Bellator 192 Recap: MacDonald wins belt, Sonnen moves on in Grand Prix

Bellator 192 Recap

Tonight we saw the first fight of the anticipated Heavyweight Grand Prix. Also had a matchup between Douglas Lima and Rory MacDonld for the Bellator welterweight championship. The card was filled with exciting matchups and exciting fights. See below for our round by round analysis of each fight and see who came out victorious.

Rampage Jackson vs Chael Sonnen:

Round 1:

The first matchup of the Heavyweight Grand Prix is underway.  Sonnen comes out and lands a couple leg kicks. Jackson just misses a big uppercut. Both fighters land a big overhand. Jackson picks up Sonnen and throws him to the ground. Sonnen lands a flying knee, but Jackson lands a counter. Sonnen keeps landing an overhand left to the head of Jackson. Both fighters land big overhand shots again. Sonnen presses forward and lands a takedown.

The MMATakeover scores that round 10-9 for Sonnen

Round 2: 

Sonnen comes out and gets Jackson’s back against the cage. Jackson landing a few body punches in the clinch trying to break free.  Sonnen scores the takedown and looks to take control. Sonnen trying to land big overhands to the head of Jackson. Sonnen controls most of the round from top position. Sonnen up 2-0 going to round 3,

The MMATakeover scores that round 10-9 for Sonne

Round 3:

Both fighters end up in the clinch right away. Jackson landing many body shots with Sonnen’s back against the cage. The ref comes in and breaks the two apart and the return to action. Jackson is looking for the finish. Big hammer swings from Jackson, but he is missing.  Sonnen scores another takedown, but not much action after that. Jackson lands a few more punches before the round ends. Was enough for Jackson to win the round, but not the fight.

The MMATakeover scored that round 10-9 for Jackson and the fight 29-28 for Sonnen

Official Result: Chael Sonnen via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Douglas Lima vs Rory MacDonald:

Round1:

Our welterweight championship fight is underway! Both coming out swinging, and both are missing. Both exchange a quick jab. Both fighters trying to find their distance, and exchange leg kicks. MacDonald closes in and attempts a takedown and succeeds. MacDonald lands a big right hand while controlling on top. Lima returns a couple punches to the head of MacDoanld. The ref separates the two and they return to their feet and round 1 comes to and end.

The MMATakeover scores that round 10-9 for MacDonald

Round 2:

Lima goes for a body kick, but MacDonald catches the leg and lands a couple quick jabs to Lima. MacDonald once again has Lima’s back against the cage looking for that takedown. After not much action against the cage, the ref comes in and seperates the two and we return to the action. Lima lands a quick jab to the face of MacDoanld. Quick stoppage to the fight for an accidental kick below the belt. Action continues and MacDoanld is quick to press forward and get Lima’s back against the cage again. Lima shows good takedown defense and the 2nd round ends.

The MMATakeover scores that round 10-9 for MacDonald

Round 3:

Lima land a quikc leg kick to start the 3rd round and just misses a huge uppercut. MacDoanld goes for a takedown, but again Lima shows great defense. The fight again returns with Lima’s back against the cage as MacDoanld looks for another takedown. Lima goes for a leg kick, but MacDonald charges and scores a takedown. Not much action from the mat as the crowd starts to boo a little. The ref steps in and returns the fight to their feet. Lima lands another kick to the left leg of MacDoanld.  Lima lands kick after kick to the leg of MacDoanlds and knocked him down. and now controls the fight from on top. Lima lands a couple hard elbows to the head of MacDoanld just before the end of the round.

The MMATakeover scored that round 10-9 for Lima.

Round 4:

MacDonald comes right out and charges Lima looking for the takedown. Both fighters go to the mat and Lima ends up on top. Lima is now in full control on top. Lima lands a couple punches to the head of MacDonald, but still not to much action. Ref splits them up and they are back on their feet. Once against MacDoanlds presses forward and has Lima’s back against the cage. Lima gets away for a second, but MacDoanld is quick to attack and scores another takedown. MacDonald lands a couple elbows to the head of Lima.

The MMATakeover scores that round 10-9 for Lima.

Round 5:

Both fighters come out swinging and both are missing. MacDonald scores a takedown early in the round. MacDoanld controlling most of the round on top of Lima. Landing a couple head punches, but Lima also showing good defense on his back.  MacDonlad scores a head punch here and there, He does enough in the the MMATakeover’s opinion to win the round and become the new welterweight champion.

The MMATake over scores that round 10-9 for MacDonald and the fight 48-47 for MacDonald.

Official Result:  Rory MacDonald via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 49-45, 49-46)

Michael Chandler vs Goiti Yamauchi

Round 1:

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Fighters touch gloves and we are off. Yamauchi lands a kick to the midsection of Chandler. Both fighters pretty cautious to start off.  Yamauchi lands another kick.  Chandler presses forward and lands a kick himself. Trying to avoid the kick, Yamauchi ends up falling to the mat, and Chandler cautious approaches and gets on top of Yamauchi. Chandler controlling on top, but not doing much on the ground.  Chandler lands a couple head punches, but Yamauchi holding him tight and still not to much action on the ground. The round comes to an end and Chandler does enough to win round one.

The MMATakeover scored that round 10-9 for Chandler.

Round 2:

Chandler blocks  Yamauchi attempt to land a leg kick to the head. Yamauchi lands a spinning kick and rattles Chandler a little. Yamauchi pressing forward and lands another kick. Chandler now lands a couple leg kicks and moves forward and lands a takedown.  Once again Chandler showing great control on the ground, but not doing all that much. Chandler landing elbows on the head of Yamauchi as he continues to control the fight on top.  Chandler again landing more punches to the head of Yamauchi. Chandler again lands some big shots at the end of the round.

The MMATakeover scores that round 10-9 for Chandler.

Round 3:

Chandler lands a right hook and follows it up with a kick to the body of Yamauchi.  Action stops briefly as Chandler catches the eye of Yamauchi. As action returns, Yamauchi comes out and lands a couple leg kicks. Chandler doesn’t back down and presses forward. Lands a quick combination and lands another takedown.  Same as the first two rounds, Chandler controlling the fight on the mat on top. Landing headshots here and there. Yamauchi trying everything to get back on his feet but just can’t. Chandler landing punch after punch to the head of Yamauchi. Chandler lands hammer fist after hammer fist to the head of Yamauchi at the end of the round.  It was all Chandler all 3 rounds.

The MMATakeover scored that round 10-8 for Chandler and also scored the fight for Chandler 30-26.

Official Result: Michael Chandler via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

Shane Kruchten vs Aaron Pico

Fighters touch gloves and we are off.  Both fighters come out swinging. Krutchen lands a right and a leg kick, and Pico returns the favor and even knocks Kruchten to the ground. Pico back off to let Kruchten get back to his feet. Just as soon as he gets back to his feet, Pico lands a beautiful body shot that takes the wind out of Krutchen and knocks him to the man. Pico pounces on top, and the ref steps in to stop the match. Pico scores a 1st Round TKO.

Official Results: Aaron Pico via 1st Round TKO

Henry Corrales vs Georgi Karakhanyan

Round 1:

Both fighters come out and touch gloves and we are on. Karakhanyan comes out swinging. Missees a couple but ends up landing a right to Corrales. Both fighters are coming out throwing a lot of punches. Corrales lands a leg kick and also connects on a jab. Both fighters trading punches and kicks. Very active so far to start off round 1. Corrales land a couple beautiful combinations to end round 1.

The MMATakeover scores that round 10-9 for Corrales.

Round 2:

Karakhanyan comes out and presses forward. Landing a couple punches and gets Corrales back against the cage.  Corrales defends well, but Karakhanyan is able to take him down to the mat. Corrales is controlling the fight now on top of the mat. Corrales controls most of the second round once they get back to their feet. Corrales lands a counter and follows it up with a knee. Corrales lands a few more punches. Corrales does enough to take the 2nd round also.

The MMATakeover scores that round 10-9 for Corrales.

Round 3:

The action is a little slower to start round 3.  Karakhanyan lands a few leg kicks. Karakchanyan also attempts a takedown, but Corrales does a good job preventing any attempt at a takedown. Karakchanyan lands a couple leg kicks and jabs, but Corrales is quick to counter landing an uppercut. Karakchanyan still seems to be trying to get this fight to the mat to try for a submission attempt. All tries keep failing. Both fighters throw a lot of punches to end the round. Karakhanya does enough to win round 3, but not enough to get the finish he needs.

The MMATakeover scored that round 10-9 for Karakchanyan. Scored the fight 29-28 for Corrales

Official Result: Henry Corrales via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

 

Preliminary Results:

Joey Davis def. Ian Butler via 1st Round TKO

Devon Brock def. Khonry Gracie via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Jose Campos def. Haim Gozali via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jean-Paul Le-Bosnoyani def. Isaiah Culpepper via 3rd Round Submission

Guilherme Vasconcelos def. Ivan Castillo via 1st Round Submission

Johnny Cisneros def. Marlen Magee via 3rd Round Submission

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