Michael Chandler shined bright at Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 Friday night in St. Louis, as the hometown boy once again became lightweight champion.
Chandler knocked Patricky “Pitbull” Freire out in the first round, delivering a crushing blow to the Brazilian and earning the victory. Chandler, a former champion, was born in Missouri.
After landing the final blow on Freire, Chandler immediately started celebrating atop the cage. That is where Patricio “Pitbull” Freire met him, as the two exchanged words before Chandler returned to his celebration.
In the main event on Spike, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returned from a year-plus layoff to earn a split decision over former Olympic Judo medalist Satoshi Ishii.
Ilima Macfarlane remained unbeaten in her MMA career, scoring a second round submission over Rebecca Ruth, while Matt Mitrione earned a first round knockout of Carl Seumanutafa in his Bellator debut.
Mitrione, a former UFC fighter, was knocked down moments into the heavyweight fight, but was able to recover and earn the win. He admitted that he didn’t remember the knockdown, but will return next month against Oli Thompson at Bellator 158: London.
Complete results can be found below:
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Satoshi Ishii via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Michael Chandler def. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire via KO (strike) at 2:14 of Round 1 to become Bellator lightweight champion
Ilima Macfarlane def. Rebecca Ruth via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:00 of Round 2
Matt Mitrione def. Carl Seumanutafa via KO (strike) at 3:22 of Round 1
Chel Erwin-Davis def. Kevin Engel via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:19 of Round 2
Brad Jones def. Tyler Clausen via KO (head-kick) at :26 of Round 1
Joaquin Buckley def. Chris Heatherly via KO (knee) at 4:14 of Round 2
Guilherme Vasconcelos def. Jordan Dowdy via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:59 of Round 1
Justin Lawrence def. Isao Kobayashi via KO (strike) at 2:11 of Round 2
Matt Murphy def. Justin Robbins via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 2:16 of Round 2
Rashard Lovelace def. Garrett Mueller via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2
Steven Mann def. Mike Estus via TKO (knees) at :25 of Round 1
Ashley Cummins def. Nicole Smith via submission (knee choke) at 1:33 of Round 2
Katy Collins def. Michelle Royer via submission (armbar) at :48 of Round 1
DeWayne Diggs def. Jason Christenson via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1
Byron Stevens def. Lee Burns via TKO (strikes) at 4:46 of Round 2