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Jordan Parsons vs. Tim Bazer
We begin action in the lightweight division, as Jordan Parsons (9-1) meets Tim Bazer (14-15).
Round 1: Parsons going right for the body, lands a kick to the midsection and immediately takes Bazer down. Parsons with heavy elbows to the ribs as Bazer tries to break free. Bazer’s able to reverse the action on the ground and is on top, but Parsons quickly to his feet. Parsons now reverses, takes the mount as Bazer locks up the body. Parsons now in full mount and landing vicious elbows to the face. More elbows and now just straight ground-and-pound from Parsons with over two minutes to go in the round. Bazer survives, but gives up his back in the process. More big ground-and-pound to finish the round for Parsons.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Parsons
Round 2: Bazer throws a leg kick coming out and Parsons catches him with a right, knocking him completely out. Bazer is still down, as Parsons noticed and didn’t inflict any further damage as the referee was on the other side of the cage.
Jordan Parsons def. Tim Bazer via KO (right-hand) at :04 of Round 2
Josh Arocho vs. Julio Cesar Neves
Unbeaten featherweight prospect Julio Cesar Neves (28-0) meets Josh Arocho (13-12), who is fighting out of nearby Papillion, Nebraska.
Round 1: Arocho shoots for a takedown and locks up with Neves against the fence. Neves reverses and Arocho just misses a knee. Big right uppercut lands by Arocho, but Neves just brushes it off. Superman punch by Neves, who shows his speed by following it up with a left and a right kick to the body. Locked up against the fence again and Arocho tries a trip to no avail. Neves with his own judo throw and he quickly moves to top position. Arocho has the guard up and is avoiding any damage, but gets folded up after trying for an armbar. Arocho gets better position and has another armbar locked in, but Neves slips out. The submission looked tight, but Neves showed he knew what to do there. Neves into side control with a minute left. Neves with some ground-and-pound. Arocho trying for a bottom choke but the round ends.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Neves
Round 2: Neves with some fancy feet to start the round and lands a nice knee. However, it caught him low and we have a break in the action. Upon review, as the knee went high, the right foot went directly to the groin area. Neves inside the guard as we go under four minutes in this round. Arocho has him tied up well and Neves realizes that, breaking the mount. Nice stomp to the midsection by Neves, who gives up a leg but gets side control and is unleashing elbows with rapid speed. The ref is close and this one is all over.
Julio Cesar Neves def. Josh Arocho via TKO (strikes) at 2:37 of Round 2
Victor Moreno vs. Anthony Smith
Middleweights Victor Moreno (32-19) and Anthony Smith (17-11) take to the cage next.
Round 1: Loudest cheers of the night are for Smith, who is fighting out of Omaha, which is just a few minutes from here. Moreno comes out the aggressor, but is quickly backed up by Smith. Spinning back kick misses from Moreno, but a front kick does not. He charges in and is eating several big knees for his effort by Smith, but remains in control of the potential takedown. Another knee from Smith catches him and he gains control. Moreno misses with a knee and Smith does not. More knees by Smith and they separate with three minutes to go in the round. Smith throws up a head kick that Moreno easily moves away from. Moreno looks tired already, breathing heavily and Smith goes on the offensive with a big right. Nice combo from Smith gets through and he goes to work with the kicks. Moreno catches him, but is unable to follow up. We have our second nasty low blow of the night already, as Smith catches Moreno with a right foot that takes him off his feet. Moreno looks upset from the low blow, firing off several shots. Smith retaliates with his own offense. Smith catches him against the fence and connects with a left-right combo. Big right gets through by Moreno. Smith closes the round with a power takedown.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smith
Round 2: Smith locks up a possible submission here and he gets it, choking out Moreno with a triangle choke of the head.
Anthony Smith def. Victor Moreno via submission (triangle choke) at :59 of Round 2
Ben Crowder vs. Joe Vedepo
Two Iowa middleweights square off next, as Ben Crowder (10-11) does battle with Joe Vedepo (14-8).
Round 1: Vedepo opens up with a couple leg kicks and gets caught with a stiff left. He drops for a takedown. On the takedown, Crowder’s right leg buckled and completely turn backwards. Crowder is in serious pain and being carried out, screaming. Vedepo goes over, emotionally effected by the end of the fight. Tough to see something like that happen.
Joe Vedepo def. Ben Crowder via submission (injury) at :48 of Round 1
Larue Burley vs. Cliff Wright, Jr.
Another prospect takes to the cage next, as Larue Bradley (3-0) meets up with Iowa native Cliff Wright, Jr. (8-5).
Round 1: Burley is a fighter out of Power MMA, which has produced some exceptional stars as of late. Wright opening up with some kicks to the lead leg as Burley is trying to find his distance. Good exchange from both men. Burley with a big takedown and looking to advance his position. Wright trying to secure a choke from the bottom with his legs, throwing up a triangle attempt with three minutes to go. Burley is too strong and breaks it, landing a night right to the face. Burley just holding Wright down, as Wright throws up against triangle attempt. Wright appears to have it and Burley is fighting hard, and gets out. Wright with a nice elbow that connects and takes Burley down.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Burley
Round 2: More aggression by Burley, who knocks Wright off his feet and is on top. Potential heel hook for Wright, as Burley grabs on the cage and is warned. He slips out, though, and is in control. Wright still searching for a submission as Burley folds him up. Big kick by Burley and he asks for Wright to be stood up. Wright’s hands are very low, as he just misses getting tagged with a flying knee. Both men look fatigued and don’t have a lot on their strikes. Wright nearly lands with a Superman punch and is in side control. Burley working to get to his knees. Wright lands some big blows and scores with another takedown to end the round on top.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Wright
Round 3: Buley lands with a serious of rights and Wright is trying to stand and take them. Some swelling and blood around the nose area of Wright and Burley lands to the body. Burley catches him with a left and Wright spins around, running from the onslaught. Two straight body shots from Burley and Wright is in pain. Burley drops him and lands a huge knee to the body. Another and Burley is teeing off. Straight right gets through, kick to the leg and another straight left. Back kick from Burley, but he has given Wright time to recover. Great battle, as Burley lands another right. Wright tries for a takedown by winds up with Burley on top of him with two minutes to go. Burley landing some big lefts and rights from the top. Big hammerfists from Burley with just seconds left.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Burley
Larue Burley def. Cliff Wright, Jr. via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
Martin Brown vs. Jared Downing
New father of twins, Jared Downing (9-4), will face off with Martin Trey Brown (4-2) in a lightweight contest.
Round 1: Downing comes right out after Brown, wasting no time. Nice inside leg kick from Downing. Good exchange by the two, as Downing lands a kick and Brown a right. Downing shoots for a takedown, but gets denied. Up against the fence and Downing eventually is able to work Brown to the canvas. He’s in the top position, but is unable to pass and advance.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Browning
Round 2: Brown with a huge right hand and Downing immediately shoots for a takedown. He was hurt by that shot and eats another right trying to get the takedown. He scores but they end up in a wild scramble and Brown has a leg. Downing reverses and gets to his feet. Brown sprawls and fends off a takedown, but eventually succumbs to the canvas. Brown powers off his butt and slams Downing to the canvas.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brown
Round 3: Downing again the aggressor to start, as Brown controls the action with his reach. After all the action the crowd has seen so far, they are getting a bit restless as these two are still feeling each other out. Downing lands and Brown nods his head in approval, as if to say “Let’s do this.” Brown ties him against the fence and lands knees to the body and thigh region, along with a nice left uppercut. Downing drops for a takedown and gets denied as we head under two minutes. He’s able to bring Brown to the canvas but can’t keep him there. Good flurry, but a quick one.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brown
Martin Brown def. Jared Downing via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Derek Campos vs. Patricky Pitbull
Our first of two season 10 lightweight semifinals starts off the Spike TV broadcast, as Derek Campos (14-3) meets Patricky Pitbull (12-5).
Round 1: Campos with a big left-right combo right off the bat to Pitbull, as he is not going to back down. Flying knee from Pitbull is blocked. Campos with a nice right and he has been the more aggressive fighter. Counter lands and a shot to the body by Campos as Pitbull is busted open and misses with a wild hook. Another flying knee from Pitbull but Campos answers with a series of jabs. Nice takedown defense by Campos, as Pitbull was in deep on a single. Body shot from Campos and Pitbull is hurt. He adds another for good measure. Another stiff shot and Pitbull is retreating.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Campos
Round 2: Pitbull seems to know what Campos is going to do, firing off lefts and rights. He floors Campos and pounces, continuing the assault. Campos to his feet and he eats another right from Pitbull and is down. The ref checks him over and he recovers, but Pitbull is on top and firing away. This one is all over.
Patricky Pitbull def. Derek Campos via TKO (strikes) at :52 of Round 2
David Gomes vs. Karl Amoussou
Welterweights Derek Campos (16-7) and Karl Amoussou (16-6-2) are in action next.
Round 1: Amoussou landing anything he wants, as Gomez is on the defensive. Smooth combo from Amoussou, who looks in perfect form to start. Nasty kick to the body from Amoussou. Flurry from Amoussou, but Gomez answers the call. Again, Gomez catches him getting too close. Lots of power from Gomez.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Amoussou
Round 2: Amoussou scores with the takedown and is inside the guard. He grabs the ankle and heel, Gomez rolls and gets free. Nice submission defense from Gomez. Amoussou bullies Gomez up against the fence and lands some nice body shots. Combination from Gomez to the body and a right lands, with Amoussou answering with an uppercut. He looks pissed and is going on the attack after a quiet second round. Gomez with a right that catches Amoussou off guard and forces him to clinch. Good straight jabs from Gomez.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gomez
Round 3: Amoussou trying to cut off the cage and keep Gomez cornered, boxing him in and unleashing uppercuts. Gomez with a left, and another and they are exchanging now. Knee to the body from Amoussou forces Gomez to back up. Amoussou again has Gomez backing up after a flurry. Heavy right from Amoussou connects and he pins him against the fence with just over a minute to go. Gomez finishes strong, going to the body.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Amoussou
Karl Amoussou def. David Gomez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Derek Anderson vs. Marcin Held
The second season 10 lightweight semifinal is also our co-main event, as Derek Anderson (11-0) puts his undefeated record on the line vs. Marcin Held (17-3).
Round 1: Anderson coming right out and showing his strength, landing some stiff shots. Held with a takedown just a minute in, showing his strength. Held has a leg lock and plenty of time to work with it. Anderson doing a nice job of breaking the hold. Held still working the submission, but eats some nasty rights to close the round from Anderson.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Held
Round 2: Held doing a lot more striking to start this round, as he catches Anderson. However, it appeared to be more of a slip, as Anderson quickly recovered and drops Held. Anderson with a jab that gets through, rocking Held’s head straight back. Held again tries to bait him to the ground, but Anderson will have none of it. Anderson with a takedown, but he is in the guard of Held with two minutes to go. Held with a deep triangle submission that Anderson is fighting off, but is forced to tap.
Marcin Held def. Derek Anderson via submission (triangle choke) at 3:09 of Round 2
Douglas Lima vs. Rick Hawn for the vacant Bellator welterweight title
It’s time to crown a new welterweight champion, as Douglas Lima (25-5) takes on Rick Hawn (18-2).
Round 1: Lima cutting off the cage to start, backing Hawn into a corner. But Hawn quickly fires out. Again, Lima trying to trap him against the fence, and again, Hawn slips free. Hawn fakes a takedown. Straight left lands from Lima. Lima drops Hawn, who wants this to go to the ground. Lima wants none of it and forces Hawn back to his feet. Hawn appears to have injured his left leg, as it gave out. Lima lands a knee to the face right before Hawn hits the canvas and he is in attack mode. Just seconds left and Lima is firing on all cylinders.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lima
Round 2: Lima stalking Hawn like a wounded lion, but he appears good. Right back to the kicks is Lima, damaging that lead leg. There is already some swelling and redness, as Hawn shoots for a takedown. Hawn’s leg is really bothering him and Lima traps him against the fence again. Lima sweeps the leg and Hawn goes to the ground. Lima is going to leave his mark on Hawn’s leg no doubt. Again, he sweeps him to the canvas and the whole outer side of Hawn’s leg is red. Head kick just gets blocked by Hawn. Hawn collapses again and can’t get up. This one is all over, and we have a new welterweight champion.
Douglas Lima def. Rick Hawn via TKO (corner stoppage) at 3:19 of Round 2 to become the new Bellator welterweight champion