Bellator 179 takes place today at The SSE Arena in London, England and will air on SPIKE TV. The event will not be live on SPIKE as the event is currently underway.
Former UFC welterweight title contender Rory MacDonald made his long awaited Bellator MMA debut tonight in the event’s headliner.. MacDonald (18-4) signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator in August 2016 and will finally be making his debut nine months later. It was interesting to see how the layoff affected “The Red King” who came off back-to-back losses in the UFC to Robbie Lawler and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson.
Daley, (39-14-2) came off a sensational flying knee knockout over Brennan Ward at Bellator 170 in January.
With this fight taking place at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London, England, Daley had the hometown support behind his powerfully packed punches, but MacDonald was looking to make a statement and put the division on notice. And so…. he did. MacDonald finished the fight in the second round with a rear-naked choke submission.
A fight that was seemingly flying under the radar was a matchup that rocked the London audience as former Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary takes on former title contender Linton Vassell. This Bellator 179 co-main event matchup paired two 205-pounders with all the talent to be successful in the UFC. Throw in the fact that both contestants are from England and extremely popular in their home country, and you have fireworks. In the end it would be Vassell coming out on top with a submission victory in the third and final round.
Like Father, Like Son
Kevin Ferguson Jr., also known as ‘Baby Slice’ earned his second win in the Bellator MMA cage. The son of the late ‘Kimbo Slice’ used his fists to get the a TKO win in the very first round. Ferguson Jr., is now 2-1 since coming to the organization.
Bellator 179 results below:
Spike TV – Main Card
Rory MacDonald defeated Paul Daley via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:45
Linton Vassell defeated Liam McGeary via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 2:28
Cheick Kongo vs. Augusto Sakai via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Alex Lohore defeated Dan Edwards via TKO – Round 2, 0:56
Kevin Ferguson Jr. (Baby Slice) defeated D.J. Griffin via TKO – Round 1, 3:40
Dan Vinni vs. Alex Lohore
Bellator.com-Streamed Preliminary Card:
Jay Dods vs. Alfie Davis
Stav Economou defeated Dan Konocke via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:05
Amir Albazi defeated Jamie Powell via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30,26)
Nathan Jones defeated Umer Kayani via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1, 4:35
Fabian Edwards defeated Rafal Cejrowski via KO – Round 1, 3:44
Jeremy Petley defeated Chase Morton via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
Mike Shipman defeated Marcin Prostko via TKO (knees) – Round 1, 2:39
Salih Kulucan defeated Diego Barbosa via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 2:18