The following are quick results and reaction to tonight’s Bellator 172 event, taking place in San Jose, CA at the SAP Center. As previously noted, the main event was to be Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione, but it was postponed due to Mitrione dealing unexpectedly with kidney stones. The show aired live on Bellator.com and on Spike TV.
They opened with an update on the Fedor/Mitrione fight during the preliminary card, which started on Bellator.com at 7PM EST.
Fight #1 – Martin Sano (4-2) vs. Diego Herzog (4-2) in a middleweight bout ended in a majority draw. This was a bad fight. Both of these men gassed out, and Herzog could barely stand on his own two feet during the third. Ugly.
Chael Sonnen discussed the pain of kidney stones, and noted that Scott Coker was the one who pulled the plug on Fedor vs. Mitrione.
Fight #2 – Gaston Bolanos (0-0) def. Abner Perez (0-0) by TKO in the first round of a featherweight bout. A great debut for Bolanos. He kept working and working to figure out the timing and got it down. Perez worked a frustrating style, and didn’t seem to get much offense going.
They had a live interview with Josh Koscheck. He admitted that this is his last contract and he is happy to be back on Spike with Bellator.
Fight #3 – James Terry (18-9) def. JC Llamas (8-5) by technical decision (eye poke) in a welterweight bout. Llamas caught a finger to the eye as the third round opened up, and time was called. It looked particularly nasty and it was part of Terry’s thumb that got him. The fight was waved off when Llamas couldn’t tell how many fingers the doctor was holding up. The poke did not seem intentional at all. Terry had control of this fight throughout, and Llamas probably wasn’t going to change that in the third because he wasn’t getting much done in the fight at all.
Fight #4 – JJ Okanovich (3-1) def. Zack Andrews (3-0) by submission in the second round of a lightweight fight. A good fight between these two. Andrews seemed to be trying to defend the hook punches that he left himself open for the submission. Good win for Okanovich in a hard fought bout.
Fight #5 – Nikko Jackson (1-1) def. Cesar Gonzalez (0-1) by unanimous decision in a lightweight bout. These two guys put on a really fun fight and both men looked really good here. These guys are young and I think they have what it takes to have successful careers in MMA.
Main Card, Aired on Spike TV
Sean Grande and Chael Sonnen on the call, and he recapped the main event situation. They previewed the new main event of Josh Thomson vs. Patricky Friere, then talked about Josh Koscheck.
Fight #6 – Mauricio Alonso (12-7) def. Josh Koscheck (17-10) by TKO in round 1 of a welterweight fight. Alonso landed an uppercut and hit some ground and pound on Koscheck before the fight got stopped. This is a huge victory for Alonso, who called for peace in his post-fight interview. One has to wonder if Koscheck is done.
Fight #7 – Veta Arteaga (2-1) def. Brook Mayo (0-0) by TKO in the third round of a flyweight bout. Late in this one, Mayo tried to get a rear naked choke but Arteaga countered out. After a jab from Mayo, the official stepped in and checked on her eye, which was swollen shut. She yelled that she can see and wanted to continue, but the doctor stopped it. A good fight, but while I feel bad for Mayo the doctor made the right call.
Fight #8 – Anatoly Tokov (24-3) def. Francisco France (13-4-1) by TKO in round two of a middleweight bout. This was a big win for Tokov, who is coached by Fedor. France was wobbled after Tokov landed the first right hand. Tokov ended up winning this fight on the mat, even though he seemed to want to avoid that situation. Tokov is definitely a shy individual and came off as such in his interview. Fedor talked about how he was looking forward to facing Mitrione and hopes to get it rescheduled as soon as possible.
Jenn Brown talked to Josh Thomson. He discussed strategy and mentioned how happy he is to fight at the Shark Tank.
Fight #9 – Cheick Kongo (25-10-2) def. Oli Thompson (17-9) by unanimous decision in a heavyweight bout. Kongo dominated this one pretty much start to finish. Once he got Thompson down, he pretty much had it won. Kongo’s ground control game is really strong, so if he gets a fighter down it’s hard to beat him. I would be thinking about moving Kongo up into position to fight for the heavyweight title now.
Fight #10 – Patricky Friere (16-8) def. Josh Thomson (22-8) by TKO in the second round of a lightweight bout. A bit of a surprising outcome here. I figured Thomson would do really well against Friere here, but Friere definitely showed up. He showed great patience and quickness that he needed to pull this win off. A good fight overall.
This was a good night of fights. I feel bad for both Bellator and Mitrione for his situation as it was a tough spot to be in. Fedor is choosing to wait for him to get healthy rather than take a replacement fight, which I can understand. Chael Sonnen was on commentary and it’s said he offered to step in for the fight. It would have been fun to see, but I can totally understand Fedor not taking it as well.