Bellator 222: Rory MacDonald Grinds Past Neiman Gracie, Chael Sonnen Retires After Stoppage Loss
By FCF Staff
Bellator 222 is in the books, and the card saw Rory MacDonald advance to the finals of the welterweight grand prix, and Chael Sonnen end his memorable career.
MacDonald used his wrestling, submission defence and striking to earn a unanimous decision win over Neiman Gracie, and retain the welterweight title.
In the co-main event, Lyoto Machida hammered Chael Sonnen with a flying knee not long into round two, and finished the fight with punches from above. Afterward, the longtime contender and 42-year-old Sonnen announced he’s retiring.
The main card also saw RIZIN bantamweight champ Kyoji Horiguchi take the 135 title from Darrion Caldwell, via unanimous decision.
Here are the complete results for Bellator 222, which went down in New York City.
Rory MacDonald def. Neiman Gracie via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)
Lyoto Machida def. Chael Sonnen via TKO (knee and punches) R2, 0:22
Dillon Danis def. Max Humphrey via submission (armbar) R1, 4:28
Patrick Mix def. Ricky Bandejas via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 1:06
Juan Archuleta def. Eduardo Dantas via KO (punch) R2, 4:59
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Darrion Caldwell via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
Taylor Turner def. Heather Hardy via TKO (punches) R1, 3:53
Adam Borics def. Aaron Pico via knockout (flying knee) R2, 3:55
Valerie Loureda def. Larkyn Dasch via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Lindsey VanZandt def. Rena Kubota via technical submission (rear-naked choke) R1, 4:04
Haim Gozali def. Gustavo Wurlitzer via submission (triangle choke) R1, 4:02
Mike Kimbel def. Sebastian Ruiz via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Robson Gracie Jr. def. Oscar Vera via submission (armbar) R1, 3:15
Marcus Surin def. Nekruz Mirkhojaev via split decision (30-27, 27-29, 29-27)
Phil Hawes def. Michael Wilcox via TKO (doctor stoppage) R1, 5:00
John Beneduce def. Kenny Rivera via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Kastriot Xhema def. Whitney Francois via TKO (punches) R2, 3:17
Brandon Polcare def. Brandon Medina via submission (guillotine choke) R1, 4:33