On Saturday, Jan. 26, Bellator MMA hosted its 214th event from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
In the night’s main event, the promotion crowned a new heavyweight champion as it concluded its heavyweight grand prix tournament when MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko clashed with the promotion’s current light heavyweight titleholder Ryan Bader. Emelianenko punched his ticket to the finals with finishes of Frank Mir and Chael Sonnen, whereas Bader demolished Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal before going the distance with Matt Mitrione in the semifinals.
The action kicked off with a preliminary-card stream on the promotion’s website at 7 p.m. ET. The night’s main card was simulcast on the Paramount Network and DAZN at 9 p.m. ET.
Ryan Bader def. Fedor Emelianenko by knockout (punches). Round 1, 0:35 – heavyweight grand prix final
Henry Corrales def. Aaron Pico by knockout (punches). Round 1, 1:07
Jake Hager def. J.W. Kiser by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 1, 2:09
Juan Archuleta def. Ricky Bandejas by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Adel Altamimi def. Brandon McMahan by submission (armbar). Round 1, 1:16
Thor Skancke def. Jesse Merrit by technical submission (north-south choke). Round 1, 4:26
Jesse Roberts def. A.J. Agazarm by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Weber Almeida def. Odan Chinchilla by TKO (head kick and punches). Round 1, 3:04
Art Rivas def. Sean Johnson by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:30
Jay Jay Wilson def. Tyler Beneke by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:31
Ryan Lilley def. James Barnes by knockout (head kick). Round 1, 1:03
Craig Plaskett def. Ian Butler by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Desmond Torres def. Steve Ramirez by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 1, 4:21
Osman Diaz vs. Christopher Reyes
Jorge Juarez vs. David Pacheco