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Prelims (DAZN - 7:30 pm ET)
Marcus Surin defeated Nekruz Mirkhojaev via Split Decision (30-27, 27-29, 29-27)
Phil Hawes defeated Michael Wilcox via 1st Round TKO (Doctor Stoppage - 5:00)
Robson Gracie Jr. defeated Oscar Vera via 1st Round Submission (Armbar - 3:15)
Mike Kimbel defeated Sebastian Ruiz via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27 x2)
Haim Gozali defeated Gustavo Wurlitzer via 1st Round Submission (Triangle Choke - 4:02)
Lindsey VanZandt defeated Rena Kubota via Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke - 4:04)
Valerie Loureda defeated Larkyn Dasch via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Adam Borics defeated Aaron Pico via 2nd Round KO (Flying Knee - 3:55)
Taylor Turner defeated Heather Hardy via 1st Round TKO (3:53)
John Beneduce defeated Kenny Rivera via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27 x2)
Kastriot Xhema defeated Whitney Francois via 2nd Round TKO (3:17)
Brandon Polcare defeated Brandon Medina via 1st Round Submission (Guillotine Choke - 4:33)
Main Card (DAZN - 10 pm ET)
Bellator MMA Bantamweight Championship
Kyoji Horiguchi defeated Darrion Caldwell via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 49-46 x2) to become the new Bantamweight Champion
Juan Archuleta defeated Eduard Dantas via 2nd Round KO (Right Hand - 4:59)
Patrick Mix defeated Ricky Bandejas via 1st Round Submission (Rear-Naked Choke - 1:06)
Dillon Danis defeating Max Humphrey via 1st Round Submission (Armbar - 4:28)
Lyoto Machida defeated Chael Sonnen via 2nd Round TKO (0:22)
Bellator Welterweight Championship
Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix Semi-Finals
Rory MacDonald defeated Neiman Gracie via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-47 x2) to retain his Welterweight Title and advance to the Grand Prix Final
Aaron Pico (4-2) vs. Adam Borics (8-0)
An uppercut lands for Pico early, then shooting a takedown and grappling Borics to the mat. After struggling for position, Pico then elevated his foe, slamming him to the mat in center cage. Borics refused to be controlled though, standing back up and landing a beautiful low kick. Pico returned to the wrestling regardless, taking Borics back down and looking for some ground and pound as Borics once again stood back up. Pico ends the round as an aggressor on the feet but his wrestling put him one up.
A punch lands for Borics right away but he's taken down for his troubles. He again escaped though, throwing a knee on the inside but being driven to the mat once more. Pico was unable to maximize his takedown, with Borics using the fence to stand upright. Borics then exploded too, timing a jumping knee and rocking Pico badly. Ground and pound followed and this one was over!
Winner: Adam Borics via 2nd Round KO (Flying Knee - 3:55)
Heather Hardy (2-1) vs. Taylor Turner (4-5)
Turner is using kicks early, then clinching as Hardy pushed forward. She soon scored a takedown too, landing in side control before advancing to mount. Ground and pound followed, with Turner then taking her foe's back as Hardy turned. She couldn't complete the choke though, throwing more punches until after a barrage of ground and pound from mount, the referee stopped proceedings.
Winner: Taylor Turner via 1st Round TKO (3:53)
Bellator MMA Bantamweight Championship
Darrion Caldwell (13-2) (c) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (27-2)
It's a feeling out process here early until Caldwell explodes, launching some high kicks and scoring a takedown. Caldwell then trapped his Horiguchi's arm, unleashing some sharp elbows until Horiguchi somewhat steadied the ship. A massive left hand soon landed regardless but Caldwell illegally grabbed his foe's glove and the fight was stood back up as a result. Horiguchi mounted very sporadic attacks on the feet but Caldwell takes this round with his wrestling.
Struggling to get inside, Horiguchi is slightly out of range early but continues to push forward until Caldwell timed a takedown. He was once again unable to maximize it though, with Horiguchi using the cage to stay off his back. The stall in action forced a stand-up but Horiguchi was still unable to make much impact as Caldwell continued to use fleeting kicks. Caldwell controlled much of this round but Horiguchi did more damage which admittedly wasn't drastic in itself.
An early scramble left Horiguchi in control, working for a choke until Caldwell dropped to his back. Now in Caldwell's guard, Horiguchi was on top at last, attempting to advance position until things returned to the feet. Caldwell winged a shot in response but wound up on his back again, with Horiguchi now dominating the 3rd round. Some ground and pound soon followed but Caldwell fought upright, with a wild strike exchange commencing as Caldwell timed a takedown and returned to top position. Horiguchi scrambled to the fence though, with one final exchange closing the round.
After missing a high kick, Caldwell slipped to the mat, falling into a guillotine but eventually escaping. That returned things to their prior position, with Caldwell holding his foe against the fence without scoring much offense of his own.That prolonged stall forced the referee to restart things, with Horiguchi keeping the fight standing and landing some strikes before scoring a takedown of his own in the round's closing moments.
After landing a left hand, Horiguchi overextended, allowing Caldwell to score a takedown that returned things to that same position. Horiguchi's back was against the fence once more, throwing punches while Caldwell simply looked to retain position. The Rizin champion began to attack a guillotine as well but couldn't make anything of it, with things remaining stalled until Horiguchi briefly stood up only to be taken down again. Horiguchi escaped though, throwing more strikes as things returned to the cage yet again.
Winner: Kyoji Horiguchi via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 49-46 x2)
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