Bellator 199 went down Saturday night from SAP Center in San Jose, California and aired live on Paramount Network. In the main event, Ryan Bader made shockingly quick work of “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal, knocking him out in just 15 seconds to punch his ticket to the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix semi-finals.
Also on the card, Aaron Pico continued his climb through the ranks by decimating Lee Morrison with a first-round body shot, Cheick Kongo melted Javy Ayala with a huge punch and Adam Piccolotti handed Carrington Banks his first career defeat.
Ryan Bader def. Muhammed Lawal via knockout (punches) at 0:15 of Round 1
Bader was impressive in very little time, landing a heavy step-in left hand that dropped Lawal. A flurry of punches on the ground brought the fight to a quick halt and he’s now set up to face Matt Mitrione in the semi-finals of the Grand Prix.
Bader has now won five consecutive fights and 10 of his last 11. During his five-fight winning streak, he has four knockout victories, a truly impressive run for the 34-year-old.
For Lawal, the loss continues his alternating wins and losses that date back to his 2015 victory in the Rizin Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Check out the KO:
Jon Fitch def. Paul Daley via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-26, 29-26)
Jon Fitch and Paul Daley are two of the most straight-forward fighters in the world in terms of describing how they approach a fight. Fitch wants to take you down and grind you out, Daley wants to knock your head off.
Daley had his chance in Round 1, after fending off a sustained takedown attempt from Fitch, Daley closed the round landing bombs against the cage.
Fitch made sure that was Daley’s only chance, scoring takedowns seconds into the following rounds and never letting Daley back to his feet.
On the ground, Fitch moved around with ease and landed plenty of punches and elbows while Daley looked as incapable as ever of fighting off his back.
Daley spent the final minutes of the fight along the fence near the commentators, eating punches while yelling at the broadcast team that the performance by Fitch wasn’t going to win Bellator any fans.’
Not a proud moment in a career that has been marred by a few ugly turns.
Aaron Pico def. Lee Morrison via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:10
Aaron Pico has more than lived up to his status as a super-prospect in the fights following his shocking debut loss.
His body punching has been especially on-point as he showed once again when he dropped Lee Morrison before following up with fight-ending punches. You could see the fight drain out of Morrison’s eyes when he went down from the body shot and it only took moments after for Pico to bring the fight to a close.
Check out the body work:
Cheick Kongo def. Javy Ayala via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 2:29
Once lauded as a terrifying striker, Cheick Kongo had not scored a stoppage since February 2015. He turned that around in a big way by melting Javy Ayala in the first round of their heavyweight clash.
The most impressive part of Kongo’s game tonight was his ability to parry Ayala’s wild bombs to set up countering opportunities.
Right as that part of his gameplan was shining, he did it again and it led to the right hand that put Ayala to sleep.
Adam Piccolotti def. Carrington Banks via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 3, 4:41
Adam Piccolotti entered Bellator 199 looking to snap a two-fight losing skid. To do so, he would have to hand Carrington Banks his first career loss.
Banks had a decent enough Round 1, landing some good punches that stumbled Piccolotti, but when the fight became a game of adjustments, Banks was outplayed.
Piccolotti began taking the fight to the ground in Round 2 and dominated positionally, a strategy he continued through the final frame.
Throughout, he was fishing for a neck crank or rear-naked choke, and finally was able to sink in the submission with less than 20 seconds left in the fight, just to make the win look a little better on his resume.