A closer look at all of the action for Bellator 52, featuring the Season 5 heavyweight quarterfinals and a stacked undercard.
The Season 5 bantamweight tournament began Sept. 24 at Bellator 51 from Canton, Ohio. The card produced no shortage of knockouts, but none was more shocking than Alexis Vila putting Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren to sleep with one punch in 64 seconds. Brazilian prospect Eduardo Dantas dispatched of Bellator veteran Wilson Reis with a flying knee, earning a second-round knockout. In women’s action, hometown favorite Jessica Eye bested Casey Noland in a close three-round battle. It only took nine seconds for Dan Spohn to land a vicious knee and win his Bellator debut. Joey Holt started off what would be a night of incredible knockouts, as he perfectly timed a flying knee when his opponent shot in for a takedown. See the best from Bellator 51 right here.
A sneak peek into all of the action from Canton, Ohio for Bellator 51, featuring Season 5 bantamweight quarterfinals and marquee local talent.
Season 5 of Bellator continued Sept. 17 with middleweight quarterfinals in Hollywood, Florida. On a card filled with touching stories, Bryan Baker's conditioning allowed him to survive an early onslaught from Jared Hess and earn a third-round TKO victory. Brian Rogers kept his streak of first-round knockouts alive by finishing Victor O'Donnell less than two minutes into the fight. Noted striker Alexander Shlemenko showed a new wrinkle in his game, submitting Zelg Galesic in the first round. On the prelims, Brett Cooper and Valdir Araujo threw down in a fast-paced affair with Cooper getting a TKO win in the third. Also the inspirational Rad Martinez made a successful Bellator debut, showing powerful wrestling and getting an impressive decision win over Brian van Hoven. Hometown hero and black belt Ailton Barbosa wasted little time in getting Ryan Keenan to the ground and submitting him early into the fight.
On September 17 at 9/8c, Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger headline "UFC Fight Night Live: Battle on the Bayou". Take a closer look at these welterweight superstars, and join us Saturday night on Spike!