Bellator Milan results

MMAHIGHLIGHTED 13.10.2019 00:39h Author:

Bellator Milan

After a relatively lacklustre Bellator 230, the Bellator Milan card began in earnest with a lightweight clash between Kane Mousah and late replacement Rafael Macedo. The first round began with an explosive start from Macedo as he came charging out of his corner straight into a flying knee attempt. From that moment on, this fight spent the vast majority of time in the clinch with Macedo exerting some late pressure in the second with a kimura attempt. The third round followed the same pattern as the previous two rounds with both fighters in the clinch throughout. In what was a fairly even encounter with no real threat from either fighter, it was Macedo who came out on top with a split decision victory.

In a reshuffle to the schedule, the main event was bought forward to the second fight of the Bellator Milan card. Two heavy hitters in Melvin Manhoef and Yannick Bahati went head to head in what was a short and sweet clash. Bahati started off marginally better before Manhoef went off like a timebomb. Flooring Bahati moments before, the fight came to a brutal conclusion as Manhoef reeled off some heavy fists on a grounded Bahati which resulted in a KO. Tough night in the office for Bahati but Manheof showing that at forty-three years old, he still has devastating power.

Next up in the confusing schedule reshuffle we saw the co-main event between Stefano Paterno and Ashley Reece take place. Paterno, making his Bellator debut, came out with a man on mission blitzing Reece early in the second. After sustaining a cut above the right eye midway through the first, Reece dug in deep and weathered the Paterno storm.

In the second round, Paterno stepped up a gear and looked to finish off Reece with a devastating display of power, however the extremely durable Reece wasn’t having any of it and bit down on the gumshield to survive a round that would’ve seen a lesser man knocked out on the canvas.

The third round showed the true grit and determination of the Englishman as, despite losing the second round in spectacular style, Reece arguably won the third and final round. Not knowing when to give up, Reece kept coming forward and put Paterno on the back foot. A cracking fight and herculean performance from Reece wasn’t enough as Paterno came out on top to secure a unanimous decision.

In a shrewd move by Bellator, as a way to keep the Italian faithful in the arena, the house main event saw Italian MMA legend Alessio Sakara take on Canaan Grigsby at light heavyweight. Twenty-three seconds after the bell sounded for the first round, the fight was over as Sakara obliterated Grigsby with a display of savage calf kicks and heavy hands to the head and body of a bewildered Grigsby.

Bellator Milan Results
Saturday 12th October 2019
Allianz Arena, Milan, Italy

Light Heavyweight House Main Event:
Alessio Sakara beat Canaan Grigsby
by TKO (strikes) at 0:23 of round 1

Light Heavyweight Main Event:
Melvin Manhoef beat Yannick Bahati
by KO (strikes) at 2:29 of round 1

Welterweight Co-Main Event:
Stefano Paterno beat Ashley Reece
by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Lightweight bout:
Rafael Macedo beat Kane Mousah
by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)