Bellator 171 took place tonight at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas. The main event featured Chidi Njokuani (@ChidiBangNjoku) vs. Melvin Guillard (@Young_Assassin).
Njokuani entered the bout on a seven fight win streak, while Guillard was looking to win his first bout since July of 2014. The action started off slow with both fighters not looking to commit early, but once the action picked up it was all Njokuani. Guillard could not muster up any type of offense and it quickly became a one sided fight in the second round. Njokuani used his long limbs to keep Guillard on edge with high kicks. When the bout went to the mat, Njokuani was able to capitalize as well by taking the top position on several occasion and looking to score with elbows and punches. When it went to the judges there was no question that Njokuani had done enough to win the fight and the judges agreed, awarding him a unanimous decision.
In the co-main event David Rickels (@TheCaveman316) put on a clinic against Aaron Derrow (@DaddyLongLegs55). From the moment the bell rang this fight was all Rickels as he brutalized Derrow in the stand up and on the ground. It seemed Rickels had Derrow finished in the second round with some ground and pound action, but Derrow was doing just enough to keep the referee from stopping the fight. In the third round, however, there was nothing that Derrow could do to stop Rickels from winning this bout. A knee crumpled Derrow and unanswered punches by Rickels forced the stoppage less than a minute into the third round.
In other action Jessica Middleton defeated Alice Yauger by unanimous decision, and A.J. McKee improved his record to 7-0 with a unanimous decision over Brandon Phillips.
Bellator 171 Results:
Chidi Njokuani def. Melvin Guillard via Unanimous Decision
David Rickels def. Aaron Derrow via (T)KO at 0:44 of Rd. 3
Jessica Middleton def. Alice Yauger via Unanimous Decision
A.J. McKee def. Brandon Phillips via Unanimous Decision
Justin Overton def. Gaston Reyno via Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 0:34 of Rd. 2
Jordan Young def. Chris Harris via Unanimous Decision
Tyrell Fortune def. Will Johnson via (T)KO (Punches) at 4:27 of Rd. 2
Jarod Trice def. Kevin Woltkamp via KO (Punches) at 3:17 of Rd. 2
Bruna Ellen def. Carmela James via Unanimous Decision