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Joe Soto Earns $100,000 and First Bellator Championship

After defeating Ben Greer and featherweight tournament favorite Wilson Reis leading up to last night’s Bellator event, Joe Soto has become the promotion’s first ever champion.

Soto took it to Yahir Reyes in the featherweight finals, brutalizing him with ground and pound in the first before eventually sinking in the game ending rear-naked choke in the second.

The event took place on Friday at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, California and airs tonight via one-day delay on ESPN Deportes.

Soto earned the championship strap and a $100,00 bonus check for his troubles which brings his overall earning in his three fights with Bellator up to $175,000. Not too shabby.

The full results from last night’s event are listed below:

Wilson Reis def. Roberto Vargas via split decision
Bryan Baker def. Matt Horwich via unanimous decision
Diego Garijo def. Saad Awad via submission – Round 1, 4:45
Israel Giron def. Phillip Brown via submission – Round 1, 2:42
Travis Browne def. Mychal Clark via unanimous decision
Jesse Juarez def. Mikey Gomez via unanimous decision
Nick Moghaddam def. Lamar Jiles via disqualification (illegal knee strike) – Round 2, 4:14