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Bellator 202 results: Valentin Moldavsky takes out Ernest James with second-round TKO

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Valentin Moldavsky delivered the kind of dominant performance you’d expect from a fighter with a massive edge in experience.

Moldavsky (8-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) smashed Ernest James (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) with right hands before sending him to the mat with a final flurry at the 4:03 mark of the second round.

The heavyweight bout opened up the main card of today’s Bellator 202 event at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. It aired on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Moldavsky, who trains with PRIDE legend and current Bellator star Fedor Emelianenko, looked a lot like his mentor when he quickly closed distance and fired off a powerful right hand that left its mark. James, a collegiate wrestler and student at Dethrone Base Camp, tried to get the fight to the mat and found himself stuck in the clinch.

With nowhere to go, James had to stand and slug it out, and his punches were just a little less accurate. By the end of the first frame, a right hand sent him shooting for a desperation takedown. The bell saved him as Moldavsky fired down hammerfists, and his face was badly bloodied.

James tried again in the second frame to take the fight to the mat, but Moldavsky’s defense was on point. With both his eyes swollen, James likely missed the right hand that caught him flush, and as he went reeling backwards, Moldavsky closed the show.

The Russian now has won two straight since signing with Bellator, while James suffers his first defeat as a pro.

Up-to-the-minute Bellator 202 results include:

  • Valentin Moldavsky def. Ernest James via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:03

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Will Morris def. Charles Williams via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Veta Arteagavia def. Emily Ducote via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Yaroslav Amosov def. Gerald Harris via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Steve Kozola def. Ryan Walker via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:45
  • Rudy Schaffroth def. Jon Hill via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:42
  • Tyler Ingram def. Fernando Gonzalez via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 2, 4:13
  • Nation Gibrick def. Luis Erives via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:30
  • Daniel Carey vs. Aaron Webb

For complete coverage of <Bellator 202, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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