It’s the fourth week of Bellator Season 4 and time for the light heavyweights take center stage. Coming to us live from Harrah’s Tunica Hotel and Casino in Tunica, Mississippi it’s Bellator 38 , and, as always, FiveOuncesofPain.com will bring you live results including a round by round recap of all the televised action.
The event kicks off at a special start time of 7:00 PM EST on MTV2.
Battling it out for a chance to be crowned Bellator’s inaugural light heavyweight champ are Tim Carpenter, Daniel Gracie, D.J. Linderman, Raphael Davis, Richard Hale, Nik Fekete, Chris Davis, and Christian M’Pumbu.
PRELIMINARY CARD (Unaired)
Amaechi Oselukwue def. Abe Wilson via Unanimous Decision
Blagio Ivanov def. William Penn via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Chris Donovan def. Brian Albin via Unanimous Decision
Austin Lyons def. Jimmy Van Horn via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Jake Underwood def. Tim Galluzzi via Submission Round 1 (Triangle Choke)
MAIN CARD (MTV2 – 7:00 PM EST)
Chris Davis vs. Christian M’Pumbu
Round One: M’Pumbu damaged Davis early with strikes but Davis pressed forward and got a takedown. Davis had the back and mount on M’Pumbu and landed some good punches but M’Pumbu did a nice job regaining guard and going for a triangle. M’Pumbu couldn’t quite fully lock it up though and Davis was able to posture out of it. The round ended with Davis on top but not doing anything. Close round. M’Pumbu did more damage and was closer to finishing but Davis had the better positions and longer control. Slight edge to Davis. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Davis.
Round Two: Davis got an early takedown and got the back of M’Pumbu but M’Pumbu rolled into a kneebar. Davis was able to escape though and regain back control. M’Pumbu got to half guard, ate a couple of hammerfists, but then got back side control on Davis. Davis stood with M’Pumbu on his back and then ended up on top as M’Pumbu tried to drag him down. The round ended with Davis fending off a triangle attempt. Pretty lackluster round but Davis controlled most of it. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Davis.
Round Three: M’Pumbu busted the nose of Davis early, sprawled on a takedown, and then got back side control on Davis. M’Pumbu landed some short punches but Davis managed to work his way to his feet, where he ate some more punches, and then went for a takedown that M’Pumbu stuffed. M’Pumbu once again got back side control on Davis where he landed more punches and a couple of knees to the body. M’Pumbu landed two punches to the side of the head and Davis went limp so the ref jumped in to stop things. The stoppage looked very strange live as M’Pumbu wasn’t overwhelming him with strikes but on replay you could see Davis go out for a second. Davis didn’t complain about the stoppage either.
Result: Christian M’Pumbu def. Chris Davis via TKO Round 3 (Punches)
Richard Hale vs. Nik Fekete
Round One: Hale did a nice job working his jab early but Fekete got a takedown. Hale scrambled and locked up an inverted triangle and Fekete went out cold. It was very similar to Toby Imada’s inverted triangle on Jorge Masvidal except these guys are much bigger.
Result: Richard Hale def. Nik Fekete via Technical Submission Round 1 (Inverted Triangle)
D.J. Linderman vs. Raphael Davis
Round One: Davis got a plum clinch early and landed some heavy knees. Linderman fired back with some dirty boxing though. Davis kept landing brutal knees but Linderman was able to time one and get a takedown. Davis was right back up though. Linderman had success with his striking from the outside but every time Davis could get close and clinch, he roughed up Linderman with knees. Linderman wobbled Davis with a left hook and then tried to finish with a guillotine but Davis escaped and landed some punches on top as the round ended. Good first round with a slight edge going to Davis based on the closing moments. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Linderman.
Round Two: Linderman caught Davis early with a series of left hands before getting a takedown. Davis was right back up though. Linderman continued to tag Davis with big lefts and again wobbled him. Linderman sprawled on a takedown but Davis ended up in full mount after a scramble. Davis got the back of Linderman and roughed him up with punches but Linderman turned into the guard of Davis. Linderman tried to finish with a kimura but the round ended just as he got side control. Good round for Linderman. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Linderman.
Round Three: Linderman once again had success with the left hand. Davis took a knee to the groin, which caused a long break in the action, but he fought on. Linderman continued to tag Davis with the straight left. Davis fired back with punches of his own though. Davis got wobbled a number of times before falling down. Linderman finished him with punches on the ground.
Result: D.J. Linderman def. Raphael Davis via TKO Round 3 (Punches)
Tim Carpenter vs. Daniel Gracie
Round One: Carpenter dropped Gracie early with a right hand but survived and trapped Carpenter in his guard. Carpenter moved to half guard, where he didn’t do much damage but did have control. Carpenter slipped to mount with just under two minutes in the round. Carpenter went for an armbar as Gracie tried to buck him off but Gracie slipped out and ended up on top. Gracie pounded away and almost got caught in another armbar but managed to escape again as the round ended. Good round for Carpenter. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Carpenter.
Round Two: Gracie started the round aggressive but Carpenter slowed him down with a clinch and roughed him up with dirty boxing. The fight went to the ground and Carpenter got back side control but Gracie scrambled out and ended up on top. Gracie stood over Carpenter and ate an up kick, which rocked him. Carpenter went for a kimura off his back but Gracie fought out. Gracie finished the round on top but didn’t really do anything. Close round but Carpenter did more damage and was closer to finishing. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Carpenter.
Round Three: Carpenter dropped Gracie with a left hook and then went into his guard. Gracie went for an omoplata and used it to sweep Carpenter over and into side control. Gracie went for an armbar, couldn’t finish, but stayed on top and opened up a cut near the left eye of Carpenter. The round ended with Gracie on top. Relatively close round although Gracie has more control and finished strong. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Gracie but the fight 29-28 for Carpenter.
Result: Tim Carpenter def. Daniel Gracie via Split Decision