Bellator 191 went down in Newcastle, England with Michael McDonald handily winning a unanimous decision over fellow Bellator newcomer Peter Ligier. With the win, McDonald moved to 18-4 in his professional career, but in his in-cage interview he stated that he broke his right hand in the 2nd round. Valerie Letourneau made a splash in her first Bellator appearance, outclassing Kate Jackson over the course of three rounds in the co-main event. Mohammad Yahya earned a 1st round TKO in his promotional debut, as the U.A.E. native wiped out Ashley Griffiths in just 3 minutes and 26 seconds. Phil De Fries opened up the televised main card by making good on his Bellator debut with a first-round submission of James Thompson, in just under two minutes..
The promotion’s next event will be Bellator 192: Lima vs. MacDonald on January 20, 2018.
Main Card: Spike TV
Michael McDonald def. Peter Ligier by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3): 138 pounds
Ligier struggled to phase McDonald at all throughout the entire first round, without landing anything of substance and allowing his more experienced opponent to dictate the tempo. The second stanza saw McDonald control his opponent, and the pace of the fight, even briefly picking up a takedown halfway through the round. Ligier had moments where he would land a 1-2 combo, but rarely, if at all, followed up to stay on top of his opponent. An inadvertent knee to the groin of McDonald called a brief halt to the action, but he was sure to land a stiff uppercut on Ligier as soon as time resumed.
McDonald again worked his superior control, holding his foe up against the fence, before ultimately realizing the takedown, and holding in top position. Ligier was able to land some descent elbows while his back was to the cage, leaving his opponent bleeding from the side of the head. The top control time continued to accrue for McDonald with Ligier struggling to return to his feet. Once Ligier finally did get back up to the standing position, McDonald quickly took him right back down, keeping him there for the remainder of the match.
Valerie Letourneau def. Kate Jackson by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3): (W) Flyweight
Letourneau got her combinations going throughout the opening round, leaving Jackson bloodied up at about three minutes into the fight. Jackson launched some solid striking combos in her opponent’s direction, but struggled to connect. Getting lit up a bit on the feet, Jackson closed the distance and shoved her opponent up against the cage, but nothing effective came of it, allowing Letourneau to return to her volume striking in open space.
Letourneau took the center of the cage to open up the second round, and continued to fire away, leaving Jackson struggling with an in and out game. Jackson pulled of a takedown at about the midway through the round, but wound up in a Letourneau Triangle attempt. Letourneau ultimately used the scramble to return to her feet, and the longtime vet continued to land for the remaining minute. Letourneau continued to command the center of the Bellator cage, popping off whenever Jackson opened up just a little bit. Jackson was really wearing it, bleeding from the nose and unable to land anything substantial for the bulk of the final round. Letourneau basically showed Jackson that there are levels to this game!
Letourneau’s hands were on point:
Mohammad Yahya def. Ashley Griffiths by TKO at 3:26 of round 1: Welterweight
Yahya moved towards his opponent behind a pumping jab, but Griffiths timed a takedown to realize top control. Yahya made it back to his feet, prompting Griffiths to jump on an Guillotine, but Yahya escaped to take the top position. Griffiths would end up exposing his back, and his opponent unloaded an onslaught of unanswered punches until the referee had seen enough.
Phil De Fries def. James Thompson by Submission (Guillotine) at 1:53 of round 1: Heavyweight
Thompson pressed forward to start off the action, but “The Colossus” was instantly taken down by his opponent. De Fries maintained control, despite a brief standup by Thompson, and locked up a guillotine choke less than two minutes into the opening round. Welcome to the Bellator promotion Phil De Fries.
Brawl with James Thompson? Naaah...
Jeremy Petley def. Lewis Monarch by Split Decision : Lightweight