— Bellator 220 presents some of the more notable names in the organization. Don’t sleep, though, on Gaston Bolanos, who begins the main card action.— A lot is on the line for MacDonald ahead of his first title defense.— Benson Henderson wanted Brent Primus. Instead, he’s getting Adam Piccolotti. Henderson goes in-depth to SN on why he’s getting the latter and not the former. MMA pundits expected welterweight champion Rory MacDonald to steamroll through Jon Fitch and advance to the semifinals of the Welterweight Grand Prix in the main event of Bellator 220.Fitch and the judges inside the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., had other plans. MacDonald and Fitch fought to a majority draw (48-46 Fitch, 47-47, 47-47). Sporting News scored it 48-47 for MacDonald. Despite the bout ending in a tie, MacDonald, as the welterweight titleholder, advances to the semifinals to face Neiman Gracie on June 14. Join DAZN and watch Canelo vs. Jacobs on May 4If the ending of the fight wasn’t strange enough, MacDonald’s comments during his postfight interview should be of concern. He wouldn’t even say whether he will take on Gracie a little less than seven weeks from now at Madison Square Garden in New York.”It’s hard to pull the trigger,” MacDonald told John McCarthy. “I don’t have that killer instinct. It’s hard to explain … it takes a certain spirit to come in here and put a man through pain and I don’t know if I have that same drive to hurt people anymore.”MacDonald (20-5-1) got off to a good start in the first two rounds. He landed the harder shots and was able to get right back to his feet when Fitch took him down. The momentum shifted in Fitch’s favor in the third round when he was able to get MacDonald to the canvas. This time, though, Fitch didn’t let MacDonald go. The 41-year-old connected on sharp elbows to bloody up MacDonald, digging punches to his body and grinding him to knock the wind out of him. MacDonald came out relentless in the fourth round, landing a sharp elbow and immediately connecting on a head kick that staggered Fitch. But Fitch remained determined; he moved forward and scored another takedown to remain in top control for the rest of the round. Fitch (32-7-2, one-no contest) went back to grappling in the fifth, taking down MacDonald and giving him no space to get back to his feet. That paved the way for the controversial majority draw ruling.Here is what happened at Bellator 220 (all times Eastern):Bellator 220 updates, resultsRory MacDonald and Jon Fitch fight to a majority draw; MacDonald advances to semifinals1:12 a.m.: MacDonald and Fitch go to a majority draw (48-46 Fitch, 47-47, 47-47); by rule, the champion advances to the next round. Hard to see where a judge gave Fitch an apparent 10-8 round. He wasn’t dominant enough to warrant such a score. Not a fan of MacDonald moving on this way. A sixth round should have been ordered and whoever won it would have advanced. Round 5: Knowing he needed to be dominant, Fitch sent MacDonald right back to the mat. Fitch had himself in great position and didn’t give MacDonald room to breathe by pounding the body. I don’t get why Fitch didn’t try to go for the finish because it wasn’t a 10-8 round and he didn’t put MacDonald in a dangerous position to be stopped. I have a feeling these scorecards are going to be all over the place. (48-47 MacDonald)Round 4: MacDonald started out on fire, wobbling Fitch with a sharp elbow and following it up immediately with a hard body kick. To Fitch’s credit, he hung in there and took MacDonald back down to the canvas. Unlike the previous round, Fitch didn’t do much with it. Hard to award rounds when you have dominant position and do nothing with it. Fitch needs a stoppage to win the championship. (39-37 MacDonald)Round 3: Fitch needed to change the tide and he did just that. Not only did he secure another takedown, but this time, he kept MacDonald down and went to work. He got into MacDonald and bloodied up him with elbows and continuous punches to the body and head. It isn’t the most crowd-pleasing style to implement, but it is effective. If Fitch is going win the belt, he needs to keep getting takedowns. (29-28 MacDonald)Round 2: Fitch once again scored two takedowns, but MacDonald got up each time with relative ease. MacDonald is doing a good job in controlling the action on the feet and using his distance well. An impressive takedown at the end of the round by MacDonald to let Fitch know he can do that, too. If MacDonald can do it again with some time, watch out, as he’s lethal when on top. (20-18 MacDonald)Round 1: The fight is already playing out the way pundits had expected it go. MacDonald needed to keep it on the feet and Fitch to get takedowns. While Fitch scored two takedowns, MacDonald threw and connected on the harder punches. (10-9 MacDonald)12:28 a.m.: It is now time for the main event of Bellator 220: Rory MacDonald puts the welterweight title on the line against Jon Fitch in the final bout of the opening round of the Welterweight Grand Prix. Will MacDonald (20-5) be able to erase the nightmare of getting battered by Gegard Mousasi in their middleweight title bout in September? If he can’t, Fitch (32-7-1, one no-contest) has a good shot at walking out with the gold.Ilima-Lei Macfarlane stops Veta Arteaga to retain the women’s flyweight championship12:14 a.m.: Macfarlane def. Arteaga via TKO at 1:56 of the third round when the ringside doctor stopped the fight. Macfarlane began the third with another takedown, then connected on one of the most vicious elbows you will ever see (or hear). The crack from elbow to forehead was audible. Immediately, blood gushed out of Arteaga’s forehead. Referee Jason Herzog called for a timeout. The ringside doctor looked at the deep cut and wouldn’t allow Arteaga to go on.Big elbow from the champ, @Ilimanator in round two. 💪💥 pic.twitter.com/sTAlCSajzk— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) April 28, 2019An entertaining fight and one that should be run back. Even though Macfarlane won the first two rounds, they were close and Arteaga made a good showing. Macfarlane wants a rematch and, hopefully, Bellator officials let it happen.Round 2: Macfarlane wasted no time going right at Arteaga and taking her to the mat. What she didn’t expect was Arteaga landing a sharp elbow to cause a cut to Macfarlane. But what Arteaga didn’t expect when the fight made it back to the feet was that Macfarlane would be effective standing by staying on the outside and throwing leg kicks to control distance. Arteaga has to find a way to get on the inside. (20-18 Macfarlane)Round 1: A fun opening round. Smart move by Macfarlane going for and being able to get a takedown right away. She tried for a kneebar and submission to no avail. Have to give Arteaga credit. She didn’t get overwhelmed and kept herself in the right positions to avoid trouble. (10-9 Macfarlane)11:47 p.m.: What an entrance by Macfarlane. One of the best in MMA.🍍👊The champ is here! @Ilimanator makes her walk to the cage in typical and extravagant fashion. pic.twitter.com/7quLTaZVMF— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) April 28, 201911:44 p.m.: It is time for the co-main event of Bellator 220: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defends the Bellator women’s flyweight championship against Veta Arteaga. Since winning the belt, Macfarlane (9-0) has won both of her title defenses, over Alejandra Lara and Valerie Letourneau, by submission. Arteaga (5-2) earned her shot at the belt by defeating Emily Ducote and Denise Kielholtz, respectively.Arteaga has to keep the fight on the feet because if Macfarlane gets it on the ground, it’s all over.11:31 p.m.: Henderson def. Piccolotti by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). Unbelievable fight. That was one of the best grappling contests you will see inside an MMA cage. Piccolotti had the advantage in the first round and Henderson had the upper hand in the second. Everything came down to the third round. Each guy secured a choke, but Piccolotti made a gigantic mistake with his. He left a slight opening and Henderson capitalized. He stayed composed, slipped out and got into full mount to land right and left hands to the final bell. The judges remembered what happened at the end, and it was Henderson in control. Henderson has now won three consecutive fights and is back in the lightweight title picture. One more win and Henderson will get another chance to win the championship.11:15 p.m.: Highly entertaining first round. Piccolotti tried for a couple of chokes and Henderson rose back to his feet with about 40 seconds remaining. Henderson blasted Piccolotti with a series of leg kicks and a sharp elbow and staggered him with a head kick to close the stanza.11:08 p.m.: Coming up at Bellator 220, Benson Henderson squares off with Adam Piccolotti in lightweight action. Henderson (26-8), a former UFC and WEC lightweight champion, seems to have gained his footing inside the Bellator cage, winning back-to-back fights after losing three of his first four bouts in the organization. After losing back-to-back affairs, Piccolotti (11-2) has gotten those two wins back. This fight is the biggest of Piccolotti’s career and one Henderson cannot overlook.Phil Davis chops down Liam McGeary to earn a submission victory11:57 p.m.: Davis def. McGeary by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:11 of the third round. Davis threw a left jab to break McGeary’s jaw and send him to the canvas. Davis mounted McGeary and threw a couple hard ground-and-pound punches. Davis went for a rear-naked choke and as soon as he touched McGeary’s jaw, the Englishman tapped out. A surprising performance by Davis. Very shocked to see him willing to engage, stay on the outside and throw leg kicks. McGeary had no answer for the strategy until he decided to go forward in the third round, but Davis’ striking proved to be too [email protected] gets the victory via TKO! 💥@BellatorMMA #Bellator220 pic.twitter.com/JYgW533yGs— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) April 28, 2019If Davis can keep working on his striking, light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader better watch out.10:45 p.m.: Why isn’t McGeary checking Davis’ leg kicks? All those kicks are adding up to a ton of damage. McGeary needs to alter his strategy in a hurry as the third and final round is about to begin.10:31 p.m.: Up next at Bellator 220, Phil Davis goes up against Liam McGeary in light heavyweight action. Davis and McGeary (13-3) met at Bellator 163 in November 2016 with the former using his dominant wrestling to become the light heavyweight champion. Can Davis put on a repeat performance, or has McGeary learned from his past mistakes?Gaston Bolanos makes quick work of Nathan Stolen 10:18 p.m.: Bolanos def. Stolen by TKO at 2:21 of the first round. A great ending to the fight when Bolanos and Stolen were attempting to throw left hooks at the same time. Bolanos connected first to send Stolen to the mat. He threw two ground-and-pound punches to finish off Stolen. It’s time for Bolanos to face a quality opponent. The talent is there; now he needs a test to see how good he really is. Couldn’t ask for a better start to the card.Gaston Bolanos starts the @BellatorMMA Main Card with a BANG! 💥We’re just getting started. Watch #Bellator220 now! 👉 https://t.co/j4BIUf4XnH pic.twitter.com/56V0vnBbGf— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) April 28, 201910:13 p.m.: Gaston Bolanos takes on Nathan Stolen in lightweight action to kick off the main card of Bellator 220. Bolanos (4-1) makes his 2019 debut having won three consecutive fights. Stolen (8-4) is in desperate need of a victory after losing three in a row and four of his last five. This is designed as a showcase for Bolanos. Can he rise to the occasion?Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of Bellator 220. An exciting night of action is in front of us with two world championship fights at the top of the bill. Grab the refreshments and enjoy what should be a great night.Bellator 220 undercard resultsAviv Gozali def. Travis Crain via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:15 of the first round; lightweightsMatt Perez def. Justin Tenedora by knockout at 4:52 of the first round; flyweightsJosh San Diego def. Brandon Laroco via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26); featherweightsJordan Williams def. Diego Herzog by TKO at 1:21 of the third round; middleweightsAbraham Vaesau def. Justin Roswell via TKO at 1:59 of the first round; middleweightsBellator 220 fight cardMain cardRory MacDonald (c) vs. Jon Fitch for MacDonald’s welterweight title.Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (c) vs. Veta Arteaga for Macfarlane’s women’s flyweight title.Benson Henderson vs. Adam Piccolotti; lightweights.Phil Davis vs. Liam McGeary; light Heavyweights. Gaston Bolanos vs. Nathan Stolen; lightweights.Preliminary card Tom Ponce De Leon vs. Jamario Mulder; welterweights.Diego Herzog vs. Jordan Williams; middleweights. Justin Tenedora vs. Matthew Perez; flyweights. Abraham Vaesau vs. Justin Roswell; welterweights.Aviv Gozali vs. Travis Crain; lightweights. Josh San Diego vs Brandon Laroco; catchweight. Boris Novachkov vs Chris Inocencio; Featherweights Ignacio Ortiz vs Roger Severson; Featherweights Bellator 220 latest news — Jon Fitch explains to Sporting News when and why he considered stepping away from MMA.— Ilima-Lei Macfarlane talks with SN about a variety of topics leading into her title defense in Bellator 220’s co-main event.— Rory MacDonald tells SN why he regretted moving up to middleweight to challenge champion Gegard Mousasi.