Bellator Dynamite Recap: Rampage defeats Ishii by split decision, Chandler recaptures lightweight belt
Saturday June 25, 2016— The second installment of Bellator Dynamite took place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday night. For the most part, the fights on the main card delivered plenty of action with talented mixed martial artists as well as kickboxers. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson earned a close split decision victory over Satoshi Ishii in the main event and Michael Chandler recaptured his lightweight title in epic fashion over Patricky Pitbull.
Bellator President Scott Coker was certainly pleased with the quality of fights on Friday night.
“We had some of the greatest martial artists, some of the greatest fighters in the history of our sport fighting tonight, and I think it delivered,” said Coker.
Here is how the main card fights played out:
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeats Satoshi Ishii via split decision
Rampage may not be the fighter he once was, but the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion is still a star if you ask fight fans. He struggled early on in the fight, going against a southpaw with an elite judo background. He was taken down early in the first round but did a decent job of not taking any significant damage. When he got back up to his feet, he was able to land some significant knees and punches with his back against the cage. Ishii won the first round (except for the judge who scored the fight 30-27).
Rampage was able to land some punches in the beginning of round two, but Ishii once against forced a takedown. Once Rampage got back to his feet midway through the round, he was able to land strikes in the clinch and showed great takedown defense the rest of the fight.
In the third, Rampage was able to score a takedown of his own and force the issue by posturing up and raining down punches and elbows. It was clear he was trying to finish the fight, but Ishii was able to get back to his feet and the fight ended in the clinch once again.
In the rare times the fighters were separated, there was little action. Rampage even put his hands up at times trying to get Ishii to engage. This was a grappling battle from nearly start to finish, and Rampage held his own against a tough opponent.
Michael Chandler defeats Patricky Pitbull via KO (punch, first round)
Chandler recapturing his lightweight title in epic fashion was easily the highlight of the night in St. Louis. Pitbull was coming off of wins over Ryan Couture and Kevin Souza and looked to even the score against Chandler.
Being from High Ridge, Missouri, Chandler had nearly the entire crowd on his side. Midway through the first round, he caught Pitbull with a clean right hook that put him out cold. The crowd erupted as Chandler jumped on top of the cage, flexing right in front of media row.
“There was a ton of people there, I have such an amazing support system,” Chandler said at the press conference.
Being the lightweight champion once again seems fitting for Chandler since he is arguably the greatest lightweight outside of the UFC. A matchup with Benson Henderson or Josh Thompson could be next for the champion.
Kevin Ross defeats Justin Houghton via unanimous decision (Kickboxing)
Kevin Ross was able to show his veteran kickboxing skills against Justin Houghton who is still new to the game. Ross was able to control the distance throughout the fight with kicks to the leg and body. Houghton’s back was against the ropes nearly the whole fight, showing that he was not prepared for the pace of Ross.
Ross was also able to land an overhand right repeatedly and even forced a knockdown in the third round. Houghton was able to maybe steal a round, but he looked to be outmatched against a veteran kickboxer in Ross.
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defeats Rebecca Ruth via submission (rear naked choke, round two)
Macfarlane put on a fantastic grappling display when she spoiled the homecoming for Missouri native Rebecca Ruth. She was able to score takedowns early and often and tested Ruth’s submission defense throughout. Early in the second round, she seemed to have the rear naked choke secure until Ruth was able pry Macfarlane’s arm free from underneath her neck as the crowd roared in support.
Macfarlane kept going for the submission and had Ruth’s back as she was standing in the middle of the cage. She finally was forced to tap, giving Macfarlane her second submission victory of her career.
Gloria Peritore defeats Denise Kielholtz via split decision (Kickboxing)
In what was a really close fight, Peritore was able to sneak away with a victory in the first kickboxing bout of the Spike TV telecast. Kielholtz had a staggering kickboxing record going in of 43-2 and had cleaned out her division in the Enfusion kickboxing promotion. There were plenty of exciting exchanges throughout the fight, and many in the arena thought that Kielholtz was winning them. However, the judges thought differently and Peritore earned a signature win in her career.
Matt Mitrione defeats Carl Seumanutafa via KO (round one)
In Mitrione’s Bellator debut, he came away with the first round finish, but the fight certainly did not start the way he wanted. A punch from Seumanutafa connected clean with Mitrione’s chin early in the round. He staggered but remained conscious and Seumanutafa immediately took his back. Somehow Mitrione was able to reverse positions and was able to posture up to land punches of his own.
The punch that ended Seumanutafa’s night was a sinking right hand that Mitrione landed while standing over him. He rolled over in pain as Mitrione walked away, and the ref was forced to stop the fight.
Fireworks in Bellator Kickboxing
After Rampage defeated Ishii, the action shifted back to the kickboxing ring. Joe Schilling took on Hisaki Kato in what produced the best finish of the night. Schilling was dominating the fight with knees and punches, forcing Kato up against the ropes. Schilling was relentless in his attack, trying to force the finish as Kato looked to be in trouble. However, very late in the second round, Kato threw a random spinning back fist that landed flush, knocking Schilling out cold. The knockout sent the crowd abuzz, not believing what they just saw.
Other action in the kickboxing ring included Raymond Edwards defeating Stefano Bruno via a spinning back kick to the body. Edwards, who trains with Georges St. Pierre, was putting pressure on Bruno throughout, even keeping his hands down at times. In the last fight of the night, Keri Melendez defeated Sarah Howell by unanimous decision.
Full Main Card Results:
- Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeats Satoshi Ishii via split decision
- Michael Chandler defeats Patricky Pitbull via KO (punch, round one)
- Kevin Ross defeats Justin Houghton via unanimous decision (Kickboxing)
- Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defeats Rebecca Ruth via submission (rear naked choke, round two)
- Gloria Peritore defeats Denise Kielholtz via split decision (Kickboxing)
- Matt Mitrione defeats Carl Seumanutafa via KO (round one)
- Bellator Kickboxing:
- Hisaki Kato defeats Joe Schilling via Ko (spinning back fist, second round)
- Raymond Daniels defeats Stefano Bruno via TKO (spinning back kick, round one)
Keri Melendez defeats Sarah Howell via unanimous decision
By: Nate staggs
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