Bellator headed west to Yuma, Arizona on Oct. 22 for Bellator 55. In the main event, Olympic Bronze Medalist Alexis Vila edged Marcos Galvao and earned a split decision win in the bantamweight semi-finals. Fellow 135-pounders Eduardo Dantas and Ed West engaged in an explosive stand up war in the tournament semis, where the fluid muay Thai attacks and power of Dantas proved to be the difference. Lightweight Ricardo Tirloni displayed a full arsenal of offense and started off striking before earning a convincing second-round submission win. Catch the best moments of the night right here.
Season 5 continued on Oct. 8 at Bellator 53 in Miami, Oklahoma with the welterweight semi-finals. Noted striker Ben Saunders used his ever-improving jiu-jitsu game to submit Brazilian Luis Santos with a keylock in the third round to earn a spot in the finals. Douglas Lima needed one stout right hand to punch his ticket to the finals, as he knocked out the heavy handed Chris Lozano midway through their fight. In featherweight action, Ronnie Mann scored a first-round submission of Kenny Foster with a slick triangle choke. Brazilian heavyweight Thiago Santos wasted little time getting Josh Burns to the ground and slapping on a fight-ending rear-naked choke. On the prelims, Giva Santana validated his moniker of “The Arm Collector,” scoring another first-round armbar win. Light heavyweight Raphael Davis flattened previously unbeaten prospect Myron Dennis with a crisp hook to the jaw. Catch the best moments of the finish-filled night right here.