On Saturday, November 15th Bellator MMA will host Bellator 131: Tito vs. Bonnar from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.

In the main event of the evening, legendary light heavyweights will clash in when Tito Ortiz faces Stephan Bonnar. Both are UFC Hall of Famers, but they will face each other for the first time inside the Bellator Cage. Ortiz signed with Bellator last year and was initially scheduled to face Quentin Jackson, but was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Ortiz ended up making his Bellator debut earlier this year when he submitted Alexander Shlemenko in the first round. Bonnar will be coming out of retirement for this bout and hasn’t fought since he lost to Anderson Silva via TKO and then was suspended for a failed drug test. Before that bout with Silva, Bonnar had been on a three-fight winning streak.

In the night’s co-main event, a new undisputed lightweight champion will be crowned when Will Brooks and Michael Chandler face off for the second time. Earlier this year Brooks shocked the world when he stepped in on short notice and defeated Chandler to become the interim lightweight champion after Eddie Alvarez was injured. Alvarez has since migrated to the UFC and this bout will now be for the undisputed lightweight title. Chandler was unbeaten in his first twelve professional bouts, but has since lost back to back decisions to Alvarez and Brooks.

The main card will also feature more well known names for Bellator fans as Muhammed Laval faces Joe Vedepo, Melvin Manhoef faces Joe Schilling, and Mike Richman faces Nam Phan. The five-fight main card airs live and free on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET with two hours of preliminary action preceding it at 7 p.m. ET.

Below is a full recap and results.

Main Card Summary

Tito Ortiz vs Stephan Bonnar
A much anticiapted grudge match Tito Ortiz had alot of motivation going into this fight. Round One saw the Huntington Beach Bad Boy gaining an takedown early while also showcasing great standup boxing which left Bonnar bloody at the end of the Round. Round two saw Bonnor coming out very agressivly which seem to be going in his favor for a brief moment. Deflecting the onslaught Ortiz was able to counter with his own offense controlling the majority of the fight in stand up and ground which strategy repeated in the third round surprisingly earning him a split decision victory over Bonnar.

Tito Ortiz def Stephan Bonnar by split decision (30-27)(28-29)(30-27)

Will Brooks vs. Michael Chandler-for lightweight title
The first round in the battle for the lightweight title fight can be described as the feeling out process with both fighters looking evenly matched.In the second round Chandler was able to gain a small advantage using good cage control and using his trademark wrestling skills that has made him such a threat since his arrival to Bellator. After an illegal groin strike on Brooks as the fight continues Brook would finish the bout strong with a series of strikes which events would repeat in the third round with both Chandler and Brooks having their own share of high moments. Going into the fourth round both fighters keep the fight standing. The fight end in controvesy with a left hook that stuns Chanlder allowing Brooks to follow through with a series of punches looking to finish his opponent causing the refree to stop the fight at the disapproval of the thousands in attendencee inside the Valley View Casino.

Will Brooks def Michael Chandler by TKO at 3:48 Round 4

Melvin Manhoef vs. Joe Schilling
A much anticipated confrontation featuring two world class kickboxing artist. Both fighters come out very cautious respecting each others striking. Manhoef gains the advantage taking Schilling down following through aggressively with ground and pound from the top putting Schilling in complete survival mode. Beletran calls the fight back standing with Schilling gaining a slight upperhand with a series of punches and knees from the clinch as the exciting round comes to an end. The second round starts of with both fighters in a heated exhange of strikes which found Schilling landing a clean left hook which knocks out Manhoef early in the second round.

Joe Schilling def Melvin Manhoef by KO at :32 Round 2

Nam Phan vs Mike Richman
Both fighters start off with a exhange of punches in the beginning of the round. Getting the better of the exchange Richman lands a devestaing jab that drops Phan following through with multiple strikes from the top putting an end to the fight early in the first round.

Mike Richman def Nam Phan by TKO at 0:46 Round 1

Muhammed Lawal vs. Joe Vedepo
Lawal secures a quick takedown early in the first round. Pushing forward Lawal continues to dominate Vedepo with ground and pound throughout the duration of the first round. The second round saw both fighters trading blows in stand up continuing the fight to the ground with Lawl once again showcasing why he is one of the best in the world. Finishing the fight strong Lawl lands a strong jab that drops Vedepo following through with multiple strikes on the ground forcing the referee to stop the fight early in the third round.

Muhammed Lawal def Joe Vedepo by TKO at 0:39 Round 3

 

Preliminary Card Summary

Kyle Bolt vs. A.J. Matthews
A very exciting fight with both competiors coming out very aggressively looking to finish the other. However all it took is one small mistake as Matthews was able to capitalize landing a clean blow which drops Bolt forcing the refeee to intervene thus putting a close to the fight in favor of Matthews.

AJ Matthews def Kyle Bolt by KO at 1:30 Round 1

Ron Henderson vs. Jonathan Santa Maria
Back and forth confrontation with both fighters gaining the advantage in the stand-up and ground.

Jonathan Santa Maria def Ron Henderson by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Jordan Bailey vs. Alex Higley
Wasting no time Bailey was able to secure a quick takedown over his opponent. From that point, Higley was on the defensive but could not prevent Bailey from utilizing his submission game. Taking his back Bailey was in full control over his opponent forcing a tap minutes in the first round.

Jordan Bailey def Alex Higley by submission RNC at 3:26 Round 1

Nick Garcia vs. Matthew Ramirez
From the opening bell both fighters held nothing back as it was a complete all out stand-up war with Garcia getting a near submission at the end of the first round. Repeating the events of round one Garcia came out as the complete aggressor pressing forward to securing the neck forcing Ramirez to tap.

Nick Garcia def Matt Ramirez by guillotine choke at :55 seconds Round 2

Andy Murad vs. Bubba Pugh
Both fighers were evenly matched in this encounter.From their striking to the battle transitioning to the ground Murad and Pugh held nothing back as it seemed that the judges went in favor for Murad because of his ablity to land more strikes and better control on the ground.

Andy Murad def Bubba Pugh by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Rolando Perez vs. Mark Vorgeas

This fight featured a complete stand-up war in all three rounds. Each fighter had their moments with small advantages concluding the bout where the judges ruled a split draw

No Winner Split Draw (29-27, 30-26, 28-28)

Ian Butler vs. Joao Faria
Bulter came out ready to fight. However the Gracie Humaita black belt was able to impose his will on Butler showcasing his striking and superb jiu-jitsu game en-route to securing a head/arm choke minutes in the third round.

Joao Faria def Ian Butler by head/arm choke at 1:58 Round 3

FULL CARD

Tito Ortiz def Stephan Bonnar by split decision (30-27)(29-28)(30-27)
Will Brooks def Michael Chandler by TKO at 3:48 Round 4 for the lightweight title
Joe Schilling def Melvin Manhoef by KO at :32 Round 2
Mike Richman def Nam Phan by TKO at :46 Round 1
Muhammed Lawl def Joe Vedepo by TKO at :39 Round 2

AJ Matthews def Kyle Bolt by KO, at 1:30 Round 1
Jonathan Santa Maria def Ron Henderson by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jordan Bailey def Alex Higley by submission (RNC) at 3:26 Round 1
Nick Garcia def Matt Ramirez by submission (guillotine choke) at :55 Round 2
Andy Murad def Bubba Pugh by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Rolando Perez vs. Mark Vorgeas – No Winner Split Draw (29-27, 30-26, 28-28)
Joao Faria def Ian Butler by head/arm choke at 1:58 Round 3

About The Author

Monta Wiley
Staff Writer

Monta Wiley is an aspiring sports journalist that has covered the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been a regular contributor to US Combat Sports. Monta has a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration from California State University-Los Angeles. Outside of his writing, you can find Monta at the gym honing his BJJ technique.