Bellator 163 Results: Light Heavyweight Championship, Major Upset

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Main Card (9pm. EST., Spike TV)

Phil Davis def. Liam McGeary by unanimous decision (50-43, 50-45, 50-44) to win the Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Title

Brennan Ward def. Saad Awad by KO via punch (1:26, R1)

Javy Ayala def. Sergei Kharitonov by KO via punch (0:16, R1)

Neiman Gracie def. Rudy Bears by submission via arm bar (4:39, R1)

Preliminary Card (6:45pm EST., Bellator.com)

Ed Ruth def. Dustin Collins-Miles by TKO via strikes (3:19, R1)

Tyrell Fortune def. Cody Miskell by TKO via strikes (2:22, R1)

Tyler King def. Josh Diekmann by submission via rear naked choke (1:39, R2)

Tim Caron def. Steve Skrzat by TKO via strikes (1:22, R2)

Carlos Correia def. Ilya Kotau by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Hannah Regina def. Sarah Payant by submission via arm bar (4:51, R1)


Round By Round Recap

Carlos Correia vs. Ilya Kotau

Round One: The round begins with Kotau taking a few swings at Correia, Kotau holds Correia against the cage wall while looking for a takedown. Correia breaks free and he catches Kotau with a left, Correia then holds Kotau against the cage wall as both battle for position. Correia scores a takedown on Kotau and Kotau pops back up to his feet with Correia on his back, Kotau falls to the ground with Correia still on his back. Correia goes for the rear naked choke and Kotau finds a way to escape, Kotau takes top position after escaping the choke from Correia. Correia rolls for the omaplata before getting back control on Kotau, Kotau again stands up with Correia on his back. Kotau is able to shake Correia off of him to keep the fight standing, Kotau rocks Correia with a right to the face. Correia looks for the takedown and Kotau stuffs him, Kotau scores a takedown on Correia and he gets back control as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Correia

Round Two: The round begins with Kotau quickly dropping Correia with a right, Correia catches Kotau in a triangle choke from out of nowhere when the fight hits the ground. Kotau eventually escapes after a long struggle, Correia rolls for the heel hook and Kotau escapes to maintain top position. Kotau stands up and Correia explodes to his feet to hold Kotau against the cage wall, Correia scores another takedown and Kotau pops right back up to his feet. Correia again holds Kotau against the cage wall while looking for more takedowns, Correia looks for more takedowns and Kotau winds up with back control as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Correia peppering Kotau with a few jabs and leg kicks, Correia starts hunting for the takedown on Kotau. Correia holds Kotau against the cage wall while eating a few knee strikes, Kotau drags Correia to the ground and Correia winds up scrambling to get on top. Correia rolls for the straight foot lock and Kotau escapes to get back control, Correia scrambles at the right time and he regains top position. Correia transitions to back control on Kotau while landing some ground and pound, Correia attempts the rear naked choke on Kotau. Correia transitions to the full mount on Kotau, Correia quickly regains back control on Kotau as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Correia (Final Score: 30-27 for Correia)

Official Result: Carlos Correia def. Ilya Kotau by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Dustin Collins-Miles vs. Ed Ruth

Round One: The round begins with Ruth peppering Collins-Miles with some jabs, Collins-Miles drops Ruth with a series of rights. Ruth gets back to his feet and he scores a takedown on Collins-Miles, Ruth quickly transitions to the full mount on Collins-Miles. Ruth transitions to back control on Collins-Miles while landing some strikes, Collins-Miles tries scrambling and Ruth gains side control on him while landing more strikes. Ruth regains back control on Collins-Miles while landing a ton of unanswered strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Ed Ruth def. Dustin Collins-Miles by TKO via strikes (3:19, R1)

Tyrell Fortune vs. Cody Miskell

Round One: The round begins with the fighters nailing each other with a few jabs, Fortune catches a swinging Miskell with a counter right. Fortune charges at Miskell while throwing a combination, Fortune scores a takedown on Miskell and he gets back control. Fortune attacks Miskell with ground and pound mixed with knee strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Tyrell Fortune def. Cody Miskell by TKO via strikes (2:22, R1)

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Josh Diekmann vs. Tyler King

Round One: The round begins with King attacking Diekmann with some leg kicks, King goes for the takedown and Diekmann counters with a punching combination. Diekmann tries attacking King with some more combinations, King continues assaulting Diekmann with some leg kicks. Diekmann rocks a kicking King with a two punch combination, King steps in and he cracks Diekmann with a right. King scores a takedown and he gets the half guard on Diekmann as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for King

Round Two: The round begins with King quickly attacking Diekmann with some leg kicks, King scores a takedown on Diekmann and he gets the half guard. King quickly transitions to the full mount on Diekmann, King attacks Diekmann with ground and pound. King transitions to back control on Diekmann, King locks in the rear naked choke and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Tyler King def. Josh Diekmann by submission via rear naked choke (1:39, R2)

Steve Skrzat vs. Tim Caron

Round One: The round begins with Caron attacking Skrzat with a few leg kicks, Caron also attacks Skrzat with a high kick. Skrzat looks for a takedown as Caron kicks him in the midsection, Skrzat holds Caron against the cage wall while looking for a takedown. Caron scores a takedown on Skrzat and he gets the half guard, Skrzat scrambles to his feet and he holds Caron against the cage wall. Caron then cracks Skrzat with a knee strike to the midsection, Skrzat starts attacking Caron with leg kicks of his own. Skrzat charges at Caron and he lands a few lefts, Skrzat again holds Caron against the cage wall while looking for another takedown. Caron catches Skrzat with a plethora of knee strikes to the face, Caron catches Skrzat with a few more strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Caron

Round Two: The round begins with Caron attacking Skrzat with leg kicks, Caroon then lands a kick to the midsection on Skrzat. Skrzat nails an incoming Caron with a left hook, Caron drops Skrzat with a leg kick and he drags him to the ground while gaining back control. Caron lands a lot of ground and pound on Skrzat until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Tim Caron def. Steve Skrzat by TKO via strikes (1:22, R2)

Sarah Payant vs. Hannah Regina

Round One: The round begins with Regina nailing Payant with a kick to the midsection, Payant scores a takedown on Regina. Regina sweeps her with a heel hook attempt to get top position, Regina transitions to the half guard on Payant. Regina catches Payant in the d’arce choke and she releases it to land a few strikes, Payant gets to her feet and she eats a knee strike from Regina. Regina holds Payant against the cage wall while landing knee strikes to the midsection, Regina scores a takedown on Payant and she gets the half guard. Payant scrambles to her feet as Regina nails her with punches, Regina scores another takedown on Payant and she gets back control. Regina catches a scrambling Payant in a front choke, Payant gets to her feet and she scores a takedown on Regina. Regina rolls for the arm bar from out of nowhere to force a tap out.

Official Result: Hannah Regina def. Sarah Payant by submission via arm bar (4:51, R1)

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Javy Ayala vs. Sergei Kharitonov

Round One: The round begins with Ayala instantly looking for the takedown on Kharitonov, Ayala destroys Kharitonov with a right and Kharitonov is out cold.

Official Result: Javy Ayala def. Sergei Kharitonov by KO via punch (0:16, R1)

Rudy Bears vs. Neiman Gracie

Round One: The round begins with Gracie attacking Bears with a high kick, Bears charges at Gracie while throwing strikes. Bears also starts attacking Gracie with some leg kicks, Gracie holds Bears against the cage wall before scoring the takedown. Gracie transitions to back control on Bears, Gracie peppers Bears with strikes while looking for the submission. Gracie transitions to the arm bar and the tap out follows.

Official Result: Neiman Gracie def. Rudy Bears by submission via arm bar (4:39, R1)

Saad Awad vs. Brennan Ward

Round One: The round begins with Awad attacking Ward with leg kicks, Awad and Ward exchhnage a few high kicks as well. Ward scores a takedown and Awad gets right back to his feet, Ward charges at Awad while throwing a combination. Awad then cracks Ward with a short right hook, Ward assaults Awad with a multiple strike combination. Awad tries swinging back and Ward drops him with a left to put him out cold.

Official Result: Brennan Ward def. Saad Awad by KO via punch (1:26, R1)

Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Title Fight: Liam McGeary (Champion) vs. Phil Davis

Round One: The round begins with McGeary attacking Davis with a front kick attempt, McGeary then cracks Davis with a left hook. Davis responds by attacking McGeary with a few leg kicks, McGeary recovers and he attacks Davis with a high kick. Davis looks for the takedown and McGeary nails him with a few knee strikes, Davis cracks a swinging McGeary with a counter left hook. McGeary charges at Davis while throwing strikes, Davis scores a takedown on McGeary and he gets the full mount. Davis starts attacking McGeary with some ground and pound, McGeary scrambles and he gets to his feet with Davis holding onto him. Davis drags McGeary back to the ground and he gets the full mount again, McGeary scrambles to his feet after eating some more strikes. McGeary tries keeping Davis at bay by throwing a few jabs, the fighters kick away at each other as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Davis

Round Two: The round begins with Davis attacking McGeary with some leg kicks, the fighters exchange a few kicks to the midsection. Davis starts hunting for some more takedowns on McGeary, McGeary starts peppering Davis with a series of jabs. Davis scores a takedown on McGeary and he gets the half guard, Davis transitions to the full mount position on McGeary. Davis starts attacking McGeary with some ground and pound, McGeary pushes off the cage to cause a scramble and to get the fight standing again. McGeary takes a few swings at Davis as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with McGeary attacking Davis with a high kick and some jabs, Davis then lands a kick to the midsection of McGeary. Davis attacks McGeary with a high kick of his own before scoring a takedown, Davis quickly gains the full mount on McGeary again. Davis starts attacking McGeary with some ground and pound, McGeary tries scrambling and Davis keeps him on the ground. McGeary is able to get Davis in the half guard while throwing strikes from his back, Davis returns to the full mount while landing some strikes. Davis postures up and kicks away at the legs of McGeary as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Davis (Overall Score: 30-27 for Davis)

Round Four: The round begins with Davis nailing McGeary with a looping left hook, Davis nails an incoming McGeary with a kick to the midsection. McGeary comes forward on Davis while throwing strikes, McGeary then cracks Davis with a right hook to the rib cage. Davis scores a takedown on McGeary and he gets the open guard, Davis transitions to the full mount on McGeary. Davis starts attacking McGeary with some ground and pound, Davis transitions to back control on McGeary while landing some more strikes. Davis regains the full mount position on McGeary while landing more strikes, Davis rolls for a kimura and McGeary escapes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Davis (Overall Score: 40-36 for Davis)

Round Five: The round begins with McGeary attacking Davis with a variety of kicks, Davis looks for the takedown and McGeary stuffs him. McGeary drops to the ground on a guillotine choke attempt and Davis escapes to maintain top position, Davis transitions to the full mount on McGeary. Davis starts attacking McGeary with some ground and pound, Davis transitions to back control on McGeary. McGeary does his best to attack Davis with strikes while on his back, Davis attacks McGeary with a few more strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Davis (Final Score: 50-45 for Davis)

Official Result: Phil Davis def. Liam McGeary by unanimous decision (50-43, 50-45, 50-44) to win the Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Title

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