Bellator 226 Results: The Main Event Ends In Controversy & The Featherweight World Grand Prix Begins

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Main Card (10pm EST., DAZN)

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Bellator Heavyweight Championship
Ryan Bader (c) fought Cheick Kongo to a no contest via accidental eye poke (3:52, R1)

Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix Opening Round
Derek Campos def. Daniel Straus by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)

Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix Opening Round
Adam Borics def. Pat Curran by TKO via strikes (4:59, R2)

Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix Opening Round
Emmanuel Sanchez def. Tywan Claxton by submission via triangle choke (4:11, R2)

Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix Opening Round
Pedro Carvalho def. Sam Sicilia by submission via face crank (1:56, R2)

Daniel Carey def. Gaston Bolanos by submission via guillotine choke (4:19, R1)

Preliminary Card (7:30pm EST., DAZN)

John Macapa def. Ashleigh Grimshaw by TKO via doctor stoppage (5:00, R2)

Cass Bell def. Isaiah Rocha by submission via guillotine choke (1:21, R1)

Chris Gonzalez def. Luis Vargas by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-25)

Jessica Borga def. Amber Leibrock by submission via arm bar (4:45, R1)

Adam Piccolotti def. Jake Smith by submission via rear naked choke (2:34, R2)

Batsumberel Dagvadorj def. James Terry by bulldog choke (2:43, R1)

Hyder Amil def. Ignacio Ortiz by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Renato Alves def. Abraham Vaesau by submission via rear naked choke (3:36, R3)


Chris Gonzalez vs. Luis Vargas

Round One: The round begins with Vargas immediately swinging away at Gonzalez, Gonzalez scores a takedown on Vargas and he gets back control a short time later. Vargas gets to his feet and Gonzalez holds him against the cage wall, Gonzalez scores another takedown on Vargas and he gets the full guard. Gonzalez gains the half guard while nailing Vargas with strikes, Gonzalez gains the full mount against Vargas. Gonzalez attacks Vargas with some ground and pound, Vargas scrambles and Gonzalez gets back control on him. Vargas sweeps Gonzalez and he gains top control, Gonzalez scrambles to his feet after eating a few strikes. Gonzalez scores another takedown on Vargas and he gets the open guard, Gonzalez keeps top control as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Gonzalez

Round Two: The round begins with Vargas immediately swinging away at Gonzalez, Gonzalez grabs Vargas and gets him against the cage wall. Gonzalez scores a takedown on Vargas and he gets the full mount, Gonzalez transitions to back control against Vargas. Vargas shakes Gonzalez off of him and both scramble to their feet. Gonzalez grabs Vargas and he gets him up against the cage wall, Gonzalez drags Vargas back to the ground and Vargas gets right back up. Gonzalez scores another takedown on vargas and he gets full mount against, Vargas scrambles to get the fight standing again. Vargas then cracks Gonzalez with a multiple punch combination, Gonzalez scores another takedown on Vargas and he gets the half guard. Gonzalez transitions to back control on Vargas, Gonzalez attacks Vargas with ground and pound. Gonzalez regains the full mount against Vargas while landing more strikes and the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Vargas attacking Gonzalez with a punching combination, Gonzalez grabs Vargas and he gets him against the cage wall. Gonzalez scores a takedown on Vargas and he gets side control, Gonzalez transitions to back control on Vargas. Gonzalez looks for a rear naked choke before gaining full mount on Vargas, Vargas scrambles and both fighters make it back to their feet. Vargas charges forward while swinging away at Gonzalez, Gonzalez grabs Vargas and gets him back against the cage wall. Gonzalez gets Vargas back to the ground and Vargas gets back up, Gonzalez drags Vargas to the ground again and he gets back control. Vargas sweeps Gonzalez and he gets full mount, Gonzalez scrambles to his feet as Vargas swings away at him. Vargas cracks Gonzalez with a knee strike to the midsection, Gonzalez again gets Vargas against the cage wall. Gonzalez and Vargas have a striking exchange near the cage wall, Gonzalez scores another takedown as the round ends.

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

Official Result: Chris Gonzalez def. Luis Vargas by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-25)

Hyder Amil vs. Ignacio Ortiz

Round One: The round begins with Amil nailing Ortiz with a right, Amil and Ortiz exchange striking combinations. Amil lands another right followed by a knee strike on Ortiz, Amil then nails Ortiz with a kick to the midsection. Amil nails Ortiz with a four strike combo that ends with another knee strike, Ortiz lands a left before eating another combination from Amil. Amil scores a takedown on Ortiz and he gets the full guard, Amil postures up before attacking Ortiz with ground and pound. Ortiz scrambles to his feet and Amil cracks him with a knee strike, Ortiz and Amil exchange some leg kicks. Amil nails Ortiz with an elbow strike to the head as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Amil

Round Two: The round begins with Amil cracking Ortiz with a multiple strike combination, Ortiz comes forward and he attacks Amil with a few lefts. Ortiz scores a takedown on Amil and Amil gets right back up, Ortiz scores another takedown on Amil and Amil sweeps him to gain top control. Amil attacks Ortiz with some ground and pound, Ortiz gets Amil in a reverse guard and Amil eventually escapes to get the fight standing again. Amil nails Ortiz with another knee strike to the face, Amil scores another takedown on Ortiz and Ortiz gets right back up. Ortiz then cracks Amil with an overhand left, Ortiz gets a swinging Amil against the cage wall and he lands an elbow strike as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Ortiz and Amil taking a few swings at each other, Ortiz grabs Amil and he gets him against the cage wall for a short time. Ortiz then cracks Amil with a lead right uppercut, Ortiz starts cracking Amil with combinations before eating a knee strike. Amil scores a takedown on Ortiz and he gets back control, Ortiz gets right back up and he separates from Amil. Amil scores another takedown onOrtiz and he gets him in the seated position, Ortiz uses a kimura sweep to get top control on Amil. Ortiz attacks Amil with some ground and pound, Amil scrambles to his feet and Ortiz gets him against the cage wall. The fighters separate and swing away at each other, Ortiz gets Amil against the cage wall again after eating a knee strike. The fighters clinch and exchange some knee strikes, the fighters separate and Amil scores a takedown on Ortiz as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ortiz (Final Score: 29-28 for Amil)

Official Result: Hyder Amil def. Ignacio Ortiz by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Abraham Vaesau vs. Renato Alves

Round One: The round begins with Vaesau attacking Alves with some leg kicks, Vaesau follows Alves around the cage while taking some swings at him. Vaesau charges at Alves while landing a combination, Alves takes some swings at Vaesau and little lands. Alves cracks Vaesau with a kick to the midsection, Alves attacks Vaesau with some leg kicks of his own. Alves cracks Vaesau with a left hook, Vaesau charges at Alves while swinging away at him and the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Vaesau

Round Two: The round begins with Vaesau and Alves taking a few swings at each other, Vaesau goes after Alves while landing leg kicks. Alves looks to crack Vaesau with counter strikes, Alves nails Vaesau with a kick to the midsection. Alves also backs up Vaesau after landing a straight left, Alves then cracks Vaesau with a straight right. Vaesau comes forward as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters taking a few swings at each other, Alves starts attacking Vaesau with some leg kicks. Vaesau responds by attacking Alves with some leg kicks of his own, Vaesau comes forward and he nails Alves with a right. Vaesau cracks a swinging Alves with a counter left, Vaesau then lands a kick to the midsection of Alves. Alves gets Vaesau against the cage wall before scoring a takedown, Alves quickly gains the full mount on Vaesau. Alves then gets back control after nailing Vaesau with a few strikes, Alves gets Vaesau in a rear naked choke and Vaesau goes out cold.

Official Result: Renato Alves def. Abraham Vaesau by submission via rear naked choke (3:36, R3)

James Terry vs. Batsumberel Dagvadorj

Round One: The round begins with Terry attempting a head kick against Dagvadorj, Dagvadorj comes forward and he attacks Terry with lefts. Dagvadorj also starts attacking Terry with some leg kicks, Terry looks for a takedown and Dagvadorj counters by landing a knee strike. Dagvadorj drops Terry with a left and he pounces on a downed Terry with more strikes, Dagvadorj gets Terry in a bulldog choke and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Batsumberel Dagvadorj def. James Terry by bulldog choke (2:43, R1)

Cass Bell vs. Isaiah Rocha

Round One: The round begins with the fighters exchanging some leg kicks, Bell drops Rocha with a short left. Bell rolls for a guillotine choke and Rocha goes out cold.

Official Result: Cass Bell def. Isaiah Rocha by submission via guillotine choke (1:21, R1)

Amber Leibrock vs. Jessica Borga

Round One: The round begins with the fighters exchange some leg kicks, Borga grabs Leibrock and gets her against the cage wall. The fighters clinch and Leibrock lands a few knee strikes on Borga, the fighters separate and Leibrock nails Borga with a multiple punch combination. Borga grabs Leibrock and gets her against the cage wall, Borga scores a takedown on Leibrock and she gets full mount. Borga attacks Leibrock with ground and pound, Borga rolls for an arm bar and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Jessica Borga def. Amber Leibrock by submission via arm bar (4:45, R1)

Adam Piccolotti vs. Jake Smith

Round One: The round begins with Piccolotti attacking Smith with some leg kicks, Piccolotti eats some jabs before attacking Smith with a high kick. Smith charges forward and he takes a few swings at Piccolotti before landing a right, Smith starts attacking Piccolotti with some leg kicks of his own. Piccolotti gets Smith against the cage wall after eating a left, Piccolotti lands a knee strike followed by a right before separating from Smith. Piccolotti scores a takedown on Smith and he gets the half guard, Piccolotti attacks Smith with some ground and pound. Smith scrambles to his feet and Piccolotti drags him back to the ground, Smith gets up again and Piccolotti attacks him with a knee strike. Piccolotti comes forward while attacking Smith with a high kick as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Piccolotti

Round Two: The round begins with Smith attacking Piccolotti with some leg kicks, Smith starts using the jab against Piccolotti. Piccolotti grabs Smith and briefly gets him against the cage wall, Piccolotti nails Smith with a kick to the midsection. Piccolotti scores a takedown on Smith and he gets the full mount, Piccolotti attacks Smith with ground and pound before gaining back control. Piccolotti locks in a rear naked choke and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Adam Piccolotti def. Jake Smith by submission via rear naked choke (2:34, R2)

John Macapa vs. Ashleigh Grimshaw

Round One: The round begins with Macapa attacking Grimshaw with some leg kicks, Grimshaw and Macapa have a few wild striking exchanges. Grimshaw attempts a head kick and Macapa avoids it, Macapa and Grimshaw just continue swinging wildly at each other. Macapa stuns a swinging Grimshaw with a counter right, Macapa also lands kicks to the midsection of Grimshaw. Macapa again catches a swinging Grimshaw with a counter right, Macapa rocks Grimshaw with a pair of high kicks followed by rights and a flying knee strike. Grimshaw charges at Macapa while swinging away at him, Macapa continues looking for high kicks against Grimshaw. Macapa stuns Grimshaw with a flying knee strike followed by a left, Macapa lands a right on Grimshaw as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Macapa

Round Two: The round begins with Macapa attacking Grimshaw with a front kick, Macapa drops a swinging Grimshaw with a two punch combination. Macapa pounces on a downed Grimshaw with a plethora of strikes, Grimshaw scrambles to his feet and Macapa attacks him with a high kick. Macapa drops a charging Grimshaw with a right and Grimshaw gets back up, Macapa drops Grimshaw again with a left and Grimshaw gets up again. Grimshaw and Macapa exchange some kicks to the midsection, Macapa scores a takedown on Grimshaw and he gets the half guard. Macapa postures up before gaining side control on Grimshaw, Grimshaw gets Macapa in his full guard after eating a few strikes. Grimshaw gets Macapa in his half guard while eating more strikes, Macapa attacks Grimshaw with elbow strikes while gaining side control. Grimshaw gets Macapa in his full guard as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-7 for Macapa (Overall Score: 20-16 for Macapa)

In between rounds, the doctor stopped the fight as he deemed that Grimshaw is unable to continue.

Official Result: John Macapa def. Ashleigh Grimshaw by TKO via doctor stoppage (5:00, R2)

Gaston Bolanos vs. Daniel Carey

Round One: The round begins with Bolanos attacking Carey with some leg kicks, Carey responds by landing some leg kicks of his own. Carey cracks Bolanos with a straight right to the chin, Bolanos goes for a high kick and Carey blocks it. Bolanos cracks an incoming Carey with a short left, Bolanos backs up Carey while landing a right followed by a body kick. Bolanos briefly holds Carey up against the cage wall, Carey grabs the head of Bolanos and he goes for a jump guillotine choke and Bolanos goes out cold.

Official Result: Daniel Carey def. Gaston Bolanos by submission via guillotine choke (4:19, R1)

Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix Opening Round
Tywan Claxton vs. Emmanuel Sanchez

Round One: The round begins with Sanchez attempting a flying knee strike against Claxton, Claxton scores a takedown on Sanchez and he gets the full guard. Claxton attacks Sanchez with some ground and pound, Sanchez wall walks to his feet and Claxton nails him with a knee strike. The fighters separate and Sanchez cracks a swinging Claxton with a counter right, Claxton scores another takedown on Sanchez and he gets the open guard. Claxton attacks Sanchez with some ground and pound, Sanchez wall walks to his feet and Claxton holds him against the cage wall before separating. Sanchez and Claxton exchange a few kicks, Sanchez scores a takedown on Claxton and he gets the full guard. Sanchez lands ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Claxton

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters swinging away at each other, Claxton attempts a flying knee strike against Sanchez. Sanchez grabs Claxton and he gets him against the cage wall, Claxton spins Sanchez and gets him against the cage wall before scoring a takedown. Sanchez catches Claxton in an inverted triangle choke and Claxton escapes to keep top control, Sanchez rolls for a triangle choke and Claxton taps after a long struggle.

Official Result: Emmanuel Sanchez def. Tywan Claxton by submission via triangle choke (4:11, R2)

Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix Opening Round
Sam Sicilia vs. Pedro Carvalho

Round One: The round begins with Carvalho attacking Sicilia with a few kicks, Sicilia responds by throwing a combination. Carvalho nails Sicilia with a kick to the midsection, Sicilia scores a takedown on Carvalho and he gets the half guard. Carvalho quickly gets Sicilia in his full guard, Sicilia starts attacking Carvalho with some ground and pound. Sicilia transitions to back control against Carvalho, Carvalho scrambles to his feet as Sicilia attacks him with a few rights. Sicilia scores another takedown on Carvalho after eating a few kicks to the midsection, Sicilia transitions to back control on Carvalho. Carvalho sweeps Sicilia and he finds a way to get top control, Carvalho rolls for a guillotine choke and Sicilia scrambles to get free. Carvalho keeps Sicilian grounded as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Sicilia

Round Two: The round begins with Carvalho attacking Sicilia with a leaping knee strike, Carvalho and Sicilia exchange some high kicks. Carvalho then cracks Sicilia with a kick to the midsection, Carvalho also cracks Sicilia with a few left hooks. Sicilia responds by nailing a swinging Carvalho with a counter left hook, Sicilia looks for a takedown after a striking exchange and Carvalho gets top control. Carvalho transitions to back control against Sicilia, Carvalho locks in a face crank and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Pedro Carvalho def. Sam Sicilia by submission via face crank (1:56, R2)

Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix Opening Round
Pat Curran vs. Adam Borics

Round One: The round begins with Borics attacking Curran with leg kicks, Borics and Curran get into a brief striking exchange. The fighters stay at a distance while swinging away at each other, Curran hits Borics with a spinning heel kick to the midsection. Borics then cracks Curran with a three punch combination, Borics continues attacking Curran with a variety of kicks. The fighters exchange leg kicks as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Borics

Round Two: The round begins with Borics taking a few swings at Curran, Borics then hits Curran with a two punch combination. Curran swings at Borics and little of it lands, Borics starts attacking Curran with some leg kicks. Borics drops Curran with a flying knee strike and he gets back control on the ground, Borics postures up and he attacks Curran with a ton of strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Adam Borics def. Pat Curran by TKO via strikes (4:59, R2)

Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix Opening Round
Daniel Straus vs. Derek Campos

Round One: The round begins with Straus attacking Campos with some kicks, Straus falls on a kick attempt and Campos gets top control on the ground. Campos gains the half guard against Straus, Straus quickly gets Campos back in the full guard. Campos attacks Straus with some ground and pound, Campos regains the half guard against Straus. Straus rolls for a kimura and Campos escapes to keep top control, Campos advances to the full mount against Straus. Campos attacks Straus with strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Campos

Round Two: The round begins with Campos scoring a takedown on Straus and he gets the full guard, Campos attacks Straus with ground and pound. Campos advances to the half guard against Straus, Campos gains the full mount while attacking Straus with more strikes. Campos attacks Straus with more ground and pound until the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Straus attacking Campos with some leg kicks, Campos then nails Straus with a kick to the midsection. Campos scores a takedown on Straus and he gets the half guard, Campos gains the full mount against Straus. Campos gets Straus in an arm triangle choke and he releases the sub attempt to land more strikes, Campos goes back to attacking Straus with ground and pound. Straus scrambles to his feet and Campos drops him with a multiple strike combination, Campos pounces on a downed Straus with more strikes until the round ends.

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

Official Result: Derek Campos def. Daniel Straus by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)

Bellator Heavyweight Championship
Ryan Bader (c) vs. Cheick Kongo

Round One: The round begins with the fighters exchanging a few jabs, Bader then cracks Kongo with a few lefts. Kongo starts hunting for takedowns and Bader attacks him with knee strikes, Bader scores a takedown on Kongo and he gets the half guard. Bader quickly advances to side control against Kongo, Bader then gains the full mount against Kongo. Kongo gets to a seated position and Bader moves to the half guard, Bader accidentally pokes Kongo in the eye and the fight is halted. The doctor waves the fight off as Kongo is unable to continue due to the eye poke.

Official Result: Ryan Bader (c) fought Cheick Kongo to a no contest via accidental eye poke (3:52, R1)

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