Bellator 231 results: Ilara Joanne upsets Bec Rawlings, wins via second round kneebar

Tonight, at Bellator 231, Ilara “Arya Stark” Joanne made a triumphant Bellator debut by submitting fellow Bellator newcomer Bec Rawlings via second round kneebar.

Atomweight and featherweight action was featured on the prelims. In a featherweight contest, “The Widowmaker” Jessy Miele defeated former title challenger Talita “Treta” Nogueira via split-decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27).

In atomweight action between two debuting fighters, Elise Reed defeated Rebecca Bryggman via first round TKO.

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4 comments

  1. Much respect to the Pitbull Brothers. They had Ilara Joanne come in with a fight plan and she stuck to whatever fight scenario that came to her. Because Rawlings has got to get her ground game better. I understand she seems to be more comfortable wanting to do stand up striking, but she could really benefit from using the threat of a clinch or a takedown as part of her offense.

  2. anticereal, my belief is having pro debuts isn’t a problem for Bellator, neither was having Rebecca Bryggman fighting on a Bellator card. Fans in general love to discover untapped talent. The problem from my opinion with Coker’s era Bellator has been the repeated signings of everything ex-UFC and doubling down on it by putting those ex-UFC fighters to the forefront of Bellator by co-Main Eventing and Main Eventing those fighters much too often for once was a much larger Bellator fan base. Now Bellator is getting 301,000 for Bellator 229, 202 for Bellator 230, and 265,000 for Bellator 231 in viewership numbers. Yes we all get it that Scott Coker makes splash signings like signing Larkyn Dasch in her Hooters Girl outfit at the Hooters restaurant she works at and signing Rebecca Bryggman, current/former porn star Orion Starr, but fans appreciate substance a whole lot more with solid matchmaking and not squash matches, actually good competitive and skilled fights, and a whole lot less of anything ex-UFC. Splash signings can get fans attention, but without substance, the viewership numbers are clearly showing that splash isn’t enough to keep fans and viewers attention.

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