Bellator 202 Results: Julia Budd Defends The Featherweight Title & UFC Veteran Michael McDonald In Action

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Main Card (9pm EST., Paramount Network)

Bellator MMA Women's Featherweight Title Fight
Julia Budd def. #2 Talita Nogueira by TKO via strikes (4:07, R3) to retain the title

#4 Michael McDonald def. #1 Eduardo Dantas by KO via strikes (0:58, R1)

#6 Chris Honeycutt def. Leo Leite by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)

Valentine Moldavsky def. Ernest James by TKO via strikes (4:03, R2)

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

#2 Veta Arteaga def. #8 Emily Ducote by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Yaroslav Amasov def. Gerald Harris by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Steve Kozola def. Ryan Walker by KO via punch (1:45, R1)

Rudy Schaffroth def. Jon Hill by TKO via strikes (0:42, R1)

Tyler Ingram def. Fernando Gonzalez by submission via rear naked choke (4:13, R2)

Will Morris def. Charles Williams by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-26)


Fernando Gonzalez vs. Tyler Ingram

Round One: The round begins with Gonzalez and Ingram exchanging some rights, Ingram starts attacking Gonzalez with some leg kicks. Gonzalez tries nailing Ingram with some punching combinations, Ingram comes forward and he catches Gonzalez with a right to the midsection. Ingram catches a backing Gonzalez with some jabs, Gonzalez and Ingram also exchange some lefts to the face. Ingram grabs Gonzalez and he gets him against the cage wall, Ingram scores a takedown on Gonzalez and he gets the half guard. Gonzalez scrambles to his feet while eating a knee strike, Ingram scores another takedown on Gonzalez and he gets the half guard. Ingram attacks Gonzalez with ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ingram

Round Two: The round begins with Ingram catching a swinging Gonzalez with a counter right hook, Ingram gets Gonzalez against the cage wall while swinging away at him. The fighters separate and Ingram attacks Gonzalez with leg kicks, Gonzalez tries nailing Ingram with some combinations. Ingram drops Gonzalez after landing a right leg kick, Ingram settles in the half guard of a downed Gonzalez. Ingram gains the full mount on Gonzalez after a failed submission attempt, Gonzalez eats strikes as he gets Ingram in his half guard. Ingram gains back control against Gonzalez while landing more strikes, Ingram returns to side control and then the full mount on Gonzalez. Ingram gets back control and he locks in the rear naked choke to force a tap out.

Official Result: Tyler Ingram def. Fernando Gonzalez by submission via rear naked choke (4:13, R2)

Jon Hill vs. Rudy Schaffroth

Round One: The round begins with Schaffroth attacking Hill with a huge punching combination, Schaffroth drops Hill with a combination and he pounces on him with more strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Rudy Schaffroth def. Jon Hill by TKO via strikes (0:42, R1)

Steve Kozola vs. Ryan Walker

Round One: The round begins with Walker coming forward and swinging away at Kozola, Kozola pops an incoming Walker with a short right. Walker comes forward and he nails Kozola with a wild right, Kozola pops a kicking Walker with a counter right. Walker starts catching Kozola with some leg kicks, Kozola drops a swinging Walker with a counter left and he lands one more strike as the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Steve Kozola def. Ryan Walker by KO via punch (1:45, R1)

Gerald Harris vs. Yaroslav Amasov

Round One: The round begins with the fighters jabbing away at each other, Amasov gets Harris against the cage wall while looking for a takedown. Amasov attacks Harris with some knee strikes to the midsection, the fighters separate and Harris attacks Amasov with a punching combination. Amasov attacks Harris with kicks and a punching combination, Amasov attacks Harris with an uppercut. Amasov scores a takedown on Harris and he gets him in the seated position, Harris wall walks to his feet before separating from Amasov. Amasov comes forward and he nails Harris with a three punch combination, Harris looks to hit Amasov with a counter right. Amasov scores another takedown on Harris as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Amasov

Round Two: The round begins with Harris swinging away at an incoming Amasov, Amasov gets Harris against the cage wall while looking for a takedown. The fighters separate and Amasov pops Harris with a right, Amasov starts attacking Harris with some leg kicks. Amasov then pops Harris with a two punch combination, Amasov goes for a head kick and Harris blocks it. Harris blocks another head kick before catching Amasov with a counter right, Amasov then nails Harris with a kick to the midsection. Amasov rocks Harris with a left hook and he scores a takedown a short time later, Harris scrambles to his feet and Amasov swings away at him. Amasov goes back to attacking Harris with a head kick, Amasov cracks Harris with a flying knee strike as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Harris coming forward and swinging away at Amasov, Amasov attacks Harris with leg kicks before eating a punching combination. Amasov pops a backing Harris with a series of rights, Amasov scores a takedown on Harris and he gets side control. Harris gets Amasov in his full guard while eating some strikes, Amasov starts attacking Harris with some ground and pound, Harris scrambles to his feet and Amasov holds him against the cage wall. Amasov scores another takedown on Harris and he gets him in the seated position, Amasov transitions to back control on a scrambling Harris. Harris scrambles to his feet again and he gets Amasov against the cage wall, the fighters separate and swing away at each other as the round ends.

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

Official Result: Yaroslav Amasov def. Gerald Harris by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

#2 Veta Arteaga vs. #8 Emily Ducote

Round One: The round begins with Arteaga charging forward and swinging away at Ducote, Arteaga backs up Ducote while swinging away at her. Ducote gets Arteaga against the cage wall for a short time while looking for a takedown, Arteaga attacks Ducote with a leg kick. Ducote responds by landing some leg kicks of her own, Ducote scores a takedown on Arteaga and she gets side control. Ducote gets back control on a scrambling Arteaga, Ducote rolls for an arm bar and Arteaga escapes to get top position. Ducote scrambles to her feet while Arteaga swings away at her, Arteaga and Ducote exchange some counter rights. Ducote scores another takedown on Arteaga and Arteaga gets right back up, Arteaga cracks Ducote with a pair of knee strikes. Arteaga backs Ducote into the cage wall while landing some rights, Ducote scores another takedown on a swinging Arteaga and she gets back control. Ducote locks in a rear naked choke as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ducote

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters swinging away at each other, Arteaga comes forward to attack Ducote with combinations. Ducote cracks a swinging Arteaga with a counter right, Ducote gets Arteaga against the cage wall before scoring a takedown. Ducote transitions to back control on Arteaga, Ducote goes for the arm bar again and Arteaga escapes to get top position. Arteaga attacks Ducote with ground and pound upon gaining side control, Arteaga gets in the full guard of Ducote while landing a lot of strikes. Arteaga gains the half guard while landing more ground and pound, Arteaga assaults Ducote with strikes until the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters exchanging some leg kicks, Ducote goes for a high kick and Arteaga blocks it. Arteaga comes forward and she swings away at Ducote, Arteaga starts cracking a swinging Ducote with some counter rights. Ducote looks for a takedown and Arteaga nails her with a knee strike, Arteaga comes forward and catches Ducote with a few more rights. Ducote scores a takedown on Arteaga and Arteaga gets right back up, Arteaga scores a takedown on Ducote and she gets the open guard. Ducote scrambles to her feet after eating some strikes, Arteaga nails Ducote with a combination as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Arteaga (Overall Score: 29-28 for Arteaga)

Official Result: #2 Veta Arteaga def. #8 Emily Ducote by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Will Morris vs. Charles Williams

Round One: The round begins with Williams attacking Morris with some leg kicks, Morris attacks Williams with a knee strike to the midsection. Morris starts catching Williams with some leg kicks of his own, Morris starts hunting for the takedown against Williams. Morris backs up Williams after catching him with a right, Morris pops a swinging Williams with a counter right. Morris rocks Williams with a right before pouncing on him with more rights, Morris keeps Williams against the cage wal, while landing a plethora of strikes. Williams goes for the takedown and Morris catches him in a d’arce choke, Morris releases the choke to get top position on Williams. Morris gains the half guard while nailing Williams with some strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Morris

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters jabbing away at each other, Morris also attacks Williams with a few high kicks. Morris cracks Williams with an uppercut before attacking him with some rights, Williams attacks Morris with some leg kicks. Morris gets Williams against the cage wall while landing a right, Morris and Williams exchange some more rights. Morris follows Williams around the cage while landing some combinations, Morris and Williams exchange high kick attempts. Morris catches Williams with a three punch combination, Morris swings away at Williams as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Morris instantly swinging away at Williams, Morris starts catching Williams with some leg kicks. Morris backs Williams into the cage wall while landing a few rights, Williams catches a kicking Morris with a counter right. Morris continues backing up Williams while throwing rights, Morris drops a kicking Williams as the round ends.

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

Official Result: Will Morris def. Charles Williams by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-26)

Valentine Moldavsky vs. Ernest James

Round One: The round begins with Moldavsky attacking James with some leg kicks, James responds by landing some kicks of his own. James catches a swinging Moldavsky with a counter right, Moldavsky avoids a head kick before nailing James with a punching combination. Moldavsky then pops James with a pair of lefts, Moldavsky gets James against the cage wall while looking for the takedown. The fighters separate and Moldavsky again gets James against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Moldavsky pops James with a two punch combination. Moldavsky comes forward and he swings away at James, Moldavsky rocks James with a right as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Moldavsky

Round Two: The round begins with James attempting a few kicks against Moldavsky, Moldavsky tries attacking James with punching combinations. The fighters briefly clinched and then separated while throwing some strikes, James gets Moldavsky against the cage wall after eating a left. The fighters separate and Moldavsky cracks James with a right, James recovers and he nails a swinging Moldavsky with a counter right. Moldavsky recovers and he cracks a swinging James with a counter right, Moldavsky drops a rocked James with a trio of lefts and the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Valentine Moldavsky def. Ernest James by TKO via strikes (4:03, R2)

#6 Chris Honeycutt vs. Leo Leite

Round One: The round begins with Honeycutt attacking Leite with some leg kicks, the fighters quickly engage in a wild striking exchange. Leite nails a swinging Honeycutt with a counter right, Honeycutt recovers and nails Leite with a two punch combination. Honeycutt connects with an uppercut against a swinging Leite, Leite grabs a kicking Honeycutt and he gets him against the cage wall. Leite scores a takedown on Honeycutt and he gets back control on him as he stands up, Honeycutt shakes Leite off of him and Leite gets him against the cage wall. Honeycutt starts attacking Leite with some knee strikes, the fighters separate and Honeycutt clobbers Leite with a knee strike to the face. Honeycutt swings away at Leite as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Honeycutt

Round Two: The round begins with Honeycutt swinging away at Leite, Honeycutt goes for a head kick against Leite. Leite nails a kicking Honeycutt with a two punch combination, Leite grabs Honeycutt and he gets him against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Honeycutt lands a right on Leite, Honeycutt attacks Leite with a multiple punch combination. Honeycutt gets Leite up against the cage wall while landing some knee strikes, Honeycutt scores a takedown on Leite and he gets the half guard. Honeycutt attacks Leite with a lot of ground and pound, Leite gets to his feet as Honeycutt swings away at him. Honeycutt then cracks Leite with another knee strike to the face, Honeycutt attacks Leite with more knee strikes as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Honeycutt coming forward and swinging away at Leite, Honeycutt goes for a high kick against Leite. Leite goes for a takedown and Honeycutt winds up in top position, Honeycutt attacks Leite with ground and pound. Honeycutt stands up and he allows Leite to stand as well, Honeycutt starts attacking Leite with some leg kicks. Honeycutt again gets Leite up against the cage wall, Honeycutt drops Leite with a knee strike and he pounces on him with a few strikes. Leite gets up and Honeycutt swings away at him as the round ends.

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

Official Result: #6 Chris Honeycutt def. Leo Leite by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)

#1 Eduardo Dantas vs. #4 Michael McDonald

Round One: The round begins with McDonald attacking Dantas with some leg kicks, McDonald drops Dantas witha right hook and he pounces on him with more strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: #4 Michael McDonald def. #1 Eduardo Dantas by KO via strikes (0:58, R1)

Bellator MMA Women's Featherweight Title Fight: Julia Budd (c) vs. #2 Talita Nogueira

Round One: The round begins with Nogueira attacking Budd with a front kick to the midsection, Budd catches Nogueira with some leg kicks. Nogueira goes for a high kick against a backing Budd, Nogueira attacks Budd with a plethora of front kicks. Nogueira catches Budd with a kick to the midsection, Budd scores a takedown on Nogueira and she gets side control. Budd starts attacking Nogueira with ground and pound, Budd transitions to back control against Nogueira while landing more strikes. Budd moves to half guard on Nogueira as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Budd

Round Two: The round begins with Nogueira attacking Budd with a front kick to the midsection, Budd starts attacking Nogueira with some leg kicks. Nogueira tries jabbing away at Budd to keep her at a distance, Budd comes forward and she nails Nogueira with a punching combination. Budd gets Nogueira against the cage wall while landing knee strikes, Budd drops Nogueira with an elbow strike to the head and she pounces on her with more strikes until the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Nogueira taking a few swings at Budd, Budd goes back to attacking Nogueira with leg kicks. Budd backs Nogueira into the cage wall with a striking combination, Budd lands strikes while holding Nogueira against the cage wall. Nogueira pulls guard and Budd gets top position on the ground, Budd postures up before cracking Nogueira with a right. Budd attacks Nogueira with a lot of ground and pound, Budd gets up and she allows Nogueira to stand up as well. Budd comes forward and she cracks Nogueira with a left hook, Budd drops Nogueira with a right and she pounces on her with more strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Julia Budd def. #2 Talita Nogueira by TKO via strikes (4:07, R3) to retain the title

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