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Main Card (9pm EST., Paramount Network)
Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Opening Round
Fedor Emelianenko def. Frank Mir by TKO via strikes (0:48, R1)
#3 Emmanuel Sanchez def. Sam Sicilia by submission via arm triangle choke (3:52, R1)
#4 Rafael Lovato Jr. def. Gerald Harris by submission via arm bar (1:11, R1)
Neiman Gracie def. Javier Torres by submission via arm triangle choke (3:18, R2)
Dillon Danis def. Kyle Walker by submission via toe hold (1:38, R1)
Preliminary Card (7pm EST., Bellator.com)
Sultan Umar def. Tom Angeloff by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Mark Stoddard def. Dan Stittgen by submission via triangle choke (4:43, R1)
Eric Wisely def. Morgan Sickinger by submission via arm bar (1:12, R1)
Adil Benjilany def. Corey Jackson by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Robert Morrow def. Adam Maciejewski by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Eric Wisely vs. Morgan Sickinger
Round One: The round begins with Sickinger taking a few swings at Wisely, Sickinger catches Wisely with a right. Sickinger scores a takedown on Wisely, Wisely quickly catches Sickinger in an arm bar and a tap out follows.
Official Result: Eric Wisely def. Morgan Sickinger by submission via arm bar (1:12, R1)
Dan Stittgen vs. Mark Stoddard
Round One: The round begins with Stittgen attacking Stoddard with some leg kicks, Stoddard responds with leg kicks of his own. Stittgen starts hunting for the takedown against Stoddard, Stoddard starts attacking Stittgen with punching combinations. Stoddard then nails Stittgen with a right to the midsection, Stittgen goes for another takedown and Stoddard attacks him with a high kick. Stittgen gets Stoddard against the cage wall while looking for a takedown, Stittgen scores a takedown on Stoddard and he gets the full guard. Stoddard goes for a triangle choke on Stittgen and a tap out follows.
Official Result: Mark Stoddard def. Dan Stittgen by submission via triangle choke (4:43, R1)
Corey Jackson vs. Adil Benjilany
Round One: The round begins with Jackson peppering Benjilany with some jabs and leg kicks, Benjilany starts landing some leg kicks of his own against Jackson. Benjilany goes for a head kick and Jackson blocks it, Jackson clinches with Benjilany and they battle along the cage wall. The fighters separate and Jackson nails a swinging Benjilany with a counter right, Benjilany responds by nailing Jackson with a left hook. Benjilany catches an incoming Jackson with a spinning elbow strike, Benjilany nails Jackson with a punching combination and a knee strike. Benjilany assaults Jackson with a plethora of knee strikes and elbow strikes, Benjilany accidentally pokes Jackson in the eye and the fight is halted. The fight resumes with Benjilany scoring a takedown on Benjilany and he gets the open guard, Benjilany scrambles to his feet and he attacks Jackson with knee strikes as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Benjilany
Round Two: The round begins with Jackson getting Benjilany up against the cage wall while looking for a takedown, the fighters separate and they exchange rights. Benjilany attacks Jackson with a few kicks to the midsection, Jackson comes forward to crack Benjilany with a two punch combination. Benjilany attempts a flying knee strike against a backing Jackson, Benjilany goes back to attacking Jackson with some leg kicks. Benjilany also attempts a trio of high kicks that eventually drops Jackson for a moment, Jackson tries using his jab to keep Benjilany at bay. Benjilany catches a swinging Jackson with a counter left hook, Jackson swings away at Benjilany as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Benjilany (Overall Score: 20-18 for Benjilany)
Round Three: The round begins with Jackson charging forward and swinging away at Benjilany, Jackson gets Benjilany against the cage wall while looking for a takedown. The fighters separate and Benjilany swings away at Jackson, Benjilany nails Jackson with a kick to the midsection followed by a right. Benjilany follows that up by catching Jackson with a right cross, Jackson backs up Benjilany with a pair of rights. Jackson again gets a charging Benjilany against the cage wall, Jackson scores a takedown on Benjilany and he gets the open guard. Jackson starts attacking Benjilany with some ground and pound, Benjilany rolls for a submission against Jackson. Benjilany scrambles to get top position on Jackson, Benjilany swings away at Jackson as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Benjilany (Final Score: 30-27 for Benjilany)
Official Result: Adil Benjilany def. Corey Jackson by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
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