Bellator 198 was live tonight in Rosemont, Illinois at the AllState Arena and MyMMANews was there live with all your Bellator 198 results and interviews. The main card was a display of jiu jitsu skills from the opening fight between Dillon Danis to the co-main event Emmanuel Sanchez. At one point the arena just seemed to turn in to social hour waiting for the main event because all of the fights ended within the first two rounds.
Danis kicked off the evening with his debut fight against Kyle Walker. The fight actually started with some forward momentum from Walker, and Danis ate a couple of head shots. Once the game got to the ground, though, it was a completely different match. Danis was able to pass guard, take Walker’s leg and initially started with a leg lock, but Walker escaped only briefly and Danis initially took the win with a toe-hold in less than two-minutes.
Neiman Gracie would also put on a BJJ clinic against Javier Torres, though Torres was quite game for the challenge. Both fighters were eager to get after each other (we’d later realize they almost traded shots before the fight backstage). The first round looked to go back and forth with Torres looking annoyed at Gracie toward the end of the round one. Once the second round started, Gracie was able to get the fight to the ground and keep it there eventually securing an arm-bar in the middle of the round and continue his unbeaten streak.
In the third event of the main card, Gerald Harris went up on three-days notice to fight Raphael Lovato Jr. While Harris looked to land a big knee early in the fight, once the fight got to the ground, it was all Lovato and his jiu jitsu again and armor would end Harris’ night early.
The co-main event featured two fast rising stars in the company with Emmanuel Sanchez and Sam Sicilia. Both fighters looked focused with major title implications on the line. All thing being told, it was expected from Sicilia to go out as if there were only two rounds to the fight and throw big punches. And while at first the gameplay seemed to work, Sanchez turned up his level and, again, jiu jitsu would prevail. Sanchez earned the submission win and called for a title shot in his post fight interview as well as his press conference. Sanchez was animated and excited and proud of his performance and the ability to win in Chicago.
After a bit of a delay due to early stoppages, it was time. It’s been time for years. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir: Heavyweight gold-standard vs. heavyweight gold-standard. The crowd was electric, the aura in the arena gave me goosebumps. It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The winner would advance to the next round of the Heavyweight World Grand Prix to face Chael Sonnen. But if you blinked, you missed it. Fedor survived an early attack from Mir. Once Fedor regained control it would take one overhand to stun the former UFC heavyweight champion. Then a couple of shots during the ground and pound and it was over. Fedor advances to the next round.
Complete Bellator 198 results below:
Main card (Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET)
Fedor Emelianenko def. Frank Mir via TKO (1st round :48)
Emmanuel Sanchez def. Sam Sicilia via arm triangle choke (1st round 3:52)
Rafael Lovato Jr. def. Gerald Harris via arm bar submission (1st round 1:11)
Neiman Gracie def. Javier Torres visited arm triangle (2nd round 3:18)
Dillon Danis def. Kyle Walker via toe hold (1st round 1:38)
Undercard (7 p.m. ET)
R’Mandel Cameron def. P.J. Cajigas (unanimous decision)
Mark Stoddard def. Dan Stittgen (1st round submission)
Eric Wisely def. Morgan Sickinger (1st round submission)
Joey Diehl def. Nate Williams (:54 1st round submission)
James Bennett vs. Dustin Stusse
Asef Askar vs. Andrew Johnson (majority draw)
Adil Benjilany def. Corey Jackson (Unanimous decision)
Sultan Umar def. Tom Angeloff (Unanimous Decision 30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Robert Morrow def. Adam Maciejewski (Unanimous Decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28)