Rafael Carvalho (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Bellator 190 Results: Carvalho Crushes Sakara, Retains Middleweight Title

On Saturday, Dec. 9, Bellator MMA hosted its 190th event from the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy. The event preceded Bellator Kickboxing 8 from the same venue.

In the night’s main event, middleweight champion┬áRafael Carvalho put his belt on the line against UFC veteran Alessio Sakara. Brazil’s Carvalho entered the contest riding a 14-fight winning streak, including five straight inside the Bellator cage. Sakara, meanwhile, had won three straight fights, with all coming via knockout.

The night’s main card airs on tape-delay on Spike TV at 8 p.m. ET.


Rafael Carvalho def. Alessio Sakara by knockout (strikes). Round 1, 0:45 – for middleweight title
Brandon Girtz def. Luka Jelcic by knockout (punches). Round 1, 1:57
Alejandra Lara def. Lena Ovchynnikova by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 4:09
Carlos Leal Miranda def. Mihail Nica by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Gregory Babene def. Tony Zanko by submission (armbar). Round 1, 2:04