On Friday, May 20, Bellator MMA hosted its 155th event from the Centurylink Arena in Boise, Idaho.
In the night’s main event, middleweight titleholder Rafael Carvalho took on knockout artist Melvin Manhoef. The Brazilian Carvalho had not tasted defeat since his professional debut in 2011. He captured gold in October with a second-round finish of Brandon Halsey. Manhoef, meanwhile, had found mixed results under the Bellator banner. After a violent win over Doug Marshall in his promotional debut, he suffered back-to-back knockout losses, before righting the ship with a knockout of Hisaki Kato in November.
The co-main event featured former featherweight champion Pat Curran, who locked horns with veteran Georgi Karakhanyan.
The event kicked off Friday at 7 p.m. ET with a live preliminary card stream, while the five-fight main card followed at 9 p.m ET live on Spike.
Rafael Carvalho def. Melvin Manhoef by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) – for middleweight title
Pat Curran def. Georgi Karakhanyan by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Dan Charles vs. Augusto Sakai ruled a majority draw (30-26, 28-28, 28-28)
Alexis Dufresne def. Marloes Coenen by submission (armbar). Round 1, 4:33
Chase Gormley def. Joey Beltran by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Marcin Held def. Dave Jansen by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Joe Hamilton def. Tyler Freeland by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 0:22
Jesse Brock def. Olly Bradstreet by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 3:57
Vince Morales def. Hamilton Ash by TKO (punches). Round 3, 2:32
Casey Johnson def. Brandon Raftery by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 1:16
Scott Thometz def. Josh Tyler by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)
Will Noland def. Sean Powers by knockout (strikes). Round 1, 3:29
Veta Arteaga def. Jackie Vandenburgh by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 29-28)