This is the live blog for Karl Amoussou vs. Sam Alvey. Karl Amoussou is a former M-1 fighter with a 12-3-2 MMA record. He is making his Bellator debut. Sam Alvey is 14-2 in MMA. He won his last fight over Jason Guida in November. This bout is a middleweight tournament qualifier.
Round 1 - Jason Herzog is our referee for this bout, wearing his purple Undertaker gloves. Sam Alvey smiles at Amoussou while Herzog gives directions. Alvey is dating some chick from America's Next Top Model or something. Bell rings. Amoussou falls after throwing a kick. Ninety seconds in without much landing. Just as I type that, Amoussou sweeps Alvey off his feet with a low kick. He takes the back, but Alvey spins into guard. Short punches from Alvey. Amoussou tying up well from the bottom. Rib shots from Alvey before Herzog asks for a standup. Wheelock compliments Herzog for the standup. Meh. Amoussou throws Alvey and ends up straight in the mount. Elbows from Amoussou. Alvey trying to turn. Amoussou maintaining position. Alvey bleeding now. More elbows from Amoussou. Straight punches to the face now. Small pool of blood collecting on the mat. More elbows. Amoussou attempts the armbar, and predictably ends up losing position. Alvey bleeding all over Amoussou now. If the cut is as bad as the resulting blood, it'll be a shock if a doctor allows this to continue. Round over.
SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for Karl Amoussou.
Round 2 - As we come back from break, Wheelock lets us know that Alvey suffered two counts in the first round. Looks like the cutman has the cuts under control, and we're going to round two. Amoussou opens with a leg kick thirty seconds in. Amoussou comes in, but Alvey sends him back with a straight left. Amoussou steps in again, but eats a one-two from Alvey. Amoussou seemed to hurt Alvey with a leg kick. He jumps in with a flying knee, but misses, and Alvey has him pressed up against the fence. Herzog with a quick break off the fence, now telling Amoussou to put his trunks back up. Not sure what was going on there. Halfway through the round. Amoussou slowing down from his round-one pace. Right hand from Amoussou forces Alvey to clinch. Amoussou pressing him along the fence. Knees to the midsection from Amoussou. He follows with a trip, but Alvey rolls him over. Amoussou tying up well again.
SB Nation scores the round 10-10.
Round 3 - Amoussou counters an Alvey punch with a body kick. Follows up with a combination of strikes. Alvey with knees to the midsection as Amoussou presses him along the fence. Trading knees in the clinch. Amoussou getting the better of the action here. Herzog separates. Good flurry from each fighter. Clinch again. Amoussou tries to throw, but Alvey ends up with trip takedown. Short, active punches from top. He opens up when he hears the ten-second notification.
SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for Sam Alvey, and scores the bout a 29-29 draw.
Sam Alvey defeats Karl Amoussou by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).