Fresno California, January 30, 2016– Coming to you live from The Save Mart Center in Fresno California Bellator MMA made their return for Bellator148. A Welterweight banger headlines the event with Paul Daley taking on Andy Uhrich. Along with some strong undercard fights makes this event a must see, with Josh Koscheck having to pull out due to an injury, a new main event was set in place and the welterweights tore the house down. The co main event featured the welterweights as well, as Chris Honeycutt took on Paul Bradley for the second time, their first fight was a war and with the first fight being so close a rematch was a must. The heavyweights stepped into the octagon as well, as Raphael Butler took on Tony Johnson. Patricky Pitbull and Ryan Couture along with a full slate of prelim bouts. The action gets started!!!! Here we go Fresno!
The prelim 1st bout was in the heavyweight division as Javy Ayala (8-4) took on Carl Seumanutafa (9-6), and in the 2nd round the winner by TKO Carl Seumanutafa. The next bout was in the Ladies flyweight division Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (2-0) took on Amber Tackett (1-1), the winner in the 1st round by arm bar submission and still undefeated Ilima-Lei MacFarlane. Next up in the featherweight division Art Arciniega (14-5) took on Justin Smitley (9-7), after going the distance the winner by unanimous decision Justin Smitley. Next up the main card kicks off as the heavyweights get things going, Raphael Butler (9-1-1) took on Tony Johnson (9-2), and a banger it was as expected. With a lot f ground work and straight bombs the winner by TKO Tony Johnson. A hard-fought victory those to warriors tore it down. Next up in the lightweight division Patricky Pitbull (14-7) took on Ryan Couture (10-3), in the 1st round a brutal KO for Patricky Pitbull WOW what a finish.
Co Main Event Welterweight Division
Chris Honeycutt (6-0) Vs Paul Bradley (22-6)
The co main event was a rematch that all MMA fans were waiting for. Chris Honeycutt beat Paul Bradley the last time they faced and with the fight being so close we all got the chance to see it again. Honeycutt looking to stay undefeated and Bradley looking for revenge. The 1st round starts out with both fighters throwing bombs, Bradley throws a bomb that floors Honeycutt, followed by some ground and pound and that is all she wrote. Paul Bradley lays the first defeat on the home town boy Honeycutt. What a finish Bradley gets his revenge, what a finish.
Main Event Welterweight division
Paul Daley (37-13-2) Vs Andy Uhrich (11-5)
The main event of the evening featured a MMA fighter that has over 40 fights in his career, and an underdog that many are counting out. Andy Uhrich stepped in to replace Josh Koscheck on short notice. Daley was looking to settle his differences with Koscheck, but he set his eyes on finishing Uhrich. Uhruch is looking to prove all the doubters wrong and finish Daley, there is no doubt that he will have his hands full. Two welterweights taking the main stage and running with it. The 1st round starts out with both fighters showing respect to one another not a lot of early action. Uhrich is the aggressor early by throwing a couple of leg kicks and going for takedowns. Daley backs Uhrich into a corner and ends the fight with a 1st round KO. Wow Daley really showed that he is a KO artist, no matter the opponent he got the finish. With some after fight trash talk with Koscheck, when this fight happens it will be a war.
As we rap up from Fresno we got to see some brawls and some deadly finishes. The welterweights stole the show tonight with back to back KO victories. The future is very bright for Bellator especially when Koscheck and Daley finally get into the octagon and settle this beef once and for all. Patricky Pitbull with a statement finish, and Tony Johnson with the big win early in the night. A lot of finishes fight fans are all pleased here in Fresno. As they leave screaming KOSCHECK KOSCHECK!!
Bellator 148 Official Results:
- Paul Daley def. Andy Uhrich by knockout (punches) in Round 1, 2:00
- Paul Bradley def. Chris Honeycutt by TKO (punches) in Round 1, 0:40
- Patricky Freire def. Ryan Couture by knockout (punch) in Round 1, 3:00
- Tony Johnson def. Raphael Butler by TKO (punches) in Round 3, 4:24
- Josh San Diego def. Paul Ruiz by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Matt Perez def. Eugene Cancino by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Te Edwards def. Nick Bustamante by knockout (punches) in Round 1, 0:43
- Jermaine McDermott def. Eric Huggins by submission in Round 1, 1:53
- Justin Smitley def. Art Arciniega by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ilima Macfarlane def. Amber Tackett by verbal submission (armbar) in Round 1, 2:09
- Carl Seumanutafa def. Javy Ayala by TKO (punches) in Round 2, 3:46
By: Rick San Bartolome
Photo Credit: Bellator MMA
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