In a mostly one-sided rematch former Strikeforce champion Muhammed Lawal defeated former UFC champion Quinton Jackson in Bellator 175’s main event. Bellator 175 took place March 31st at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL with five “dark” bouts, six fights webcast at Spike.com, and five fights broadcast on Spike TV.
Quinton Jackson’s lack of conditioning showed in the main event as Muhammed Lawal wore him down with a tight clinch game en route to a unanimous decision. Jackson had one shining moment in round 2 when he staged “King Mo” with a left hook but otherwise the fight was Lawal either taking Jackson down or staying tight in the clinch against the cage. Lawal who lost the first fight against Jackson in May 2014 emerged with a record of 21-6, Jackson fell to 37-12.
The co-main event was equally as one-sided as Emmanuel Sanchez shut down the grappling offense of former Bellator bantamweight champion at a catchweight of 149 pounds, fourteen pounds heavier than Galvao weighed as a champion. Sanchez used his size and strength to his advantage to keep the fight standing as he picked apart Galvao with a variety of punches and kicks. Sanchez improved his pro MMA record to 15-3, Galvao exited the cage 18-8-1 with a twelve-month record of 1-2.
Bellator MMA returns next weekend with a return to Italy for a second co-promotion with kickboxing promoter Oktagon.
Bellator 175 results
- Mike DeLaVega def. Brian Akins by split decision
- Damian Norris def. Tom Shoaff by unanimous decision
- James Bochnovic def. Matt Paul 4:30 R1 by rear-naked choke
- Manny Vasquez def. Nate Williams by unanimous decision
- Tim Cho def. Joshua Hardwick 2:43 R3 by TKO
- Joaquin Buckley def. Justin Patterson by unanimous decision
- Steve Kozola def. Jake Roberts 0:28 R1 by TKO
- Noad Lahat def. Lloyd Carter 3:50 R2 by rear-naked choke
- Sergei Kharitonov def. Chase Gormley 3:55 R1 by KO
- Emmanuel Sanchez def. Marcos Galvao by unanimous decision
- Muhammed Lawal def. Quinton Jackson by unanimous decision