Bellator is back with one of their trademark tourneys, this time a featherweight affair featuring eight of the sport’s top 145ers including Marlon Sandro, Pat Curran, and Ronnie Mann. Bellator 46 marks the first of the promotion’s three-card “Summer Series” where a top contender will come away with a crack at Joe Warren‘s championship and a six-figure paycheck.
All four of the quarter-final favorites advanced to the next round with three finishing performances in the bunch. Mann knocked adversary Adam Schindler out with a series of strikes on the ground after putting him on his kiester with a well-timed left hook, while Nazareno Malegarie lived up to his grappling credentials with a third-round Guillotine Choke of Jacob Devree.
Also worth noting, Curran’s return to 145-pounds was a highly successful one after scoring a Peruvian Neck-Tie submission over Peruvian opponent Luis Palamino.
After the event CEO Bjorn Rebney announced the semi-finals will involve Mann vs. Curran and Malegarie vs. Sandro.
Read below for a list of Bellator 46 results:
Dan Cramer def. Josh Samman via Unanimous Decision
Alexandre Bezerra def. Sam Jones via Submission Round 1 (Triangle Choke)
Tony Johnson Jr. def. Derrick Lewis via Unanimous Decision
Jessica Aguilar def. Carla Esparza via Split Decision
Ronnie Mann def. Adam Schindler via KO Round 1 (Punches)
Nazareno Malegarie def. Jacob Devree via Submission Round 3 (Guillotine Choke)
Marlon Sandro def. Genair da Silva via Split Decision
Pat Curran def. Luis Palomino via Submission Round 1 (Peruvian Neck-Tie)