Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion stepped inside the cage, for what is expected to be his retirement fight in his hometown. Bellator marketed this fight as a rivalry going back to 1998 when they faced each other in a NCAA wrestling match. Sonnen was entering the fight after a three year layoff due to 2 USADA violations.
Ortiz started the fight landing a single leg takedown on Sonnen. Sonnen was able to reverse the takedown and attempt a D’arce choke. Ortiz scrambled while Sonnen went for a guillotine choke. Ortiz was able to escape the submission attempt and secure the mount position. Sonnen gave up his back and Ortiz locked in a rear naked choke, forcing Sonnen to tapout.
Ortiz finishes his legendary career with a 19-12-1 record.
The most anticipated matchup of the night was Paul Daley vs Brennan Ward. Ward started the fight by landing a takedown, but Daley was able to get to his and create space by landing a spinning back elbow. Once the space was made, Daley landed a flying knee to Ward’s head sending him crashing to the ground unconscious. The knee is the early favorite for knockout of the year. Ward was taken out in a stretcher for precautionary reasons. Daley called out Rory McDonald in his post fight interview with Jimmy Smith.
After the Kato vs Gracie fight, they announced that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will rematch Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal in the main event of Bellator 175 in March. Both fighters were interviewed by Jimmy Smith and had a heated face off after talking trash.
Ralek Gracie waited 7 years to return to MMA to spend 13 minutes starring on at his opponent for 13 minutes before actually fighting the last two minutes of the contest against Hisaki Kato. Gracie was able to take Kato down and even mount him, but Kato was able to hold on to the bell. Kato was able to secure the first two rounds of the fight with brief spurts of action, while Gracie did nothing. Kato wins by unanimous decision in a snoozer.
Emmanuel Sanchez beats Georgi Karakhanyan by majority decision. The fight was mostly contested in the grappling exchanges. The fight was not without controversy. In the second round, Sanchez was deducted a point by referee Blake Grice after landing two knees to the head of Karakhanyan as he was down, though Karakhanyan was not deducted a point earlier in the round when he landed an illegal upkick.
Derek Campos beat Derek Anderson via unanimous decision
- Henry Corrales over Cody Bollinger by 3rd round TKO
- Chinzo Machida over Jamar Ocampo by 3rd round KO
- Kevin Casey vs Keith Berry is a majority draw
- Guilherme Vasconcelos over John Mercurio by 2nd round TKO
- Alex Soto over DeMarcus Brown by unanimous decision
- Jalin Turner over Gabriel Green by 1st round KO
- Jack May over Dave Cryer by1st round TKO
- Daniel Rodriguez over Christian Gonzalez by 2rd TKO