Bellator 108 took place last night at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Last night’s main event would see Quinton “Rampage” Jackson get off the snide with a victory over fellow UFC outcast Joey Beltran. The night’s co-main event would see top heavyweight prospect Vitaly Minakov wrest the heavyweight title from fellow Russian Alexander Volkov in violent fashion.
In other Spike TV main card action, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire would pick up the Season 9 featherweight tournament crown and Marcos Galvao got back in the win column.
Rampage Drops Beltran
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson got back in the win column tonight with a hard-hitting TKO of Joey Beltran. Beltran largely controlled the majority of the round by keeping Jackson pinned to the fence before unloading with hard combos. Unfortunately for him, Jackson got stronger and moved better as the round wore on and finally “Rampage” lived up to his moniker with a vicious barrage of strikes that floored Beltran. Referee Dan Miraglotta would call the fight after one more strike from Jackson in the final second of the first round.
Beltran would complain about the stoppage in the post-fight press conference but the way he went down and stayed down seemed to justify Miraglotta’s decision. The victory snaps a three-fight losing streak for the former UFC champion.
Minakov Crushes Volkov for Heavyweight Crown
Top heavyweight prospect Vitaly Minakov went from prospect to champion tonight by dropping Alexander Volkov. While Minakov needed some time to figure out the considerable range advantage held by Volkov, he landed a wicked uppercut that floored his countryman. Minakov quickly pounced with vicious shots that eventually lead to the end of the fight. The four-time SAMBO world champion is now 13-0 in his MMA career and will face Cheick Kongo in 2014.
“Pitbull” Steamrolls Wilcox for Featherweight Tournament Crown
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire won his second Bellator MMA tournament championship tonight with a dominant victory over Justin Wilcox. Freire never gave Wilcox chance to get in the fight as he overwhelmed him from the opening bell. Freire has to play the waiting game now to see what Bellator MMA decides to do with champion Daniel Straus. With Season 8 champion Magomedrasul “Frodo” Khasbulaev sidelined due to visa issues, the promotion could rematch Straus and Freire or Straus and Pat Curran.
Bellator 108 Results:
- Catchweight (210lbs) Fight: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Joey Beltran via TKO (strikes) at 4:59 of round 1
- Heavyweight Title Fight: Vitaly Minakov def. Alexander Volkov via TKO (strikes) at 2:57 of round 1
- Marcos Galvao def. Tom McKenna via TKO (strikes) at 4:29 of Round 1
- Featherweight Final: Patricio “Pitbull” Freire def. Justin Wilcox via TKO (strikes) at 2:23 of round 1
- Sam Oropeza def. Chip Moraza-Pollard via KO at 0:37 of Round 1
- Tom DeBlass def. Jason Lambert via KO at 1:45 of round 1
- Nah’Shon Burrell def. Jesus Martinez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Will Martinez def. Kevin Roddy via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:50 of round 1
- Liam McGeary def. Najim Wali via submission (armbar) at 1:31 of round 1
- Anthony Morrison def. Kenny Foster via majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 30-26)
- Dan Matala def. Ryan Cafaro via TKO at 3:52 of Round 2
- Rob Sullivan def. Sergio da Silva via split decision (29-28, 29-28,30-27)