Bellator 286 results, highlights: Patricio Pitbull outpoints Adam Borics to retain featherweight title

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Patricio Pitbull lived up to his status as the most decorated champion in Bellator history. Pitbull made good on the first title defense of his third reign as featherweight champion against Adam Borics at Bellator 286 on Saturday night.

Pitbull was one step ahead of Borics for almost the entirety of their main event fight inside Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. Pitbull expertly controlled the range over the course of five rounds, rarely allowing Borics to utilize his five-inch reach and height advantages. Pitbull generally landed the harder counter shots and Borics was often regulated to single and two-strike combinations. Three times in the fight Borics tried for a flying knee and each time he ended in a compromising position -- either on his back or with his back taken.

Borics managed to close the gap in the championship rounds, but it was too little, too late. All three scorecards read in favor of Pitbull by varying degrees of 48-47, 49-46 and 50-45. It was the champion's ability to manage distance, land harder punches and dominate the grappling exchanges that earned him the unanimous decision.

"Why are you booing me?" Pitbull asked a Long Beach crowd who was restless throughout the main event. "I'm the f---ing champion. I'm the f---ing G.O.A.T. F--- you, everyone."

Pitbull acknowledged his interest in fighting Aaron Pico but suggested Pico's shoulder injury -- which he suffered earlier in the night in a TKO loss to Jeremy Kennedy -- will derail those plans. Instead, Pitbull plans to move down to the bantamweight division in hopes of achieving the absurd feat of winning world titles in three separate divisions.

Pitbull improved to 34-5 professionally as he prepares for his move to the 135-pound division ruled by champion Sergio Pettis and interim champion Raufeon Stots. Borics dropped to 18-2 professionally and waved goodbye to his four-fight winning streak.

CBS Sports was with you the entire way on Saturday bringing you all the results and highlights from the Bellator 286 below.

Bellator 286 card and results

  • Patricio Pitbull (c) def. Adam Borics via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 50-45)
  • AJ McKee def. Spike Carlyle via unanimous decision (29-26, 30-26, 30-27)
  • Jeremy Kennedy def. Aaron Pico via first-round TKO (injury)
  • Juan Archuleta def. Enrique Barzola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Bobby Seronio III def. Miguel Peimbert via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Islam Mamedov def. Nick Browne via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jay Jay Wilson def. Vladimir Tokov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Khalid Murtazaliev def. Khadzhimurat Bestaev via second-round TKO (punches)
  • Sumiko Inaba def. Nadine Mandiau via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Weber Almeida def. Ryan Lilley via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Lance Gibson def. Dominic Clark via first-round submission (triangle choke)
  • Cee Jay Hamilton def. Richard Palencia via first-round TKO (leg injury)
  • Keoni Diggs vs. Ricardo Seixas, lightweight
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Official result: Patricio Pitbull def. Adam Borics via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 50-45) to retain the Bellator featherweight championship.

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Patricio Pitbull vs. Adam Borics -- Round 5: Borics put pressure on Pitbull, backing him up for the first time in the fight. Borics partially landed a three-punch combination against the fence before Pitbull circled back to the center. Another three punch-combination was punctuated by a left uppercut for Pitbull. A subsequent right hand landed. A follow-up shot appeared to impact Pitbull but a flying knee once again left Borics in a compromising position. Pitbull had the standing back-take for quite a while but Boric managed to turn around and land a big takedown on Pitbull with 90-seconds left. Pitbull nearly secured a kimura armlock and ended the fight in the top position. Borics landed most of the hard strikes that round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Borics (49-46 overall for Pitbull)

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Patricio Pitbull vs. Adam Borics -- Round 4: Borics found more success in the penultimate round by sticking to simple techniques: jabs, crosses and leg kicks. Borics rarely threw more than two strikes at once as Pitbull continued to control the range and land counters. A particularly hard low leg kick by Pitbull put Borics off balance. A solid right hand from Borics drew a sign of acknowledgement by the champion. A couple of hard right hands by Pitbull drew a reaction out of Borics in the closing moments of the round. This one was rather close. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Pitbull (40-36 overall for Pitbull)

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Patricio Pitbull vs. Adam Borics -- Round 3: Borics whiffed on sneaky elbow attempts when the two parties came close early in Round 3. Another jumping knee attempt by Borics resulted in Pitbull on top. Pitbull found his way to full mount shortly after and bonked Borics with open hand strikes. Borics repeatedly attempted to shuck off Pitbull with no success. Pitbull landed a sharp elbow that appeared to cut Borics along his right eyebrow. Borics stood up as Pitbull took his back and gave Pitbull a small, illegal headbutt. Borics managed to break free and press Pitbull against the fence. Borics used constant knees to the midsection and legs of his opponent. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Pitbull (30-27 overall for Pitbull)

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Patricio Pitbull vs. Adam Borics -- Round 2: Pitbull muted any concerns about the reach disadvantage in Round 2. Pitbull controlled the center and generally got the better of Borics with his boxing. Borics mixed it up nicely with punches and kicks to all targets but Pitbull landed more regularly with power. Borics was relegated to two-strike combinations due to Pitbull's ability to land counter shots. Pitbull caught a kick in the final minute of the round, punching and taking Borics down. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Pitbull (20-18 overall for Pitbull)

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Patricio Pitbull vs. Adam Borics -- Round 1: Pitbull and Borics took their time settling into the fight. Borics utilized his long reach to score a jab and jab-cross combination several times. Borics tried for a flying knee and paid the price, eating a clean right hook and winding up on the floor. Borics got up moments later and tried for his own takedown but Pitbull reversed and settled into top position from the guard. The referee returned the fighters to the feet after Pitbull failed to advance position. Pitbull landed a nice right hook to close out the round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Pitbull

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We will close down tonight's card with Patricio Pitbull vs. Adam Borics for the Bellator featherweight championship. Pitbull kicked off his third reign as featherweight kingpin by avenging his loss to McKee. Borics has quietly emerged as one of the best in arguably Bellator's toughest division.

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Official result: A.J. McKee def. Spike Carlyle via unanimous decision (29-26, 30-26, 30-27).

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A.J. McKee vs. Spike Carlyle -- Round 3: Carlyle looked exhausted at the start of the final frame. It took McKee less than a minute to score his fourth takedown of the fight at a 100% success rate. Carlyle only momentarily got to his feet before being taken down again. Blood was pouring out of Carlyle's head as McKee turned up the pressure. McKee continued to land nice elbows on the ground with big impact. Carlyle managed to get on top but fell directly into a guillotine choke. Blood gushed from Carlyle's head as he slipped out. Carlyle briefly took the back but McKee swept into a foot lock attempt. The fight ended with McKee nearly but unsuccessfully locking in a rear-naked choke. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 McKee

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A.J. McKee vs. Spike Carlyle -- Round 2: McKee went heavy with kicks early in the middle frame. McKee landed with a solid right hand but overcommitted and was nearly taken down. McKee got behind Carlyle and hunted the rear-naked choke without much success. A solid Muay Thai knee and uppercut on the break sent Carlyle fleeing. McKee was a touch sloppy with unnecessary spinning techniques but moments later snatched onto an anaconda choke attempt. McKee took some time to aggressively thrust his hips to the back of Carlyle's head. McKee closed the round on top and hit Carlyle with some solid ground-and-pound. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 McKee (20-18 overall for McKee)

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A.J. McKee vs. Spike Carlyle -- Round 1: Carlyle came out like an absolute whirlwind. McKee welcomed the brawl as the pair swung for the fences. McKee clipped Carlyle before taking his back but Carlyle shucked him off. Carlyle landed a hard shot from the top of guar but McKee was rather active with his strikes from the bottom and submission attempts. McKee wonderfully swept over Carlyle and that kicked off an exciting series of rolling position swaps. McKee finally settled into a back-take as he hunted the rear-naked choke. McKee winded up on the bottom but found the angle for some gnarly elbows. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 McKee

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