Join us tonight on Bloody Elbow for live results and detailed play-by-play as Bellator 226 comes to the SAP Centre in San Jose, CA.
The headliner for the card is a heavyweight title fight between champ Ryan Bader and challenger Cheick Kongo. The event also features the first round of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix, with four quarter-final matchups.
The prelims will be streamed live here on Bloody Elbow, starting at 7:30pm ET. The show will then move over to DAZN at 10pm ET for the main card. The show will not air on the Paramount network - if you don’t have DAZN, you don’t get all this goodness.
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Ryan Bader (27-5) vs. Check Kongo (30-10-2) [HW title]
Bader with a reaching left that connects. Again. Kongo already seems stunned. Kongo looks for a takedown. Bader defends and opens up. Kongo just has his back against the cage. Bader charges i and takes him down. Bader passes to mount with three minutes to go. Kongo scoots to the cage, but can’t use the wall to get up. Kongo warned for fence-grabbing. Time is called by the referee. I’m not sure why. It’s an eye poke? Not sure I’ve ever seen one from that position before, but that’s what it was. The doctor has waved off the fight? Wow. I’m not sure if it’s an NC or a TKO win as of right now.
Ryan Bader and Cheick Kongo go to a No Contest (unintentional eye poke), 3:52 of round 1
Daniel Straus (26-8) vs. Derek Campos (19-9) [FWGP Quarter-final]
Round 1 - Inside leg kick from Straus. Campos stuns Straus and he ends up on the bottom. Not a lot going on in this spot. Campos passes to half. He’s controlling position but doing just enough to not get stood up. He steps over with a hook and looks for an arm triangle. He gives it up, but can’t pass to mount. He postures up with a few punches. He’s over to mount now with 30 seconds to go. 10-9 Campos.
Round 2 - Campos dives in on a takedown and gets it. He’s working in Straus’ full guard. Campos is just smothting him again here. He’s trying to set up an arm triangle but there’s nothing there. Straus tries to scoot away but can’t. Body shots. He’s in mount now. Another arm triangle set up, but he’s not popping out of mount to add leverage. Campos maintaining the dominant position. Elbows. 10-9 Campos.
Round 3 - Inside leg kick from Straus. Campos shoots in and gets Straus to the mat again. He looks to secure an arm triangle yet again. Campos passes to mount with three minutes to go. This time he pops out to side with the arm triangle. Straus is surviving so Campos goes back to mount. Straus is trying to spin out, without success. Straus finally gets up with 30 seconds to go. Campos lands a big shot and tries to cartwheel on him to the get the finish. Straus survives to the horn. 10-9 and 30-27 Campos. Straus appears to have an injured shoulder.
Derek Campos defeated Daniel Straus via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)
Pat Curran (23-8) vs. Adam Borics (13-0)
Adam Boric defeated Pat Curran via TKO (strikes), 4:59 of round 2
Sam Sicilia (16-9) vs. Pedro Carvalho (10-3)
Round 1 - Carvalho comes out with pressure. Sicilia cracks back right away. Carvalho with a body kick and a left. Carvalho looks for a guillotine but Sicilia just ends up on top. He steps over to the back, but only has one hook. Carvalho tries to reverse. They get up and Sicilia lands two uppercuts. Hard body kick from Carvalho but he gets taken down again off of it. Sicilia scrambles to the back looking for the choke. Carvalho deftly reverses position. He steps over for a top-side guillotine. Sicilia still trying to defend, then scoots out. Carvalho looking for it again. He scoots around onto Sicilia’s back. Sicilia regains full hard. 10-9 Carvalho.
Round 2 - Carvalho with a short left and a body kick. Carvalho with a right and a leg kick. Sicilia lands to the body. Carvalho with a hard body kick. Sicilia takes the next one and lands a large right hook. Carvalho ends up on his back somehow and he’s hunting for a choke. He falls back with the arm around the face and Sicilia taps!
Pedro Carvalho defeated Sam Sicilia via submission (face crank), round 2
Emmanuel Sanchez (18-4) vs. Tywan Claxton (5-0)
Round 1 - Sanchez charges out with a flying knee that never comes close. Claxton clinches and just throws Sanchez to the mat. Sanchez gets back up and evades another takedown attempt. Sanchez with a counter right. Body kick from Sanchez but Claxton charges in with an emphatic takedown. Sanchez with some elbows from the back. Claxton looking for something. Claxton backs out just long enough to let Sanchez up. Claxton with an outside leg kick. They trade body kicks. Sanchez with a trip takedown! He’s right into mount with big shots, but the horn goes off. 10-9 Sanchez.
Round 2 - Claxton looks for a flying knee but misses. He lands a lead right. Sanchez fights off a takedown attempt. They grind it out against the cage. Both look for takedowns but they stall out. Knees from each man. Sweet trip takedown from Claxton, but he’s in an inverted triangle! He gets out, but is almost in a normal triangle now. Claxton is stuck, but not in danger it seems. They just stay there for a long time. Sanchez tries to readjust. Hammerfists from Sanchez. Elbows now. After all that time in the triangle, Claxton tapped out! It didn’t even look dangerous anymore! Wow.
Emmanuel Sanchez defeated Tywan Claxton via submission (triangle choke), 4:11 of round 2
Gaston Bolanos vs. Daniel Care
Round 1 - Low kick from Bolanos. Slow pace to start. They trade low kicks. Inside leg kick from Bolanos. Care lands a couple of rights. Front kick to the face from Bolanos connects. Bolanos with a hard left that Care walked right into. Care looks to clinch. They break with 1:20 to go. Care catches Bolanos coming in with a standing guillotine. He jumps it and reefs on it off his back with the arm in. Bolanos goes out cold! Care gets the win!
Daniel Care defeated Gaston Bolanos via technical submission (guillotine choke), 4:19 of round 1
Preliminary Card (7:30pm ET)
Peter Ishiguro vs. Elias Anderson
Cornelius Savage vs. Evan Gubera
Favian Gutierrez vs. Alan Benson
Cass Bell vs. Isaiah Rocha
Albert Gonzalez vs. Tyson Miller
Ivan Batinich vs. Daniel Compton
Amber Leibrock vs. Jessica Borga
Abraham Vaesau vs. Renato Alves
Chris Gonzalez vs. Luis Vargas
John Macapa vs. Ashleigh Grimshaw
James Terry vs. Batsumberel Dagvadorj
Daniel Gonzalez vs. Jonathan Adams
Adam Piccolotti vs. Jacob Smith
Hyder Amil vs. Ignacio Ortiz