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Bellator 199: Live Event Coverage Recap

Ryan Bader vs 'King Mo' take in the main event for the Heavyweight Grand Prix

Last night, the SAP Center in San Jose played host to Bellator 199. From the fighters all the way to the audience. Taking the main event was Ryan “Darth” Bader (25-5 MMA) vs Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (31-7 MMA) where the winner would move forward in Bellator’s Heavyweight Grand Prix.

UFC made their presence in the crowd with a list of fighters like current light-heavyweight Champion, Daniel “DC” Cormier, former heavyweight Champion, Cain Velazquez , and the creator of the famous ‘Stockton slap’ himself, Nate Diaz watching the fights.

Seemed like Diaz was making a few friends that night including 50 Cent. Taking up conversations with Bellator President, Scott Coker, most likely about the future of the promotion, it seemed like the future was bright for the former boxing promoter. 50 Cent sat front row in VIP watching closely near the cage as the entire SAP Center was blasting his music. From the looks of it, he was fairly enjoying himself.

Just like the rest of us it was hard to take one’s eyes off the cage especially during the prelims which aired on Bellator’s website including the app. Immediately starting the show off with a bang was Fresno’s Deron Winn (4-0); Only 28 years old, was making his debut against opponent Ahmed White (0-1), making his professional MMA debut. Winn got in there to secure a brilliant 1st round TKO in 2:32. “DC” was his biggest fan as he shouted and cheered on with his buddy Cain Velasquez from AKA.

Seemed like the prelims were off to a role from the amount of 1st round finishes going on, but women featherweight’s Amber Leibrock (3-1) vs Janay “Holloway” Harding (3-4) was a fantastic three-round showcase for the 145lb. division. In an interview done with Leibrock for MMA Today, before her fight she mentioned of how important it was for her and Harding to put on a show to prove that the featherweights are here and they aren’t going anywhere. With a fight like that, it was a job well done. Leibrock had endless knees and head kicks to the head however, Harding wasn’t giving up and fought her way to the end of the third round with extreme heart.

Leibrock made the Bay Area proud by getting her hand raised, but both fighters should be absolutely proud for what they put on for the fans and Bellator.

The reminder of the prelims were ending as the main card begun. Coming off of a two-fight losing streak,  Adam “The Bomb” Piccolotti (10-2) impressively won over his undefeated opponent, Carrington “Jetsetter” Banks (7-1) by a deep submission choke in the beginning of round three. It was a great beginning to the televised bouts followed with legend, Cheick Kongo (28-10-2). Even at age 42, age clearly isn’t an issue. Although Kongo isn’t currently participating in the Heavyweight Grand Prix, a continued fight streak of six suits him fine since the TKO streak from 2014 has lifted.

His opponent, 29-year-old Javy “Eye Candy” Ayala (10-7) got the short end of the stick as the ref stopped the fight after Kongo’s thrilling right hand that sent Ayala onto the cage floor.

The former freestyle wrestler, Aaron Pico (3-1) went out there and landed a TKO on Lee Morrison (19-9) who was making his promotional debut that night. The buzz surrounding the Californian was hard to miss. Also coming out of the fight with no injuries make the possibility for another fight this month.

“I’m fit enough to be on the London card.”

Pico stated during the post-fight interviews last night after his win.

Given Bellator 200 will be in Wembley at the SSE Arena on May 25, it doesn’t seem impractical; It could work. After focusing on wanting to climb the ladder to “.. get closer to the World Championship”. Pico conveys plans to merge over to boxing as he makes his dreams come true in MMA.

Sadly, Jon Fitch (31-7-1)  and Paul “Semtex” Daley (40-16-2) wasn’t as exciting to the audience standards. Constant boo’s from the seats for the welterweights where numerous times the ref seem to not be involved as much. Fitch goes on to say during the post-fight interview:

“Daley caught me with one clean clear punch. He came at me I thought you were Paul Daley. Where’s the knees and all the spinning shit?”



The only dialogue wasn’t coming from outside of the cage, but inside rather as Daley was asking for the ref to stand them up and some other nonsense about Bellator specifically, but during the fight. Fitch being from San Jose, it was a let down for the hometown crowd even though he got his hand raised after a three-round snooze. It’s unclear what is next for both fighters. Unless Daley somehow gets Scott Coker’s dream of him fighting Michael “Venom” Page in the UK.

The anticipation of  the main event was next as Ryan Bader took charge of King Mo within the first 15 seconds inside the first round. Even Bader was shocked in finishing the fight so fast. After the event both fighters took it to Twitter to give each other praise while King Mo mentions a move to the middleweight division.

As the evening comes to a close Scott Coker gives a bit of praise to the idea of the Heavyweight Grand Prix to give us hope how more tournaments could be added for different weight classes. Could you imagine a Featherweight Grand Prix for Bellator? Talk about innovation at it’s finest for Bellator. This is a fantastic time to be alive.

Also on an ending note, can we please not forget Royce Gracie like EVER please?

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