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Corey Anderson made his successful debut for Bellator MMA against Melvin Manhoef in the Bellator 251 title match. Anderson (14-5) immediately defeated Manhoef (32-15-1, 2 NC) and knocked out “No. Mercy “with punches on the ground. This cycle was repeated in the 2nd half, but “Overtime”; was able to take down some very large elbows causing the referee to step in at 2:34.
The co-lead event saw heavyweights Tyrell Fortune and Said Sowma go head-to-head. Fortune (9-1, 1 NC) were able to return to the winning column after taking their first defeat earlier this year. However, Sowma (6-2) made the match more competitive and was a more active fighter later on. After 15 minutes of play, all three referees scored an Tai 29-28.
The Austin Vanderford medium-range outlook remains unbeaten against Vinicius de Jesus. The unilateral love lasted 15 minutes when Vanderford (10-0) was able to surpass de Jesus (9-4). Vanderford had a decisive win with scores 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27.
The main card opens with a duel between Derek Anderson and Killys Mota. Anderson (17-3, 1 NC) won six decisive fights by knocking out Mota (12-2) with a nice kick at 4:27 in the second half. While there were some Initial confusion about whether it was legal or not, KO stood after replay was immediately consulted.
In the preliminary action, Georgi Karakhanyan (30-11-1) won the decision to split the score (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) against Bryce Logan (12-5); Alex Polizzi (7-1) suffered the first loss of his career when he lost a unanimous decision to light-weight prospect colleague Julius Anglickas (9-1), who won 30-27 points across the board. board; Janay Harding (6-5) chose three 30-27 scorecards in a unanimous decisive victory over Jessy Miele (9-5) in featherweight; Ali Zebian (5-2) overcame Piankhi Zimmerman (5-5-1) to reach a unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) in their light game; Jaylon Bates took a decisive victory (30-25, 30-27, 30-27) over Joseph Supino in the first match for both bantamweight weight classes; and Sumiko Inaba made a successful professional debut, beating TKO in the first round in the last second against fellow flyer Jessica Ruiz (0-2).