On Friday,  December 4, Bellator MMA touched down in San Jose, CA to bring fight fans Bellator 147:  Thomson vs. Villaseca live from San Jose University.

In the night’s main event former UFC and Strikeforce veteran Josh Thomson squared off against Pablo Villaseca in a lightweight contest.

Thomson (21-8), a former Strikeforce champion, was last walking away with a third round submission win in his Bellator debut against Mike Bronzoulis at Bellator: Dynamite 1 in September. Prior to this victory, victory snapped “The Punk” dropped three straight decision as a member of the UFC’s 155-pound division before making the jump over to Bellator in free agency.

Villaseca (10-1) dropped his only fight under Bellator banner by way of tight split decision at Bellator 139 in June. The Chilean would rebound with a first round submission at Arena Tour 7 in September. Villaseca entered the contest with seven career stoppage wins.


Josh Thomson vs. Pablo Villaseca

The main event started with both men striking to feel each other out, but Thomson asserted his aggression with a takedown, and despite Villaseca threatening the ground specialist with submissions, Thomson escaped every attempt and pressured the young gun at every turn.

Thomson kept the pressure up once the second frame began, taking down Villaseca and raining down on the young prospect with heavy ground and pound. Thomson’s shots adversely affected Villaseca to the point where he could not properly defend himself, thus causing Thomson to take a huge win on home soil, and call out former lightweight champion Michael Chandler in a post-fight interview.

Daniel Weichel vs. Georgi Karakhanyan

From the onset, both men fired off shots, albeit with caution. Weichel would eat shots from Karakhanyan, but would land combinations and kicks on the “Insane” one. Karakhanyan would respond with shots of his own, but he could not decipher the way to break down Weichel, whose efforts on the feet made it difficult for Karakhanyan to even consider the takedown.

Weichel’s onslaught would continue in round two, though Karakhanyan would have a much better round, as he was able to land some combinations of his own on the former Bellator featherweight contender. Still, Weichel kept his striking clean and technical throughout the second frame and forced Karakhanyan into a must-finish situation.

Unfortunately, the finish never came for Karakhanyan, despite a beautiful spinning back kick that connected with Weichel. The combinations and the kicks kept on coming, and Karakhanyan never found a way to get around it to secure the finish he needed. By the end of the third round, It became clear that Weichel had earned the shutout.

Patricky Friere vs. Derek Anderson

When the first round kicked off, Freire turned up the heat with a left hook and a right hand, but Anderson never stayed out of the round. Freire would look for an opportunity to take Anderson down, but he ran into an early guillotine attempt and then staved off “Pitbull” when he took Anderson’s back. A slam turned things around for Anderson, who aimed to keep Freire down and appeared to get the better of the round, despite having a four-fight combination of ground strikes deflected by Freire.

Freire would come back in round two, finding more of a home for his left hand, as well as a leaping knee at one point. Anderson attempted to catch Freire in a guillotine choke, but Freire would keep Anderson in side control before taking Anderson’s back again. Freire worked to lock up the rear naked choke, but could not secure the hold before the end of the round.

Anderson would make the most of his range early in the final round, keeping Freire at bay, but Freire would still attempt to put Anderson on the ground. Freire secured a body lock when he couldn’t find a takedown, but Anderson powered his way out and stuck short elbows from the tie-up. Freire landed a hard knee to the body and reversed two late attempts at a takedown from Anderson, but despite the efforts, Anderson closed out strong, and it paid off in the form of a split-decision win.

Virgil Zwicker vs. Brian Rogers

Round one saw Rogers stick multiple leg kicks and a quick one-two in the first minute, but Zwicker proved more than willing to trade on the feet, though both were careful to pick their shots. A huge body kick towards the last minute of the round landed for Rogers, who found a huge takedown and attempted to do damage on the feet,mthough Zwicker would get up and look for shots of his own as the fight wore on.

Round two started off on a bit of an unfortunate note, as Rogers aimed for an inside leg kick and connected below the belt. After Zwicker recovered, the two traded shots in a manner similar to the first round, with both looking for every opportunity to land shots, but Rogers would land another takedown and rain down with heavy elbows. The ground assault led Rogers to initially consider an americana before eventually forcing Zwicker to tap from an arm triangle from the full mount.

Adam Piccolotti vs. Mario Soto

Piccolotti came out on the hunt in the first round, and it didn’t take him long to turn this bout into a grappling clinic, as he attempted a rear naked choke, an arm-triangle, and an ankle lock. Soto survived all three attempts, forcing the fight back to the feet after escaping the ankle lock, and although he ate shots from Piccolotti, he held his own on the feet and was willing to throw shots in response to the combinations Piccolotti threw.

Soto would not be so lucky in the second round, as Piccolotti secured another takedown near the cage and set a frenetic pace in order to keep Soto there. Piccolotti would again attempt the rear naked choke once he took Soto’s back, but the fight would return to the standup when Soto went for a kneebar and Piccolotti escaped. Piccolotti retook the back of Soto, however, which led to Piccolotti getting the mount again and slicing Soto open above his right eye with an elbow. Once Piccolotti found the back of Soto for a third time, he found the rear naked choke and secured the submission win to keep his unblemished record intact.

Main card

Josh Thomson def. Pablo Villaseca by TKO (punches). Round 2, 3:59
Daniel Weichel def. Georgi Karakhanyan by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Derek Anderson def. Patricky Freire by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Brian Rogers def. Virgil Zwicker by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 2, 4:38
Adam Piccolotti def. Mario Soto by submission (rear naked choke). Round 2, 3:25

Prelim Card

A.J. McKee def. JT Donaldson by TKO (knee and punches). Round 1, 3:19
Brandon Hester def. Idris Wasi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-24)
Gabriel Carrasco def. Khomkrit Niimi by TKO (elbows). Round 1, 3:19
Nick Barnes def. James Terry by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:48
Thomas Diagne vs. Erick Sanchez
Alvin Cacdac vs. Jeremiah Labiano
Jose Perez vs. Bronson Mohika
Adin Duenas vs. Anthony Taylor
Anthony Do vs. Dustin Moore