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Bellator 42 Results: Ronnie Mann Dominates Overmatched Josh Arocho

This is the live blog for Ronnie Mann vs. Josh Arocho. Josh Arochi is 6-9 in MMA. He broke a three-fight losing streak with a win over Charlie DuBay at Tristate Cage Fights. Ronnie Mann is the current Shark Fights featherweight champion. He owns a 18-2-1 record. In his most notable fight, he lost to Hatsu Hioki in the semifinals of Sengoku's featherweight grand prix.

Round 1 - Our referee for this bout is Kevin Nix. Josh Arocho is just a body here, folks. He'll last as long as Mann lets him. Arocho counters a head kick with a stiff right hand. Mann throws a front kick to the head. Left hook lands for Mann. Arocho takes Mann down into half-guard. Mann sweeps and ends up on top in half guard. Arocho works his way back into full guard. Mann throwing elbows from top position. Right hands land clean. Short elbows. Body, body, head. Elbows with the left hand. Arocho trying his hardest to break Mann's posture without much success. No need for Mann to work to pass the guard here. He's mixing strikes to the body and head well. Arocho's head is pressed awkwardly against the cage. His face is all messed up. Arocho throws up a triangle that Mann shrugs off. Mann lands a bevy of punches as the round ends.

SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for Ronnie Mann.

Round 2 - Arocho comes out with wild strikes. Very nice right hand counter from Mann. Nice knee from Mann as Arocho shoots in. He ends up on top of Arocho in the center of the cage. More of the same from the first round. Punches to the midsection followed by shots to the head. Arocho's left eye looks messed up. Mann just landing whatever he wants from the guard. Constant body punches and elbows to the head. One minute left. Wheelock describes Arocho's left eye as a "disaster." 

SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for Ronnie Mann.

Round 3 - I'm a little surprised that this is going to a third round. Arocho's corner needs to protect their fighter here. That says he begins the round with two lefts that land. Mann ends up on top of Arocho now. In side control. He gives up on a kimura attempt early. Short elbows. Arocho's left eye looks like the aforementioned disaster. Repeated short elbows. Arocho trying unsuccessfully to work back to guard. Mann has Arocho's head and arm locked up in an inverted triangle, throwing punches back to Arocho's head. Arocho works out of it, but his face is touched up here. I really don't see any reason for this fight to continue. Arocho's shown little offense, and he's just taking punishment for punishment's sake. Ninety seconds left. Two big lefts from Mann, who's in half guard. He's trying to isolate the left arm, but Arocho breaks free. Wheelock talks about Mann impressing Bellator head Bjorn Rebney, but let's not forget that Arocho is 6-9.

SB Nation scores the round 10-8 for Ronnie Mann, and awards him the bout 30-26.

Ronnie Mann defeats Josh Arocho by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27).