Bellator 219 had both pre- and post-liminary fights scheduled for Friday night, with Joey Davis and Cavemen Rickels among the big names on the live stream.
Bellator MMA was back in Temecula on Friday, March 29 with a card topped by exciting lightweights Saad Awad and Brandon Girtz. The main event pairing was filling in for Andrey Koreshkov vs. Lorenz Larkin, after Larkin was forced out due to injury. Russia’s Koreshkov, a former Bellator welterweight champ, was staying put, however, with a new match-up. But local favorite Awad got the nod in terms of headlining the night.
Before the main card got underway, a small preliminary card went down, featuring Joey Davis. Davis is yet another hot prospect with Team Bodyshop, looking to maintain his perfect record. That kicked off at 8PM (Bellator 219 live stream of the early fights available below!).
Following the main card, an unusually stacked post-lim card featuring the likes of Shawn Bunch and David ‘Caveman’ Rickels went down. Caveman is almost always a main card player in Bellator, but was giving a boost to the undercard (aftercard? overcard?) in Temecula.
Bellator 219: Awad vs. Girtz – Live Tonight on Paramount Network and DAZN
Bellator 219: Awad vs. Girtz Preliminary Card Results:
Joey Davis def. Marcus Anthony by knockout, Round 1, 4:21
Dalton Rosta def. Cody Vidal by TKO (injury), Round 1, 1:06
Sunni Imhotep def. Eugene Correa by knockout (punch), Round 1, 0:44
Ricky Furar def. Roman Puga by TKO (doctor stoppage), Round 2, 5:00
John Mercurio def. Johnny Cisneros majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Darren Smith def. Joshua Jones by knockout, Round 1, 0:34
Janay Harding def. Marina Mokhnatkina by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)
David Rickels def. A.J. Matthews by TKO, Round 2, 3:24
Shawn Bunch def. Dominic Mazzotta by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)