After some last-minute shuffling, Bellator 150 went off without a hitch inside the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas.
The card originally boasted a main event bantamweight title bout between Bellator champ Marcos Galvao and challenger Eduardo Dantas, but the fight was scrapped after Galvao fell ill during the week of the event. Filling its spot atop the card was a heavyweight showdown between Cheick Kongo and Vinicius Queiroz.
After 14 minutes of relative inactivity, Queiroz made things interesting, dropping Kongo with a devastating right hand and initiating a mad scramble for the finish. Kongo showcased his 36-fight experience, though, hanging on and surviving to see the judges’ scorecards.
Despite Queiroz’s moment in round three, Kongo took the fight via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28), largely due to his control and steady offense throughout. While Kongo earned the win, the fight was far from exciting, and it will be tough to push him as a contender to Vitaly Minakov’s heavyweight strap moving forward.
“The Caveman” David Rickels walked to the cage to the tune of the famous Mark Morrison song “Return of the Mack,” boasting his usual energy and charisma as he strolled the cage to face Bobby Cooper in the Bellator 150 co-main event. Coming off a disappointing knockout defeat to Michael Chandler at Bellator 145, Rickels needed a victory to stay relevant in Bellator’s deep 155-pound division, and that’s exactly what a devastating knee delivered for him.
After smashing his patella into Cooper’s skull, Rickels swarmed, piling on punch after punch on the ground until the referee intervened. The first-round finish marked Rickels’ first knockout victory since October 2013.
The Kansas Star Casino erupted during the middleweight bout between Kendall Grove and Francisco France, and for good reason. The lanky, former The Ultimate Fighter winner showcased impressive patience before unleashing a brutal series of shots along the fence early in Round 2, knocking his foe out cold. The win marked Grove’s second straight knockout, putting him in a nice position as he enters free agency on the MMA market.
Chuka Wilson overcame early adversity to triumph over the highly touted, undefeated Gaston Reyno. After dropping the fight’s opening frame, Wilson came on strong, controlling the rest of the bout with powerful striking and top control. For his efforts, Wilson took home a unanimous-decision victory and improved his pro record to 7-2.
Rebecca Ruth kicked off the main card action on Spike TV in impressive fashion, showcasing her full scope of skills against Lena Ovchynnikova en route to a unanimous-decision victory. The 37-year-old flyweight has now won four straight, taking her professional record to 6-1 overall.