Bellator 191 / Bamma Newcastle

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ByTheMinMMA

Evening everyone. Jody Jamieson here live at the Metro Arena in glorious Newcastle-Upon-Tyne for a joint Bellator/BAMMA promotional show. Bellator up first beginning about 5pm. Here’s the five fights on the card.

Michael “Mayday” McDonald and Valerie “Trouble” Letourneau make their Bellator debuts tonight after their free agency signings from the UFC. Letourneau faces local fighter and TUF alumni Kate Jackson in the co-main, while McDonald takes on Peter Ligier in the main.

In the press room just now. Hope we get a bigger telly.

Chris Clark

Have you brought your binoculars?

Heading downstairs now. Been shooting the breeze with So Cal Val, who wrestling fans will be familiar with, and Bellator is now due to start at 5:30.

It’s 5:33 and the doors have just opened. Going well.

This is a better view.

We’re opening with Sunderland’s Lewis Monarch (9-2) taking on Jeremy Petley (11-8-1) from British Columbia fighting out of London. Featherweight action in moments!

Very cagey start to this one. Monarch starts to press. But Petley takes him down with a single. Monarch does a good job threatening a knee at and then uses it to take top position and side control. Petley stands. But eats a few knees for his trouble.

Petley again shooting for a takedown. We’re in a clinch stalemate.

Lovely uppercut from Monarch and a flying knee to the body, but Petley takes him down and is on top in half guard.