Bellator Fighting Championships is doing their part tonight in treating MMA fans to a block of action with Bellator 37 and a special start-time of 7:00 PM EST in order to allow enthusiasts to catch live results from the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament before flipping over to take in UFC 128‘s offerings upon its conclusion. As always, Five Ounces of Pain will be here throughout to bring you a breakdown as things unfold in Concho, Oklahoma including final results.
Set to step out of the quarter-final round and into the semis are a group of immensely talented 145-pounders comprised of Eric Larkin, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Wilson Reis, Nazareno Malegarie, Kenny Foster, Zac George, Daniel Straus, and Georgi Karakhanyan.
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised)
Brandon Shelton def. Adam Snook via Submission Round 1 (Arm Triangle)
Roli Delgado def. Jameel Massouh via Unanimous Decision
Jeremy Spoon def. Jerrod Sanders via Submission Round 2 (Rear Naked Choke)
Jake Rosholt def. John Bryant via Technical Submission Round 1 (Rear Naked Choke)
MAIN CARD (MTV2 – 7:00 PM EST)
Eric Larkin vs. Kenny Foster
Fight Recap: Foster caught Larkin early in the first round with a knee as Larkin shot in to open up a nasty cut. After stuffing multiple takedowns, Foster locked on a guillotine choke for the win late in the first round.
Result: Kenny Foster def. Eric Larkin via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Daniel Straus vs. Nazareno Malegarie
Fight Recap: First round was all Malegarie. He had back control for nearly three minutes then landed some knees in the clinch late in the round. The second round was much closer. Malegarie was dropped early but he survived and went for a variety of submissions. Straus fought them all off though and then landed some good shots on the feet. Third round was very close. Straus did more damage on the feet but Malegarie hung with him. Neither man could secure a good takedown despite multiple attempts from both. Close fight overall with some good action.
Result: Daniel Straus def. Nazareno Malegari via Unanimous Decision
Zac George vs. Wilson Reis
Fight Recap: Dominant performance by Reis. He dropped George with a flurry, battered him on the ground a bit, then got his back and sunk in a rear naked choke for the victory.
Result: Wilson Reis def. Zac George via Submission Round 1 (Rear Naked Choke)
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Patricio Freire
Fight Recap: Close first round with Karakhanyan getting the better of the stand up exchanges but Freire scoring with a couple of takedowns. Freire did nothing with the takedowns though. Second round was close early with both men landing good strikes but Freire controlling the clinch. Late in the round Freire got the back of Karakhanyan and controlled him for the final moments. Freire took it to Karakhanyan early in the third, dropped him, and pounded him out for the win.
Result: Patricio Freire def. Georgi Karakhanyan via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)