On Friday, January 29th, Bellator MMA opened its 2016 calendar year with Bellator 148 live from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. Headlined by a welterweight fight between England’s Paul Daley and Andy Uhrich, Bellator 148 also featured an intriguing lightweight tilt between the always dangerous Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, and Ryan Couture, son of UFC legend and two division champion Randy Couture. The younger Couture was facing his most dangerous test to date in Pitbull, and was looking to move out from under his father’s shadow, and establish himself as a lightweight contender in Bellator.

The co-main event, meanwhile, featured a re-match between Paul Bradley and Chris Honeycutt, after their first fight ended in a No Contest due to a accidental headbutt.

Who won? Who stole the show? Read below for full results and a main card summary!


Paul Daley vs. Andy Uhrich

Round 1 — The main event started off following Daley sending a message to Fresno fans about how their hometown fave, Josh Koscheck, had let them down (Koscheck pulled out of his scheduled headlining fight due to injury). The two fighters went through a feeling out period before Uhrich made a sloppy takedown attempt. Both fighters looked to find their range and timing early in the first, with Daley connecting with a massive right hand that dropped Uhrich and ended the fight just a couple of minutes into the first.

Paul Daley def. Andy Uhrich by knockout, Round, 2:00

Paul Bradley vs. Chris Honeycutt

Round 1 — The rematch between these two welterweights started fast and furious, with the two fighters immediately standing and trading with Paul Bradley getting the better of the exchange. Ruthless aggression best summed it up, as Bradley connected with several brutal that knocked Honeycutt on his heels and forced him to cover up as Bradley landed blow after clubbing blow until the ref waved things off.

Paul Bradley def. Chris Honeycutt by TKO, Round 1, 0:40

Patricky Freire vs. Ryan Couture

Round 1 — Ryan Couture was facing a big step up in competition against Patricky Freire at Bellator 148. They opened the round with Couture the aggressor. Both fighters looked to establish the jab. Freire looked to land a superman punch. A leg kick knocked Freire down, which got the crowd into the bout, but he managed to scramble out of harm’s way. Freire looked dangerous when throwing combos, and connected with a solid right hand at the halfway point of the round. Couture looked to shoot, but couldn’t secure it. Couture was opened open from that right hand. A big left from Freire came next, and Couture went down. That’s all she wrote.

Patricky Freire def. Ryan Couture by knockout, Round 1, 3:00

Raphael Butler vs. Tony Johnson

Round 1 — Johnson and Butler met in the middle, exchanging a few shots and kicks. Johnson scored the first takedown, but Butler was able to quickly escape back to his feet. Johnson then tied up Butler against the cage, but a low blow stopped then action. When action resumed, Johnson looked for the takedown, while Butler looked to answer with one of his own. With around two minutes left in the round they began swinging wildly before Johnson thought better of it and went back to looking for the takedown — only to wind up on the bottom with Butler in top control looking to pass guard. The round ended with Butler in control.

Round 2 — Johnson continued to focus on grappling in round two, looking for the takedown. On rare occasion Butler managed to find his range with the jab, but unable to string anything together. By the two minute mark Johnson had secured the takedown and was looking to pass guard. With a minute left in the second, Butler gave up his back, but finally escaped. Johnson more than likely took round two.

Round 3 — Right off the bell, Johnson secured the takedown and pressed Butler up against the cage. Butler was looking tired at than point. Johnson took his back and looked to land some blows to the side of the head or secure the rear naked joke. Johnson had plenty of time to work and was able to pull Butler down and easily secure side control. It was all Johnson at this point. While Butler managed to stand back up, Johnson continued to press the action. With two minutes to go, ref Mike Beltran stopped the action and restarted the bout, but it was more of the same. An easy takedown for Johnson and some ground and pound followed. In the final minute of the fight, Johnson scored the TKO win as the ref waved off the fight.

Tony Johnson def. Raphael Butler by TKO, Round 3, 4:24


Main Card

Paul Daley def. Andy Uhrich by knockout, Round, 2:00
Paul Bradley def. Chris Honeycutt by TKO, Round 1, 0:40
Patricky Freire def. Ryan Couture by knockout, Round 1, 3:00
Tony Johnson def. Raphael Butler by TKO, Round 3, 4:24

Preliminary Card

Ilima MacFarlane def. Amber Tackett by submission (arm-bar), Round 1, 2:09
Carl Seumanutafa def. Javy Ayala by TKO, Round 2, 3:46
Justin Smiley def. Art Arcienega by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Paul Ruiz vs. Josh San Diego
Matt Perez vs. Eugene Cancino
Nick Bustamante vs. Te Edwards
John Paul Elias vs. DeMarco Villalona
Jermaine McDermott vs. Eric Huggins


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.