Written by @NickRiznerMMA
Bellator 145: Vengeance will take place November 6, 2015 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The event will air live in prime time on Spike TV following the preliminary card on MMA Mad.
The event is expected to be headlined by a Featherweight Championship trilogy fight between current champion Patrício Freire and former champion Daniel Straus.
The co-main event is expected to feature a Lightweight Championship fight between current champion Will Brooks and Season 10 Lightweight Tournament winner Marcin Held.
Following the preliminary card play-by-play action below from 7 p.m ET on Friday.
Scott Ettling vs. Fazlo Mulabitinovic
Well that was quick. After some grappling exchanges on the mat, Fazlo locks in the armbar from his back and finishes things early in the first round.
Fazlo Mulabitinovic def. Scott Ettling via armbar (Rd.1, 1:52)
Bellator Catchweight Bout: Scott Ettling (139.5) vs. Fazlo Mulabitinovic (140.3)
Brandon Lowe vs. Rashard Lovelace
Clay Mitchell vs. Kain Royer
Holy cow is this in insane height difference. Royer goes hard for the takedown early. Mitchell not only defends the takedown, but actually winds up in full mount. Now he has back control. Hard shots form Mitchell as this one is looking very lopsided so far.
Mitchell sells out for a triangle choke and gives up position in the process. Now Royer is sitting in full guard, but not doing much with it. Every time Royer goes to stack him up, Mitchell defends by threatening the triangle.
Wow! Royer somehow takes control of the leg and lock in a tight knee bar, causing Mitchell to tap in the first. Didn’t see that coming. All due to impatience, in my opinion.
Official Decision: Kain Royer def. Clay Mitchell via kneebar (Rd.1, 3:41)
Alex Huddleston vs. Augusto Sakai
Both guys feeling each other out through the first couple minutes, without much action outside of a front kick to the cup. Huddleston takes a moment to recover, but quickly gets back to it. With a minute left, we finally see a change of pace. Sakai lands some sharp shots in a back-and-forth striking exchange and likely steals the round with some precision punching.
MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Sakai.
Alex Huddleston is paying for every rushed movement, as Sakai is countering well. Huddleston’s having some success with body shots, but Sakai is definitely getting the best of the stand-up so far. Good takedown defense from Sakai leaves Huddleston in a vulnerable position to eat some knees. He only absorbs one, as both men separate and return to the stand-up with 30 seconds to go. Another solid round from Sakai, who should be up on everyone’s score cards right now.
MMA Mad scores the second round 10-9 Sakai (20-18 Sakai)
Huddleston’s striking is slow and labored at this point. Sakai is using his combinations sparingly, but when he does land, he lands efficiently. If nothing else, he’s completely neutralizing any sort of offense from Huddleston. A stuffed takedown attempt with 30 seconds left.
And then a HUGE punch from Huddleston lands flush! Sakai is out on his feet but there’s only a few seconds left. Oh man, ten more seconds and this one may have been over. That’s enough to give Huddleston the round, but not the fight. Almost a crazy comeback though.
MMA Mad scores the third round 10-9 Huddleston (29-28 Sakai)
Official Result: Augusto Sakai def. Alex Huddleston via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jordan Dowdy vs. Adam Meredith
Dowdy starts with the clinch game but Meredith stays patient, landing knees at will, and ultimately sweeping the leg. He immediately takes the back, sinking in both hooks and quickly grabbing a hold of the neck. And just like that, it’s over. It was a quick night for Meredith, who dominated this one.
Official Result: Adam Meredith def. Jordan Dowdy via rear naked choke (Rd.1, 1:54)
Steven Mann vs. Kyle Kurtz
Mann takes side control early and begins working with elbows. After a brief scramble, Mann winds up in full mount, but only for a moment, as Kurtz manages to get back into full guard after another scramble/takedown. Nothing in the way of offense from Kurtz in the first half of round one.
And just like that, Kurtz locks in the triangle from the bottom and takes control of Mann’s arm. From out of nowhere, he locks in the armbar and finishes with the slick submission.
Kyle Kurtz def. Steve Mann via armbar (Rd.1 2:59)
Garrett Gross vs. Jeff Crotty
Lots of aggression from Crotty but an equal amount of recklessness. Crotty attempts an ill-advised choke from the clinch and ends up in a bad position. When he stands back up, he begins throwing bombs and looks to have gassed himself out. But just like that, with one minute left, Crotty lands a clean right that looks to have shook Gross up a bit, leading to an end-of-round takedown. The round ends with Crotty on top, but the round still goes to Gross. It’ll be interesting to see what these guys have left in the tank for the second round.
MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Gross
Crotty looks very flat footed and unsure of himself in the second round. Seems like conditioning may become a big factor in the rest of this fight. Sensing this, Gross has begun throwing more shots to the body and stringing together combinations. One minute into the first round, Gross drops him with an uppercut, but Crotty survives with a desperation takedown that lands, and at the halfway point of the round, Crotty has managed to transition into full mount.
The ref just warned Crotty for inactivity, despite being in full mount. And he stands them up! Ugh! He literally just said “you’ve got to advance your position.” To what ref?! Where do you ‘advance’ from full mount. God that pisses me off. But nevertheless, Crotty lands another takedown against the fence; this time in half control. Amazingly, Crotty nearly steals the round away from Gross, but ultimately, that uppercut was the only real damage done in the round. Gotta give the edge to Gross in round two.
MMA Mad scores the second round 10-9 Gross (20-18 Gross)
Gross goes for a big overhand right that misses, allowing Crotty to counter with another takedown. He transitions to north-south position, with control of the neck, and uses it to get into full mount. Beautiful transition from Crotty.
Gross manages to buck Crotty off, but a reverse triangle attempt allows Crotty to maintain top control. And with two and a half minutes to go, we’re back to the feet. Crotty goes for another takedown, but this time it’s stuffed. Crotty has nothing left in the tank at this point. He’s surviving, but that’s about it. Gross ends the round with some relentless ground and pound, winning this one with relative ease. Great heart by Crotty, but Gross outclassed him in this one.
MMA Mad scores the third round 10-9 Gross (30-27 Gross)
Official Result: Garrett Gross def. Jeff Crotty via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Adam Cella vs. Cheljean Erwin-Davis
Correction – Cella did make it to the house. Nevertheless, strange hearing a UFC reference during a Bellator broadcast. Now to the fights! A few grappling exchanges lead to some back and forth action before Erwin-Davis commits to a guillotine. Despite putting everything into it, Cella stays patient and survives, giving him top position. After a scramble, Cella takes his back and sinks in a deep choke, but ultimately gives it up to save position. The round ends with Davis on top.
Way to make me work early guys! This was a tough one to score. I’ll give it to Cella for the submission attempts and back control, but it was CLOSE!
MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Cella
Dominant round from Erwin-Davis who controls position throughout the first half of the round, but gives up position when he goes for a guillotine. Cella spends much of the second round on top, but doesn’t do much with it. I give this one to Erwin-Davis for the damage done.
MMA Mad scores the second round 10-9 Erwin-Davis
Well that was fast. A huge right hook lands flush on the chin of Cella and wobbles him. Erwin-Davis lands a few more times, pours it on with relentless striking to an opponent who can do nothing more than to cover up and take it. And the ref has seen enough. Huge win for Erwin-Davis against a tough opponent.
Official Result: Chel Erwin-Davis def. Adam Cella via TKO (Rd.3, 0:35)Check out our latest podcast episode featuring a conversation with Cortney Casey.