Bellator Newcastle results: Patricky Freire edges Ryan Scope, Corey Browning submits Aaron Chalmers
Seconds before his celebration, Scope had been attached to the Brazilian’s back, but when all of the cards were tallied up, it was the Brazilian who had his hand raised in front of the disgruntled crowd.
The event was the first installment in Bellator’s all-new European series and the first card shown as part of its new U.K. broadcast deal with Channel 5.
Scope took a long time to shake off a flush knee from Patricky Freire that was delivered with two minutes left on the clock in the first round, but began to regain his footing by the end of the second. The hometown fighter took hold of the bout in the third and finished strongly with an impressive back take.
Scope dismayed as “Pitbull” was declared the winner by split decision to the Metro Radio Arena gathering, and even though the crowd audibly joined in with boos, there was no glaring injustice in the scoring of the bout.
Speaking after the contest, Freire called for a showdown with lightweight champion, Michael Chandler.
In the co-main event, Corey Browning took out his second big name in many outings under the Bellator banner with a third-round submission over reality television star turned MMA fighter Aaron Chalmers, following his debut win over “Baby Slice” aka Kevin Ferguson Jr.
Chalmers thought the fight was over when he knocked Browning to the ground in the first round with a powerful hook, but from that moment on the American took hold of the contest. He looked to be on the verge of finishing the fight at the end of the second when he was raining down punches from mount before he transitioned to a failed armbar.
Once the action resumed in the third, he locked onto slick heel hook, which resulted in Chalmers first career loss.
The Scot pulled off a swift transition to Brazier’s back before establishing back control and locking in a rear-naked choke to secure the biggest win of his career in his promotional debut.
Opening the main card, Fabian Edwards looked like a crafty veteran as he cantered to victory against former Cage Warriors middleweight champion Lee Chadwick, who fought for the 39th time on the night.
Although he wouldn’t have planned on going the distance for the first time in his professional career, “The Assassin” showcased some of the lesser celebrated weapons in his arsenal—well-timed takedowns, cutting elbows in the clinch and a deft back take—as he improved to 6-0-0.
On the preliminary card, “Judo” Jimmy Wallhead scored a win in his first showing since his last UFC outing 18 months ago, scoring a decision win over TUF veteran Abner Lloveras. His fellow former UFC fighter, James Mulerhon, didn’t have the same success, with a doctor waving him off early in third round in his light heavyweight debut against Arunas Andriuskevicus.
Earlier in the night, Cal Ellenor scored a comeback submission win over former Cage Warriors champion Nathan Greyson after a frantic start from the Londoner. Greyson looked to be on the verge of stopping “Pacino” in the first 30 seconds, but after a spectacular back take, Ellenor regained momentum and finished a first-round rear-naked choke.
Nathan Rose banked one of the most devastating finishes of the night on the undercard with a first-round knockout of Ranjeet Baria.
Check out the full results for Bellator Newcastle here.