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Bellator 70 Results: Cole Konrad retains title with first round submission

It’s been an action-packed Season 6 for Bellator and tonight’s finale continued the trend with a card featuring a semifinal scrap between bantamweights Luis Nogueira-Hiroshi Nakamura, a fantastic lightweight final involving Rick Hawn-Brent Weedman, and a long overdue title-fight between heavyweight champion Cole Konrad and tournament winner Eric Prindle.

Konrad came out strong, taking the overmatched Prindle down and submitting him with a quick Kimra to push his record thus far in MMA to 9-0 since transitioning from a career on the mat as an accomplished amateur wrestler. The win also snapped Prindle’s streak of seven straight since losing his professional debut four years ago including five finishes in comparison to Konrad’s five decisions.

Nogueira looked strong as well, avoiding the takedown attempts of Nakamura to damage him in the second and third round where he ultimately finished the job with a beautifully timed combination.

In other tournament action, though Hawn and Weedman’s bout didn’t feature a stoppage it was entertaining all the same. In the end Hawn came away with a decision win after doing the bulk of the damage early with strikes and outlasting a third-round resurgence by Weedman.

The organization also announced featherweight champ Pat Curran will defend his belt against Patricio “Pitbull” Freire on August 24 with Bryan Baker-Karl Amoussou sorting out the promotion’s next welterweight contender on the same show.

Read below for a full list of Bellator 70 outcomes followed by highlights from the show:

Kevin Tiller def. Jeremiah Riggs via Verbal Submission Round 3 (Kimura)
Derek Arcement def. Blake Dufour via Unanimous Decision
Jonas Billstein def. Mike Seal via Technical Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
A.J. Matthews def. Charlie Rader via Knockout Round 2 (Head Kick)
Rich Clementi def. Derek Campos via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Luis Nogueira def. Hiroshi Nakamura via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)
Cole Konrad def. Eric Prindle via Submission Round 1 (Kimura)
Rick Hawn def. Brent Weedman via Unanimous Decision