Join us tonight on Bloody Elbow for live results, streaming video (prelims) and detailed play-by-play as Bellator 192 hits up The Forum in Inglewood, CA. Bellator’s 2018 gets underway with a show headlined by a pair of big fights as veterans Chael Sonnen and Quinton Jackson kick off the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix and Douglas Lima puts the Welterweight Championship on the line against Rory MacDonald.
You can watch the prelim action starting at 7pm ET/4pm PT by viewing the video stream at the top of the page. Things then move to Paramount (formerly Spike) for five fights at 9pm.
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Chael Sonnen def. Quinton Jackson via unanimous decision (29-28 x3) - Heavyweight Grand Prix
Round 1 - Jackson looks slow to start the fight, not that this is a surprise given his weight. Sonnen is much lighter on his feet and is poking with some jabs and overhands. A big overhand left lands for Sonnen but doesn’t appear to have much effect on Rampage. Rampage returns fire with a few punches. Sonnen tries a knee from the clinch, Jackson catches it and hits a slam before telling Sonnen to stand back up. Sonnen tries a flying knee. Late in the round, Sonnen scores with a takedown and takes the back but nothing comes of it.
Round 2 - There’s a lot of swinging and a lot of missing to open the round. Sonnen clinches up and gets turned against the cage before reversing position and working the foot stomps. After Jackson works some punches in the clinch, Sonnen drives through a takedown to put the fight back on the floor. Sonnen works a few punches before pushing into half guard. Sonnen works for a kimura, which Jackson doesn’t do much to defend while throwing elbows to Sonnen’s leg. Jackson looks to the ref for a stand-up, but that’s not going to happen with Sonnen in half guard and throwing some elbows and punches. The crowd is booing. 10-9 Sonnen.
Round 3 - Sonnen clinches up early after missed punches from both men and we go into the wall and stall that has come before Sonnen’s previous takedown attempts. Rampage works some body shots with Sonnen’s back to the cage. He flurries to the body again moments later. The fight is restarted in the center of the cage and Jackson is turning up the offensive output as he is looking to make something happen. Jackson backs up, tells Sonnen to come on, Sonnen tells Jackson to come on, Jackson walks away with his arms up. And we’re back to Sonnen circling while Jackson looks for a fight-ender. Sonnen scores with a takedown with a bit more than one minute left in the fight. I think Sonnen took this 29-28.
Official Results: Chael Sonnen def. Quinton Jackson via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Douglas Lima (c) vs. Rory MacDonald - For the Welterweight Championship
Round 1 - MacDonald comes out pushing Lima backward and establishing distance with a few punches and a half-hearted takedown attempt. MacDonald with a head kick and a few feints and he has Lima limiting his offense to single punches at a time. MacDonald pushes forward into a body clinch. MacDoanld remains patient and finally picks his moment to use a bit of a hip toss into a takedown. Lima closes his guard and tries to control MacDonald’s hands but a big right hand does land hard. Lima is able to stall out MacDonald’s offense and get the stand up with 10 seconds left in the round. 10-9 MacDonald.
Round 2 - MacDonald with a few punches and Lima is on his back foot again. A body kick from Lima is caught by MacDonald and he lands a punch as a counter. MacDonald holds the leg too long, though, and eats a series of punches from Lima. The fight goes to a clinch battle against the cage, with the fighters reversing position multiple times. The fighters separate and trade jabs while Lima continues to fight on the outside of the cage before MacDonald lands an accidental low blow. After the fight re-starts, MacDonald charges forward into a body lock and throws an elbow. MacDonald pivots around to take the back standing briefly but can’t maintain the position. 10-9 MacDonald, but a close round.
Round 3 - Lima has been sneaking in some leg kicks throughout the fight and it appears they are affecting MacDonald a bit early in the round. Back to the clinch battle against the cage. MacDonald looks for the takedown but it’s the leg kicks and jabs from Lima that are doing some actual damage this round. Lima is now the one coming forward down the stretch of Round 3 and another leg kick almost knocks MacDonald down. And the next one does drop him! Lima with a few hard punches before he drops into MacDonald’s guard. First round we’re scoring for Lima 10-9.
Round 4 - MacDonald’s shin has a massive welt and he’s bleeding from the nose and around his eye. He shoots for a takedown and gets reversed. Lima into full mount. MacDonald is holding on but he’s going to have to survive nearly a full five minutes with Lima on top of him. At the 3:30 mark, Rory manages to shift his hips and get half guard, but the welt on his leg is massive. MacDonald manages to get to his feet via a stand up, and they’re back to the clinch battle that defined much of the fight to this point. MacDonald waits for a leg kick to come in from Lima and explodes through a takedown to end up back on top. MacDonald is throwing a lot more punches and elbows now. Another tough round but I’ll go Lima 10-9 to even it up.
Round 5 - MacDonald pushing into the cage and scoring a takedown. MacDonald grinding with the elbows and forearms. Lima is keeping a very tight closed guard, but he needs to do more than ride out being on bottom and MacDonald is picking up the output in a very pivotal round. Rory is staying active, making sure the fight doesn’t get stood up and scoring with meaningful strikes. Meanwhile, Lima appears to be in full defensive mode. MacDonald does exactly what he needs in the round to take it 10-9 and win the fight 48-47 on the Bloody Elbow scorecard.
Official Result: Rory MacDonald def. Douglas Lima via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-45) to win the Bellator Welterweight Championship
Michael Chandler vs. Goiti Yamauchi - Lightweights
Round 1 - Unsurprisingly, Chandler is the aggressor in the early stages of the fight. He digs in with some solid punches but Yamauchi is able to tempt him into going to the ground. Chandler works from inside the guard of Yamauchi, hammering with some good punches and elbows. Yamauchi tries to get his hips to the side and work toward the back, but Chandler sniffs the move out and keeps himself out of danger before continuing to throw the heavy strikes from top. Yamauchi with a lot of feeble attempts to throw his legs up as the round comes to a close, but Chandler was in total control of the opening five minutes. 10-9 Chandler.
Round 2 - Yamauchi in his very straight-up stance lands a head kick that briefly takes the legs of Chandler. He lands another big kick moments later and then a very stiff left hand and Chandler is still clearly trying to get his legs back after the early strikes. But at the 3:20 mark of the round, Chandler explodes through a takedown. With time to clear his head on the ground, Chandler is back to grinding away with punches and elbows while Yamauchi gets very little by way of effective offense. Yamauchi, now bleeding from what appear to be two different cuts, is loooking for a kimura, but the fence is preventing him from improving his positioning and he eats some more heavy punches for his trouble. Chandler ends the round with some of the biggest shots of the fight and he stole the round back. 10-9 Chandler.
Round 3 - Chandler with a hard straight right hand to start the round and Yamauchi whiffs on a takedown attempt. Chandler with another body kick. Yamauchi with a kick after a brief break for an accidental foul. Yamauchi with a series of leg kicks as Chandler talks to him. Chandler is able to score a takedown with three minutes left in the fight and this is likely where the fight ends. Yamauchi continues to look for submissions but he’s making no real advancements while Chandler is drilling him with really big elbows and punches, which drift a bit toward the back of the head. The referee is thinking about stopping the fight but Yamauchi is defending himself enough to fend off the potential stoppage. Chandler absolutely dominated that round for a 10-8 on the Bloody Elbow scorecard and that would give him the fight by a score of 30-26.
Official Result: Michael Chandler def. Goiti Yamauchi via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
Shane Kruchten vs. Aaron Pico - Featherweights
Round 1 - Body shot by Pico absolutely crushes Kruchten and that’s the fight, folks. A beautiful, brutal left hand to the body was all it took for Pico to get the victory.
Official Result: Aaron Pico def. Shane Kruchten via knockout (body punch) - Round 1, 0:37
Henry Corrales vs. Georgi Karakhanyan - Featherweights
Round 1 - Corrales opens with an overhand right but takes one in return 15 seconds later. Karakhanyan is working around the outside of the cage, picking spots while Corrales looks to duck in and throw winging shots. Corrales counters an overhand with a short uppercut as the action moves back to the center of the cage. A hard leg kick by Corrales briefly throws Karakhanyan off balance before the two men tie up in a collar tie and throw some Frye/Takayama-lite (ultra-lite) punches. The final 10 seconds features a wild punch exchange that takes us to the end of the round. Corrales 10-9.
Round 2 - Karakhanyan shoots a single in the opening minute but can’t get deep enough on the hips in transitioning to a double. Corrales turns him against the cage and works to take away Karakhanyan’s base. Karakhanyan tries to jump into a guillotine choke but Corrales survives and ends up on top in Georgi’s guard. Corrales works to pass to half guard but is caught in a half-butterfly as he grinds away with short punches. Corrales backs off with about 1:20 remaining in the round, allowing Karakhanyan back to his feet. Corrales finishes the round with some good uppercuts from the clinch. Corrales 10-9.
Round 3 - Karakhanyan throwing head kicks without connecting early in the round. Corrales does have a small mouse on his forehead but he’s able to avoid a takedown attempt and end up on top in Karakhanyan’s guard once again. After a short period, Corrales backs off and allows Karakhanyan back to his feet. Karakhanyan with a quick overhand right and he eats a counter left for his trouble. Karakhanyan drives forward and putting Corrales’ back against the cage where he throws a series of hard knees to the legs. Corrales is briefly down to his knees under the pressure of the takedown but there are only 25 seconds left and he escapes as the round comes to a close. 10-9 Corrales again for the 30-27 score on the Bloody Elbow scorecard.
Official Result: Henry Corrales def. Georgi Karakhanyan via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Joey Davis defeated Ian Butler via knockout (spinning back kick to the body) - Round 1, 0:39
Jose Campos def. Haim Gozali via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Devon Brock def. Khonry Gracie via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Bomba Vasconcelos def. Ivan Castillo via submission (arm triangle) - Round 1, 4:12