Josh Thomson’s (22-8, 1 NC) a mixed martial arts legend in San Jose and his "Bellator 147" effort against a young and promising prospect by the name of Pablo Villaseca (10-2) will only add to his career's story.
A packed Event Center on the San Jose State University's campus witnessed the "The Punk" utilize a plethora of skills en route to a finish of the Chilean fighter. Referee Jason Herzog officially called a stop to the action at 3:59 of the second frame, sending those in attendance into an uproar and pushing Thomson's mark under the Bellator MMA banner to 2-0.
After the fight, Thomson made it clear that while a matchup against incumbent Bellator lightweight kingpin Will Brooks is enticing, he's about the fans and the vast majority of fans he's heard from want him to fight "Iron" Michael Chandler.
"Will Brooks is a great fighter man, and he has the belt," Thomson said. "But, regardless of the gold around his waist, the fans want me to fight Michael Chandler and I fight for the fans."
Bellator President Scott Coker has said he foresees Thomson returning to action in early 2016, and without fights scheduled for Chandler or Brooks as of print, another marquee lightweight contest could come to fruition sooner, rather than later. Watch the finish here.
Weichel Tops Karakhanyan, Hoping to Face Daniel Straus For the Title
In the featherweight co-feature bout of the evening, Georgi Karakhanyan(24-5-1) and Daniel Weichel(36-9) unleashed hard jabs and numerous round houses throughout a three-round thriller. The difference was Weichel's ability to use his pinpoint accuracy to pepper away at his jab, putting an end to Karakhanyan’s night. In the end, “The Weasel” escaped with a split decision victory with scores of (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), and likely moved closer to another shot at the 145-pound champion. Watch the official decision here.
Anderson Outduels Freire Once Again, Inside the Bellator MMA Cage
A lightweight rematch between Patricky Freire(14-7)and Derek Anderson (13-2, 1 NC) came to a head tonight, with both men trading body blows and kicks for the 15 minute duration of their violent bout. In the end, “Barbaric” took home a split decision victory with judges' scores of (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). The upset marks his second career win over Freire, after previously making his Bellator debut in a unanimous decision victory over Freire at “Bellator 98.” Take a look at some highlights here.
Piccolotti Wins Bloody Battle at the Expense of Soto
In a tightly contested battle between grappling experts Adam Piccolotti (7-0) and Mario Soto, (6-2) “The Bomb” remained undefeated after a second round rear-naked choke submission. Piccolotti sliced up Soto, opening up a significant cut over the right eye of the 29-year-old birthday boy. With blood squirting everywhere, “Dr. Mario” was forced to tap out at 3:25 of round two. Both Northern California fighters brought in a large contingent of hometown fans, but it was the Bay-area guy, Piccolotti, emerging victorious in the end, a product of landing 86% of his strikes thrown. Peep the gash on Soto's head here.
Rogers Powers Past Zwicker in 'Bellator 147’ Opener
During the opening contest on SPIKE, Brian Rogers (12-8) put an end to a two-fight skid in his debut at light heavyweight, opening fire with vicious ground-and-pound technique, mixed in with relentless hammer fists, which led to Virgil Zwicker (14-5-1) tapping out by arm-triangle submission at 4:38 of round two. “Rezdog” fought valiantly during his time inside the Bellator MMA cage, even withstanding a low blow earlier in the contest; but in the end, it was “B-Rog The Predator’s” night. Watch the video highlights here.
Preliminary Card Results
A.J. McKee (3-0) defeated JT Donaldson (1-1) via knockout (knee) at 4:14 of round two
Brandon Hester (3-0) defeated Idris Wasi (1-3) via unanimous decision (30-24, 30-25, 30-27)
Gabriel Carrasco (7-0) defeated Khomkrit Niimi (6-8) via technical knockout (elbows) at 3:19 of round one
Nick Barnes (10-1) defeated James Terry (16-8) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:48 of round one
Erick Sanchez (6-2) defeated Thomas Diagne (5-5-1) via technical knockout (punches) at 1:22 of round three
Jeremiah Labiano (9-3) defeated Alvin Cacdac (16-12) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Bronson Mohika (1-1) defeated Jose Perez (1-1) defeated via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Adin Duenas (3-1) defeated Anthony Taylor (0-1) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:43 of round one
Anthony Do (2-0) defeated Dustin Moore (0-1) via technical knockout at 2:05 of round one