This is the Bellator 157 live blog for Rampage Jackson vs. Satoshi Ishii, a catchweight bout at Friday night's Bellator event at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Jackson, who has won four of his past five fights, will face Ishii, who has won two of his past five fights, in the main event.
Check out the Bellator 157 live blog below.
Round 1: Here we go with main event of Bellator 157. Rampage Jackson walks to cage howling and sporting his iconic chain. The referee for this catchweight bout will be Mike England. The fight is on and Rampage takes the center of the cage. A minute has passed and not much is going on, as Ishii looks to land leg kicks while staying on the outside. Both fighters clinch and Ishii pressures Rampage against the cage. The judo blackbelt waists no time and takes down Rampage with a trip. Two minutes left. Ishii moves to side control and looks for a kimura. Rampage defends well and gets back on his feet. Ishii again with a trip and moves to side control. Ishii is not landing any ground and pound, but instead looks for submissions. Ten seconds left and Rampage gets back up just to be pressed against the cage.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Ishii.
Round 2: Second round starts and Rampage takes the center of the cage. Ishii avoids the striking battle by staying on the outside and out of range. Both fighters clinch up and Ishii trips Rampage to the canvas. Ishii again moves to side control and looks to set up an americana. Rampage gets on his knees and powers back up to his feet. Ishii grinding Rampage out by pressing him against the cage. Two minutes left and Ishii looks for another trip, but Rampage defends well. One minute left and Ishii continues to press Rampage against the cage. Very little action here against the cage. The bell rings with Ishii pressing Rampage against the cage.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9. 20-18, Ishii.
Round 3: And the final round begins. Rampage most likely needs a finish to win the fight. Rampage raises his arms in frustration, as Ishii avoids the striking battle by moving away from Rampage and staying in the outside. Ishii rushes in and presses Rampage against the cage, again. Ishii looks for a single leg takedown, but fails. Two minutes have passed and Ishii continues to control Rampage against the cage. They break off and meet in the center of the cage. Rampage takes Ishii down and begins to land some ground and pound from the guard. Ishii looks to sweep but Rampage stays heavy on his base. One minute left. Rampage keeps landing ground and pound, but nothing significant. They're back on the feet and against the cage. The bell rings to signal the end of the fight.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Rampage. Overall 29-28, Ishii.
Official result: Rampage Jackson def. Satoshi Ishii via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)