Bellator 209 SPOILERS: Results from Thursday’s tape delayed event from Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv, Israel – Bellator made a curious decision to tape delay today’s Bellator 209 event until Friday at 9 PM ET, when the show will be broadcast on Paramount Network and DAZN. There are dozens of other solid fights to watch tomorrow night thanks to LFA 54 and Invicta 32, so you may as well read Bellator 209 spoilers now and save your limited MMA watching hours for live events, right?
Bellator 209 Main Card Spoilers:
145: Patricio Freire (28-4, Bellator champ, #7 World) UD5 Emmanuel Sanchez (17-4, #13 World) – 5 round title fight
This was the one bout of the evening that savvy fight aficionados could find streaming on Facebook via fan-provided cell phone camera. A tactical 25 minute contest that saw Patricio Pitbull and Emmanuel Sanchez tied on two judges’ scorecards heading into the fifth round. That’s when Pitbull kicked it into gear, smashing Sanchez on the feet early in the round before threatening to finish from the back (and seriously battering Sanchez’s face). The challenger toughed it out to the final bell but had to settle for staying un-finished in his pro MMA career. Freire, meanwhile, notched his fourth Bellator featherweight title defense and reaffirmed his position as one of Bellator’s homegrown greats.
170: Ryan Couture (12-6, #288 World) UD3 Haim Gozali (8-6)
Ryan Couture won his not-so-highly anticipated rematch versus 45 year old Israeli Haim Gozali by unanimous decision, the same result as their first meeting in June 2017. Couture advanced to 4-3 in Bellator, with his most notable victory a round 1 submission of recent Johny Hendricks slayer Dakota Cochrane.
205: Vadim Nemkov (10-2, #14 World) SD3 Phil Davis (19-5, #3 World)
There’s a hot new prospect in Bellator’s light heavyweight title picture after Bellator 209, as Vadim Nemkov managed to edge a split decision over former Bellator champ and longtime UFC star Phil Davis. Nemkov, 26, has picked up three straight wins in Bellator including a round 3 TKO of another former champ Liam McGeary. It’ll be interesting to see how this contest played out, but that run of results should be enough to put Nemkov on the cusp of a title shot after reigning champ Ryan Bader’s heavyweight Grand Prix aspirations are sorted out versus Fedor in January.
W145: Olga Rubin (5-0,#27 World) UD3 Cindy Dandois (12-4, #9 World)
Another wide-open division found itself with a new contender as untested Israeli featherweight Olga Rubin stayed perfect at the expense of awkward-but-effective Belgian Cindy Dandois. In the paper-thin women’s 145 pound ranks, a win over Dandois could be Rubin in immediate title contention versus challenger-hungry champ Julia Budd.
265: Adam Keresh (3-0) TKO1 Kirill Sidelnikov (11-6, #93 World)
Some observers had Kirill Sidelnikov tagged as a prospect after he tallied four straight wins in FNG & RIZIN during 2015-16, but the undersized heavyweight crashed down to earth here with a quick head kick loss to unheralded Adam Keresh. Quite an upset for Keresh on home soil, as the big man toppled a Fightmatrix top 100 ranked opponent after facing a pair of debuting foes in his first two pro bouts.
Bellator 209 – Notable Prelims Spoilers:
145: Denis Palancica (7-0, 1-0 Bellator, #484 World) UD3 Kirill Medvedovski (11-7, 0-3 Bellator, 0-3 ACB)
135: Sidemar Honorio (13-6, 1-0 Bellator, 1-2 WSOF, CFFC ex-champ, #96 World 125) UD3 Liudvik Sholinian (3-1-1, 0-1 Bellator)
170: Jamil Ibragimov (2-0, 1-0 Bellator) KO1 Jackie Gosh (7-2, 1-1 Bellator, #411 World)