Bellator 218 Results: Emmanuel Sanchez & Georgi Karakhanyan Headlines, Plus Linton Vassell Makes His Heavyweight Debut

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Main Card (9pm EST., Paramount Network)

Emmanuel Sanchez def. Georgi Karakhanyan by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Valentin Moldavsky def. Linton Vassell by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Norbert Novenyi Jr def. William Lavine by submission via rear naked choke (4:05, R2)

Anatoly Tokov def. Gerald Harris by submission via guillotine choke choke (0:37, R2)

Preliminary Card (6:45pm EST., DAZN)

Johnny Eblen def. Chauncey Foxworth by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

John Macapa def. Kevin Croom by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27, 30-26)

Vladimir Tokov def. Ryan Walker by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Victoria Leonardo def. Malin Hermansson by submission via arm bar (4:49, R1)

Deborah Kouzmin def. Ky Bennett by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jordan Newman def. Joseph Holmes by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)


Malin Hermansson vs. Victoria Leonardo

Round One: The round begins with Leonardo attacking Hermansson with some leg kicks, Leonardo grabs Hermansson and gets her against the cage wall. The fighters exchange a few strikes while in the clinch, the fighters separate and Leonardo gets Hermansson back against the cage wall. The fighters exchange knee strikes while in the clinch, Leonardo scores a takedown on Hermansson and she gets the open guard. Hermansson gets back up with Leonardo swinging away at her, Leonardo again gets Hermansson against the cage wall. Leonardo scores another takedown on Hermansson and she gets the half guard, Leonardo advances to side control against Hermansson. Leonardo then gets the full mount against Hermansson, Hermansson scrambles and gets top control on Leonardo. Leonardo rolls for an arm bar and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Victoria Leonardo def. Malin Hermansson by submission via arm bar (4:49, R1)

Vladimir Tokov vs. Ryan Walker

Round One: The round begins with Walker coming forward as the fighters swing away at each other, the fighters clinch and battle for position along the cage wall. Walker scores a takedown on Tokov and he gets top position, Walker postures up and Tokov gets back up as well. Walker attacks Tokov with a few kicks before scoring another takedown on him, Tokov scrambles to his feet and Walker takes a few swings at him. Walker comes forward and he nails Tokov with a few punches, Tokov nails Walker with a flying knee strike to the upper body. Walker eats a right while attacking Tokov with more kicks, Tokov comes forward and he nails Walker with a combination. Walker goes for a takedown after eating a knee strike from Tokov, Tokov drops Walker and he pounces on him with more strikes until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Walker

Round Two: The round begins with Walker hitting Tokov with a side kick to the midsection, Walker scores a takedown on Tokov and Tokov immediately gets back up. Walker scores another takedown on Tokov and he gets him in the seated position, Tokov scrambles to his feet and Walker attacks him with a knee strike. Tokov attacks Walker with a high kick and Walker blocks it, Walker scores another takedown on Tokov and he gets the open guard. Tokov scrambles to his feet again to hit Walker with a right, Walker scores another takedown on Tokov and he gets the half guard. Tokov creates space and scrambles to his feet again, Tokov scores a takedown on Walker and Walker scrambles to get back control on him. Walker attacks Tokov with some ground and pound until the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Tokov scoring a takedown on Walker and he gets the full guard, Walker and Tokov exchange strikes while on the ground. Tokov starts attacking Walker with some ground and pound, the referee stands up the fighters for inactivity. Walker nails Tokov with a knee strike to avoid a takedown, Tokov scores a takedown on Walker again and he gets the full guard. Tokov attacks Walker with some ground and pound, the referee stands up the fighters again for inactivity. The action resumes with Tokov scoring a takedown and Walker scrambles back to his feet as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Tokov (Final Score: 29-28 for Walker)

Official Result: Vladimir Tokov def. Ryan Walker by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jordan Newman vs. Joseph Holmes

Round One: The round begins with Newman scoring a takedown on Holmes and he gets the full guard, Newman attacks Holmes with some ground and pound. Holmes scrambles to his feet as Newman swings away at him, Holmes grabs Newman and he gets him against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Newman gets Holmes against the cage wall, Newman nails Holmes with a knee strike to the head as they separate. Holmes then nails Newman with a kick to the midsection, Newman scores another takedown on Holmes and he gets the half guard. Newman rolls for a choke as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Newman

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters taking a few swings at each other, Holmes backs up Newman by landing a straight right. Newman goes for a takedown and Holmes nails him with a few strikes, Newman scores a takedown on Holmes and he gets him in the seated position. Newman advances to the half guard against Holmes, Holmes scrambles to his feet and he gets Newman against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Holmes swings away at Newman, Newman scores another takedown on Holmes and he gets the full guard. Newman lands a few strikes as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Holmes peppering Newman with some jabs, Newman grabs Holmes and gets him against the cage wall. Newman drags Holmes to the ground and he gets back control, Holmes scrambles to his feet and Newman gets him against the cage wall. The fighters separate and swing away at each other, Holmes nails Newman with a few combinations. Holmes stuns Newman with a series of knee strikes, Holmes gets Newman against the cage wall while swinging away at him. The fighters separate and Newman gets Holmes back against the cage wall, Newman scores a takedown on Holmes again and he gets side control. Newman lands a few strikes as the round ends.

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

Official Result: Jordan Newman def. Joseph Holmes by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

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