Join us tonight on Bloody Elbow for live results and detailed play-by-play as Bellator 237 and Rizin team up for a New Years (or thereabouts) event from Saitama, Japan.
The show kick off on DAZN at 10pm ET for the main card. The show will air on the Paramount network. Unfortunately, the postlims will not be streamed in North America after all.
Join us and let us know what you think of tonight’s fights.
Round 1 - Fedpr with a left. He presses with a long combo. Rampage covers up. Big right from Fedor. Jab. Rampage misses with a left. Again. Fedor tosses him to the side and opens up on him. Big body kick. Jab and a right from Fedor. Reach-in left and a body kick. Rampage hasn’t done anything so far. Fedor with another big combo but Rampage can’t fire back. Big shot and Rampage faceplants! IT’S OVER! WOW.
Fedor Emelianenko defeated Rampage Jackson via KO (right hook), 2:44 of round 1
Round 1 - Chandler steps in right away. Outlaw is very square and eats a shot right away. Low outside kicks from Outlaw. Body work from Chandler. Jab from Outlaw. Outlaw catches an attempted kick but can’t do anything with it. Body shot again from Chandler. They trade a bit inside. Uppercut from Outlaw. Outside leg kick from Chandler. Chandler lands a right that drops Outlaw, then a straight right that looked to be to the back of the head as he was going down. But it’s over.
Michael Chandler defeated Sidney Outlaw via KO (strikes), 2:59 of round 1
Round 1 - Jab from Page. Another. Anzai charges in but eats a jump knee. Anzai holds him briefly, but can’t maintain position against the cage. He misses with a front switch kick. He tries again with the jump knee but Anzai evades and clinches. Gets nowhere again. He lands a long right. Back to the jab. Anzai misses with a right hook. Page drops him with a shot, and tells him to get back up. Anzai charges forward but eats a jump knee. And another. Uppercut. 10-9 Page.
Round 2 - Jump knee to start. Again. Right over the top. Low kick. He drops Anzai coming in, and it’s over.
Michael Page defeated Shinsho Anzai via TKO (strikes), :23 of round 2
Round 1 - Nakamura takes the center. Larkin can’t connect right away, but does land a counter right hook. Low kick, and a body kick. Inside leg kick. They trade body kicks. Uppercut inside from Larkin. High body kick from K-Taro. Big shots from Larkin now. Nakamura absorbs them. Slow head kick from K-Taro is blocked. Jab from Larkin. Hard body kick too. Two kicks from Nakamura. Uppercut from Larkin. 10-9 Larkin.
Round 2 - Nakamura pressing a bit. Larkin is clubbing him and making him reconsider that. Nakamura briefly looksfor a takedown but that ain’t happening. Jab from Larkin. It looks good. Step-in knee from Larkin lands hard. Now an elbow. Nakamura is wearing the damage. He fires back with an inside leg kick though. 10-9 Larkin.
Round 3 - Front kick from Nakamura. Larkin with a slapping hook. Larkin kicking low and high. Larkin really pressing now. Big combos. Flying knee. Hard straight right. Nakamura with the desperation leg dive, but he’s just turtling at the end of punches, holding onto Larkin’s ankle. He jumps on him now. Nakamura gets back up, but eats a front kick. He’s double tough and he’ll hold on to the horn, but K-Taro got styled on. 10-8 and 30-26 Larkin.
Lorenz Larkin defeated Keita Nakamura via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Round 1 - Joanne with a low kick, but Watanabe fires back with a counter. Nice combo from Joanne, and again. Watanabe tried to grab a kick but ate some shots. Good pressure from Joanne. Watanabe takes it down. Joanne looks for a kneebar. Now she sets up a triangle. Watanabe is stuck. Elbows from the bottom from Joanne. Watanabe fights out of it and lands a couple of punches. She’s working in side now. Good GnP. Back to half. She’s trying to pass or get an arm-triangle choke. She’s out of time. 10-9 Joanne for the early work.
Round 2 - Watanabe immediately looked for a head-and-arm throw, which wasn’t successful. She finally gets a takedown but ends up on the bottom. Not much happening here for a while. Joanne is just holding her in place, more or less. Watanabe finally reverses with 45 seconds to go and lands a bunch of punches. Way more than Joanne did in the first four minutes. I’m gonna give it Watanabe just for that flurry. 10-9 Watanabe.
Round 3 - Watanabe looks for a throw right away, and gets it. She’s on top in full guard. Joanne attacking an armbar from the bottom but it’s not there. Watanabe uses the cage to basically step over into mount, but she gets half guard back. She’s still in total control though. Two minutes to go. Watanabe lands a few shots inside. Joanne can’t get anything going. More punches. Joanne gives up her back. Watanabe not landing super hard but they’re basically undefended. She gets flattened out, and it’s over.
Kana Watanabe defeated Ilara Joanne via TKO (strikes), 4:39 of round 3
Round 1 - High body kick from Yamiuchi. Cruickshank with a left. They trade low kicks. Yamauchi closes the distance and ends up on Cruickshank’s back. He’s looking to be a human backpack now. He uses the cage to push off and knock Cruickshank down, which was brilliant. He gets the squeeze going, and Cruickshank taps!
Goiti Yamauchi defeated Daron Cruickshank via submission (rear naked choke), 3:11 of round 1
Post-liminary Card (Late)
Yusaku Nakamura vs. Makoto Takahashi