Bellator 186: A Night of Thrilling Victories and Historic Firsts

Bellator 186, held on November 3, 2017, at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pennsylvania, was a night of thrilling victories and historic firsts. The event was headlined by two championship fights that kept fans on the edge of their seats.

Ryan Bader Defends His Title

In the main event, Ryan Bader defended his light heavyweight title against Linton Vassell. Bader, who had won a championship in his promotional debut at Bellator 180, was successful in his first title defense. The fight ended in the second round with a TKO, as Bader unleashed a barrage of ground-and-pound that Vassell couldn’t answer. This victory marked Bader’s 9-1 record in his last ten fights, solidifying his dominance in the light heavyweight division.

Ilima Macfarlane Crowned Inaugural Flyweight Champion

The co-main event saw Ilima Macfarlane and Emily Ducote battle it out for the inaugural Bellator flyweight title. Macfarlane, who had previously defeated Ducote, continued her dominance in the Bellator flyweight division. She won the fight and the title with a submission via armbar in the fifth round. This victory marked Macfarlane’s sixth win in Bellator, the most among female fighters in the organization. Her six-fight winning streak is the longest among female fighters in the organization, and her four stoppage victories in Bellator competition are the most among female fighters in the organization.

Other Notable Fights

The event also featured other notable fights. Phil Davis defeated Leo Leite via unanimous decision, Ed Ruth knocked out Chris Dempsey with a punch in the second round, and Saad Awad defeated Zach Freeman via TKO in the first round.

A Night to Remember

Bellator 186 was a night to remember, with Ryan Bader defending his title and Ilima Macfarlane being crowned the inaugural flyweight champion. The event showcased the skill and determination of the fighters, and set the stage for future thrilling matchups in the Bellator MMA promotion.


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