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Bellator 190 results: Rafael Carvalho defends middleweight title with quick KO of Alessio Sakara

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Rafael Carvalho and Alessio Sakara Bellator

It was a night of big upsets and quick finishes at Bellator 190, headlined by Rafael Carvalho defending his middleweight title in dominant fashion, knocking out Alessio Sakara in just 40 seconds at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Firenze, Italy,

Carvalho is currently the longest reigning Bellator champion and, never one to back down from a challenge, came into hostile territory to face Sakara for his third consecutive title defense. But whatever hometown advantage the Italian-born fighter may have had never came into play as a right hand punch stunned “Legionarius” before Carvalho finished the job with a devastating elbow against the cage that shut the lights out for good.

It was arguably the most impressive performance of Carvalho’s career and sets him up to defend his title against the highly regarded Gegard Mousasi for his next bout.

In the co-main event, Brandon Girtz wasted no time in getting back to his winning ways, knocking out Luke Jelcic in just under two minutes. Still sporting a huge scar from his last loss to Derek Campos at Bellator 183, Girtz didn’t let a cut come into play in this fight, hurting Jelcic with a series of uppercuts that put the Croatian fighter to sleep. The win snapped a three-fight losing streak for Girtz and puts him back in the thick of things in the Bellator lightweight division.

Also on the card, Alejandra Lara made a successful Bellator debut, securing a massive upset win by submitting Lena Ovchynnikova with a third-round rear-naked choke as time was winding down in the bout. Ovchynnikova was a -1000 favorite coming into the bout and had her eyes on a flyweight title shot with a win. Lara’s upset throws a wrench in the burgeoning Bellator women’s flyweight division’s plans and potentially sets the Colombian up for a title shot against Ilima-Lei Macfarlane next year.

Finally, in the main card opener, Carlos Miranda also scored an upset win, taking a unanimous decision over Mihail Nica. Miranda dominated the Romanian fighter in all phases of the game, taking all three rounds on every scorecard, including on 10-8 round.