Bellator 177 Results: Eduardo Dantas/Leandro Higo Headline & Top Featherweights Collide

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(Note: Rankings are compiled by Fightful’s David Tees.)

Main Card (9pm EST., Spike TV)

Eduardo Dantas def. Leandro Higo by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

#3 Daniel Weichel def. #5 John Teixeira by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

#2 Lena Ovchynnikova def. Helen Harper by TKO via corner stoppage (5:00, R2)

Adam Borics def.  Anthony Taylor by submission via rear naked choke (4:12, R1)


Round By Round Recap

Adam Borics vs. Anthony Taylor

Round One: The round begins with Borics attacking Taylor with some leg kicks, Borics backs up Taylor with a two punch combination. Taylor scores a takedown and Borics scrambles right back to his feet, the fighters have a striking exchange in the center of the cage. Taylor comes forward and just swings wildly against Borics, Borics continues his leg kick attacks against Taylor. Taylor responds by cracking Borics with a three punch combination, Taylor comes forward while just swinging at Borics. Borics accidentally kicks Taylor low and the fight is halted, the fight resumes with Borics dropping a charging Taylor with a counter left. Taylor continues charging at Borics while throwing wild combinations, Borics jumps on the back of a swinging Taylor. Borics locks in the rear naked choke and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Adam Borics def.  Anthony Taylor by submission via rear naked choke (4:12, R1)

#2 Lena Ovchynikova vs. Helen Harper

Round One: The round begins with Ovchynikova attacking Harper with some leg kicks, Harper comes forward while throwing combinations. Harper scores a takedown on Ovchynikova and she gets the half guard, Harper advances to the full mount on Ovchynikova. Harper starts attacking Ovchynikova with some ground and pound, Harper goes for the key lock and Ovchynikova sweep s her to get top position. Harper rolls for the arm bar and transitions into a triangle choke, Ovchynikova power bombs Harper to break free and get the fight standing again. Ovchynikova starts peppering Harper with some jabs, Ovchynikova looks for some counter strikes. Ovchynikova scores a takedown on Harper as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Harper

Round Two: The round begins with Ovchynikova attacking Harper with some leg kicks, the fighters also just start swinging away at each other. Harper continues coming forward while throwing combinations, Ovchynikova nails a kicking Harper with a counter left hook. Harper scores a takedown on Ovchynikova and she gets side control, Ovchynikova powers her way to her feet before a knee strike exchange takes place. Ovchynikova catches a kicking Harper with a straight left, Harper grabs Ovchynikova and she holds her against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Ovchynikova nails Harper with a knee strike to the midsection, Ovchynikova backs Harper into the cage wall while throwing strikes. Ovchynikova starts crushing Harper with a series of knee strikes to the midsection, Ovchynikova scores a takedown on Harper as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ovchynikova (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

In between rounds, it was deemed by her corner that Harper couldn’t continue and the referee stopped the fight.

Official Result: #2 Lena Ovchynnikova def. Helen Harper by TKO via corner stoppage (5:00, R2)

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#3 Daniel Weichel vs. #5 John Teixeira

Round One: The round begins with Teixeira taking a few swings against Weichel, Teixeira backs up Weichel with a three punch combination. Teixeira drops a kicking Weichel with a three punch combination, Weichel scrambles to his feet while eating more strikes. Teixeira also attacks Weichel with a series of kicks as well, Teixeira charges at Weichel while throwing a combination. Teixeira also starts attacking Weichel with some leg kicks, Weichel cracks a swinging Teixeira with a counter right. Weichel eats a combination just after cracking Teixeira with a right, Weichel starts nailing Teixeira with leg kicks of his own as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Teixeira

Round Two: The round begins with Teixeira nailing Weichel with a multiple strike combination, Weichel looks to catch a swinging Teixeira with counter strikes. Teixeira attacks Weichel with a series of punching combinations, Weichel starts catching Teixeira with combinations of his own. Weichel then hits a swinging Teixeira with a two punch combination of his own, Teixeira starts hunting for the takedown against Weichel. Weichel barely connects with a front kick to the face of Teixeira, Weichel then pops Teixeira with an uppercut. Weichel starts peppering Teixeira with a series of jabs, Teixeira backs up Weichel with a two punch combination. The fighters swing away at each other as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Teixeira (Overall Score: 20-18 for Teixeira)

Round Three: The round begins with Teixeira clobbering Weichel with a multiple punch combination, Weichel tries catching a swinging Teixeira with counter strikes. Weichel catches a swinging Teixeira with a counter right hook, Weichel trips up Teixeira with a few leg kicks. Weichel comes forward while simply swinging away against Teixeira, Weichel then catches Teixeira with a two punch combination. Weichel starts catching Teixeira with a series of jabs as well, Teixeira attacks Weichel with a series of combinations as well. Weichel then nails a swinging Teixeira with a head kick, Weichel then catches Teixeira with a series of right hooks. Weichel looks for a spinning heel kick as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Weichel (Final Score: 29-28 for Teixeira)

Official Result: #3 Daniel Weichel def. #5 John Teixeira by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Non-Title Fight: Eduardo Dantas (Bellator MMA Bantamweight Champion) vs. Leandro Higo

Round One: The round begins with Dantas peppering Higo with a few jabs, Dantas also starts nailing Higo with some leg kicks. Dantas also attempts a few high kicks against Higo, the fighters both catch each other with a left hook. Higo then nails Dantas with a kick to the midsection, the fighters also start exchanging some kicks as well. Dantas goes for a spinning back fist as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Dantas

Round Two: The round begins with Dantas peppering Higo with a series of jabs, Dantas also goes back to attacking Higo with leg kicks. Dantas follows that up by nailing Higo with a series of rights, Dantas cracks a kicking Higo with a two punch combination. Higo nails an incoming Dantas with a counter right uppercut, Dantas grabs Higo and he holds him against the cage wall. Higo scores a takedown on Dantas and Dantas wall walks back to his feet, Higo holds Dantas against the cage wall while landing some knee strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Dantas (Overall Score: 20-28 for Dantas)

Round Three: The round begins with Higo attacking Dantas with some leg kicks, Dantas starts nailing Higo with some leg kicks of his own as well. The fighters just continue to swing away at each other and little of it lands, Higo comes forward while throwing strikes as Dantas. Dantas continuously peppers Higo with a bunch of jabs, Higo just swings away at a backing Dantas before putting him against the cage wall. Higo catches Dantas with a right as they separate from the clinch and the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Higo (Final Score: 29-28 for Dantas)

Official Result: Eduardo Dantas def. Leandro Higo by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

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