Chidi Njokuani (R) battles Melvin Guillard (Bellator MMA)

Bellator 171 Results: Njokuani Cruises Past Guillard, Rickels Pounds Out Derrow

On Friday, Jan. 27, Bellator MMA hosted its 171st event from Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kan.

In the night’s main event, well-traveled veteran Melvin Guillard clashed with striking specialist Chidi Njokuani in a 180-pound catchweight. The 33-year-old was a longtime staple of the UFC, but has competed for both WSOF and Bellator MMA since his release. Guillard has just one victory since 2013, after his knockout win over David Rickels at Bellator 159 was overturned due to a failed drug test. Njokuani, meanwhile, entered the contest riding an eight-fight undefeated streak. The vaunted kickboxer competed for RFA and Legacy FC before signing with Bellator MMA.

The action kicked off Friday with a live preliminary card stream on Combat Press at 7 p.m. ET. The night’s main card aired on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.


Chidi Njokuani def. Melvin Guillard by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-24, 30-26)
David Rickels def. Aaron Derrow by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 0:44
Jessica Middleton def. Alice Yauger by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-26)
A.J. McKee, Jr., def. Brandon Phillips by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Justin Overton def. Gaston Reyno by technical submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 0:34
Jordan Young def. Chris Harris by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Tyrell Fortune def. Will Johnson by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:27
Jarod Trice def. Kevin Woltkamp by knockout (strikes). Round 2, 3:17
Bruna Ellen def. Carmella James by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Dominic Garcia def. Will Lavine by submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 2:08
Chance Rencountre def. Jake Lindsay by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Johnny Marigo def. Joe Fulk by TKO. Round 1, 1:23
Manny Meraz def. Scott Heston by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Breeden def. Craig Farley by TKO. Round 1, 4:38