Bellator 116 went down tonight on Spike TV, live from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
The bout featured some back and forth action early with Johnson swinging for the fences while Ivanov dove for a leg lock that he was unable to finish. Eventually it was Ivanov getting a big takedown and locking in an Americana for the submission victory.
Joey Beltran defeated Vladimir Matyushenko in Matyushenko's retirement bout. Vlad did himself proud, giving good effort from the opening bell, but he eventually wore down and had very little in the tank in the third round. Beltran found himself on the ground in position to lock up a submission and he took home the win with the north-south choke.