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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

  • dpk says:

    I was reading on the Bellator web-site, it said that these guys have exclusive contracts with Ballator, I imagine that is only for the duration of the tourny. Does anyone know if this guy is a free agent now, I’m sure WEC is very interested in adding Joe Soto to it’s mix at 145, and I’d love to see him in that division.

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  • dpk says:

    Also, I’ve heard that they got picked up for a second season on ESPNDeportes, does anyone know if they are going to have the same weight classes, or if maybe they will throw in a 135, 205, or 265 tourny?

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