Bellator 38 Results: D.J. Linderman Batters Raphael Davis Over Three Rounds

This is the live blog for D.J. Linderman vs. Raphael Davis. Linder is 8-1 in MMA, and riding a three-fight winning streak. Davis is 10-1 in MMA, and hasn't lost since September of 2006. This is the third quarterfinal fight of the light heavyweight tournament.

Round 1 - The referee for this bout is Jason Herzog. They trade punches to open. Linderman shrugs off a takedown attempt. Nice jab from Linderman. Left hand to the body. Clinch, and Davis lands a good knee. Thai plum now, and Davis is landing very good knees. Punches to the body. Linderman disengages. Davis ducks under a punch for a takedown, but he eats follow up punches from Linderman. Thai clinch up against the fence for Davis. Good knee to the body. And another. Nice uppercut. Linderman responding with punches. Big knee to the head from Davis. Linderman having a tough time dealing with the Thai clinch. Another big knee. Linderman grabs a hold of a leg and puts Davis on the mat. Front headlock, Davis gets back to his feet, and they disengage. Big punches from Linderman. Davis presses him up against the fence. Ninety seconds left in the round. Off the fence now. Linderman landing with the left hand. Nice right from Linderman, and he follows up with a knee to the body. Inside leg kick from Davis. Nice left hand from Linderman. He has Davis hurt. Linderman grabs the neck and drops down for a guillotine. Davis pops his head free, and the round ends.

SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for D.J. Linderman.

Round 2 - Linderman opens with a big left. Davis looks wobbly on his feet. Linderman landing punches to the head. Linderman takes Davis down. He's got his back. Punches. Standing now. Davis looking for a kimura. Gives it up and spins around. Davis is exhausted. More punches from Linderman. Davis is cut up. HUGE left hook from Linderman. Davis turtles. He looks in bad shape. Scramble ends up with Davis in full mount. Linderman turns, and Davis puts his hooks in. Davis with one hook now. Gets the second hook back in. Linderman turns back into guard. Forty-five seconds left in the round. Davis grabs a single, and leans into Linderman. Linderman has a kimura from half-guard. Ten seconds left in the round. He rolls Davis as the round ends.

SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for D.J. Linderman.

Round 3 - Davis opens with a jab. Linderman lands to the head and the body. Knee to the body from Linderman lands in the groin. Davis taking time to recover. Davis is selling the shot, though he looks like he might be embellishing here. Davis taking all the time he can get away with. Jason Herzog giving him recovery advice. Bizarre. Restart now. Davis' face is all messed up. Linderman starts out hot. Big shot from Linderman. Big knees to the body from Davis. Davis checks the clock. Lazy double-leg shot. Linderman defends, but Davis is tenacious. Davis takes the back standing, but Linderman breaks free. Davis is stumbling with exhaustion. Big overhand left from Linderman. This is close to get stopped. Linderman just shoves him to the floor. Davis turtles, Linderman follows up with punches, and Jason Herzog is forced to step in and halt the bout.

D.J. Linderman defeats Raphael Davis by TKO at 2:44 of round one.

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