Patricio "Pitbull" Freire continued to lord over two divisions as the Bellator 255 results came in on Friday night. It was the fight promotion's debut event on the Showtime network.
Bellator 255 results: Patricio Pitbull chokes out Emmanuel Sanchez
In a featherweight title rematch, Bellator featherweight and lightweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire made quick work of no. 2 ranked featherweight contender Emmanuel Sanchez. He finished the fight with a guillotine choke in the first round of the Bellator 255 main event and featherweight grand prix semi-final.
Pitbull dropped Sanchez with a picture perfect left hook, followed up with a right jab to Sanchez’s shoulder that accelerated his trip to the canvas. Freire subsequently sank in a guillotine choke to put Sanchez to sleep 4:32 into the first round.
With Freire’s main event victory, the Bellator double champ advances to the finals of the Bellator featherweight grand prix. Pitbull will meet surging undefeated no. 1 featherweight contender A.J. McKee for the Bellator featherweight championship and a $1 million dollar prize.
Bellator 255 results: Jason Jackson decisions Neiman Gracie
No. 6 ranked welterweight Jason Jackson took home the victory in the Bellator 255 co-main event over no. 3 ranked Neiman Gracie. Jackson’s victory gives the Sanford MMA product a four-fight win streak.
The fight in total was rather bizarre. Jackson had top control of Gracie when his eye dragged against the cage. However, Jackson overcame the adversity and finished the fight.
The decision was also seen as a head-scratcher to many, particularly Bellator color commentator and renowned former MMA referee Big John McCarthy, who believed Gracie had won the fight.
The fight statistics provide logic to McCarthy’s argument, as Gracie doubled Jackson’s strikes landed (73-36) and also maintained 26 more seconds of ground control with 4:35.
Bellator 255 results: Tyrell Fortune steamrolls Jack May by first-round TKO
Tyrell Fortune continued his ascendance up the Bellator heavyweight division with a dominant performance over Jack May, who filled in on short notice after Matt Mitrione pulled out of the fight for undisclosed reasons.
The heavyweight scrap was actually a rematch between Fortune and May after a no contest as a result of a low blow in their first bout, which took place last September.
It took relatively no time for Fortune to get May to the ground. The no. 6 ranked heavyweight utilized ground and pound, along with noticeable power in his hands, to take the TKO at 3:16 into the first round.
Bellator 255 results: Usman Nurmagomedov outstrikes Mike Hamel to take unanimous decision
Usman Nurmagomedov added another victory to his undefeated record with a unanimous decision victory over Mike Hamel in a lightweight contest.
Contrary to his cousin Khabib, Nurmagomedov stayed on the feet for the entirety of the fight, decisively outstriking Hamel, despite a valiant effort from the MMA Lab product.
With his first victory under the Bellator banner, Nurmagomedov extended his undefeated streak to an impressive 12-0.
Bellator 255 results
Patricio Pitbull (c) def. Emmanuel Sanchez via first-round submission (guillotine choke)
Jason Jackson def. Neiman Gracie via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tyrell Fortune def. Jack May via first-round TKO (strikes)
Usman Nurmagomedov def. Mike Hamel via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Kana Watanabe def. Alejandra Lara via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Magomed Magomedov def. Cee Jay Hamilton via second-round submission (rear naked choke)
Mandel Nallo def. Ricardo Seixas via first-round knockout (punch)
Khalid Murtazaliev def. Fabio Aguiar via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Chris Gonzalez def. Roger Huerta via third-round submission (tap to strikes)
Jose Augusto def. Jonathan Wilson via first-round submission (head and arm choke)
Roman Faraldo def.Trevor Gudde via first-round TKO (punches)
Jordan Newman def. Branko Busick via second-round TKO (elbows)