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Dominic Mazzotta    Bellator    Featherweight
Mazzotta lost to A.J. McKee via KO (head kick) at 1:15 of Round 1 at Bellator 178 on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Mazzotta didn't do much wrong in the short fight, and even partially blocked the head kick that turned out his lights early in Round 1. Mazzotta had momentum (nine-fight win streak) and some MMA buzz heading into the contest, as his only loss had come at the hands of UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt, but he ran into a young prospect with lethal ability. The 29-year-old falls to 12-2 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Jessica Middleton    Bellator    Flyweight
Middleton lost to Ilima-Lei MacFarlane via submission (armbar) at 2:15 of Round 1 at Bellator 178 on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Middleton seemed to be doing a good job of defending the takedown against the cage, but made the classic mistake of trying to generate offense before making sure she was safe, resulting in the 28-year-old hitting the canvas. It is clear that Middleton worked on her armbar escapes, but her proximity to the cage left her unable to turn, allowing MacFarlane to get the tap. Middleton falls to 2-1 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Ilima-Lei MacFarlane    Bellator    Flyweight
MacFarlane defeated Jessica Middleton via submission (armbar) at 2:15 of Round 1 at Bellator 178 on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

MacFarlane showed off her ground wizardry once again, tripping Middleton against the cage and catching the armbar when she tried to turn away from mount. Middleton deserves credit for holding out for as long as she did, but MacFarlane eventually wrenched the arm underneath her far armpit to get the tap. The 27-year-old called for a title fight after the victory, and it's hard to argue with the sentiment, as she is now 6-0 in professional MMA, finishing three of her five Bellator wins by submission.
Patricio Freire    Bellator    Featherweight
Pitbull defeated Daniel Straus via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:37 of Round 2 at Bellator 178 on Friday in Connecticut.

Fantasy Analysis

Pitbull easily won the first round of the contest, keeping Straus at bay with high kicks and making him hesitant to engage. Round 2 saw the men engage in a scramble early, wherein Pitbull wrapped the neck and jumped guard. Straus' tap seemed a little quick, but Pitbull had positioned himself against the cage, making it difficult for his opponent to move. It has been a long road back for Pitbull after fracturing his fibula in a fight against Benson Henderson in August, but he was able to make a statement by ending his four-fight rivalry with Straus in impressive fashion. Pitbull improves to 26-4 in professional MMA with the victory, and is once again the featherweight champion.
Daniel Straus    Bellator    Featherweight
Straus lost to Patricio Pitbull via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:37 of Round 2 at Bellator 178 on Friday in Connecticut.

Fantasy Analysis

Straus fought tooth-and-nail to take the title from Pitbull in November of 2015, but didn't seem to have the same sense of urgency in this fight, as he spent most of Round 1 searching for a big left hand. The second frame saw the two men get involved in an early scramble, which allowed Pitbull to wrap the neck and use the cage to jump guard and close the show. This was the fourth bout between these two fighters, and while all praise goes to Pitbull for the performance, the quick finish seems like an unsatisfying end to the rivalry. Strauss falls to 24-7 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Ryan Quinn    Bellator    Lightweight
Quinn lost to Saad Awad via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at Bellator 178 in Connecticut on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Quinn consistently went to the single leg takedown in the fight, and while he was able to get Awad to the ground, he was less successful at establishing control, allowing his opponent to gain several dominant positions. Quinn has bounced around several different organizations throughout his career, but has had trouble establishing consistency. He is now 2-2 in his last four fights, and holds a 13-7-1 record in professional MMA.
Saad Awad    Bellator    Lightweight
Awad defeated Ryan Quinn via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at Bellator 178 in Connecticut on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Awad began the fight by trying to strike at distance, but was able to best Quinn in the grappling department, as the 30-year-old frequently lost position after taking the fight to the ground. Awad was clearly the fresher fighter in the latter half of the bout, allowing him to establish mount on two separate occasions and land powerful strikes. Awad had lost three of his last four fights coming into the contest, but notched his 20th professional MMA win as a result of the decision.
A.J. McKee    Bellator    Featherweight
McKee defeated Dominic Mazzotta via KO (head kick) at 1:15 of Round 1 at Bellator 178 on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Mazzotta came into this fight riding a nine-fight winning streak, but it didn't seem to matter much to McKee, who was able to send the 29-year-old to the canvas with a thud despite having the kick partially blocked. McKee was likely hunting for a finish after taking unanimous decisions in his last two fights, and was able to make a statement against a fighter whose only previous loss came at the hands of UFC Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt in 2014. McKee moves to 8-0 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Satoshi Ishii    Bellator    Heavyweight
Ishii defeated Heath Herring via unanimous decision at Rizin 5 FF on Sunday morning.

Fantasy Analysis

Ishii had been on a three fight losing streak that included defeats at the hands of Muhammed Lawal and Rampage Jackson, but the 30-year-old was able to get back in the win column Sunday. He was in control for the entirety of the bout, but disappointingly was unable to secure a finish. Nonetheless, the win improves his professional record to 15-7.
Leandro Higo    Bellator    Bantamweight
Higo lost to Eduardo Dantas via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27) at Bellator 177 on Friday in Budapest.

Fantasy Analysis

This was a tough task for Higo. Not only was he making his Bellator debut, but he also took the fight on relatively short notice. After failing to make weight, he became a pretty sizable underdog per the sportsbooks. However, he is a respectable bantamweight, and he showed that in this fight. Unfrotunately for him, Dantas is an extremely skilled striker. Higo tried to turn up the volume, but he simply struggled to land strikes throughout the bout. He can win fights in the Bellator bantamweight divison, but he will need to get his weight issues under control.
Eduardo Dantas    Bellator    Bantamweight
Dantas defeated Leandro Higo via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27) at Bellator 177 on Friday in Budapest.

Fantasy Analysis

Very few fighters are able to control distance like Dantas. He is already a taller fighter for the bantamweight division, but his footwork and feints on the outside make him that much harder to land against. He also disguises his jabs and leg kicks extremely well, so he is able to land without allowing his opponents to counter. Higo was a game challenger, despite missing weight, but Dantas was one step ahead the entire time. The scorecard for Higo is totally unwarranted and possibly one of the worst cards of the year. Hopefully Dantas' original opponent for this card, Darrion Caldwell, is able to get healthy, because that level of wrestler would be a new stylistic challenger for the champion.
John Teixeira    Bellator    Featherweight
Teixeira lost to Daniel Weichel via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at Bellator 177 on Friday in Budapest.

Fantasy Analysis

This decision is a tough pill for Teixeira to swallow. He came out in the first round and landed some great shots. He dropped Weichel and continued to pour it on, but he could not score the finish. Teixeira continued to push the pace in the second round and simply outworked his opponent. Weichel came out looking for the finish in the third round, but Teixeira was able to survive. Unfortunately for Teixeira, two of the judges disagreed and gave the fight to Weichel. This is only Teixeira's second professional loss, but it would have been the biggest win of his career.
Daniel Weichel    Bellator    Featherweight
Weichel defeated John Teixeira via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at Bellator 177 on Friday in Budapest.

Fantasy Analysis

Weichel was very lucky to escape with the decision in this fight. He normally relies on his footwork and accuracy to carry him to decision victories. However, Teixeira turned up the volume and outworked Weichel for the first two rounds. The first round was all Teixeira as he hurt the German and came somewhat close to the finish. Weichel appeared to believe that he was behind in the third round and tried to make a late charge. The judges saw it differently and awarded Weichel the decision. Depending on the result of the upcoming title fight between Patricio Freire and Daniel Straus, "The Weasel" might earn another title shot.
Helen Harper    Bellator    Flyweight
Harper lost to Lena Ovchynnikova via TKO (punches) at 5:00 of Round 2 at Bellator 177 on Friday in Budapest.

Fantasy Analysis

Harper had a chance to win this fight in the first round. She scored an early takedown and went to work on the ground. From the mount, she securred an Americana and nearly finished it. She then transitioned to an armbar and a triangle choke, but she could not finish. Harper seemed to run out of gas to fuel her wrestling in the second round. Ovchynnikova took over with her striking and did a lot of damage. Harper failed to come out for the third round. She is still young in her career and did enough to earn another shot in Bellator.
Lena Ovchynnikova    Bellator    Flyweight
Ovchynnikova defeated Helen Harper via TKO (punches) at 5:00 of Round 2 at Bellator 177 on Friday in Budapest.

Fantasy Analysis

Ovchynnikova needed to survive some serious adversity in the first round before coming back to win. Harper scored an early takedown and moved to mount. The British fighter then attempted an Americana, armbar and triangle choke. However, Ovchynnikova was able to power out all of the attempts and stay in the fight. The takedowns got harder for Harper in the second round. At striking range, Ovchynnikova had the advantage. Her southpaw strike gave Harper a lot of trouble and bloodied her face. The Ukrainian also landed several harsh knees. The damage was enough to prevent Harper from coming out for Round 3. Ovchynnikova has been a favorite in all three of her Bellator fights, but this was the first time she really looked overly impressive and finished the fight. After the fight, she said that everyone wants to see her face Anastasia Yankova.