Join us tonight on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion and play by play for Bellator 113: Vegh vs. Newton from the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. The featured card kicks off on Spike TV at 9:00 p.m. ET and the preliminary card, which will stream live and free right here on Bloody Elbow, begins at 7:00 p.m. ET.
The Bellator 113 card is headlined by a Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship unification bout between champion Attila Vegh and interim champion Emanuel Newton. Dallas Winston will be back with complete play-by-play for the main card.
Evenin'. We're live on Spike TV. Fight results descend below in reverse chronological order. (That's, like ... backwards, man.)
Bellator 113: Vegh vs. Newton
(9:00 p.m. ET on Spike)
Attila Vegh vs. Emanuel Newton -- Bellator Light-Heavyweight championship unification
R1: Fiver-rounder here, folks. Newton looks to establish range with a half low kick and side kicks but Vegh's not biting on any fakes. Vegh fires a straight volley of punches to keep Newton in check. Newton throws an overhand right and front kick. Then a low kick, then Newton lands a right hook after switching to southpaw. Vegh keeps it simple and steers Newton back with another composed outburst of straight shots. Newton switching back and from from southie to orthodox.
Vegh ducks Newton's overhand and looks for a body lock, Newton backpedals and Vegh attacks with head punches while Newton hand-fights the body lock. Hopping inside low kick from Newton, still changing stance often. Overhand right and spinning wheel kick from Newton, neither of which land. Newton lands a clean side-stepping right counter. Newton initiates a clinch at the rounds' end. There was simply no clear and decisive winner despite both landing consistently. 10-10.
R2: Newton continues his awkward and non-rhythmic pressure as Vegh stays coiled, looking for the right opportunity to explode. Newton's output alone is now drowning out Vegh, who's only unleashed one meaningful combo a minute-and-a-half in. Now Vegh sits down on a flurry. Newton pushes him on the fence and lands an accidental low blow via knee. We restart quickly.
Newton throws a right and attacks Vegh's hips, looking for a single leg, then a body lock and then another single. Vegh stays upright and disconnects, taking the center of the cage. Vegh's the one who looks to drop under and wrap up Newton's waist on the next exchange, and fires off a quick up-knee that looks to land on the break. Vegh plugs Newton with a half left hook on his way in. Newton's eye is beat up and Jimmy Smith points out a swollen mass on Vegh's arm, likely from blocking kicks. They close the frame in the clinch. 10-9 Newton.
R3: Newton still works the volume game and not much lands, but it's because Vegh is almost strictly defending. It's again around the 3:30 mark before Vegh commits to any counter-fire. Newton lands a spinning back kick to the body. Now Vegh changes from southpaw to conventional. Vegh catches Newton clean with an uppercut-based flurry, then lands another uppercut followed by an overhand right and a knee in the clinch.
Stiff jab from Vegh. Newton slows him down with a right cross. Vegh connects with a quick right and left hook while backing out. Vegh starting to pick up on how Newton lowers his head on the way in, and targets it with low-level punches. 10-9 Vegh.
R4: They clinch up but there's not much cooking. Right jab from Newton. Vegh throws a left and right hook but the latter's countered with a left body kick from Newton. Sharp jab from Vegh, then a right hook while pivoting. Newton's charging two-punch and high kick combo whiffs. Newton tries to get in on a single but Vegh peels him off with wrist control. Uppercut counter again from Vegh. Newton lands a left and right low kick, then ducks Vegh's counter and flurries with both hands.
Low kick to spinning back kick from Newton, then a left side kick. Vegh looks for a takedown but Newton shucks him off and continues to chase him around with kicks. It was fairly even until Vegh's output plummeted in the latter half of the round. 10-9 Newton.
R5: More incessant and unorthodox combinations from Newton to start the final frame. Too odd to list in detail but Vegh only manages a one or two punch counter in reverse. Newton backs him into a corner and fishes for a takedown but they separate after the stalemate with two minutes left. Vegh tries to time a duck-under takedown but can't get it, nor the follow up trip. Newton clinches up and drives him into the fence, then breaks the clinch with a tight combo of punches.
Newton charges Vegh and comes in with a jumping knee and Vegh's counters sail well off the mark. Newton stays after him and ends up pinning him on the fence again. Newton shoots and Vegh stuffs it but misses the counter knee. 10-9 Newton -- Vegh did not mount nor attempt enough offense to keep up. I have it 49-47 Newton.
- Emanuel Newton defeats Attila Vegh by split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46)
Patricky Freire vs. David Rickels -- Lightweight Tournament quarterfinal
R1: The action begins the timeless and beloved "USA!" chant. Pitbull tries to counter Rickels' low kick with an overhand right. Rickels nearly connects with an up-knee and quick single collar tie. Rickels plunges a stiff one-two; Pitbull lands a hard outside low kick. Rickels stays busy on the trigger with his hands and an outside low kick but stays under control. Pitbull slows him down by sneaking in a sharp left hook that snaps his head back.
Pitbull finds the mark with another left hook in a heated exchange. Rickels starting to get caught coming in for keeping his head on-center. Pitbull continues to show accuracy and a grasp of the timing by popping Rickels with punches while retreating. Rickels ties him up and pushes him on the fence, then lets go and hops back into punching range with a left hook and uppercut. Rickels repeats the process but this time uncorks a right cross and left high kick after breaking the clinch. Pitbull fires a retreating left to the body. Rickels bores a straight right through Pitbull's guard but can't fend off the duck-under double leg takedown. A highly offensive round on both sides -- Pitbull's mid-round shots seemed to be more impactful but Rickels had the edge with consistency and volume. 10-10.
R2: Pitbull shellacks Rickels with a left and right hook and "The Caveman" goes rubber legs. Pitbull, smelling blood, swarms with punches, again finding the mark with a monster left hook. Rickels goes flat and Pitbull hammers down one more unhindered blow to convince the ref to wave it off.
- Patricky "Pitbull" Freire defeats David Rickels by KO (left hook), Round 2
Derek Anderson vs. Brandon Girtz -- -- Lightweight Tournament quarterfinal
R1: Girtz rushes Anderson, unlatching right and left hooks before dropping for a double leg that Anderson stops until Girtz hits the ankle pick. Anderson pops back up with his back on the fence and they restart in the center, with one fighter complaining of a head butt. Anderson torques out a right high kick that Girtz blocks, but it gets his attention. Long combo from Anderson, who closes with a high kick.
Low kick from Anderson. Girtz heaves a hook and transitions nicely into a double leg. Anderson grabs a kimura from half guard and Girts cinches on his own kimura, stretching it out over Anderson's head in a nasty position. Anderson breaks the wrist control enough to angle his wrist and get out, but the escape looks rough on his arm. He throws a combo and it seems OK. Girtz takes him down again and goes cross-body in half guard, trying to isolate an arm. Anderson times his hips for a nice sweep and takes top position, dropping elbows to the thighs. 10-9 Girtz.
R2: Anderson anticipates the head position and absolutely wallops Girtz to counter a big overhand left, and the blow thunders into Girtz's jaw and lay him out flat. Vicious, vicious KO there.
Derek Anderson defeats Brandon Girtz by KO (knee), Round 2
Rodrigo Cavalheiro vs. Marcin Held -- Lightweight Tournament quarterfinal
R1: Held looks to have improved his punching form based on the first volley of tight punches he attacks with. He continues to press but Cavalheiro holds his ground with a burst of punches. Cavalheiro flashes his hands again, persuading Held to change levels and penetrate deep on a double leg. Cavalheiro immediately locks on double overhooks and controls Held's posture, but the Polish submission lunatic clears his head and falls back with a leg.
Held locks up the heel hook, then transitions to a toe hold as Cavalheiro rolls out of the heel hook. The tap comes shortly after.
- Marcin Held defeats Rodrigo Cavalheiro by submission (toe hold), Round 1
Derek Campos vs. Tim Welch -- Lightweight Tournament quarterfinal
R1: Lead left hook starts it off for Campos. Welch misses with a big right over the top. Campos slips in a stiff uppercut and Welch answers in kind on the next exchange. Welch planting hard and throwing heaters but a tad off-balance. Campos cracks him in the ear. Welch stumbles again whilst heaving a combo. Triple jab from Campos. Welch on his bike and circling, then lands a front kick and a Superman punch in separate sequences. Campos doubles up on his jab again, then fires a right hook downstairs to counter Welch's left hook.
Campos whiffs on a back kick. Another pair of jabs from Campos, the second landing clean. Outside leg kick from Campos, who's walking Welch down with punches and showing effective aggression. An inside low kick leads to a three-piece combo from Campos, who shell blocks Welch's counters. Welch slips while retreating. More long, spearing punches from Campos. 10-9 Campos.
R2: Campos ducks Welch's left hook and plants his own downstairs. Welch blocks a nasty high kick from Campos but the impact was quite substantial. Campos clips Welch with a right uppercut and then plasters him with a right hand. Welch goes wobbly and Campos unloads on him. Welch recovers quickly and admirably slings a few heavy counters at Campos, but gets taken down in the process.
Campos, in Welch's half guard, traps the arm in arm-triangle position and slithers into full mount. Welch "answers the phone" to defend and eventually slips out, then scrambles back to his feet. We pause to retrieve Welch's mouthpiece. Campos stays in stalk mode with busy jabs but eats a tight right cross from Welch. Campos responds with a sharp one-two that lands before changing levels to secure a double leg. 10-8 Campos.
R3: Campos hits an outside trip early and keeps Welch in place with a bodylock in his full guard. Campos gets a high half guard and looks to pass further but Welch shrimps out and escapes. Welch slips while throwing a high kick and Campos rains down some leather while Welch is on his back. Campos grabs a strong headlock when Welch tries to explode out and forces him down, back into half guard with the body lock.
Welch tries to hit a switch, then sweep, but Campos maintains position with his half guard body lock. He pushes Welch back and bases down on him, then postures up with two stiff lefts when the crowd boos the control-oriented sequence. Campos uncorks more short lefts in half guard, then stands up to punch but has to dodge a volley of Welch's up-kicks. Welch bucks him off late and takes top position just before the bell sounds. 10-9 Campos for a 30-26 his way on my card.
- Derek Campos defeats Tim Welch by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
(streaming on Bloody Elbow and Spike.com at approx. 6:45 p.m. ET)
Derek Anderson defeats Brandon Girtz by KO (knee), Round 2 (LW Tournament quarterfinal)
Bobby Cooper defeats Marcio Navarro by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)
Eric Wisely defeats Donnie Bell by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Daniel Gallemore defeats by TKO (punches), Round 1
Israel Giron defeats Cody Carrillo by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)