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Bellator 131: Complete Results, Coverage

Will Brooks

Welcome to our live coverage of Bellator 131: Ortiz vs. Bonnar.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. The main card airs on Spike TV following online prelims.

FightLine will have complete coverage of the main card, along with quick results from the prelims.

PRELIMINARY CARD

In earlier action:

Rolando Perez vs. Mark Vorgeas ruled a draw (29-27, 26-30, 28-28)

Jordan Bailey def. Alex Higley via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:27 of Round 1

Nick Garcia def. Matt Ramirez via submission (guillotine choke) at :56 of Round 1

Andy Murad def. Bubba Pugh via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Jonathan Santa Maria def. Ron Henderson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

A.J. Matthews def. Kyle Bolt via KO (strike) at 1:39 of Round 1

Joao Faria def. Ian Butler via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 1:58 of Round 3

MAIN CARD

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Joe Vedepo

We begin the Spike TV main card with former Strikeforce champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (13-4) taking on Joe Vedepo (17-8), who is stepping in on short notice as a replacement for Tom DeBlass.

Round 1: Vedepo comes out to meet Lawal in the center of the cage, showing no signs of backing down. Seconds in, and Lawal scores with an uncontested takedown. Lawal pounding away with shots. Vedepo tries to kick his way out and might have landed an illegal blow, but Lawal just ignores it and goes back inside the guard. Some swelling and bleeding on Vedepo, as Lawal is dominating this fight through four minutes. He’s using his power and strength advantages, landing rights at will. Lawal transitions to the back, which allows Vedepo to get to his feet. Switches to a takedown off a guillotine from Vedepo to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawal

Round 2: Lawal brushes him to the side to start, keeping Vedepo on the canvas with his wrestling. Possible kimura for Vedepo, as he has the right arm trapped, but he’s unable to secure it. Vedepo works to his feet, but his eyes have swelling around both of them and his face is a bloody mess. Lawal just teasing him with his hands down by his side, trying to get Vedepo to make a mistake. Vedepo again gets out of control and taken down. Lawal flexing his might inside the closed guard with lefts and rights.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawal

Round 3: Big lefts land by Lawal to open the round, rocking Vedepo. He’s teeing off on him, as Vedepo is defenseless. He shoots for a takedown, gets denied and has Lawal on his back punishing him with shots. That’s all, and this one is over.

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Joe Vedepo via TKO (strikes) at :39 of Round 3

Mike Richman vs. Nam Phan

Former UFC and Ultimate Fighter competitor Nam Phan (20-13) makes his debut against Mike Richman (17-5) in a catch-weight bout after Phan was unable to cut down to bantamweight.

Round 1: Richman landing his jab with ease, peppering the face of Phan. He’s already bruised him up with the shots, and Richman drops Phan. Another flurry of rights and this one is all over, as Phan is down and out.

Mike Richman def. Nam Phan via KO (strike) at :46 of Round 1

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