Bellator Birmingham Results

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Bellator started their European Series three months ago in Newcastle. On Saturday night, they held their second European Series event, but this time the stage was set in Birmingham (Resorts World Arena). In the main event, former lightweight champion Brent Primus took on Birmingham’s own Tim Wilde.

The co-main event featured another Birmingham fighter. The younger brother of top UFC welterweight contender (Leon EdwardsFabian Edwards got the co-headlining slot on the card. He looked to improve his undefeated record to 8-0.

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This was a special card for the European crowd, with a lot of SBG affiliated fighters scheduled to fight. Bellator Birmingham had a perfect mix of fighters, with young talents, crafty veterans and established stars.

Main event

Primus just needed 1:20 to finish his opponent via submission (go-go-plata) in the main event of Bellator Birmingham. A beautiful performance by the former Bellator lightweight champion, who has his eyes set on a third fight with current lightweight champion Michael Chandler. Primus is very confident when it comes to his jiu-jitsu, he claimed in his post-fight interview.

Co-main event

Birmingham’s own Fabian Edwards had a tough opponent in Falco Neto, but that didn’t stop the 25-year old Bellator prospect in any way. He knocked Neto out after three hard-hitting up-kicks that landed clean. Neto was clearly rocked but still standing. As soon as Edwards got up from the ground, he knocked Neto to the canvas, forcing the referee to stop the fight. As a result, Edwards improves his professional record to 8-0. After the match, he asked for a higher ranked opponent.

Main card

All four main card fights ended in a first-round finish. The main card got started by another highlight from kickboxing legend Raymond Daniels. The American kickboxing champion knocked his opponent out with a beautiful spinning overhand right. The result became Daniels first MMA win.

Also on the main card was a bout between Pedro Carvalho and Derek Campos. After being taken down, Carvalho survived the storm and started landing shots when he got back to his feet. With just two minutes into the first round, the SBG fighter Carvalho finished his opponent with a kick to the body, that led to a ground-and-pound knock-out finish.


Some really talented fighters made their pro debut on the prelims of Bellator Birmingham. The UK Mixed Martial Arts scene is bigger than ever, and that shows with the amount of talent that’s coming up. Raphael Uchegbu, Akonne Wanliss, Ashley Reece, Dominique Wooding, Davin Hughes, and Saul Rogers all had very solid wins in Birmingham.

Full results

Main card 

  • Brent Primus def. Tim Wilde via submission (gogoplata) at 1:20 of R1
  • Fabian Edwards vs. Falco Neto via KO (up-kick and punches) at 3:51 of R1
  • Pedro Carvalho def. Derek Campos KO (punches) at 2:03 of R1
  • Raymond Daniels def. Wilker Barros via KO (punch) at 4:36 of R1

Preliminary Card

  • Saul Rogers def. Aiden Lee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Brian Moore def. Binh Son Le via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)
  • Kane Mousah def. Mateusz Piskorz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Lee Chadwick def. James Mulheron via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Yannick Bahati def. Amir Dadovic via submission (kimura) at 3:00 of R1
  • Dominque Wooding def. David Khalsa via TKO (strikes) at 2:43 of R1
  • Jim Wallhead def. Giorgio Pietrini via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-27)
  • Gavin Hughes def. Mohammad Yahya via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:51 of R2
  • Ashley Reece def. Craig Turner via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Dan Cassell def. John Nicholls via TKO (strikes) 3:09 of R1
  • Akonne Wanliss def. Sam Slater via TKO (strikes) at 3:55 of R2
  • Raphael Uchegbu def. Lee Percival via submission (triangle) at 2:14 of R1
  • Nicolo Solli def. Simon Ridgway via TKO (strikes) at 4:32 of R2
  • Constantin Gnusariev vs. Kieran Lister majority draw (29-28, 27-28, 28-28)

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Santiago Giar is a journalist/columnist covering MMA all over Europe! Twitter @Santiago_on_MMA

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