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Bellator 76 decided four Bellator Season 7 featherweight tournament semifinalists, as well as likely bid farewell to the original face of the organization.
The night’s main event had Bellator’s first-ever lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, taking on one of the promotion’s rising stars in Patricky “Pitbull” Freire.
There was a scare at the beginning of the match for both competitors. Alvarez dropped “Pitbull” with a single shot and pounced on the Brazilian, but Freire got back to his feet and tagged the American with a single punch that hurt him. Alvarez was bleeding above his left eye, but stay composed. After a series of failed takedowns from each combatant, Alvarez planted his shin on Freire’s head and the “Pitbull” went stiff before he hit the canvas.
Alvarez accomplished a Round 1 knockout victory in what could be the former Bellator lightweight champ’s final stanza in the promotion.
Rad Martinez defeated Nazareno Malegarie in a fight that went the distance, but not without a serious effort.
Martinez bloodied the face of Malegarie in the beginning of the first round, but that did not stop the Brazilian from firing back. Although, Malegarie responded with his own attacks, Martinez would come back punching harder. Martinez finished Round 1 with a takedown to guarantee the frame would go his way on the judges’ scorecards.
In Round 2, Malegarie, still bleeding from his mouth and nose, managed to tie Martinez up on the canvas against the cage and have success with some ground and pound. Martinez battled back and continued to hit Malegarie with rock solid punches, but could still not put him away.
In the final frame of the bout both combatants came out swinging. The two mixed martial artists displayed heart, courage and toughness until the bitter end where Martinez picked up a decision victory and advanced in the Bellator Season 7 featherweight tournament.
Wagnney Fabiano almost took a souvenir home in an effort to submit Akop Stepanyan
Fabiano appeared to have his work cut out for him early in the bout when Stepanyan dropped the Canada-trained fighter. However, Fabiano brought the fight back to it’s feet and accomplished a takedown of his own. Fabiano worked for position and latched on to an arm. Stepanyan tried with his entire mite to avoid losing, but once his elbow popped he was forced to tap.
Fabiano picked up the victory via armbar in Round 1 and secured a spot in the Bellator Season 7 featherweight tournament semifinals. Following the match Fabiano told cageside commentator Jimmy Smith that he wants to be a champion in Bellator and is comfortable competing at 145 pounds again, as opposed to the bantamweight division.
Shahbulat Shamhalaev defeated Cody Bollinger via TKO in a flawless performance.
Bollinger spent the majority of the fight absorbing punishment from the Russian. After beating up Bollinger on his feet for the first bit, Shamhalaev took the contest to the mat and finished the bout at 4:49 on Round 1. The performance left the fans anticipating what Shamhalaev will bring in the Bellator Season 7 featherweight tournament semifinals.
The night’s action began with a lightning fast finish when Mike Richman put away Jeremy Spoon, less than half a minute into Round 1.
Referee John McCarthy gave the fighters the go ahead nod to engage in battle and the fight commenced. Richman landed a head-kick that knocked out Spoon at just 23 seconds into the first round. Richman advanced to the Bellator Season 7 featherweight semifinals with the quick win.
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This week hosts Amy Barton and Alex Donno, along with guest host John Petit, keep it all Bellator, plus some royalty is in the house.
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (Twitter: @KingMoFH) , Bellator’s most anticipated acquisition, joins Barton and Donno to talk about his upcoming debut in Bellator and Impact Wrestling. “King Mo” is a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, US Olympic wrestling alternate and, not to mention, one bad ass mofo.
Richard Hale (Twitter: @RichRareBreed) is also on the panel this week and he will talk about his upcoming bout against Mike Wessel in the Bellator Season 7 heavyweight tournament. Hale, a former light heavyweight, is expected to progress to the top of Bellator’s heavyweight division in this season.
The Punch Drunk crew will also talk about the recent past, present and future of MMA. Don’t miss it, son.
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Hey Jon, What do you think will cost more? Your hospital tab or the settlement you made with the two broads from the backseat?@jonnybones
You made them disappear but I’m not going anywhere Johnny!!
Dana White @danawhite
not true, we cut king mo and his manager came back to us and asked If WE wanted to match and we said no. Reb is wrong
Dana White @danawhite
the right is in the contract but when u cut a guy u dont fuck with him when he is trying to make a living. Bad s— it’s dirty as u can get in the fight biz to do that to a guy
Dana White @danawhite
I don’t have an opinion one way or the other. Has been a quiet guy doing his thing. I have no problems with (Rebney). Bellator ended up not matching the best offer Nam received, so this is one where it all ends well.
My 1st hard day! I am ready 2 fight,1week notice. I’ll fight anyone 185 or 170. Sick of this sitting around shit. Lets go. Who wants some?
Accidentally ripped this off trying to open the hatch. Guess my grip is as good as everyone says. pic.twitter.com/dKSZrjRa
The UFC just announced that Stefan Struve is actually 3 members of Team Alpha Male standing on one another. #UFC
Hmmm… This one may take a while. None of the bags are numbered either. pic.twitter.com/JjzWNHhS
Steven Seagal just took credit for Duane Ludwig’s knee injury. #UFC
“If I could find a weakness or work him over on the ground, that’s great. But if I can’t and I’m forced to fight one of those blood-and-gut fights – I know he’s really accurate with his strikes. I know that. I’m going to get hit. I just need to keep pushing forward. That’s what I do.”
- Stephan Bonnar told mmajunkie.com that he is going to fight like the typical “American Psycho” when he faces Anderson Silva at UFC 152.
“It would be an interesting karate duel but I don’t know at what weight we would do it. If it is at 185lbs, I will go for it.”
- Lyoto Machida admitted to Fighters Only that he would be willing to meet UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in a middleweight showdown.
“It’s tough seeing the fighters going out when you know you can’t go in there. I don’t know if the competitor ever leaves you. It’s tough dialing it down. … There are times I’ve had to turn down the intensity and just be a normal human being on fight night.”
- Kenny Florian explained to mmajunkie.com, how difficult it is to watch MMA and not want to compete, since he has retired.
“This is the first time I’ve ever said this to anybody and I don’t think anybody knows except for my wife because she was there when I went through this. I was contemplating going to the military. In the very beginning of my career I was working full-time and also training, but at the same time there was no assurance that you’ll be taking care of for the rest of your life. I was contemplating going to the army because I felt if you went to the army you would have full benefits and be taken care of. That’s what you could say that was the low point of my career, but one of my coaches was like, ‘You know, if you go to the army you won’t have the time to fight or train or do anything you want. Wherever they tell you to go, you’re going to go and you can’t say no other ifs, ands or buts.’ So, I would say that was the lowest point of my life, when I was contemplating giving up mixed martial arts. I was getting ready to say screw it, because I had to take care of my family.”
- Demetrious Johnson admitted to MMA DieHards that he nearly quit MMA and joined the army instead.
“I’ll still be training at Tristar. But I have to do things my way. At the end of the day, I’m the one getting in the cage and taking the risk and I’m the one making the final call.”
- Rory MacDonald told Fuel TV that it’s time he does things his way.
“I’ll be honest, it’s not just because I lost $65,000 dollars. It’s not because I’m not going to see that. Looking at the moves as a technician, judging as a technician, as a professional, as a grappler, my move was ten times more difficult, and you know, way more impressive than his move. Maybe that’s how people judge. Maybe they judge how big the fight is, maybe they judge the fighter as well. Who knows?”
- Vinny Magalhaes told mmafightcorner that his submission at UFC 152 was more impressive and deserving of “Submission of the Night” than Jones’, the fighter who did win it.
“Bellator has gotten bigger, and the Spike TV alliance and the Viacom acquisition have opened up a lot of doors with us. With the demise of the WECs and Afflictions, and with all the troubles that Strikeforce is having, there are less and less alternatives.
“Now there are only two. There’s still a huge number of world-class fighters around the world who are looking for a place with huge television alliances to ply their trade.”
- Bjorn Rebney told USA Today that Bellator and the UFC are the best options for a professional mixed martial artist nowadays.
“I have a lot of new skills I’ve picked up this year and haven’t used yet. I could put Sadollah on his back and choke him out if I want to. Then again, the left hook might take over the day and put him to bed instead.”
- Dan Hardy told MMA DieHards he intended to use a number of newly acquired techniques to defeat Amir Sadollah.
“I think everyone in all due respect just needs to calm down Chris Weidman just because he’s undefeated. He’s undefeated because he’s beaten a bunch of bums. He’s only had about seven fights. I’ve had nearly 30 fights. I’ve been in the UFC when he was still in school probably. So I got nothing against Chris Weidman, but I don’t see him as the Great White Hope that’s going to come in and destroy Anderson Silva. He’s just another middle of the road UFC fighter as far as I’m concerned.”
- Michael Bisping talked to mmafightcorner about the UFC rising star, Chris Weidman.
“It f—ing makes me sick. Listen, you don’t want big opportunities, I hear you. I get it, then. All I can say is, I guess he doesn’t want big opportunities. I get it. Duly noted.
“He wants to fight a guy who weighs 205, but doesn’t want to fight the guy who’s the real heavyweight, the legitimate guy who’s ranked. And Mitrione’s not getting any younger.”
- Dana White confirmed with mmajunkie.com that Matt Mitrione neglected to fight Daniel Cormier, and apparently the UFC president is not happy with “Meathead’s” choice.
“I don’t respect that guy. I don’t like him. I just think he’s disrespectful. He’ll talk all kinds of sh*t behind your back and stuff, but then when he’s at my face, all he wanted to do was talk about the UFC contracts to me. I’m like, ‘Who are you, man? Get out of my face.’ I’m just not up for that type of bullsh*t. I hate people that when you turn around, they’re stabbing you in the back, and when you’re back at their face, they’re trying to be your best friend. That doesn’t work for me. There’s nobody else I want to fight more. I can’t wait to fight this guy. I’m excited that he’ll be the first guy I get to punch when I get back to action.
“Listen, Roy is a talented fighter. Could he be a lot better? I think he could if he would actually be serious about it, and have coaches he would listen to, and things like that. I’m pretty sure he’s uncoachable. He just likes to hear himself talk and tell everybody how great he is.”
- Shane Carwin was a guest on TapouT Radio, and “The Ultimate Fighter 16” coach shared his opinion on the opposing coach, Roy Nelson.
“I don’t really understand how you fly out to Africa, look out on the savannah, look at those animals and go ‘You know, I want to kill that.’ I can’t make sense of that in my head. For someone who’s a self-proclaimed good-guy Christian, it just doesn’t calculate. He’s getting his morals mixed up somewhere. He really needs to have a look at himself and question what he’s doing.
“Hunting for food, that’s one thing, but going out and shooting…I mean on that blog he was out there for what, two weeks? And he shot fifty animals. I don’t think he’s going to eat that, let’s be honest. He’s not my kind of person.”
- Hardy gave his thoughts on Matt Hughes’s hunting photos via Fighters Only.
Bellator 74 initiated the Bellator Season 7 welterweight tournament and produced four clear-cut semifinalists.
The night’s main event wasn’t exactly spectacular, but Lyman Good managed to advance in the Bellator Season 7 welterweight tournament with a victory over Jim Wallhead.
Good and Wallhead put on a lackluster main event. In fact, the biggest blows of the bout were two groin shots absorbed by Wallhead. Good was deducted a point in the last round after connecting with Wallhead’s gentiles for a second time, nonetheless, he was still able to secure a unanimous decision. All three officials scored the contest 29-27 for Good.
Marius Zaromskis bested Nordine Taleb, but not without some serious effort.
Taleb executed hard body and leg kicks from the get go. Zaromskis dealt with the punishment, but after a short while he dropped the Montreal native with a spinning back-fist. Zaromskis took the back of Taleb, but couldn’t manage to gain any sort of advantageous position. The two mixed martial artists traded punches and kicks for the remainder of the round, aside from Zaromskis clinching against the cage, seeking a takedown to capture the round.
Zaromskis dropped Taleb with one punch and pounced on his downed opponent. Taleb used instinct and attempted a triangle-choke, but it was mostly for defense. The two combatants made it back to their feet and Taleb unleashed more of his wicked body kicks.
The third frame was fairly equal on the judges’ scorecard until Zaromskis accomplished a takedown. He worked from top position, but the two combatants made their way to their feet, once again. The competiveness took a turn when Zaromskis landed a head kick that clearly stunned Taleb. Zaromskis threw a spinning back-fist that completely missed, as Taleb ducked and achieved a takedown of his own and they grappled as time ended in the bout.
It was a tough match to score, but Zaromskis edged out a decision with the judges scoring the fight 30-27, 29-28 for the Lithuanian.
Aside from an illegal blow, Michail Tsarev displayed textbook mixed martial art skills defeating Tim Welch.
Welch was caught in a guillotine-choke that just about ended the fight early on, but he toughed it out and escaped. As Welch took a brief moment to regroup, Tsarev smoked the American with an up-kick that sent him back. The blow was illegal and Welch needed a minute to compose himself, meanwhile, Tsarev had referee Dan Miragliotta explain the rules.
The second frame exhibited a classic grappler vs. striker match, as Welch tried to keep it standing, and Tsarev was all about the ground. After a couple of unsuccessful takedowns by Tsarev, he eventually got the bout to the mat. Tsarev wasn’t long latching on to Welch’s neck and securing a rear-naked choke and finishing the bout at 1:56 in the second frame.
To kick off the Bellator Season 7 welterweight tournament, Jordan Smith and Andre Koreshkov clashed.
Koreshkov wasn’t long throwing a spinning back-kick that connected, but within moments Smith returned the favor and planted a foot in the abdomen of the Russian. As the bout hit the canvas, Smith attempted a darce choke, but Koreshkov escaped and unleashed a series of punches to the downed American until the horn sounded.
Round 2 saw Smith take Koreshkov’s back immediately. It appeared Smith was on the verge of completing a rear-naked choke, but Koreshkov defended relentlessly and blasted his opponent with vicious ground and pound to finish the second frame.
Koreshkov came out the aggressor in Round 3, yet Smith was the one having success in the striking department early on. However, Smith’s gas tank was visibly on empty, so Koreshkov didn’t ease up on the pressure. Koreshkov dominated the final minutes of the match and stayed undefeated, winning with a score of 29-28 on all judges’ scorecards.
Episode 125 - Sheriff of Funny Town
Stand up comedians Luis J. Gomez, Kris Tinkle, and Julian Vance talk MMA news and rumors! On this brand-spankin’ new episode, they discuss UFC 152 in great detail, Strikeforce’s cancellation of this weekends Melendez vs. Healy card, Frank Mir’s injury, Dana White vs. Bjorn Rebney, Anthony Johnson’s current winning streak, UFC on FUEL TV 5 picks, and more! Most importantly, Kris declares himself “Sheriff of Funny Town”. Not news: Luis is angry, as usual.