The Bellator 224 preliminary card hard a number of notable names, from grappling wizard AJ Agazarm to former UFC star Leslie Smith, who was making her promotional debut Friday night.
Bellator MMA was back in action Thursday, with a no-fuss, no-muss card from its frequent home away from home, the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. While a women’s featherweight title fight topped the card, the early preliminary action had a lot to offer.
Among the fights to keep an eye on, the return of jiu-jitsu ace AJ Agazarm, who the promotion was taking the slow build approach with. Hot prospect Jordan Young, who they could probably speed up the push for, was looking for another win at light heavyweight. Flyweight up-and-comer Bruna Ellen was back as well, but it was the women’s 145lb division that really stood out: former UFC star and Project Spearhead founder Leslie Smith was making her Bellator debut, against Sinead Kavanagh. And former title challenger Arlene Blencowe was taking on Amanda Bell.
Bellator 224: Budd vs. Rubin – Live Tonight on Paramount & DAZN
The online prelims kick off at 6:45 PM ET — check below for full results. We’ll also have a live stream of the action when available!
Bellator 224: Budd vs. Rubin Preliminary Card Results:
Christian Edwards def. Justin Vargas by TKO, Round 1, 0:54
AJ Agazarm def. Jacob Landin by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 4:21
Will Fleury def. Antonio Jones by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Arlene Blencowe def. Amanda Bell by knockout, Round 1, 0:22
Jordan Young def. Joel Bauman by submission (triangle choke), Round 1, 3:20
Leslie Smith def. Sinead Kavanagh by majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Jackson def. Kiefer Crosbie by DQ (illegal knee), Round 1
Gabriel Varga def. Jamese Taylor by TKO, Round 2, 3:23
Nainoa Dung def. Bradley Robison by unanimous decision (28-27, 28-27, 28-27)
Joseph Holmes def. Kona Oliveira by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 2:41
Bruna Ellen def. Elina Kallionidou by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Lucas Brennan def. Thomas Lopez by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 3:02