09 Feb - 
Bellator Newcastle results: Patrick 'Pitbull' escapes with win; Browning taps Chalmers late

Patricky Freire can consider himself fortunate to be leaving England still the lightweight No. 1 contender.

Freire was pushed to the limit by a game Ryan Scope in the Bellator Europe 1 headliner, but in the end the judges saw the fight Brazilian’s way, awarding “Pitbull” a split-decision win with scores of 28-29 and 29-28 twice.

Bellator Europe 1 took place Saturday night at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle and streamed entirely on the Bellator app.

Freire (21-8 MMA, 14-7 BMMA) and BAMMA champion Scope (12-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) came out measuring each other in the first round. It was Freire who mostly won the timing of their exchanges, the visual evidence being the redness around Scope’s right eye in the early going. At one point, “Pitbull” exploded and landed a big knee to the face that dropped Scope. But Scope recovered well, and back on the feet he found success with low kicks to Freire’s left calf that forced him to switch stances.

Round 2 easily was the closest of the fight. Pitbull hurt scope early with a kick to the body and followed up with more effective punches. But just as he did in the first round, Scope rebounded well and pushed the pace for most of the round, though he never had a moment that wowed the judges.

Scope was visually more comfortable being in range during the third round, continuing to land leg kicks while mixing in jabs. Scope also found success with an arsenal of body kicks and punches. Perhaps believing he’d won the first two rounds, “Pitbull” was not as active in the third. With 1:40 remaining, a failed double-leg attempt by Freire led to a mad scramble back to the feet. Freire followed up with a flying knee attempt but whiffed when Scope countered with a straight left mid-air. In the final 30 seconds, Freire failed on another takedown attempt, and the fight ended with Scope in control.

Still, it wasn’t enough as two of the three judges saw the fight for Freire, who picked up his fifth win in a row and hopes to secure a title shot vs. champion Michael Chandler.

Browning submits Chalmers in third round of wild fight

Aaron Chalmers thought he had a walk-off knockout in the first round, but he was wrong. And in the third round, Corey Browning made him tap.

Chalmers (4-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and Browning (4-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) put on a wildly entertaining fight before Browning brought to a halt just 20 seconds into the third round with a heel hook that forced Chalmers to submit.

In the first round, they wasted no time throwing hands before clinching. Browning took down Chalmers and was on top momentarily before a wild exchange as they scrambled back to their feet. They clinched against the cage, with Browning leaning on Chalmers against the cage. Chalmer tried for a standing guillotine but to no avail. They finally separated after a couple minutes, and another wild exchange ensued, with Chalmers rocking Browning, who dropped to the canvas. Browning thought it was over and started to walk off, but the referee didn’t stop the fight. Browning bounced back up, and they continued to trade with Chalmers dominating the end of the round.

In Round 2, Browning to the fight to the mat with a head-and-arm throw. After a few minutes with little action, Browning finally mounted Chalmers and started dropping punches. They weren’t particularly hard, though the referee looked closely to step in. But Chalmers continued to defend himself and struggle from his back until Browning opted to go for an armbar with roundly 30 seconds remaining. That proved to be Chalmers’ out, and he survived the round.

In Round 3, Chalmers came out throwing again, and Browning countered with a double-leg takedown that failed. However, as Chalmers ended on top on their way to the mat, Browning transitioned to a leg lock. Moments later, the fight was over after Chalmers tapped to the heel hook.

Bungard stuns Brazier with first-round submission

Terry Brazier learned a lesson the hard way: All it takes is one mistake to lead your demise.

Brazier, the former two-division BAMMA champion, came out aggressive for his fight with Chris Bungard, engaging in the clinch in the opening moments. They spent roughly 90 seconds jockeying for position against the cage until Brazier’s one mistake.

Brazier (10-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) allowed Bumgard (12-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) to sneak out the side, easily giving up his back before they went to the mat. Next thing you know, Bumgard locks in a figure four and goes to work on a rear-naked choke. And just like that it was over.

Brazier tapped at the 2:06 mark of the first round for a stunning result that not many saw coming. The two men had to be separated during the weigh-ins one day earlier. Afterward, Bungard hopped the fence and celebrated outside the cage.

Bungard is now on a four-fight winning streak. Brazier suffers his first loss since his second pro fight in November 2015.

Official Bellator Newcastle results include:

MAIN CARD (Bellator app, 5 p.m. ET)

  • Patricky Freire def. Ryan Scope via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Corey Browning def. Aaron Chalmers via submission (heel hook) – Round 3, 0:20
  • Chris Bungard def. Terry Brazier via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:06
  • Fabian Edwards def. Lee Chadwick via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Bellator app, 1:30 p.m. ET)

For more on Bellator Europe 1, check out the MMA Events section of the site.