After struggling for the past few years to solidify an opportunity at promotional gold, talented welterweight Jay Hieron has finally procured his position as top contender and will see championship action in the near future due to a hard-fought Split Decision over fellow Season 4 Tournament finalist Rick Hawn tonight at Bellator 43.
The two 170ers battled it out for fifteen minutes on their feet with Hieron circling throughout and Hawn seemingly landing more of the damage. However, when everything was said and done it was “The Thoroughbred” who walked away with a crack at Ben Askren’s belt and a $100,000 check for his efforts.
Debuting 135er Chase Beebe made his case for a future title-shot with a first round submission of opponent Jose Vega after eventually locking in one of a number of attempted Guillotine Chokes. With the win Beebe earned a spot in the Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament.
Fellow newcomer Joe Riggs did not fare as well as Beebe, as he ended up suffering a second-round TKO to Bryan Baker after a valiant effort leading up to the finish. Also notable was Baker’s decision to propose to his girlfriend after the victory to which she jubilantly accepted. Five Ounces of Pain would like to extend their congratulations to the couple and wish them the best in the future!
Read below for a complete list of Bellator 43 results:
Michael Osborn def. Mike Schatz via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
David Rickles def. Rich Bouphanouvong via Submission Round 2 (Triangle Choke)
Ron Sparks def. Vince Lucero via Submission Round 1 (Keylock)
Chase Beebe def. Jose Vega via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Bryan Baker def. Joe Riggs via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Jay Hieron def. Rick Hawn via Split Decision
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