Join us tonight on Bloody Elbow for live results, play by play and discussion of Bellator 122: Koreshkov vs. McDonough from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
A pair of Season 10 tournament finals carry the four-fight main card: once-beaten Andrey Koreshkov vs. undefeated Adam McDonough in the Welterweight Tournament finals and Brett Cooper vs. Brandon Halsey in the Middleweight Tournament finals. Longtime veterans Phil Baroni and Karo Parisyan also meet on the main card while English assassin Liam McGeary ignites the tournament festivities in a Light-Heavyweight semifinal bout opposite Egidijus Valavicius.
Preceding the Spike TV main card at 9:00 p.m. ET, Bloody Elbow will stream the entire Bellator 122 preliminary card live and free. The undercard includes the promotional debut of Dmitriy Sosnovskiy (who is fresh off a TKO stoppage win over Aleksander Emelianenko), Division 1 national wrestling champion Bubba Jenkins, the ever-violent Karl Amoussou and a heated rematch between lightweights Saad Awad and Joe Duarte.
Bellator 122 Main Card (Spike TV at 9:00 p.m ET)
Andrey Koreshkov vs. Adam McDonough -- Season 10 MW Tournament Final
R1: McDonough scores first with a low kick. Spin kick is no good for Koreshkov, who's hunting with his lead hook. No set-up single leg is easily dodged by the Russian. A pair of lead left hooks from Koreshkov. McDonough's spinning kick whiffs and Koreshkov answers with one to the body that's nearly intercepted by McDonough. They trade inside low kicks.
The lead left sets up a three-piece combo for Koreshkov that backs McDonough up. Koreshkov sprawls after McDonough tries to time a single leg on a left body kick. McDonough pulls back on the beginnings of a tornado kick. Koreshkov targets the breadbasket with his hook. They clinch and McDonough goes to the body with a knee. Another. Koreshkov circles off the fence and connects with a left hook. Flying knee from Koreshkov lands as McDonough ducks. 10-9 Koreshkov.
R2: No dice on McDonough's single leg. Step-in left hook for Koreshkov. Koreshkov crushes McDonough's chin with a spinning heel kick and he sails backwards into the fence, but appears to recover quickly. They clinch briefly and separate with McDonough looking to have his wits about him. McDonough's double leg attempt seems a tad desperate and he falls onto his back and he's unable to get at Koreshkov's hips.
Big topside punches from the Russian, whose domination continues to intensify. Lead right uppercut from Koreshkov and McDonough curiously pulls guard with his back and head on the fence, then scrambles back to his feet. Koreshkov separates and hammers a right-left-right medley, then stalks McDonough with more leather. 10-8 Koreshkov for the knockdown and one-sided performance.
R3: Snapping left high kick from Koreshkov early, then a stiff jab. Fearlessly, Koreshkov lungs in with a left kick and lets his hands go, putting McDonough into full retreat. Outside low kick from McDonough, then a nice left body kick. Koreshkov's shin cracks through McDonough's guard. McDonough shoots and Koreshkov sprawls, punches to the ribs and seeks out a power guillotine.
McDonough defends well and stands up with both guns blazing. Big heart being shown from McDonough despite the match's slanted action. Koreshkov bombs a knee to the body and McDonough falls onto his back. McDonough sneaks loose and tries to counter with a single but Koreshkov just isn't having it. McDonough closes his guard and is rewarded with a stand up with a half minute left. They trade left high kicks and Koreshkov plugs McDonough with a charging left hand before the bell. 10-9 Koreshkov for a 30-26 his way on my card.
- Andrey Koreshkov defeats Adam McDonough by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
R1: Halsey, looking a full fifteen pounds heavier, shoots early and puts Cooper on his back. He passes to side mount but Cooper triangles his left arm, trapping it. Cooper courageously leans over for a toe-hold and Halsey wisely transitions to the armbar, but can't break Cooper's grip. When he does, Cooper reconnects his hands and gets on all fours, forcing a stalemate until Halsey transitions to the kimura grip, then brilliantly switches back to the armbar and wrenches it, going belly down to get the tapout.
- Brandon Halsey defeats Brett Cooper by submission (armbar) at 2:09 of Round 1
Liam McGeary vs. Egidijus Valavicius -- Summer Series LHW Tournament semifinal
R1: Valavicius with an inside low kick while shuffling away from McGeary's power hand. Valavicius tags McGeary with a hidden right hand, forcing him to clinch. They swap positions on the fence but McGeary thuds a knee to the face after he circles off. After dangerously retreating in a straight line, McGeary deploys a malicious stream of straight shots and follows with devastating knees in the clinch, forcing the ref to step in.
- Liam McGeary defeats Egidijus Valavicius by TKO (knees and punches) at 2:10 of Round 1
R1: Outside low kick starts things off for Parisyan. Then one inside. Baroni uncoils his right hand and Parisyan sidesteps it. Right-hand counter lands for Parisyan, who switches stances and scores with a retreating left hook. Baroni rushes him and Parisyan counter-clinches, stabilizes, separates and clocks Baroni with an uppercut. Parisyan swarms Baroni with rights and lefts until Big John steps in to wave it off.
- Karo Parisyan defeats Phil Baroni by TKO (punches) at 2:06 of Round 1
Preliminary Card (streaming live on Bloody Elbow and Spike.com at 6:45 p.m. ET)
R1: Frembling takes a crouched stance and cocks his left hand, finally unbolting it nearly a minute in and dropping Sakai with it. Sakai closes his guard but Frembling jams a forearm in his throat to keep his head on the fence. Short left hooks from Frembling as Sakai stays oddly static on his back. A slight attempt at a hip burst from Sakai.
Referee Jason Herzog issues his second warning to Frembling for illegal use of his head (borderline head butts). Sakai swivels for a triangle after the warning and Frembling's out of it but the sequence allows Sakai back to his feet. Tight left hands land for Frembling. Sakai with a punch and then a volley of knees from the Thai plum clinch, the last of which both topples Frembling over and may have been after the bell. 10-9 Frembling.
R2: Frembling counters Sakai's punch/kick combo with a tight, straight left. Untidy defense and footwork from Sakai, and it allows Frembling to counter cleanly again. Sakai snatches the double necktie and looks to repeat the sequence of knees from Round 1 but Frembling disengages.
Sakai slips a body kick under Frembling's left arm but it's answered with a straight left from Frembling. Inside low kick for Frembling, then a straight left to drive Sakai on to the fence. Sakai misses with a horizontal elbow but scores with a thudding knee to the body. Frembling peels off a straight-punch combo and drops Sakai with the closing left, riding out the round on top. 10-9 Frembling.
R3: Labored exchanges punctuate the opening minute. Frembling closes distance and pushes Sakai on the fence, landing an unintentional knee below the belt. Sakai curiously complains to the ref despite acknowledging the foul and they restart. Sakai slips in a glancing right high kick. Right hook scores for Sakai, then another volley of knees from the double necktie. Front kick for Sakai as Frembling's output dwindles.
Sakai's right hand lands clean, and he raises his arms to incite Frembling. Sakai lands a right high kick and then thunders a knee to Frembling's chin, and it crumples him to the canvas.
- Augusto Sakai defeats Matt Frembling by TKO (knees) at 3:33 of Round 3
Bubba Jenkins vs. Poppies Martinez
R1: They touch up and Jenkins fires a right hand and gets an easy duck-under double leg. He immediately takes back mount as Martinez tries to roll out and sinks both hooks in. Back ride for Jenkins as Martinez slips out one of his hooks. Jenkins can't keep him on the fence with the waist lock and they separate. Jenkins dings Martinez with a shot. A pair of stiff jabs land for Jenkins as Martinez sails a few wide punches out.
Martinez attacks with a combo and ties up with Jenkins, hitting a takedown before Jenkins pops right back up. Martinez falls back for a kimura and then gives up his back when Jenkins breaks the grip. Martinez grabs the kimura again but Jenkins powers out of it. Big right hand after posture up for Jenkins, then at least two dozen left hands with Martinez turtled up against the fence.
- Bubba Jenkins defeats Poppies Martinez by TKO (punches) at 4:10 of Round 1
Kelly Anundson vs. Philipe Lins -- Summer Series LHW Tournament semifinal
R1: Anundson hits a head-and-arm throw and winds up in the closed guard of Lins. Short hammer-fists for Anundson but there's not much on them. Lins creates enough space to scramble free and Anundson is unsuccessful on two trips from the clinch. They separate and Lins drops like a stone -- Big John McCarthy is all over it and waves the fight off. The culprit appears to be a badly wrenched knee while stepping into a punch.
- Kelly Anundson defeats Philipe Lins by TKO (injury) at 1:40 of Round 1
Karl Amoussou vs. Fernando Gonzalez
R1: Amoussou takes the center and unhinges a left, mid-range kick. Amoussou catches the kick of Gonzalez and sweeps out his supporting leg to secure the takedown but he can't hold position as Gonzalez slips free. Gonzalez wades in with a sweeping left hand that misses but follows with a left high kick that Amoussou blocks just in time. Gonzalez keeps the pressure on with punches and Amoussou steps back and throws a front kick from distance. Triple lefts from Amoussou. Left hook and right low kick combo scores for Amoussou.
Amoussou finding his rhythm with inside low kicks. Gonzalez changes stances and keeps firing punches, sending a good deal of them to the body. The tables turn as Gonzalez catches Amoussou's kick and converts it into a takedown. Closed guard with wrist and posture control from Amoussou as Gonzales bangs left hands off his ribs. Short left hands and elbows from Gonzalez as Amoussou goes to the grapevine guard. Amoussou snatches up a heel hook but Gonzalez slips out as the bell sounds. 10-9 Gonzalez.
R2: Knee-stomp kicks and a high kick early from Amoussou but none land flush, but his right body kick connects underneath Gonzalez's left arm. Amoussou initiates a clinch but Gonzalez shoves him away. Sharp low kick from Amoussou. Five-punch combo for Amoussou drives Gonzalez back. Left shovel punch scores for Amoussou, then another right kick to the ribs.
Gonzalez looks for a single but Amoussou fends it off and keeps his hands busy. Amoussou sits down on a one-two before whiffing with a spinning back fist. Front snap kick to the body for Amoussou, who follows with an inside low kick and a one-two. Gonzalez comes alive with a sharp right hand. Overhand left for Gonzalez after a stance change. 10-9 Amoussou.
R3: Gonzalez comes out swinging a heavy one-two, then resets and heaves another. Amoussou stays tight on his one-two and lands it inside the wide arc of Gonzalez's combo. Clean right hand sneaks through for Gonzalez. Then another. Amoussou shrinks the distance and seeks out the double necktie but Gonzalez pushes him away. Left hook lands downstairs for Gonzalez. Left body kick for Amoussou, then a set-up combo but he's unable to initiate a clinch once again.
On his next entry, Amoussou anticipates the simple shove and pins Gonzalez on the fence but he circles off and escapes before anything happens. Another spinning back fist misses for Amoussou. Gonzalez shoots a labored takedown and Amoussou shrugs it off. Blood streaming freely down the face of Amoussou from a cut on his forehead. Gonzalez scores with a right as Amoussou lands a low kick. Gonzalez lands a right betwixt an uppercut and low kick from Amoussou. Another low kick from the Frenchman. Gonzalez catches his next kick attempt and lands a takedown with just under a minute left. Short elbows to the body from Gonzalez in half guard. Gonzalez thuds a right elbow and lands two shoulder strikes. 10-9 Gonzalez for a 29-28 his way on my card.
- Fernando Gonzalez defeats Karl Amoussou by decision (29-28 x 3)
Saad Awad vs. Joe Duarte
R1: Mean front snap kick from Awad but it's answered by Duarte with a cracking low kick and a scorching right hand that sits Awad down. Awad recovers quickly and slings his leg over Duarte's shoulder, locking his ankles to secure triangle position. Duarte keeps strong posture to prevent from sinking deeper into the choke but Awad first punches his head to deepen the hold then, having trapped Duarte's right arm underneath him, machine-guns short elbows off his forehead to elicit the stoppage.
- Saad Awad defeats Joe Duarte by TKO (elbows) at 1:18 of Round 1
Manny Lara vs. Dmitriy Sosnovskiy (upcoming)