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Bellator 175 live results: Rampage Jackson vs. King Mo II

Bellator MMA is back on Spike TV tonight with its latest tentpole event: a rematch of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and King Mo, this time at heavyweight. 

Both men are former champions at light heavyweight with Jackson having won the UFC crown and Lawal doing the same for Strikeforce. For tonight's event, Jackson weighed in at a slim and trim 253 pounds while Mo was closer to his usual fighting weight at 212, meaning there will be a 41 pound weight difference tonight in the cage.

Jackson won their first fight in a close, controversial decision at Bellator 120, the company's first-ever PPV. Luckily for fans, tonight's show is free, emanating from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL.

The rest of the main card is standard Bellator fare:

- Sergei Kharitonov was knocked out in less than a minute in his Bellator debut and will try to rebound against veteran Chase Gormley in a heavyweight fight.

- Former bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao steps up a weight class to face featherweight prospect Emmanuel Sanchez

- A pair of lightweights with impressive records on the regional circuit square off as Jake (not the Snake) Roberts goes up against Steve Kozola

- Former UFC fighter and Isreali-born featherweight Noad Lahat takes on Lloyd Carter in what looks to be a showcase fight for Lahat.

Our coverage begins at 8 PM EST.


Chael Sonnen joins Jimmy Smith and Sean Grande at cageside for this card which should up the entertainment factor for the show. He thinks that Rampage's added size could be the difference in tonight's main event. 


No entrances, at least for this opener, which will mark the main card debut for both fighters. Big John McCarthy is the referee.

Kozola landed the first punch combo and knocked Roberts down with a left hook 15 seconds in. Roberts got up but Kozola was all over him with punches and McCarthy mercifully stepped in to stop it.

RESULT - STEVE KOZOLA (8-0) by TKO (punches) at 28 seconds

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Chael Sonnen compared Kozola to a young Vitor Belfort, which was not far off. He couldn't have looked better and will likely get a bigger name next, maybe someone like Patricky Pitbull or Saad Awad.

Kozola is a local product and played up to the Chicago crowd in his post-fight promo. This was his 8th straight stoppage win and he asked to be on the London card and called out new signee Dillon Danis, a BJJ world champion. He said he'd fight him at either 155 or 170. 

Steve "Mongo" McMichael is in the crowd and apparently he helped two of the undercard fighters, JD Hardwick and Timi Cho, prepare for their fight tonight. They are both service vetrans and with time to spare, they aired highlights of this 150 lb catchweight fight. 

Tim Cho used wrestling and BJJ to score a 3rd round TKO win to move to 3-0 in his career.

Ryan Bader and Lorenz Larkin were both officially introduced as new Bellator signees. Larkin will challenge for the welterweight title at the NYC PPV show and both of them will be interviewed later on tonight's show. 


These guys do get walkouts but Carter's is joined in progress. Mike Beltran, the Ox Baker lookalike is the official for this one. Lahat had a first round stoppage in front of his home country fans in Isreal in his Bellator debut. 

Lahat dominated round 1 with wrestling. Carter was giving up a lot of size and outside of a flash knockdown at 1:30, he did almost nothing in the round. I gave it 10-8. 

Second round was a little more competitive after Lahat took it to the ground. Carter got a reversal and had a submission attempt with a guillotine but Lahat reversed it back and quickly took the back. After that he secured a rear naked choke and Carter passed out quickly without tapping.

RESULT - NOAD LAHAT (11-2) by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:50 of the 2nd round

Michael Williams announced it as a TKO win. Rare mistake from him. Lahat wouldn't call out anyone but said that he wants on the New York card and told people to call him out.

Lorenz Larkin was interviewed by Jenn Brown in the crowd and talked about his fight with Douglas Lima for the welterweight title on June 24 in NYC. Just said he's a tough opponent and he's happy to be here in Bellator. He also picked King Mo as the winner for tonight's main event. 

Ryan Bader was interviewed cageside by Jimmy Smith. He said that Bellator has treated him very well so far and put over the talent that Bellator has at 205. He said he wants a title shot right away but if he can get on the MSG card he may wait though. 


These dudes get walkouts as well. There's nothing much to these though but it is nice to see them. They announced that Bellator will crowd a heavyweight champion in 2017. It's about time as the belt was last defended almost 3 years ago. 

Both guys cut to make weight so these are some big boys. Kharitonov holds wins over UFC heavyweight contenders Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski and Alistair Overeem.

Entertaining fight. Gormley was dominating the standup but not doing a ton of damage. Kharitonov was very patient, landing mostly single shots from distance. 

Kharitonov landed his first punch combo of the fight and while Gormley was backing away, he nailed him with an uppercut for the walk-off KO.

RESULT - SERGEI KHARITONOV (24-6) by KO (punch) at 3:55

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Not much to the post-fight interview. He wants to fight for the title. 

They aried highlights of the press conference at MSG earlier this week to announce the PPV in June. Sonnen quoted Scott Hall and said it would be "one more for the Bad Guy". Wanderlei Silva couldn't even bother to show up for the press conference, I have my doubts he'll be there for the fight. 

Very nice promotion for the PPV show as they introduced fighters on the PPV card to the live crowd, while "Empire State of Mind" played. In order of introduction:

Lorenz Larkin and Douglas Lima, who will fight for the welterweight title.

Brent Primus and Michael Chandler, who meet for the lightweight belt. Chandler got a nice reaction.

Heavyweights Matt Mitrione and Fedor Emelianenko, who fight in the co-main.

And, finally, Chael Sonnen, who got a round of boos from the Chicago crowd. No Wanderlei Silva here either.


Emmanuel Sanchez got a huge reaction for his walkout. He's from a small town just north of Chicago so he must've brought the town with him. Mike Beltran is the ref for this one, which could be the first one tonight to go the distance. 

Sanchez missed weight by 3.5 lbs and with Galvao moving up from 135 he's got a huge size advantage in this one. 

Good first round that was entirely on the feet. Galvao was stuffed on a couple of takedown attempts and Sanchez was more active with his punches and kicks and I gave the round to him 10-9. In between rounds they showed Herschel Walker backstage showing Matt Mitrione how to tie a tie. 

Round 2 was pretty much the same although Sanchez actually got a flash takedown right before the end of the round. Galvao had a few nice flurries but Sanchez was more active and easily stuffed his takedown attempts. 20-18 Sanchez after 2.

Pretty much the same in the third. Galvao got a takedown late in the round and had his best flurry of punches right before the bell. It was a close round and that could've stolen it from him but I still gave it to Sanchez and scored the fight 30-27 for him. 

RESULT: EMMANUEL SANCHEZ (15-3) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

Sanchez apologized for missing weight and asked for a title shot. He'll need to make weight before getting that shot. He may get the winner of Daniel Weichel/John Teixeira coming up in two week.


Nothing special to the wakouts. John McCarthy gets the officiating duties for tonight's main event. 

Boring first round. Mo got a couple takedowns but didn't do much with them. Rampage did almost nothing until about 10 seconds left when he got up and landed his best flurry of the round. 10-9 Mo

Second was looking the same until Rampage landed a flurry that hurt Mo halfway through the round. Mo couldn't get him down and took some damage in the clinch. Rampage got a takedown with 30 seconds left and had a submission attempt to take the round and it's 19-19 after 2. 

Close third round. Mo used the clinch game to control Rampage. He didn't do a ton of damage but was more active. Rampage had his moments but Mo likely did enough to take the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28. 

RESULT - KING MO (21-6) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

Crowd booed the decision but more because they don't like Mo. They embraced after the fight and after the winner's announcement. 

Mo asked the crowd to applaud Rampage and put him over a living legend. He says he got hurt in the 2nd. 

Jimmy Smith announced that Mo and Bader will fight in the main event of Bellator 180, which is the preshow to the PPV at MSG on June 24. Bader came into the cage for a staredown.