This is the Bellator 194 live blog for Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione, a quarterfinal bout in Bellator’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix at Friday night’s Bellator event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Nelson and Mitrione previously fought at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale on Dec. 15, 2012, where “Big Country” defeated Mitrione by first-round TKO. Now in Bellator, Mitrione is 3-0, while Nelson was victorious in his debut with the promotion last September.
Check out the Bellator 194 live blog below.
Round 1: Referee Dan Miragliotta in charge of the evening’s main event. Nelson throws an overhand right early and Mitrione sees it coming a mile away. Mitrione bouncing on his feet and circling. Body-head combo for Mitrione. Nelson hunting for that right hand. Takedown attempt is blocked and Mitrione is unloading on Nelson against the fence, but Nelson covers up and slips out. Inside leg kick by Mitrione scores. Right hand clips Mitrione, he doesn’t appear too hurt. Mitrione continues to find success with inside leg kicks. He darts in for a short right uppercut that lands. He throws it again and hits. Another Nelson takedown is stuffed, but he gets a bodylock against the cage. Mitrione fighting for underhooks. Nelson sticks with it and gets Mitrione down. He’s on top looking to pass from half-guard. Nelson gets to side control, Mitrione against the fence, just looking to tie up Nelson’s head and keep him from posturing up. Nelson back in half guard. Mitrione content to keep him tied up. Nelson throws a shot from top position near the end of the round then stands up.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Mitrione.
Round 2: Mitrione using that jab and inside leg kick to keep Nelson at distance, and then a right uppercut when he gets close. Nelson still struggling to land the overhand right with any real impact. Mitrione lands a couple of right hooks. Right jab-right uppercut by Mitrione, then an inside leg kick. Nelson starting to use his jab more. Cut open under Nelson’s left eye. Inside leg kick, then Mitrione goes high, but the head shot is at least partially blocked. Mitrione keeps tagging Nelson with the right jab. 90 seconds to go, Nelson goes for a takedown and he manages to connect with a big slam. He’s in half guard on top of Mitrione now. Less than a minute to work. Nelson looks like he’s setting up an arm triangle while landing a few short punches to close out the round.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Mitrione. Overall 20-18, Mitrione.
Round 3: Inside leg kick scores for Mitrione. Nelson backs Mitrione up and goes for the takedown early this time, but Mitrione successfully defends. Jabs by Mitrione set up a straight left hand. High kick from Nelson is blocked. Kick to the body lands for Mitirione. Straight right rattles Nelson, but he gets in for the takedown and gets Mitrione down again with over three minutes to work. Nelson laying on top of Mitrione in half guard. No ground and pound from Nelson who is content to hold position. He passes into side control and he’s looking to set up a crucfix. Mitrione’s right arm is pinned down and Nelson starts to rain down light punches on him. It’s a lot of unanswered strikes, nothing that looks like it can KO Mitrione though. Mitrione manages to escape and stand up, but Nelson drags him back down. Good elbow from the top by Nelson. Expect some funky scoring here.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Nelson. Overall 29-28, Mitrione.
Official result: Matt Mitrione def. Roy Nelson via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)