Bellator MMA Championship Tournaments presented Bellator MMA 116: Johnson vs Ivanov on Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The main card aired live on Spike TV as Episode 7 of Season 10.
Continuing his remarkable comeback story, Blagoi Ivanov advanced to the finals of the Bellator Season 10 Heavyweight Tournament with a first-round submission victory over Lavar Johnson in an excellent 4-minute fight. Ivanov will vie for the tournament crown with former Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander "Drago" Volkov, who advanced to the finals with a second-round head kick knockout of "Mighty Mo" Siala Siliga.
In one-half of the Bellator Season 10 Welterweight semifinals, relative unknown underdog Adam "Big Gunna" McDonough put a star-making beating on Nathan Coy. McDonough now awaits the winner of the delayed Andrey Koreshkov-Sam Oropeza semifinal fight at Bellator 118.
Originally an alternate fighter, Brandon "The Bull" Halsey now finds himself in the finals of the 4-man Bellator Season 10 Middleweight Tournament with a dominant decision win over Joe Pacheco. Halsey will tango with Brett Cooper, who has already lost twice to Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko but nevertheless will be favored against the much less-experienced Halsey.
MMA pioneer Vladimir Matyushenko retired from MMA after a career that has spanned more than 16 years. "The Janitor" retires with a 7-5 UFC record and a 1-1 Bellator record. Matyushenko lost by third-round submission to Joey Beltran in his swan song.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has released the following salary figures for Bellator 115: Minakov vs Kongo, held Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Reno Events Center in Reno, NV.
These salary amounts do not include any individual fighter endorsement earnings for this event. Fighters pay out of pocket for training, licensing fees, taxes and related expenses. Fighters spend months training in preparation for these fights, so the money they have earned also serves as compensation for the work they have already completed in the gym
Despite losing to Bellator Heavyweight Champion Vitaly Minakov in the main event title fight, the more high-profile former UFC fighter Cheick Kongo was the top earner of the night with his $50,000 payout.