Lisa Ward may have called Irish 125-pounder Aisling Daly a “bully” earlier this week, but in the end it was Ward who pushed Daly around for three rounds en route to a unanimous decision win over the previously undefeated fighter. The win brought Ward’s record to 14-5 and earned her a spot in the semi-final round of Bellator Fighting Championships‘ women’s tournament. Ward joins pound-for-pound great Megumi Fujii, always-intimidating Zoila Frausto, and American Top Team’s Jessica Aguilar as the final four females standing in the competition.
Also in tournament action, though of a very different size and nature, heavyweights Mike “300” Hayes and Alexey Oleinik fought to a split decision which saw the Russian walk away with his hands raised. Oleinik is now 28-5-1 as a professional with twenty-three of his wins coming by way of submission.
Here is a complete rundown of results from Bellator 26…
Jen Chiles def. Demetrius Richards via Submission Round 2 (Kimura)
John Ott def. Brian Imes via Unanimous Decision
Steve Carl def. Tyler Stinson via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Kevin Croom def. Brian Davidson via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Zak Cummings def. Rudy Bears via Submission Round 1 (Brabo Choke)
Lisa Ward def. Aisling Daly via Unanimous Decision
Jose Vega def. Danny Tims via Unanimous Decision
Alexey Oleinik def. Mike Hayes via Split Decision