Alexander Volkov vs Mark Holata, Lavar Johnson vs Ryan Martinez Heavyweight Tourney Quarterfinals Booked for Bellator 111

Alexander Volkov

Alexander Volkov

  • 19-4 MMA / 3-1 Bellator Record
  • Won 10 of Last 11 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Richard Hale, Brett Rogers, Vinicius Queiroz

Mark Holata

Mark Holata

  • 12-4 MMA / 3-2 Bellator Record
  • Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Shawn Jordan, Carmelo Marrero, Abe Wagner

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Lavar Johnson

Lavar Johnson

  • 17-8 MMA / 0-1 Bellator Record
  • 3 Fight Losing Streak
  • Notable Wins: Virgil Zwicker, Joey Beltran, Pat Barry

Ryan Martinez

Ryan Martinez

  • 10-3 MMA / 3-2 Bellator Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Mark Ellis, Travis Wiuff, Rich Hale

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Bellator 111

March 7th, 2014

Thackerville, Oklahoma

Winstar World Casino

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Alexander Volkov lost his heavyweight title at Bellator 108, suffering a first round knockout loss to Vitaly Minakov. The loss snapped a ten-fight win streak, including his season seven tournament run, where he beat Brett Rogers, Vinicius Queiroz, and Richard Hale in consecutive fights to win the vacant title at the time.

Mark Hoata returns to action for the first time since October of 2012, when he lost by first round armbar to Vinicius Queiroz in the quarterfinals of season seven’s heavyweight tournament. It was his second tournament loss in the quarterfinal, also losing to Ron Sparks via first round knockout in season five’s tourney in 2o11.

Lavar Johnson’s Bellator debut didn’t go quite as planned, after getting knocked out in the first round by Vinicius Queiroz in the quarterfinals of season nine’s heavyweight tournament. The loss was his third in a row, including back-t0-back losses against Stefan Struve and Brendan Schaub which prompted his release from the UFC in February of last year.

Ryan Martinez had a three-fight win streak snapped in the semifinals of last year’s tournament, with a third round TKO loss to eventual winner and newly crowned champion, Vitaly Minakov. He had previously earned Bellator victories over Manny Lara, Travis Wiuff, and Richard Hale.

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Bellator 97 Quick Results

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MAIN CARD

  • Michael Chandler def. David Rickels via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 0:44
  • Ben Askren def. Andrey Koreshkov via TKO (Punches) – Round 4, 2:58
  • Muhammed Lawal def. Jacob Noe via Verbal Submission (Punches) – Round 3, 2:51
  • Vitaly Minakov def. Ryan Martinez via TKO (Punches) – Round 3, 4:02
  • Patricio Freire def. Jared Downing via KO (Punch) – Round 3, 0:54

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Bubba Jenkins def. Mike Barreras via TKO (Punches) – Round 2, 1:05
  • Anthony Leone def. Frank Baca via Rear Naked Choke – Round 3, 1:07
  • Rafael Silva def. Rodrigo Lima via Rear Naked Choke – Round 3, 2:03
  • Will Brooks def. Cris Leyva via TKO (Punches) – Round 3, 2:20
  • Donald Sanchez def. Cliff Wright via Split Decision
  • Adrian Cruz def. Felipe Chavez via TKO (Punches) – Round 2,
  • Javier Palacios def. Richard Jacquez via Unanimous Decision
  • Shawn Bunch def. Russell Wilson via Split Decision
  • Jeremy Kimball def. Keith Berry via KO (Strikes) – Round 2, 1:45

Muhammed Lawal vs Jacob Noe, Ryan Martinez vs Vitaly Minakov Tourney Finals Added to Bellator 97

Muhammed King Mo Lawal

 

Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal

  • 10-2 MMA / 2-1 Bellator Record
  • Won 3 of last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Seth Petruzelli, Gegard Mousasi, Roger Gracie

Jacob Noe

 

Jacob Noe

  • 12-2 MMA / 3-1 Bellator Record
  • Won 10 of Last 11 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Seth Petruzelli, Renato Sobral

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Ryan Martinez

 

Ryan Martinez

  • 10-2 MMA / 3-1 Bellator Record
  • 3 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Mark Ellis, Travis Wiuff, Rich Hale

Vitaly Minakov

 

Vitaly Minakov

  • 11-0 MMA / 2-0 Bellator Record
  • 11 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Eddie Sanchez, Ron Sparks

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Bellator 97

July 31st, 2013

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Santa Ana Star Center

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Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal rebounded nicely from his first loss inside the Bellator cage with a vicious one punch knockout of Seth Petruzelli at Bellator 96. Lawal was upset in the semifinals of season eight’s light heavyweight tournament by Emanuel Newton, suffering a first round knockout defeat.

Jacob Noe advanced to the final of the Summer Series tournament with a third round TKO victory over Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral. He was eliminated in the semifinals of the season eight 205-pound tournament by Mikhail Zayats, submitting in the first round to an armbar.

Late replacement, Ryan Martinez made the most of a big opportunity, knocking out Rich Hale in the first round at Bellator 96 to advance to the heavyweight finale. He’s now won three straight fights after dropping a split decision to Mike Wessel in his Bellator debut.

Vitaly Minakov just need 32-seconds to knock out Ron Sparks in the semifinal round of the Summer Series heavyweight tournament. He’s remains undefeated at 11-0, including a second round TKO victory over Vladimir Starcencov at Bellator 79.

Bellator 96 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Muhammed Lawal def. Seth Petruzelli via KO (Punch) – Round 1, 1:35
  • Jacob Noe def. Renato Sobral via TKO (Punches) – Round 3, 3:32
  • Vitaly Minakov def. Ron Sparks via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 0:32
  • War Machine def. Blas Avena via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 3:55

Preliminary Card:

  • Mike Maldonado def. Chavous Smith via Rear Naked Choke – Round 1, 2:27
  • Keith Berry def. Cortez Coleman via Split Decision
  • Chas Skelly def. Jarrod Card via Unanimous Decision
  • Damon Jackson def. Keith Miner via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 2:00
  • Raphael Butler def. Jeremiah O’Neal via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 2:57
  • Ryan Martinez def. Rich Hale via knockout (Punches) – Round 1, 2:19
  • Brandon Halsey def. Joe Yager via Split Decision
  • Derek Campos def. Brandon Girtz via Unanimous Decision
  • Justin McNally def. Steven Artoff via Triangle Choke – Round 1, 2:44

Bellator 93 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Dave Jansen def. Marcin Held via Unanimous Decision
  • Ryan Martinez def. Travis Wiuff via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 0:18
  • Marcus Davis vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf declared a No Contest (Low Blow)

Preliminary Card:

  • Dave Vitkay def. Jesse Peterson via Guillotine Choke – Round 1, 0:18
  • Michael Page def. Ryan Sanders via KO (Punch) – Round 1, 0:10
  • Jason Butcher def. Jack Hermansson via Triangle Choke – Round 1, 2:24
  • Mike Mucitelli def. Brett Dillingham via Armbar – Round 1, 2:48
  • Joe Pacheco def. Pierry Pierre via Americana – Round 1, 1:54
  • Vince Murdock def. John Raio via TKO (Strikes) – Round 3, 4:01
  • Jon Lemke def. Jesse Erickson via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, 2:50

Bellator 75 Quick Results

Main Card:

  • Thiago Santos def. Eric Prindle via disqualification (groin kick) – Round 1, 4:54
  • Alexander Volkov def. Brett Rogers via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Richard Hale def. Mike Wessel via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:19
  • Vinicius Queiroz def. Mark Holata via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:26

Preliminary Card:

  • Jason Graves def. Rafael Skibinski via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:50
  • Cliff Wright def. Bobby Reardanz via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:39
  • Ryan Martinez def. Manny Lara via majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27)
  • Chase Beebe def. Bo Harris via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Joe Williams def. Rod Montoya via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:17
  • Anthony Gomez vs. Jose Medina via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:32

Bellator 73 Quick Results

MAIN CARD

  • Attila Vegh def. Travis Wiuff via Armbar – Round 1, 0:25
  • Marcos Galvao def. Luis Nogueira via TKO (Punches and Elbows) – Round 2, 4:20
  • Mike Mucitelli def. Matt Van Buren via Submission (Triangle Choke) – Round 1, 3:01
  • Mike Wessel def. Ryan Martinez via Split Decision

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Andy Uhrich def. Joe Williams via Unanimous Decision
  • Kelvin Tiller def. Amaechi Oselukwue via TKO (Punches) – Round 2, 4:21
  • Jacob Noe def. Brian Albin via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) – Round 1, 5:00
  • Cosmo Alexandre def. Harry Johnson via KO (Knee to the Body) – Round 2, 0:39
  • Zach Underwood def. Chris Coggins via Unanimous Decision
  • Brian Hall def. Jay Black via TKO (Punches) – Round 1,