With the dust settled we look back at the second card of Bellator’s double-header this past weekend in Connecticut, Bellator 216.
Bellator 216 saw the debut of Mirko Cro-Cop, Valerie Loureda, and Erick Silva in Bellator MMA. With two of the three coming up with key wins, it was a big night for the newcomers. Yet the main event was the fight that all eyes were on. Michael ‘Venom’ Page. Paul Daley. A grudge match that had been building for years. So of course, MVP vs. Daley failed to live up to the hype.
How could it? That’s not to say it was a bad fight, it simply wasn’t what fans were expecting. Scratch that — early on, it was a bad fight, with Daley refusing to engage. As the fight wore on, it upped its status to “okay,” but now that MVP vs. Daley has come and gone, there’s no question it failed to meet expectations, lofty as they were.
That said, Valerie Loureda met hers, earning a first round TKO finish for the main card’s only stoppage. And Cro-Cop continued to turn back time, earning a close decision against Roy Nelson, and evening their career series at one win a piece.
Check below for full results, and some of the best photo highlights from Bellator 216!
Bellator 216: MVP vs. Daley Results:
Michael Page def. Paul Daley by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Mirko Cro-Cop def. Roy Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Cheick Kongo def. Vitaly Minakov by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Yaroslav Amosov def. Erick Silva by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Valerie Loureda def. Colby Fletcher by TKO, Round 1, 2:55
Nekruz Mirkhojaev def. Pat Casey by submission (neck crank), Round 3, 1:18
Jesse Kosakowski def. Rodolfo Neves Rocha by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 3:05
Vinicius de Jesus def. Rodolpho Barcellos by TKO, Round 1, 3:46
Tyrell Fortune def. Ryan Porkyfky by TKO, Round 1, 2:21
Kemran Lachinov def. Kastriot Xhema by technical submission (knee-bar), Round 2, 0:53
Justin Sumter def. Reginaldo Felix by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 3:27
Demetrios Plaza def. Drews Rodriguez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)