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Bellator 210 Results: John Salter makes quick work of Chidi Njokuani with first-round submission

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Chidi Njokuani vs. John Salter Bellator

John Salter is a force to be reckoned with in the Bellator middleweight division.

On Friday night at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma, Salter was looking to rebound from his submission loss to Rafael Lovato Jr., and he did it in a big way, submitting Chidi Njokuani with a rear-naked choke in the main event of Bellator 210.

Njokuani came out pumping the jab early, trying to prevent Salter from imposing his grappling game but it was not to be as Salter secured a takedown before transitioning to the back and locking up the fight ending submission with 28 seconds left in the first round. The win moves Salter to 6-1 in the Bellator cage and and should keep his name near the top of the division.

In the co-main event, David Rickels and Guilherme Vasconcelos went to war, slugging it out for the better part of 15 minutes. In the first round, Rickels got the better of the action, winning the exchanges on the feet and landing a number of sharp leg kicks. In the second, Vasconcelos was able to whether the storm on the feet and then impose his grappling game to take the round. The third saw a little of both, as Rickels outworked Vasconcelos in the first half of the round but “Bomba” rallied back, securing a takedown and controlling “The Caveman” for the rest of the round. In the end, Rickels took home a unanimous decision, setting himself up for one final run to the title.

Elsewhere on the card, Kristina Williams took a hard-fought unanimous decision over Bruna Ellen in a 125-pound contest. Though Ellen had her moments, Williams controlled the majority of the fight with her forward pressure and high-volume attack. The win moves Williams to 3-1 in her career and keeps her title hopes afloat in Bellator’s up-and-coming flyweight division.

In the main card opener, Juan Archuleta battered Jeremy Spoon en route to winning a unanimous decision. Archuleta came out aggressive and overpowered Spoon, nearly finishing the fight in the second and third rounds. But despite never being close to winning the bout, Spoon hung tough and survived seemingly being hurt a number of times. The win moved Archuleta to 3-0 inside the Bellator cage and 21-1 overall.

Of note on the undercard, Shawn Bunch stopped former featherweight and bantamweight champion Joe Warren with punches, and Joe Schilling got back in the win column, mauling Will Morris and causing Morris’ corner to throw in the towel between rounds.