[Video] Bellator 153: Play by play & Preliminary Card Live Stream

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Headlined by a welterweight world title bout between Andrey Koreshkov (18-1) and Benson Henderson (23-5), the main card is primed to entertain. The card is loaded with young talent, including 28-year-old welterweight star Michael “Venom” Page (9-0), who will put his unblemished record on the line against Jeremie Holloway (7-1).

Check out play by play with our lead writer Nicholas Rizner who is on deck in Connecticut reporting live for MMA Mad below along with a preliminary card live stream.

Live play-by-play & results:

Main Card:

Patricio Freire vs. Henry Corrales

Round 1:

Hard body kick right in front of press row to kick things off for Pitbull. A brief slip follows but no harm done. Both men seem tentative through two minutes, finding their range with the jab but not committing to any combinations. Pitbull shoots for a deep takedown, but Corrales fights it off. At least for a moment, as Pitbull quickly finds himself in full mount at the midway point of the round. Corrales works his way back to his feet. One minute left now, as the crowd grows restless. Bellator always seems to have crowds like this, unfortunately. It’s just a different brand… Anyway, I digress. Pitbull edges out the first round.

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Pitbull.

Round 2:

Back-and-forth striking exchanges open up the second round with neither guy really establishing an advantage. Boos rain down from the crowd once again, likely spoiled by the slew of stoppages tonight. Still fairly even, although Corrales looks to have a little more power behind his punches. A flying knee attempt misses for Pitbull and Corrales continues to land heavy, but is met with a hard counter right that slows him down.

Pitbull scores another takedown and begins to work his GNP from full guard. Back to the feet now. OUT OF NOWHERE, Pitbull sinks in the standing guillotine. Corrales looks to escape and things go to the ground, but is left with no choice but to tap.

Official Decision: Patricio Pitbull def. Henry Corrales via guillotine (Rd.2, 4:09)

Brennan Ward vs. Evangelista Santos

Round 1:

Loudest pop of the night (by far) as Brennan gets announced. This one will be exciting.Brennan takes his back early and gets things to the ground. Deep knee bar attempt from Cyborg and he gets it! Wow. Big return for the old vet and an unfortunate missed opportunity for the hometown kid.

Official Decision: Evangelista Santos def. Brennan Ward via heel hook (Rd.1, 0:30).

Brent Primus vs. Gleristone Santos

Round 1:

Brent comes out with a hard kick early, but it’s blocked. A slip sends Primas to the mat and Santos takes advantage with some brief ground-and-pound, but they’re quickly back to the feet. Primus charges in landing a few shots on his way to the clinch. Primus scores a takedown but is immediately swept by Santos, who winds up on top. Back to the feet with three minutes left. A wheel kick with a minute left misses, but yields a reaction from the crowd. Both guys seem to be losing a bit of their speed as the round comes to a close.

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Santos.

Round 2:

Brent Primus seems to be getting the best of the early exchanges in round two. He’s finding success with those low leg kicks at the end of his combinations, as well. Big spinning wheel kick, this time from Primus, hitting nothing but air. Santos throws a flying knee but is out of range. This feels like a karate demonstration at the moment. Primus complains of a low blow and Santos complains, but it was pretty clear from where I’m sitting. These guys are really swinging for the fences in these exchagnes. You get the sense that it’ll only take one. Not a lot of technique but it’s been a fun one through two. I give Primus the slight edge for cage control and aggression.

MMA Mad scores the second round 10-9 Primus (19-19 overall).

Round 3:

Wow. Lots of sweat flying off Primus as he attempts a spinning wheel kick. Should’ve worn a poncho in press row. Pace has slowed dramatically in the third, but Primus seems to be the one landing clean now. He’s been the aggressor in these past couple rounds. Brief flurry from Santos who starts landing heavy hands followed by a head kick. That was the biggest moment of the round so far, and could be the difference in a close one.

But just like that, Primus scores a takedown and begins working from side control with a minute left in the fight.Now half guard, attempting to set up the head and arm. He lands some elbows from the top and finishes with dominance from the ground. Gotta give the nod to Primus in this one.

MMA Mad scores the third round 10-9 Primus (29-28 Primus).

Official Decision: Brent Primus def. Gleristone Santos via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Michael Page vs. Jeremie Holloway

Round 1:

Well then. MVP comes out with a hard shot and drops Holloway in maybe 2 seconds? Holloway gets back up and looks determined to make up for the poor start. MVP is moving but not his normal dancing, as Holloway seems to be getting some more respect than past opponents. Holloway is clinching with him now, but MVP is successfully stalling aginast the fence. Boos from the crowd, and the ensuing separation.

Temporary stoppage for a low blow by Holloway and we’re back. MVP drops him again, but Holloway starts working for a leg lock. And amazingly, MVP locks up the counter leg lock and gets the stoppage. Very slick finish and a fantastic overall performance. This kid’s a star.

Official Decision: Michael Page def. Jeremie Holloway via toehold (Rd.1, 2:15) 

Preliminary Card:

Matt Bessette vs. Keith Richardson

Round 1:

Some really great striking combinations from both guys early. Both are doing well to slip the majority of the shots.Hard shot seems to temporarily stun Keith, but he comes back with a strong takedown and we get to see Matt work off his back. He has a very dangerous guard. Matt attmempts the leg lock but it’s thwarted. And again. Twarted again. But he uses it to get to his feet. Keith has his back on the feet. The rest of the round takes place in the clinch and Matt seems to get the best of it. He should take the first.

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Bessette.

Round 2:

Keith looks visibly slower in the second round and Matt is taking full advantage. He’s beginning to find success with his boxing and a  hard leg kick drops him. Keith is starting to show the damage on his face now. Another bomb from Matt. This kids got a chin on him. Matt is really landing with ease now and looks to have plenty of energy left. He lands a head kick. It’s followed up by a uppercut. Temporary stop in the action to look at the cut, but Matt is really dominating now. And that’s it. The fight is stopped due to the cut. Matt wins via doctor stoppage.

Official Decision: Matt Bessette def. Keith Richardson via TKO (doctor stoppage) Rd.2, 3:14

Mike Zichelle vs. Joe Cronin

Round1:

Zichelle shouts for the takedown while Cronin uses a head lock to defend. Good work by Zichelle getting tall and working out of it. Now he’s in side control and landing heavy bombs. Zichelle looks really dominate through the first minute. Now a rear-naked choke attempt. And he gets it! Big win for Zichelle.

Official Decision: Mike Zichelle def. Joe Cronin via rear-naked choke (Rd.1, 1:25)

Chris Honeycutt vs. Matt Secor

Round 1:

This should be a good one! If you remember, Matt Secor was scheduled to fight Josh Koscheck before he pulled out due to injury. Let’s see how he does with his new fight.

Secor opens things up with some leg kicks, but Honeycutt gets him to the ground. Matt seems to be looking for a triangle on the ground, but hasn’t been able to get it in position quite yet. Honeycutt has him stuffed against the cage but hasn’t done much else. Could we see a stand up soon? Nope. Curious decision by the ref… I guess Honeycutt wins it but certainly not by making a statement.

MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Honeycutt.

Round 2:

The second round opens with Secor going for the takedown but it’s easily stuffed by Honeycutt, and again it’s Secor on top, this time in north-south position. Secor get separation and stands things back up. He quickly lands a head kick. Then a hard kick to the body. Honeycutt lands a couple one-off shots before shooting for another takedown. He lands it. Again, not a lot of damage up top. It is likely still enough to win him the round.

MMA Mad scores the second round 10-9 Honeycutt (20-18 Honeycutt).

Round 3:

The threat of the takedown seems to be making Secor hesitate with his standup. He’s found success with that body kick, however. But Honeycutt takes him down again. It’s been three rounds of the same so far, with three minutes to go in the fight. Back to the feet with two minutes left. Secor likely needs a finish here. He’s taken down again and should win the decision. Really surprised we didn’t see any stand-ups in this one.

MMA Mad scores the third round 10-9 Honeycutt (30-27 Honeycutt).

Official Decision: Matt Secor def. Chris Honeycutt via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27).

Djamil Chan vs. Richard Patishnock

Round 1:

And we’re off. Chan  comes out swinging but Potishnock quickly clinches and gets things to the ground. Chan does a good job tying up his arms to avoid damage and uses the window of separation to get get to his feet. Right back to the ground, however, as Potishnock scores another takedown. Again, not much damage done from top position. Chan reverses and in the small amount of time they stand, he lands a haymaker overhand right, followed by a left and puts him to sleep. What a way to start the card.

Official Result: Djamil Chan def. Richard Patishnock via knockout (Rd.1, 3:09)

Upcoming Fights:

Andrey Koreshkov vs. Benson Henderson

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Round 4:

Round 5:

Official Decision:

Sam Watford vs. Dean Hancock

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Round 3:

Official Decision:

Chris Foster vs. Vovka Clay

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Round 3:

Official Decision:

Tim Caron vs. Justin Sumter

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Round 3:

Official Decision:

Blair Tugman vs. Jay Perrin

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Official Decision:

 

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