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Bellator 179: Daley v MacDonald – Live event recap and results

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Bellator 179: Daley v MacDonald – Live event recap and results

The Bellator MMA cage returns to the UK as the SSE Arena, AKA Wembley Arena, in London plays host to Bellator 179, and one of the biggest main events in Bellator MMA history.

That’s because former UFC welterweight title challenger and top-ranked 170-pound star Rory ‘The Red King’ MacDonald is set to make his long-awaited Bellator debut against British power striker Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley.

The winner will get a shot at the Bellator welterweight title, currently held by Douglas Lima, but who’ll be the man stepping up to face the champ later this year?

Follow live updates from cageside at Wembley on our live blog below:

Simon Head May 19, 201712:42pm

We are live!

Welcome to our live coverage of Bellator 179 from London, England as Canadian MMA superstar Rory MacDonald steps into the Bellator cage for the very first time following his departure from the UFC.

We have a 13-fight card scheduled for action, with the first bout set to get underway at 5:30pm. We’ll bring you live updates from cageside throughout the night, including MacDonald’s debut in the main event against British knockout artist Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley.

Simon Head May 19, 201712:43pm

Bellator 179: Official Fight Card

Main Card

Rory MacDonald (170.1) vs. Paul Daley (170.8)
Linton Vassell (205) vs. Liam McGeary (205.5)
Augusto Sakai (263.75) vs. Cheick Kongo (244)
DJ Griffin (164) vs. Kevin ‘Baby Slice’ Ferguson Jr. (165)
Dan Vinni (169.4) vs. Alex Lohore (170)

Preliminary Card

Jay Dods (154.75) vs. Alfie Davis (155)
Dan Konecke (227.5) vs. Stav Economou (260.75)
Jamie Powell (125.2) vs. Amir Albazi (125.5)
Umer Kayani (168.75) vs. Nathan Jones (169)
Fabian Edwards (184.5) vs. Rafal Cejrowski (185)
Jeremy Petley (148.75) vs. Chase Morton (149.75)
Marcin Prostko (185.25) vs. Mike Shipman (185.75)
Salih Kulucan (135.5) vs. Diego Barbosa (136)

Simon Head May 19, 201712:47pm

No live TV coverage!

Amazingly, Channel 5 aren’t carrying the event live here in the UK, with the main card set to be shown tonight on around a one-hour delay.

The TV broadcast will kick off at 10pm on Channel 5, but if you want to follow the results live, stay right here as we bring you all the news as it happens.

Simon Head May 19, 20172:04pm

No live TV coverage?

Prelims: 9pm, Spike UK
Main Card: 10pm, Channel 5

Amazingly, Channel 5/Spike Uk aren’t carrying the event live here in the UK, with the prelims being shown on Spike UK and the main card set to be shown on Channel 5, both on around a one-hour delay.

The TV broadcast will kick off at 9pm with coverage of the preliminary card, followed by coverage of the main card from 10pm on Channel 5, but if you want to follow the results live, stay right here as we bring you all the news as it happens.

Simon Head May 19, 20172:08pm

Heading to Wembley?

Doors open for tonight’s show at 4:45pm at the SSE Arena, with the first fight set to get underway at 5:30pm.

There are plenty of places to grab something to drink or a bite to eat at the London Designer Outlet, which is right next door to the arena, so you can get yourselves fed and watered before all the action gets started.

Simon Head May 19, 20172:14pm

Weigh-in recap

Everyone made weight with no major problems at yesterday’s weigh-ins at the SSE Arena. In fact, it proved to be a speedy affair, with all 26 fighters making weight in the space of 18 minutes. Not bad going at all!

The face-off between Daley and MacDonald was kept at arm’s length, so no weigh-in shoving match here.

Simon Head May 19, 20172:33pm

Friend or foe?

The co-main event of the evening features a light-heavyweight battle between a pair of Brits who are admittedly good mates.

But the friendship between former Bellator chap Liam McGeary and Linton Vassell will be put on the back burner for three five-minute rounds tonight as they do battle looking to push themselves right into title contention at 205lbs.

McGeary’s held the gold before, Vassell wants his first taste. This one could be a good ‘un.

Simon Head May 19, 20172:43pm

Heavy artillery

Hulking French heavyweight Cheick Kongo is a familiar figure here in the UK. He’s spent a fair chunk of his career training here up at the Wolfslair Academy, and he’s featured on many a European fight card down the years.

Now the man with a physique like a human action figure steps into the Bellator cage to take on Augusto Sakai, a Brazilian heavyweight who hasn’t tasted defeat in his 10 pro contests to date.

Seven of his nine career wins have come via KO or TKO, with the other two via unanimous decision. His last bout, however, saw him draw with Dan Charles at Bellator 155 a year ago.

Will the 38-fight veteran Kongo take the spoils or can the rising Brazilian prospect pick up the most noteworthy victory of his career so far?

Simon Head May 19, 20172:49pm

A Slice of the action

A featured bout on tonight’s main card will be tinged with sadness, as Kevin Ferguson Jr, better known to the MMA world as ‘Baby Slice’ will step into the Bellator cage to make just his second pro appearance.

‘Slice’ (as he’s asked us to call him) is the son of the former street fighter-turned-mixed martial arts star Kimbo Slice, who tragically passed away last year.

Kimbo was all set to headline last year’s Bellator London show, and his son’s presence on this card is not only an opportunity for him to pick up his first career win, but also a chance to pay tribute to his dad by carrying on where he left off.

‘Slice’ takes on debutant DJ Griffin, who’ll be in the unenviable position of playing the role of spoiler in tonight’s fight.

Simon Head May 19, 20173:00pm

Open workouts: Rory in fine fettle

‘The Red King’ looked in stellar shape, as you’d expect from a Firas Zahabi-trained athlete, when he hit the mitts in front of the media at the open workouts at the London Shootfighters gym earlier this week.

The Canadian is currently ranked at No.4 in the MMAjunkie/USA Today welterweight rankings, and plans to springboard straight into a world title fight with Douglas Lima after tonight’s fight.

He’ll have to get past Paul Daley first, and that will almost certainly mean having to walk through the fire, with the Brit vowing to break his opponent in much the same way Robbie Lawler did when MacDonald challenged the American for the UFC belt back at UFC 189.

Simon Head May 19, 20173:09pm

Open workouts: Daley in relaxed mood

Paul Daley heads into tonight’s fight with the experience of 55 professional contests under his belt. And the Brit looked like a man who knew he was ready for the fray when he worked out for the media at the London Shootfighters gym earlier this week.

It’s hard to recollect Daley looking this loose and relaxed ahead of such a big contest. If he wins tonight, he’ll not only pick up the biggest scalp of his career, he’ll also book himself into a title shot with his nemesis – and current Bellator welterweight champion – Douglas Lima.

Daley’s more than familiar with Wembley, having fought at the Wembley Conference Centre seven times earlier in his career during his time with Cage Rage.

His Wembley record reads six wins, one loss, and he’ll be looking to make it lucky number seven tonight.

Simon Head May 19, 20173:11pm

No live TV coverage?

Prelims: 9pm, Spike UK
Main Card: 10pm, Channel 5

Amazingly, Channel 5/Spike UK aren’t carrying the event live here in the UK, with the prelims being shown on Spike UK and the main card set to be shown on Channel 5, both on around a one-hour delay.

The TV broadcast will kick off at 9pm with coverage of the preliminary card on Spike UK, followed by coverage of the main card from 10pm on Channel 5, but if you want to follow the results live, stay right here as we bring you all the news as it happens.

Simon Head May 19, 20173:13pm

No live TV coverage?

Prelims: 9pm, Spike UK
Main Card: 10pm, Channel 5

Amazingly, Channel 5/Spike UK aren’t carrying the event live here in the UK, with the prelims being shown on Spike UK and the main card set to be shown on Channel 5, both on tape delay.

The TV broadcast will kick off at 9pm with coverage of the preliminary card on Spike UK, followed by coverage of the main card from 10pm on Channel 5, but if you want to follow the results live, stay right here as we bring you all the news as it happens.

Simon Head May 19, 20175:52pm

Ready for the off

We’re just about good to go here at Wembley Arena for Bellator 179.

Our first fight, a bantamweight clash between Salih Kulucan and Diego Barbosa, is underway.

Simon Head May 19, 20175:55pm

Heely good start!

We’ve kicked things off with a very smart submission, as Kulucan grabs hold of a heel hook and cranks it hard to force the tap for the first-round win.

Barbosa had started the better of the pair, hurting Kulucan with a body kick early on, but the tables turned as the fight went to the mat, with Kulucan locking up that nastiest of submissions, the heel hook, to get the win.

Simon Head May 19, 20175:58pm

Loving this early pacing..

We’re not messing around here at the Wembley Arena. both fighters are already in the cage for our next bout.

It’s a middleweight contest between Marcin Prostko and Mike Shipman.

Simon Head May 19, 20176:03pm

Kneesy does it!

Standing TKO finish for Mike Shipman, who unloads a barrage of Muay Thai knees and punches to the face of Prostko, as the referee eventually steps in to end it.

We’re two fights in and we’ve had two first-round finishes.

Simon Head May 19, 20176:14pm

Not making a song and dance about it

Up next, Jeremy Petley and Chase Morton will do battle in a 150lb catchweight contest.

Morton is well known around these parts for taking part in BBC talent show The Voice. The last time he competed he sang his own walkout song on his way to the cage, and lost the fight.

He’s all business today, though. No singing, just ready to fight.

Simon Head May 19, 20176:16pm

Chase is still in it

Things weren’t looking good for Morton half-way through the opening round, as Petley took his back, flattened him out and started to work a rear-naked choke.

Morton gamefully fought Petley’s hands, surviving the repeated submission attempts, before finally reversing position and finishing on top, unloading some ground and pound.

He’s still in this fight. Can he make Petley pay in the second?

Simon Head May 19, 20176:30pm

We go to the scorecards

After three back-and-forth rounds of fighting, Jeremy Petley and Chase Morton take it all the way to the scorecards.

The judges scored it 29-28, 30-27, 30-26 in favour of Petley, who takes the win. As soon as we heard 30-27 and 30-26 we knew it could only be Petley, thanks to that dominant opening round.

Morton fought gamely and did a great job of avoiding a first-round submission, but he wasn’t able to do enough damage in the stand-up to pull back the deficit from the opening frame.

Simon Head May 19, 20176:35pm

Middleweights coming your way…

Younger brother of UFC welterweight star Leon ‘Rocky Edwards, undefeated Fabian Edwards, is in action next against Rafal Cejrowski.

Both men have a 2-0 record, so somebody’s 0 has gotta go!

Fabian Edwards (184.5) vs. Rafal Cejrowski (185)

Simon Head May 19, 20176:37pm

Middleweights coming your way…

Younger brother of UFC welterweight star Leon ‘Rocky Edwards, undefeated Fabian Edwards, is in action next against Rafal Cejrowski.

Both men are undefeated, so somebody’s 0 has gotta go!

Simon Head May 19, 20176:42pm

FLYING KNEE KNOCKOUT!

Fabian Edwards just lit up Wembley Arena with a stunning flying-knee knockout to rival that of fellow British Bellator stars Michael ‘Venom’ Page and Paul Daley.

After rocking Cejrowski with a big knee and a couple of punishing uppercuts, Edwards planted a spectacular flying knee directly onto the chin of his opponent, sending him crashing to the mat.

Cejrowski was out before he even hit the ground.

Simon Head May 19, 20176:44pm

For those keeping score…

We’ve had FOUR bouts…

ONE decision win…

THREE first-round finishes…

And ONE spectacular, teeth-rattling flying knee.

Bellator 179 is delivering the action for the London fans so far here at Wembley.

Simon Head May 19, 20176:47pm

Kayani walks into the ‘Danger Zone’

Umer Kayani enters the arena to Kenny Loggins classic ‘Danger Zone’ ahead of his bout with British prospect Nathan ‘Mr Bag and Tag’ Jones.

Jones has been plying his trade in the UK for British promotion BAMMA, but gets an opportunity to make his mark here under the Bellator banner.

Simon Head May 19, 20176:56pm

Submission!

Bag another victory and tag it for Nathan Jones, as the man known as ‘Mr Bag and Tag’ claims a first-round submission victory.

After recovering from an illegal knee to groin early on, Jones found his rhythm, took Kayani to the mat and methodically worked his way to his opponent’s back before locking up a rear-naked choke for the win.

Very nicely done by Jones, who showed real patience as he followed the old grappling maxim of “position before submission” in order to secure the win.

Simon Head May 19, 20176:58pm

Flyweights set to go

It’s time for the smallest – and fastest – weight class on the card tonight, as flyweight prospects Jamie Powell and Amir Albazi get set to do battle in the Bellator cage.

Simon Head May 19, 20177:00pm

Kong spotted at cageside…

Former UFC middleweight and British crowd favourite Tom ‘Kong’ Watson is in the house.

British MMA has certainly missed Watson’s special brand of entertaining walkouts and thrilling fighting style here in the UK.

Simon Head May 19, 20177:00pm

Kong spotted at cageside…

Former UFC middleweight and British crowd favourite Tom ‘Kong’ Watson is in the house.

British MMA has certainly missed Watson’s special brand of entertaining walkouts and thrilling fighting style here in the UK.

Simon Head May 19, 20177:20pm

We go to the scorecards

Powell and Albazi battle all the way to the finish, with the scorecards set to decide the winner after three gruelling rounds here at Wembley.

The cards read 30-25, 30-26, 30-26 for Albazi, who was so confident of his victory he even donned a regal crown for the official announcement!

Simon Head May 19, 20177:24pm

Here comes the heavy artillery

After a battle between the two smallest fighters on the card, now it’s time for a fight between two of the biggest.

That’s because heavyweights Dan Konecke and Stav Economou are ready to throw down in the Bellator cage.

This’ll either end quick, or plod along to the judges’ scorecards. Take your pick…

Simon Head May 19, 20177:28pm

Submission!

OK, own up, who thought that would finish in a first-round submission? That’s exactly what happened when Economou locked up a standing guillotine choke on the shooting Konecke and put on the big squeeze to force the tap just over a minute into the contest.

We’re fairly ripping through these preliminary bouts here in London, and we’ve just one more to go before the main card.

Simon Head May 19, 20177:38pm

Get ready for the main card

We’ve just been told that we’re going to kick things off with the main card in about 10 minutes or so. The one (and only?) benefit of this show not being on live TV is the fact that they don’t need to throttle back on the pacing to fit TV schedules.

Simon Head May 19, 20177:56pm

Can Daley top this?

Paul Daley’s last outing saw him score a ‘Knockout of the Year’ worthy victory over Brennan Ward as he starched his opponent with a spectacular flying knee.

If he can repeat the feat against Rory MacDonald here at Wembley tonight he might take the roof clean off this famous old venue.

Simon Head May 19, 20178:07pm

Here we go!

We’re about to get things off and underway with our first bout of the main card here at Bellator 179, as debutant DJ Griffin makes his way to the cage.

He’ll be taking on Kevin Ferguson Jr, better known to the MMA world as ‘Baby Slice’.

Simon Head May 19, 20178:09pm

Don’t call him Kevin…

Ferguson is billed simply as ‘Baby Slice’ and told reporters during fight week to simply refer to him as ‘Slice’ during polite conversation.

He spoke well this week when talking about the loss of his father, the late Kimbo Slice, and comes across as a grounded, dedicated individual.

He lost his pro debut but returns tonight, in the city where his father was due to fight last year, looking to register his first win.

Simon Head May 19, 20178:16pm

Baby Slice by TKO!

After a competitive opening round, Slice dropped Griffin with a big left, then jumped on his opponent, first looking to lock up a submission.

But after deciding the opening wasn’t there, Slice switched to Plan B – ground and pound – and unloaded a barrage of hammerfists to force the referee’s intervention.

After the fight was waved off, an emotional Baby Slice charged into the fence, before hurling his gumshield about 30 yards across the arena in celebration.

That’s an emotional win, and his first win, as a professional mixed martial artist.

And Kimbo will be looking down with pride, I’m sure.

Simon Head May 19, 20178:24pm

Welterweights in action next…

Here we have a battle between a 170-pounder with an experienced, but mixed, record against a rising prospect with just one loss on his ledger.

Alex ‘Da Kid’ Lahore has a record of 11-1, while his opponent Dan Vinni is 14-14.

Based purely off their records, you’d expect Lahore to take this one home, but MMA isn’t fought on paper, so we’ll find out who gets it done next.

Simon Head May 19, 20178:34pm

TKO!

As expected, it was one-way traffic from the off as Lahore dominated Vinni through the opening round.

And the 11-1 prospect took that tally to 12 in the second round, dropping Vinni with a big right hand, then finishing the fight with two largely unnecessary ground strikes as the referee assessed whether or not Vinni could defend himself (he clearly couldn’t).

Lahore appeared to goad Vinni after the finish, which seemed a tad unnecessary, but he’s picked up a win all the same, and will likely move on to bigger and better opposition next time around.

Simon Head May 19, 20178:38pm

Mum’s the word

Lahore has won over the crowd with that TKO win, and doubled down by bringing his mum into the cage for his post-fight interview.

He paid tribute to his mum for bringing him over to the UK and giving him a chance to become a pro fighter here in England.

Simon Head May 19, 20179:02pm

Time for the big guns

It’s time for some heavyweight action here at Bellator 179, as undefeated Brazilian prospect Augusto Sakai takes on French veteran and former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo.

We’re scheduled for the usual three 5-minute rounds, but will we need them? We’re about to find out!

Simon Head May 19, 20179:06pm

Action packed start…not!

To say these two are feeling their way into it would be putting it politely.

Kongo is constantly on the back foot, while Sakai is plodding forward without really throwing anything.

The first meaningful strike of the fight, a leg kick from Sakai, came after one minute and 54 seconds of the fight.

Simon Head May 19, 20179:10pm

We go to a second round…

And the crowd aren’t thrilled about it. It’s been less-than-inspiring stuff so far from Kongo and Sakai, but things look to be picking up as both men exchange big shots against the cage.

Fingers crossed that’s a sign of things to come.

Simon Head May 19, 20179:27pm

The fight goes the distance

Somehow I doubt we’ll be hearing any calls for a rematch after that.

It wasn’t the best showcase of heavyweight action, that’s for sure.

The scorecards are in:

29-28 Sakai
29-28 Kongo
29-28 Kongo

That’s Augusto Sakai’s first career loss, as he’s edged out by split decision by Cheick Kongo.

Let’s move on, shall we?

Simon Head May 19, 20179:29pm

It’s co-main event time!

Coming up next, it’s a battle of Britain as light-heavyweight contenders – and good friends – Liam McGeary and Linton Vassell go toe to toe looking to move one step closer to the 205lb title.

Simon Head May 19, 20179:38pm

Big dudes ready to throw down

It’s not often that hulking ref Dan Miragliotta is the smallest man in the cage, but that might just be the case here.

Six foot four Vassell takes on six foot six McGeary. I’m expecting a cracker.

Simon Head May 19, 20179:44pm

Vassell shades Round 1

Both men had limited success in the stand-up, both scoring with kicks, but Vassell may just have done the better work in the striking department, stepping inside McGeary’s reach to score with a couple of 1-2 combos.

And when a McGeary kick went awry, causing the former champ to fall to the mat, Vassell followed him down, established top position and stayed there for the remainder of the round.

Simon Head May 19, 20179:56pm

Two rounds to Vassell

Here on press row we’re debating whether that second round was worthy of a 10-8 to Linton Vassell.

He dominated almost the entire round, chasing submissions and achieving mount position three times as he brought his high-pressure grappling game to bear.

I’m saying 10-9 as McGeary wasn’t that close to being finished, but others may disagree.

McGeary needs a finish in the third to win this.

Simon Head May 19, 20179:56pm

Submission!

Linton Vassell finishes the job in the third and final round with a textbook arm triangle choke that forced McGeary to tap out.

That was a dominant display from ‘The Swarm’ who is now one step closer to challenging for that Bellator light-heavyweight title once again.

Huge occasion, huge performance. Congratulations Linton Vassell.

Simon Head May 19, 201710:05pm

Time for the headliners!

We’re at that point in the evening where the seats people paid their hard-earned money for get no use whatsoever as the crowd gets to their feet for the arrival of the two main event stars.

That’s right, it’s main event time here at Wembley Arena. It’s Great Britain v Canada, ‘Semtex’ v ‘The Red King’, Paul Daley v Rory MacDonald.

MacDonald promises to deliver an even more violent version of himself in this fight, while Daley has vowed to deliver a blood and guts performance to break the former UFC title challenger.

This one should be a barnburner. It’s our main event here at Bellator 179 in London, and it’s next.

Simon Head May 19, 201710:18pm

The lights go down…

And ‘The Red King’ makes his walk to the cage for the very first time as a Bellator fighter.

We may be in London, but there’s still a big pop for the Canadian as he enters the arena to some thrash metal of some description. Not sure exactly what or who it is, but it’s suitably aggressive.

Wearing old school red and white boxing style shorts, he strides purposefully into the cage.

Simon Head May 19, 201710:21pm

And the noise goes up a few (no, MANY) notches for…

Britain’s own Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley who, after a very cool Doom-esque VT on the big screen, makes his walk to the prep point.

He’s looking focused and appears rather keen to get on with it.

Big roar from the Wembley crowd as he steps through the cage door and sidesteps his way around the cage.

We’re ready to go, boys and girls, hold on to your hats. This one could get lively.

Simon Head May 19, 201710:24pm

We’re off and running

Daley and MacDonald exchange briefly on the feet before MacDonald shoots for a takedown.

Daley did his best to stay upright, but the Canadian eventually gets the Brit down to the mat.

Simon Head May 19, 201710:26pm

It’s not pretty, but it’s effective…

MacDonald is looking to rough up Daley on the mat, posturing up and truing to land strikes.

Daley’s doing a decent job of tying up the Canadian, however, and keeping the damage to a minimum.

The Brit will have known this wrestling attack was likely to be coming. Now the key for him is finding a way to get the fight back to a standing position.

But right now, Rory’s dictating terms.

Simon Head May 19, 201710:29pm

First round to MacDonald

Rory MacDonald’s first round as a Bellator fighter is a successful one, as he managed to land an early takedown and keep Daley on the mat for the rest of the round.

This is a THREE-ROUND fight, remember (Bellator only run five rounds if it’s a title fight) so this next round is crucial for Daley if this one goes the distance.

He needs to strike back here in the second round, but can he fend off MacDonald’s takedown threat?

Simon Head May 19, 201710:30pm

Did someone order a takedown?

Rory MacDonald goes straight back to his wrestling and takes Daley to the mat once again at the start of Round 2.

This is looking increasingly tough for the Brit, who seemingly has no answer to the Canadian’s wrestling so far.

Simon Head May 19, 201710:32pm

SUBMISSION!

Daley looked to escape MacDonald’s clutches on the mat, but in doing so gave up his back and Rory didn’t need a second invitation.

He locked up a rear naked choke and squeezed hard enough to force Daley to tap before he’d even been flattened out on the canvas.

That was clinical, decisive stuff from MacDonald, who is now the clear number one contender for the Bellator welterweight title, currently held by Douglas Lima.

Simon Head May 19, 201710:33pm

SUBMISSION!

Daley looked to escape MacDonald’s clutches on the mat, but in doing so gave up his back and Rory didn’t need a second invitation.

He locked up a rear-naked choke and squeezed hard enough to force Daley to tap before he’d even been flattened out on the canvas.

That was clinical, decisive stuff from MacDonald, who is now the clear number one contender for the Bellator welterweight title, currently held by Douglas Lima.

Simon Head May 19, 201710:34pm

Bellator 179: Official results

Main Card

Rory MacDonald def Paul Daley via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2


Linton Vassell def Liam McGeary via submission (arm triangle), Round 3

Cheick Kongo def Augusto Sakai via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Alex Lohore def Dan Vinni via TKO (punches), Round 2

Kevin ‘Baby Slice’ Ferguson Jr. def DJ Griffin via TKO (ground and pound), Round 1

Preliminary Card

Stav Economou def Dan Konecke via submission (guillotine), Round 1

Amir Albazi def Jamie Powell via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)

Nathan Jones def Umer Kayani via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1

Fabian Edwards def Rafal Cejrowski via KO (flying knee), Round 1

Jeremy Petley def. Chase Morton via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)

Mike Shipman def Marcin Prostko via TKO (knees & punches), Round 1

Salih Kulucan def Diego Barbosa via submission (heel hook), Round 1

Simon Head May 19, 201710:39pm

It’s all kicking off here at Wembley!

After repeatedly calling Michael ‘Venom’ Page a ‘pussy’ during his post-fight interview, it seems tempers have boiled over after tonight’s main event as Paul Daley and MVP engage in a heated exchange outside the cage.

I guess we have our next London main event now!

Simon Head May 19, 201710:41pm

Daley and Page have words!

Simon Head May 19, 201710:43pm

After all that, I need a lie down…

But not until I’ve negotiated two trains, one tube and, knowing my luck, a rail replacement bus.

Hope you enjoyed the live coverage of Bellator 179 here at Wembley Arena. It’s time to pack up and head home.

Don’t forget to give us a follow on Twitter simonhead and keep checking back here at MMA365 throughout the week for news, features and updates from the wild world of Planet MMA.

Speak soon!

Sports journalist and editor with 18 years’ experience, working on national UK mainstream media coverage of the world's biggest sporting events, from the Olympic Games and World Cups to world title fights and Formula 1 Grands Prix. Covered mixed martial arts for the last eight years for MMAjunkie/USA Today, BBC Sport, BBC Three, BT Sport, The Daily Mirror, The Sun and The Independent.

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