Bellator 90 from A to Z: catch the preliminary card stream on Bloody Elbow and join us to discuss the main card action as it unfolds this evening.
Bellator 90 goes off tonight from The Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah, with a main-card start time of 10:00 p.m. ET on Spike TV. The show will spotlight a pair of semifinal round fights in the Light- Tournament and the Welterweight Tournament, and Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Rad Martinez battle in the Featherweight Tournament finals for our main event.
The inimitable Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal looks to extend his momentum after a 1st-round knockout in his Bellator debut, but a very feisty and tough-as-nails 205er stands in his way in Emanuel Newton. On the other side of the 205-pound bracket, Jacob Noe meets Mikhail Zayats, both of whom scored definitive upsets over favored veterans in the opening round. Douglas Lima takes on late entry Bryan Baker in a welterweight semifinal that will lead off the show, while Bloody Elbow favorite Ben Saunders rematches Raul Amaya at the top of the preliminary card in the other welterweight semi.
The complete card is listed below and the live streaming video follows. We'll see you this evening for live discussion as the show gets underway.
Spike TV main card (on Spike TV at 10:00 p.m. ET)
Featherweight Tournament Championship: Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Rad Martinez
Light Heavyweight Semifinal Fight: King Mo vs. Emanuel Newton
Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal: Mikhail Zayats vs. Jacob Noe
Welterweight Tournament Semifinal: Douglas Lima vs. Bryan Baker
Preliminary card (streaming live on Spike.com and Bloody Elbow at 8:00 p.m. ET)
Welterweight Tournament Semifinal: Ben Saunders vs. Raul Amaya
Middleweight Feature Fight: Lionel Lanham vs. Joe Rodriguez
Welterweight Feature Fight: David Allred vs. Sean Powers
Welterweight Feature Fight: Jesse Juarez vs. Jordan Smith
Featherweight Feature Fight: Josh Tyler vs. Shanon Slack
Catchweight Feature Fight(137 lbs): Chase Beebe vs. Travis Marx
Evenin' fight fans. Find the results and live play-by-play below.
R1: Ah yes, the glorious "USA!" chants start us off.
Martinez lands a nice straight left but
- Shahbulat Shamhalaev defeats Rad Martinez by KO (right cross), Round 1.
Emanuel Newton vs. King Mo
R1: Newton comes out with a left low kick and right hand combo that slips through. Newton standing right in King Mo's wheelhouse and eats a right for it. Quick jab from Newton. King Mo looking to counter with his left hook. Now King Mo drops his lead left hand and Newton's able to slice a punch through. Whew ... they trade big hooks and these boys are throwin' down. Newton whiffs a spinning back kick but finds the mark with a right hand and body kick.
WHAT JUST HAPPENED. Newton flails on a wild overhand but perfectly plants a spinning back-fist right on King Mo's chin who, upon impact, freezes and slowly topples over. Shocking upset.
- Emanuel Newton defeats Muhammed Lawal by KO (spinning back-fist), Round 1.
Bryan Baker vs. Douglas Lima
R1: Baker starts out circling and looking to keep Lima at range. Lead-leg inside low kick lands for Lima, followed by a pair of outside kicks. And a third that digs in. Baker's only managed to flick out a few long jabs so far. Overhand right grazes for Lima.
Lima crunches Baker with another overhand right that lands square and floors him. That's that.
- Douglas Lima defeats Bryan Baker by KO (overhand right), Round 1.
Ben Saunders vs. Raul Amaya (Welterweight Tournament Semifinal)
R1: Amaya comes out swinging and Saunders backs him off with a stiff 1-2. Chopping left body kick lands for Saunders. Amaya shoots from way outside but Saunders stuffs it and grazes with a big knee to the head. Saunders in steady stalk mode while Amaya flits in and out to handle the considerable range problem. Another body kick from Saunders. Amaya scoring with right inside low kicks but there's not much on them.
Amaya wades in with a pair of hooks and eats a straight counter and a quick up-knee from the single collar tie. Amaya is throwing wide-sailing punches aggressively and actually connects with a lunging combination; Saunders returns fire with a retreating left hand. Then the world ends: "Killa B" connects with a shin-to-temple left high kick that completely slumps Amaya.
- Ben Saunders defeats Raul Amaya by KO (left high kick), Round 1.
Jacob Noe vs. Mikhail Zayats (Light-Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal)
R1: Noe clubs him with a left hook early. Zayats times a counterpunch just as Noe is unrolling a kick and drops him. Noe recovers well and gets strong posture control with Zayats in a high half guard. Noe fights for full guard but Zayats shuts it down. Not many punches from the top for Zayats due to Noe's body-lock defense; the Russian capitalizes a minute later and slips into full mount.
Zayats bases down hard and now starts to chip away with short ground strikes. Noe tries to buck him off and spin out but Zayats traps an arm and locks up a deep armbar that Noe is forced to tap to immediately.
- Mikhail Zayats defeats Jacob Noe by submission (armbar), Round 1.