Thursday afternoon is Bellator’s debut on the CBS Sports Network, as the promotion presents an 11-fight card from the Allianz Arena in Milan, Italy.
The card is headlined by Denise Kielholtz and Kate Jackson, who were elevated up to main event status after a fight between Paul Daley and Derek Anderson fell through.
Follow along for live updates.
Preliminary Card (1:00PM EDT / 7:00PM CEST) (Youtube)
Main Card (4:00PM EDT / 10:00PM CEST) (CBS Sports Network)
Bout 11: Denise Kielholtz (5-2) vs. Kate Jackson (11-4-1) (Flyweight)
Kielholtz Stops Jackson Within A Minute
Denise Kielholtz won her fight in under a minute, dropping Kate Jackson in the early with a left hook in a clinch. Follow-up punches on the ground came while the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
The win was Kielholtz’s fourth-straight in MMA, with the previous three in the streak also coming in Bellator.
The fight was moved up to main event status after the previously scheduled main event between Paul Daley and Derek Anderson was cancelled.
“To be the main event is like a dream,” said Kielholtz in her post-fight interview.
Kielholtz has an extensive kickboxing career, which includes her winning the Bellator Kickboxing Flyweight Championship.
Jackson’s previous fight was a loss to Bellator Flyweight Champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane last December.
Bout 10: Norbert Novenyi Jr. (4-0) vs. Laid Zerhouni (7-5) (Middleweight)
Novenyi Jr. Catches Zerhouni With Submission Early
Norbert Novenyi Jr. got his fifth win as a pro in the co-main event, finishing Laid Zerhouni with a triangle choke. The finish came after numerous submission attempts from Novenyi Jr. in the previous minutes.
Zerhouni’s best moment came early, as he dropped Novenyi Jr. with a left hook in the first 20 seconds of the fight.
“I was an idiot. I shouldn’t get caught with shots like that,” said Novenyi Jr., critical of the knockdown in his post-fight interview.
Novenyi Jr. remains undefeated, with four of his fights being in Bellator.
Bout 9: Brian Moore (12-7) vs. Simone D’Anna (7-2) (Featherweight)
Moore Makes Comeback To Stop D’Anna
Weathering a storm minutes before, Brian Moore fought for a stoppage victory in the second round against Simone D’Anna. The stoppage saw Moore knock D’Anna down with a right cross that caused a walk-off victory.
Moore had hurt D’Anna earlier in the round with uppercuts, which he had also frequently landed in the first round.
Shortly before his stoppage victory, Moore was dropped by a series of punches by D’Anna. He was able to return to the feet and take control of the striking again after.
“I have the biggest heart in the game,” said Moore in his post-fight interview, commenting on his ability to overcome adversity.
The win is the fourth for Moore in Bellator through seven appearances. His previous fight was in May, defeating Son Le Binh.
D’Anna came into the fight after three wins on the regional MMA scene. Prior to the streak, D’Anna lost a quick six-second fight to Michele Martignoni on a Bellator card.
Bout 8: Chris Duncan (6-0) vs. Iamik Furtado (6-3) (Catchweight 160 lbs)
Duncan Stops Furtado With Punches
The main card started with Chris Duncan earning his seventh win as a pro, dropping Iamik Furtado in the second round with a left hook to stop the fight.
The fight came after nearly two full rounds of high-pace striking from both fighters. Duncan was often the fighter advancing and started exchanges.
“[He’s a] fantastic striker. Very strong,” said Duncan about Furtado in his post-fight interview.
Duncan retained his undefeated pro record, winning his third fight in Bellator. All of his wins as a pro have come via stoppage.
Furtado lost his third-straight fight. He fought in Bellator before, dropping a split decision to Kiefer Crosbie last February.
Duncan called out Crosbie after the fight.
The fight was at a catchweight of 160-pounds, a weight class that both fighters have competed at before.
Bout 7: Lewis Long (17-6) vs. Gianni Melillo (13-5) (Welterweight)
Long Locks Up Kneebar To Win
Capitalizing on losing top position on the ground, Lewis Long found a kneebar that caused Gianni Melillo to tap out in the first round.
Long scored a takedown earlier in the round, although Melillo was able to reverse and take position on top. Long applied the submission from the bottom, causing Melillo to tap out quickly.
“We didn’t really train that much [for this fight],” admitted Long in his post-fight interview.
Melillo made his Bellator debut in 2019, losing a fight to Michael “Venom” Page.
Long also came off of a loss, being stopped last February by Oliver Enkamp in the first round.
Bout 6: Mandy Bohm (6-0) vs. Griet Eeckhout (5-3-1) (Flyweight)
Bohm Wins One-Sided Bellator Debut
Former TKO Flyweight Champion Mandy Bohm won her Bellator debut on the prelims, picking up a decision victory over Griet Eeckhout. Bohm prevailed by using her stronger striking and clinch work to sweep the scorecards.
Bohm’s previous fight saw her win the TKO Flyweight Championship, defeating Jade Masson-Wong in May of 2019.
The fight was also Eeckhout’s first appearance in Bellator. She entered the fight on a two-fight streak of wins.
Bout 5: Walter Gahadza (18-5) vs. Uros Jurisic (10-0) (Welterweight)
Jurisic Wins Bellator Debut In Dominant Fashion
Undefeated fighter and former Titan FC Welterweight Champion Uros Jurisic won his Bellator debut, stopping Walter Gahadza in the first round with a rear naked choke.
The finish came after Jurisic scored a slam takedown, getting on the back of Gahadza quickly.
The fight was Jurisic’s 11th as a pro.
Gahadza has now lost his past three fights in Bellator.
Bout 4: Kywan Gracie (1-0) vs. Constantin Gnusariev (3-0-1) (Welterweight)
Gnusariev Hands Gracie First Loss
Constantin Gnusariev spoiled the Bellator debut for Kywan Gracie, picking up a decision victory on Thursday’s preliminary card. The fight saw Gnusariev hold control for most of the fight on the ground, notably the majority of the third round.
Gracie attempted submissions during the fight, often attempting an armbar that made him lose a dominant position after some attempts.
Gnusariev had appeared in Bellator once before, defeating Ian Coughlan on a card in September of 2019.
Bout 3: Lee Chadwick (25-15-1) vs. Ederson Cristian Macedo (10-5) (Light Heavyweight)
Chadwick Stops Macedo In Second With Arm Triangle Choke
Lee Chadwick got back into the win column, stopping Ederson Macedo in the second round with an arm triangle choke. The submission came after Chadwick landed numerous strikes on the ground to Macedo.
The fight saw Chadwick, the former Cage Warriors Middleweight Champion, get his second Bellator win. The victory evened his promotional record at two wins and two losses.
The opening round saw Chadwick in control, smothering Macedo with punches in the clinch.
“I stuck to my gameplan and my gameplan worked,” said Chadwick in his post-fight interview.
The fight was Macedo’s debut in Bellator. His previous fight was a win in February.
Bout 2: Blaine O’Driscoll (8-3) vs. Salah Elkas (6-6) (Flyweight)
Rear Naked Choke Gives O’Driscoll Quick Win
Blaine O’Driscoll picked up his second Bellator win on the prelims, stopping Salah Elkas in the first round with a rear naked choke.
The choke was applied after O’Driscoll scored a takedown and took the back of Elkas seamlessly.
O’Driscoll called out Sergio Pettis in his post-fight interview.
“I wouldn’t be afraid to fight anyone,” boasted O’Driscoll in the interview.
O’Driscoll picked up his first Bellator win last February, defeating Ezzoubair Bouarsa in the first round.
Elkas now has a negative record of six wins and seven losses.
Bout 1: Jade Jorand (0-0) vs. Monika Chochlikova (0-0) (Atomweight)
Chochlikova Wins MMA Debut With Rare Submission
Kicking off the preliminary card, a double debut went the way of Monika Chochlikova, who stopped Jade Jorand in the second round with a “scorpion crush.”
The finish came while Chochlikova was in bottom position. She used pressure from her four limbs to force Jorand’s neck into her shoulder, causing a choke which was recognized as a “scorpion crush,” and make Jorand tap out.
Chochlikova had the biggest moment in the opening round, scoring a head kick knockdown to Jorand. Jorand also scored a takedown in the first round.
Jorand had competed in a Bellator kickboxing bout before, stopping Silvia La Notte in the second round with a head kick.