After helping carry the promotion since its inception, lightweight Eddie Alvarez may have been taking to the Bellator cage for the final time tonight with free agency looming beyond the bout. If it was indeed his last hurrah, the 23-3 former champion certainly went out on a high note despite opponent Patricky Freire’s commendable effort.
The main event match-up lived up to its billing with both men injuring the other early in the first frame. After a few heated exchanges and some clinch-work, Alvarez ended up landing a perfectly-placed headkick sending “Pitbull” to the canvas. On the way down, Alvarez delivered another stiff shot and one more on the mat for good measure to earn the knockout win with less than a ten seconds remaining in the round.
Also scheduled for Bellator 76, an octet of featherweights will face off in the opening round of the promotion’s Season 7 tournament with the field including names like Wagnney Fabiano, Jeremy Spoon, Nazareno Malegarie, and Rad Martinez. Three of the four quarterfinal clashes ended in the opening round of action with Fabiano, Mike Richman, and Shabulat Shamhalaev all advancing to the final four. The lone exception was Martinez who stood with Malegarie throughout the bulk of the match-up and notched a decision win thinks to precise striking and some timely takedowns.
Check below for a full breakdown of Bellator 76 results:
Jason Fischer def. Kyle Prepolec via Submission Round 3 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Chad Laprise def. Ainsley Robinson via Unanimous Decision
Dom O’Grady def. A.J. Matthews via Split Decision
Shabulat Shamhalaev def. Cody Bollinger via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Magomedrasul Khasbulaev def. Nayeb Hezam via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Ali Mokdad def. Simon Marini via Unanimous Decision
Mike Richman def. Jeremy Spoon via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Wagnney Fabiano def. Akop Stepanyan via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Rad Martinez def. Nazareno Malegarie via Unanimous Decision
Eddie Alvarez def. Patricky Freire via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
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