Bellator 179 Results and Recaps: Rory MacDonald vs. Paul Daley
May 19, 2017 London, England
Bellator 179 – Rory MacDonald vs. Paul Daley
May 19th, 2017
Main Card Recaps
Rory MacDonald (19-4) defeated Paul Daley (35-19) by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:45 of Round 2
Recap: Rory looked amazing here, he controlled the fight from the start and was the much better fighter tonight. Rory was on point and looked very sharp in his return to MMA after an eleven-month layoff. The end came when Rory controlled Daley on the ground, took his back and worked to get the hooks in. It wasn’t long from that point that the Rear Naked Choke was locked on tight, and Paul Daley was forced to tap at 1:45 of Round 2. Great debut for Rory, as he’ll get a shot at the Welterweight title now.
Linton Vassell (19-5) defeated Liam McGeary (12-2) via Submission (Arm Triangle) at 2:28 of Round 3
Recap: The first round saw some serious back and forth action, and a slip by McGeary allowed Vassell to take the advantage and control the remainder of the round. Good action, the crowd was really into it. McGeary is picking up some momentum to open the second round standing. He’s landing the harder shots, but he’s taken down by Vassell midway through the round. Vassell makes his way to mount, but McGeary escapes and continues to fight. Good fight, but I’ve got it 2-0 for Vassell. In the third round, the fight again winds up on the mat, and Linton Vassell works his way into position for an Arm Triangle. Liam fights it, but is unable to keep the lights on and is forced to tap out to end the fight. Huge win for Vassell who puts himself on a short list for the title shot at Light Heavyweight.
Cheick Kongo (27-10) defeated Augusto Sakai (9-1) via Split Decision
Recap: This fight started off like a punishment for the viewers. Don’t eat your vegetables? Going to have to watch Round 1 of this fight. Nothing happened, fans booed. The second round wasn’t any better. I think Kongo threw one combination, and the rest of the round was spent with them leaning against the fence, and doing honestly next to nothing. Augusto attempted a couple of standing guillotine attempts, but they were super weak. I think the only strike landed in round 3 was an eye poke that Kongo took. The fight was horrendous. Fans booed, should have thrown tomatoes.
Alex Lohore (12-1) defeated Dan Vinni (14-15) via KO (Punches) at
Recap: Alex wasted no time getting the fight to the mat and landing some big shots to Vinni. The round is spent with Dan fishing for submissions and Alex Lohore dropping big shots. Dan is cut and is bleeding all over the canvas, but still, won’t quit looking for leg submissions. The first round ends with Lohore doing more damage, and a bloodied Vinni heading back to his corner. The second round didn’t last long, as Lohore lands some huge right hands crumbling Dan to the canvas. The referee isn’t satisfied, and Lohore lands a couple more big shots on the defenseless Vinni to end the fight.
Kevin Ferguson Jr. (1-1) defeated DJ Griffin (0-1) via TKO (Punches) at 3:40 of Round 1
Recap: Ferguson used his superior standup to find a home for his right hand almost at will. He was able to throw Griffin down to the mat at one point and worked some ground and pound, but nearly found himself stuck in a Triangle Choke. After working his way free of that, Ferguson stood and landed more shots standing. He hurt Griffin who went to the mat, and Ferguson pounced landing knees and hammer strikes. It didn’t take long and the referee had seen enough and called a stop to the action.