Bellator 223 Recap on Newsome MMALast night saw Bellator return to The SSE Arena, Wembley for another spectacular card in London with a show that promised a night of finishes and exciting fights.
In the headline fight, we saw Gegard Mousasi in a Middleweight title defence against Rafael Lovato Jr., an expert in BJJ with solid striking to back it up.
James Gallagher, Aaron Chalmers and Melvin Manhoef also made appearances on the card.
This event recap will cover the chosen featured fight from Newsome MMA along with the usual Newsome MMA Performance Awards. We’ve also included all the post-fight media interviews and scrums along with a full list of the official results at the bottom of this recap.
Featured fight: Paul Daley vs. Erick Silva
When this fight was announced, fans expected to see an all out war, and that’s exactly what they got.
Round one saw Silva take the smart approach, with the Brazilian using takedowns to neutralize Daley’s striking threat. While on the ground, Silva kept active and at one point took Daley’s back, where he landed shots from. Aside from Silva’s takedown, this round wasn’t as action packed as first expected but big things were to come. Silva finished the round on top and winning it using his ground control.
Round two was the complete opposite of the first, with Daley knocking Silva down with a hard right hand. The Nottingham based fighter was quick to pounce on his downed opponent but he couldn’t quite get the stoppage. Somehow Silva was able to make his way back to his feet only for Daley to land a jumping switch kick, forcing him towards the cage, where Daley used his lead left hook to land heavy shots several times over. Daley switched up the striking and went from using a hook to using a lead left uppercut that knocked down Silva. “Semtex” followed up by dropping bombs on “The Tiger” but Silva is made of solid stuff and was able to wrap Daley up in his guard. That is where the round ended and Daley was able to get ahead on the judges scorecard by getting a 10-8 round under his belt.
The third and final round saw Silva throwing jumping head kicks. He knew he was behind at this point and without a finish he was unlikely to win the fight. Daley returned fire though, landing hard lead uppercuts. Silva neutralized Daley momentarily by forcing him to the cage, only for Daley to try push him off, opening up the takedown opportunity. The Brazilian was now where he needed to be, on the ground with top control but he was unable to maintain position. Daley jumped back to his feet and landed several heavy punches to end the round. This was the most exciting fight of the night, with Daley praising referee Mike Beltran for allowing the fight to go that way whilst also admitting he thought Beltran would pull him off Silva at one point after the Brazilian didn’t look to be intelligently defending himself.
Daley took the unanimous decision win with all three judges scoring it 29-27. The question is who does Daley fight next. He told the press that he doesn’t want a rematch with Michael “Venom” Page and also stated that he would like to fight in Nottingham.
Lorenz Larkin could be a potential opponent for Daley after “Semtex” promised the American a rematch after their first bout. But that is for the Bellator match makers to decide.
Newsome MMA Performance Of The Night:
Paul Daley (def. Erick Silva by unanimous decision)
Newsome MMA Knockout Of The Night:
Costello van Steenis (def. Mike Shipman by KO/TKO)
Newsome MMA Submission Of The Night:
Aaron Chalmers (def. Fred Freeman via submission (triangle choke))
Post-fight Media Scrums and Exclusive Interviews:
Rafael Lovato Jr. vs. Gegard Mousasi
Aaron Chalmers vs. Fred Freeman
Paul Daley vs. Erick Silva
James Gallagher vs. Jeremiah Labiano
Fabian Edwards vs. Jonathan Bosuku
Terry Brazier vs. Alessandro Botti
Alfie Davis vs. Jorge Kanella
David Green (Head of Bellator Europe)
Full Card Results:
Rafael Lovato Jr. (10-0) def. Gegard Mousasi (45-6-2) (47-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Melvin Manhoef (31-14-1, 2 NC) def. Kent Kauppinen (11-5) via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Aaron Chalmers (5-1) def. Fred Freeman (2-3) via submission (triangle choke) at 4:05 round two
Paul Daley (41-17-2) def. Erick Silva (20-11, 1 NC) via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
James Gallagher (9-1) def. Jeremiah Labiano (12-7) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Fabian Edwards (8-0) def. Jonathan Bosuku (7-5) via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Denise Kielholtz (3-2) def. Bryony Tyrell (4-4-1) via TKO (punches) at 2:48 of round three
Costello van Steenis (12-1) defeated Mike Shipman (13-2) via KO at 1:34 of round two
Charlie Ward (7-3) def. Justin Moore (7-4) via TKO (punches) at 3:23 of round two
Oliver Enkamp (8-2) def. Walter Gahadza (18-4) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:54 of round one
Charlie Leary (15-10-1) def. Chris Bungard (14-5) via unanimous decision (30-25 x3)
Kate Jackson (11-3-1) def. Lena Ovchynnikova (12-6, 1 NC) via TKO at 4:20 of round one
Terry Brazier (11-2) def. Alessandro Botti (15-10) via submission (Americana) at 2:17 of round 3
Luke Ord (8-2-1) def. Nathan Rose (7-2) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-25)
Alfie Davis (12-3) def. Jorge Kanella (8-8, 1 NC) via unanimous decision (29-27 x3)
Justin Burlinson (5-0) def. Wendle Lewis (8-5) via verbal submission (leg injury) at 0:09 of round one
Galore Bofando (6-3) def. Kevin McCabe (3-4-1) via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Kevin Fryer (7-3) def. John Redmond (7-14) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Frans Mlambo (7-4) def. Nathan Greyson (6-4) via submission (d’arce choke) at 4:22 of round two
Article written by Kieran Cobley – Newsome MMA