Results: Bellator 222

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Bellator 222 prelims:



Phil Hawes scored a TKO (Doctor’s stoppage Rd. 1) victory over Michael Wilcox.  With this victory Hawes improves to 5-2


Marcus Surin wins by split decision against Nekruz Mirkhojaev in a hard fought, close contest. The victory raises Surin’s record to 6-1


Robson Gracie Jr. wins via submission (Rd. 1)  in quick fashion over Oscar Vera to improve his record to 2-0


Mike Kimbel wins in split decision fashion vs. Sebastian Ruiz. Kimbel is now 3-1


Haim Gozali was victorious via submission (Rd. 1) over Gustavo Wurlitzer. The triangle choke led to this impressive victory which has Gozali now at 11-6


Lindsey VanZandt won by technical submission (Rd. 1) via rear naked choke over Rena Kubota.  VanZandt is not 6-1 in her career


Valerie Loureda was victorious by way of unanimous decision over Larkyn Dasch in a hard fought contest. Loureda is now 2-0


*Post-Fight interview w/ Larkyn Dasch during her media availability after her fight vs. Valerie Loureda at Bellator*


Adam Borics defeated Aaron Pico via Knockout by Flying Knee (Rd. 2). Borics remains undefeated at 13-0


Taylor Turner won via TKO using punches (Rd. 1) on Heather Hardy. Turner improves to 4-5


John Beneduce victorious by Unanimous decision vs. Kenny Rivera. Beneduce is now 3-2 in his career


Kastriot Xhema won via punches leading to TKO (Rd.2) over Whitney Francois, improving his record to 3-3


Brandon Polcare was victorious by Submission using guillotine choke (Rd. 1) against Brandon Medina which brings his record up to 2-2


Bellator 222 Main Card:



– Bellator Bantamweight World Champion Darrion Caldwell (13-2) defended his title

against a man who previously defeated him, Rizin Fighting

Federation Bantamweight Champion Kyoji Horiguchi (27-2):

Horiguchi defeated Caldwell via 5 round Unanimous decision to become the new

Bellator Bantamweight Champion of the World. His record improves to 27-2

and is now the Bantamweight ‘Champ-Champ’


–  Eduardo Dantas (21-6) vs. Juan Archuleta (22-1):

In this fight, the once defeated Archuleta scored a sensational

one-punch knockout victory which improves his record to 23-1


–  Ricky Bandejas (11-2) vs. Partick Mix (10-0)

The undefeated Mix stayed that way, almost immediately attacking the back of

Bandejas, and not long after that was victorious via rear naked choke

submission. He is now 11-0 in his career


–  Max Humphrey (3-2) vs. Dillon Danis (1-0)

Using the armbar, Dillon Danis submitted Humphrey to

improve his record to 2-0. After the fight, Dillon could be heard saying “Too Easy”


–  Legend vs. Legend Co-Main Event:

In this match-up of MMA icons, Lyoto Machida (25-8) faced off with Chael Sonnen (30-16-1)

Towards the end of a competitive round one “The Dragon” caught

“The American Gangster” with a flying knee, which almost ended the fight

before the bell rang. When the second round commenced,

Machida hit Sonnen with a 2nd flying knee followed by punches, which led to a

TKO victory.  After the fight,  an always charismatic and respected

Chael would announce his retirement from MMA. The Madison Square

Garden crowd gave Sonnen a well deserved standing

ovation as he left the cage for the final time.  Chael Sonnen retires with a

record of 30-17-1, while Lyoto Machida improves to 26-8


– Bellator World Welterweight Championship/Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix Semi-Final Main Event:

This stellar card of MMA at Bellator 222 live from Madison Square Garden

in New York City concluded with the main event of the evening. The Bellator

Welterweight Champion of the World Rory MacDonald (20-5-1)

entered the cage to defend his title against undefeated challenger Neiman Gracie (9-0). 

In a fight that saw a lot of mat work from both competitors, the final result would be

left in the hands of the judges. The final scorecards would read

49-46, 48-47, 48-47 as the winner and STILL Bellator Welterweight Champion

of the World is Rory MacDonald, who will now move on to

defend the Welterweight title in the Grand Prix Finals. Rory MacDonald is now 21-5-1


*Post fight Press Conference: Bellator Welterweight Champion of the World Rory MacDonald*


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