While there’s no doubt the spotlight is on FOX tonight for the UFC’s historic debut on network television, Bellatoralso put on a solid show worth at least the effort to record or watch when it replays tonight at 11:00 PM EST.
Bellator 57 was highlighted by a pair of Season 5 Tournament finals featuring a quartet of respected competitors
In one match-up, middleweights Alexander Shlemenko and Vitor Vianna duked it out. Shlemenko, who went the distance against 185-pound champion Hector Lombard after winning an earlier season tournament, found his sixth straight win since the loss, while Wand Fight Team staple Vianna made it clear he’s more than just a BJJ expert with a sub-minute knockout of Bryan Baker last month in the semifinal round but came up short to the Russian, losing on the judges’ scorecards.
On the other side, UFC veteran Ben Saunders looked sharp early against highly-touted youngster Douglas Lima the next victim on his run towards a date with welterweight title-holder Ben Askren but got stopped with strikes after a solid opening round.
Here is a full list of Bellator 57 results:
Taylor Solomon def. Mike Sledzion via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Josh Shockley def. Eric Moon via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Denis Puric def. Chuck Mady via TKO Round 2 (Retirement)
Dave Jansen def. Ashkan Morvari via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Matt Van Buren def. Shawn Levesque via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Chris Horodecki Majority Draws with Mike Corey
Alexandre Bezerra def. Douglas Evans via Submission Round 1 (Heel Hook)
Roger Hollett def. John Hawk via Split Decision
Alexander Shlemenko def. Vitor Vianna via Unanimous Decision
Douglas Lima def. Ben Saunders via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
PHOTO CREDIT – BELLATOR