Friday night, Bellator held what could very well be its biggest card this year at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO with Bellator 157: Dynamite 2. A stellar card from top to bottom, Dynamite 2 wisely learned from its predecessor, and scheduled its kickboxing main event after the main event MMA card. Which meant fans got more of a focus on Bellator MMA fights, followed by kickboxing action for all those so inclined (there were a handful of kickboxing bouts throughout the card however).

And those MMA bouts? They featured petty much some of the best names Bellator had to offer at this point. In the main event, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returned to Bellator off a single UFC fight and put his 4-fight win streak on the line against Japan’s Satoshi Ishii. Ishii, long one of the best heavyweight prospects outside the top four promotions, had fought a who’s who list of ex-UFC and Pride stars in Japan, and was making his North American MMA debut. The former Olympic gold medalist in Judo was hoping to top a big name in Rampage Jackson, and make his mark in front of a Western audience for the first time.

In the co-main event, Bellator’s golden son, Michael Chandler, battled for the vacant lightweight championship against Patricky Freire in an attempt to reclaim the title he lost to Eddie Alvarez back in 2013. Since that loss, Chandler challenged for both the interim and full lightweight title and lost both attempts, but rebounded and entered the night on a two-fight win streak. Patricky Pitbull, meanwhile, was at long last seeing a shot at Bellator gold. Who would come out on top?

Also on the card, ex-UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione, picked up as a free agent after fighting out his UFC contract, made his Bellator debut.

Tune back come fight time (prelims: 6:15PM Eastern, 8PM for the main card) for full results and a main card recap!

Main Card Summary

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Satoshi Ishii

Round 1 — Ishii opened with a leg kick. Rampage literally dropped his hands and gestured as if saying “come on, fight” within the first thirty seconds. Ishii continued to circle. Rampage literally turned his back walking away in fustration, apparently not wanting to chase Ishii. Another leg kick by Ishii. Rampage begins to stalk him down, they clinch and Ishii reverses, pressing Jackson against the fence, then securing a takedown with an inside trip. Ishii was unable to do much from top position, earning a warning to work from the ref.  Rampage landed an elbow to the side of the head from the bottom. Ishii passed into side control with just under two minutes left in the first. Ishii tried for a kirmura which allowed Rampage to get back up. However, another inside trip took the action back down. Jackson wall walks and gets back up, unleashing some knees and elbows in the clinch before the bell sounds.

Round 2 — Ishii with a big swing to start the round, which may have indicated more of a willingness to keep things standing. Rampage answered, but Ishii apparently thought better of trading with Jackson, and used a judo throw to take his foe to the mat. Jackson with an elbow from the bottom, Ishii worked for position but had little offense. Getting back to his feet, Rampage landed a knee, then another, as Ishii worked some short punches to the body. Ishii landed a spinning back fist but didn’t connect clean. It was, however, enough to get Jackson’s attention. Jackson used some dirty boxing while Ishii pushed him against the cage.

Round 3 — Jackson looked to keep things standing in the third. A superman punch followed more obvious frustration from Jackson. Tied up against the fence, Jackson added knees and short punches while Ishii controlled the action. Ishii latched on to a leg trying for a single but couldn’t land it. Off the break, Jackson threw a few shots but couldn’t land clean. Ishii tried a trip but wound up with Rampage on top. Lots of ground and pound by Rampage, though Ishii tied him up enough to nullify a lot of it. Rampage clearly won the round, but the scorecards would be another matter.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Satoshi Ishii by unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Michael Chandler vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire 

Round 1 — Pitbull entered the cage sporting the dirtiest mustache in ages. Chandler pressed the action early, and looked for a takedown off a jab about a minute in only to be stuffed by Pitbull. Chandler contined to cut off the cage while Pitbull circled out of harm’s way. Pitbull  ate a HUGE right and was out – Michael Chandler is once again lightweight champion!

Michael Chandler def. Patricky Freire by KO (punch) – Round 1, 2:14 – to win vacant Bellator MMA lightweight title

Kevin Ross vs. Justin Houghton

Round 1 — Another kickboxing contest. Houghton attempted a flying knee early. Big right hand followed. Ross answered with a leg kick. Houghton utilizing a jab followed by a combo early. Plenty of action from “J-Ho” early on. As the seconds wound down, Ross landed a big right hand that briefly stunned Houghton. While Houghton was definitely the more active fighter and may have won the round, Ross showed with that right that he is a threat.

Round 2 — Ross utilized leg kicks early in the second round, and Houghton began to show signs of the damage inflicted by them on his lead leg. Ross also mixed in a number of body kicks, while Houghton tried to answer with a front kick of his own. Things began to open up as both fighters traded kicks. Ross’ right had continued to be a threat, as did a left hook. Houghton looked for a jump knee but had little on it. They finished the round exchanging punches, with Ross getting the better of the exchanges.

Round 3 — Ross continued where he left off in the second, proving to be the crisper, more disciplined fighter. Houghton answered a high kick with a strong combo, only to eat a body shot in return. Ross landed a short left, and began pressing Houghton into the corner. Ross had a swing and a miss with the right, but then landed a high kick, and Houghton began to look a little wobbly on his feet. Ross landed a big knee that caused Houghton to double over, and was nearly dropped when the ref broke up the action. However, moments later in an exchange, Houghton was dropped. After a standing eight count action continued, but the bell rang to end to action. Ross clearly came out on top.

Kevin Ross def. Justin Houghton by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-26)

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Rebecca Ruth

Round 1 — Macfarlane pushed Ruth up against the fence early, looking to drag the fight to the ground. With her arms locked around Ruth, she dragged her to the other side of the cage, finally getting her down just ever so briefly. Ruth showed solid takedown defense throughout the opening minute and a half, but was controlled and unable to get off much if any offense. Ruth finally pushed Macfarlane off her two minutes in, and the pair squared off again. Ruth looked to find her distance, but Macfarlane pulled a level change and shot in for a single leg. Ruth answered with some elbows while pressed against the fence, still fighting off the takedown. More elbows from Ruth were dropped as Macfarlane just wouldn’t give up on the takedown, switching to a double leg. Just under two minutes she finally took Ruth down, landing on top and quickly posturing up. Ruth looked to scramble back to the fence, and managed to do so, climbing to her feet but giving up her neck for a standing guillotine attempt. Ruth powered out and employed more elbows and Macfarlane continued to press her up against the cage. While unable to score another takedown by round’s end, she managed to control her opponent effectively throughout.

Round 2 — Macfarlane took Ruth’s back quickly in the second round and locked in a rear naked choke, hanging on to her opponent’s back even with just one hook in. Macfarlane looked ready to go out, but fought her way through it, powering out of the choke, but still unable to shake Macfarlane from her back. Macfarlane threw punches from the top to the side of Ruth’s head, and again Ruth gave up her neck.  This choke was easier for her to fight off, and she got back to her feet – with Macfarlane still on her back! Macfarlane against locked in a choke, and this time, Ruth, exhausted, was forced to tap.

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane def. Rebecca Ruth by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 3:00

Denise Kielholtz vs. Gloria Peritore

Round 1 — Bellator kickboxing was up next, with a quick knockdown to start things off. Peritore threw some solid body kicks, and both fighters traded often in the first round. Peritore ate some big shots towards the end of the round, however, and Kielholtz seemed to have more behind her punches.

Round 2 — Denise Kielholtz landed some solid combos in the second round, and hit some with several kicks, getting the better of the exchanges for the most part. Peritore landed a good push kick towards the end of the round, then Kielholtz swarmed. Pushing her back up against the ropes, Kielholtz looked like she was ready to dummy her, but the bell sounded, saving Peritore from further damage.

Round 3 — Peritore landed another push kick to open the round, while Kielholtz answered with a hard right hand. Peritore threw a head kick that was partially blocked. Kielholtz landed a big leg kick that took Peritore off her feet, however it was not scored a knockdown. The action restarted, the two fighters squared off again. Peritore began showing some damage as a cut opened up. Kielholtz tried to swarm as the clock wound down, but Peritore clinched.

Gloria Peritore def. Denise Kielholtz by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Matt Mitrione vs. Carl Seumanutafa

Round 1 — Bellator 157 opened big with the debut of another free agent steal, Matt Mitrione. Seumanutafa looked for a leg kick, Mitrione looked light on his feet. However, Seumanutafa dropped “Meathead” thirty seconds with a huge right as Mitrione came in with his hands down, which silenced the crowd! Ref Big John let Mitrione fight on; that could easily have been stopped. However, Seumanutafa didn’t follow-up but rather sat back. Shockingly, Mitrione survived after eating that big punch, and managed to reverse and get on top of Seumanutafa, passing into half guard. Mitrione worked for a choke, no doubt trying to clear the cobwebs, then started throwing some punches from the top before getting back to his feet. With Seumanutafa still on his back, Mitrione dropped a standing right for the knockout win!

Post fight, Bellator announced (to Mitrione’s seeming surprise) that he would fight Oli Thompson on their London card in July, though that may rely on Mitrione passing medicals following that big punch.

Matt Mitrione def. Carl Seumanutafa by KO, Round 1, 3:22

Full Results

MAIN CARD

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Satoshi Ishii by unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Michael Chandler def. Patricky Freire by KO (punch) – Round 1, 2:14 – to win vacant Bellator MMA lightweight title
Kevin Ross def. Justin Houghton by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-26)
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane def. Rebecca Ruth by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 3:00
Gloria Peritore def. Denise Kielholtz by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Matt Mitrione def. Carl Seumanutafa by KO, Round 1, 3:22

PRELIMINARY CARD

Guilherme “Bomba” Vasconcelos vs. Jordan Dowdy
Chel Erwin-Davis def Kevin Engel by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 1:19
Matt Murphy def. Justin Robbins by TKO (injury), Round 2, 2:16 [kickboxing bout]
Justin Lawrence def. Isao Kobayashi by KO (punches), Round 2, 2:11
Joaquin Buckley def. Chris Heatherly by KO (strikes), Round 2, 4:14
Michelle Pearce vs. Katy Collins
Brad Jones vs. Tyler Claussen
Jason Christeson vs. Dewayne Diggs
Lee Burns vs. Byron Stevens
Steven Mann def. Mike Estus by TKO (knees), Round 1, 0:25 [kickboxing bout]
Rashard Lovelace def. Garret Mueller by TKO (injury), Round 2, 5:00
Nikki Smith vs. Ashley Cummins
Elmir Kulosman vs. Darryl Cobb
Tara Walker def. Mimi Kutzin by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) [kickboxing bout]

Bellator Kickboxing

Hisaki Kato def. Joe Schilling via KO (spinning back fist). Round 2, 4:59
Raymond Daniels def. Stefano Bruno by TKO, Round 1, 1:45
Keri Melendez vs. Sarah Howell

About The Author

Senior Staff Writer

Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.