimura. Newton gets to his knees. Davis lands a solid knee to his back and tries to hold him down. Newton back up and tries to roll out of Davis’ grasp unsuccessfully. Davis looks to be trying to set up a front choke of some sort. Davis gets a takedown and ends up submitting Newton with a kimura. Newton taps. This is gonna be a helluva finals with Davis vs. King Mo. Love it. What I love is that we can see the evolution of both Davis and Mo’s games.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Phil Davis def. Emanuel Newton via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 4:39

Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez vs. Hadley Griffith (kickboxing)

Round 1 – Melendez pretty much dominated this round for a 10-9.

Round 2 – Melendez’s technique is very good. Griffith surviving but her legs are really taking a battering. 10-9 Melendez.

Round 3 – More of the same. Fast paced fight. 10-9 Melendez.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Keri Melendez def. Hadley Griffith via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Paul Daley vs. Fernando Gonzalez (kickboxing)

Round 1 – Daley lookin thick, landing some nice leg kicks. Straight left from Gonzalez. Low kick from Gonzalez. Body kick from Daley. Another, and a leg kick. Straight left from Gonzalez. 10-9 Daley.

Round 2 – Stiff jab from Daley, and a low kick. Body kick from Daley. Again. Another, and a low kick. Big leg kick. Nice right body kick. Gonzalez switching stances a lot. Body kick from Daley. Left hook from Gonzalez. 10-9 Daley.

Round 3 – Daley comes out aggressive and is scoring but Gonzalez fires right back with aggression of his own. He backs Daley in the corner briefly but is unable to capitalize. Left hook from Gonzalez, who is the one pressing now. Body kicks from Daley. Daley trips and is back up. Enormous low kick from Daley. Another. Left hook from Gonzalez. HUGE body kick from Daley. He’s trying to hurt him but Gonzalez is TOUGH and is still pressing inside trying to smother Daley. Some great action here and Gonzalez is giving Daley all he can handle. Big exchange at the end. Close round and could possibly go either way, but first two were Daley’s so he should have it.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Paul Daley def. Fernando Gonzalez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Josh Thomson vs. Mike Bronzoulis

Round 1 – Nice leg kick from Boronzoulis. Thomson fires back with punches. Right hook from Bronzoulis. Leg kick. Leg kick from Punk but Bronzoulis scores with a couple nice punches before Punk gets a takedown. Punk smothering Bronzoulis from top control. Gets side mount and triangle mount on the legs. Thomson gets full mount and lands some punches before the bell. 10-9 Punk.

Round 2 – Thomson drags Bronzoulis to the mat, takes side mount. Bronzoulis gets to his knees as Thomson rides him. Knees to the body and punches to the side of the head from Thomson. Brounzoulis escapes to his feet. Clinched against the cage. Punk controlling the action, lands a knee to the body. Bronzoulis with a knee to the body but Punk immediately puts him on his back and takes mount. Elbows and punches from Thomson. 10-8 Thomson.

Round 3 – Body kick from Thomson. Bronzoulis with a high kick and Thomson immediately clinches up and picks Bronzoulis up for the slam. Thomson locks on the arm triangle and Bronzoulis taps out.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Josh Thomson def. Mike Bronzoulis via submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 3, 0:39

Saulo Cavalari vs. Zack Mwekassa (kickboxing)

Round 1 – Mwekassa landing some nice body combinations this round as Cavalari scored more with kicks. Cavalari landed some nice jabs as well. Close round but probably leaning toward Cavalari, he seemed busier.

Round 2 – Cavalari coming out with heavy kicks, landing a nice head kick. Mwekassa fires back with body shots. Cavalari drops Mwekassa with a right head kick. Ref lets him up and he pushes forward like it didn’t even faze him. Ref takes a point from Cavalari for holding. As they restart Cavalari lands a mean front kick to the face. These big boys are being very aggressive. Big leg kick from Cavalari. Body shots from Mwekassa. Right hook from Cavalari, jab. Leg kick, right hook counter as he avoids everything from Mwekassa at the end. 10-9 Cavalari.

Round 3 – Mwekassa slips during an exchange. Not ruled as a knockdown. Some nice exchanges in this round. Mwekassa throwing more kicks this round. Right head kick scores from Cavalari. Mwekassa eats it and clowns a little bit as if it was nothing. 10-9 Cavalari.

Round 4 – Big hook to the body from Mwekassa. Front kick to the face from Cavalari. Mwekassa landing some nice punch combos here as Cavalari seems to be slowing. He slips on a head kick. Right hook, left head kick from Cavalari, then a low kick. Big right hook from Cavalari. Big leg kick from Cavalari, he then catches a kick and drops Mwekassa with a right. Does it again before the bell. 10-9 Cavalari.

Round 5 – Left hook from Cavalari. Punch combo, leg kick from Cavalari. They trade low kicks. Nice left hook from Cavalari connects behind the head on Mwekassa and it knocks his mouthguard out. Nice right from Mwekassa during an exchange. Tornado kick and right hand from Cavalari. Leg kick from Cavalari buckles the leg of Mwekassa and he goes down. They fight it out in the clinch in the final seconds. 10-9 Cavalari.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Saulo Cavalari def. Zack Mwekassa via majority decision (48-46, 48-46, 47-47)


The founder of Pride Nobuyuki Sakakibarais is returning to MMA and will partner with Bellator to put on a show in Japan on New Year’s Eve and Fedor Emelianenko will fight on that card. This will be a Bellator DYNAMITE event and it will be broadcast on Spike.



Phil Davis vs. Francis Carmont (light heavyweight tournament final)

Round 1 – In a VERY unfortunate turn of events, King Mo suffered an injury in his fight with Linton Vassell and alternate Francis Carmont will fill in. That sucks. This could have been a big boost for Mo if he were to beat Davis. Well, that’s MMA. This fight is not nearly as compelling to me, but here we go. … Carmont feeling him out for distance, lands a couple kicks to start. Davis switching stances. Davis checks a low kick. Body kick from Davis. GSP in Carmont’s corner giving instruction. Low kick from Carmont, then Davis counters with a left hook that didn’t look that powerful but landed cleanly and Carmont goes down and Phil finishes him off with right hands. That makes me even madder we didn’t get to see King Mo in this fight. Dammit. Phil looking good. That’s an impressive KO win right there.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Phil Davis def. Francis Carmont via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:15

Liam McGeary (c) vs. Tito Ortiz – light heavyweight championship

Round 1 – Ortiz with a takedown, briefly caught in a guillotine. Now inside full guard Tito is doing what Tito does, landing some ground and pound. McGeary goes for an armbar but Tito slams his way out. McGeary locks up an inverted triangle and Ortiz taps out quickly. Damn. Tito was on his way to winning this thing but a mental lapse cost him the fight. They show good respect to each other afterward and Tito told him McGeary beat him at his best.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Liam McGeary def. Tito Ortiz via submission (inverted triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:41


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