Rafael Carvalho (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Bellator 155 Results: Carvalho Retains Title After Controversial Win Over Manhoef

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)