On Friday, June 24, Bellator MMA hosted its 157th event dubbed Dynamite 2 from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The event featured both MMA and kickboxing action.
In the night’s main event, former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returned to the Bellator cage to clash with Japan’s Satoshi Ishii. The 38-year-old Jackson left the promotion after three straight wins, citing breach of contract. He had one fight in the UFC before a judge ruled in Bellator’s favor, forcing him to return to the Viacom-owned promotion. The gold medal winning judoka Ishii was making his promotional debut and looked to rebound from a vicious, first-round knockout loss to Jiri Prochazka in December.
The co-main event of the evening saw the promotion crown a new lightweight champion as former titleholder Michael Chandler took on Brazilian Patricky “Pitbull” Freire. The pair met previously at Bellator 44 in 2011, with Chandler earning a unanimous decision victory.
For results of the night’s kickboxing action, click here.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Satoshi Ishii by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Michael Chandler def. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire by knockout (punch). Round 1, 2:14 – for vacant lightweight title
Matt Mitrione def. Carl Seumanutafa by knockout (punch). Round 1, 3:22
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane def. Rebecca Ruth by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 3:00
Justin Lawrence def. Isao Kobayashi by knockout (punch). Round 2, 2:11
Byron Stevens def. Lee Burns by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:46
Guilherme “Bomba” Vasconcelos def. Jordan Dowdy by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:59
Rashard Lovelace def. Garrett Mueller by TKO (injury). Round 2, 5:00
Chel Erwin-Davis def. Kevin Engel by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 1:19
Matt Murphy def. Justin Robbins by TKO (doctor’s stoppage). Round 2, 2:16
Joaquin Buckley def. Chris Heatherly by knockout (body punch). Round 2, 4:14
Katy Collins def. Michelle Pearce by submission (armbar). Round 1, 0:48
DeWayne Diggs def. Jason Christeson by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1
Steven Mann def. Mike Estus by knockout. Round 1, 0:25
Brad Jones def. Tyler Claussen by knockout (head kick). Round 1, 0:26
Ashley Cummins def. Nikki Smith by submission (knee on neck choke). Round 2, 1:33
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