New Jersey native and longtime UFC vet Kurt Pellegrino met season 4 lightweight tournament runner up Patricky Pitbull at Bellator 59. After the loss an emtional Pellegrino announced his retirement. Check out the full fight.
In a fight the fans voted to be on the main card, Jessica Aguilar and Lisa Ward did not disappoint. Catch the full fight right here.
Bellator’s fifth season came to an end Nov. 26 at Bellator 59 from Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the bantamweight tournament final, young Eduardo Dantas moved from prospect to contender as he bested Olympian Alexis Vila in a high-paced three-round fight. Dantas will face bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky in 2012. Knockout artist Patricky “Pitbull” Freire wasted little time once the cage door shut, as he ran through longtime UFC-veteran Kurt Pellegrino to earn a TKO win less than a minute into the fight. Dropping down from middleweight, Karl Amoussou made short work of Jesus Martinez and finished the local with punches in the first round. Featherweight Scott Heckman used a standing modified guillotine to get an early first-round submission. Catch all of the highlights from the Season 5 finale right here.
A closer look at the Bellator season 5 finale, featuring the heavyweight and bantamweight finals.
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In his second title defense lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez faced undefeated tournament winner Michael Chandler. The two produced a fight of the year candidate at Bellator 58. Check out the full fight of this instant classic and tune in for the season 5 finale Nov. 26 at 9/8c on MTV2.
With two champions headlining a stacked card, Bellator 58 from Hollywood, Florida had all of the makings for an incredible night and it lived up to its billing on Nov. 19. In what will go down as one of the best fights in Bellator history, Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez engaged in an instant classic and fight of the year candidate. Chandler nearly finished the fight early but Alvarez fought back to even things up in the second and third rounds. Ultimately, Chandler regained control in the fourth and submitted Alvarez to capture the lightweight title. Middleweight champion Hector Lombard continued to stake his claim as one of the most feared middleweights in MMA today, as he KOed Trevor Prangley in the second round of their catchweight affair. In a women’s fight, local Jessica Aguilar bested Lisa Ellis in an exciting three-round fight. Featherweight Marlon Sandro returned to his winning ways with a first-round arm triangle submission over Rafael Dias. On the prelims, muay Thai fighter turned mixed martial artist Cosmo Alexandre scored a vicious 20-second knockout. Catch the best moments from this historic night right here.
Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez takes on undefeated challenger Michael Chandler and middleweight champ Hector Lombard returns, this Saturday, Nov. 19 at Bellator 58.
Bellator headed to the Great White North for Bellator 57 from Rama, Ontario on Nov. 12. Douglas Lima landed yet another vicious right hand and knocked Ben Saunders out in the welterweight tournament final. Lima will fight reigning welterweight champion Ben Askren in 2012. In the middleweight tournament final, Alexander Shlemenko put on a three-round striking clinic against the resilient Vitor Vianna. After winning a three-round decision, Shlemenko will rematch middleweight champion Hector Lombard next season. Alexandre Bezerra continued to impress in the cage, as the featherweight survived an early onslaught and submitted Doug Evans with a nasty heel hook in the first round. The prelims saw lightweight Josh Shockley grab a guillotine choke early on in the fight and get the tap just 35 seconds into the fight. Catch the highlights from Casino Rama right here.
A closer look at the first two tournament championship fights of Bellator season 5.