BELLATOR MMA 265: Kongo vs. Kharitonov | Monster Energy Prelims fueled by ampm | INT

BELLATOR MMA 265: Kongo vs. Kharitonov | Monster Energy Prelims fueled by ampm | INT

♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ >>> HEY BELLATOR NATION, FOLLOW US AND STAY UP TO DATE ON EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW. LIKE US ON THE BELLATOR FACEBOOK PAGE AND SEE EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS. FOLLOW US AND GET INSTANT UPDATES ON TWITTER AT BELLATOR MMA AND GET LIVE ON BROADCAST. BELLATOR MMA, JOIN BELLATOR NATION TODAY. ♪♪ ♪♪ >>> PREPARE FOR IMPACT. >> OH! >> HARD-HITTING CHEICK KONGO IS ON THE HUNT FOR A TITLE SHOT. >> WHEN HE SQUARES OFF AGAINST THE STRIKERER IS BAY KHARITONOV, WHO’S GOT THE QUEST FOR THE HEAVY WEIGHT DIPLOMACY? BELLATOR MMA LIVE TONIGHT ON SHOWTIME, WHERE WARRIORS RULE. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> WHAT A FIGHT! WHAT A NIGHT! >> OH, MY, GOD! >> WELCOME TO BELLATOR MMA! >> SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA, IS HOME TO ONE OF THE TEAMS IN THE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES, AND TONIGHT IT’S HOME TO BIG LEAGUE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS, BELLATOR MMA IS BACK AT SANFORD PENTAGON FOR BELLATOR 265. COMING UP LATER TONIGHT IN THE MAIN EVENT LIVE ON SHOWTIME, A GUY WHO LOOKS LIKE HE WAS CHISELLED OUT OF SOUTH DAKOTA GRANITE NUMBER THREE RANKED HEAVY WEIGHT CHEICK KONGO SQUARES OFF WITH SERGEI KHARITONOV. HE IS BIG JOHN McCARTHY. I AM MORO RONALDO, AND BOY, WE HAVE PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE COMING YOUR WAY IN THE CIRCLE OF TRUTH TONIGHT. CHEICK KONGO AT 46 STILL LOOKS LIKE HE’S IN HIS 20s, BUT AT 46 THE OLDEST MEMBER OF THE BELLATOR MMA ROSTER AND HOLDS THE RECORD FOR MOST FIGHTS AND WINS IN BELLATOR HEAVY WEIGHT HISTORY, BUT HE MEETS THE GUY IN SERGEI KHARITONOV, PROVEN FINISHER. 32 CAREER WINS AND 32 OF THEM GO THE DISTANCE AND PLEASE SET THE TABLE FOR YOUR FEATURE ATTRACTION. >> YOU HAVE TO BE SO IMPRESSED WITH CHEICK KONGO. AT 46 YEARS OF AGE THE GUY HE REMINDS ME OF IS RANDY COUTURE. A GUY, LIKE YOU SAID, CHISELLED OUT OF GRANITE AND 30 CAREER WINS AND SERGEI KHARITONOV IS A GUY THAT HAS HAMMERS IN HIS HAND AND IF HE TOUCHES YOUR CHIN, YOU ARE GOING TO LEAP. HE’S GOT HUGE KNEES AND A HUGE UPPERCUT, BUT KONGO HAS FOUND HIMSELF FROM GETTING THE FIGHT WHERE HE WANTS IT TO BE TO BE COMFORTABLE AND WITH THAT, HE WINS FIGHTS ALL THE TIME. >> HEAVY WEIGHT CAREERS TEND TO LAST A LITTLE LONGER, BUT HEAVY WEIGHT FIGHTS CAN END WITH ONE SHOT AND WITH MORE ON TONIGHT’S MAIN EVENT, LET’S GO TO GARRETT A. DAVIES. >> CHEICK KONGO AND SERGEI KHARITONOV MEET TONIGHT IN A CLASH OF POWERFUL EUROPEAN HEAVY WEIGHTS. WITH THE FRENCHMAN KONGO LOOKING TO MAINTAIN HIS POSITION IN THE RANKINGS. THE LEGEND MIGHT HAVE LOST IN PARIS LAST OCTOBER, BUT PREVIOUS TO THAT, OTHER THAN THE NO CONTEST FOR THE HEAVY WEIGHT TITLE HE HAS WON EIGHT SUCCESSIVE FIGHTS SINCE 2015. THE TOWERING PARISIAN SAYS HIS AMBITION IS STILL TO CLAIM THE HEAVY WEIGHT CROWN. YES, HIS DESIRE — ONCE KNOWN FOR HIS FEAR SHH KICKING GAME, KONGO HAS MORPHED INTO A DIFFERENT KIND OF FIGHTER. AND THOSE CAGE SMARTS WILL BE TESTED TO THE FULL TONIGHT AND HE HAS ONE BLEMISH TO HIS RECORD IN 2015 AND HE RETURNS TO BELLATOR ON THE BACK OF TWO STRAIGHT VICTORIES IN THE FIGHT LEAGUE, BUT AS WE KNOW IN HEAVY WEIGHT MMA, ONE STRIKE WITH THOSE 4-OUNCE GLOVES CAN CHANGE THE PATTERN OF A FIGHTER AND TONIGHT IT WILL BE ABOUT MOMENTUM WHICH IS A SIMPLE MISTAKE FROM EITHER OF THE BIG MEN WHEN THE FIRST BELL TOLLS. >> THE POET LAUREATE OF COMBAT SPORTS GARRETT A. DAVIES LIVE ON SHOWTIME. A HOME COMING FOR LOGAN STORLEY IN MORE HEAVY WEIGHT COMPETITION. MARCELLO GOLM MEETS BILLY SWANSON AND JORNEL LUGO WILL CLYDE WITH KEITH “KILLA” LEE AND THAT’S BELLATOR 265 LIVE ON SHOWTIME AT 9:00 EASTERN, 6:00 PACIFIC AND WE KICK OFF THE PRELIMS WITH — WELL, WE’RE CLOSING THE SHOW WITH HEAVY WEIGHTS. WE’RE BEGINNING THE SHOW WITH HEAVY WEIGHTS. BAILEY SCHOENFELDER AND KORY MOEGENBURG MEET IN BELLATOR MMA, THEIR FIRST FIGHTS UNDER THE BELLATOR MMA BANNER. >> AND NOW WE WELCOME OUR FIRST FIGHTERS FOR THE PRELIMS, KORY “THE MONSTER” MOEGENBURG! ♪♪ ♪♪ >> KORY “THE MONSTER” MOEGENBURG IS 29 YEARS OF AGE. HE WAS NEVER REALLY GOOD AT ANYTHING IN LIFE, AND HE FOUNDED MIXED MARTIAL ARTS AND IT CHANGED HIM FROM A SHY, TIMID KID TO A CONFIDENT MAN AND HE CREDITS HIS TRAINER FOR TAKING HIM UNDER HIS WIN AND HELPING HIM TO GET TO WHERE HE IS TODAY. SHEPARD, THE HEAD COACH AT GREAT PLACE FIGHTING OUT OF OTUNWA, IOWA. >> HE HAS A LOT OF POWER IN HIS HANDS, J.J. HE FEELS COMFORTABLE IN THE CAME AND WE’LL SEE HOW HE DOES. >> OTUNWA, IOWA, YOU ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE. >> AND HIS OPPONENT MAKING HIS WAY TO THE CAGE BAILEY SCHOENFELDER! >> AND FOR THE FIRST TIME TONIGHT THE CROWD HERE IN SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA, IS GOING BERSERK FOR SCHOENFELDER. SCHOENFELDER IS OF NORWEGIAN DESCENT, AND HE APPRECIATES THE STORIES OF VIKINGS AND THE WARRIOR SPIRIT. HE ANTICIPATES THE DOGFIGHT, AND HE WANTS TO TURN KORY “THE MONSTER” INTO KORY “THE RED”. >> HE HAS A VERY GOOD RECORD, GOOD ATHLETE AND PLAYED FOOTBALL FOR THE MINNESOTA GOPHERS, AND WE’LL SEE HOW HE DOES TONIGHT. >> OUR TALE OF THE TAPE FOR THIS OPENING HEAVY WEIGHT MATCHUP. TAKE A LOOK AT THAT REACH ADVANTAGE THAT BAILEY SCHOENFELDER HAS. 76 INCHES AND 68.5. THAT’S A HUGE DIFFERENCE AND WE’LL SEE WHAT KORY CAN DO TO MAINTAIN THAT INSIDE. >> ONE OF THE BEST LIVE EVENT ANNOUNCERS IN THE BUSINESS. THIS IS MICHAEL C. WILLIAMS. >> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO THE SANFORD PENTAGON IN SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA, AS WE GET READY TO KICK OFF THE BELLATOR 265 PRELIMS LIVE. TONIGHT WE THANK THOSE FOR JOINING US ON YOUTUBE AND SHOWTIME SPORTS AND BELLATOR MMA AS WE GET THE NIGHT STARTED NOW WITH THREE FIVE-MINUTE ROUNDS IN THE HEAVY WEIGHT DIVISION. INTRODUCING THE BLUE CORNER AT 5’10”, WEIGHING 214.8 POUNDS, HE HAS A PROFESSIONAL RECORD EARLY ON AND STANDS AT 1 AND 2. HE FIGHTS OUT OF UTUNWA, IOWA. KORY “THE MONSTER” MOEGENBURG. FIGHTING OUT OF THE RED CORNER AT 6’3″, WEIGHING IN AT 224 POUNDS EVEN AS A PROFESSIONAL, EARLY ON HE STANDS AT 1-0. HE FIGHTS OUT OF MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, BAILEY “BERSERK” SCHOENFELDER. >> AND THE REFEREE IN CHARGE, BOBBY. >> THE BUTTERFLIES IN THE BELLY HAVE TO BE THE SIZE OF EAGLES. BOTH SCHOENFELDER AND MOEGENBURG MAKING THEIR RESPECTIVE BELLATOR MMA DEBUTS AND THEY WANT TO IMPRESS THE BIG BOSSMAN. >> ARE YOU READY? LET’S GET AFTER IT! >> ROUND 1. SCHOENFELDER IN THE RED GLOVES. MOEGENBURG IN THE BLUE GLOVES AND NO FEELING OUT PROCESS AS THEY IMMEDIATELY GO ON THE ATTACK. >> SCHOENFELDER THROWING A BIG OVERHAND RIGHT. HE WAS A STATE CHAMPION. HERE IN SOUTH DAKOTA AS A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR. >> THE GUY’S GOT A GAS TANK FOR A BIG GUY. HE CAN HIT HARD AND HE CAN WRESTLE. >> YOU CAN FIGHT IN MMA AS MOEGENBURG TRYING TO CHOP DOWN THE BIGGER SCHOENFELDER. AS WE MENTIONED THE MAIN EVENT, KONGO AND KHARITONOV WITH 62 COMBINED WINS AND 48 FINISHES AND WE OPEN WITH A HEAVY WEIGHT, AND THE DIFFERENT ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM. >> HE NEEDS TO STOP GOING BACK TO THAT RIGHT HAND. >> A MINUTES GONE AND SCHOENFELDER TAKING MOEGENBURG, AND IT IS SCHOENFELDER MAN HANDLING MOEGENBURG IN THE FIRST ROUND. >> THE HAMMER FIST AND ANOTHER RIGHT HAND TO THE CRANIUM OF MOEGENBURG. >> HE’S DOING A GOOD JOB AT CONTROLLING IT. >> A MINUTE AND A HALF GONE IN THE FIRST ROUND AND IT HAS BEEN BAILEY SCHOENFELDER. >> LET IT GO. NASTY KNEE TO THE BACK AND NOW WITH SIDE CONTROL, AND IT IS ALL SCHOENFELDER. >> SCHOENFELDER LOOKING TO TRAP THAT ARM, AND NOW THE HALF GUARD. NICE JOB BY KORY MOEGENBURG TO GET HIMSELF BACK WHERE HE CAN START TO WORK IN REGARD TO IT, AND BOTH OF HIS LOSSES HAVE COME VIA TKO, AND HE IS CARRYING ALL OF THAT PRESSURE OF nR SCHOENFELDER, CONTROLLING SCHOENFELDER’S HEAD AND SCHOENFELDER WANTING TO POP IT OUT. >> YOU CAN SEE IT BEFORE. HE WAS IN A BOX AND HE WAS IN POSITION TO GET THAT PRESSURE RIGHT. IF HE KEEPS THAT UP, MOEGENBURG — HE IS TAKING A BEATING AND SCHOENFELDER IN THE MIDWAY POINT OF THE OPENING ROUND. SCHOENFELDER 1-0 WITH ONE KNOCKOUT AND THAT CAME IN MAY OF THIS YEAR, AND IT CAME IF THE FIRST ROUND. >> THE ONE THING YOU CAN GIVE MOEGENBURGER, HE’S DONE A GOOD JOB OF UPSETTING BAILEY. AGAIN, LOOKING FOR A LEG LOCK. BAILEY NEEDS TO KEEP HIS PRESSURE FORWARD AND TAKE HIS SHOT. >> SCHOENFELDER OOZING CONFIDENCE WHEN IT CAME TO MAKING A PREDICTION AND HE’S BACK WITH SIDE CONTROL WITH LESS THAN TWO MINUTES REMAINING AND GIVING MOEGENBURG A SERIES OF LEFT HANDS. >> NOT QUITE INTO IT, AND HE TRAPPED THAT ARM WITH THE KNEE AND VERY NICE GRAPPLING POSITION BY BAILEY. >> A MINUTE AND A HALF NOW REMAINING IN THE FIRST ROUND. NOT ANYMORE, AND MOEGENBURG MAY BE NICKNAMED THE MONSTER AND IT IS REAL. BAILEY SCHOENFELDER ALL OVER KORY MOEGENBURG. >> NICE JOB. >> AND FROM GROUND AND POUND. >> GET THOSE LEGS OFF THE GROUND! >> SCHOENFELDER, AND GIVING MOEGENBURG EVERY CHANCE TO ESCAPE AND IT WAS BAILEY SCHOENFELDER WITH A FIRST-ROUND FINISH IN HIS BELLATOR MMA DEBUT. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> FROM A GLADIATOR TO A CAGE GLADIATOR WITH BELLATOR MMA, IT WAS ALL ONE-WAY TRAFFIC, JOHN, BUT WHAT DID YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT SCHOENFELDER’S PERFORMANCE? >> WHAT I REALLY LIKED OUT OF BAILEY SCHOENFELDER WAS WHEN HE FINALLY GOT THE FIGHT TO THE GROUND POSITION, HE WAS MOVING HIMSELF INTO POSITION AND TAKING HIS TIME AND LANDING BIG SHOTS AND WHEN HE GOT TO THAT, HE STARTED OFF THE BIG RIGHT HAND AND HE LANDED THE RIGHT HAND MULTIPLE TIMES. WHEN HE GOT TO THE BACK HERE AND YOU DID GET TO FULL MOUNT. HE STARTED TO GO A LITTLE BIT WILD, HE SLOWED HIMSELF DOWN AND STARTED TO LAND BIG ELBOWS AND ELBOWS ARE SOMETHING THAT ARE GOING TO CAUSE DAMAGE AND THE REFEREE WILL LOOK AT THAT MUCH MORE CLOSELY THAN HE DOES JUST THE PUNCH FROM THE MOUTH POSITION. THOSE ELBOWS ARE HUGE. YOU CAN SEE THE FEET UP IN THE AIR AND THAT’S A HORRIBLE POSITION FOR MOEGENBURG. GREAT JOB BY BAILEY SCHOENFELDER COMING INTO THIS FIRST FIGHT OF HIS CAREER AND ONLY 20 SECONDS IN HIS FIRST FIGHT AND THIS ONE WENT A LITTLE BIT LONGER. HE DID A LOT OF DAMAGE FOR ONE ROUND OF FIGHTING. >> HE SAYS FIGHTING IS THE ESSENCE OF LIFE, WHETHER LITERALLY OR FIGURATIVELY, EVERYONE HAS A FIGHT OR A STRUGGLE AND IT’S WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL ALIVE AND THIS CROWD HERE AT SANFORD PENTAGON IS ALIVE AND THEY’RE IN FULL SUPPORT OF BAILEY SCHOENFELDER FROM HERE IN SOUTH DAKOTA AND SIOUX FALLS WILL HAVE EVEN MORE REASON TO CELEBRATE THEIR TEAM AT THE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES JUST PICKED UP A 2-0 VICTORY. CONGRATULATIONS, SIOUX FALLS. CONGRATULATIONS BAILEY SCHOENFELDER. >> LET’S MAKE IT OFFICIAL WITH MICHAEL W. WILLIAMS. >> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WITH JUST 49 SECONDS REMAINING IN ROUND NUMBER 1, IT COMES TO A HALT DUE TO UNANSWERED STRIKES. THE WINNER BY TKO AND STILL UNDEFEATED BAILEY “BERSERK” SCHOENFELDER! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> SCHOENFELDER DELIVERING ON HIS PREDICTIONS OF ANOTHER FIRST-ROUND FINISH. 2-0 BOTH WINS COMING IN THE OPENING ROUND, BUT THIS ONE BY FAR THE BIGGEST BECAUSE IT HAPPENED UNDER THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF BELLATOR MMA. LET’S GO TO BJM. >> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I’M HERE WITH YOUR WINNER BAILEY SCHOENFELDER. FIRST OFF, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FIRST FIGHT IN BELLATOR. THAT WAS AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE. TALK TO ME ABOUT WALKING INTO THE STAGE, THE PRESSURE ON YOU PERFORMING IN FRONT OF YOUR HOMETOWN FANS. >> IT’S AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE. >> WE HAVE EVERYONE ELSE THAT CAME TO WATCH ME IN SOUTH DAKOTA AND YOU WALK OUT AND GET BUTTERFLIES. IT’S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY AND GREAT TO BE BACK IN SIOUX FALLS. >> COMING OUT OF SANFORD MMA WITH THE GUYS THAT YOU TRAIN WITH, WITH ALL OF THAT EXPERIENCE THERE, WHAT DOES THAT DO FOR YOUR CONFIDENCE COMING IN HERE? >> IT’S THE BIGGEST THING FOR MY CONFIDENCE. I TRAIN WITH GUYS IN THE UFC AND THE TOP GUYS IN BELLATOR AND JUST KNOWING THAT I CAN GO WITH THOSE GUYS IN TRAINING, I CAN HANG WITH THEM THAT I CAN BRING THAT INTO THE CAGE WITH WHOEVER I’M GOING UP AGAINST I KNOW IT DOESN’T MATCH UP. >> WHAT IS IT THAT YOU EXPECT OUT OF YOURSELF IN YOUR MMA CAREER AND NOW YOU’RE 2-0 WITH THE FIRST-ROUND FINISHES, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT? >> I EXPECT TO KEEP GETTING BETTER EVERY DAY AND KEEP DOING WHAT I DO. >> SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT THING IN MIND. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOUR WINNER, BAILEY SCHOENFELDER! >> BAILEY SCHOENFELDER DELIVERING THE MONSTER SMASH TO KORY “THE MONSTER” MOEGENBURG, A SCINTILLATING START TO OUR NIGHT HERE IN SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA FOR BELLATOR 265 AND WE’LL HAVE MORE PRELIMS COMING YOUR WAY RIGHT AFTER THESE. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> BUT HIS NEXT ATTACK. A COMBAT SPORTS LEGEND WITH EXPERT STRIKING. NOW THE FIGHT THAT CRITICS SAY HE SHOULD NEVER TAKE IS HERE. WHO WANTS IT MORE? >> JAY PAUL VERSUS TYRONE WOODLY, LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW. >> THE NEW BELLATOR MMA APP IS HERE. NEW LOOK, NEW FEATURES, NEW FIGHTS. WATCH LIVE WEIGH-INS AND PRELIMS. SHARE YOUR FIGHT PICKS AND EARN POINTS AND BADGES AND YOU RANK US TO THE HEAVY WEIGHT DIVISION AND STAY UP-TO-DATE ON EVENTS, RANKINGS AND NEWS. FOR ALL OF THE LATEST FEATURES, DOWNLOAD THE NEW BELLATOR MMA APP AVAILABLE ON THE APPLE STORE AND GOOGLE PLAY. >> PREPARE FOR IMPACT. HARD-HITTING CHEICK KONGO IS ON THE HUNT FOR A TITLE SHOT WHEN HE SQUARES OFF AGAINST STRIKER SERGEI KHARITONOV. WHO’S GOT THE GOODS TO MAKE HEAVY WEIGHT SUPREMACY? BELLATOR MMA LIVE TONIGHT ON SHOWTIME WHERE WARRIORS RULE. >>> COMING UP LIVE ON SHOWTIME, 9:00 EASTERN, 6:00 PACIFIC AND BELLATOR 265. CHEICK KONGO AGAINST SERGEI KHARITONOV AND THE FANS HERE IN SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA, COMING OUT IN FULL FORCE FOR ONE OF THEIR OWN LOGAN “STORM” STORLEY. WITH MORE ON LOGAN STORLEY, LET’S GO TO JOSH. >> HE’S MAKING HIS RETURN TO SOUTH DAKOTA WHERE HE WAS A SIX-TIME STATE CHAMP AND A FOUR-TIME ALL AMERICAN AT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. THE LAST TIME HE CAME TO THE PENTAGON HE SET THE CROWD ON FIRE AND THEY WERE ELECTRIC. I HAVE TO TELL YOU RIGHT NOW HE HAS A DOMINANT PERFORMANESS WITH HIS WRESTLING AND WHEN HE GOT TO THAT TOP POSITION HE LAY DOWN SOME VICIOUS GROUND AND POUND. DANTE SAYS THIS, I CAN’T WAIT TO WALK INTO A CROWD OF BOOS SO WHEN THEY RAISE MY HAND IT WILL FEEL EVEN BETTER WHEN THEY GO SILENT. WITH MORE ON THIS FIGHT I’LL THROW IT BACK TO MORROW. >> ALL RIGHT, MR. REPORTER JOSH, AS WE CONTINUE TO ROLL ALONG AT SANFORD PENTAGON IN SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA. WE WILL TURN OUR ATTENTION TO THE MIDDLE WEIGHT DIVISION. OH, MY GOD, IT’S DUANE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON AGAINST DEVEN FISHER. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> READY TO MAKE HIS WAY TO THE CAGE, DEVEN FISHER! ♪♪ ♪♪ >> DEVEN FISHER LOOKING TO LAND A BIG ONE IN HIS MMA DEBUT AND LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK FROM A SETBACK AGAINST THE ONE WIN IN APRIL OF THE 2017, BIG JOHN McCARTHY. HE’S FINALLY MAKING HIS WAY TO MMA COMPETITION. THAT’S WHAT FIGHTING WILL DO FOR YOU AND HE GOT AN INCREDIBLE WRESTLING BACKGROUND. HE’S NOT ALL IN, DON’T DO THIS AND YOU’RE 100% IN AND 100% OUT AND DEVEN FISHER WENT BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND WENT BACK TO LEARNING WHAT HE NEEDED TO DO AND HE’LL WALK THROUGH THE CAGE THERE. WHEN IT COMES TO 100% AND ALL OF THE WINS COME INSIDE AND ALL OF THE ROSTER. >> AND IT’S TRUE. >> DEVEN FISHER WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE HIS LIFE. WHEN YOU STEP INTO THE BELLATOR MMA CAGE, REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES YOU ARE GETTING AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRY TO PROVE THAT YOU BELONG. IT’S AN AUDITION ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE IN THE PRELIM AND YOU HAVE THE FIRST COUPLE OF FIGHTS. YOU HAVE TO KNOW THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO IMPRESS AND SAY I WANT TO SEE THIS GUY FIGHT. >> AND NOW SET TO MAKE HIS WAY, DUANE JOHNSON! ♪♪ ♪♪ >> OBVIOUSLY, HE’S NOT THAT DUANE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON, ALTHOUGH HE’S CHALLENGED THE MOST ELECTRIFYING MAN IN ENTERTAINING AND ALL KIDDING ASIDE, JOHNSON 5 AND 2 WITH THREE KNOCKOUTS ALSO MAKING HIS BELLATOR MMA DEBUT, AND HE WOULD — HE WOULD LOVE TO ROCK LIKE DUANE JOHNSON AND ROCK THE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS GOOD-LOOKING PHYSICAL SPECIMEN IN MR. JOHNSON? >> HE IS TRAINING WITH THE VERY BEST THERE’S EVER BEEN. HE’S BEEN AT BLACKOUT MMA FOR A WHILE AND YOU TALK ABOUT TRAINING WITH GUYS LIKE MACHIDA AND ELLENBERGER AND ALL OF THESE GUYS THAT HE HAS BEEN IN THE TRAINING ROOM WITH, AND HE HAS BROUGHT ALL OF THAT EXPERIENCE INTO WHAT HE’S DOING NOW IN THE CAGE. THERE ARE ONLY TWO LOSSES AND HE FINISHES FIVE AND HE’S THE REAL THING AND IF HE DID FIGHT THE ROCK, THE ROCK WOULD BE IN TROUBLE. >> THE FLYING ARM-BAR WHICH REMINDS US WHO RECORDED ONE OF THE FASTEST SUBMISSION WINS IN HISTORY WITH THE FLYING ARM-BAR IN JANUARY OF 1999, SIX SECONDS AGAINST CHARLES DIAZ. WITH HIS PROFESSIONAL MMA DEBUT AND THE FIRST TIME THE MOVEMENT IS IN YOU. >> LOOK AT YOU. >> I’M SITTING NEXT TO BIG JOHN McCARTHY. >> THE MIDDLE WEIGHT MATCHUP AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE AGES OF 33 AND 31 ACROSS THE BOARD HERE, BUT DUANE JOHNSON IS THE GUY WHO SAYS I HAVE BEEN WITH THE MORE EXPERIENCED PEOPLE AND THAT MAKES ME BETTER. >> MICHAEL C. WILLIAMS. >> JOINING US TONIGHT FROM THE UK ON BBC PLAYER, WE WELCOME YOU TO THE HEARTLAND HERE IN THE STATES AS WE CONTINUE NOW WITH THE BELLATOR 365 PRELIMS WITH THREE FIVE-MINUTE ROUNDS IN THE MIDDLE WEIGHT DIVISION. INTRODUCING THE BLUE CORNER FIRST AT 5’11”, WEIGHING IN 184.4 POUNDS WITH FOUR VICTORIES TO HIS CREDIT, HE FIGHTS OUT OF RAPID CITY. DEVEN FISHER! >> AND OUT OF THE RED CORNER AT 6′, WEIGHING IN AT 185.6 POUNDS AS A PROFESSIONAL, FIVE WINS, TWO LOSSES FIGHTING OUT OF OMAHA, NEBRASKA, DUANE JOHNSON. >> TIME TO SEE IF WE CAN SMELL WHAT THIS DUANE JOHNSON IS COOKING AS HE AND DEVEN FISHER GET READY TO GET IT ON AND YOU ONLY GET ONE CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION IN THE BELLATOR MMA CAGE. JOHNSON IN THE RED GLOVES AND DEVEN FISHER IN THE BLUE GLOVES AND IMMEDIATELY JOHNSON USING HIS KICKS. >> HE JUST THREW THOSE KICKS AND LOOK AT WHERE HE PUSHED DEVEN TO. HE’S IN A POSITION WHERE HE HAS HIS BACK UP AGAINST THE CAGE. >> AND FISHER COMES BACK WITH A KICK AND ANOTHER ONE BODY KICK UNDER THE ARMPIT. THERE’S A PUSH KICK BY JOHNSON THAT PUSHES FISHER BACK TO THE FENCE. >> HE’LL GO STRAIGHT BACKWARD. >> FISHER WITH A KNEE TO THE MIDSECTION ON THE BREAK AND FESH TOL FISHER TOLD US HIS BIGGEST ADVANTAGE WOULD BE THE MATCH BY JOHNSON.FISHER TOLD US HIS BIGG ADVANTAGE WOULD BE THE MATCH BY JOHNSON. NICE SWITCHOVER. MOVED BY DUANE JOHNSON AND DUANE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON HAS GOT TO BE IMPRESSED WITH WHAT HE JUST DID. >> HE PUT THE PRESSURE ON AND OUTSTANDING FINISH BY DUANE JOHNSON. SHOWING HIS RESPECT TO THE MAN WHO WAS THAT MUCH BETTER TONIGHT DUANE JOHNSON MAKING IT LOOK EASY IN HIS BELLATOR MMA DEBUT AND THIS WAS AFTER THE STANDOUT IN THAT POSITION AND CLOSES IT UP AND GRABS THE LEGS. THERE’S NOWHERE, AND IT’S JUST A MATTER OF PRESSURE. HE — LOOK AT THIS. THAT’S STEP DOWN, PULLS IT DOWN AND IMMEDIATELY DECIDES WHERE HE’S GOING TO GO WITH IT, BEAUTIFUL POSITIONING. NICE FROM ONE TO THE NEXT AND THEN HE GIVES HIM BACK. JOHNSON OUT OF OMAHA AND HE MIGHT WANT TO INVEST IN DUANE JANSON STOCK IN HIS MMA DEBUT. >> IT WASN’T A FLYING ARM-BAR, BUT IT WAS A DYNAMIC CHOKE AND THAT WAS DUANE JOHNSON’S FIRST SUBMISSION WIN. HE IMPROVES TO 6 AND 2 WITH THREE KNOCKOUTS AND NOW THE DARK CHOKE VICTORY. LET’S MAKE IT OFFICIAL WITH MICHAEL C. WILLIAMS. >> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, INSIDE THE BELLATOR CAGE IT COMES TO AN END, 1:04 INTO ROUND NUMBER ONE AND THE WINNER BY SUBMISSION DUANE JOHNSON! >> AND I KNOW BJM IS ABOUT TO REALIZE THAT ONE OF HIS FANTASIES HE GETS TO STAND NEXT TO DUANE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON! >> DUANE JOHNSON, AND I ALWAYS WANTED TO STAND NEXT TO DUANE JOHNSON AND THIS IS AN HONOR FOR ME. THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO HEAR. AND ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU DECIDED TO GET THE STEPDOWN. YOU SET IT UP AND LOCKED IT IN AND GRABBED THE LEG AND TALK TO ME ABOUT THAT VICTORY. >> I’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR OVER 15 YEARS AND I KNOW I CAN COMPETE WITH ALL OF THE TOP TEN IN THE WORLD AND IT’S TIME TO START LEARNING WHO DUANE JOHNSON IS. IT’S MY TIME. THANK GOD. I THANK ALL MY SPONSORS. THANK ALL YOU GUYS COMING OUT AND WITHOUT YOU GUYS I COULDN’T DO THIS. IT’S TIME TO START CLIMBING THE LADDER. >> AND LET’S TALK ABOUT THE GUYS WHO HAVE HELPED YOU GOAT THIS POINT SO EFFORTLESSLY INTO THIS CAGE. WHAT ABOUT THE GUYS LIKE LYOTO MACHIDA? >> I’VE TRAIN ADLOY LOT OF GUYS, WE HAVE 15 AMATEUR MUAY THAI FIGHTS AND THE TOP HITS OF THE NATION ARE AMATEUR, AND I’VE BEEN DOING THIS STRONG LIME, AND NOW I’M HERE AS A PRO, AND IT’S TIME TO START. >> WANT TO CONGRATULATION YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL WIN. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GIVE IT UP FOR DWAYNE JOHNSON. >> DWAYNE JOHNSON STICKS THE LANDING, STICKS THE VICTORY AND HIS BELLATOR MMA DEBUT AND PICKS UP HIS FIRST SUBMISSION WIN. HIS FIRST ROUND DARK CHOKE. >> COMING UP, SEPTEMBER 18th, MR. WONDERFUL WELCOMES THE MMA CAGE, AS THE SOLDIER OF GOD MAKES HIS PROMOTIONAL DEBUT IN SAN JOSE. IT’S A LONDON CALLING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31st WHEN BELLATOR RETURNS TO THE UK FOR A WELTERWEIGHT SHOWDOWN WHERE SUPERSTAR MVP SEEKS REDEMPTION AGAINST THE ONLY MAN TO DEFEAT HIM AND FORMER WORLD CHAMPION DOUGLAS FEMA, THEN IT’S FIREWORKS IN PHOENIX WHEN THE BELLATOR LIGHT HEAVY WEIGHT WORLD GRAND PRIX RESUMES SATURDAY OCTOBER 16th AS ARIZONA STATE LEGEND SQUARES OFF WITH KORY ANDERSON AND NIMKOV DEFENDS THE BELT AGAINST JOHNSON. AND THE WORLD GRAND PRIX FINALS. FINALLY, BELLATOR COMES FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE WITH A MOSCOW MEGA FIGHT WITH FEDDOR EMELIANENKO, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23rd ON SHOWTIME. >>> AND COMING UP LATER TONIGHT LIVE ON SHOWTIME, BELLATOR 265. IT WILL CULMINATE WITH A HEAVY WEIGHT SHOWTIME BETWEEN THE NUMBER THREE RANKED CHEICK KONGO AND SERGEI KHARITONOV ALWAYS A DANGEROUS OPPONENT AND WITH MORE ON OUR MAIN EVENT, LET’S GO BACK TO JOSH THOMPSON. >> WE HAVE SERGEI KHARITONOV AND CHEICK KONGO. BOTH OF THEM HAVE GREAT STRIKING AND BOTH HAVE KNOCKOUT POWER AND KHARITONOV IS A WRESTLING STYLE WRESTLING EXPECT KONGO HAS THE AMERICAN STYLE WRESTLING. WHEN KHARITONOV STEPS INTO IT, AND HE CAN EITHER TRY IT AS A TAKEDOWN AND DRIVE THEM TO THE GROUND. IF HE CAN DO THAT, I THINK KONGO WILL HAVE A SUCCESSFUL NIGHT. HE HAS TO MAKE SURE HE CRUSHES THAT STAGE AND USES HIS UPPERCUT AND HIS LEFT HOOK HE’S FAMOUS FOR AND FOR MORE ON THE HEAVY WEIGHT, LET’S THROW IT BACK TO BIG JOHN AND MO. >> THANKS A LOT, JOSH. THE FIGHT WILL START ON THE BEAT. THEY’RE WELL VERSE INDIVIDUAL FACETS OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS AND YOU LOOK AT SERGEI KHARITONOV, SHE’S DONE PROFESSIONAL BOXING AND SHOW CASED WHAT HE WAS CAPABLE OF AS A BOXER WITH PRIZE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP. WITH CHEICK KONGO, HE’S A PRIDE FIGHTER. BACKGROUND IN THE MUAY THAI STYLE OF FIGHTING. TAKING ALL OF THAT INTO ACCOUNT, WHO DO YOU EXPECT TO BE THE MOST DYNAMIC STRIKER IN OUR MAIN, VENT TONIGHT? >> I’LL TELL YOU RIGHT NOW I THINK THE DYNAMIC STRIKER IS SERGEI. HE’S NOT DYNAMIC THAT HE DOES A LOT OF FANCY TYPES OF STRIKES AND HE’S VERY GOOD AT IT AND LIKE JOHNSON SAID AND LIKE I SAY BEFORE, HIS UPPERCUT IS WELL TIMED AND ACCURATE. HIS LEFT HOOK IS VICIOUS AND THEN HE GRABS INTO A SINGLE COLLAR OR DOUBLE COLLAR AND BRINGS THE KNEES AND HE IS A VERY STRONG INDIVIDUAL, BUT CHEICK KONGO WITH THAT MUAY THAI BACKGROUND, HE’S THE GUY THAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT SAYING HE’LL BE A GREAT STRIKER, TOO. HE’S A GOOD STRIKER, BUT HE’S A GREAT GRAPPLER. WHEN HE GETS INTO A CLINCH HE KNOWS HOW TO USE HIS WEIGHT TO PUT PRESSURE AND MAKE HIS OPPONENT WORK TO THE POINT THAT THEY’RE GASSING THEMSELVES OUT AND HE TAKES THEM DOWN AND HE USES A GROUND AND POUND TO GET HIS WIN. >> KONGO AND KHARITONOV HAVE COMBINED FOR TWO WINS AND 48 FINISHES AND IT’S THE BELLATOR MAIN EVENT OF 265, COMING UP LIVE ON SHOWTIME AS WE CONTINUE WITH THE PRELIMS HERE AT SANFORD PENTAGON ACTION IN THE WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION. ARCHIE COLGAN WILL CLASH WITH BEN SIMONS. >> AND NOW WE WELCOME TO THE CAGE BEN SIMONS! >> AN ACCOUNTANT FOR A FARGO NORTH DAKOTA COMPANY, AND SIMONS IS COMING TO HIS BELLATOR MMA ON FOUR DAYS’ NOTICE. >> I WAS WAITING FOR THAT OPPORTUNITY. 5-2 AS A PRO, THIS IS A GUY WHO REALLY BELIEVES THAT HIS SKILL SET BOTH IN THE GRAPPLING AND STANDUP CAN BE SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO GIVE HIS OPPONENT TROUBLE. HIS OPPONENT IS NOT ENOUGH TO GIVE HIM IN THAT POSITION AND WE’LL SEE IF IT COMES TRUE. >> TWO SUBMISSIONS ON HIS RESUME. ONE REAR NAKED CHOKE AND ONE TRIANGLE CHOKE AND HE’S ALSO LOCKED IN THE GUILLOTINE CHOKE AND HE WANTS TO MAKE HIS OPPONENT FEEL LIKE HE’S BEING PUT IN A WOOD CHIPPER. >> YES, BIG JOHN, THAT IS A FARGO FILM REFERENCE. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> AND NOW SET TO MAKE HIS WAY, ARCHIE COLGAN! >> HE’S CALLED HULK COLGAN. 2-0 WITH A KNOCKOUT AND ARM-TRIANGLE CHOKE. HE’S DEFINITELY FEELING IT SO FAR IN HIS MMA CAREER IN HIS UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING WHERE HE WAS A FREESTYLE NATIONAL CHCHL ON. A TWO-TIME NCAA QUALIFIER AND A FOUR-YEAR STARTER WITH 114 CAREER WINS. TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ARCHIE COLGAN. >> THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE SAYING. WRESTLE, WRESTLE, WRESTLE. THAT’S WHAT HE DOES AND HE USES A VICIOUS GROUND AND POUND WHEN HE TAKES HIS OPPONENT DOWN TO THE GROUND AND HE’S A GUY THAT UNDERSTANDS AND KNOWS HE’S GOT TO BE DYNAMIC AND HE’S BEEN WORKING WITH JAKE RAMOS IN HIS BOXING AREA. JAKE IS A TRAINER TO A LOT OF OUTSTANDING GUYS. HE BELIEVES IN HIS YOUNG MAN. IF HE BELIEVES IN IT, I BELIEVE THIS WILL BE A GOOD FIGHT. >> WE ALL BELIEVE IN DMX REST IN PARADISE. ARCHIE COLGAN AND BEN SIMONS READY TO DO BATTLE IN THE MMA WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION. >> OUR TALE OF THE TAPE. LOOK AT BEN SIMONS WITH A 75″ REACH COMPARED TO 69.5, AND SINCE ARCHIE IS THE WRESTLER, I DON’T THINK IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS ONE. HIS NAME IS MICHAEL C. WILLIAMS, AND HE’S THE BELLATOR MMA CAGE ANNOUNCER. >> IN THE STANFORD PENTAGON, WE GO NOW TO THE WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION. THREE FIVE-MINUTE ROUNDS AND INTRODUCING THE BLUE CORNER AT 6’1″, WEIGHING IN AT 170.4 POUNDS, HE HAS A RECORD OF THREE WINS, TWO LOSSES AND FIGHTS OUT OF FARGO BY WAY OF INTERLIP, NORTH DAKOTA, PRESENTING BEN SIMONS! >> FIGHTING OUT OF THE RED CORNER AT 5’9″, WEIGHING 169 POUNDS EVEN, AS A PROFESSIONAL HE’S UNDEFEATED AT 2-0. HE FIGHTS OUT OF DENVER, COLORADO, ARCHIE COLGAN! >> YOUR REFEREE MIKE BELTRAN. >> I WONDER WHAT HE THINKS ABOUT BEN SIMONS AS HE HOPES TO BE SMILING AT THE END OF THE DEBUT AND ARCHIE WILL TRY TO WIPE THE SMILE OFF HIS FACE. >> ALL RIGHT, GENTLEMEN, FIRST ROUND. FIGHT! >> WELL, ROUND ONE, COLGAN IN THE RED GLOVES. SIMON IN THE BLUE AND IMMEDIATELY COLGAN TAKES THE CENTER OF THE CAGE. >> WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR EARLY IN THIS CONTEST, JOHN? THIS IS WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR FROM ARCHIE WHEN MEN CAN’T BACK UP ANYMORE AND THEY’LL CHANGE. >> THE RIGHT HAND. THAT’S THE KIND OF TAKE DOWN THAT MAKES HIM A CHAMPION IN WRESTLING AND HE THINKS ONE OF THE GREATEST RANKS IS HIS COMPOSURE. WHILE HE’S IN THE CAGE HE BELIEVES HE’S BEST AT PUTTING PRESSURE ON PEOPLE AND STAYING AGGRESSIVE, KIND OF WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO. IT’S EXACTLY WHEN YOU’RE SEEING. THAT LEFT ARM OF BEN IS NOW TRAPPED. ARCHIE’S GOT HIM BEHIND HIS BACK AND NOW HE’S FREE AND THAT IS WHAT MADE OF AND PUTTING HIS BACK TO THE CAMERAS WHERE ARCHIE IS. >> THE ACTION FROM HIS BACK, THROWING UP RIGHT HANDS WITH LITTLE EFFECT, BUT TRYING TO KEEP COLGAN OFF OF HIM AND ARCHIE COLGAN TRYING TO FIGHT BACK IN LIKE SHOGUN RUA. >> RIGHT THERE, YOU HAVE THE WRESTLING EXPERIENCE WITH HIS BASE AND BALANCE. GOT A LITTLE BIT HIGH AND BROUGHT HIS LEGS DOWN TO BRING THE PRESSURE DOWN. >> GOOD JOB BY BEN SIMMONS, AND HE KEEPS ON LANDING GOOD ELBOWS FROM THE BOTTOM. >> AND AN ATHLETE WHO PLAYS FOOTBALL AND ALSO COMPETED IN HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE UPKICK. >> AND HE LANDED AND NOT A LOT OF POWER TO IT. >> AND AGAIN, HOGAN ON THE ATTACK. LOOKING TO TAKE SIMONS BACK. WELL DEFENDED BY SIMONS. >> WE TALKED ABOUT THE POSITION AND HE’S NOT IN A GREAT POSITION TO LOOK FOR THAT REAR NAKED CHOKE RIGHT NOW, AND WE’LL GIVE YOU THAT OPPORTUNITY. >> THE POSITION BY ARCHIE COLGAN. HE CAN DO A LOT OF DAMAGE RIGHT HERE AND YOU SEE BEN TRYING TO CRUSH THAT POSTURE OF HIS BY GRABBING THE HEAD. COLGAN IS FIGHTING LIKE A GUY WHO IS EXPECTING HIS FIRST CHILD, A BABY BOY, SEPTEMBER 17th. HERE IN THE OPENING ROUND. >> THE FULL MOUNT NOW AND SOME NASTY ELBOWS FROM THE POSITION. >> VERY NICE ELBOWS FROM THE TOP POSITION, AND I’M JUST PUTTING A LITTLE BIT OF PRESSURE ON HIM AND HIS LONE SUBMISSION COMES VIA ARM TRIANGLE HOLD. >> I FIGURE WITH THE GUYS LIKE HE’S TRAINING WITH WITH USMAN AND HE’S GOT A LOT OF EXPERIENCE IN THESE POSITION AND WHAT WORKS BEST. >> ABSOLUTELY. THE HIGH-LEVEL TRAINING. SIMONS IS LOOKING FOR A BODY CHOKE. OH, WOW! >> THERE WAS PRESSURE THAT CHOKE AND NOW THERE’S PRESSURE ON THE FACE OF SIMON. GROUND AND POUND! >> A BEAUTIFUL POSITION. >> ARCHIE COLGAN, WITH SIMONS, BELLATOR MMA DEBUT! TAKE US BACK TO THE TYPE OF CHOKE THAT SIMONS WAS GOING FOR AND WHAT COST HIM DEARLY. >> THAT WAS A SMART MANEUVER BY ARCHIE COLGAN. IT IS A CHOKE WITH THE SIDE CONTROL, AND IT IS NOT A COMMON CHOKE AND MANY PEOPLE COULD NOT PULL THAT OFF AND THE PRESSURE WAS STARTING AND ARCHIE COLGAN QUICKLY STANDS UP AND BRINGS WHAT MAKES MMA VIOLENCE. THIS BEING PICKED UP AND DROPPED DOWN. LOOK AT HOW THEY COME OUT. HE’S IN TROUBLE RIGHT THERE. THAT HURT, AND THEN HUGE ELBOWS BY ARCHIE. THIS WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL WORK BY HIM. AFTER THAT DISPLAY, MAYBE IT SHOULD BE COLGAN. WAY TO UNDERSTAND YOUR BODY AS HE SWINGS AROUND THE BACK AND CONTINUE THOSE HUGE ELBOW STRIKES. IT’S NICE TO SEE HIS FIGHTER WAS HONEST AND HE SHOWED THAT HERE IN HIS — JUST SIMONS. >> HE ABSOLUTELY — HE WENT AFTER IT. >> THERE IS A PRICE TO PAY AND THEN SIMONS PAID IT IN FULL. >> HERE ONCE AGAIN IS MICHAEL W. WILLIAMS. >> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, INSIDE THE BELLATOR CAGE, REFEREE MIKE BELTRAN SET CALLED THE CONTEST 4:04 INTO ROUND NUMBER 1, THE WINNER BY TKO, STILL UNDEFEATED ARCHIE COLGAN! >> BACK TO BEN SIMONS FOR GOING FOR SUBMISSION THAT I’VE NEVER SEEN IN THE MMA CAGE, BUT THE VICTORY GOES TO ARCHIE COLGAN AND WE WILL GET MORE FROM THE WINNER WITH BIG JOHN McCARTHY. >>. >> WOW! LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I AM HERE WITH THE WINNER ARCHIE COLGAN. YOU PUT ON A PERFORMANCE. YOU USED YOUR HANDS TO CHANGE LEVELS AND GET YOUR FIGHT TO THE GROUND AND YOU NEVER REALLY LET HIM OUT OF THAT POSITION, BUT WE WILL TALK ABOUT WHEN YOU WENT TO SIDE CONTROL. HE PULLED OFF WHAT WE CALL A BUGGY CHOKE. HOW MUCH PRESSURE WERE YOU FEELING AT THAT TIME? >> I WASN’T REALLY FEELING ANY PRESSURE, BUT WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH MY HEAD WAS I’VE SEEN SOMEONE AT A UFC FIGHT GET CHOKED OUT AND I THOUGHT THIS IS EXACTLY AND I GET OUT OF IT HOWEVER WE CAN, AND HE WASN’T FIGHTING AND I THOUGHT LET’S SLAM HIM. >> LET’S TALK ABOUT THE WAY YOU DECIDED TO GET OUT OF THAT BECAUSE YOU ELEVATED HIM ABOUT FIVE AND A HALF FEET OFF THE GROUND AND DROPPED HIM DOWN AND THE IMPACT ABSOLUTELY HURT HIM AND IT WAS SO IMPRESSIVE FOR YOUR ABILITY TO SEE THAT AND GO AFTER THE FINISH FROM THAT POINT. >> YEAH. I LIFTED HIM AND SLAMMED HIM, AND I JUST FELT HIM KIND OF RELAX — NOT RELAXED, BUT HE PULLED DOWN A LITTLE BIT AND I PULLED MY ARM OUT AND STARTED DROPPING ELBOWS AND PURCHASES. >> YOU CAME IN WITH A REALLY EXTENSIVE WRESTLING BACKGROUND, BUT YOUR HANDS ARE STARTING TO REALLY LOOK GOOD. WHAT IS IT THAT YOU’VE BEEN DOING LIKE COACH RAMOS SAYS THAT HAS MADE YOU FEEL SO CONFIDENT IN THE STANDUP? >> IT’S REPETITION, AND I’M ALWAYS BUSTING — AND WE LISTEN WITH FULL INTENT. >> AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW, I’VE GOT HANDS. >> WHATEVER YOU’RE DOING IS WORKING AND THAT WAS A BEAUTIFUL WIN. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GIVE IT UP FOR ARCHIE COLGAN! >> ARCHIE COLGAN IMPROVES TO 3-0, AN IMPRESSIVE VICTORY IN HIS BELLATOR MMA DEBUT. MORE BELLATOR 365 PRELIM ACTION IS COMING YOUR WAY. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ >>> BOXING’S MOST POLARIZING FIGURE. A COMBAT SPORTS LEGEND WITH EXPERT STRIKING, NOW THE FIGHT CRITICS THAT THINK ALL SHOULD NEVER FACE IS HERE. WHO WANTS IT MORE? JANE PAUL VERSUS TYRONE WOODLY, LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW. >> THE NEW BELLATOR MMA APP IS HERE. NEW LOOK, NEW FEATURES AND NEW SITES. EARN POINTS AND BADGES AND YOU RANK US TO THE HEAVY WEIGHT DIVISION AND STAY UP TO DATE ON EVENTS, RANKINGS AND NEWS. FOR THE LATEST FEATURES DOWNLOAD THE NEW BELLATOR MMA APP AVAILABLE ON THE APPLE STORE AND GOOGLE PLAY. >> PREPARE FOR IMPACT. >> HARD-HITTING CHEICK KONGO IS ON THE HUNT FOR A TITLE SHOT. WHEN HE SQUARES OFF AGAINST A SEISMIC STRIKER SERGEI KHARITONOV. >> OH! >> WHO’S GOT THE GOODS TO MAKE HEAVY WEIGHT SUPREMACY? BELLATOR MMA LIVE TONIGHT ON SHOWTIME WHERE WARRIORS RULE. >> HEY, YOU CAN CATCH UP ON PAST FIGHTS 24/7 NOW ON OUR BELLATOR PLUTO TV CHANNEL. NO PASSWORDS, NO PAYMENTS. JUST DROP IN AND ENJOY THE SHOW. ENJOY NOW ON YOUR FAVORITE DEVICES, LOOK FOR US IN THE SPORTS ♪♪ ♪♪ >> AND YOU ARE LOOKING AT US RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. WE ARE JOINED BY JOSH THOMPSON AND BIG JOHN McKARTHY AND WE’LL KICK OFF BELLATOR 265 COMING UP AT 9:00 EASTERN, 6:00 PACIFIC AND LIVE ON SHOWTIME, AND 140-POUND MATCHUP BETWEEN THE UNDEFEATED JORDAN LUGO AND “KILLA” KEITH LEE. JOHN, I’LL START WITH YOU, WHEN YOU FIRST HEARD ABOUT THIS MATCHUP BEING PUT TOGETHER WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION? >> MY FIRST IMPRESSION IS I LOVE IT BECAUSE I THINK JORNEL LUGO IS A FANTASTIC FIGHTER. WHEN I SEE A FIGHTER LIKE LUGO WITH SUCH A HIGH FIGHT IQ, HE UNDERSTANDS THE ELEMENTS THAT IT TAKES TO BE A GREAT FIGHTER, BUT KEITH LEE IS AN ANIMAL. HE IS ATHLETIC. HE IS STRONG AND BASED UPON HIS BROTHER HE’S YOUNG, TOO. 25 YEARS OF AGE, 24 YEARS OF AGE AND BOTH OF THESE GUYS ARE JUST DYNAMIC IN THEIR ACTIONS. I THINK THIS IS A PHENOMENAL MATCHUP. ALL RIGHT, JOSH, WHAT ABOUT “KILLA” KEITH LEE AND TALK ABOUT HIS PATH TO THE OPENER AND WHAT DOES HE HAVE TO DO TO PICK UP THE WIN? >> JORNEL LUGO IS A TOP TALENT, BUT THE THING IS HE’S NEVER FACED ANYONE WITH THE TYPE OF ATHLETICISM THAT KEITH LEE HAS. HE HAD ONE FIGHT WITH SOMEONE THAT WAS JUST AS ATHLETIC AS HIM AND IT ENDED UP BEING A SPLIT DECISION WIN IN HIS FAVOR. SO SOMEONE COMING OUT IS VERY CLOSE TO HIM AND I THINK IT POSES BIG PROBLEMS. I KNOW JOHN DOESN’T AGREE WITH ME, AND HE LIKES TO DISAGREE WITH ME AND KEITH LEE HAS THE TOOLS AND THE PEDIGREE TO GET IT DONE, AND I’M TELLING YOU, THE SPEED WITH THE HANDS AND THEY’LL BE ABOUT EQUAL WHEN IT COMES TO THE STANDUP, BUT I THINK KEITH LEE IS THE BETTER STAND-UP STRIKER AND NOW WITH THE WRESTLING AND HE IS ONE OF THE TOP IN HIS DIVISION AND HOLD HIM DOWN AND WHO WERE OLYMPIC ALTERNATES, AND HE CAN’T GET THE FIGHT TO THE GROUND. I’LL TELL YOU THE ONE THAT SPEAKS TO ME. THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF BUZZ ABOUT THIS BANTAMWEIGHT BY BELLATOR AND THEY’LL BOTH NEED TO GET A WIN TO TRY TO GET INTO THAT TOURNAMENT, AND SO THERE IS A LOT OF PRESSURE TO SEE WHO CAN WALK OUT WITH THE W TONIGHT. >> I FEEL LIKE I’M A REFEREE WITH THE WEIGH-IN PODCAST. JOHN, TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE Xs AND Os AND WE’LL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME WITH THAT, AND WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT THE MENTAL ASPECTS OF MMA AND DORNEL LUGO AND I’LL TELL YOU, THE ONE THING THAT YOU TALK ABOUT THE MENTAL ASPECTS IS KEITH LEE FOUGHT RAVIAN, AND IN THAT FIGHT I LOOK AND SAY HOW MENTALLY TOUGH IS AN INDIVIDUAL AND HE SHOWED IN THAT FIGHT BECAUSE HE DID EVERYTHING THAT HE COULD POSSIBLY DO IN THAT FIGHT AND IT DIDN’T GO HIS WAY AND HE GAVE IT HIS ALL AND YOU KNOW THERE’S HEART THERE AND YOU KNOW THERE’S SKILL THERE, AND JORNEL LUGO HAS GOT THE ABILITY TO CHANGE THE FIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIGHT. HE UNDERSTANDS WHEN THINGS AREN’T WORKING FOR HIM AND HE KNOWS HOW TO CHANGE THAT. THAT MAKES IT DANGEROUS, TOO. JUST LIKE JOSH IS SAYING, BOTH OF THOSE GUYS ARE EXCEPTIONAL YOUNG FIGHTERS AND BOTH ARE IN THE BANTAMWEIGHT GRAND PRIX AND BOTH OF THEM DESERVE THIS FIGHT HERE TONIGHT. SPEAKING OF EXCEPTIONAL YOUNG FIGHTERS, HIS FIGHT OVER MAGAMENOV AND YOU LOOK AT WHAT HE WAS ABLE TO DO, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ASPECTS OF THE INTANGIBLES THAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT AND TALK ABOUT MENTAL PREPARATION ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU OPEN UP THE SHOW. >> THERE’S NO EXCEPTION. HE’S A PHENOMENAL FIGHTER AND WELL ROUNDED AND HE WAS ABLE TO DO. HE’S BEEN ABLE TO TOUCH AND PUSH HIM. HE REALIZED A LOT ABOUT HIMSELF THAT HE CAN HANG WITH SOME OF THE TOP GUYS. LOOK, IT REALLY COMES DOWN THAT JORNEL LUGO HAS NOT FACED THE LEVEL OF COMPETITION THAT KEITH LEE HAS AND HE’S MAKING MISTAKES. IF HE CAN DO THAT KEITH LEE WILL HAVE A SUCCESSFUL NIGHT, BUT I’M NOT SLEEPING ON JORNEL LUGO EITHER. HE’S GOT A LOT OF TALENT AND HYPE AROUND HIM AND HE’S NUMBER EIGHT IN THE NEW RANKING SYSTEMS AND HE KNOWS HE’S GOT TO GET THE WIN TO GET THE SHIFT. HE’S GOT TO GET THIS WIN TO GET INTO THE TOURNAMENT. JORNEL LUGO HAS YET TO TAKE DEFEAT AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO LOOK MORE FROM YOU, JOSH, BEFORE WE GO TO BELLATOR 265 LIVE AT 9:00, 6:00 PACIFIC ON SHOWTIME. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ >>> HEY, BELLATOR NATION, FOLLOW US ACROSS A LARGE ARRAY OF DIGITAL PLATFORMS AND STAY UP-TO-DATE ON EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW. LIKE US ON THE BELLATOR FACEBOOK PAGE AND SEE EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS. FOLLOW US AND GET UPDATES ON TWITTER AT BELLATOR MMA AND GET THE BROADCAST. JOIN BELLATOR NATION TODAY. >> PREPARE FOR IMPACT. >> HARD-HITTING CHEICK KONGO IS ON THE HUNT FOR A TITLE SHOT. SERGEI KHARITONOV. WHO’S GOT THE GOODS TO MAKE HEAVY WEIGHT SUPREMACY? BELLATOR MMA LIVE TONIGHT ON SHOWTIME WHERE WARRIORS RULE. >> THE NAME SAYS IT ALL, SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA, HOME OF BELLATOR MIXED MARTIAL ARTS. IN THE WORDS OF THE SPIRITUAL GODFATHER OF MMA, BRUCE LEE, BE LIKE WATER, AND WE ARE BACK IN SANFORD PENTAGON, AS WE GET SET FOR ACTION IN THE BELLATOR MM MA LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION. MIKE HAMEL AND BRYCE LOGAN. THEY’RE BOTH LOOKING FOR THEIR FIRST BELLATOR MMA VICTORY. >> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE WELCOME BRYCE LOGAN! >> FIGHTING OUT OF PHOENIX, ARIZONA BY WAY OF SOUTH DAKOTA, MY FIRST TIME HERE, MY APOLOGIES, HE’S WON THREE OF HIS LAST FOUR FIGHTS AND PLAYED COLLEGE FOOTBALL AT NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, AND WELL, STILL LOOKING FOR HIS FIRST BELLATOR MMA WIN WITH BELLATOR 265 LAST NOVEMBER, HE SAID HE WAS ABLE TO GET THE STRIKING GOING. >> HE’S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, AND WHAT HE NEEDS TO DO IS UNDERSTAND WHAT THOSE THINGS OCCUR AND YOU CANNOT WAIT AND THAT WAIT CAN END UP COSTING WHAT IT DID. >> ONCE THEY HAD IT, AND HE’S A VERY GOOD ATHLETE AND IF HE GETS TO THE TOP POSITION HE IS VERY DANGEROUS FROM THE TOP. >> HE IS EXCITED TO FIGHT BACK IN HIS HOME STATE AND OBVIOUSLY, AS YOU JUST HEARD, THE FANS ARE EXCITED TO HAVE HIM BACK. AND NOW MAKING HIS WAY TO THE CAGE, MIKE HAMEL! >> MIKE HAMEL TURNED 29 ON AUGUST 12th. HE’S IN HIS PHYSICAL PRIME AND HE’LL BE IN HIS PRIM TO FINALLY PICK UP HIS FIRST VICTORY INSIDE THE BELLATOR MMA CAGE. MATT, HE’S FACED THE SHARK. >> MIKE HAMEL COMES TO FIGHT. HIS FIRST FIGHT IN BELLATOR ON FOUR DAYS’ NOTICE AND HAS PUT ON A GREAT PERFORMANCE, AND IT WAS A SPLIT DECISION, AN UNBELIEVABLE FIGHT AND HIS SECOND FIGHT WAS WITH MARKMEDDOFF, AND IT DIDN’T WORK FOR HIM, BUT AGAIN, FOUGHT HIS BUTT OFF AND LOVE TO WATCH HIS FIGHT. >> HE STARTED WRESTLING BEFORE HE BECAME AN ALL-AMERICAN IN GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY AND COMES FROM A FAMILY OF WRESTLERS INCLUDING HE AND HIS DAD WHO IS IN THE SCHOOL’S HALL OF FAME. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> OUR TALE OF THE TAPE FOR THIS LIGHTWEIGHT MATCHUP. 5’9″. YOU TAKE A LOOK AT EVERYTHING AND IT’S ALL SO CLOSE. BOTH OF THESE GUYS ARE FUN TO WATCH. THIS SHOULD BE SOMETHING SPECIAL. >> IT IS ALWAYS FUN TO LISTEN TO IS MICHAEL C. WILLIAMS. >> FOR THOSE OF US STILL WITH US, WE THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR JOINING US AT BELLATOR 265 AS WE GO NOW TO THREE FIVE-MINUTE ROUNDS IN THE LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION. INTRODUCING IN THE BLUE CORNER AT 5’9″, WEIGHING IN AT 155.8 POUNDS AND HIS PROFESSIONAL RECORD, FIVE WIN, FIVE LOSSES AND HE FIGHTS OUT OF SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, BY WAY OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INTRODUCING BRYCE LOGAN! >> AND ACROSS THE CAGE FIGHTING OUT OF THE RED CORNER, AT 5’9″, WEIGHING IN 155.4 POUNDS AND SEVEN VICTORIES, FIVE DEFEATS BY WAY OF THREE. HE FIGHTS OUT OF PHOENIX, ARIZONA, “MAGIC” MIKE HAMEL. IN CHARGE, THE REFEREE BOBBY WARMBACKER. >> YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO MIKE HAMEL IS? HE SAYS HE’S JUST A BLUE COLLAR GUY WITH A SMOKING HOT WIFE AND TWO CUTE PUPS. THAT IS A QUOTE. MEANWHILE, LOGAN WANTS TO SHOW THAT HE BELONGS AT THE TOP OF BELLATOR’S LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION AND LOGAN, THE SOUTHPAW IN THE RED GLOVES. MIKE HAMEL — OR EXCUSE ME, BRYCE LOGAN IN THE BLUE GLOVES AND MIKE HAMEL IN THE RED. >> HE’S GOT THE GUY THAT WILL HELP HIM BRING THAT BECAUSE MIKE HAMEL IS NONSTOP, AS YOU CAN SEE RIGHT NOW. ALREADY GOING TO THE BACK AND LOGAN NEEDS TO RELAX AND TAKE HIS TIME. >> HE’LL USE THAT CAGE AS A BALANCE AND THE POSITION WHERE HE’S ON THE MAT. >> HAMEL SAYS THAT THIS IS THE START OF THE LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION, AS LOGAN ABLE TO ESCAPE. HAMEL WITH THE JAB FROM THE ORTHODOX. LOGAN. THIS IS WHAT I LOVE AND RIGHT INTO CHANGING THE LEVEL, AND GOT HIS BACK, AND NOT IN A BAD SPOT RIGHT NOW. >> HE CAN TAKE HIS TIME INTO POSITION AND JUST LIKE HE’S DOING. WHEN WE ASKED LOGAN ABOUT HAMEL HE SAID HE HAS A STRIKING STYLE AND HE USES IT TO GET HIS TAKEDOWNS AND WE’VE SEEN THAT, HIS WRESTLING IS IT, AND LOGAN SAID THAT HAMEL APPEARED TO BE ONE-DIMENSIONAL IN HIS STRIKING ATTACK. >> I DON’T KNOW THAT HE’S ONE-DIMENSIONAL. >> HE SAID HE WAS A STRIKER. >> HE’S DANGEROUS. WHEN A GUY WILL TAKE CHANCES AGAINST YOU. >> AND THE TAKEDOWN SECURED BY HAMEL. AGAIN, ALL-AMERICAN AT GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY. HE’S BEEN WRESTLING SINCE THE AGE OF 4. HE JUST TURNED 29 EARLIER THIS MONTH. >> HE IS TRYING TO CONTROL THE ARM ESPECIALLY THAT LEFT ARM RIGHT NOW. BRYCE LOGAN. >> HE ONLY HAS ONE HOOK AND THAT’S ALLOWING BRYCE LOGAN TO TURN AND HE’S A CHEESE GRATER AND WHO WENT OFF THE ANGLE. >> HAMEL WITH 7 AND 5 WITH EIGHT KNOCKOUTS HAS NEVER SUBMITTED AN OPPONENT. >> YOU SEE HAMEL IS CONTROLLING THE RIGHT ARM WITH HIS LEFT ARM. >> THAT’S A VERY FRUSTRATING THING AND IT IS VERY DIFFICULT. >> NICE VIEW INSIDE BY MIKE HAMEL. HAMEL GOING THE DISTANCE AND GOT ROCKED UPSTAIRS BY LOGAN. [ INAUDIBLE ] >> EVERYTHING THAT YOU’RE DOING HE’S THERE IN YOUR FACE. >> AND HAMEL FOR THE TAKEDOWN AND AGAIN. GOOD JOB FOR LOGAN TO LET GO OF THE HEAD. >> A MINUTE AND A HALF LEFT, AND FOUR FOR FOUR IN TAKEDOWNS. >> EVERYTHING THAT MIKE HAMEL IS DOING. HE’S CONNECTED AND HE’S ALMOST LANDED EVERY STRIKE THAT HE’S THROWN AND DOMINATING HIS FIGHT WITH RELENTLESS PRESSURE AND GREAT TECHNIQUE. IT WOULD BE TOUGH FOR LOGAN TO DEAL WITH AND WE ARE WITNESSING THAT FIRST HAND HERE IN THE FIRST ROUND. 45 SECONDS LEFT. >> AND YOU JUST LOCK AT MIKE HAMEL RIGHT THERE. AND HE HAS IT TO TIE THE KNEE. AND LEARNING AND HE LANDED IT. ON THE GROUND, 14-3. >> THAT WAS ABLE IN PERCENTAGES. AND IF YOU LAND 50% OR MORE YOU’RE HAVING A GOOD NIGHT AT THE OFFICE. >> YES, YOU ARE. >> A TERRIFIC START FOR MIKE HAMEL LOOKING TO SNAP A TWO-STRIKE LOSING STREAK. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> SOME OF THE ACTIONS FROM THE FIRST ROUND, MIKE HAMEL COMING IN AND LOGAN LANDS A LITTLE BIT WITH THE FOREARM ON THAT. THAT WAS ONE OF THE BETTER SHOTS THAT HE LANDED IN THAT ROUND. THE NICE PICKUP TOWARD THE HEAD AND IT TOUCHES EVERYTHING THAT MIKE HAMEL IS DOING IN THE FIRST ROUND. THE BAIT AND SWITCH BY HAMEL FOR THE LEVEL CHANGE AND THE TAKEDOWN AND THE PRESSURE IS ON AGAIN. AND IT IS DOWN AS HAMEL AGAIN LOOKS FOR THE TAKEDOWN AND LOGAN DOING HIS BEST TO DEFEND. >> HE HAD A FANTASTIC BELLATOR DEBUT AND PUT ON A BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCE. >> HE REALIZES, AND YOU HAVE TO REGISTER THE W. ? NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. BRYCE LOGAN, YOU HAVE TO MOVE HIS FEET AND HE’S TRYING TO MOVE HIS FEET AND NOT MOVING IN A POSITION WILL HAVE TO FIGHT OFF. BRYCE FIGHTING OFF THAT BACK FOOT AND HE’S NOT BEING OFFENSIVE. >> YOU CAN ALMOST SEE IT, AND THE FACT THAT THE PRESSURE IS MAKING HIM. HE DOESN’T WANT TO. >> HUGE LEFT HAND RIGHT THERE. >> THERE IT IS BY LOGAN. THAT’S WHEN YOU HAVE TO LEARN WITH BEING COMFORTABLE WITH BEING UNCOMFORTABLE. >> IT’S A CHESS MATCH AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU FIGURE OUT WHAT YOUR OPPONENTS WILL DO AND HOW YOU’RE GOING TO STOP IT. >> RIGHT NOW MIKE HAMEL IS THE GUY AND HE’S THE ONE DICTATING WHAT WILL HAPPEN AND BRYCE LOGAN IS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO STOP THIS GUY? MIKE HAMEL AND HAMEL AGAIN LOOKING FOR THE TAKEDOWN. HE IS 4 OF 6 AND LOOKING FOR 6. ONLY ONE HOOK, AND THEY’LL TRY TO PUSH THE LEG UP AND NICE JOB BY BRYCE LOGAN. AND WITH THE LEFT HAND. >> HAMEL GOT HIS DEGREE TO BE AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER. MIKE HAMEL DOING VERY WELL. >> HE WOULD BE A VERY INTENSE TEACHER. VERY INTENSE. HERE TONIGHT IT’S BRYCE LOGAN. >> VERY FLUID, VERY LOOSE AND PROVING TO BE EFFECTIVE AT GETTING LOGAN TO COMMIT AND HE’LL GO FOR ANOTHER ONE. >> HE IS WAITING. >> AND HE IS THERE NOW AS WELL. >> A MINUTE AND A HALF LEFT. HAMEL. LOGAN TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO GET ON TRACK. TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO SLOW DOWN AND FACE THE PRESSURE. >> YOU SEE HOW HE’S OVERREACTING. AND THAT OVERREACTION WITH THE BIG SHOT IS UP. >> ROCKED WITH THE LEFT HOOK BY BRYCE LOGAN! AND HE ATE IT! >> ALMOST A STRAIGHT LEFT AND A BEAUTIFUL SHOT BY BRYCE LOGAN AND DEFINITELY HURT HIM. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. >> AND WE MENTIONED LOGAN OVERREACTING AND HE REACTED PERFECTLY. >> IT WAS THE STRAIGHT LEFT HAND AND IT LANDED PLUS. AND 15 SECONDS LEFT IN THE SECOND. A TERRIFIC THIRD ROUND BETWEEN MIKE HAMEL AND BRYCE LOGAN AND LOOKING TO COME OUT OF BELLATOR MMA. >> THE STRUCTURE OF THE FIGHT. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE ACTION THAT OCCURRED THAT ROUND. THIS WAS HAMEL WITH THE BIG LEFT HAND THAT I TALKED ABOUT. THAT WAS A NICE SHOT. HERE’S THAT LEFT. RIGHT ON THE CHEEK AREA. OFF BALANCE A LITTLE BIT, BUT THAT DEFINITELY STUNG AND IT HAD AN EFFECT ON MIKE HAMEL BECAUSE FROM THAT POINT HE WAS NOT COMING FORWARD. >> THAT HURT HIM, YOU CAN SEE IT. >> AND LOGAN PICKED UP THE INTENSITY. >> NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. WE’RE HEADING INTO THE THIRD AND FINAL ROUND. >> I’M TELLING YOU RIGHT NOW, MIKE HAMEL IS THE ONE WINNING THAT. I HAD MIKE HAMEL WINNING, BUT WHEN HE LANDED THAT THAT WAS THE MOST IMPACTFUL SHOT OR STRIKE OF THE ROUND, I’M GOING TO SAY THAT BRYCE LOGAN STOLE THAT ROUND WITH THAT LITTLE BIT AT THE END. I THINK WE MIGHT BE EVEN. >> FIVE MINUTES OR LESS LEFT IN THIS BELLATOR MMA. MIKE HAMEL IN THE RED GLOVES IN THE SOUTHPAW STANCE AND HAMEL LOOKING FOR A TAKEDOWN AND LOGAN IS ON TOP OF HIM. >> HE’S ALSO MORE SLIPPERY. THAT SWEAT HAS SET IN AND IT’S NOT EASY TO GET YOUR HANDS IN. 911.7, AND A BIGGER STRIKE WITH LOGAN. >> LOGAN JUST LANDED ANOTHER ONE ON THE RETREAT. HAMEL AND WE TALKED ABOUT THE PACE OF HAMEL. A LOT OF ENERGY BEING EXPENDED. STILL TRYING TO MAINTAIN THAT PACE AND STILL TRYING TO COME FORWARD AND LOGAN NOW PICKING HIM OFF. >> THAT WAS OFF THE COUNTER RIGHT THERE BY BRYCE LOGAN. >> HE WAS SAVING THAT UPPERCUT AND HE CAN THINK ABOUT TAKING THAT SHOT AND HE SAID I’LL HIT YOU WITH AN UPPERCUT AND THAT’S WHY HE’LL BE A LITTLE BIT MORE RESPECTFUL WITH THE TAKEDOWN AND SHOOTING IN. >> HE HAS A TAKEDOWN ATTEMPT. LOGAN USED A LATERAL MOVEMENT NOW. COMING FOR HIM. >> YOU HAVE TO MOVE YOUR FEET LIKE HE’S DOING RIGHT NOW. >> LOGAN CONTINUES AND TRYING TO TAKE DOWN HAMEL AND WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH IT? >> WE’LL SEE WHAT HE DOES. RIGHT NOW HE’S TRYING TO SEE IF LOGAN MOVES AND THAT WAS A NICE MOVE BY LOGAN. YOU CAN SEE HE’S WORKED HIMSELF BACK TO HIS FEET. [ INAUDIBLE ] >> 2.5 SECONDS REMAINING IN THE FINAL ROUND. THERE’S THE HAND FOR HAMEL. >> HAMEL HAS IT. >> THE RIGHT HOOK, AND THE RIGHT HAND RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE. >> THEY’VE THROWNER INIALLY THE SAME AMOUNT OF PUNCHES. LOGAN RAN RIGHT INTO IT. AND HAMEL HAD THE RIGHT EDGE AND LANDED. HE EARNED A TOTAL TWICE ON IT, AND HAMEL IN THE LEAD RIGHT NOW. AND HE WOULD TAKE IT ROUND BY ROUND. >> AND WE’RE INTO THE FINAL MINUTE AND A HALF. >> AND IT WAS BRYCE, THAT HE NEEDS TO FOLLOW THAT UP. >> FIGHTING OUT OF THE SOUTHPAW. THEY’VE DOUBLED DOWN, AND LET HIM GO AND THEY END THE LOSING STREAK WITH BELLATOR MMA AND FIGHTING LIKE TWO GUYS JUST TO GET IT. AND HE HAS A RIGHT HOOK AND 7 AND 5, AND WITH 20 SECONDS BOTH OF THEM ARE LOOKING TO LAND. HE STOPS. NICE RIGHT HAND RIGHT THERE. >> THE CROWD ENJOYING THE ACTION, AND GOOD POINT, AND YOU CAN HAVE AN EVEN MATCHUP AND THESE GUYS PROVED THAT FACT. THEY BOTH WENT AFTER IT, AND GREAT PERFORMANCE BY MIKE HAMEL AND BRYCE LOGAN. >> I THINK MIKE HAMEL MIGHT BE THE GUY WHO SLIPS AWAY WITH THIS ONLY BASED UPON THE AMOUNT OF VOLUME AND ACTION. I THINK LOGAN LANDED A REALLY CLEAN SHOT. >> RIGHT THERE ON THE CHIN BY BRYCE LOGAN AND ALSO ON THE SIDE OF THE JAW BY MIKE HAMEL. BOTH OF THEM TRYING TO COUNTER AND TIME THEIR OPPONENT AND THE BEAUTIFUL STRAIGHT RIGHT HAND RIGHT THERE. THAT’S WHAT BRYCE LOGAN STARTED DOING IN THE SECOND ROUND AND SEE THAT HE COMES WITH THE BODY PICK AFTER AND HE’S A LITTLE BIT CLEANER FROM EITHER ONE WHO WAS REALLY SUCCESSFUL WITH LANDING A CLEAN SHOT ON THAT ONE, BUT BOTH GUYS JUST PUT ON ONE HECK OF A PERFORMANCE. >> LOGAN, 3 AND 1 IN HIS LAST FOUR FIGHTS WHILE HAMEL AGAIN COMING OFF BACK-TO-BACK DEFEATS. BEEN VIA SPLIT DECISION TO ADAM WORST. AND HIS LAST DECISION, BUT HE FOUGHT TONIGHT LIKE A GUY WHO, WELL, PICKED UP AN EDUCATION IN THE BELLATOR MMA CAGE. >> I’LL TELL YOU WHAT, RIGHT NOW THERE ARE GUYS SITTING THERE, GOING. WOW, THIS IS GOING TO BE A ROUGH ONE. [ INAUDIBLE ] GUTSY PERFORMANCES BY BOTH MIKE HAMEL TURNED 29 AUGUST 12th AND FOR THE 31-YEAR-OLD BRYCE LOGAN, AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE THREE JUDGES’ SCORES HAVE BEEN TABULATED. AND LET’S GO TO MICHAEL C. WILLIAMS. >> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AFTER THREE ROUNDS OF NONSTOP ACTION WE GO TO THE THREE JUDGES RINGSIDE. YOUR FIRST JUDGE CHERYL LOVELL 30-27 WHILE JUDGES AL D’AMATO AND SEAN RUBBLE BOTH HAD 29-28 ALL HAVE IT FOR THE WINNER BY UNANIMOUS DECISION “MAGIC” MIKE HAMEL. >> JUBILATION, EXHILARATION. RELIEF FOR “MAGIC” MIKE HAMEL SNAPPING HIS TWO-FIGHT LOSING STREAK AND SNAPPING THE TRIUMPH. IT WASN’T EASY, BUT HE IS LOVING EVERY SINGLE SECOND. LET’S GO TO BIG JOHN. >> I AM HERE WITH THE WINNER MIKE HAMEL. MIKE, YOU CAME IN THROUGH BELLATOR AND YOU WENT THROUGH ADAM, AND USMAN AND NOW BRYCE LOGAN AND THIS FIGHT SHOWED WHAT MAKES YOU WHO YOU ARE AND YOUR PRESSURE WAS INCREDIBLE. >> YOU KNOW, THIS SPORT WILL BEAT YOU DOWN AND BREAK YOUR HEART. I’VE THOUGHT ABOUT QUITTING MORE TIMES THAN I’M PROUD TO ADMIT. THIS IS THE STREAK AND I’M GOING TO [ EXPLETIVE ] THIS DIVISION UP. >> THAT FIRST ROUND YOU WERE PUTTING AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF PRESSURE AND BRYCE HAD A HARD TIME FIGURING IT OUT AND YOU HAD FIVE TAKEDOWNS IN THE FIRST ROUND. HE DID HIT YOU IN THE SECOND ROUND WITH THE STRAIGHT LEFT. DID IT HURT YOU OR SURPRISE YOU? >> NO, IT WAS BAD FOOTWORK ON MY PART AND MY COACHES WERE YELLING AT ME TO CARRY MY FEET AND THAT WAS BAD FOOTWORK. IT DIDN’T HURT. >> THAT WAS AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FIRST WIN IN BELLATOR. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GIVE IT UP FOR “MAGIC” MIKE HAMEL. ANYTHING GOOD IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF HARD. MIKE HAMEL WAS TESTIFYING TO THAT, A HARD-FOUGHT VICTORY IMPROVED TO 8 AND 5 OVERALL, AND NOW 1-2 HERE IN BELLATOR MMA. >> OUR FINAL PRELIMINARY FIGHT WITH BELLATOR 265 FROM SANFORD PENTAGON IS COMING UP RIGHT AFTER THIS. >> BOXING’S MOST POLARIZING FIGURE. AND HIS NEXT IS A COMBAT SPORTS LEGEND WITH EXPERT STRIKING. NOW THE FIGHT CRITICS THINK HE SHOULD TAKE IS HERE. WHO WANTS IT MORE? JANE PAUL VERSUS TYRONE WOODLY LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW. >> THE NEW BELLATOR MMA APP IS HERE. NEW LOOK, NEW FEATURE. NEW SITES. SHARE YOUR FIGHT PICKS AND YOU RANK US TO THE HEAVY WEIGHT DIVISION AND STAY UP-TO-DATE ON EVENT, RANKINGS AND NEWS. DOWNLOAD THE NEW BELLATOR MMA APP AVAILABLE ON THE APPLE STORE AND GOOGLE PLAY. >> PREPARE FOR IMPACT. >> HARD-HITTING CHEICK KONGO IS ON THE HUNT FOR A TITLE SHOT. WHEN HE SQUARES OFF AGAINST THE SEISMIC STRIKER SERGEI KHARITONOV. WHO HAS THE GOODS TO MAKE HEAVY WEIGHT SUPREMACY. BELLATOR MMA LIVE TONIGHT ON SHOWTIME WHERE WARRIORS RULE. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> COMING UP SUNDAY AUGUST 29, 8:00 EASTERN, 5:00 PACIFIC, LIVE ON SHOWTIME PAY-PER-VIEW, INTERNET SENSATION TURNED FIGHTING SENSATION JAKE PAUL WELCOMES FORMER MMA CHAMPION TYRON WOODLY AND IT IS AN INCREDIBLE NIGHT OF COMBAT SPORTS EXCITEMENT. WHO KNOWS WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN SUNDAY AUGUST 29th? >> OH, AND BY THE WAY, JAY PAUL HAS PUT TOGETHER A HIT-LIST? >> JAY PAUL’S HIT-LIST, NATE ROBINSON, DONE. BEN AS KREN, DONE. TYRONE WOODLY, AUGUST 29th AND NATE DIAZ AND EVERYONE WANTS IT, USMAN, TIM FURY, CONNOR McGREGOR, AND MAYBE LOGAN, QUESTION MARK. I’LL SEE YOU AUGUST 29th BECAUSE NEXT UP IS TYRON WOODLEY. >> THE PROBLEM CHILD PUT TOGETHER QUITE THE LIST. >> HE’S GOT JAVONTE DAVIS? HE’S 130 POUNDS. HE’S NOT THAT BIG. WELL, JAKE PAUL HAS PRUFEN TO BE A BIG, DISRUPTIVE FORCE, THE DAWN OF DISRUPTION WILL FACE TYRON WOODLEY AND THAT’S COMING UP ON PAY-PER-VIEW AUGUST 29th AND LIVE ON SHOWTIME TONIGHT AND IT IS BELLATOR 265. THE MAIN EVENT NUMBER THREE RANKED HEAVY WET, CHEICK KONGO CLASH WES SERGEI KHARITONOV AND LOGAN STORLEY WITH DANTE SCHIRO IN THE BELLATOR MMA DEBUT WITH MORE ON THE CO-FEATURE HERE IS GARISAY DAVIES. >> LOGAN STORLEY MAKES A RETURN TO HIS HOME STATE AGAINST FELLOW AMERICAN DANTE SCHIRO LOOKING TO IMPRESS AGAINST THE DEBUTANTE. THEY SAY PRESSURE MAKES DIAMONDS AND THE SOUTH DAKOTAN SHINES. HE IS LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK FROM HIS LONE DEFEAT LAST TIME OUT TO CURRENT WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION AND HE WANTS TO USE THAT LOCAL SUPPORT TO HIS ADVANTAGE AND TURN THIS INTO A GEM OF A PERFORMANCE. >> SCHIRO, MEANWHILE, A WISCONSIN NATIVE, RECORD EIGHT WINS, TWO LOSSES, MAKES HIS BELLATOR DEBUT ON THE BACK OF TWO VICTORIES OUTSIDE OF THE RECORD, AND BOTH OF WHICH HE WAS THE UNDERDOG, SO HE MIGHT SAY THIS WAS A FIGHT TO LOSE AND HE IS A MASSIVE FAVORITE, BUT THIS IS MMA AND WE HAVE COME TO EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. STORLEY WON THAT STORYLINE TONIGHT. >> ALL RIGHT, GARRETT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LIVE ON SHOWTIME AND OUR FINAL PRELIMINARY FIGHT OF THE NIGHT, THE MIDDLEWEIGHTS ARE ON DECK. TAYLOR JOHNSON READY TO TANGO WITH FABIO AGUIAR IN THE BELLATOR MMA STAGE. >> AND NOW, SET TO MAKE HIS WAY TO THE CAGE, FABIO AGUIAR! >> 33-YEAR-OLD FABIO AGUIAR, AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER TONIGHT. HE’S WON NINE OF HIS LAST TEN FIGHTS AND MAKING HIS BELLATOR DEBUT AT BELLATOR 255 BY UNAN IMOUS. AND HE DID I DID EVERYTHING IN PREPARATION AND HE’S NOW A MEMBER OF THE TEAM. >> HE’S GOT AN OUTSTANDING STAND-UP GAME WHERE HE’S GOT HEAVY POWER IN HIS HANDS AND HE’S GOT A BEAUTIFUL LOW CAST WHERE HE CAN DESTROY A GUY’S LEG. SO WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING AT THAT, I DIDN’T THINK HE DID THAT BAD AND THERE WERE TIMES WHEN HE ALOUD HIM TO CONTROL THE FIGHT AND THAT’S WHAT IN THE END GOT HIM IN A POSITION TO PICK IT UP. >> I KNOW HE TRAINED TWICE A DAY. HE WAS TRAINING SEVEN TIMES A DAY BEFORE HE HOOKED UP WITH TEAM PIT BULL BROTHERS. >> HOW DO YOU DO THAT? >> HEY! MAYBE SEVEN TIMES A WEEK IS PUSHING IT. SEVEN TIMES A DAY? WOW! >> FABIO AGUIAR HOPES IT’S A NEW DAY FOR HIM HERE IN HIS MMA CAREER AS HE GETS SET TO TAKE ON TAYLOR JOHNSON. ♪♪ >> AND NOW HIS OPPONENT MAKING HIS WAY TO THE CAGE, TAYLOR JOHNSON! ♪♪ ♪♪ >> TAYLOR “TOMBSTONE” JOHNSON, 2-1 IN BELLATOR, THE 30-YEAR-OLD WENT TO SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY, WHERE HE WAS AN NAIA NATIONAL WRESTLING CHAMPION AND 197 POUNDS IN 2015 AND HIS BIGGEST STRENGTH IS WRESTLING, AND NO, TOMBSTONE DOESN’T WANT TO BE YOUR HUCLE BEAR. NOT A HUCLE BARRY. >> THIS GUY IS A WRESTLER AND HE LEARNED HIS LEG LOCKING FROM A GUY THAT YOU KNOW WELL. THIS GUY IS DANGEROUS WHEN YOU GET INTO A SCRAMBLE SITUATION. HE PROVED THAT AGAINST A THREE-TIME CHAMPION FROM PENN STATE WHO TAPPED OUT. >> HE HAD THE REMATCH OF THAT INCREDIBLE MATCHUP AND WENT DOWN IN PRIDE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP AND THAT’S ALL WE CAN SAY ABOUT THAT AND BACK WE GO TO SOME HIGHLIGHTS. THIS IS AGAINST ED RUTH AND HE’S GOT A GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF THE LEG LOCK, AND THE HEEL HOOK AND HE’LL BLOW UP. TAYLOR JOHNSON UNDERSTANDS POSITIONING. HE’S GOT GREAT SPACE WHEN HE TAKES IT BACK. THIS GUY IS GOOD EVERYWHERE. HE’S PHYSICALLY STRONG AND MENTALLY TOUGH AND HE’S GOT GOOD STANDUP AND HE’S GOT A GOOD WRESTLING GAME AND TAYLOR JOHNSON IS FUN TO WATCH. >> SEVEN VICTORIES HAVE COME IN THE FIRST ROUND AND HIS BELLATOR DEBUT OVER ED RUTH WAS JUST 59 SECONDS. SPEAKING OF NUMBERS, JOHN. A LOT OF BIG NUMBERS THERE FROM AGUIAR WITH A 17 AND 2 RECORDS COMPARED WITH 7 AND 2 FOR TAYLOR JOHNSON AND THESE GUYS MATCH UP WELL AND WE’LL SEE WHO TAKE THIS ONE. >> A MAN WHO MATCHES WELL WITH THE MICROPHONE IS MICHAEL C. WILLIAMS. >> HERE IN SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA, WE HAVE BELLATOR 265 AS WE GO THE THREE FIVE-MINUTE ROUNDS IN THE MIDDLE WEIGHT DIVISION. INTRODUCING FIRST, AT 6’4″, WEIGHING IN AT 184.6 POUNDS, WITH HIS RECORD, TWO WINS, TWO LOSSES FROM BRAZIL, PRESENTING FABIO AGUIAR! >> FIGHTING OUT OF THE RED CORNER, IS 5’11” WEIGHING IN AT 185.8 POUNDS AND A PROFESSIONAL, SEVEN VICTORIES, TWO LOSSES FIGHTING OUT OF OREGON, “TOMBSTONE” TAYLOR JOHNSON. IN CHARGE, THE REFEREE JASON HERZOG. >> SO OUR FINAL PRELIMINARY BOUT HERE AT SANFORD PENTAGON, TAYLOR JOHNSON, FABIO AGUIAR MIDDLE WEIGHT ACTION BEGINS RIGHT NOW. JOHNSON IN THE BLUE GLOVES AND AGUIAR IN THE RED GLOVES. THE ONLY ADVANTAGE IS HE’S A BETTER STRIKER AND GRAPPLER. IF THE OPPORTUNITY A RISE I WOULD HAVE A KNOCKOUT WIN IN BELLATOR. FIVE OF HIS SEVEN WINS HAVE COME VIA HIS STRIKING. RIGHT NOW YOU’RE WATCHING TAYLOR JOHNSON LOOKING AT WHAT AGUIAR WILL BRING. HE’LL BE IN TROUBLE AND HE HAS THE HEAD KICK BEFORE AGUIAR AND HE’S LOOKING FOR THE CHOKE. >> THIS CHOKE IS BASED UPON THAT HEAD KICK AND THAT STUNNED HIM OFF AND HE’S USING THE HANDS TO PUT THE PRESSURE DOWN AND HE’S PAST THE CHOKE RIGHT NOW AND THAT WAS A BIG KNEE. >> BIG KNEE BY JOHNSON AND ANOTHER KNEE, AND JOHNSON PUTTING THE SQUEEZE ON AGUIAR. JOHNSON HAS A REAR NAKED CHOKE AND INVERTED ON HIS RESUME. >> THAT WAS A NICE SET OF KNEES THAT YOU SAW TAYLOR JOHNSON. HE HAS THE UNDERHOOK AND HE HAS THE ADVANTAGE IN HIS POSITION PRESSING AGUIAR UP AGAINST THE CAGE AND HE’S THE SUPERIOR WRESTLER. SO THE QUESTION IS, IN A WAY, MAYBE AGUIAR HOPES THAT HE CONTINUES TO TRY TO JUST GRIND HERE BECAUSE IN A WAY HE FEELS THAT JOHNSON’S CARDIOWILL BECOME AN ISSUE. HE FEELS THAT HE STAYS AFTER THE FIRST ROUND. I DON’T THINK HE CAN BANK ON THAT, BUT THAT’S WHAT HE TOLD US. >> THAT’S THE WAY HE FEELS TO PUT PRESSURE ON JOHNSON BECAUSE IF JOHNSON WANTS TO CONTROL THE BASE HE’S NOT GOING TO GET TIRED. NOW IT’S AGUIAR WITH JOHNSON ACROSS THE BENCH AND JOHNSON ABLE TO KEEP MOVING. UNDER THREE MINUTES REMAINING HERE IN THE OPENING ROUND. >> AGUIAR RIGHT NOW IN A POSITION WITH DOUBLE UNDERS. HE WANTS TO CONTROL AT THIS MOMENT AND DOING A GOOD JOB OF USING HIS HEAD IN KEEPING TOMBSTONE WITH HIS FACE OFF TO THE SIDE TO MAKE HIM A LITTLE BIT WEAKER. >> AGUIAR BEGAN TRAINING MMA AT 18 AND ACTUALLY SPENT TIME IN THE BRAZILIAN ARMY TRAINING DOGS AND THIS ONE TURNED INTO A DOGFIGHT. MIDWAY POINT OF THE OPENING FRAME, AND THE BATTLE OF ATTRITION. >> PEOPLE WATCH THIS AND SAY THIS IS GRUELING. GRUELING WORK BY BOTH GUYS. >> YOU SEE AGUIAR FRUSTRATED WITH JOHNSON AND ALL OF THOSE LITTLE SHOTS THAT JOHNSON IS HITTING AGUIAR WITH. >> JOHNSON WITH A COUPLE OF RIGHT HANDS WITH TWO MINUTES LEFT. >> AGUIAR DOING A GOOD JOB OF SNAGGING BACK. >> HE’S GOT THE ARMS AROUND THE WASTE ON TOMBSTONE HOLDING THAT POSITION. >> JOHNSON SPEAKS ABOUT THE FACT THAT BEING CALM IS KEY. >> HE SEEMS TO BE CALM UNDER THE PRESSURE THAT AUG ARIS COMING THROUGH. A NICE DIG IN THE UNDERHOOK BY TAYLOR JOHNSON AND A SWITCH IN THAT POSITION. >> BEING CALM IN THE FIGHT IS EVERYTHING. IF YOU ARE NOT CALM YOU’RE BURNING ENERGY AND THAT WILL GET YOU TIRED. >> AND NOW THE HEAD KICK BY AGUIAR AND JOHNSON RESETS. >> YOU CAN SEE WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT EARLIER. HE WAS PUTTING PRESSURE ON IT TO MAKE HIM UNCOMFORTABLE AND MAKE THAT. >> THE FINAL MINUTE OF THE FIRST WITH ALEX ON AGUIAR’S BACK. >> AGUIAR WITH MORE. 17 AND 2 COMING INTO THIS FIGHT. HE’S 0 AND 1 IN THE BELLATOR MMA CAGE AND WE MENTIONED THE LOSS IN THE LAST OUTING WITH APRIL. HE’S GOING FOR THE LEG LOCK AND HE DID NOT GET DEEP ENOUGH TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN AND NOW HE’S IN A POSITION WHERE HE’S NOW GOT HIS HIPS NOT ENGAGED WITH HIS OPPONENT AND THIS IS NOT AN EASY THING TO GET OUT OF. >> NOW HE’S IN HALF GUARD. >> HE’LL HAVE TO WORK HIS WAY OUT. >> THE FUEL AND ENERGY AND A LOT IS BEING BURNED OUT HERE IN THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES IN THIS MIDDLE WEIGHT MATCHUP BETWEEN TAYLOR JOHNSON AND FABIO AGUIAR. WOW! WHAT A LOCK UP BY JOHNSON AND THEY EXCHANGED SOME PLEASANTRIES AFTER THAT. ? THA THAT WENT A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE. >> HERE COMES THE HEAD KICK. YOU REMEMBER TAYLOR JOHNSON BRINGS THIS KICK UP. THAT LANDED WITH THE END OF THE TOES AND THE END OF THE FOOT SO IT DIDN’T HAVE ALL OF THE POWER THAT IT WOULD HAVE HAD. THAT BRING RIGHT HERE, AND A LOT OF GOOD SHOTS BY TAYLOR JOHNSON. >> AND DO YOU THINK THE PRESSURE WOULD START TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH THE SCORECARD. LET ME LOOK AT IT A LITTLE. TAYLOR JOHNSON TOOK THAT ROUND. >> JUST A REMINDER. >> IT IS UPON US. >> FABIO AGUIAR, TAYLOR JOHNSON EXTENDS AND IT IS A GRUELING ROUND. AGUIAR COMING BACK OUT WITH THAT SAME PRESSURE AND TRYING TO PUSH TAYLOR JOHNSON TO MAKE HIM WORK. HE’S GOT A GAME PLAN AND HE’S STICKING TO IT. >> AGUIAR WILL PUT THE PRESSURE ON AND JONATHAN ABLE TO ROAM FREELY ON THE BELLATOR MMA PAGE. >> A NICE ONE-TWO EXECUTED BY AGUIAR. >> ONE THING, THERE IS A LOT OF ACREAGE FOR YOU. >> OH, CUT SOMEONE OFF! >> TAYLOR JOHNSON. >> TO GET IT BACK. >> AGUIAR WOULD HAVE IT TOGETHER AND HE’S GOT THE TAKEDOWN AND WHAT POSITION CAN HE PUT TAYLOR IN? >> FOR AGUIAR, HE HAS FIVE SUBMISSION WINS, AND HE HAS JOHNSON BACK AND THEY WOULD TAKE JOHNSON BACK ON HIS FEET. A MINUTE AND A HALF GONE IN THE SECOND LEVEL CHANGED BY AGUIAR. >> HE DID NOT GET WHERE HE WANTED TO BE AND IT WAS ABOVE THE CAGE AND ON THE BACK OF IT. THERE YOU GO. AGUIAR NEEDS TO LET GO OF THAT LEG AND HE IS NOT IN A POSITION TO LET GO OF THAT. YOU SEE THAT LEG AND GOOD JOB TO BREAK FREE FROM JONATHAN. STUCK WITH HIS ARM UNDERNEATH THE RIGHT LEG OF TAYLOR JOHNSON. >> NICE JOB WITH TAYLOR JOHNSON WORKING TO TAKE THE BACK HERE, AND IT IS OUT OF THE NOSE OF FABIO AGUIAR. TAYLOR JOHNSON KIND OF LOOKING FOR A TWISTER HERE AND WE HAVE TO SET UP THAT ARM AND IT’S WHAT’S HAPPENING. >> A WHOLE LOT OF TECHNIQUES HERE. RIGHT NOW THAT’S WHERE THE POSITIONING WHERE AGUIAR’S HEADED. YOU CAN SEE HIM TRYING TO CONTROL THAT ARM. >> SO MANY TECHNIQUES AND SO MANY WAYS TO ATTRACT YOUR OPPONENT. AGUIAR TRIED TO MOVE HIMSELF INTO THE STUNT AND RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF HIS LEFT LEG, AND NOW HE TURNED TO THIS. AND SHOULD HAVE TURNED IT BACK AND TURNED THAT LEG. >> AGUIAR WHO AGAIN IS SETTING UP THE PITBULL BROTHERS. >> WE TALKED ABOUT KEEPING YOUR HEAD HIGH AND TAYLOR JOHNSON WAS NEVER OFF OF THAT MAT. >> HE WAS TRAINING IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. COACHING OUT OF AMERICAN TOP TEAM, OUTSTANDING COACH AND A LOT OF TOP TALENT COMING OUT OF THAT. >> THIS IS WANT THE POSITION THAT TAYLOR JOHNSON EVER WANTS TO BE IN AND AGUIAR IS TRYING TO MAKE HIS GAME PLAN WORK AND HE STARTED TO MANAGE IT, AND NOW AT THE GUARD. TAYLOR JOHNSON HAS TO OPEN THAT GUARD AND IT WAS PUSHED ON HIM AND SWINGS TOWARD IT AND IT IS BACK ON THE MAP. >> AGUIAR STARTED BRAZILIAN JUJITSU AT 18 AND IS A BLACK BELT WITH FIVE OF HIS 17 VICTORIES COMING VIA SUBMISSION AND A CLOSE GUARD AND NOW JOHNSON IS&> OKAY. I’M GOING TO LISTEN TO YOU NOW. I’M GOING TO LISTEN TO YOU, JOHN. HOW DO I HAVE IT AFTER TEN MINUTES? AGUIAR USING HIS GAME PLAN IS STARTING TO WEAR TAYLOR JOHNSON OUT. >> I THOUGHT AGUIAR WOULD HAVE IT. >> HE’LL MANAGE THE WIN WITH THIS ONE. [ INAUDIBLE ] WITH. >> YOU SEE AGUIAR GETTING HIS NOSE WORKED ON. YOU SEE HIM IN THE CAGE. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> THE CAGE IS MEANT FOR THE FIGHTER’S SAFETY TO KEEP THEM INSIDE. JASON HURT HIS EYE. >> ALL RIGHT. ALL RIGHT. >> HUGGING IT OUT BEFORE THEY SLUG IT OUT. >> A GOOD RIGHT HAND. TAYLOR JOHNSON, ON CUE! UNLOADING THE HEAVY ARTILLERY. >> THAT WAS A VERY GOOD MOVE BY TAYLOR JOHNSON. HE HAD THE LOW OFFSIDE LEG KICK BY AGUIAR. >> HE’S GOT TO GET UP. >> RIGHT NOW WHEN YOU’RE SLIPPERY AND EVERYTHING, BUT HE’S GOT TO GET UP OFF OF THE GROUND AND DON’T LET TIME SLIP BY. A NICE JOB BY DEREK JOHNSON TO GET BACK TO HIS FEET AND THE TOP POSITION AND THAT WAS A BEAUTIFUL REVERSE. >> NICE AND SLOW AND A MINUTE LEFT IN THE FINAL PRELIMINARY ON THE CARD FROM THE SANFORD PENTAGON IN SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA AND THE MAIN IS COMING UP AT 9:00 EASTERN, 6:00 PACIFIC WITH CHEICK KONGO AND SERGEI KHARITONOV AS JOHNSON WORKS HIS WAY. >> HE’S GOT THE BACK AND HE’S TRYING TO KICK THAT LEG OUT AND HE DOES A NICE JOB OF GETTING BACK. >> TAYLOR JOHNSON SHOOTING IT AND HE DOES NOT WANT TO BE IN THIS POSITION. >> HE’S GETTING HIMSELF BACK UP. >> AGUIAR LANDED POWER WITH SIGNIFICANCE. 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