On Friday, May 9, Bellator MMA hosted its 119th event from Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada.

In the night’s main event, the promotion crowned its season 10 featherweight tournament champion when Desmond Green locked horns with Daniel Weichel. Green earned his spot in the final with decision victories over Mike Richman and Will Martinez. Germany’s Weichel submitted Scott Cleve and outworked Matt Bessette to earn his shot at $100,000 and a guaranteed shot at the promotion’s 145-pound title currently held by Pat Curran.

Also on the card, a number of big names were in action. Former Dream and Strikeforce combatant Marius Zaromskis faced off with fellow welterweight Vaughn Anderson, UFC veterans squared off as John Alessio took on Eric Wisely in a 160-pound catchweight affair, WEC featherweight stalwart Chris Horodecki competed in his native Canada against dangerous Brazilian Marlon Sandro, and longtime middleweight tournament staple Brian Rogers returned to action against Ultimate Fighter 19 castoff Adrian Miles.

The 10-fight event kicked off with six preliminary card bouts streaming live on Spike.com. The four-fight main card aired live on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m.

Daniel Weichel became the first tournament champion of season 10 with a submission victory over Desmond Green. Weichel pulled off the upset after a feeling out session in the first round. Both fighters were looking to establish their striking games early, but neither really connected with much power. Green went to his wrestling roots and put the takedown in the back of Weichel’s mind heading into the second round. That takedown didn’t phase Weichel in the slightest. Early on he rocked Green with a punch. Green went for a desperation takedown and was just holding on to one of Weichel’s ankles. Weichel used that situation to quickly transition to the back and lock up a rear-naked choke. Green tapped and Weichel became the tournament champion. Weichel now stands in line for a title shot in the very crowded Bellator featherweight division with Pat Curran, Patricio Freire and Daniel Straus.

John Alessio picked up the win in the co-feature bout with a unanimous decision nod over fellow UFC vet, Eric Wisely. Alessio followed his game plan to absolute perfection in this bout. He took Wisely down early and went to work on ground-and-pound. It didn’t take long before Alessio had Wisely bloody from an elbow. In the second round Alessio displayed his striking game. He controlled the range and was the aggressor throughout. Wisely tried to come forward but every time Alessio was able to stifle the attack. The third round was very similar to round one. Alessio got it to the ground early and peppered Wisely with punches for the rest of the fight.

Marius Zaromskis picked up his first win in over 18 months with a great performance against Vaughn Anderson. The fight took place almost entirely on the feet and Zaromskis just got better as the fight went on. Anderson actually landed the first big shot of the night with a punch that had Zaromskis rocked. Zaromskis composed himself and dropped Anderson with a body shot later in the round. The final two rounds were where Zaromskis really pulled away. He started attacking with outside leg kicks that clearly bothered Anderson. The outside of Anderson’s right thigh was almost the same color as his red trunks by the end of the fight. Zaromskis furiously went for a finish in the final seconds, but Anderson held on.

Fans got what they expected in the heavyweight opener. For about one round that is. Raphael Butler and Nick Rossborough blew their gas tanks in round one and ended up fighting to a majority draw. Both men came out early winging big punches looking for an early knockout. Rossborough was the first to rock Butler and ended up taking his back. Butler retaliated by throwing back a headbutt. It was evident that the foul was flagrant and the referee took a point from Butler. Late in the round both fighters looked to be close to dream street during an exchange against the cage, but both were saved by the bell. The final two rounds consisted of Butler avoiding getting rocked again and taking the fight to the ground. Butler controlled the positioning, but couldn’t come close to finishing the fight. The point deduction in the first round led to the fight being scored a draw by two of the three judges.

Daniel Weichel def. Desmond Green by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 2:07 – featherweight tournament final
Marius Zaromskis def. Vaughn Anderson by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Raphael Butler and  Nick Rossborough fought to a majority draw (28-27, 28-28, 28-28)
John Alessio def. Eric Wisely by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Brian Rogers def.  Adrian Miles by knockout (flying knee). Round 2, 1:29
Behrang Yousefi def. Chad Freeman by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 2:47
Malcolm Gordon def. Chris Kelades by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Jason Meisel def. Remy Bussieres by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Stuart Austin def. Craig Hudson by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:56
Marlon Sandro def. Chris Horodecki by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

About The Author

Trey Downey
Staff Writer

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.