Despite the failure of Thiago Santos to make the heavyweight limit for his Bellator 62 headliner against Eric Prindle, the card didn’t lose a lick of entertainment value given the octet of outstanding lightweights competing earlier at this evening’s event in hopes of moving on to the semifinal round of the Season 6 155-pound tournament. Participants included sensational scrapper Patricky Freire, Olympic judoka Rick Hawn, former welterweight stand-out Brent Weedman, and more.
The night was full of finishing performances including that of tournament veteran Lloyd Woodard who bested Freire by way of submission in the early moments of their headliner’s second stanza. While the stoppage itself was unexpected an exciting, the first five minutes of the fight were as gripping as any fight’s in 2012 after the two went back and forth with each absorbing a good deal of damage.
Joining Woodard in the final four from Season 6 were Hawn, Weedman, and Thiago Michel who himself pulled off a mild upset by beating Rene Nazare. Hawn and Weedman both looked sharp in their lightweight debuts, ending their opponents’ evenings via submission and knockout respectively.
The next round’s match-ups will take place at Bellator 66 on April 20 and will feature Michel-Weedman and Hawn-Woodard.
Read below for a full list of winners/losers from Bellator 62:
Luis Vega def. Sonny Luque via Submission Round 1 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Chris Jones def. Steven Peterson via Split Decision
Rad Martinez def. Douglas Frey via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Sean Spencer def. Joseph Daily via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Dave Jansen def. Jacob Kirwan via Unanimous Decision
Thiago Michel def. Rene Nazare via Split Decision
Brent Weedman def. J.J. Ambrose via Submission Round 2 (Shoulder Choke)
Rick Hawn def. Ricardo Tirloni via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Lloyd Woodard def. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire via Submission Round 2 (Kimura)