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Bloody Elbow has live fight results, free streaming video of the preliminary card and detailed play-by-play for tonight's Bellator 123 event, which is topped off by the Pat Curran vs. Patricio "Pitbull" Freire rematch for the featherweight championship.

Join us tonight on Bloody Elbow for live results, a free preliminary card video stream and detailed play by play for Bellator 123: Curran vs. Pitbull 2 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

On the featured Spike TV card: After a closely contested and, to many, a controversial split-decision loss, Patricio Freire gets another crack at Pat Curran and the Bellator featherweight strap in the headliner. In lieu of the injured Tom DeBlass, former UFC'er Dustin Jacoby faces "King Mo" Lawal in the co-main event. Heavyweights round out the remainder of the Spike card with an expected shootout between strikers Cheick Kongo and Lavar Johnson and Bobby Lashley, in his Bellator debut, takes on Josh Burns.

A pair of watch-worthy middleweight bouts punctuate the preliminary card, which will stream live and free on Bloody Elbow. Last season's tournament winner Brennan Ward welcomes 6'4" fan-favorite Tamdan McCrory back to action after a five-year absence and middleweight tournament staple Dan Cramer draws Perry Filkins.

Bellator 123 Main Card

Pat Curran vs. Patricio Freire (Featherweight Championship bout)

R1: Short, cautious outside low kicks from Curran are the only offerings early. Pitbull steps in to put a little more heat on his outside low kick. Curran seems to decide on a flying knee and change his mind mid-air but he's able to narrowly avoid Freire's head-hunting outburst. Curran telegraphs a jab and gets wobbled by a simultaneously fired right from Freire.

Curran accidentally grazes the cup of Freire with a kick but Pitbull is ready to roll. Freire counters a Curran flurry with a level change and moves to the rear waist cinch to hit a takedown, then gets a little carried away jumping onto Curran's back, allowing Curran to slip out the back door and reset. Freire just misses with a nasty right counter. Pitbull slings a three-punch combo and his closing right hand slips through Curran's guard. Another big right whizzes by Curran's nose, barely missing. 10-9 Freire.

R2: Curran again tries to riskily lead with a flying knee and is nearly beheaded with a Freire right hand, but the kill-shot flies over his head. Curran is back on his feet but yet to find his range/rhythm as Pitbull scores with a short lead right. Outside low kick lands for Freire. They clinch up in open space and, in what's an oddly unusual tactic, Pitbull cracks Curran with a sharp inside low kick from the over-under.

Pitbull snaps Curran's head back with a charging three-punch combo, then drops Curran with a counter left hook. Pitbull stays on the trigger with uppercuts from the single collar tie but eases up when Curran lands a stiff right. They clinch and Curran just gives Pitbull a schoolyard shove that takes him off his feet and lands a glancing knee to the head as Freire's getting back up. Jab, right hook and step-in knee from Curran. The right of Curran's one-two bobs Freire's head back. Short, straight jab from Freire. Curran pieces together a jumping switch knee and right hand before the bell. 10-9 Freire for the more demonstrative striking.

R3: Outside low kick for Curran. They clinch up and Curran fires a knee to the body and a left hook on the break. Stiff jab connects for Curran. Inside low kick lands for Freire followed by an outside low kick, but the last kick is countered nicely by a Curran right. They exchange fairly evenly in the next few exchanges until Freire uncorks another vicious left hook that forces Curran to take a seat.The champ gets up and recovers quickly.

Jab/hook combo from Curran but Freire fires off another three-piece, landing the closing right. Curran throwing one or two shots while Freire is countering with more volume. Both land their fair share but Curran seems to be struggling with the power in Pitbull's wheelhouse. 10-9 Freire.

R4: Three-punch combo and another jumping knee from Curran but Freire seems to defend it all well. Curran ups his striking output, getting off first, throwing more shots and throwing more often. He's yet to land anything significant, however. Pitbull counters with a few heaters but his output appears to have diminished. Curran shells on a monster right hand from Freire.

Freire still throwing meatballs but his attacks are much more sporadic. Curran misses with a right but triples up on his jab to land. Pitbull wheels out an outside low kick that thuds home and spins Curran around. 10-9 Curran -- not enough effective output from Freire.

R5: Curran opens with a right roundhouse kick to the body. Freire changes levels and snags a single leg, and completes it. Curran overhooks the head, threatening with a guillotine, and uses the risk of that submission to set up a slick sweep. Pitbull explodes to create a scramble and neither can impose control, and they restart on the feet. Successive body shots from Curran. Pitbull answers with a big right.

Several mutual exchanges occur in this close round. Between their demonstrative exchanges, Curran keeps pumping jabs and slipping in low kicks. Freire heaves a few heaters in response. Pitbull throws five or six straight punches and drops Curran for the third time in the fight. Curran pops back up and starts firing back. Pitbull connects with a left and then dings Curran with another heavy right. Freire goes for a single and Curran sprawls, then they both dig in and let 'em fly to cap off the fight with Pitbull seeming to get off better via another right hand. 10-9 Freire. I have it 49-46 his way.

  • Patricio "Pitbull" Freire defeats Pat Curran by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46 x 2), becoming the new Bellator Featherweight Champion

Dustin Jacoby vs. Muhammed Lawal

R1: Jacoby probes with a hesitant jab. Mo returns the jab and changes levels to snare an easy single leg. Mo postures up and Jacoby lands a glancing up-kick and then flails with right hammer-fists as Mo settles into his guard to stabilize him. Jacoby pushes off to create space and lands a short right, which is enough space and distraction to take a knee. Mo freezes him with the front headlock and then grabs another single -- Jacoby throws a nice forearm while hopping on one leg but Mo clubs him with a left hook to complete his takedown.

Jacoby bursts into a scramble and Mo cradles a leg from the back ride, then unloads a few short rights but Jacoby capitalizes on the reduced control and spins out. Mo heaves a monster left hook that Jacoby ducks. Front kick to the chest from Jacoby. Mo, using nice high/low level fakes, bobs down and bombs a big right. Quick jab from Jacoby. Mo feigns like he's wobbled on the next jab but Jacoby doesn't bite. Telegraphed takedown attempt from Mo is stuffed by Jacoby. 10-9 Mo.

R2: Mo snaps Jacoby's head back with a jab, then steps back to avoid a flurry and leaps back in to connect with a stiff right. Mo unbolts a wide-arcing overhand right that wobbles Jacoby, then pounces with more pressuring punches from on top of Jacoby. Jacoby wing blocks to absorb the punches but referee Big John McCarthy decides that it's not intelligent defense, stepping in and waving it off.

  • Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal defeats Dustin Jacoby by TKO (punches) at 1:13 of Round 2

Tamdan McCrory vs. Brennan Ward

R1: Ward jabs and follows with a big overhand right, then riskily looks for a lead left downstairs. McCrory holds his ground and dings Ward with a tight left hook, then trudges forward with successive right/left hooks, each landing thunderously, until Ward topples over unconscious. Sheer brutality from McCrory.

  • Tamdan McCrory defeats Brennan Ward by TKO (punches) at 0:21 of Round 1

Josh Burns vs. Bobby Lashley

R1: Lashley crouches low in southpaw, then changes to orthodox and pumps a one-two that looks to get through. Now a hook/cross combo from Lashley that leads into a powerful outside trip from the body lock. Lashley hops into side mount and isolates the far arm for the Americana but Burns straightens it out to defend.

Lashley switches to face-punching and then goes right back to the arm lock -- Burns gives an unconvincing thumbs up as his face contorts in pain, and he stifles the submission attempt by straightening his arm again. Lashley wisely reverts back and forth from ground-and-pound and fishing for the Americana in side mount. Lashley reverses the angle by switching to a kimura but the arm is still nowhere close to being compact enough. 10-8 Lashley -- Burns mounted exactly zero offense and defended the entire five minutes.

R2: Lashley starts in southpaw again but stays there this time, plunging a few quick right hands through the porous defense of Burns. More rights from Lashley, then a one-two to set up an easy ankle pick. He passes instantly to side control again but slings over to take full mount halfway through the frame.

Lashley starts to rain down right hands that increase in intensity. Burns ends up turtling, still digesting a steady diet of rights with Lashley in the back ride. Burns takes a knee and looks to stand but Lashley cinches on the mata leao and Burns taps quickly.

  • Bobby Lashley defeats Josh Burns by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:54 of Round 2

Cheick Kongo vs. Lavar Johnson

R1: Johnson wades forward with a jab and two homerun swings. He repeats the process and either clips Kongo or the Frenchman slipped. Johnson keeps on slugging while steering Kongo back in to a corner but Kongo cuts a sharp angle off the cage and takes an off-balance Johnson down. Immediate pass to full mount for Kongo, who controls Johnson's wrists and looks to set up a paint brush.

Kongo changes gears and thuds a volley of short rights into Johnson's ribs. He resets and launches another volley of body shots. Johnson tries to roll out just as Kongo is posturing up to drop a big forearm, but he leaves his back exposed and Kongo jumps on, quickly finishing with the rear-naked choke despite having only one hook in.

  • Cheick Kongo defeats Lavar Johnson by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:27 of Round 1

Preliminary Card Results

Dan Cramer defeats Perry Filkins by unanimous decision (30-27 x 2, 29-28)

Scott Cleve defeats Matt Bessette by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)

Josh Diekmann defeats Mike Wessel by KO (punches) Round 1

Steve Garcia defeats Kin Moy by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)

Rico DiSciullo defeats Marvin Maldonado by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)


Still to come ...

Mark Griffin vs. Mike Mucitelli

Pete Rogers vs. Phillipe Martins

Brandon Fleming vs. Blair Tugman

Lucas Cruz vs. Andrew Calandrelli