The Bellator MMA Season 10 kicked off at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. on Friday and featured the opening round of the Light Heavyweight and Featherweight tournaments. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “King Mo” Lawal advanced to the Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals, while Will Martinez, Desmond Green, Daniel Weichel and Matt Bessette moved on to the semifinals of the Featherweight Tournament.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion “Rampage” Jackson secured his place in the 205-pound tournament finals by knocking out Christian M’Pumbu in the main event.
Jackson pressured M’Pumbu throughout the opening round, while M’Pumbu worked leg kicks from the outside. He slipped while throwing an outside leg kick and Jackson seized the moment. Jackson followed the Frenchman to the canvas and landed three short right hands that rendered M’Pumbu unconscious.
“These guys, they think I’m finished. He said he was going to retire me. I took that personal,” said an excited Jackson following the win. “Bellator, ya’ll don’t know what ya’ll are messing with. I’m a monster. I’m taking everybody out. Anybody that steps into this cage, they’re going to sleep.”
“King Mo” Lawal advanced to the Light Heavyweight Tournament finals in the co-main event by defeating Mikhail Zayats by unanimous decision.
The opening round was closely contested but uninspiring with neither fighter clearly winning. Lawal pressed forward throughout the fight, while Zayats was content with trying to counter strike. Lawal’s wrestling pedigree wasn’t a factor. He was unable to take the Russian down and the bulk of the fight played on their feet. While each round was close, Lawal did enough to win on all three judges’ scorecards.
Jackson and Lawal have history. Their rivalry dates back to the 90’s when Jackson was fighting in King of the Cage and has escalated throughout the years. Now they’ll have the opportunity to settle their differences inside the cage when they meet in the tournament finals.
Following Jackson’s win over M’Pumbu, the 35-year-old screamed into the microphone, “You next! You next! You next!” It was directed toward Lawal who quickly entered the cage.
“I’m the man in Bellator now. I took your spot,” said Jackson while the two had to be physically separated.
Bellator 110 Full Results:
-Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Christian M'Pumbu by KO at 4:34, R1
-Muhammed Lawal def. Mikhail Zayats by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Matt Bessette def. Diego Nunes by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
-Will Martinez def. Goiti Yamauchi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Desmond Green def. Mike Richman by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Daniel Weichel def. Scott Cleve by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:46, R1
-Saul Almeida def. Andrew Fisher by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Egidijus Valavicius def. Atanas Djambazov by KO at 0:48, R1
-Ryan Quinn def. Andrew Calandrelli by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Manny Lara vs. Josh Diekmann ended in No Contest due to unintentional eye poke
-Marvin Maldonaldo vs. Rico DiSciullo ended in No Contest due to unintentional illegal knee