Bellator 120, 17 May 2014, Southaven, Mississippi


Main Card

Rampage Jackson def Muhammed Lawal*
(Light heavyweight tournament final)
(unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Will Brooks def Michael Chandler
(for interim lightweight championship)
(split decision 48-46, 47-48, 48-47)
Tito Ortiz def Alexander Shlemenko*
(submission arm-triangle choke)
Michael Page def Ricky Rainey
(knockout punch – round 1)
Alexander Volkov def Blagoi Ivanov *
(heavyweight tournament final)
(submission rear-naked choke – round 2)

Preliminary Card

Cheick Kongo def Eric Smith*
(TKO strikes – round 2)
Fabricio Guerreiro def Shahbulat Shamhalaev*
(submission kimura – round 1)
Goiti Yamauchi def Mike Richman *
(unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

*Cage Inspiration’s most anticipated fights.

Continue reading for why we couldn’t wait for these fights.

 

Blagoi Ivanov vs Alexander Volkov

Blagoi Ivanov first caught our attention with his first round submission of the scary knockout artist Lavar Johnson. We looked back at his fights and this is one impressive fighter. Although his MMA career is short, he has impressive wins in the Bellator ring. Blagoi is also a world champion in Combat Sambo. He holds a win over Fedor Emelianenko in the 2008 World Sambo Championships. He has a tough fight in front of him against Alxander Volkov. Alexander Volkov was the previous Bellator Heavyweight Champion before losing it to current Champion Vitaly Minakov.

Fabricio Guerreiro vs Shahbulat Shamhalaev

Fabricio tried out for the first season of TUF Brazil but did not get into the house. Ever since, he has been doing fairly well in fights in Brazil but is coming off a loss to Patricio Freire in the Bellator season 9 featherweight tournament. Shahbulat Shamhalaev has been on an incredible tear of knockout wins in the Bellator featherweight tournament. He won the tournament but lost the championship fight against Pat Curran via first round guillotine choke. We are looking forward to an action packed fight between these to guys. Either that or a quick knock out win for Sha.

Mike Richman vs Goiti Yamauchi

This has potential to be an awesome fight. Mike Richman trains out of The Academy in Minnesota. This is where Brock Lesnar used to train. Other notable fighters that train here include Sean Sherk, Brock Larson, Jacob Volkmann, Kaitlin Young, and Rose Namajunas. Mike Richman also has a notable knockout win against Chris Horodecki. This is the fight that first turned us on to Richman. Goiti Yamauchi is an incredibly active and explosive fighter that finishes most of his fights via submission in the first round.

Rampage Jackson vs King Mo

Will be a fun fight to watch. Always wanted King Mo to do well and was unfortunately side tracked with the knock out loss to Emanuel Newton.

Tito Ortiz vs Alexander Shlemenko

Don’t really want to see Tito fight against given all his injuries. But Tito is a fighter and only wants to go out on his shield. Alexander Shlemenko is the current Bellator Middleweight Champion. He has an incredible record of 50-7 in MMA. This quite honestly may not even be a serious fight but looking forward to it anyway.

Cheick Kongo vs Eric Smith

We just like watching the long and built Cheick Kongo fight. Remembering his TKO win streak in the UFC back in 2008-2009. Just want to see the old Cheick Kongo one more time, for old times sake.