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Bellator 162 live results: Bobby Lashley returns; Shlemenko vs. Grove

Intro by Josh Nason | Image: MMA Junkie

Former TNA champion Bobby Lashley returns to the cage tonight in his continued effort to earn a Bellator heavyweight title shot while former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko main events against Kendall Grove.

It's Friday, October 21st, and that means it's time for Bellator 162, live on Spike TV starting at 9 PM EST.

Shlemenko (53-9-0-1) hasn't been seen in the promotion since KOing Melvin Manhoef in February 2015, a decision that was overturned due to the Russian testing positive for elevated testosterone levels. Since then, he's fought in M-1 Challenge, picking up two victories.

Grove (23-15-0-1) makes his seventh appearance in the Bellator cage and is looking to extend a two-fight winning streak. His last five fights have all ended in finishes, win or lose.

Lashley (14-2) is looking for his eight straight win and fifth in Bellator. This is his first fight since November 2015 when he defeated James Thompson by 1st round TKO. He faces Josh Appelt who returns to the promotion after a few years away. Appelt is looking for his third straight win.

Our live coverage begins at 9 PM EST. 


From the open workouts earlier this week, courtesy of Bellator MMA:

Bellator is promising further huge announcements and a face to face with Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen, so stay tuned.

Hisaki Kato (7-1) def. AJ Matthews (8-6) by 1st round TKO (4:58)

The fight started out crazy with both guys throwing bombs. Kato hit Matthews with a pretty brutal eye poke just past the halfway point of the first. On the restart, Kato pretty much took over. He rocked Matthews with a head kick and almost finished him on the ground. Matthews made it to his feet but Kato kept pummelling him and the ref stopped it right before the bell.

This was the 2nd win in three Bellator fights for Kato and both were pretty spectacular. He's a great guy to have around as his fights are always exciting.

Matthews was a game opponent and had Kato in trouble early. He's 4-4 in Bellator now and his career goes all the way back to Strikeforce. He should be back.

Jimmy Smith set up a teeball question for Kato after the fight, almost begging him to call out the winner of the main event but he just said "They're both great fighters."


Prospects AJ McKee and Baby Slice were both shown at ringside and Sean Grande was pushing them as the future of the company and best friends.

Smith and Grande talked a bit about the top two fights on the show and more or less said that Lashley will fight for the vacant world title in early 2017 if he wins his fight tonight. That would be a great fight to put on the Sonnen-Ortiz undercard in January. 


Goiti Yamauchi (20-3) def. Ryan Couture (10-5) via 1st round submission (1:01)

This was quick. Couture took Yamauchi down 30 seconds in, which was not the smartest move in the world. Yamauchi used a body triangle to set up an armbar from guard and quickly got the tap with an armbar.

Yamauchi is just 23 years old and that was his 20th win, so he's got a bright future. He's 5-2 in Bellator with 4 stoppage wins and probably just a couple wins away from a title shot.

Couture, on the other hand, might want to call it quits. He's been finished in the first round in each of his last two fights in Bellator and at 34 years old, he can't even really be called a prospect. 

Yamauchi says he feels great at the higher weight class (he was moving up from featherweight) and could fight again tonight if they wanted him to. Again, no call out but he'll probably get someone like a Derek Anderson next. 


Jerry Lawler is cageside and put over on camera by Grande, who's a big wrestling fan, as the King of Memphis. They showed highlights from the open workouts earlier this week.

Next up was an interview va Skype with Liam McGeary, who defends his light heavyweight title against Phil Davis on November 4th, the first of three consecutive weekends with Bellator shows. 

He's not worried about Phil Davis' takedowns as he feels he's very strong with jiu jitsu and promises to knock out the former UFC star. McGeary is coming off a first round sub over Tito Ortiz in his first title defence. He's 11-0 with all but one of the wins coming by stoppage. 

Basketball stars Mike Conley and Vince Carter are cageside. Bellator does a good job of finding celebrities and putting them on camera. 


Lashley's fight is up next and we're getting televised walkouts for the first time tonight. 

Bobby Lashley (15-2) def. Josh Appelt (12-6) via 2nd round submission

This was a massacre. Appelt is not a terrible fighter, coming in with a 3-1 record in Bellator, but Lashley made it look like he was. 

He nearly finished him with ground and pound in the first: an easy 10-8 round. In the second, he took him down right away and landed more punches. He then slapped on the RNC for the quick tap.

That was Lashley's fifth straight Bellator win, all by finish. He's undoubtedly going to get a shot at the vacant heavyweight title after this. 

Before the post-fight interview, they aired an absolutely terrible Phil Davis skit/promo for the McGeary fight. It was a spoof on the presidential campagn and the less said about it, the better.

Lashley put over Lawler after the fight as well as his corner guys. He called out Eddie Edwards, the TNA champ, and they kind of talked about a one-night tournament for the heavyweight title.


Smith interviewed both Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen via satellite next. Chael said that Tito just had his Rolls reposessed. He says he wouldn't own a Rolls himself cause he's not that big of a prick. He then says that Tito tried to sell his suits to pay off the debt but no one was looking for a size 52 stupid.

Tito laughed at that one and plugged his instagram while Chael flexed. Tito says Chael has been dominated by Hall of Famers before and it's going to happen again. 

Chael says he promised his father on his deathbed that he would beat Tito Ortiz. Tito says that on January 21st, Chael is going to get smashed and then rips off Goldberg by saying "Chael Sonnen, you're next". There were a couple good lines in there but pretty underwhelming segment overall. 

Alexander Shlemenko (54-9) def. Kendall Grove (23-16) by 2nd round TKO (1:43)

This was another great fight. Both guys had the other in trouble in the first. I had it 10-9 Shlemenko as I thought he scored with more punches and kicks but Grove probably landed the harder shots. In the 2nd, it started really slow and then Shlemenko hit a couple of spinning shots and then a really hard punch to the body that crumpled Grove. He finished him off with punches on the ground. 

Shlemenko, who is the former middleweight champion, looked great here  and should be primed for another shot at the title. Grove is basically a .500 fighter but will be around as long as he wants to be since he has a name and always beats the guys he should beat and loses to the guys raned higher than him.

Shlemenko said that he thinks that Melvin Manhoef will win the upcoming middleweight title rematch with Rafael Carvalho and he wants him in a title fight when he does. 

This was a great show and an easy watch. Every result was "best for business" and just a fun night of fights.