On Saturday, September 28, 2019, Bellator MMA hosted Bellator 228: Pitbull vs. Archuleta from the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.
The main event features a high stake opening round of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Tournament, as current featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire squares off against Juan Archuleta. If Archuleta can defeat Pitbull, not only will he advance in the tournament but he will also become the intern Bellator Featherweight champion.
The night’s co-main event is much antipathetic rematch, as Gegard Mousasi goes one-on-one against Lyoto Machida. The two middleweights last confrontation took place at UFC Fight Night 36 in February 2014, with Machida coming out victorious by unanimous decision. Machida is undefeated since his 2018 Bellator debut, while Mousasi is looking to bounce back from his Middleweight fight title loss to Rafael Lovato Jr.
The remaining main card features more exciting opening rounds of the featherweight tournament. Darrion Caldwell fights Henry Corrales, Saul Rogers squares off against Daniel Weichel, and Georgi Karakhanyan takes on A.J McKee.
The main card airs live on the Paramount Network/DAZN at 10 p.m. ET with two-hour preliminary action starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Complete Bellator 228 results below:
Main Card :
Main Card Fighter of the Night: AJ McKee Jr. ( AJ McKee Jr vs. Georgi Karakhanyan)- Bellator is well known for its exciting matches featuring highlight knockout and submission finishes. While most of the main card bouts at 228 were highlighted with decisions and stalling. AJ McKee stole the show with his highlight performance. He studied his opponent’s fighting style. His studies certainly paid off, as all it took was one punch to finish his opponent.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Lyoto Machida
Round 1: Machida starts off the series with two inside leg kicks. Mousasi lands a cross jab that slightly rocks Machida. Mousasi lands another jab/cross. Machida answers back with a head kick. As both men continue the battle, each competitor lands their share of boots and punches to the closing bell.
Round 2: Mousasi deliver two push kicks unto Machida’s thigh to start the round. Mousasi continued his offense with well-timed and executed jab/cross combos that put Machida on the defense throughout the round.
Round 3: Mousasi once again executes a great game plan. Continuing his relentless strikes, a right cross lands that drops Machida. Machida is then able to secure close guard and sink in a tight guillotine that almost gets his the submission to close the ground.
Gegard Mousasi defeats Lyoto Machida via split decision (29-28) (29-28) (30-27)
Patricio Pitbull vs. Juan Archuleta
Round 1: Archuleta starts the round with an accidental crouch shot. Luckily Pitbull recovers as he dominates the round with excellent cage control, ending the round with a very close guillotine choke against the cage.
Round 2: Archuleta once again lands an accidental poke in the eye unto Pitbull. Pitbull once again controls the round with jab-cross combos and cage control over his opponent.
Round 3: Both men beginning the round with another feeling out process looking for openings to land strikes. Archuleta later makes some offense throughout the round. However, once again Pitbull retaliates with his share of attacks, with one punch dropping Archuleta. Pitbull continues to dominate the majority of the round to the closing bell.
Round 4: The round featured an exchange of strikes in the standup. Pitbull was able to do some damage against the cage unto Archuleta, controlling him the majority of the round.
Round 5: The majority of the fight featured both men exchanging strikes in the standup. The match concluded with Pitbull securing a takedown to end the round.
Patricio Pitbull Juan defeats Juan Archuleta via unanimous decision (49-46) ( 50-45) (49-46)
AJ McKee Jr. vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
Round 1: As soon as both opponents touch gloves, McKee fakes the jab and executes a left cross that drops Georgi. McKee wastes no time following through finishing off his opponent, as referee Frank Trigg calls a stop to the fight at 8 seconds.
AJ McKee Jr. defeats Georgi Karakhanyan via KO, Round 1, 8 seconds.
Darrion Caldwell vs. Henry Corrales
Round 1: After a brief feeling out process, Caldwell executes a beautiful single leg takedown, advancing to a dominant side control position. Corrales regains half guard, while Caldwell looks for an opening to land strikes. Caldwell ends the round standing landing a knee unto Corrales.
Round 2: Caldwell opens up the round with another takedown, slamming his opponent unto the cage. Both men are very cautious of each other’s actions, as boos of “we want action rain throughout the arena. Caldwell ties his opponent unto the cage, as the round end with him executing a takedown unto Corrales.
Round 3: Caldwell changes stance to confuse and looking for an opening unto Corrales. Caldwell, throughout the round, seems to be very defensive in avoiding contact with Corrales. Caldwell is deducted a point for his non-engaging. Bouncing back, Caldwell completes another takedown cage side. Corrales with thirty seconds left, in one last-ditch effort, sinks in a guillotine to submit his opponent to no avail.
Darrion Caldwell defeats Henry Corrales via unanimous decision via (29-27 (30-27(30-27)
Daniel Weichel vs. Saul Rogers
Round 1: Both fighters start with the feeling out process at the start of the round. During each competitor’s set of trading jab/cross combos, Weichel land a cross-jab that drops Rogers, followed by a knee, as the sounding of the first-round bell comes to a close.
Round 2: A the beginning of the second round Rogers attempts a double that easily gets stuffed by his opponent. As each competitor looks for an opening to land strikes, Rogers lands an inside leg kick that stuns Weichel. Weichel retaliates back, closing the round with a jab-cross combo unto Rogers.
Round 3: Both fighters storm out, looking for strike openings. At this point in the match, it is who can land the most punches to make a more significant impression for the judges. Weichel looks to be getting the better of the exchange, as he is able to slip in and out on the strike exchange without taking to much damage. With thirty seconds left, Rogers goes for a takedown, which is once again stopped by Weichel.
Daniel Weichel defeats Saul Rogers via unanimous decision ( 29-28 ) (30-27) (29-28)
Preliminary Card :
Preliminary Fighter of the Night: Weber Alemedia (Weber Almedia vs Castle Williams) – At the start of the opening bell, utilizing devastating kicks and a barrage of punches, his opponent, Castle Williams had no answer to Almedia unorthodox Karate fighting style. Alemdia’s ability to switch from southpaw to regular stance was a huge advantage in showcasing his dominance. Flustered by the onslaught, the beginning of the second round it only 20 seconds, as the crowd roared in approval for Almedia’s impressive performance.
AJ Agazarm defeats Jonathan Quiroz via, Unanimous Decision,(29-28(29-28)(29-28)
Ava Knight defeats Shannon Goughary via , Unanswered Strikes, Round 3, 1:46
Antonio McKee defeats William Sriyapai via TKO, Round 2, 1:17
Johnny Cisneros defeats Mike Jasper via TKO, Round 2, 4:28
Leandro Higo defeats Shawn Bunch via submission (guillotine choke)- Round 2, 4:34
Weber Almeida defeats Castle Williams via TKO, Round 2, 20 seconds
Joshua Jones defeats Dominic Clark via submission (guillotine choke)-Round 1, 2:39
James Barnes defeats David Duran via submission (rear naked choke)- Round 2, 1:51