Spoiler Alert! Bellator 191 Newcastle Results McDonald vs Ligier
Bellator 191 goes down in Newcastle, England this evening and in the main event, Michael McDonald (17-4) takes on Peter Ligier (8-1-1).
This will be McDonald’s first fight under the Bellator banner and he will be looking to make a big impression when he takes on Ligier in the headline bout. McDonald signed for Bellator earlier this year, but hasn’t been in action since July last year when he was defeated by John Lineker. McDonald is considered to be a prime 135-pounds talent, but with injuries keeping him out of action for large periods of the last few years, he will be looking to put a string of wins together in Bellator to get back the wind back in his sails.
Outside of the main event, another Bellator will feature in the co-main event when Valerie Letourneau (8-6-0) faces Kate Jackson (9-2-1). Letourneau left the UFC following difficulties to makes 115-pounds and she joined Bellator earlier this year in search of a more comfortable flyweight division to compete in. Jackson also competed in the UFC; albeit briefly, when she took part in season 23 of The Ultimate Fighter. The Brit already has one Bellator win under her belt and she will look to play the role of the spoiler this evening when she looks to burst Letourneau’s bubble in Newcastle.
Following along below for LIVE results from the Newcastle Metro Arena.
Michael McDonald def. Peter Ligier via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Tentative start by both fighters but McDonald looking calm and slowly working out the range. McDonald looked to duck under a Ligier right hand and take him down, but the Frenchman quickly worked his way back to his feet. McDonald landed a right hand on the bell in what was a largely a round lacking action.
Round two began with McDonald stuffing a takedown against the fence. An exchange that McDonald go the better of saw him push the Frenchman’s back the fence and then McDonald took him down to the mat. Ligier got it back to the centre of the cage with 90-seconds left and he landed a nice jab. There was a pause in he action for a low blow as the two tied up against the fence. The fight resumed and McDonald swarmed in the last 20-seconds and landed a nice uppercut that Ligier to his credit took well.
Ligier landed a nice thudding leg kick to start the round off, but McDonald threw him down to the mat with a nice judo throw. After a brief struggle McDonald landed in top position, but he was bleeding from the top of his head. Ligier eventually made his way back to his feet, but McDonald slipped under another wild hook and took him down again. Ligier reversed the position and took top control, but McDonald let the clock run down. Yikes that wasn’t a great fight.
MMANytt Decision: Michael McDonald def. Peter Ligier via unanimous decision (30-27)
Official Decision: Michael McDonald def. Peter Ligier via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Valerie Letourneau def. Kate Jackson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Brad Pickett and Mike Brown are here in the corner of Letourneau. Both women kept the fight at range to begin with and were only entering the pocket to throw single strikes. A grazing right hand from the Canadian cut Jackson on the cheek and blood trickled from the wound. The women exchanged strikes on the feet and Letourneau landed the crisper of the strikes.
Letourneau again started the better in round 2 and midway through the round she took the fight to the mat. After nearly sinking in a triangle she then attempted an armbar, but Jackson did well to defend and worked her way out of it. The fight eventually made it back to the feet with a minute left and Letourneau continued her good work landing a nice right hand and a nice kick to the midsection.
There was no let up on pace in round three and both women exchanged at close quarters. Letourneau got back at range. Jackson persisted throwing a 1-2 combination that the Canadian would slip and counter with a right hand every time. Jackson fought on bravely despite receiving multiple strikes to the nose that was bleeding heavily. Letourneau looked like she still had gas in the tank when the fight ended, but won every round.
MMANytt Decision: Valerie Letourneau def. Kate Jackson via unanimous decision (30-27)
Official Decision: Valerie Letourneau def. Kate Jackson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mohammad Yahya def. Ash Griffiths via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:26
Tentative exchanges on the feet led to Griffiths taking it to the mat after a minute. He worked his way into side control, but Yahya got back to his feet and took him down to the mat. Yahya landed ground and pound and Griffiths worked his way back to his feet before being taken down again. Yahya landed some savage ground and pound and Griffiths curled up without returning fire. Leon Roberts then stopped the fight.
Official Decision: Mohammad Yahya def. Ash Griffiths via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:26
Phil De Fries def. James Thompson via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 1:53
De Fries gets an early takedown as Thompson starts aggressively. Thompson makes it back to his feet and tries a takedown of his own but he gets caught in a guillotine submission and taps out quickly. Well that happened.
Official Decision: Phil De Fries def. James Thompson via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 1:53
Jeremy Petley def. Lewis Monarch via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Very back and forth round with both men keeping it on the feet. The fight got taken to the mat on two occasions but two failed heel hook attempts saw the fight quickly make it back to the feet. Monarch was the cleaner of the two on the feet landing some beautiful combinations and slipping Petley’s counters. Monarch was taken to the mat again in round two, but he escaped
Petley rallied in round two and took the fight to the mat multiple times including a big slam to the mat after pushing Monarch up against the cage. He struggled to land ground and pound when Monarch was on his back, but he definitely won the round and tied it up heading into the third.
Both men started cautiously on the feet in round three, but Petley scored a crucial takedown midway through the round and worked his way to his back. He attempted to lock in a rear-naked choke, but Monarch rallied back to his feet before being taken down again.
MMANytt Decision: Jeremy Petley def. Lewis Monarch via decision (29-28)
Official Decision: Jeremy Petley def. Lewis Monarch via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)