Join us tonight on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, streaming video of the preliminary card and play-by-play as Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull goes off from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.
Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson squares off with former Bellator featherweight champion Patricio "Pitbull" Freire in the show's centerpiece. Underrated welterweight gamers Saad Awad and Derek Anderson clash in the co-main event, and a duplex of featherweight bouts -- Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Bubba Jenkins and A.J. McKee vs. Cody Walker --round out the featured lineup.
A live video stream of the preliminary card will air on Bloody Elbow at approximately 8 p.m. ET and the Spike TV card ignites at 10 p.m. ET. The full roster and schedule follows. Check out this week's MMA Vivisection for predictions, analysis and betting odds on the choice match ups.
(Spike TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Ben Henderson vs. Patricio Freire
R1: Henderson walks Freire into a corner but his left body kick is blocked, as is Freire's counter. Freire catches a left low kick and fires a right hand, off-balancing Henderson to the floor but allowing him back up. Now "Pitbull" traps a front kick but Henderson frees his foot quickly. Inside low kick from Freire. Glancing lead right to the body from Henderson.
Another inside low kick from Freire. The crowd gets on them a little for the slow pace. More uneventful jousting from range and more howling from the uneasy crowd. Freire whiffs with an overhand right. Henderson has a left round kick blocked. Crowd is downright pissed off now. 10-10.
R2: The fighters are not noticeably spurred on by the crowd's displeasure. Henderson unlatches a pair of left body kicks that are blocked. Freire lands short on a counter right, then steps into a clean left. Freire ducks a Henderson right and takes him down from the body lock. Henderson gets back to his feet; Freire tries to slip into the rear waist lock and Henderson counters with a kimura.
Henderson lets go of the kimura and swings out a left high kick that Freire catches. Freire cocks his right hand but never fires it and then, oddly, waves to the ref and walks away with his head down. The fight is stopped -- apparently Freire has injured his right ankle.
- Ben Henderson defeats Patricio Freire by TKO (injury) R2 2:26
R1: They both graze with overhand rights but Anderson's is more effective, knocking Awad off balance. Awad catches a right kick but gets plugged with a right hand while throwing a knee up the middle. Inside and outside low kick from Anderson. Awad feints with jabs downstairs before blocking a high kick, then he clubs Anderson with a left/right combo to the head. Anderson wobbles and falls to his back as Awad swarms him with punches. Awad goes to the front headlock and cinches on a D'arce choke. It's tight -- Anderson pushes on the elbow, rolls out of it and battles back to his feet before breaking free.
On the reset, Awad steps into a right hand that lands clean but short. Quick lead right slips through for Awad, then an outside low kick. Anderson answers in kind. Two glancing counter knees to the body from Awad before backpedaling out of range. They trade jabs. Anderson tacks on two more, prompting a smooth reactive takedown from Awad. Anderson slings his leg over the shoulder and locks on a triangle, then readjusts the angle to tighten it. Anderson hooks a leg when Awad lands a right forearm, then tries to attack the arm after chopping out Awad's base. Now Anderson transitions into an omoplata, stepping over and completing the rotation yet, somehow, Awad doesn't tap. 10-10.
R2: We have a much more measured pace to start the second frame. Anderson pumps a long jab from range, making difficult for Awad to get into the pocket. Anderson steps off-center and glances with a check hook, then denies a double-leg attempt from Awad. Awad, after landing a quick jab, catches a kick and hits an outside trip from the body lock.
Awad moves to back control as Anderson's escaping and gets one hook in. Now both hooks in for Awad but Anderson spins into him and powers his way into to top position. Anderson postures up with a heavy right, forcing Awad to scramble and taking his back in the process. Anderson locks on the body triangle and starts fishing for a rear-naked choke. Awad hand-fights to defend and starts attacking the body triangle to break it. Awad gets two-on-one and uses the arm-drag escape but Anderson manages to stay on his back. 10-9 Anderson.
R3: Anderson comes up short with a right hand but lands an inside and outside low kick. Awad answers with an outside low kick. Anderson keeps pumping a jab, swiveling his upper body strategically in the pocket. Awad catches him with a big right but Anderson lands a counter off his back foot as Awad's chasing him down. Nice counter left from Awad. More busy jabs from Anderson and they're helping him dictate the pace and range.
Awad stepping into the pocket and throwing heaters but Anderson is just a bit cleaner on his counters, and his length is causing problems. Outside low kick from Awad. It's answered shortly after by Anderson. Awad snatches up a single leg and uses it to pin Anderson on the fence. Awad looking for the rear waist cinch but Anderson spins into him. Glancing knee to the body from Awad and Anderson grazes with an elbow on the clinch break. Awad ducks a jab and hits a double leg and Anderson falls back with a loose guillotine that Awad evades. Anderson transitions into an armbar that poses a legitimate threat though Awad fights out of it. 10-9 Anderson. I have it 30-28 Anderson.
- Derek Anderson defeats Saad Awad by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Chinzo Machida vs. Mario Navarro
R1: Machida works the lead leg with a hard outside low kick. Machida switching stances and feinting from outside. Sharp left round kick to the ribs from Machida, then a step-back jab. Outside low kick to the thigh from Machida. Navarro is late to counter the next kick attempt. Machida cuts a hard circle to get out of the corner, then throws a front kick and follows with a clean right, dropping Navarro.
Machida swarms with punches but Navarro, though he eats a few punches, recovers and gets back to his feet. Navarro drops Machida with a heavy step-in jab but he pops back up. He's greeted with a nasty rear uppercut from Machida that crumples him.
- Chinzo Machida defeats Mario Navarro by TKO (punches) R1 2:57
Bubba Jenkins vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
R1: Jenkins flicks an outside low kick and glances with a left cross. Active front-leg kicks from Jenkins, mostly low and outside. Karakhanyan catches a straight front kick, gathers himself and bores a right hand through Jenkins' jaw. Jenkins nosedives into the canvas and the ref waves it off.
- Georgi Karakhanyan defeats Bubba Jenkins by KO (punch) R1 0:53
R1: Walker barges into range and starts flinging long punches. McKee digs in and fires back though he ends up retreating. Walker chases him down and bowls him over with a takedown. McKee works back to his feet and hits a counter takedown, landing in Walker's closed guard. Walker gets wrist control and swivels into an armbar but McKee sees it coming and defends, passing to half guard. Sharp forearms to the head from McKee with Walker pinned on the cage, fighting for turtle position. McKee moves to Walker's back and flattens him out with both hooks in, sailing right hands to the head. McKee switches to an arm triangle and passes to side control but bails on the submission.
North-south for McKee, then he stands up and backs out, flying back in shortly after with a big left that misses. Walker stabilizes with a closed guard. Short inside elbow from McKee, again with Walker's head jammed on the cage. Walker goes for an armbar and tries to transition into a leg lock but McKee rides it out and ends up in side mount. Back elbow to the head from McKee in side control, forcing Walker into a risky escape and leaving him open for some short punches. 10-8 McKee.
R2: Walker lumbers forward, slinging heavy shots and walking into a left hand and then an easy double leg. McKee backs off and freezes Walker from the front headlock when he tries to escape, then gets a power guillotine and uses it to sweep into mount. Walker taps.
- A.J. McKee defeats Cody Walker by submission (guillotine) R2 0:32
(Bloody Elbow, 8 p.m. ET)
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- Joey Davis defeats Keith Cutrone by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
- Jake Roberts defeats Stephen Martinez by TKO (punches) R1 4:34
- Jacob Rosales deeats Mike Segura by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)