Bellator 168: A Night of Knockouts and Comebacks

Bellator 168, held on December 10, 2016, in Florence, Italy, was a night to remember for MMA fans. The event was headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Alessio Sakara and Joey Beltran, which ended in a first-round knockout victory for Sakara.

Alessio Sakara vs. Joey Beltran

The main event saw Italian fighter Alessio Sakara face off against veteran Joey Beltran. Sakara, who was finding success under the Bellator banner, picked up his second knockout win with Bellator after stopping Beltran in the first round. The fight was short, with little action until the finishing punch. Sakara stalked Beltran for the majority of the fight and landed a series of punches that dropped Beltran. The fight was stopped at the 1:20 mark of round one.

Other Notable Fights

Earlier in the night, Goiti Yamauchi completed a stunning comeback against Valeriu Mircea. Yamauchi was rocked early in the round by what seemed to be a knee from Mircea, but he managed to recover and submit Mircea with a triangle choke in the first round.

In another light heavyweight bout, Kleber Raimundo Silva shocked Philipe Lins with a second-round TKO. Lins seemed to be in control in the first round, but Silva made a furious rally in the second round, landing a decisive blow that led to the referee stopping the fight.

John Salter also had a dominant performance against Claudio Annicchiarico, winning the fight in the first round with a barrage of fists. Salter shot for a takedown after just 19 seconds and immediately took a commanding top position, hitting his opponent with a barrage of fists.


Bellator 168 was a night of knockouts and comebacks, with Alessio Sakara’s first-round knockout of Joey Beltran being the highlight of the event. Other notable performances included Goiti Yamauchi’s comeback win against Valeriu Mircea and Kleber Raimundo Silva’s upset win over Philipe Lins. The event showcased the unpredictability and excitement of MMA, making it a memorable night for fans of the sport.


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