On Saturday night, Dec. 28, 2019, Bellator MMA makes its organizational debut in Japan for Bellator 237. The event takes place at the world famous Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan and will be headlined by a heavyweight battle between legends of the sport, as Fedor Emelianenko takes on Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Bellator 237 takes place in collaboration with RIZIN FF.
In the co-main event, former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler takes on short notice replacement Sidney Outlaw. Chandler was originally scheduled to face Benson Henderson at the event before Henderson was forced to withdraw with an injury. Chandler is looking to bounce back from losing his lightweight title to Patricio Pitbull in May at Bellator 211. Prior to the TKO loss, “Iron” picked up three consecutive wins, which included recapturing the world title against Brent Primus at Bellator 212 last December.
Outlaw brings an impressive nine-fight winning streak into the biggest fight of his career. “Da Gun” made his Bellator debut last month at Bellator 234 and defeated 36-fight veteran Roger Huerta via unanimous decision. At nearly a 3-1 underdog, the 27-year-old Outlaw has little pressure on him as he looks to pick up a big upset in Japan.
Here is how the 160-pound catchweight bout between Michael Chandler and Sidney Outlaw went down at Bellator 237, including round-by-round scoring. For full event results, check them out right here.
Chandler lands a right hand early, followed by a hard body shot. Combination to the body from Chandler and Outlaw answers with a jab. Right hand from Chandler lands clean. Outlaw grabs a single but Chandler is able to avoid the takedown. Right hand to the body from Chandler. Outlaw with a left hand and a leg kick behind it. Uppercut from Outlaw as Chandler moves forward. Leg kick from the former champion and a big right hand drops Outlaw. One more for good measure and the fight is over. Nasty shot from Chandler as he gets back in the win column.
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Official result: Michael Chandler def. Sidney Outlaw via KO – Round 1, 2:59
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