On Friday, Aug. 28, Bellator MMA hosted its 141st event from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif.

The main event featured a lightweight match-up between promotional newcomer Melvin Guillard and Brandon Girtz. Guillard, a UFC and WSOF veteran, entered the contest on the heels of a split decision loss to WSOF champion Justin Gaethje last fall. The bout was expected to be a title affair, but Guillard missed weight and was released from the promotion following the loss. The 30-year-old Girtz faced his toughest test to date and looked to extend his success in the Bellator cage. The Minnesota fighter had won four of his six appearances with the promotion, including a first-round finish of Benny Madrid last September.

In the co-main event of the evening, another pair of lightweights locked horns as Saad Awad took on fellow knockout artist Patricky “Pitbull” Freire.

The event kicked off Friday with a preliminary card stream on Spike.com at 7:45 p.m. ET. The four-fight main card followed at 9 p.m ET on Spike.

FULL RESULTS
Brandon Girtz def. Melvin Guillard by split decision (29-27, 28-29, 29-27)
Patricky “Pitbull” Freire def. Saad Awad by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3).
Justin Wren def. Josh Burns by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26).
A.J. Matthews def. Emiliano Sordi by TKO (corner stoppage). Round 1, 5:00.
Brent Primus def. Derek Anderson by split decision (28-29, 29-27, 29-28).
Marloes Coenen def. Arlene Blencowe by submission (armbar). Round 2, 3:23.
Curtis Millender def. Steven Ciaccio by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Johnny Cisneros def. Gabriel Miglioli by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Luc Bondole def. Ray Sloan by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Adrienna Jenkins def. Lissette Neri by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:38
A.J. McKee def. James Barnes by knockout (punches). Round 1, 1:42
Ilima MacFarlane def. Maria Rios by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

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