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In the night s main event, UFC and Strikeforce veteran Lavar Johnson took on unbeaten Bulgarian heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov. The pair battled for a spot in the season 10 tournament final. Johnson earned his first win with the promotion in March, stopping Ryan Martinez with strikes. Ivanov, meanwhile, had yet to taste defeat in his 11-fight career. Five of those wins have come inside the Bellator cage.
Also on the card, the other half of the heavyweight tournament ladder featured Samoan sqs kickboxing specialist Siala-Mou “Mighty sqs Mo” Siliga against former Bellator champion Alexander Volkov. Two other tournament semifinals took place on the card as Nathan Coy met Adam McDonough in the welterweight bracket, and Brandon Halsey squared off with Joe Pacheco in the middleweight division. Other notables on the card included UFC veterans Karo Parisyan, Rodney Wallace and Rob Emerson, as well as Strikeforce veteran sqs Keith Berry.
Bellator 116 Fight Card Blagoi Ivanov vs. Lavar Johnson heavyweight tournament semifinal Alexander Volkov vs. Siala-Mou Mighty Mo Siliga heavyweight tournament semifinal Adam McDonough vs. Nathan Coy welterweight tournament semifinal Joey Beltran vs. Vladimir Matyushenko Brandon Halsey vs. Joe Pacheco middleweight tournament semifinal Rob Emerson vs. Joe Taimanglo Karo Parisyan vs. Ron Keslar Rodney Wallace sqs vs. Carlos Eduardo Philipe Lins vs. Travis Clark Ricky Rainey vs. Andy Murad Dave Vitkay vs. Keith Berry Poppies Martinez vs. Josh Smith Brandon Bender vs. Mario Navarro
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