On Friday, Nov. 3, Bellator MMA hosted its 186th event from the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Penn.
In the night’s main event, newly crowned light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader made his first successful title defense against England’s Linton Vassell, as he won by ground-and-pound in the second round. Bader earned the belt in June following a spilt decision win over fellow UFC veteran Phil Davis at Bellator 180. Vassell came up short in his previous attempt at Bellator gold, but had reeled off three straight fights to earn the shot at Bader.
The co-main event also featured gold on the line as the promotion crowned its inaugural women’s flyweight champion. Undefeated Hawaiian Ilima-Lei Macfarlane submitted Emily Ducote by triangle-armbar in the final round, leaving the cage with the belt.
The action kicked off Friday with a live preliminary card stream on Combat Press at 6:30 p.m. ET. The main card followed on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.
Ryan Bader def. Linton Vassell by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 3:58 – for light heavyweight title
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane def. Emily Ducote by submission (triangle-armbar). Round 5, 3:42 – for inaugural women’s flyweight title
Phil Davis def. Leonardo Leite by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Ed Ruth def. Chris Dempsey by knockout (punch). Round 2, 0:27
Saad Awad def. Zach Freeman by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:07
Scott Clymer def. Michael Benjamin Putnam by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:07
Mike Wilkins def. Brett Martinez by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 1:09
Michael Trizano def. Mike Otwell by submission (D’Arce choke). Round 2, 2:07
Dominic Mazzotta def.Matthew Lozanoby TKO (doctor stoppage). Round 1, 2:37
Logan Storley def. Matt Secor by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Tywan Claxton def. Jonathan Bonilla-Bowmanby knockout (flying knee). Round 1, 1:29
Frankie Buenafuente def. Francis Healy by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Andrew Salas def. Ethan Goss via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Josh Fremd def. Ryan Parker submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 1:25