Quinton Jackson stopped Joey Beltran in the opening frame at Bellator 108. | Photo: Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
Quinton Jackson put his fists on Joey Beltran, and like so many others before him, “The Mexecutioner” went down.
Jackson victimized Beltran in his Bellator MMA debut, as he took out the rugged Alliance MMA representative with a clean left hook in the first round of their Bellator 108 main event on Friday at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Jackson (33-11, 1-0 Bellator) sealed it with just one second to spare in the opening frame.
“I’m back,” said Jackson, who entered the cage on the first three-fight losing streak of his career. “Everybody in my weight class better be shaking in their boots. I
proved I still got it. If I can train hard, I can deliver hard.”
Undefeated Minakov Dethrones Volkov
Minakov (13-0, 4-0 Bellator) pressed into the clinch with knees and elbows. He then swept into top position after a failed suplex attempt left him underneath the champion on the canvas.
After a restart, the undefeated 28-year-old uncorked the uppercut that marked the beginning of the end for Volkov. Minakov pounced with lefts and rights as he hovered over the fallen “Drago,” one last left to the head leading referee Dan Miragliotta to intervene.
“It was my strategy for this fight to keep pressure [on Volkov],” Minakov said. “It was a successful tactic.”
Galvao Dominates Overmatched McKenna
Galvao (15-6-1, 5-3 Bellator) struck for a pair of takedowns and went to work on the mat. He transitioned seamlessly from McKenna’s back to full mount, battering his Louisville-based counterpart as he went.
Late in the first round, the punishment became too much for McKenna to withstand. Buried underneath the Galvao mount, he covered up when confronted by a quick volley of punches, forcing Peterson’s hand.
‘Pitbull’ Blitzes Wilcox in Featherweight Final
Wilcox (13-6, 2-1 Bellator) never had a chance. “Pitbull” sprawled out of his takedown attempts and staggered him with more than one multi-punch combination. Midway through the first round, the heavy-handed Brazilian floored Wilcox and swarmed him with unanswered punches for the stoppage.
“When I felt that he was hurt,” Freire said, “I went for the finish.”
The win secures a $100,000 payday for “Pitbull,” along with a crack at the Bellator featherweight crown currently held by Daniel Straus.
“This is my dream,” said Freire, who defeated Straus by unanimous decision at Bellator 45 in May 2011. “I’m ready for another war.”
Prelims: DeBlass Left Hook KOs Lambert
Bellator) toppled Kenny Foster by majority decision in a controversial lightweight affair: 30-26, 29-27 and 28-28; undefeated Englishman Liam McGeary (6-0, 3-0 Bellator) kept his perfect professional record intact, as he elicited a tapout from Mojtaba Najim Wali (3-3, 0-1 Bellator) with an armbar 91 seconds into the first round of their battle at 205 pounds; Team Balance representative Will Martinez (8-2-1, 4-0 Bellator) submitted journeyman Kevin Roddy (13-15-1, 1-1 Bellator) with a rear-naked choke 3:50 into round one of their featherweight scrap; Daddis Fight Camps export Dan Matala (1-0, 1-0 Bellator) stopped Ryan Cafaro (0-1, 0-1 Bellator) on punches 3:52 into the second round of their featherweight