Bellator 207 Results & Clips: Bader cruises to the GP finals, notes on every Main Card & Prelims fight

Uncasville, Connecticut – Bellator’s big weekend opened at Bellator 207 with the first of two Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals pitting longtime divisional star Matt Mitrione versus light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader.  There’s a ton of quality action on tap throughout Bellator 207, read on for results from all the fights and clips from the top action!



Bellator 207  Main Card:


265 Grand Prix Semifinal: Ryan Bader (26-5, #5 World)  UD3  Matt Mitrione (13-6, #13 World)

Reigning 205 pound champ Ryan Bader took a big step toward becoming Bellator’s first ever simultaneous two-division champ with a flawless victory over heavyweight stalwart Matt Mitrione.  Ex-NFL player Mitrione stayed on his feet for less than 30 seconds combined as the former amateur wrestling star shot in with purpose and finished single leg takedowns with ease. Mitrione struggled on the bottom but didn’t have the chops to stand up or cause Bader trouble with submissions.  Bader worked a patient, potent ground striking game against his 30+ pounds heavier foe, nearly finishing with left hand bombs in the third minute of round 1.  A round 2 Americana try caused Mitrione plenty of pain but didn’t elicit the tap.   Bader finished with five minutes of smothering wrestling in round 3, good enough for the smaller man to advance to the finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix in dominant fashion.  Tune in to tomorrow’s Bellator 208 to find out whether he’ll take on Fedor Emelianenko or Chael Sonnen for the belt!



265: Sergei Kharitonov (29-7, #30 World)  KO1  Roy Nelson (23-16, #19 World)

“Big Country” hunted the overhand right briefly before shooting in for a takedown early in round 1 – shades of the old Roy!  Pride vet Sergei Kharitonov defended the shot and landed a pair of counter knees to the face that earned the Russian a point deduction since Nelson was a grounded opponent.   When the fight finally restarted, Kharitonov set to work picking away with jabs while Nelson retaliated with jabs of his own and occasionally swung for the KO.  A body shot, of all things, seemed to get Roy’s attention with about 90 seconds left in round 1, and followup hooks & a flush uppercut sent the American reeling.  Kharitonov kept up the pressure as he beat down Nelson with a hailstorm of punches and a conclusive uppercut & knee combination that deposited Roy on the mat just before the round 1 bell.  Huge win for Sergei Kharitonov’s positioning in the Bellator heavyweight title picture, as he became the first man to take out Nelson with strikes since Mark Hunt did the deed in 2014.



170: Lorenz Larkin (20-7, #19 World)  UD3  Ion Pascu (18-9, #155 World)

Longtime Strikeforce & UFC star Lorenz Larkin showed few of the violent tendencies that he used to defeat Robbie Lawler, Jorge Masvidal and Neil Magny back in the day, but he still brought enough offense to defeat Romania’s Ion Pascu in a competitive bout.  The first two rounds were a mix of patient, technical standup and periodic clinch control courtesy of Larkin.  The “Monsoon” was much more controlled than his nickname suggests, dancing at range and picking away with occasional punches and kicks.  The biggest shot of the fight was probably an uppercut that Larkin landed while Pascu was holding onto his leg late in round 2, but the underdog was never really rocked in this one.  Pascu never withered but never managed to land much offense other than a round 3 takedown.  A late leglock try from the SBG Ireland rep Pascu was cheeky yet bore no fruit.  Good enough for Lorenz Larkin to claim the Welterweight Grand Prix alternate position by straight 29-28 scorecards, even if he never got things out of first gear.



155: Corey Browning (4-2, #171 US Southeast)  TKO2  “Baby Slice” Kevin Ferguson Jr. (3-2)

Team Bodyshop’s Kevin Ferguson Jr, son of Kimbo Slice, saw his three fight winning streak turn to dust courtesy of a dose of toughness from heavy underdog Corey Browning and a serious gas tank failure from”Baby Slice”.  Ferguson went all-out hunting takedowns in round 1 and managed to damage Browning’s eye with ground strikes and a nice knee to the jaw along the cage, but he did too little damage considering how much energy he dumped.  Browning finished the round well by tagging the flagging Ferguson with elbows on the ground, and he parlayed that momentum into a knockdown early in round 2.  Ferguson used his final burst of energy to reverse position and claim Browning’s back, but the Tennessean wriggled free and ended up on top.  A flurry of punches sealed the deal for Browning as Ferguson failed to defend himself to the ref’s liking.  Massive upset win for Corey Browning, who cashed in on his Bellator main card ticket as a +700 underdog in some sports books.



155: Mandel Nallo (7-0, #351 World)  KO2  Carrington Banks (7-2, #208 World)

A potential future star announced his presence to a national television audience as Tri-Star standout Mandel Nallo authored a second straight highlight reel KO at the expense of TUF 21 alum Carrington Banks.  Banks successfully got the fight to the mat in round 1 and fended off a pretty threatening looking D’Arce choke try from the crafty Nallo.  Banks didn’t do much damage on the ground, but he was a whole lot better off there than he was trying to exchange strikes in round 2.  That’s when Nallo unleashed a wicked step-inknee to the face that sent Banks out cold in a scene of violence that arguably topped the Canadian’s awesome Bellator 189 head kick.  Big things coming for this Canadian lightweight:



Bellator 207 Prelims:


185: Vinicius de Jesus (6-2, #625 World 170)  UD3  Tim Caron (9-2, #360 World) – unbroadcast


W145: Janay Harding (4-3, #35 World)  TKO1-Cut  Sinead Kavanagh (5-3, #19 World)

These two came to brawl!  Tiger Muay Thai’s Harding and SBG Ireland rep Kavanagh were happy to stand toe-to-toe and exchange punches from the opening bell.  It didn’t take long for the Australian to find the target with sharp jabs and perfect grazing step-in elbows that busted Kavanagh open above her right eye.  Kavanagh kept at it and had her best success with a big right in the last minute of round 1.  But it was too little too late for Sinead, as the fight was waved off after 5 minutes due to the cut.  Nice sophomore performance in Bellator from Janay Harding after she fell short to Amber Leibrock in her debut at Bellator 199; meanwhile, Kavanagh fell to 2-3 in Bellator after entering the big show as a hyped 3-0 prospect.



177: Andre Fialho (10-1, #283 World 170)  MD3  Javier Torres (10-5, #369 World 185)

This was a standard professional-grade 15 minute MMAkickboxing contest that saw Andre Fialho start hot and Javier Torres catch up later in the fight.  Fialho rocked Torres with straight punches and added in snappy head kicks that tipped round 1 in his favor.  Torres was more competitive in rounds 2 and 3 but neither man rocked the other or did much to make a conclusive case for winning either.  AKA’s Fiahlo did enough to run his Bellator record to 4-1 via majority decision 28-28, 29-28, 29-28 scorecards; apparently one judge had the first round 10-8 in Fialho’s favor, and went 10-9 in favor of Torres in the second and third.


W125: Sarah Click (2-2)  UD3  Kristi Lopez (2-1-1)

“Switch Kick” Click showed off her power when she seriously dazed TUF alum Lopez with a big straight right hand and a head kick at the round 1 buzzer.  Lopez never seemed to fully recover, pushing the clinch throughout rounds 2 and 3 but never attacking with the same ferocity that she had in round 1.  Lopez hung in there, but Invicta & CES alum Click did more damage throughout and emerged with a unanimous nod by straight 30-27 scores.


135: Mike Kimbel (2-0)  KO1  Alex Potts (1-1)

How do you top scoring a 63 second KO in your pro debut? By picking up a 6 second victory in your second fight, that’s how.  Mike “The Savage” Kimbel tied Hector Lombard’s record for fastest Bellator knockout ever with this conclusive overhand right – watch out for this 21 year old up-and-comer, who should have Bellator’s full attention by now:


W125: Alexandra Ballou (1-0)  TKO3  Lisa Blaine (2-3)

The first two-and-a-half rounds of this one were pretty low key, with both women swapping control against the cage and Blaine perhaps gaining a slight edge at striking distance.  All that went out the window when Ballou finally scored a takedown in round 3 and followed up with thunderous ground strikes for the suddent TKO!



170: Pat Casey (4-0, #40 US Northeast)  UD3  Kastriot Xhema (2-2, #60 US Northeast)

Massachusetts grappler Casey withstood wild attacks on the feet from four-fight Bellator vet Xhema, grounding him for most of 15 minutes. Casey’s wrestling dominance was thorough, and he even dinged the wearied KO artist on the feet a couple of times, but he never approached a finish. Still, Casey has to be happy with a decision by straight 30-26 cards in his second Bellator prelims appearance.


170: Sean Lally (8-3, 0-1 DWCS, #329 World) vs. Kemran Lachinov (6-2, 2-0 Bellator, 0-1 CES, #639 World)


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