Bellator 149: Shamrock vs. Gracie is officially underway. The preliminary portion of the event has concluded and the quick-match results are available below.
Stick with us throughout the main card, which is in progress now, as we will be providing the most detailed and fastest-published round-by-round updates from the moment the first televised fight begins until the Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie main event concludes.
– Justin Wren def. Juan Torres via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
– Jeremy Mahon def. Davis Sylvester via TKO (R3, 4:22)
– C.J. Hancock def. Ruben Esparsa via submission (rear-naked choke) (R3, 1:26)
– Adrian Yanez vs. Ryan Hollis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
– Isaac Villanueva def. Richard Knepp via knockout (R1, 0:42)
– Mike Trinh def. Angel Zamora via submission (armbar) (R1, 3:49)
– Jason Langellier def. Anthony Ivy via submission (anaconda choke) (R1, 2:09)
– Manny Lozoya def. Jacob Norsworthy via submission (guillotine) (R1, 2:33)
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Main Card Fights
Emmanuel Sanchez (149.2) vs. Daniel Pineda (148.2)
Round 1: Sanchez and Pineda come out feeling each other out on the feet until Pineda successfully scores a single leg takedown in the first minute of the round. Pineda is moving in and out of half-guard, trying to control and establish offense, however Sanchez is doing a good job of keeping his hips busy to keep Pineda busy focusing on controlling position as opposed to inflicting damage. After a minute on the mat, Sanchez works his way to his feet. They go right back down but pop right back up and we’re back to a striking contest with just under three minutes remaining in the round. Pineda takes Sanchez back down and scores more points in the process. No damage was done during the brief standup portion just now. Pineda has full mount and has Sanchez’s legs grapevined, but Sanchez scrambles and Pineda goes for an armbar before losing top control altogether. He kicks at a grounded Sanchez’s legs until diving back in and immediately going for a calf-crusher. He doesn’t get it and the round ends. Easy round to score. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Daniel Pineda
Round 2: Pineda lands a good shot on the feet to start off the second round of this three-round opening bout of the evening. Pineda slips a few moments later and ends up on the mat. Sanchez dove right in and is now controlling a grounded Pineda from top position. Inside Pineda’s half-guard, Sanchez looks to improve his position while mounting a slight bit of offense from the top. Pineda doing a good job from the bottom of avoiding damage and keeping Sanchez in his half guard. The two scramble back to their feet just seconds before the half-way point of the round. Before much happens, Pineda takes Sanchez down and now he’s working from top position. Pineda is inside Sanchez’s full guard just hanging out on top for now. Not a lot of action since the fight hit the ground again. Pineda is still on top but isn’t doing much. The referee stands the fighters up and restarts the fight on the feet. Sanchez immediately changes levels and takes Pineda down. Sanchez working from top posiition as Pineda gives him his back but quickly rolls again, settling in with Sanchez on top inside his half guard. The two work their way back to the feet and Pineda is the forward-moving aggressor early on. He throws a few strikes at Sanchez just to get him thinking and then quickly changes levels and successfully takes Sanchez down again. Tougher round to score, could be impactful depending on how debated this upcoming third and final round ends up. Could easily score this round 10-9 for Pineda, but Sanchez did land a nice head kick during a standup exchange that was just shown and hyped on the in-between round replay highlights of the round. He also spent a considerable amount of time in top position on the ground, so we’ll give him the round, tying the match 1-1 going into the final frame. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Emmanuel Sanchez
Round 3: The third and final round is now in progress and could be the deciding round if it goes to the scorecards. Sanchez quickly gets the fight to the ground and is working from top position with a bigger sense of desparation in this round compared to his top work on the ground in round two. He’s definitely trying to rack up points in case this one goes to the cards, which appears likely the way this one has been going. We’re at the half way point in the round and Pineda gets some space, so he stands up but makes the mistake of turning his back once on his feet, allowing Sanchez to back him straight up and land some strikes on the feet. Sanchez now has Pineda’s back against the cage and is working from an over-under clinch. Pineda, from standing position, drops to the ground and rolls, looking to tie up a leg of Sanchez and work on any number of leg submissions if/when the leg was secure, however Sanchez defends well and avoids any danger in the process. Now Sanchez has established top position and works towards full mount, but before he can do anything, Pineda bucks his hips and escapes out the back door. He stands back up and the two exchange briefly before Pineda misses a home run head kick attempt, allowing Sanchez to dive on top of him after he slipped throwing the kick and end the round — and the fight — working from top position on the ground. The buzzer sounds to end the round and the fight. We’re going to the scorecards and it could be an interesting decision in our opening TV bout this evening, depending on how the judges viewed the action. We’ll give Sanchez the third and the fight. It was clear that Pineda has more tools and is more of a risk-taker, but ultimately if Sanchez got the second, he clearly got the third and could very well win a decision against an opponent that seemed to be a more skilled fighter tonight. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Emmanuel Sanchez
Emmanuel Sanchez def. Daniel Pineda via Split Decision (29-28 P, 29-27 S, 29-28 S)
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