On Friday, Nov. 15, Bellator hosted its 108th event from the Ovation Hall at Revel Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J.

In the night’s main event, UFC veterans Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Joey Beltran squared off in a light heavyweight affair. Both fighters were looking to snap lengthy losing streaks dating back over a year in their promotional debuts. Jackson’s three-fight skid dated back to May of 2011, while Beltran went winless in his second stint with the UFC.

Also on the main card, Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov put his belt on the line for the first time against his fellow Russian Vitaly Minakov. The towering, 6-foot-7 Volkov captured the promotion’s vacant championship at the end of 2012 with a decision win over Rich Hale. Minakov, meanwhile, kept his undefeated record intact with a third-round TKO over Ryan Martinez to earn a title shot.

In addition to the main event and heavyweight title fight, the promotion crowned the champion of the season nine featherweight tournament as Patricio “Pitbull” Friere battled Strikeforce veteran Justin Wilcox for $100,000 and a guaranteed title shot against newly-crowned champion Daniel Straus.

The action kicked off at 6:30 p.m. ET with seven fights live on Spike.com. The five-fight main card aired live on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

“Rampage” demolishes Beltran

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson got back in the win column with a buzzer-beating, first-round knockout of Joey Beltran.

Jackson came out stocking Beltran immediately and threw a leg kick. Beltran used a lot of movement and stayed with his back towards the cage. Rampage backed off and begged Beltran to come forward, but Beltran just stayed with more of the same. Jackson threw another leg kick and Beltran countered and moved forward for the first time. He did not connect with any solid punches, but he was able to press Jackson up against the cage. Beltran looked to wear out Rampage against the cage, but he ate a couple shots to the body. Beltran looked to take the fight to the ground, but Rampage did a solid job of defending and was able to break off of the cage. Rampage started swinging wildly in the final ten seconds. He dropped Beltran with a left hook and hit him with one more shot to earn the finish right at the bell.

Minakov stops Volkov, claims heavyweight title

Vilitay Minakov stopped fellow Russian Alexander Volkov in the first round to become the new Bellator heavyweight champion.

Minakov came out as the more aggressive fighter from the start. He looked to get inside and close the distance against the taller champion. Minakov connected with a knee to the body and pressed Volkov up against the cage. Minakov failed on an attempt at a belly-to-belly suplex and Volkov landed on top. Minakov immediately reversed and ended up in the champion’s full guard. Minakov was not very active on top and the referee stood the two fighters up. Volkov started throwing kicks, but was stuck with a huge right uppercut. Minakov pounced with ground and pound. Volkov looked liked he was recovering, but Minakov did not let up and the referee stepped in and ended the fight.

“Pitbull” overwhelms Wilcox to win featherweight tournament

Patricio Freire steamrolled Justin Wilcox to win his second Bellator featherweight tournament.

The two fighters clashed heads as they were both coming forward in the opening seconds of the fight. “Pitbull” made Wilcox aware of his power early on and hurt him with a straight left hand. Wilcox looked to take the fight to the ground, but Pitbull defended it well and made Wilcox pay with some punches. Freire let Wilcox stand up and continued to open up with strikes. Wilcox was rocked by a right hand to the forehead. Freire swarmed with ground and pound until the referee called a halt to the fight.

Galvao dominates McKenna

Marcos Galvao used dominating ground position en route to a TKO victory over Tom McKenna

Galvao took down McKenna only thirty seconds into the fight and was instantly able to take his back. Galvao sunk in the body triangle and McKenna rolled over and ended up mounted. Galvao then began to search for an arm triangle, but let it go to throw an elbow. McKenna looked to squirm out of the bad position, but Galvao stuck to him like glue and pounded the American with punches and elbows. Galvao then fully committed to an arm bar, but McKenna was able to escape. The fighters got back to their feet, but Galvao took McKenna down again and threw more and more punches. McKenna began to turtle up and Galvao kept the pressure on and was able to finish the fight.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Joey Beltran by knockout (punch). Round 1, 4:59
Vitaly Minakov def. Alexander Volkov by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:57- for heavyweight title
Patricio Freire def. Justin Wilcox by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:23 – season nine featherweight tournament final
Marcos Galvao def. Tom McKenna by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:29
Nah-Shon Burrell def. Jesus Martinez by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Sam Oropeza def. Chip Moraza-Pollard by TKO (punches). 0:37
Tom DeBlass def. Jason Lambert by knockout (punch). Round 1, 1:45
Anthony Morrison def. Kenny Foster by majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 30-26)
Liam McGeary def. Najim Wali by submission (armbar). Round 1, 1:31
Will Martinez def. Kevin Roddy by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:50
Dan Matala def. Ryan Cafaro by TKO (punches). Round 2, 3:52
Rob Sullivan def. Sergio da Silva by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Photo: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.