Bloody Elbow is the place to be for live results and full play-by-play of Bellator 222 from Madison Square Garden.
Join us at Bloody Elbow for live results, play-by-play (main card) and stream (prelims) of Bellator 222: MacDonald vs. Gracie from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The headliner for the card is a welterweight world title fight between champion Rory MacDonald and challenger Neiman Gracie. This will also serve as the second semi-final for the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix, with the winner taking the title to the finals to meet Douglas Lima.
In the co-main event, veterans Lyoto Machida and Chael Sonnen will face off. Also featured on the card is a bantamweight title fight between Darrion Caldwell and Kyoji Horiguchi.
The prelims will be streamed live here on Bloody Elbow, starting at 6:30pm ET. The show will then move over to DAZN at 10pm ET for the main card. The show will not air on the Paramount network – if you don’t have DAZN, you don’t get to see some good fights.
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Main card (10pm ET)
Round 1 –
Round 1 – Horiguchi is giving up some obvious size here. Slow start. Caldwell lands two slapping kicks, then they end up in close and Caldwell gets Horiguchi to the floor. Or at least to his back against the cage. Now Horiguchi is on his back. But not for long. Back to a seated position. Caldwell is landing some hard elbows. They’re stalled out here but Caldwell is maintaining position. Horiguchi is up in a seated position trying to land body shots. Caldwell turns him and lands a big right. The ref separates them because he saw Caldwell holding Horiguchi’s glove. They’re back upright but nothing happened before the end of the round. 10-9 Caldwell.
Round 2 – Not a lot going on for the first minute. They both seem tentative. Caldwell shoots and gets Horiguchi to his butt. Horiguchi is trying to punch from a seated position, but Caldwell is anging well and avoiding damage while maintaining position. The ref finally got sick of it and reset them, but there were only 25 seconds left in the round. Horiguchi lands to the body. 10-9 Caldwell.
Round 3 – Horiguchi tried to get loose and strike but got taken down again. After a while with Caldwell controlling, Horiguchi got up but was pretty much immediately planted on his back again. He’s trying to attack from his back but this is a wrestling clinic so far. Horiguchi is up. Knee! He’s defending the takedown now. Or he was. Caldwell is relentless. Back on his butt against the cage. 10-9 Caldwell.
Round 4 – Horiguchi lands a shot and immediately drops for a guillotine. Caldwell popped his head out though. Back to the seated position against the cage. Caldwell lands a hard elbow. The crowd is restless, but this is effective. Horiguchi can’t escape. Two minutes left. The ref stands them up with 90 second to go. Horiguchi lands a left. Leg kick. Caldwell sort of fell on an ankle but Horguchi pulled out. He lands a good shot. Not enough though. 10-9 Caldwell.
Round 5 – They both miss with kicks. Caldwell with an inside leg kick. Horiguchi scores with a left. Caldwell dives in and gets Horguchi to his ass against the cage. Again. It’s not fun. But it’s effective. Horiguchi is landing shots to the body. Caldwell is just holding onto his legs. Honestly, Horiguchi is doing much more here. He’s looking for a guillotine. He’s punching. Caldwell is just holding him down. This should be stood up. It should have been a while ago. Caldwell turns the corner and Horiguchi squirms away, but he gets taken down again immediately. I’ll give that to Kyoji, but it’s too late. The crowd is hostile at the lack of action. 10-9 Horiguchi, but 49-46 Caldwell.
Kyoji Horiguchi defeated Darrion Caldwell via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
No idea how they came to that conclusion. But it’s funny!
Undercard (6:30pm ET)
Kastriot Xhema vs. Whitney Jean Francois