It was a double-bill of MMA for hardcore fans tonight, as Bellator closed out Season 7 and a successful run on MTV2 before heading to Spike TV in style thanks to Bellator 84 where a new heavyweight champion was crowned.
The title-tilt between Alexnder Volkov-Richard Hale didn’t quite deliver fireworks with neither truly living up to their respective reputations. Volkov held a career mark of 18-3 with fourteen TKOs entering the affair, while the 21-4-1 Hale had combined for eighteen stoppages during his run in the ring. However, their match-up ultimately went the distance and no near-finishes were seen. The resulting decision went to Volkov after the Russian won the required rounds with some crisp stand-up and superior ground work.
Unfortunately, a co-headlining clash between Dave Jansen-Marcin Held was cancelled after State officials stepped in due to Held’s age. In Indiana, where the event was held, fighters have to be over the age of 21 leaving the 20-year old Held ineligible.
Read below for a list of Bellator 84 results:
Eddie Castillo vs. Dave Sharp
Quinton McCottrell vs. Belal Muhammad
Robert White def. Kenny Booker by Unanimous Decision
Jerald Williams def. Joey Diehl by Unanimous Decision
Anthony Gomez def. Anton Talamantes via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Christian Uflacker def. Cliff Wright via Technical Decision*
Louis Taylor def. Joe Vedepo via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Felice Herrig def. Patricia Vidonic via Unanimous Decision
Daniel Vizcaya def. Jack Hermansson via Split Decision
Alexander Volkov def. Rich Hale via Unanimous Decision
* – Fight was stopped in the second after an up-kick initially ruled illegal (later accidental) forced an end to the fight and scorecards were read
PHOTO CREDIT – BELLATOR