Bellator 150 Recap: Grove, Kongo emerge victorious

Bellator 150 was dealt a late blow when the scheduled rematch between bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao and Eduardo Dantas was canceled after Galvao came down with a late illness. But as they say, the show must go on. Bellator still presented a full fight card that included two former UFC veterans picking up much-needed wins in their new home.

Rebecca Ruth def. Lena Ovchynnikova by unanimous decision

Ruth pressured Ovchynnikova from start to finish in this women’s flyweight bout, using her dirty boxing and ground game to prevent Ovchynnikova from mounting much offense. A stiff right hand by Ruth in the second round knocked Ovchynnikova to the mat, where Ruth attempted a submission before grounding and pounding Ovchynnikova on her way to victory.

Chuka Willis def. Gaston Reyno by unanimous decision

This featherweight bout was put on the main card to replace the canceled Galvao/Dantas bout. Reyno tried to end the fight early by locking in a guillotine choke on Willis, but Willis escaped and got position on Reyno’s back as the first round came to an end.

Willis kept up his assault in the second round, knocking Reyno to the mat and trying to finish him with strikes. Reyno survived, but Willis kept up the pressure to secure a unanimous decision victory.

Kendall Grove def. Francisco France by second-round TKO (punches)

“Da Spyder” traded shots with France for much of Round 1, with France landing some stiff leg kicks for good measure. Grove picked up his game in Round 2, landing a hard overhand right to France and finishing him off with strikes for the TKO victory.

It was announced during the card that Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho’s first title defense will come against Melvin Manhoef later this year. It’s safe to say that Grove will be in the mix for another title shot against the winner of that fight.

David Rickels def. Bobby Cooper by second-round TKO (strikes)

If anyone needed a TKO victory, it was David Rickels. He came into this fight against Cooper suffering a quick loss to perennial lightweight contender Michael Chandler, and tried for an early finish of his own, but ran into strikes from Cooper.

In the second round, Rickels settled down and was rewarded for his patience by landing a devastating knee to Cooper’s face, which allowed him to secure the finish.

Cheick Kongo def. Vinicius Spartan by split decision

This was a slow, plodding main event that was almost undoubtedly a contrast to what the scheduled main event of Galvao/Dantas would have been. The two heavyweights spent most of the first round jockeying for position against the cage, with Kongo being content to use his dirty boxing to try and wear Spartan down, even if it wasn’t to the crowd’s enjoyment.

Kongo landed some leg kicks in the second round, but Spartan was able to land a takedown that he wasn’t able to do much with. The third round saw Spartan nail Kongo with a hard overhand right that almost finished him off, but Kongo assumed a defensive position and kept Spartan pinned to the mat as the fight ran out, which appeared to be just enough for Kongo to eke out a split decision victory.

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