Sakara defeats Beltran, Yamauchi submits Mircea at Bellator 168

It was a quick night of largely one-sided fights at Bellator 168 with Alessio Sakara defeating fellow UFC vet Joey Beltran in the main event.  Of the five MMA fights on the split kickboxing card four ended in the first round with the fifth coming with time to spare in the second.  Bellator 168 took place  December 10th at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy with an undercard webstreamed at Bellator.com, main card broadcast on Spike TV.

In the main event Alessio Sakara simply moved forward and fired off a series of punches at the head of Joey Beltran for  the TKO win at the 1:20 mark of round 1.  Sakara left the cage 19-11 with three wins in a row, his four-loss skid spelling the end of his Octagon run now in the past by three years.  Beltran fell to 17-14 with his second loss in a row, a post-UFC record of 3-5.

The co-main event was the only close fight on the MMA main card and that was a come-from-behind win for Goiti Yamauchi over Valeriu Mircea.  Mircea started off winning the round by staggering Yamauchi and taking him down but Yamauchi slapped on a triangle choke for the win.  Yamauchi’s record improved to 21-3 with his only loss in six fights being a unanimous decision against Bubba Jenkins in March. Mircea’s record dropped to 13-4 with his four-fight win streak broken.

Bellator still have one more show this year, a split show with BAMMA providing the undercard.  On the Bellator main card Muhammed Lawal takes on Satoshi Ishii while James Gallagher vs. Anthony Taylor fills the co-main event slot, on the BAMMA side Tom Duquesnoy defends the BAMMA bantamweight belt against Alan Philpott while Ronnie Mann faces Martin Stapleton for the vacant featherweight strap.

Bellator 168 MMA results

  • John Slater def. Claudio Annicchiarico 1:40 R1 by TKO
  • Kleber Raimundo Silva def. Philipe Lins3:42 R2 by TKO
  • Ed Ruth def. Emanuele Palombi1:37 R1 by TKO
  • Goiti Yamauchi def. Valeriu Mircea 3:33 R1 by triangle choke
  • Alessio Sakara def. Joey Beltran 1:20 R1 by TKO