Bellator 172 Results: Josh Thomson/Patricky Freire Headlines & Josh Koscheck Makes His Bellator MMA Debut

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Main Card (9pm EST., Spike TV)

Patricky Freire def. Josh Thomson by KO via punch (0:40, R2)

Cheick Kongo def. Oli Thompson by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)

Mauricio Alonso def. Josh Koscheck by TKO via strikes (4:42, R1)

Veta Arteaga def. Brooke Mayo by TKO via doctor stoppage (4:04, R3)

Anatoly Tokov def. Francisco France by TKO via strikes (2:24, R2)

Preliminary Card (7pm EST., Bellator.com)

Nikko Jackson def. Cesar Gonzalez by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

JJ Okanovich def. Zach Andrews by submission via rear naked choke (2:26, R2)

James Terry def. JC Llamas by technical decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Gaston Bolanos def. Abner Perez by TKO via strikes (4:53, R1)

Diego Herzog fought Martin Sano to a majority draw (28-27, 28-28, 28-28)


Round By Round Recap

Diego Herzog vs. Martin Sano 

Round One: The round begins with Sano cracking Herzog with a few strikes, Herzog puts Sano against the cage wall before cracking him with an illegal knee strikes to halt the fight. The fight resumes with Herzog nailing Sano with a kick to the midsection, Herzog scores a takedown on a punching Sano and he gets the back control position. Sano stands up and he shakes Herzog off of him to get the fight standing for both, Sano then cracks Herzog with a two punch combination. Herzog scores another takedown on Sano and he gets the full guard, Herzog starts attacking Sano with some ground and pound. Herzog transitions to back control on Sano after a brief scramble, Herzog advances to the full mount on Sano. Herzog attacks Sano with some ground and pound before regaining back control, Herzog returns to the full mount while landing more strikes on Sano. Herzog regains back control while catching Sano with elbow strikes, Herzog again gets the full mount and he nails Sano with a ton of strikes. Herzog gets back control again as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Herzog

Round Two: The round begins with Herzog catching Sano with a few front kicks to the midsection, Sano starts attacking Herzog with leg kicks. Herzog scores a takedown on Sano and he gets leg control, Sano wall walks to his feet with Herzog holding onto him. Sano cracks Herzog with a multiple punch combo followed by a bunch of knee strikes as he holds him against the cage wall, the fighters break awya from each other and Sano again puts Herzog against the cage wall. Sano starts cracking Herzog with some more knee strikes, the fighters separate again and Herzog nails Sano with a kick to the midsection as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters exchanging a few punches, Sano rocks a swinging Herzog with a counter right uppercut. Herzog comes forward attacking Sano with punching combinations, Sano backs Herzog into the cage wall while throwing combinations of his own. Sano starts attacking Herzog with leg kicks while avoiding the takedown, Sano starts picking apart Herzog to avoid his takedowns. Herzog falls to his back and Sano pops him with a few strikes, the referee halts the fight after Sano grabbed the cage to prevent a takedown from Herzog. The action resumes with Sano charging at Herzog while throwing punches, Herzog continuously hunts for the takedown against Sano. Herzog scores a takedown on Sano and he gets the full guard, the referee stands up the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Sano getting top position on a Herzog takedown attempt, Sano attacks Herzog with ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 9-9 for Sano (Tied due to point deduction) (Final Score: 29-29 for Draw)

Official Result: Diego Herzog fought Martin Sano to a majority draw (28-27, 28-28, 28-28)

Gaston Bolanos vs. Abner Perez 

Round One: The round begins with Bolanos popping Perez with a short left, Bolanos also attacks Perez with a high kick. Perez starts nailing Bolanos with a series of leg kicks, Bolanos responds by kicking Perez in the midsection. Bolanos nails a moving Perez with a pair of left hooks, Bolanos backs up Perez by landing a two punch combination. Perez charges at Bolanos while throwing a combination, Bolanos catches Perez with a kick to the midsection before scoring a takedown. Bolanos scrambles to his feet to get the fight standing again, Bolanos pops Perez with a straight right. Bolanos barely connects with a front kick to the head of Perez, Bolanos also attacks Perez with a head kick attempt. Bolanos comes forward and he cracks Perez with a two punch combination, Bolanos drops Perez with a right and he pounces on him with more strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Gaston Bolanos def. Abner Perez by TKO via strikes (4:53, R1)

J.C. Llamas vs. James Terry 

Round One: The round begins with Llamas attacking Terry with a left, Terry starts attacking Llamas with some punching combinations. Llamas tries attacking Terry with some leg kicks, the fighters clash heads as Terry was swinging at Llamas. Llamas swings wildly and he cracks Terry with a left, Llamas and Terry have a wild striking exchange near the cage wall. Terry starts attacking Llamas with some leg kicks as well, Llamas charges at Terry while throwing a combination. Terry tries nailing Llamas with a few high kicks that get blocked, Llamas backs up Terry with a three punch combination. Terry puts Llamas against the cage wall before scoring a takedown, Llamas scrambles to his feet after a heel hook attempt as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Llamas

Round Two: The round begins with Terry attacking Llamas with a few high kicks, Terry ten cracks Llamas with a two punch combination. Llamas charges at Terry while throwing a combination, Llamas attacks Terry with a windmill kick as well. Terry goes back to attacking Llamas with some leg kicks, Terry chases Llamas around the cage while throwing strikes. Terry nails a swinging Llamas with a counter left hook, Llamas tries popping Terry with single strike attempts. Terry continues attacking a swinging Llamas with counter left hooks, Terry continues coming forward while attacking Llamas with combinations. Terry attacks Llamas with a high kick followed by a punching combination as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Terry attacking Llamas with high kicks, Terry also goes back to attacking Llamas with leg kicks. Terry accidentally pokes Llamas in the eye and the fight is halted. The doctor checks on Llamas and says he’s unable to continue.

Official Result: James Terry def. JC Llamas by technical decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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Zach Andrews vs. J.J. Okanovich 

Round One: The round begins with Okanovich attacking Andrews with some leg kicks, Okanovich puts Andrews against the cage wall. Andrews scores a takedown on Okanovich and he gets side control, Andrews transitions to the half guard on Okanovich. Okanovich scrambles to his feet and Andrews catches him in a standing guillotine choke, Okanovich escapes the choke and he clocks Andrews with a right. Andrews holds Okanovich against the cage wall while looking for another takedown, Andrews scores another takedown on Okanovich and Okanovich pops right back up to his feet. Andrews drags Okanovich back to the ground while eating some elbow strikes, Okanovich catches Andrews in a guillotine choke during a scramble and Andrews escapes to maintain top position. Andrews goes for another guillotine choke and Okanovich escapes to get back control, Okanovich attacks Andrews with strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Andrews

Round Two: The round begins with Andrews charging at Okanovich while throwing a combination, Okanovich looks to catch Andrews with a counter strike combination. Okanovich cracks Andrews with a series of rights, Okanovich drags Andrews to the ground while controlling his head. Okanovich transitions to the back control position on Andrews, Okanovich catches Andrews in the rear naked choke and a tap out follows.

Official Result: JJ Okanovich def. Zach Andrews by submission via rear naked choke (2:26, R2)

Cesar Gonzalez vs. Nikko Jackson 

Round One: The round begins with Gonzalez attacking Jackson with some leg kicks, Jackson then cracks Gonzalez with a right. Gonzalez grabs Jackson and he holds him against the cage wall, the fighters break free and Jackson attacks Gonzalez with leg kicks of his own. Jackson backs up Gonzalez after nailing him with a straight right, Gonzalez backs up Jackson after cracking him with a few rights. Gonzalez holds Jackson against the cage wall while using some dirty boxing, the fighters break away from each other and Jackson attacks Gonzalez with a roundhouse kick. Gonzalez scores a trip takedown on Jackson and he kicks away at his legs, Jackson scrambles to his feet and he swings away at Gonzalez. Jackson cracks Gonzalez with a pair of knee strikes and a few punches as the round ends.

Round Two: The round begins with Jackson attacking Gonzalez with a front kick, Jackson then attacks Gonzalez with a flying knee strike. Gonzalez starts attacking Jackson with some leg kicks, Jackson comes forward and he pops Gonzalez with a right. Gonzalez charges at Jackson while throwing a combination.

(Note: My feed died momentarily during the round, coverage will resume with the beginning of round three, I apologize for the inconvenience.)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters exchanging some leg kicks, Jackson then cracks a kicking Gonzalez with a counter right followed by some knee strikes. Gonzalez starts winning the leg kick war against Jackson, Jackson comes forward to nail Gonzalez with a three punch combination. The fighters start to just swing away at each other, Jackson then pops Gonzalez with a straight right followed by a kick or two. Gonzalez injures Jackson with some of those leg kicks, Jackson tries cracking Gonzalez with counter strikes. Jackson catches a backing Gonzalez with a straight right, the fighters swing away at each other as the round ends.

Official Result: Nikko Jackson def. Cesar Gonzalez by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Mauricio Alonso vs. Josh Koscheck

Round One: The round begins with Alonso attacking Koscheck with high kicks, Alonso starts catching Koscheck with leg kicks. Koscheck catches a moving Alonso with a few lefts to the midsection, Alonso stuns Koscheck with a multiple punch combination. Alonso then hits Koscheck with a straight right to the chin, Alonso barely nails a kicking Koscheck with a counter right. Alonso eats a right before nailing Koscheck with a multiple strike combination, Alonso starts peppering Koscheck with jabs as well. Alonso attacks Koscheck with a high kick that gets blocked, Koscheck backs Alonso into the cage wall while throwing a punching combination. Alonso rocks Koscheck with a straight right, Alonso drops Koscheck with an uppercut and he pounces on him with more strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Mauricio Alonso def. Josh Koscheck by TKO via strikes (4:42, R1)

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Brooke Mayo vs. Veta Arteaga

Round One: The round begins with Mayo attacking Arteaga with leg kicks, Mayo tries nailing Arteaga with some front kicks to the face. Arteaga drops Mayo momentarily with a series of rights, Mayo pops up and she holds Arteaga against the cage wall. Mayo scores a takedown on Arteaga and she gets back control, Mayo starts attacking Arteaga with some ground and pound. Arteaga scrambles to break free and she attacks Mayo with a plethora of strikes, Arteaga backs away and she allows Mayo to stand up as well. Mayo grabs Arteaga and she holds her against the cage wall, the fighters exchange knee strikes while in the clinch. The referee halts the fight so a cut over the eye of Arteaga can be checked by a doctor, the action resumes with Mayo attacking Arteaga with a variety of kicks. The fighters swing away at each other as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Mayo

Round Two: The round begins with Mayo cracking a swinging Arteaga with a counter right, Arteaga starts attacking Mayo with some leg kicks. Arteaga chases Mayo around the cage while throwing strikes, Mayo nails Arteaga with leg kicks as well. Arteaga continues to just attack Mayo with punching combinations, Mayo puts Arteaga up against the cage wall before scoring a takedown. Mayo transitions to back control on Arteaga, Arteaga scrambles to escape and get top position on Mayo. Arteaga backs away and she allows Mayo to stand up as well, Arteaga charges at Mayo while swinging away at her. Mayo puts Arteaga against the cage wall again as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Arteaga and Mayo having a wild striking exchange, Mayo eats a combination as she attacks Arteaga with leg kicks. Arteaga attacks Mayo with a spinning back fist that gets blocked, Mayo clinches with Arteaga and she nails her with a few knee strikes, Mayo holds Arteaga against the cage wall for a short time before separating. Arteaga comes forward and she cracks Mayo with a right, Arteaga rocks Mayo with a right just before Mayo scores a takedown on her. Mayo quickly gains back control on Arteaga while landing ground and pound, Arteaga spins at the right time to get herself on top of Mayo. Arteaga nails Mayo with some ground and pound before they both stand up, the referee halts the fight so the doctor can check the swollen eye of Mayo. The doctor stops the fight because of the injured eye.

Official Result: Veta Arteaga def. Brooke Mayo by TKO via doctor stoppage (4:04, R3)

Francisco France vs. Anatoly Tokov 

Round One: The round begins with France attacking Tokov with a high kick, Tokov attacks France with a multiple punch combination. France grabs Tokov and they both grapple along the cage wall, Tokov scores a takedown on France and he gets side control. France quickly traps Tokov into his full guard, France starts hunting for submissions while on his back. Tokov starts attacking France with some ground and pound, France catches Tokov in a triangle choke and then an arm bar as Tokov escapes to get the fight standing afterwards. France holds Tokov against the cage wall while exchanging some strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for France

Round Two: The round begins with France attacking Tokov with a high kick, Tokov comes forward before cracking France with a few rights. France cracks Tokov with a right of his own, Tokov rocks France with a three punch combination before putting him against the cage wall. France scores a takedown and Tokov scrambles right to his feet, Tokov accidentally nails France with an illegal kick and the referee halts the fight. The fight resumes with France catching Tokov with a punching combination, Tokov drops France with a right and he gets top position when the fight hits the ground. Tokov attacks France with ground and pound until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Anatoly Tokov def. Francisco France by TKO via strikes (2:24, R2)

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Cheick Kongo vs. Oli Thompson

Round One: The round begins with Thompson attacking Kongo with leg kicks, Thompson then cracks Kongo with a short right hook. Kongo backs up Thompson with a punching combination, Kongo throws jabs to keep Thompson at bay before landing a combination. Thompson rocks a swinging Kongo with a left before holding him against the cage wall, Kongo accidentally nails Thompson low and the fight is halted. The fight resumes with the fighters jabbing away at each other, Kongo scores a takedown after Thompson cracks him with a left. Kongo starts attacking Thompson with ground and pound, Thompson wall walks to his feet with Kongo holding onto him. Kongo attacks Thompson with a series of knee strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Kongo

Round Two: The round begins with Thompson putting Kongo against the cage wall, the fighters exchange a few strikes while in the clinch. Kongo scores a takedown on Thompson and he gets the half guard, Kongo starts attacking Thompson with ground and pound. Thompson tries rolling for a knee bar and Kongo escapes to maintain top position, Kongo goes right back to attacking Thompson with ground and pound as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Kongo nailing Thompson with a multiple strike combination, Kongo assaults Thompson with a knee series of knee strikes. Kongo scores a takedown on Thompson and he gets the full mount, Kongo starts attacking Thompson with ground and pound until the round ends.

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

Official Result: Cheick Kongo def. Oli Thompson by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)

Patricky Freire vs. Josh Thomson

Round One: The round begins with Thomson attacking Freire with some leg kicks, Freire starts nailing Thomson with some kicks of his own. Thomson backs up Freire with a jumping front kick attempt, Freire then connects with a two punch combination on Thomson. Freire backs up Thomson with another punching combination, Freire drops a kicking Thomson with a counter right. Thomson scrambles to his feet and Freire pops him with a left, Thomson backs up Freire with a few high kick attempts as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Freire

Round Two: The round begins with Thomson nailing Freire with a series of kicks, Freire starts attacking Thomson with leg kicks. Freire drops a swinging Thomson with a counter left, Thomson scrambles to his feet and Freire drops him again with an uppercut that puts the fighter out cold.

Official Result: Patricky Freire def. Josh Thomson by KO via punch (0:40, R2)

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