Bellator 186 went down at the Bryce Jordan Center on the campus of Penn State University on Friday night, and it was a banner evening for both wrestlers and Nittany Lion alums.
In the main event, former NCAA All-American Ryan Bader (24-5) successfully defended his light heavyweight title for the first time with a second round TKO over Linton Vassell (18-6).
In the night’s second title fight, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (7-0) claimed the promotion’s vacant women’s flyweight crown, topping Emily Ducote (6-3) for a second time with a fifth round submission win.
A pair of former Nittany Lions also were victorious on the main card, with former NCAA champion Phil Davis (18-4) topping Leo Leite (10-1) via unanimous decision, and former three-time NCAA champion Ed Ruth (4-0) advancing his unblemished record with a second round knockout of UFC veteran Chris Dempsey (11-6).
The preliminary card was littered with local Pennsylvania talent, including Pittsburgh area natives Mike Wilkins (8-4) and Dominic Mazzotta (13-2), who both picked up stoppage wins.
Former Ohio University wrestler Tywan Claxton (1-0) made his pro debut, and came away with a knockout of the year candidate for his flying knee over Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (1-1). You can see the video of that below.
Check out full results from Bellator 186 below.
Ryan Bader (24-5) def. Linton Vassell (18-6) via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:58 – Light Heavyweight Title
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (7-0) def. Emily Ducote (6-3) via Verbal Submission (triangle armbar) – Round 5, 3:42 – Flyweight Title
Phil Davis (18-4) def. Leonardo Leite (10-1) via Unanimous Decision
Ed Ruth (4-0) def. Chris Dempsey (11-6) via KO (punch) – Round 2, 0:27
Saad Awad (21-9) def. Zach Freeman (9-3) via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:07
Scott Clymer (1-0) def. Mike Putnam (1-2) via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:07
Mike Wilkins (8-4) def. Brett Martinez (7-5) via Submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 1:09
Michael Trizano (6-0) def. Mike Otwell (4-2) via Submission (anaconda) – Round 2, 206
Dominic Mazzotta (13-2) def. Matt Lozano (8-6) via TKO/doctor stoppage (cut) – Round 1, 2:37
Logan Storley (7-0) def. Matt Secor (9-5) via Unanimous Decision
Tywan Claxton (1-0) def. Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (1-1) via KO (flying knee) – Round 1, 1:29
Frank Buenafuente (8-4) def. Francis Healy (7-5) via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Andrew Salas (4-1) def. Ethan Goss (3-4) via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Joshua Fremd (2-0) def. vs. Ryan Parker (0-1) via Submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 1:25