On Friday, Jan. 27, Bellator MMA hosted its 171st event from Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kan.

In the night’s main event, well-traveled veteran Melvin Guillard clashed with striking specialist Chidi Njokuani in a 180-pound catchweight. The 33-year-old was a longtime staple of the UFC, but has competed for both WSOF and Bellator MMA since his release. Guillard has just one victory since 2013, after his knockout win over David Rickels at Bellator 159 was overturned due to a failed drug test. Njokuani, meanwhile, entered the contest riding an eight-fight undefeated streak. The vaunted kickboxer competed for RFA and Legacy FC before signing with Bellator MMA.

The action kicked off Friday with a live preliminary card stream on Combat Press at 7 p.m. ET. The night’s main card aired on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

FULL RESULTS
Chidi Njokuani def. Melvin Guillard by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-24, 30-26)
David Rickels def. Aaron Derrow by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 0:44
Jessica Middleton def. Alice Yauger by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-26)
A.J. McKee, Jr., def. Brandon Phillips by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Justin Overton def. Gaston Reyno by technical submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 0:34
Jordan Young def. Chris Harris by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Tyrell Fortune def. Will Johnson by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:27
Jarod Trice def. Kevin Woltkamp by knockout (strikes). Round 2, 3:17
Bruna Ellen def. Carmella James by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Dominic Garcia def. Will Lavine by submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 2:08
Chance Rencountre def. Jake Lindsay by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Johnny Marigo def. Joe Fulk by TKO. Round 1, 1:23
Manny Meraz def. Scott Heston by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Breeden def. Craig Farley by TKO. Round 1, 4:38

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Bryan Henderson became a fan of MMA in the late '90s when he happened upon the early UFC events on VHS at a local video rental store. He started writing about the sport on his Sporting News member blog in 2007 before becoming an official staff writer for Sporting News' "The Rumble" MMA/boxing blog. He went on to become a staff writer and the Features Manager for MMA DieHards before moving on to The MMA Corner, where he assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief. Bryan left The MMA Corner in 2014 and founded Combat Press along with two of his colleagues. In addition to covering mixed martial arts, Bryan also operated the Modified Mind body modification e-zine website for more than a decade.

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