Bellator 78 Results:
Former Bellator Welterweight champ Lyman Good punched his ticket to the season 7 tournament finals with a second round technical knockout of Michail Tsarev as the Bellator 78 main event on Friday.
The stoppage came with a bit of controversy as Tsarev was finished while complaining about an illegal eye poke to the referee. The ref did not see the poke by Good and ended up not intervening.
Regardless, Bellator’s first welterweight champ put on a dominating performance throughout the bout and will now get a chance to reclaim his belt.
Facing him in the tournament finals will be Andrey Koreshkov who quickly finished MMA veteran Marius Zaromskis in the show’s co-main event.
Korshkov dropped Zaromskis with a heavy left hook early in the first round followed by what I thought to be excessive ground-and-pound before the ref stepped in the end the barrage. Korshov advances to 12-0 and will prove to be a dangerous opponent for Good in the tournament finals.
Other big results from Friday night include a first round reak naked choke win by Daniel Straus over Alvin Robinson and the successful return of women’s champ Zoila Gurgel, who defeated Casey Noland in a non-title fight that was controversially placed on the show’s preliminary card.
After the bout, Gurgel made nice with Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney for all the feuding that happened leading into the card:
Zoila Frausto Gurgel (@ZoilaGurgel) October 27, 2012
Check out highlights from the action in the video above and the full results from Friday below:
Welterweight Tournament Semi-Finals:
Lyman Good def. Michail Tsarev via TKO (strikes)–Round 2, 3:54
Andrey Koreshkov def. Marius Zaromskis via TKO (strikes)–Round 1, 2:14
Daniel Straus def. Alvin Robinson via submission (rear-naked choke)–Round 1, 4:51
Brian Rogers def. Dominique Steele via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Zoila Gurgel def. Casey Noland via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jason Butcher vs. Shaun Asher via submission (guillotine choke)–Round 1, 1:32
Billy Horne def. Trey Houston via submission (rear-naked choke)– Round 1, 3:30
Mikkel Parlo def. Jared Combs via TKO (strikes)–Round 1, 3:51
Rob Hanna def. Rocky Edwards via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Justin McNally def. David Blattman via submission (triangle choke)–Round 1, 0:38
Cage Warriors 49 Results:
In some MMA action from across the pond, Boston-born and Dublin-raised Cathal Pendred edged out a close decision to defeat Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Bruno “BC” Carvalho in the main event of Saturday’s Cage Warriors 49 in Cardiff, Wales.
Pendred survived a flurry of submission attempts in the second round and came back with a vengeance in the final frame to squeak out the unanimous decision win. Pendred is now expected to get the next crack at welterweight champ Gael Grimaud.
The card, broadcast by MMAJunkie.com, featured a ton of great European MMA action. Check out the full results below:
Cathal Pendred def. Bruno Carvalho via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Tim Newman def. Greg Loughran via submission (guillotine choke)–Round 1, 4:45
Faycal Hucin def. John Michael Sheil via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Merv Mulholland def. Daniel Thomas via submission (triangle choke)–Round 1, 1:22
Paul Redmond def. Lewis Long via submission (rear-naked choke)–Round 2, 3:34
Alan Philpott def. Kris Edwards via submission (rear-naked choke)–Round 1, 3:53
Lee Caers def. Kevin Reed via TKO (strikes)–Round 2, 4:52
Martin McDonough def. Dino Gambatesa via submission (armbar)–Round 1, 1:53
Neil Seery def. Karl Harrison via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Brett Johns defeats Sam Gilbert via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
New England Fights! Adds Fleming vs. Green to Nov. 17 Card
New England Fights! (NEF) announced via a press release this weekend that they are adding a catchweight bout between two of New England’s top pro prospects to its Nov. 17 card.
“Fight Night V”, which will be held in Lewiston, ME, will now feature a 150lb fight between one-time Bellator vet Brandon Fleming of SSSF and Dez Green of Team Bombsquad.
“Dez Green was initially supposed to meet Jamie Harrison on this card to crown the first-ever Maine State Lightweight Champion,” stated NEF co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo. “Unfortunately, Jamie was injured in training, leaving Dez without an opponent. That’s when Brandon Fleming’s coach stepped in, requesting the fight with Dez. This is a great fight added to an already-solid fight card.”
Fleming is coming off a tough loss to Rob Font as the main event at Cage Titans “Victorious” in Plymouth earlier this month. Font edged out a decision, serving Fleming his first loss as a professional.
Check out the rest of the fight card here.
Sandro Says He’s Fighting in RI; UFC, Bellator Make Fight Announcements
This weekend, featherweight veteran Marlon Sandro said that he is fighting Dustin Neace when Bellator comes to Kingston, RI for Bellator 81.
Officials have yet to confirm the bout, but the possible addition of Sandro should be exciting news for New England fans. Bellator has confirmed that tournament finalist Good and Korshkov will square off in the finals at Bellator 82.
In other news from the weekend, the UFC announced that a bout between Constantinos Philippou and Nick Ring is being promoted to the main card of UFC 154 while a planned battle between Chad Griggs and Cyrille Diabate is being demoted to the preliminary card.