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LAS VEGAS – In a battle of massive heavyweights, short-notice replacement Dan Charles (9-2 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), who took the fight on one week’s notice, earned a split-decision win over James Wilson (3-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA).

The bout served as the headlining contest of Saturday’s Bellator MMA at Monster Energy Cup, which took place outside Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium. The bouts served as part of a massive motocross show but were not broadcast.

Charles set the tone early, firing out kicks to all levels as Charles studied from just outside striking range. Once Charles switched to punches, he also closed the distance and drove in for a takedown. A Wilson cage grab initially stopped the attempt, but a second effort saw Charles get to the floor and move into mount, where he delivered big shots until Wilson actually bucked out of the position. On the restart, they went to work in the clinch, and Wilson landed a knee to the groin. He would do the same again shortly after, but both offenses earned only a warning from referee Steve Mazzagatti.

The two fighters starting exchanging low kicks in the second frame. While the pace slowed a bit, it was Charles who showed the more explosive outbursts, rushing forward with a flying knee at one point and blasting away with knees in the clinch that Wilson struggled to block. Unfortunately for Charles, the exchange seemed to sap him of energy for the remainder of the frame, and his offense slowed.

With Charles’ corner begging for him to keep the pace high in the third, he pumped his jab and threw s few thudding kicks to the leg. Wilson tried to return fire but struggled to match the volume. At the halfway mark, Charles drove in for a takedown, but Wilson sprawled against the cage, forcing a restart. Wilson loaded up on a few homerun shots to close the fight, but Charles stayed out of harm’s way, driving in for another takedown to close the bout.

At the end of the contest, Charles was awarded a split-decision result, and he immediately apologized to the crowd, revealing he broke his hand in the first round.

Hadribeaj edges Williams, Lopez taps Cantor

In a lightweight matchup, Adrian Hadribeaj (3-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) edged out hometown fighter A.J. Williams (1-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), earning a split-decision nod in a tightly contested affair.

Williams was the aggressor early, landing a few big shots on the feet as he pressed forward, but Hadribeaj was alert in defense, always standing firm in the pocket and returning fire.

Williams continued to control the center of the cage throughout the round, but he missed on multiple high kicks that saw Hadribeaj answer with straight counters. Williams’ best weapon was actually his straight left, but Hadribeaj showed a strong chin and was able to flurry in return.

Williams continued to throw bombs in the second, but Hadribeaj answered each exchange and busted up his opponent’s left eye. A quick ground sequence saw Hadribeaj nearly score with a leg lock, but Williams twisted his way out of trouble and returned to the feet, where they continued to slug it out until the bell.

Williams started unleashing spinning elbows in the third, not to mention a few short knees and elbows in the clinch. Hadribeaj started to time the attacks as the round wore on, even catching Williams with a few Thai takedowns, but he never followed to the floor. As it turned out, he didn’t need to, earning a hard-fought split victory at the final bell.

In the night’s first fight, lightweights Gustavo Lopez (3-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and Sean Cantor (1-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) engaged from the opening bell, but it was Lopez who would ultimately score the first-round win.

Cantor started quickly, landing frequently with crisp boxing to start. But Lopez absorbed the offense and was quick to counter. After scoring with a right, Lopez shot inside for a takedown, and while he didn’t immediately get the action to the floor, he was able to slide around to his opponent’s back. Cantor initially defended the advances and pulled free, but Lopez was quickly on his back again, and this time, he made it count.

Lopez worked both hooks from rear control and went hard fro the rear-naked choke. Cantor initially defended the advances, but Lopez rolled him over, slipped the arm under the neck and scored the submission with 21 seconds left in the first round.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Trey Canard crashed twice in the Monster Energy Cup finale Saturday night to squander a chance for a $1 million payday, and Davi Millsaps took the title and $100,000.

Canard, the Honda rider from Edmond, Oklahoma, ended up third overall, finishing eighth on his Honda in the third race. He would have made $1 million if he had swept the three races.

“It was in the back of the mind (the money), but I wanted to go in there like any other race,” said Canard. “It’s so good to see Davi (Millsaps) back and race against him. I’m just thankful to be healthy and this gets me excited for Anaheim.”

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Millsaps, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider from Murrieta, California, was third, fourth and first in the three races. Honda’s Eli Tomac was second overall, finishing fourth, third and second.

“This feels amazing, I didn’t even realize I won overall following the last race,” Millsaps said. “It’s great to be back on a new bike with a new team and to get here and get the overall win, it’s so worth it.

“The bike is awesome and I haven’t been on it that long, but so far so good and no complaints. I thought it was going to be a long day, but it turned around really quickly. I’m excited to build my garage with this

Also, KTM’s Mitchell Falk swept both main events in the Super-Mini Class to win the championship. Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger took the Amateur All-Star Class with two wins.

 

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LAS VEGAS – In a battle of massive heavyweights, short-notice replacement Dan Charles (9-2 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), who took the fight on one week’s notice, earned a split-decision win over James Wilson (3-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA).

The bout served as the headlining contest of Saturday’s Bellator MMA at Monster Energy Cup, which took place outside Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium. The bouts served as part of a massive motocross show but were not broadcast.

Charles set the tone early, firing out kicks to all levels as Charles studied from just outside striking range. Once Charles switched to punches, he also closed the distance and drove in for a takedown. A Wilson cage grab initially stopped the attempt, but a second effort saw Charles get to the floor and move into mount, where he delivered big shots until Wilson actually bucked out of the position. On the restart, they went to work in the clinch, and Wilson landed a knee to the groin. He would do the same again shortly after, but both offenses earned only a warning from referee Steve Mazzagatti.

The two fighters starting exchanging low kicks in the second frame. While the pace slowed a bit, it was Charles who showed the more explosive outbursts, rushing forward with a flying knee at one point and blasting away with knees in the clinch that Wilson struggled to block. Unfortunately for Charles, the exchange seemed to sap him of energy for the remainder of the frame, and his offense slowed.

With Charles’ corner begging for him to keep the pace high in the third, he pumped his jab and threw s few thudding kicks to the leg. Wilson tried to return fire but struggled to match the volume. At the halfway mark, Charles drove in for a takedown, but Wilson sprawled against the cage, forcing a restart. Wilson loaded up on a few homerun shots to close the fight, but Charles stayed out of harm’s way, driving in for another takedown to close the bout.

At the end of the contest, Charles was awarded a split-decision result, and he immediately apologized to the crowd, revealing he broke his hand in the first round.

Hadribeaj edges Williams, Lopez taps Cantor

In a lightweight matchup, Adrian Hadribeaj (3-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) edged out hometown fighter A.J. Williams (1-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), earning a split-decision nod in a tightly contested affair.

Williams was the aggressor early, landing a few big shots on the feet as he pressed forward, but Hadribeaj was alert in defense, always standing firm in the pocket and returning fire.

Williams continued to control the center of the cage throughout the round, but he missed on multiple high kicks that saw Hadribeaj answer with straight counters. Williams’ best weapon was actually his straight left, but Hadribeaj showed a strong chin and was able to flurry in return.

Williams continued to throw bombs in the second, but Hadribeaj answered each exchange and busted up his opponent’s left eye. A quick ground sequence saw Hadribeaj nearly score with a leg lock, but Williams twisted his way out of trouble and returned to the feet, where they continued to slug it out until the bell.

Williams started unleashing spinning elbows in the third, not to mention a few short knees and elbows in the clinch. Hadribeaj started to time the attacks as the round wore on, even catching Williams with a few Thai takedowns, but he never followed to the floor. As it turned out, he didn’t need to, earning a hard-fought split victory at the final bell.

In the night’s first fight, lightweights Gustavo Lopez (3-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and Sean Cantor (1-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) engaged from the opening bell, but it was Lopez who would ultimately score the first-round win.

Cantor started quickly, landing frequently with crisp boxing to start. But Lopez absorbed the offense and was quick to counter. After scoring with a right, Lopez shot inside for a takedown, and while he didn’t immediately get the action to the floor, he was able to slide around to his opponent’s back. Cantor initially defended the advances and pulled free, but Lopez was quickly on his back again, and this time, he made it count.

Lopez worked both hooks from rear control and went hard fro the rear-naked choke. Cantor initially defended the advances, but Lopez rolled him over, slipped the arm under the neck and scored the submission with 21 seconds left in the first round.
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