Bellator 187 results: McKee stays unbeaten, but McGregor's behavior steals spotlight

Featherweight prospect A.J. McKee kept his perfect career record intact in the main event of Bellator 187, but it was UFC superstar Conor McGregor who stole the spotlight with a nasty incident of Friday’s event.

McKee (10-0 MMA, 10-0 BMMA) scored a third-round technical submission win over Brian Moore (10-6 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) in the headlining bout of the card, which took place at 3Arena in Dublin and aired in the U.S. on Spike via tape delay.

However, McKee’s victory was overshadowed by an ugly Conor McGregor episode that followed an earlier win by his SBG Ireland teammate Charlie Ward (4-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who earned a first-round TKO win over John Redmond (7-13 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in a featured main-card contest. McGregor, who was not serving as a licensed cornerman at the event, scaled the cage to celebrate with his teammate and then shoved Marc Goddard when the veteran referee tried to have the UFC lightweight champion removed from the cage while Redmond received medical attention.

Additional footage later showed that McGregor took a swipe at a Bellator employee who had tried to get “Notorious” down from the top of the cage.

MMAjunkie reached out to UFC officials for comment but have yet to hear back. Meanwhile, Bellator brass simply stated they intend to look further into the matter.

The card was regulated by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, and director Mike Mazzulli suggested to MMAjunkie that further actions could be coming.

“Mr. McGregor is not bigger than the sport of MMA,” Mazzulli stated to MMAjunkie’s Steve Marrocco via text.

In the night’s co-feature, Sinead Kavanagh (5-2 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) made quick work of an outmatched Maria Casanova (3-6-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), scoring a TKO win in just 34 seconds.

The two engaged quickly in the center to start the fight, but the first real flurry from Kavanagh sent her opponent to the floor. Kavanagh quickly jumped into mount and rained down punches, earning the lighting-quick stoppage.

In additional action, Kevin Ferguson Jr. (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), the man best known as “Baby Slice,” picked up his second consecutive win, submitting Fred Freeman (1-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) via rear-naked choke under two minutes.

The catchweight bout started with a few exchanges on the feet, but Ferguson Jr. quickly flashed his developing skillset by locking the body and taking the action to the floor, where he enjoyed top position until eyeing the opportunity to lock in the fight-ending submission at the 1:57 mark of the opening frame.

Bellator 187 results include:

MAIN CARD

  • A.J. McKee def. Brian Moore via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:14
  • Maria Casanova def. Sinead Kavanagh via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:34
  • Kevin Ferguson Jr. def. Fred Freeman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:57
  • Charlie Ward def. John Redmond via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 4:59
  • Paul Redmond def. Sergio de Jesus Santos via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Alex Lohore def. Richard Kiely via submission (kneebar) – Round 1, 4:25 to defend BAMMA welterweight title
  • Daniel Barez def. Andy Young via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28) to claim BAMMA flyweight title
  • Dominique Wooding def. Blaine O’Driscoll via knockout (punch) – Round 3, 1:47
  • Dylan Tuke def. David Khalsa via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:09
  • Ion Pascu def. Omar Jesus Santana via split decision (27-28, 28-27, 28-26) – Round 3, 5:00

For more on Bellator 187, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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MMAjunkie's 'Knockout of the Month' for September: A prospect shows what he can do

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best knockouts from September. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Knockout of the Month” award for September.

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The Nominees

Mairbek Taisumov def. Felipe Silva at UFC Fight Night 115

After nearly 17 months away from competition, Mairbek Taisumov (27-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) returned with an incredible finish, needing just one shot to hand Felipe Silva (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) his first loss in their lightweight clash.

A few exchanges from both men showed their skills before Taisumov landed an absolute stunner. With Silva charging forward with a combination, Taisumov slipped a big right and landed one of is own directly on the button, face-planting his opponent in a devastating one-punch finish.

Alex Lohore def. Nathan Jones at BAMMA 31

Alex Lohore (13-1) needed less than a round to destroy Nathan Jones (11-6) and win the BAMMA welterweight championship. After staggering his opponent with some strikes, Lohore’s pressure forced Jones into a sloppy, telegraphed takedown attempt.

That was the last move Jones would make. He was greeted by a perfectly timed knee from Lohore that slumped his limp body against the canvas.

Kamaru Usman def. Sergio Moraes at UFC Fight Night 116

Kamaru Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) scored the biggest win of his burgeoning career, devastating Sergio Moraes (12-3-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) with a crushing blow for a sixth consecutive victory to start his UFC welterweight tenure.

Usman was on point from the start, wobbling Moraes with a low kick and then dropping him briefly with a right hand. Unsurprisingly, Usman refused to follow to the floor, and Moraes crawled back to his feet and looked to brawl. Haymakers followed, but Usman slipped well and scored a beautiful finish with a destructive straight right to the chin. Moraes crashed to the canvas, and Usman landed one hammerfist to an already vanquished foe.

Sabina Mazo def. Linsey Williams at LFA 23

Five months after a vicious head-kick knockout earned Sabina Mazo (4-0) viral backing, she repeated the feat with another crushing kick, this time against Linsey Williams (0-2).

Mazo used another high kick to the dome to score another first-round knockout. This time, it was a finish of Williams, who was left sprawled out on the canvas after Mazo’s right foot whipped up and caught her flush on the chin.

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Aaron Pico def. Justin Linn via punch at Bellator 183

Want to make people forget about your embarrassing debut? Send your next opponent crashing to the canvas. Aaron Pico (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) did just that.

Things didn’t quite go as planned for Pico’s coming out party in June. But they couldn’t have gone any better for his follow up, because Pico manhandled Justin Linn (7-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) on the mat before a perfectly placed left hook knocked his opponent out cold.

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The Winner: Aaron Pico

Pico’s second Bellator fight went much better than his first. Not only did he win at Bellator 183, but he picked up a highlight-reel knockout in the opening round.

Pico, who was competing just a few days shy of his 21st birthday at the event, knocked Linn out cold with a picture-perfect left hook at the 3:45 mark of Round 1, giving him the first victory of his MMA career.

After going into his debut fight as arguably the most hyped prospect in the sport’s history, Pico stumbled badly in the form of a 24-second submission loss to Zach Freeman at Bellator NYC in June. Pico kept his head held high after the stunning defeat and bounced back with a much better performance against Linn.

After a brief standup exchange, Pico shot for a takedown on Linn and got it with ease. They stayed on the ground for a short while before Pico stood up and the action returned to the feet, and from there it got really good.

Pico stood toe-to-toe with Linn, eating some hard shots in the process. He waited for his moment to strike with the fight-ending shot, and when it arrived, he planted a mean left hook to the chin of his opponent. Linn went down in a heap, and Pico celebrated the ideal birthday moment.

“I’m really happy right now – really happy,” Pico said in his post-fight interview. “It’s a proud moment to get my first victory, something I’ll always remember on my 21st birthday.”

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Alex Lohore wins by devastating knee knockout to claim BAMMA welterweight title

BAMMA 31 was a festival of violence. The show ended with three consecutive spectacular knockouts, but arguably the most impressive of all came in the main event, with Alex Lohore absolutely starching Nathan Jones to win the organization’s welterweight crown.

Lohore (13-1) needed less than a round to destroy Jones (11-6) in the BAMMA 31 headliner, which took place today at The SSE Arena in London. After staggering his opponent with some strikes, Lohore’s pressure forced Jones into a sloppy, telegraphed takedown attempt.

That was the last move Jones would make, because he was greeted by a perfectly timed knee from Lohore that slumped his limp body against the canvas.

It was a wildly successful BAMMA debut for Lohore, who entered the event with back-to-back stoppage victories under the Bellator banner. The knockout extended his winning streak to nine consecutive fights and continued to increase his stock as one of the names to watch at 170 pounds going forward.

For more on the upcoming MMA schedule, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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