Saturday September 19 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA, Bellator MMA presents one of its biggest events to date with the co-promoted Bellator 142: Dynamite 1. In con-junction with the kickboxing promotion GLORY, Bellator 142 offers a light heavyweight title fight between champ Liam McGeary and the legendary Tito Ortiz, a one-night, four man light heavyweight tournament, the Bellator debut of Josh Thompson, and Paul Daley in a kickboxing match.

Not a bad night of action, especially given there’s no price tag attached.

What can you expect?

The main event may just cement Liam McGeary as one of Bellator’s biggest homegrown stars, alongside the likes of Brooks and Chandler. Ortiz, meanwhile, will come into the fight knowing this may be his last shot at a title.

The light heavyweight tournament, meanwhile, is a throwback to the days of MMA yore, and will likely crown the next title challenger (barring unforeseen circumstance or a bigger name popping up).  Former champion Emanuel Newton, former title challenger King Mo, recent UFC expat Phil Davis, and the dangerous Linton Vassell make up the four man, five-round tournament, while Francis Carmont takes on Anthony Ruiz in the tournament’s alternate bout.

Elsewhere on the card, Paul Daley can rely solely on his striking against Fernando Gonzalez in a kickboxing bout that will have Gonzalez looking to play spoiler, and Josh Thompson will look to get his career back on track after losing his final trio of bouts in the UFC.

Tune in come fight time for the main card summary and full results!


Liam McGeary (c) vs. Tito Ortiz – for the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship

Round 1 — It’s Tito Ortiz with his last shot at championship gold against the champ Liam McGeary, still in his prime. McGeary has yet to taste defeat as a pro. McGeary looking scary, Ortiz bouncing on his feet as they face off. Big John is the third man in. And we’re off! McGeary making space with his jab. They circle, Tito moves in and retreats. Ortiz finding his range, tries a takedown, winds up in an arm-in guillotine. Ortiz in control still and McGeary releases the hold. Ortiz on top, McGeary against the fence. Ortiz has wrist control and lands some ground and pound. McGeary defending well. Strong lefts by Tito. McGeary fights to an upright position but Tito drags him back down. McGeary looking for a triangle. Ortiz in side control. Ortiz maybe looking for an arm triangle choke, loses it, McGeary works for an arm bar and has it but Ortiz escapes. McGeary catches him in an inverted triangle and gets the tap!

Liam McGeary (c) def. Tito Ortiz by submission (inverted triangle), Round 1, 4:41 — for the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship

Phil Davis vs. Francis Carmont (light heavyweight tournament final)

Due to an injury to King Mo, and Linton Vassell not being cleared, tournament alternate Francis Carmont gets the nod against Phil Davis.

Round 1 — Carmont opens with a kick, and is looking to keep Davis on the outside. Both men have impressive reach. Davis should have the edge in wrestling and big fight experience. Davis with a kick of his own, then a slip. Not sure there’s been a major event with this many slips before. David with a big left, drops Carmont! He comes in with some follow up shots, and that’s it!

Phil Davis def. Francis Carmont by TKO, Round 1, 2:15

Fedor Is Fighting… Somewhere

Prior to the light heavyweight tournament final, Bellator’s “big announcement” turned out to be the appearance of Nobuyuki Sakakibara, one of the men behind Pride, who stated that he was getting back into the MMA business and launching a new promotion. He announced it would air on Spike TV, and host a show on New Year’s Eve. And fighting on that card — the Last Emperor, Fedor Emelianenko! Fedor then came to the ring, and when asked why he was coming back, answered simply that he was a fighter, and that he’d see us on New Year’s. No opponent was announced, and it’s unclear if it will be a Bellator fighter he faces, but it sounds like a co-promotion is in the works.

(Kickboxing) Saulo Cavalari vs. Zack Mwekassa

Round 1 — The final GLORY fight of the night is for gold! The winner will claim the vacant Light heavyweight championship. Strong start to this bout from both sides. Solid kicks from each; Mwekassa seems to be looking to finish the fight early, but will it hurt his gas tank later? As with MMA, this title fight will be five rounds (of three minutes, however, not five). Mwekassa presses the action, Cavalari counters. Mwekassa takes the first.

Round 2 — Cavalari throws a kick which Mwekassa checks. Cavalari attacks, Mwekassa with a strong counter. Cavalari drops Mwekassa with a thunderous head kick, however it’s ruled a slip not a knockdown. Mwekassa clinches, the ref calls time and takes one point for holding. Brutal exchange follows with the fighters exchanging kicks and punches. Mwekassa pushing forward, both men hitting to hurt.

Round 3 — Mwekassa being a little more creative with some spinning kick attempts in this round. Cavalari utilizing leg kicks well; Mwekassa goes down on a slip again. Great combo and right head kick by Cavalari! More warnings for holding, and Mwekassa looks to be slowing a little.

Round 4 — Mwekassa looking determined to keep moving forward. Cavalari with a head kick, but he slips at the end of it. Fatigue definitely becoming a factor. Leg kicks by Cavalari. A clinch initiated by Cavalari leads to a knee but it’s broken up by the ref. Cavalari seems hesitant to clinch having already lost a point. At the end of the fourth they exchange and Cavalari drops Mwekassa. Great fight, however that point deduction is looming large right now.

Round 5 — Sadly they can’t seem to keep up the pace in the fifth. Cavalari however attempt a tornado kick in the final minute that looked rather impressive if ineffective. It goes to the judges — who will take gold?

(Kickboxing) Saulo Cavalari def.  Zack Mwekassa by majority decision (48-46, 48-46, 47-47)

Josh Thomson vs. Mike Bronzoulis

Round 1 — Josh Thompson makes his Bellator debut looking to break a three fight losing streak. Thompson clinches early and throws a few short punches. Bronzoulis missing with some big shots. Thompson back peddling, throws a kick. Bronzoulis slips, common occurrence this evening. Thompson with a trip, gets top control. Pins his opponent against the fence and works towards full mount. Bronzoulis fending him off well enough but is unable to get off his back. Thompson gains side control, and finishes the round on top.

Round 2 — Thompson with some good movement and feints to open the round. He gets the better of the first exchange then pushes Bronzoulis against the fence. Thompson takes the back and drags Bronzoulis  to the ground. Thompson controls throughout the first half and looks for a rear naked choke. Bronzoulis escapes and they’re back on the feet. That doesn’t last long, and Thompson grinds out the round. He’s up by two.

Round 3 — Bronzoulis comes out with a knee and is looking to turn up the pace. He’ll need a finish. Thompson however scores a takedown and locks in the arm triangle – he gets the finish!

Josh Thomson def. Mike Bronzoulis by submission (arm triangle choke), Round 3, 0:39

(Kickboxing) Paul Daley vs. Fernando Gonzalez

Round 1 — Gonzalez looking to play spoiler. Daley lands a solid leg kick early in.  Roundhouse kicks by Daley. Gonzalez answers with a right. Gonzalez starting to find his range with some lefts. Daley goes to the body with a left hook followed by a kick to the right side. Daley definitely more active, but Gonzalez doesn’t look out of place.

Round 2 — Daley lands a good jab early; Gonzalez with a left to the body that opens him up to Daley’s counter. Gonzalez continues to press forward. Some great short exchanges in the second so far. Daley continues to land hard body kicks but nowhere near as many as in the first, and Gonzalez pressured a little more.

Round 3 — the aggression is amped up as the third starts. Gonzalez manages to back Daley into a corner and lands a few shots. Daley answers back with some great combos but eats a shot of his own. Leg kick by Daley. They exchange again; Daley trips and the ref pauses the action. They restart, Gonzalez continues to press forward. With thirty seconds left Daley is starting to look frustrated. They finish the round swinging — great fight!

Paul Daley def. Fernando Gonzalez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

(Kickboxing) Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez  vs. Hadley Griffith

Keri Melendez makes her big event debut here; MMA fans will likely know her as the wife of UFC star and former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez.

Round 1 — Melendez showing great kicks and quick hands. Griffith with a height and reach advantage but Melendez keeps busy and has a clear speed advantage. Strong right by Melendez, who follows up with a knee. Griffith is opened up early. Melendez still connecting seemingly at will as the round ends.

Round 2 — Melendez starts round two just like she left off in the first, pushing Griffith up against the ropes, landing combos and some rough knees. Continues to connect flush with the head of her opponent and begins landing some leg and push kicks as well.  Melendez is just miles ahead of her opponent, and nearly finishes her with under a minute to go as she backs her into a corner, but Griffith is game. Melendez cautioned for an illegal kick just before the round ends.

Round 3 — The third and final round is more of the same as Melendez comes out kicking. Griffith’s legs are showing some heavy bruising. Melendez dominates the third as well and the pair finish the round trading blows.

Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez  def. Hadley Griffith by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Emanuel Newton  vs.  Phil Davis

Round 1 — Phil Davis makes his Bellator MMA debut against the promotion’s former light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton. Newton comes out kicking. Davis fighting his “usual” fight thus far. Takes Newton’s back after a failed back kick attempt and drags him down. Davis looks for the rear naked choke; Newton works his way back to his feet only to be dragged down again with Davis in side control. Mr. Wonderful looks for the kimura. Newton escapes, but Davis still has the back. They transition and Davis works for a front choke. Back to the feet, back to the mat, rinse and repeat. Newton can’t seem to handle the wrestling of Davis. Davis has a kimura and taps out Newton!

Phil Davis def. Emanuel Newton by submission (kimura), Round 1, 4:39

Muhammed Lawal  vs.  Linton Vassell

Round 1 — King Mo connects early with a big right, dropping Vassell. He backs off, however, and Vassell regroups. Mo controlling the action so far. Another big overhand right and a follow-up left. Mo lands some more and clinches, then pushes Vassell against the fence. Vassell lands a leg kick and begins to move forward, but Mo catches him moving in and swarms this time. Mo slips and that may have saved Vassell. Round one was all King Mo.

Round 2 — Vassell comes out looking a little more focused to start the round, working with a lead jab and throwing some front kicks. Mo connects with a counter but Vassell isn’t phased. Body kick by Vassell is one of his better offensive moves thus far. Mo slips again, and it really does look like the mat might be a bit slick. Vassell continue to utilize kicks and has begun throwing combos, but Mo’s power shots have been much more effective thus far. Vassell shoots for a takedown and lands it. He mounts and Mo give up his back, but roll and works back to the feet where he slams Vassell. They work back up but Mo scores another takedown and maintains top control until the final few seconds. They finish on the feet, and Mo looks to have this locked up. Unless the judges are the three blind mice, King Mo will be advancing.

Muhammed Lawal  def.  Linton Vassell by decision (no scores announced)



Liam McGeary (c) def. Tito Ortiz by submission (inverted triangle), Round 1, 4:41 — for the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship
(light heavyweight tournament final) Phil Davis def. Francis Carmont by TKO, Round 1, 2:15
(Kickboxing) Saulo Cavalari def.  Zack Mwekassa by majority decision (48-46, 48-46, 47-47)
Josh Thomson def. Mike Bronzoulis by submission (arm triangle choke), Round 3, 0:39
(Kickboxing) Paul Daley def. Fernando Gonzalez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
(Kickboxing) Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez  def. Hadley Griffith by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Phil Davis def. Emanuel Newton by submission (kimura), Round 1, 4:39
Muhammed Lawal  def.  Linton Vassell by decision (scores not announced)


Francis Carmont def. Anthony Ruiz by decision (scores not announced) (light heavyweight tournament alternate bout)
Ousmane Thomas Diagne vs. Mike Malott ends in a majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)
(kickboxing) Jose Palacios def. TJ Arcengal by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
(kickboxing) Serhiy Adamchuck def. Anvar Boynazarov by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Adam Piccolotti def. Marlen Magee by submission (rear naked choke), Round 2, 1:47
Gabe Carrasco def. Joe Neal by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Victor Jones vs. David Blanco
Gloria Telles vs. Alysia Cortez
Nick Pica vs. Mauricio Alonso
Brandon Hester vs. DeMarco Villalona
Israel Delgado vs. JJ Okanovich
James Terry vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Matt Ramirez vs. Josh Paiva