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Bellator 94

>> BELLATOR MMA IS LIVE ON

SPIKE FROM TAMPA, FLORIDA.

TONIGHT THE LIGHT

HEAVYWEIGHT GIANT KILLERS

BATTLE FOR A SHOT AT THE

WORLD TITLE IN THE

LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE

DECIDED.

JIMMY SMITH WITH SEAN

WHEELOCK.

>> RODRIGO LIAM O'FROM

BRAZIL SO HUNGRY TONIGHT,

BUT HIS OPPONENT, RONNIE

MANN A STAND-OUT

FEATHERWEIGHT MAKING HIS

MARK IN A CROWDED DIVISION.

LET'S FIND OUT ABOUT BOTH OF

THESE WARRIORS.

>>

[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

>> WHEN I STEP INTO THE CAGE,

I GET A LITTLE CRAZY.

WHEN RON YIP MANN LOOKS ME

IN THE IP TONIGHT, HE WILL

KNOW THIS WILL BE THE FIGHT

OF HIS LIFE.

>> GOING NOW FOR THE KNEE

BAR.

WOW.

>> I MADE MY NAME IN BRAZIL

BECAUSE I'LL FIGHT ANYBODY

IN THE CAGE OR ON THE

STREET.

I CAME TO BELLATOR TO MAKE

MY MARK ON THIS SPORT.

IF YOU EARN A SPOT IN THIS

TOURNAMENT, YOU'RE FIGHTING

THE BEST BANTAMWEIGHTS IN

THE WORLD.

THIS FIGHT IS THE BIGGEST

FIGHT OF MY LIFE.

IT'S WIN OR GO HOME.

TONIGHT, RONNIE MANN WILL BE

A NOTCH ON MY BELT.

I'M GOING TO STEP OVER HIS

BODY TO GET INTO THE

BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT AND

GET A SHOT AT BEING A TRUE

WORLD CHAMPION.

>> I WANT TO BE THE PAT

CURRAN OF BANTAMWEIGHT

DIVISION.

I'VE BEEN THROUGH THE BEST

PEOPLE.

IF I WANT TO BE IN THE TOP

TEN, I'VE GOT TO GET THIS

ONE FIGHT.

I GET RODRIGO LIMA, I HAVE

EVERY REASON TO FIGHT.

I'VE GOT TO GET THE

KNOCKOUT.

I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A

WORLD CHAMPION.

NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME I'LL BE

IN A BANTAMWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT.

>> THERE YOU SEE OUR TALE OF

THE TAPE BROUGHT TO YOU DAVE

AND BUSTER'S.

>> LOOK AT THE WEIGHTS,

ALMOST IDENTICAL, BUT RONNIE

MANN COMING DOWN AT 135 FOR

THE FIRST TIME.

HOW WILL THAT AFFECT ASSIST

PERFORMANCE.

>> HERE ANNOUNCER MIKE

WILLIAMS.

>> NOW, PRESENT LIVE ON

SPIKE, A TOURNAMENT

QUALIFIER, THREE FIVE-MINUTE

ROUNDS IN THE BANTAMWEIGHT

DIVISION.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY DAVE AND

BUSTERS.

NOW, INTRODUCING FIRST THE

RED CORNER AT A'6" WEIGHING

135.8 POUNDS, AS A

PROFESSIONAL TEN VICTORY,

ONLY ONE DEFEAT, FROM RIO DE

JANIERO, HE FIGHTS OUT OF

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, RODRIGO

LIMA!

OUT OF THE BLUE CORNER AT

5'6", WEIGHING 135.7 POUNDS,

IN HIS DEBUT AT BANTAMWEIGHT,

HE BRINGS 21 PROFESSIONAL

VICTORIES, FIVE DEFEATS WITH

ONE DRAW.

FROM ENGLAND, INTRODUCING

RONNIE IRON MANN.

THE REFEREE IN CHARGE OF THE

ACTION, BRIAN WALL.

>>> THE WINNER OF THIS FIGHT

EARNS A PLACE IN BELLATOR'S

NEXT BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT,

SET TO BEGIN THIS SUMMER.

WILL ENTRY GO TO RODRIGO

LIMA OR HIS OPPONENT THE

26-YEAR-OLD ENGLISHMAN

RONNIE MANN.

>> FIGHT!

>> THE BELL IN ROUND NUMBER

ONE.

TONIGHT'S FIGHT CLOCK IS

BROUGHT TO YOU BY MILLER

LITE.

>> YOU CHANGE WEIGHT CLASSES

YOU CAN'T JUST THINK ABOUT

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN.

YOU'VE GOT TO THINK ABOUT

WHAT YOU'LL LOSE.

RONNIE MANN IS USED TO BEING

THE FASTER FIGHTER AT 145.

GOOD LEFT HAND OVER THE TOP.

RODRIGO LIMA AND RONNIE MANN

STAYING TIGHT.

>> AFTER REHYDRATION, I

DON'T THINK RONNIE MANN

LOOKS DIFFERENT.

>> NO, HE WAS ALWAYS A SMALL

145ER.

HE FOUGHT PAT CURRAN.

>> WHEN RICK DROPPED FROM

160-155, HIS BODY LOOKED

DIFFERENT.

I DON'T SEE IT WITH MANN.

COUNTER LEFT SIDE BY MAN.

>> HE'S A FIGHTER SETTING UP

HIS JAB.

GOOD RIGHT HAND BY RONNIE

MANN.

>> SIDE TO SIDE MOVEMENT

FROM LIMA.

>> RONNIE MANN FIGHTING A

VERY PATIENT FIGHT SO FAR.

>> GETS CAUGHT.

COUNTER KICK.

>> LOOKING FOR THE TAKEDOWN

ON THE SINGLE.

JIMMY, YOU JUST SAID IT,

MANN LOOKS VERY PATIENT WITH

HIS STRIKING RIGHT NOW.

LIMA COMING OUT WITH A MUCH

MORE FRANTIC PACE.

LOT OF ENERGY.

BOTH SIDES THROWING HARD,

BUT NOBODY LANDING CLEANLY

YET.

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REALTIME STATS KURT --

COURTESY OF STRIKES, AND

YOU'RE THE FOURTH JUDGE.

>> RODRIGO LIMA BEING BUSIER

THAN RONNIE MANN, THROWING

MORE SHOTS.

RONNIE MANN CERTAINLY TAKING

HIS TIME.

>> YOU SEE THE SIDE TO SIDE

MOVEMENT FROM RODRIGO LIMA.

LEFT HAND!

LIMA POUNCING.

LIMA WALKING BIG WIDE

STRIDES.

SHOVE KNEE.

LIMA BOWLING MANN BACK.

>> LIKE I SAID, IS HE READY

FOR THE SPEED AT 135?

>> LIMA THROWING WIDE BUT

THROWING EFFECTIVELY.

>> RONNIE MANN WAS CERTAINLY

HURT.

1:45 REMAINING ROUND ONE OF

THIS BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

QUALIFIER.

INSIDE KICK FROM LIMA.

HE HAS YET TO FIND HIS WAY

INSIDE.

HE'S COUNTERING WITH THE

RIGHT HAND, BUT PLAYING

OUTSIDE GAME.

NOT ABLE TO JAB HIS WAY

INSIDE YET.

>> GOOD RIGHT HAND BY LIMA.

>> RONNIE MANN LOOKING

UPSET.

COMING FORWARD, WORKING HIS

OFFENSE.

HE'S TIRED OF GETTING THESE

SHOTS.

ANOTHER GOOD LEFT OVER THE

TOP BY LIMA.

>> THEN A RIGHT TO FINISH

THAT BIG ONE.

RODRIGO LIMA NEVER CALLED

TIME.

>> HE MAY HAVE COME OUT.

BUSY WATCHING THE PUNCHES.

HE DID NOT NOTICE THE MOUTH

PIECE.

RODRIGO LIMA I THINK WINNING

THOSE EXCHANGE.

>> HE'S VERY FAST.

>> AND YOU SEE RONNIE MANN

FLUSTERED BY THE SPEED.

HE'S NOT USED TO GOING IN

THERE AGAINST GUYS WHO ARE

FASTER THAN HE IS.

>> CONTRAST IN THE FOOTWORK

OF THESE FIGHTERS IN ROUND

ONE.

LIMA BOUNCING SIDE TO SIDE,

MANN VERY METHODICAL WALKING

FORWARD.

>>> CLOSING STAGES OF THIS

OPENING ROUND NOW.

A KNOCK-DOWN SCORED BY LIMA.

[BELL]

>> WE'LL GO TO ROUND TWO.

>> LOOK AT THE SHOT THAT

DROPPED RONNIE MANN, LEFT

HOOK RIGHT ON THE CHIN.

GOOD RECOVERY BY RONNIE

MANN.

A FLASH KNOCK-DOWN.

MANN AFTER THE SHOT NOT ABLE

TO READ THOSE PUNCHES AS

WELL.

>> RODRIGO LIMA RIGHT TO THE

CENTER OF THE BELLATOR CAGE,

WASTING NO TIME.

OUR JUDGES TONIGHT SCORING

ARE SIGNED BY THE STATE OF

FLORIDA.

BY THE POWER INVESTED YOU

HAVE THE OFFICIAL SCORECARD.

>> 10-9 RODRIGO LIMA LANDING

HIS STRIKES.

YOU FANS AT HOME, YOU AGREE

WITH ME 10-9.

GOOD JUDGING ON THE BELLATOR

APP.

RODRIGO LIMA LANDING BETTER

PUNCHES, USING HIS SPEED

ADVANTAGE OVER RONNIE MANN.

>> THE NEXT BELLATOR

BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT WILL

BEGIN THIS SUMMER.

THE WINNER OF THIS QUALIFIER

GAINS DIRECT ENTRY.

>> I'M A BIG FAN OF THE

BANTAMWEIGHT.

I LOVE WATCHING THEM FIGHT.

SPEED, QUICKNESS.

YOU SEE A LOT OF DIFFERENT

POSITIONS.

THAT LEFT HOOK IS RIGHT ON

THE MONEY.

LIMA SAYING LET'S GO.

>> THREE TIMES NOW IN THIS

FIGHT, MANN HAS HAD NOTHING

TO FOLLOW.

GOOD RIGHT HAND.

LEFT BY LIMA ON THE INSIDE.

MANN STEPPING IN AGAIN.

MANN TIGHTER.

LIMA FASTER.

>> LIMA NOTHING THERE.

>> THESE TWO FIGHTERS, THEY

DON'T HAVE A TAKEDOWN THERE

EXACTLY WHEN THEY NEED IT.

THAT'S WHY WE ARE SEEING SO

MANY GREAT EXCHANGE IN THE

CAGE.

>> AN ALL NEW EPISODE OF

WORLD WAR TENANT.

ON SPIKE.

OH, GOOD RIGHT HAND.

BANG, RIGHT THROUGH THE

CENTER.

>> THAT WASN'T WIDE.

THAT WAS STRAIGHT.

I LIKE THE ATTITUDE OF LIMA.

HE PUNCHES RIGHT BACK OUT,

START DOING IT AGAIN.

SEE THERE, HE LANDED A GOOD

STRAIGHT RIGHT AGAINST

RONNIE MANN AND DIDN'T RUSH

HIM AND GOAD TOO WILD FOR

THE FINISH.

>> YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS

THAT COUNTER SHOT.

>> BIG EXHALE FROM RONNIE

MANN.

RESETS HIS FEET.

>> HE GOT A LITTLE UPSET IN

THE FIRST ROUND.

TRIED TO START THROWING.

THAT'S WHEN HE BACKED LIMA

UP.

>> HE CAN KNOCK THROUGH WITH

THAT RIGHT HAND.

>> HE'S GOT TO DO THAT

AGAIN.

>> NICE JAB.

>> GOOD LEFT, BUT THE RIGHT

DID NOT FOLLOW.

THROWN BUT DIDN'T LAND.

>> THEY HAVE A MAJOR

DIFFERENCE RIGHT NOW, LIMA

LANDING PUNCHES IN BUNCHES.

MANN HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO

MATCH THAT.

MISS BY RODRIGO LIMA.

VERY MUCH IN STALKING MODE.

>> THE PROBLEM IS, HE

DOESN'T HAVE THE FOOTWORK TO

CUT LIMA OFF.

THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT.

FOLLOW YOUR OPPONENT.

YOU'VE GOT TO CUT HIM OFF

AND IMPOSE YOUR WILL.

>> RONNIE MANN LOOKS SO FAST

AS A STRIKER 145 BUT 135

MANN'S DEDEBUT IN

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION, LIMA

LOOKS FASTER.

DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT?

>> I THINK THAT'S THE CASE

SO FAR.

>> FINAL MINUTE OF ROUND

NUMBER TWO.

>> THEY'RE REALLY STRONG AT

155.

>> JIMMY, YOU ALWAYS TALKING

ABOUT THE DOWN AND AWAY

CLASS.

THEY SAY TALL STRENGTH WILL

TRANSFER.

THAT'S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE.

>> THEY DO NOT.

CLOSING STAGES OF THIS

BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

QUALIFIER, RODRIGO LIMA VS.

RONNIE MANN.

>> SOMETHING YOU LEARN IN

THE GYM?

SPARRING, YOUR TEAMMATES ARE

WIDE VARIETY OF WEIGHT

CLASSES.

I'VE BEEN KICK BOXING WITH

GUYS THAT WERE WIDER, AND

MAN, THEY ARE QUICK.

SO EVIDENT.

>> TRYING TO WORK THE GOOD

RIGHT HAND BY LIMA.

HEAVY PRESSURE FROM RODRIGO

LIMA.

MAN WITH HIS BACK AGAINST

THE CAGE.

YOU SEE THE TIGHT BODY LOCK

FROM LIMA LOOKING FOR THE

INSIDE TRIP.

>> BELLATOR FIGHTERS DANIEL

STRAWS -- STRAUS AND BEN

SAUNDERS.

THIRD AND FINAL ROUND OF

THIS BELLATOR BANTAMWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT QUALIFIER.

THE VICTOR GAINS DIRECT

ENTRY INTO BELLATOR'S MOST

BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT, SET

TO BEGIN THIS SUMMER.

>> ANOTHER GOOD STRAIGHT

RIGHT.

>> TWO ROUNDS TO ONE,

RODRIGO LIMA YOU FANS ON THE

BELLATOR APP AGREE WITH ME

TWO TO ONE.

RONNIE MANN HAS TO TURN IT

UP.

REMEMBER, YOU CAN TWEET US

DURING THE FIGHT ON THE

JIMMY SMITH MMA.

A TWEET SAYS RONNIE MANN

LOOKS TIRED.

HOW YOU REACT TO LOSING

WEIGHT IS VERY IMPORTANT.

>> WE ARE ON TWITTER

AT@SEANWHEELOCK.

>> HAVING TROUBLE DEALING

WITH THE SPEED.

LIVE NEXT THURSDAY NIGHT

8:00 EASTERN TIME, IMPACT

WRESTLING.

THE HONEYMOON IS OVER.

>> RODRIGO LIMA DOESN'T HAVE

THAT GUILLOTINE POSITION.

REMEMBER, RONNIE MANN VERY

TRICKY OFF HIS BACK.

YOU TALK ABOUT HIS RIGHT.

HE HAS 11 SUBMISSION WINS

OUT OF 21 FIGHTS.

VERY DANGEROUS.

>> TRYING TO CLEAR THE

RONNIE MANN SIDE CONTROL.

TWO FIGHTERS WHO BEGAN THEIR

PRO MMA CAREER AT AGE 17.

FOR MANN, THIS IS HIS 28th

PRO MMA FIGHT AND THE FIRST

TIME HE'S BEEN IN AT 145

POUNDS.

IN THE TRIANGLE TRYING TO

WORK THE CRICIFX.

RODRIGO LIMA.

OUTSTANDING GRAPPLER.

RONNIE MANN JUST VERY TIRED.

NOT USED TO CUTTING WEIGHT.

THE FIGHT NOT GOING HIS WAY.

THAT'S WHERE FRUSTRATION

WEARS YOU OUT.

THE FIGHT GOES YOUR WAY, YOU

HAVE A LOT OF ENERGY.

THIS FIGHT HAS NOT GONE

RONNIE MANN'S WAY.

>> ON THE BELLATOR MMA APP,

84% OF YOU THINK THE ROUND

IS GOING THE WAY OF LIMA.

SPIKE IS TEAMING UP WITH THE

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, HIRING

OUR HEROES PROGRAM TO FIND

THE MOST VETERAN LIVE

FRIENDLY BUSINESSES IN THE

COUNTRY.

ENTER TO WIN.

THE WINNER OF THIS FIGHT

GETS A TRIP TO THIS SUMMER'S

BELLATOR BANTAMWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT.

WILL IT BE THE 21 BRAZILIAN

RODRIGO LIMA OR THE 26

ENGLISHMAN, RONNIE MANN?

THINGS RIGHT NOW GOING THE

WAY OF LIMA.

FLASH KNOCK-DOWN IN ROUND

ONE.

NOW WORKING THE TOP GAME.

>> THE PROBLEM IS THAT

RONNIE MANN IS BEHIND ON THE

SCORECARD, IN MY OPINION.

HE CAN STAY ON TOP AND PLAY

IT SAFE AND WIN THIS ROUND

AND THIS FIGHT.

I'M SORRY.

HE COULD LOSE THIS ROUND.

HE NEEDS TO STAY ON TOP, NOT

GET CAUGHT.

DON'T EXPECT RODRIGO LIMA TO

GO HARD FOR HIS DIVISION.

>> NICELY DONE BY MANN.

LIMA WIDE INTO THE TRIANGLE.

NEEDS TO PULL THE HEAD DOWN,

ANGLE A FIST.

GET UNDER THE LEG.

>> NOW IT'S BLOCKED BY

RODRIGO LIMA.

YOU SEE A LOT OF SPACE THERE

IN THE TRIANGLE.

>> THERE'S A LOT OF SPACE

EXCEPT UNDER THE LEG OF

RONNIE MANN.

>> FIRST THING, THIS

SEQUENCE STARTED WHEN LIMA

GOT UP, BUT INSTEAD WENT TO

HIS BACK.

>> LITTLE TOO SQUARE ON

RONNIE MANN.

HE IS ANGLED THAT RIGHT ARM

UNDER THE LEG.

SO FAR NOT DOING IT, BUT

THOSE ELBOWS ON THE DOT.

ONLY 30 SECONDS LEFT.

>> ELBOWS IN DEEP FOR

RODRIGO LIMA.

NOT HUGE, BUT THEY'RE

LANDING STRIKES JUST LIKE

THAT.

>> 20 SECONDS LEFT.

>> I THINK HE'S DOMINATING.

YOU FANS AT HOME AGREE.

LIMA NOT FULLY COMMITTING TO

THE TRIANGLE, JUST HOLD THAT

POSITION AND LANDING MORRILL

BOAST.

LIMA PLAYING TO THE CROWD.

HE FEELS THAT VICTORY WILL

BE HIS.

[BELL]

>> THE BELL, AND THE END OF

THE FIGHT.

STAY WITH US ON THE OTHER

SIDE OF THIS BREAK.

WE WILL FIND OUT WHO

ADVANCES TO THIS SUMMER'S

BELLATOR BANTAMWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT.

WHO WILL GO THROUGH, RODRIGO

LIMA OR RONNIE MANN?

>> RODRIGO LIMA VS. RONNIE

MANN GOING THE DISTANCE.

OUR FIGHT REPLAY IS BROUGHT

TO YOU BY MARVEL'S IRONMAN.

>> THE SPEED OF RODRIGO

LIMA.

YOU SEE THAT LEFT-RIGHT ON

THE CHIN, RIGHT STRAIGHT

THROUGH THE GUARD.

COUPLE OF LEAD RIGHTS.

THAT INDICATES SOMEBODY WHO

IS FASTER.

>> YOUR SCORECARD.

>> 30-27, RODRIGO LIMA,

EVERY ROUND 10-9 LIMA.

>> HERE'S MICHAEL WILLIAMS.

>> WE GO TO THE JUDGES

SCORECARDS WHERE ALL THREE

JUDGES SEE THE FIGHT EXACTLY

THE SAME, 30-27, NOW A

COMPETITOR IN THE SUMMER

SERIES BANTAMWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT, THE WINNER BY

UNANIMOUS DECISION, RODRIGO

LIMA!

>> HE IS JUST 21 YEARS OLD.

HE'S NOW 11-1 AND JUST

EARNED THE BIGGEST VICTORY

OF HIS CAREER.

NEXT UP FOR RODRIGO LIMA,

THIS SUMMERERS BELLATOR

BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT.

>> DAVID THE CAVEMAN RICKELS

FACES SAAD AWAD FOR THE

LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP, AND GIANT

KILLERS MIKHAIL ZAYATS

FIGHTS FOR THE TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP.

UP NEXT, TERRAPIN HOUSTON

TAKES ON LUIS MELO FOR A

SPOT IN THE UP COMING

WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT.

YOU'RE WATCHING BELLATOR MMA

ON SPIKE.

>> MARVEL'S IRONMAN THREE

STARRING ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.

IS IN THEATERS MAY 3rd.

STILL TO COME THIS EVENING,

TWO BELLATOR TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS.

>>> THAT'S RIGHT.

YOU SEE HERE EMANUEL NEWTON

FRESH OFF THE BIGGEST UPSET

OF HIS CAREER AGAINST KING

MO.

HE HEADS INTO THE FIGHT OF

HIS CAREER AGAINST MIKHAIL

ZAYATS FROM RUSSIA, ALWAYS

IN A GOOD MOOD, ALWAYS

HAPPY.

HE'S GOING TO NEED IT

TONIGHT.

HE HAS THE POSITIVE ENERGY.

LET'S SEE IF THE FIGHT

RESEARCHERS IN THE ZONE,

SAAD AWAD VS. DAVID THE

CAVEMAN RICKELS.

THEY EARN THEIR WAY INTO THE

FINALS IN DIFFERENT WAYS BUT

THEY CHRIPD TONIGHT.

>>> WELCOME BACK TO BELLATOR

MMA LIVE ON SPIKE.

HE IS JIMMY SMITH, I'M SEAN

WHEELOCK.

ONE OF THE MANY GREAT THINGS

ABOUT THE BELLATOR

STRUCTURES IS HOW QUICKLY

FIGHTERS MOVE FROM UNDERDOG

TO THE TOP.

>> IT'S NOT WHERE YOU START,

BITES WHEN ARE YOU FINISH

AND WE HAVE FIGHT THAERS

SCHREM -- FIGHTERS THAT

EXEMPLIFY THAT.

DAVID RICKELS WAS A

STAND-OUT AT 170.

ASK JORDAN SMITH ABOUT HIS

FINISHING POWERS.

MY CAL ZAYATS IN THE OPENING

ROUND SPINNING BACK FIST

STARTED HIS UPSET OVER A

FIRST ROUND KNOCKOUT, AND

EMANUEL NEWTON IN THE

SEMIFINALS, THE SPINNING

BACK FIST HEARD AROUND THE

WORLD KNOCKED OUT KING MO,

BOTH THESE GUYS DANGEROUS ON

THEIR FEET.

>> AS GREAT AS IT IS TO

WATCH BELLATOR ON SPIKE,

IT'S BETTER WITH THE FREE

BELLATOR MMA APP.

FANS YOU ARE THE FOURTH

JUDGE.

THEY SEEM TO BE IN SYNC WITH

YOU.

>> SO KNOWLEDGEABLE YOU

BELLATOR FANS.

KEEP UP WITH ME AND SCORE

THE ROUNDS YOURSELF.

SEE IF WE MATCH UP.

>> LET'S GET RIGHT BACK TO

THE BELLATOR CAGE.

HERE IS LUIS MELO WITH

TERRAPIN HOUSTON.

[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

>> WHEN THE CAGE DOOR SHUTS,

I AM THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE

WORLD.

TONIGHT I AM FIGHTING ON THE

BIGGEST STAGE OF MY LIFE.

I'M GOING TO CATCH TERRAPIN

HOUSTON ON THE CHIN AND

WATCH HIM FALL LIKE A TREE.

>> ALL MY FINANCE HAVE BEEN

TO FINISH, AND I DON'T THINK

EYE WEATHER ONE OF THEM WILL

BE SATISFIED GOING TO THE

JUDGES CARD.

>> BELLATOR IS A PLACE WHERE

A MAN CAN CHANGE HIS LIFE

FOREVER.

TONIGHT, I AM GRABBING THIS

OPPORTUNITY WHEN I LAY

TERRAPIN HOUSTON OUT.

>> I DIDN'T COME TO BELLATOR

TO BE A MIDDLE OF THE ROAD

FIGHTER.

I CAME HERE TO WIN AND PROVE

I'M THE BEST IN THE DIVISION,

AND MY JOURNEY STARTS HERE

TONIGHT.

>> WITH THIS FIGHTER SENDING

A MESSAGE TO THE ENTIRE

WORLD, THAT I AM A MAN WITH

THE HEART AND GUTS TO BE A

WORLD CHAMPION.

>> THIS WILL BE THE FIRST

PRO MMA FIGHT BELOW 185

POUNDS FOR TREY HOUSTON.

IT WILL BE THE FIRST FIGHT

IN THE U.S. FOR LUIS MELO.

THE WINNER ADVANCES TO THE

NEXT WELTERWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT.

>> JUST MOMENTS AGO, LUIS

MELO SLOWLY MAKING HIS WAY

TOWARD THE BELLATOR CAGE.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT?

THAT'S COMING INTO THE DANCE,

MY FRIEND.

THAT'S WHAT HE'S DOING,

FEELING IT.

>> BY COMPARISON, TERRAPIN

HOUSTON, NO SUCH HIS TRON IX.

EXPERIENCE MORE NEWS THAN

EVER BEFORE BEFORE ON DAVID

AN BUSTERS HERE'S MICHAEL

WILLIAMS.

>> BELLATOR MMA MOVES TO THE

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION, THIS

TOURNAMENT QUALIFIER BROUGHT

TO YOU BY EVERLAST, UNLEASH

YOUR WARRIOR AND BY DIRECT

TV, IF YOU CALL YOURSELF A

SPORTS FAN, YOU'VE GOT TO

GET DIRECT TV.

AND NOW, SET FOR THREE

FIVE-MINUTE ROUNDS, FIRST

OUT OF THE RED CORNER, 5'8",

169.8 POUNDS, MACING HIS

BELLATOR DEBUT, 28

PROFESSIONAL VICTORIES 11

DEFEATS WITH THREE DRAWS,

FIGHTING OUT OF RIO DE

JANIERO, BRAZIL, INTRODUCEING

LUIS MELO.

AND OUT OF THE BLUE CORNER

AT 6 FOOT EVEN, HE WEIGHED

IN 174 POUNDS.

DOWN FROM MIDDLEWEIGHT HE

STANDS WITH TEN PROFESSIONAL

VICTORIES, ONLY ONE DEFEAT,

FIGHTING OUT OF TULSA,

OKLAHOMA, TREY THAT JUST

HAPPENED HOUSTON!

AND THE REFEREE IN CHARGE

OF THE CONTEST, GEORGE.

>> TIN WEATHER OF THIS

WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

QUALIFIER EARNS A PLACE IN

BELLATOR'S NEXT 170 POUND

TOURNAMENT.

>> ARE YOU READY?

ARE YOU READY?

TIMEKEEPER, DO IT.

>> THE BELL AND ROUND NUMBER

ONE.

THERE YOU SEE OUR FIGHT

CLOCK BROUGHT TO YOU BY

MILLER LITE.

BRAZILIAN LUIS MELO WELL

KNOWN IN HIS HOME NATION BY

THE NAME OF SERGIO, JR.

>> BOTH GUYS COMING OUT WITH

THE WILD STRIKES.

>> GO FOR THE TAKEDOWN, TREY

HOUSTON.

>> TAKEDOWN NOT QUITE AS

COMPLEX.

JUST DRAGGING DOWN MELO.

>> CLOSED GUARD NOW FOR LUIS

ME -- MELO.

FIRST FIGHT IN THE U.S. FOR

THE 32-YEAR-OLD BRAZILIAN,

AND THE 24-YEAR-OLD AMERICAN

TERRAPIN HOUSTON, HE SAID

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE

EXPERIENCED A WEIGHT CUT IN

MY LIFE.

MELO BACK TO HIS FEET.

HE'S A VERY BIG 170.

>> OH!

HUGE KICK.

TIME CALLED BY REFEREE

GEORGE ORTIZ.

>> MAN, THAT WAS BAD.

TREY LOOKS LIKE HE'S IN

SHOCK RIGHT NOW.

BOOM!

LOOK AT THE LOOK ON TREY'S

FACE.

MAN, LOOKED LIKE HE WAS HIT

WITH A CATTLE PROD.

>> TAKE A DEEP BREATH.

WHEN YOU'RE READY.

YOU'VE GOT FIVE MINUTES.

>> LOOKS MUCH BETTER NOW,

BUT MAN.

>> YOU JUST HEARD REFEREE

GEORGE ORTIZ, YOU HAVE FIVE

MINUTES.

>> THAT WAS I JUST PEED ON

THE ELECTRIC FENCE LOOK.

>> NO MAS INDEED.

TERRAPIN HOUSTON DOESN'T

TAKE MUCH TIME.

>> THAT'S WHY YOU SAW A

GROIN KICK.

>> SIDE KICK FROM HOUSTON.

MELO REALLY WILD WITH THE

STRIKES.

AGGRESSIVE, BUT A LITTLE

WILD.

>> TAKEDOWN FROM LUIS MELO.

HAS TO WORK WITH THE RIGHT

HAND AND THE HAMMERFIST.

>> THE FIST AT THE BOTTOM BY

HOUSTON.

SO FAR IT'S TAKING PLACE AT

MELO'S PACE.

REALLY BUSY.

REALLY UNORTHODOX.

HIGH VOLUME FIGHT SO FAR.

>> WATCH THE

GROUND-AND-POUND FROM LUIS

MELO.

HE'S INTO SIDE CONTROL.

>> HE'S BACK TO FULL GUARD.

OH, NICE RIGHT HAND.

MELO SO FAR VERY BUSINESS BY

THE GROUND-AND-POUND.

>> NOW IT'S THE LEFT HAND

GOING TO WORK AND OPENING

UP.

NOW THE HAMMERFIST WITH THE

RIGHT HAND.

>> NONE OF THEM BIG SHOTS,

BUT VERY BUSY ON TOP.

>> STILL LOOKING FOR THE

UPKICK.

BIG RIGHT HAND FROM MELO.

>> CUT AROUND THE RIGHT EYE

OF TERRAPIN HOUSTON.

-- TERRAPIN HOUSTON.

CUT IS ON THE INSIDE OF THE

NOSE.

THE BRIDGE OF HUMAN'S NOSE

ON ITS RIGHT SIDE.

HE'S BACK TO HIS FEET.

1:15 REMAINING IN ROUND ONE

OF THIS TOURNAMENT

QUALIFIER.

>> CAN MELO KEEP UP THIS

PACE?

VERY BUSINESS ANY THE

OPENING ROUND.

>> OVERLAND LEFT BY HOUSTON.

HE COMES FORWARD.

>> LOOKED LIKE HE WAS JUST

FINDING HIS RANGE WITH THE

PUNCHES.

HE'S BEEN POSTURING ON THE

TIP HOLDING HALF GUARD.

>> MELO TRYING TO GET BACK

TO WORK ON THE GROUND.

>> HOUSTON JIMMY WITH THAT

OPEN GUARD LOOKING TO

EXPLODE UP.

FINAL SECONDS OF ROUND

NUMBER ONE.

[BELL]

>> FANS SCORING ON THE

BELLATOR APP YOU GAVE ROUND

ONE TO LUIS MELO 10-T 9.

JIMMY, HOW DO YOU FEEL?

>> COMPLETELY AGREE.

TREY HOUSTON IS OVER WEMD BY

THE VOLUME OF MELO.

NOT A LOT OF STRIKES THAT

HURT HIM.

MEDIUM STRIKES ADD UP.

>> THE WINNER EARNS DIRECT

ENTRY INTO BELLATOR'S NEXT

WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT.

HOUSTON TURNING UP THE

INTENSITY AND THE VOLUME.

LAST TIME HE WENT FORWARD A

LITTLE TOO MUCH.

GOOD RIGHT BY MELO.

OH, KNOCK-DOWN BY HOUSTON,

NOW LOOKING FOR THE FULL ON

GROUND-AND-POUND.

HOUSTON MIGHT HAVE IT.

CAN'T SEE WHERE IT IS FROM

THIS ANGLE.

CAN'T SEE IF IT'S OVER THE

CHIN.

>> MELO TRYING TO TURN, AND

HE ESCAPES.

>> THAT'S WHY YOU DO THAT.

YOUR OPPONENT CAN'T TURN AND

GET OUT OF THE POSITION.

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT MELO

DID.

SACRIFICE HIS POSITION FOR

SPEED.

WENT RIGHT FOR THE CHOKE.

HE DIDN'T HAVE THE BACK.

SOMETIMES THAT WORKS.

IT CAN COST YOU.

>> BEST SEQUENCE OF THIS

FIGHT FOR TREY HOUSTON, AND

NOW HE ALLOWS LUIS MELO TOP

STAND.

>> THESE GUYS ARE LETTING IT

ALL HANG OUT.

THEY WANT THAT TOURNAMENT

SPOT SO BADLY.

>> HOUSTON NOW FIGHTING ON

HIS BACK, OPEN GUARD.

MELO LOOKING TO LET GO WITH

HIS GROUND-AND-POUND,

POSTURING WIDE BASE ON HIS

KNEES.

>> STILL TO COME, THE

LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP, SAAD AWAD VS.

DAVID RICKELS.

$100,000 AND WORLD TITLE

SHOT FOR THE VICTOR.

>> MELO DID A LOT OF HIS

DAMAGE IN THE FIRST ROUND

WITH GROUND-AND-POUND

POSITION.

HE'S NOT DOING THAT RIGHT

NOW.

MELO ABLE TO SIT UP AND GET

THE RANGE HE WANTS WHEN HE

WANTS IT.

POSITION HERE, BUT MELO

USING THAT TO PASS.

>> BEAUTIFUL PASS BY LUIS

MELO, LOOKING FOR

NORTH-SOUTH CHOKE.

COULDN'T FIND IT.

>> THEY NEED TO SETTLE DOWN

A LITTLE BIT HERE.

>> RONNIE MANN LOOKED A

LITTLE FLAT, LITTLE

FATIGUED.

SAME THING FOR TREY HOUSTON.

>> GREAT KICK TO THE RIB

CAGE BY MELO.

>> MELO ALL OVER HIM.

>> GEORGE ORTIZ THE REFEREE

SAYING, YOU'VE GOT TO DO

SOMETHING, TREY.

>> NONE OF THESE ARE

KNOCKOUT SHOTS.

HE'S JUST BUSY AND ACCURATE.

ONE THING YOU HAVE TO

REMEMBER, THE RULES HERE IN

FLORIDA, THEY CONSIDER

ANYTHING FROM THE FOREHEAD

BACK TO THE THE BACK OF THE

HEAD AND AN ILLEGAL SHOT.

THAT WAS A WARNING THE SHOT

TO THE TOP OF THE HEAD WAS

ILLEGAL.

>> COUPLE FANS WRETCH ME ON

TWITTER ABOUT THOSE

WARNINGS.

THE BACK OF THE HEAD EXTENDS

TO THE FRONT.

THE TOP OF THE HEAD IS

CONSIDERED THE BACK OF THE

HEAD.

ILLEGAL ZONE.

>> THAT'S PART OF THE

UNIFIED RULES.

THAT IS IN THE STATE OF

FLORIDA RULE.

>> BIG ELBOW STRIKE NOW FROM

MELO.

FINAL MINUTE OF ROUND NUMBER

TWO.

IT'S BEEN BACK AND FORTH IN

THIS WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

QUALIFIER, BUT RIGHT NOW

THINGS GOING THE WAY OF LUIS

MELO.

>> TAKING IT TO THE RIB CAGE,

MELO LEFT HAND AND TO THE

HEAD.

HOUSTON TRYING TO ROLL TO A

BETTER POSITION.

GETS TO HIS FEET.

>> THE CROWD IS VERY MUCH

BEHIND TREY HOUSTON, BUT

IT'S BEEN MELO IN CONTROL.

HOUSTON WAS DOING WELL IN

THE OPEN PART OF THIS ROUND,

BUT MELO HAS REALLY TURNED I

HAD ON AT THE END.

>> IN THIS ROUND TO TREY

HOUSTON BOTH LOOK TO FINISH

WITH THE REAR NAKED CHOKE,

BUT HERE'S MELO BACK IN

CONTROL.

[B

>> LOOK AT TREY HOUSTON, THE

BEGINNING OF THE ROUND.

THAT RIGHT HAND IS INCLUDING

-- CLUBBING BEHIND THE EAR.

NO HOOKS IN.

THAT LET'S YOUR OPPONENT

TURN HIS BODY AND GET OUT.

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED.

MELO ON TOP THE REST OF THAT

ROUND.

[BELL]

>> HE HAS A HUGE ABRASION

UNDER THE LEFT EYE OF

TERRAPIN HOUSTON.

JIMMY HOW DO YOU HAVE THIS

QUALIFIER SCORED?

>> SAME AS THE FANS, TWO

ROUNDS TO NONE FOR LUIS MELO,

BOTH 10-9.

>> AT STAKE A PLACE IN

BELLATOR'S 170-POUND

TOURNAMENT.

43rd PRO MMA FIGHT FOR LUIS

MELO, FIRST IN THE BELLATOR

CAGE, FIRST IN THE U.S.

12 MMA FIGHTS FOR TREY

HOUSTON.

>>> TERRAPIN HOUSTON'S FACE

IS A MESS RIGHT NOW.

BLOODY, SWOLLEN.

TREY HOUSTON HAS NEVER GONE

THE FULL 15 MINUTES IN HIS

PRO MMA CAREER.

AGAIN, THIS IS FIGHT NUMBER

12.

MELO TRYING TO MAKE SURE

THAT THAT STREAK CONTINUES.

THE REF SAYING, YOU BETTER

WORK OR I'M GOING TO STOP

IT.

FULL MOUNT BY MELO.

>> AND LUIS MELO IS THROUGH

TO THE WELTERWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT.

>> A DOMINANT PERFORMANCE.

KEEP AN EYE ON THIS

BRAZILIAN IN THE

WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT.

>> A QUALITY VICTORY FOR

LUIS MELO AS HE MAKES HIS

DEBUT IN BELLATOR.

REMEMBER, TWO TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE STILL TO

COME.

>> MARVEL'S IRONMAN THREE

BRINGS YOU OUT FIGHT REPLAY.

>> LOOK AT THE ACTION FROM

THAT THIRD ROUND.

MELO GETTING THE TAKEDOWN.

THAT WAS ALL SHE WROTE, SOME

NICE GROUND-AND-POUND.

YOU SEE HERE HE ACTUALLY

TALKED TO THE REFEREE A FEW

TIMES, BUT HE DOES NOT SPEAK

ENGLISH.

HE WAS TRYING TO SIGNAL THAT

TREY WAS DONE.

YOU SEE ON TRIANGLE,

BEAUTIFUL TRANSITION.

DIDN'T EVEN HOP THE SIDE

CONTROL FOR IT.

YOU SEE RIGHT THERE FROM THE

MOUND.

>> SLICK TRANSITION TO THE

FINISH.

HERE'S MICHAEL WILLIAMS.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE

TAP COMES BY WAY OF THE ARM

TRIANGLE, OFFICIAL TIME 1:09

INTO ROUND THREE.

NOW A COMPETITOR IN THE NEXT

WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT,

SERGIO JR., LUIS MELO!

>> 29 PRO MMA WINS NOW FOR

THE BRAZILIAN, LUIS MELO,

AND THAT VICTORY EARNS HIM A

PLACE IN BELLATOR'S NEXT

WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT.

>> YOU'RE SEEING HIM HUGGING

THE CAMERA WOMAN.

HE'S EXCISE.

-- EXCITED.

I THINK HE MAY HAVE SAID NO

MAS AGAIN.

LUIS MELO LOOKED SO SLICK IN

THAT FINISH, ROCKING ON THAT

HEAD AND ARM CHOKE.

>> BEAUTIFUL JOB, NICE

TECHNIQUE, BUT I LIKE HIS

ACTIVITY LEVEL THROUGHOUT

THE FIGHT, THREW A LOT OF

STRIKES FROM DIFFERENT

POSITIONS.

THIS FIGHT IN THE

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION, BRUNO

CARVALHO.

>> LOOK AT THE EXPERIENCED

EDGE AGAINST EDSON BERTO.

WE WILL HAVE THE FIGHT

AGAINST CARVALHO.

HERE WE GO WITH ROUND NUMBER

ONE.

TONIGHT'S FIGHT BROUGHT TO

YOU BY MILLER LITE, THE

OFFICIAL BEER OF BELLATOR.

THE BRITTLE SICILIAN

CARVALHO IN THE BEIGE AND

WHITE TRUNKS.

SIDE PARTICULAR FROM BERTO.

OH, GOOD RIGHT!

HUGE RIGHT HAND.

>> CARVALHO IS ROCKED.

GOING HARD FOR THE ARMBAR.

LOCKING HIS HIP STOP.

HE'S CLAMPING DOWN HARD.

>> CARVALHO IS TRYING TO

TURN DEFENSE INTO OFFENSE IN

THIS ARMBAR.

>> VERY TIGHT WITH THE HIT.

HE MIGHT HAVE IT.

>> STRAIGHTENING OUT THE

ARM.

OH, THERE'S A LOT OF TORQUE

THERE.

>> CAN'T SEE FROM IN ANGLE

HOW STRAIGHT IT IS.

I DON'T SEE ANY TAPPING YET.

>> GEORGE ORTIZ TAKING A

CLOSE LOOK.

>> THE SHOULDER TURNED THE

CORRECT WAY.

I DON'T THINK HE'S GOT IT.

REGARDLESS OF WHETHER HE

GETS THE ARMBAR, THIS IS

TIME HE NEEDS TO CLEAR HIS

HEAD, BECAUSE HE WAS ROCKED

BY THAT SHOT, SEAN.

>> HE GOT IT!

THE SUBMISSION VICTORY FOR

EDSON BERTO JUST LIKE THAT.

>> THAT FIGHT HAD SOMETHING

FOR EVERYBODY.

THAT'S A KNOCK-DOWN.

DEFENDED THE ARMBAR.

GOT A LEG LOCK.

MAN.

THAT'S A FUN FIGHT.

>> LET'S LOOK AT OUR FIGHT

REPLAY BROUGHT TO YOU BY

MARVEL'S IRONMAN THREE.

>> TAKE A LOOK AT THAT BIG

PUNCH.

CAME OFF THE KICK.

WASN'T TIGHT.

BAM!

KNOCKED THE MOUTH PIECE OUT

OF HIS MOUTH.

CARVALHO GREAT RECOVERY, BUT

CHIN, BUT LOOK AT THIS HEEL

HOOK BY EDSON BERTO, AND HE

TAPS THERE.

LOOKED LIKE HE TAPPED EARLY.

THEN TAPPED AGAIN.

I SAW TWO OF THEM THERE.

YOU SEE HERE.

LOOK AT THE HANDS.

YEAH, THAT WAS A TAP.

>> GEORGE ORTIZ THE REFEREE

SAW THAT ONE.

HERE'S MICHAEL WILLIAMS.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

INSIDE THE BELLATOR CAGE THE

TAP COMES AT 1:27 INTO ROUND

NUMBER ONE, BY WAY OF A HEEL

HOOK, THE WINNER BY

SUBMISSION, EDSON LITTLE

TIGER BERTO!

>> WELL, JIMMY THERE ARE

BELLATOR DEBUTS, AND THEN

THERE ARE BELLATOR DEBUTS.

EDSON BERTO VERY POPULAR ON

THE FLOOR IN THE MMA SCENE,

AND HE LOOKED SPECTACULAR IN

THE CAGE.

>> RIGHT-HAND SHOT TO THE

CHIN.

THEN DEFENDED THE ARMBAR

AFTERWARD.

LOOK AT THAT BEAUTIFUL SHOT.

ANY TIME YOUR MOUTH PIECE

COMES FLYING OUT, YOU GOT

HIT, AND YOU GOT HIT HARD.

BUT LOOK.

LOVE THE JUI JITSU.

LOOK AT THIS HEEL HOOK.

A TAP.

THEN ANOTHER ONE.

GREAT FINISHING INSTINCT BY

EDSON BERTO.

>> 17 PRO VICTORIES IN HIS

MMA CAREER FOR EDSON BERTO.

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THE

FIGHTING BERTO FAMILY.

HERE'S A LOOK AT OUR LOCKER

ROOM CAM BROUGHT TO YOU BY

DIRECT TV.

>> YOU SEE WORKING WITH AWAD

ON HIS HANDS.

SO POWERFUL THAT RIGHT HAND.

HE CAN PUT YOU OUT QUICKLY.

HE'S SHOWN THAT IN THE

TOURNAMENT.

DAVE RICKELS ALWAYS

AGGRESSIVE.

HE'S A GREAT FINISHER IN HIS

OWN RIGHT.

>> THAT FIGHT FOR THE

BELLATOR LIGHTWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP.

>> JIMMY, HOW PSYCHED ARE WE

FOR THAT FIGHT?

MARVEL'S IRONMAN THREE IS IN

THEATERS MAY 3rd.

MORE LATER TONIGHT.

OUR CROWD IN SOUTH FLORIDA

ANXIOUSLY AWAITING AWAD VS.

RICKELS.

>> TAKE A LOOK HOW THEY GOT

HERE, DAVID RICKELS TWO

HARD-FOUGHT DECISIONS IN

WOODARD AND FISHER.

A LOT OF FIGHT IN DOMINANT

POSITION, AWAD 74 COMBINED

SECONDS.

WILL BROOKS GOT HURT, GOT

STUNNED, FINISHED ON THE

GROUND.

HE HAS LEAD IN HIS HANDS.

>> THAT FIGHT IS UP NEXT,

SAAD AWAD.

CAN HE CONTINUE HIS STREAK

OF THREE STRAIGHT FIN

KNISHES THE BELLATOR

TOURNAMENT IN UNDER ONE

MINUTE?

HIS OPPONENT THINKS THAT HE

WILL STOP THAT STREAK AND

GET THE VICTORY, DAVID

RICKELS.

THE WINNER CLAIMS THE

LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP.

>> STILL TO COME LIVE ON

SPIKE, IT'S OUR MAIN EVENT,

THE LET HEAVYWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP.

>> AWAD VERY CREATIVE.

YOU SEE THERE SPINNING GOING

FOR THE BACK FIST.

HIS OPPONENT EMANUEL NEWTON

WORKING ON TECHNIQUE.

BOTH GUYS VERY

UNPREDICTABLE.

>> OUR LOCKER ROOM CAM IS

BROUGHT TO YOU BY DIRECT TV.

THAT LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT FINAL IS COMING

YOUR WAY, BUT LET'S GET

RIGHT TO THE BELLATOR

LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT FINAL,

$100,000 AND A WORLD TITLE

SHOT TO THE WINNER OF SAAD

AWAD VS. DAVID RICKELS.

>> THE BEARD IS LIKE

LEGENDARY STATUS RIGHT NOW.

I'M PRETTY SURE THAT THERE

ACTUALLY IS SUPERPOWER

COMING FROM IT, ABILITY TO

ABSORB DAMAGE, ABILITY TO

DISH OUT DAMAGE, ALL THE

THINGS ARE DRIVEN FROM THE

BEARD.

>> HE SAID HE HAS A MAGIC

BEARD.

TO HIM IT MIGHT PROTECT HIM,

BUT IT DON'T THINK IT'S

GOING TO STOP ANYTHING.

I'M GOING TO TEST THAT BEARD

TONIGHT.

>> WHEN I GO OUT THERE AND

FIGHT SAAD, WHAT I WANT TO

DO IS BREAK HIM.

>> MY KNOCKOUT POWER KEEPS

FROM DEEP DOWN.

IT COMES FROM ANGER.

I THROW WITH THAT INTENTION.

I DON'T THROW TO SOFTEN

PEOPLE UP.

I THROW TO HURT PEOPLE.

>> I DO NOT FEAR ANY

OPPONENT'S POWER.

I'M THE IMMOVABLE OBJECT.

>> I'M GOING TO KNOCK DAVID

RICKELS OUT.

I'M FINISHING THIS

CINDERELLA STORY.

I'M NOT LETTING THIS ONE GO.

>> THIS IS ABSOLUTELY THE

BIGGEST FIGHT OF MY CAREER.

I REALLY, REALLY WANT THIS

VICTORY.

I WANT TO MAKE A FAME FOR

MYSELF IN MMA AND LET PEOPLE

KNOW THAT I'M A SERIOUS,

SERIOUS DUDE ABOUT THIS.

I'VE GOT THE SKILLS AND A

SUPERIOR BEARD.

>> SAAD AWAD HAS PLAYED THE

ROLE OF THE UNDERDOG

THROUGHOUT THIS LIGHTWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT.

FANS ON THE BELLATOR APP,

YOU'RE PICKING HIS OPPONENT

BY AN OVER WEMG MARGIN.

FIND

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN YOUR

FIRST TOURNAMENT FINALIST

READY TO MAKE HIS WEIGHED TO

THE CAGE, SAAD AWAD!

>> SAAD AWAD LOOKING FOR HIS

THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN IN

UNDER ONE MINUTE, AND HE

FACES DAVID RICKELS.

>> AND NOW READY TO MAKE HIS

WAY TO THE CAGE TOURNAMENT

FINALIST DAVID THE CAVE MAP

RICKELS!

>> I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO

SAY RIGHT NOW.

>> JIMMY, EARLIER I

MENTIONED THE HISTRIONCS OF

LUIS MELO.

DAVID RICKELS TAKING IT TO

ANOTHER LEVEL.

>> I DON'T THINK WE WILL

EVER SEE THAT AGAIN IN A

WALK-IN.

>> DAVID RICKELS AND I HAIL

FROM KANSAS.

>> IS THAT WHEN YOU ARE

DINOSAURS COME FROM?

CAVEMAN RICKELS JUST A CRAZY

DID.

HE AS ACCESS TO REALLY COOL

COSTUMES.

>> CAN RICKELS' PERFORMANCE

IN THIS LIGHTWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP LIVE

UP TO THAT WALK-IN?

>> YOU HAVE A SPECTACULAR

WALK-IN, YOU BETTER WIN THE

FIGHT.

THAT IS WHAT HE IS PREPARED

TO DO.

HE ALWAYS COMES IN FOCUSED.

>> LET'S SEE HOW THESE TWO

LINE UP.

OUR TALE OF THE TAPE BROUGHT

TO YOU BY DAVE AND BUSTER'S.

>> YOU SEE HERE THE RECORD,

14-4 FOR SAAD AWAD, 13-1 FOR

DAVID RICKELS, WITH AWAD

MORE FINISHES, 12 FINISHES

IN THOSE 14 WINS.

WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS

TONIGHT.

>> LET'S GET IT STARTED WITH

MICHAEL WILLIAMS.

>> LIVE ON SPIKE, BELLATOR

MMA NOW PRESENTS THE

LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP IN

THE TOUGHEST TOURNAMENT IN

SPORTS, PRESENTED BY

MARVEL'S IRONMAN THREE,

STARTING ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.

IN THEATERS EVERYWHERE MAY

3rd.

NOW SET FOR THREE FIVE MIPT

ROUNDS FIRST THE RED CORNER,

5'11", 155.7 POUNDS, 14

VICTORIES, FOUR DEFEATS,

FIGHTING OUT OF SAN

BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA,

INTRODUCE LITTLE SAAD AWAD!

AND ACROSS THE CAGE FIGHTING

OUT OF THE BLUE CORNER, AT

SIX FOOT EVEN, WEIGHING

155.8 POUNDS, NEAR PERFECT

AS A PROFESSIONAL, 13

VICTORIES, ONE DEFEAT,

FIGHTING OUT OF DERBY,

KANSAS, DAVID THE CAVEMAN

RICKELS!

AND OUR REFEREE IN CHARGE OF

THE CONTEST, TROY.

>> FIGHTERS GET IN THE RING.

>> GENTLEMEN, WE ALL KNOW

THE RULES.

I WANT A GOOD, CLEAN FIGHT.

GO BACK TO YOUR CORNERS.

GET READY TO ROCK 'N ROLL.

>> THE UNIFIED RULES OF MMA

GOVERN THIS TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP.

THE VICTOR EARNS A CHECK FOR

$100,000 AND A WORLD TITLE

SHOT.

>> ARE YOU READY?

FIGHTER, ARE YOU READY?

FIGHTER, ARE YOU READY?

FIGHT!

>> HERE WE GO WITH ROUND

NUMBER ONE.

TONIGHT'S FIGHT CLOCK

BROUGHT TO YOU BY MILLER

LITE, THE OFFICIAL BEER OF

BELLATOR.

>> QUESTION THE FIRST ROUND,

HOW MUCH RESPECT WILL

RICKELS SHOW TO THE POWER OF

SAAD AWAD?

>> SAAD IN THE WHITE TRUNKS,

RICKELS IN THE PURPLE

TRUNKS.

>> SEE YOUR HANDS HIGH VERY

HIGH FOR DAVID RICKELS.

>> EARLY ON JIMMY, LOOK HOW

LOW AWAD IS DIPPING HIS

RIGHT HAND.

LOADING IT UP.

THROWING IT THERE.

COUNTERRIGHT BY RICKELS.

HIS RIGHT IS LOW.

HIS LEFT IS LOW.

>> GOOD RIGHT BY DAVE

RICKELS.

>> AWAD HANDS ARE VERY LOW.

>> TRYING TO GET THE HANDS

LOW.

THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE SAYING.

>> RICKELS SHOWING SO FAR

HE'S NOT AFRAID TO MIX IT

UP.

>> 90 SECONDS INTO ROUND ONE

OF THIS LIGHTWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP,

AWAD GOING THROUGH INTO THIS

TOURNAMENT FINAL 74 SECONDS

COMBINED QUARTERFINAL AND

SEMIFINAL ROUND WINS.

SO FAR IT'S GONE LONGER THAN

BOTH OF HIS FIGHTS COMBINED

IN THIS TOURNAMENT.

AWAD COMING FORWARD.

>> RICKELS GETS A LOT OF

RESPECT.

THROWING A LOT OF KICKS.

>> OUTSIDE KICK.

>> CHECKING THE KICK.

>> LOOKING FOR THE TAKEDOWN,

AND HE GETS IT.

>> DAVID RICKELS VERY

DANGEROUS OFF HIS BACK.

SAAD AWAD OUT OF MMA, GREAT

JUI JITSU OUT OF THAT CAMP

IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

>> WATCH THE TOP OF THE

HEAD.

>>> LIKE HE SAID, TOP OF THE

HEAD IS ILLEGAL.

>> GIVING THAT WARNING,

WHICH AGAIN AS JIMMY JUST

SAID IS UNIQUE TO FLORIDA.

DIFFERENT FROM THE ABC

UNIFIED RULES OF MMA.

>> WATCH OUT FOR THE

TRIANGLE OF DAVID RICKELS.

THAT'S HIS SPECIALTY COMING

BACK.

BEAT THE TRIANGLE WITH

POSTURE.

>> CLOSING GUARD.

NOW OPENER.

WATCH HIM MOVE RICKELS TO

THE BASE OF THE FENCE.

>> IT'S ALL BEEN ON THE

SPEED.

IT'S BEEN KNOCKOUTS.

IT'S GROUND-AND-POUND.

REMEMBER, ELBOWS ARE LEGAL

IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT.

>> NEXT WEEK, IT IS OUR

BELLATOR SEASON FINALE, AND

IT IS AN ABSOLUTELY STACKED

CARD.

THE FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD

CHAMPIONSHIP IS OUR MAIN

EVENT, CHAMPIONSHIP PAT

CURRAN VS. SHAHBULAT

SHAMHALAEV.

>> KNEES FROM AWAD.

CONSERVATIVE POSTURE.

TAKEDOWN AGAIN FROM SAAD

AWAD.

FOLLOWING THIS BELLATOR

LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP, IT IS OUR MAIN

EVENT.

EVENING, THE LIGHT

HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT OF

THE EVENING, ZAYATS VS.

NEWTON.

>> AWAD SO FAR VERY, VERY

AGGRESSIVE ON TOP.

GOOD GROUND-AND-POUND.

KEEPING HIS OPPONENT

GUESSING.

>> AWAD LOOKING THROUGH THE

LEGS, DIVING BACK IN.

HOLDING THE GUILLOTINE

POSITION.

>> YOU RISK IT ON TOP,

THOUGH.

>> FINAL SECOND OF ROUND

NUMBER ONE.

WHO WILL CLAIM THIS

LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP?

[BELL]

>> BETWEEN ROUNDS TRAINER

JOE RICKELS SAYS GET IN HIS

FACE.

STOP MAKING HIM FEEL SO GOOD

ABOUT LIFE.

>> SOUNDS LIKE SOUND ADVICE.

>> ONE THING YOU HAVE TO

TAKE DOWN THERE.

AWAD PULLING IN.

JIMMY, ON YOUR SCORECARD

AWAD GETS THAT TAKEDOWN.

>> I AGREE WITH THE FANS AT

HOME, 10-9 SAAD AWAD, A

TAKEDOWN GROUND-AND-POUND,

AND GOOD SHOTS ON THE FEET.

>> REALTIME STATS ON THE MMA

APP AVAILABLE ON iPHONE,

iPOD TOUCH iPAD.

YOU'LL SEE THREE SCORES OF

AWAD IN THIS FIGHT.

>> OFF THE 24 OF DAVID

RICKELS.

>> CLOSED GUARD FROM

RICKELS.

>> HE HAS TO REALLY GET HIS

OFFENSE GOING IN THIS FIGHT.

>> RICKELS TRYING TO SIT UP.

AWAD STAYING WITH THE BODY

LOCK.

RICKELS GETTING THE

TAKEDOWN.

THIS IS WHERE HE'S BEEN SO

DANGEROUS SO FAR IN THE

BELLATOR TOURNAMENT, REALLY

GOOD GROUND-AND-POUND.

WE SAW THAT AGAINST FISHER

IN THE LAST ROUND.

THIS TIME ELBOWS ARE LEGAL.

ONE MORE WEAPON HE CAN USE

THERE.

THERE'S THE ELBOW FROM

RICKELS TO THE BODY.

RICKELS HAS A VERY KRAVP

GROUND-AND-POUND BUT SWEPT

THERE BY AWAD.

AWAD WAS VERY POOR ON THAT.

>> THE PROBLEM IS THE

DANGEROUS GUARD OF DAVID

RICKELS.

[CROWD CHANTING]

>> HIRE OUR HEROES PROGRAM

FOR SMALL BUSINESS OF

AMERICA.

ENTER TO WIN A TRIP TO LOS

ANGELES FOR THE GUYS CHOICE

AWARD.

AWAD LEFT ACTIVE WITH THE

GROUND-AND-POUND.

HE MISSED THE SECOND ROUND.

WORKING HARD JUST TO KEEP

DAVID RICKELS DOWN.

>> HE'S LOOKING TO GO MIX

THE CONTROL.

IT'S BEEN HEAVY AND STICKY

THUS FAR.

>> HE'S BEEN A LITTLE

CAUTIOUS.

HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO GET HIS

GROUND-AND-POUND GOING IN

THE SECOND ROUND.

>> RIGHT HERE, HE'S MORE

WORRIED ABOUT KEEPING DAVID

RICKELS DOWN THAN HURTING

HIM ON THE BOTTOM.

>> ELBOWS FROM THE BOTTOM

FROM DAVID RICKELS.

ALMOST A CAN OPENER THERE

FROM AWAD.

>> STARTING TO POP ON HIS

HIP.

1:25 REMAINING IN ROUND TWO

OF THIS BELLATOR LIGHTWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP.

THE WINNER EARNS A CHECK FOR

$100,000 AND A WORLD TITLE

SHOT.

LEFT HAND FROM AWAD.

HE'S LOOKING FOR THE UPKICK.

>> YOU GET CREATIVE YOU CAN

GET PAST THE GUARD, BUT

AGAIN, FULL GUARD, HALF

BUTTER FLY.

DAVE RICKELS.

NOT ABLE TO GET THERE.

NOW GETTING SOME SPACE TO

LAND SOME SHOTS.

ELBOW TO THE BODY AND THE

LEFT OF THE HEAD FROM SAAD

AWAD.

30 SECONDS NOW REMAINING IN

ROUND TWO.

RICKELS AGAIN TURNS HIS

OPPONENT.

BOTH FIGHTERS LETTING GO

WITH THE STRIKE.

AWAD LOOKING FOR ONE MORE

TAKEDOWN BEFORE THE BELL

THAT ENDS ROUND TWO.

RICKELS TRYING TO TURN UP

THE VOLUNTARY -- VOLUME OF

HIS STRIKE.

BIG RIGHT HAND FROM RICKELS.

>> I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WAS

THE END OF THE FIGHT OR THE

END OF THE ROUND.

THAT IS IT!

KNOCKOUT IN 4:59 OF ROUND

TWO.

TROY SAYS THIS FIGHT IS

OVER.

AWAD CANNOT BELIEVE IT.

>> HE WAS LAYING THERE.

THOUGHT IT WAS THE END OF

THE ROUND.

A HUGE CELEBRATION FROM

DAVID RICKELS.

>> HE DID NOT CALL IT A

KNOCKOUT WHEN HE HIT THE

GROUND.

SAAD AWAD THOUGHT THE ROUND

WAS OVER.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> YOU'LL SEE THE RIGHT HAND,

BUT NO INDICATION FROM THE

REFEREE OTHER THAN TO MOVE

RICKELS BACK.

>> THAT'S THE END OF THE

ROUND.

ALSO, THAT'S THE END OF THE

ROUND.

I KNOW THAT DID NOT HAVE

ADDIO, BUT WHEN HE FLOPPED

DOWN, THAT WAS THE END OF

THE ROUND.

>> HUGE CONTROVERSY IN THIS

LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT.

CHAMPIONSHIP, BUT THE

VICTORY GOES TO DAVID

RICKELS.

WHEN WE RETURN, JIMMY WILL

SPEAK TO RICKELS, AND

REMEMBER, THE

>> A HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL

END TO THIS BELLATOR

CHAMPIONSHIP.

LET'S LOOK AT THE REPLAY OF

THE END OF THIS FIGHT

BROUGHT TO YOU BY IRONMAN

THREE.

LISTEN FOR THE BELL.

YOU SEE RICKELS' RIGHT HAND.

THERE'S THE BELL.

NOW WATCH THE REFEREE.

DURING OUR COMMERCIAL BREAK,

HE CAME OVER TO OUR

COMMENTARY POSITION.

HE EXPLAINED TO ME THAT HE

THOUGHT IT WAS A LEGAL BLOW,

WHICH IT WAS.

HE ASSESSED AWAD WAS OUT.

THE REF SAID CAN YOU NOT BE

SAVED BY THE BELL.

I SENSED THAT AWAD WAS OUT.

THEREFORE I STOPPED THE

FIGHT.

AWAD CERTAINLY DOES NOT

AGREE.

LISTEN TO THE BELL.

IT'S A LEGAL SHOT.

THE QUESTION IS, WHETHER THE

REFEREE WAS SAYING THE END

OF THE ROUND OR STOPPING THE

FIGHT.

YOU SEE HE WAVES IT RIGHT

THERE.

HERE'S MICHAEL WILLIAMS.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

INSIDE THE BELLATOR CAGE,

THE FIGHTER ON THE CANVAS

DID NOT RESPOND, SO

THEREFORE, REFEREE TROY

WAVED OFF THE CONTEST TIME,

OFFICIAL TIME FIVE MINUTES

OF ROUND NUMBER ONE, THE

WINNER BY TKO, NOW THE

LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT CHAMP

PUMP, DAVID THE CAVEMAN

RICKELS!

>> HERE'S JIMMY.

I'M HERE WITH YOUR WINNER

AND LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP.

I KNOW YOU DON'T LIKE THE

CONTROVERSY, BUT IT'S THE

END YOU WANTED.

TELL US WHAT IT MEANS TO

FINISH OUT THIS TOURNAMENT

THE WAY YOU DID.

>> IT FEELS AMAZING, MAN.

I WALLY WANTED TO PUT AN

EXCLAMATION MARK ON THE WAY

I WENT OUT OF THIS

TOURNAMENT.

I THAT YOU SAAD WOULD BE THE

WAY TO DO THAT.

WE DID A LITTLE BIT OF

WRESTLING, BUT THAT STAGE IN

THE CORNER, THAT'S WHAT I

WANTED.

I GOT TO LAND THAT RIGHT

HAND, AND I GUESS I DO HAVE

POWER.

>> MICHAEL CHANDLER HAS THE

BELT AT 155.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT

FIGHT AND FACING HIM?

>> I KNOW FIGHTING MICHAEL

CHANDLER, WE ARE GOING TO

SEE A WHOLE LOT OF THAT

GOING ON, EXCEPT FOR I THINK

WE ARE GOING TO BE LANDING

ON EACH OTHER'S' CHINS, AND

HE SAID SOMETHING ABOUT HOW

I WAS LACKING POWER.

I DON'T KNOW, I THINK I GOT

A LITTLE BIT STILL.

>> YOU'RE OF COURSE DAVE

RICKELS, GREAT RING EMPHASIS,

ALWAYS BRINGS A FIGHT, HE

HAS A TOUGH ONE AGAINST

MICHAEL CHANDLER.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF HIS

PERFORMANCE?

>> NEXT UP THE WORLD TITLE.

GOOD WORK.

>> CONGRATULATIONS, YOUR

TOURNAMENT CHAMPION, DAVE

THE CAVEMAN RICKELS.

>> LET US KNOW ON TWITTER

WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE END

OF THAT FIGHT.

DAVID RICKELS CLAIMS HIS

CHECK FOR $100,000, AND HE

EARNS HIS WORLD TITLE SHOT

BY CLAIMING THIS BELLATOR

LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP.

AGAIN, JIMMY, THE END OF THE

FIGHT.

>> YOU SEE HERE AGAINST THE

FENCE.

TRADING AT THE END.

RIGHT HAND HERE ON THE CHIN,

BUT BANG, THAT'S WHEN THE

ROUND ENDS.

THE REF THINKS THE ROUND IS

OVER.

I DON'T AGREE WITH THE CALL

AT ALL.

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK

>> WE ARE DOWNING DOWN.

-- COUNTING DOWN.

>> EMANUEL NEWTON GETTING

READY.

GOOD SHORT GAME, GREAT

SPINNING FIRST, GREAT

SPINNING ELBOWS.

HIS OPPONENT ZAYATS

UNPREDICTABLE.

>> OUR LOCKER ROOM CAM IS

BROUGHT TO YOU BY DIRECT TV.

>> IN THE SEMIFINAL ROUND OF

THIS BELLATOR LIGHT

HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT,

EMANUEL NEWTON SHOCKED KING

MO WITH A ONE-PUNCH KNOCKOUT,

A VICTORY FOR MIKH

>> THAT IS OUR BELLATOR MMA

MAIN EVENT LIVE NEXT

THURSDAY ON SPIKE.

WE'VE REACHED OUR MAIN EVENT

OF THIS EVENING, THE

CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE BELLATOR

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT.

>> YOU SEE MIKHAIL ZAYATS,

TWO DOMINANT PERFORMANCES IN

THE FIRST ROUND, A KNOCKOUT

OVER BABALOU IN THE FIRST

ROUND, GROUND-AND-POUND IN

THE SECOND.

ALL OVER JACOB NOE.

BEAUTIFUL FIRST ROUND

FINISHES, EMANUEL NEWTON THE

TRER NAKED CHOKE IN THE

OPENING ROUND AND THE

SPINNING BACK FIST KNOCKOUT

OF KING MO THAT PUT EVERYONE

ON NOTICE, BOTH FIGHTERS A

GREAT RIDE INTO THE FINAL

TONIGHT.

>> THE GIANT KILLERS HAVE

MADE IT THROUGH TO THE LET

HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP, MIKHAIL ZAYATS

VS. EMANUEL NEWTON.

>> IN THE CAGE A MAN LEARNS

THE BASIC TRUTH ABOUT

HIMSELF.

HE EITHER WHIPS, OR HE LOSES,

AND THAT MOMENT CAN DEFINE

HIM FOR THE REST OF HIS

CAREER.

ZAYATS AND NEWTON ENTER AS

GIANT KILLERS.

FORMER CHAMPIONS BABALOU AND

KING MO CAME WITH

EXPECTATIONS TO WIN, BUT

EXPECTATIONS DON'T WIN

FIGHTS.

A WARRIOR FORMINGED IN THE

BLAST FURNACE, ZAYATS CAME

WITH THE TOOLS TO BECOME A

CHAMPION AND DESIRE TO MAKE

HIS NAME IN THE SPORT BY

KNOCKING OUT A LEGEND.

>> IN RUSSIA, A FIGHTER

RESPECTS HIS OPPONENT, BUT

WHEN THE TIME COMES, HE

BREAKS HIM IN BODY AND MIND,

AND HE SHOWS NO MERCY.

>> EMANUEL NEWTON IS A MAN

WHO HAS BEEN AN UNDERDOG HIS

ENTIRE LIFE.

BY AGE 16 HE HAD LOST BOTH

PARENTS TO CANCER, BUT THE

HARD CORE KID USED THOSE

MEMORIES, THE ANER AND THE

PAIN TO FUEL HIS MMA CAREER,

EVENTUALLY FINDING SALVATION

IN THE CAGE.

>> I THINK GOD PROMISED ME I

WOULD WIN.

I HAVE THAT FAITH IN MYSELF,

AND I DIDN'T BACK DOWN.

>> TWO MEN WITH A SHARED

DESTINY WILL MEET IN THE

BELLATOR CAGE.

ONE MAN WILL LEAVE THE CAGE

A WINNER.

HE WILL EARN A TITLE SHOT

AND THE CHANCE TO GO FROM

UNDERDOG TO WORLD CHAMPION.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN YOUR

FIRST TOURNAMENT FINALIST

READY TO MAKE HIS WAY TO THE

CAGE, MIKHAIL ZAYATS!

>> IMY YOU AND I COMMENT

TATED FIGHTS WITH MIKHAIL

ZAYATS.

HE'S AN OUTSTANDING FRONT

RUN SEVERE WHEN THINGS ARE

GOING HIS WAY, IT'S HARD TO

STOP HIS MOMENTUM.

GOT TO BREAK THAT MOMENTUM

IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL

AGAINST MIKHAIL ZAYATS.

TAKE HIM OUT OF HIS GAME.

YOU SEE ALWAYS SMILING

BEFORE A LIGHT -- FIGHT.

GETS HIM QUESTIONING

HIMSELF.

>> AND NOW SET TO MAKE HIS

WAY TO THE CAGE, TOURNAMENT

FINALIST EMANUEL THE HARD

CORE KID NEWTON!

>> IT'S BEEN A NIGHT OF

ENTRANCES AT MMA.

HOW ABOUT THAT FOR AN

ENTRANCE?

>> HE SAID HE WOULD DO IT.

HE SAID I'M COMING IN WITH A

CHIP ON MY SHOULDER FOR THIS

FIGHT.

HE SAYS I LIKE MIKHAIL

ZAYATS BUT I'M HERE TO HURT

HIM.

>> OUR TALE OF THE TAPE

BROUGHT TO YOU BY DAVE AND

BUSTER'S.

>> YOU SEE THEY HAVE ALMOST

EXACT SAME REACH.

THEY LIKE A LOT OF THE SAME

TECHNIQUES.

IT'S WHO IS MORE ACCURATE

THAT WILL BE THE DIFFERENCE

HERE.

>> AGAIN WE GO TO MICHAEL

WILLIAMS.

>> BELLATOR MMA LIVE ON

SPIKE NOW PRESENTS THE MAIN

EVENT OF THE EVENING, THREE

FIVE-MINUTE ROUNDS FOR THE

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP.

SANCTIONED BY THE FLORIDA

STATE BOXING COMMISSION.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY MILLER

LITE, THE OFFICIAL BEER OF

BELLATOR MMA, IT'S NOT JUST

A GOOD TIME, IT'S MILLER

TIME.

NOW INTRODUCING FIRST OUT OF

THE RED CORNER AT 5'11",

WEIGHING IN 205.6 POUNDS,

HIS PROFESSIONAL RECORD, 21

WINS, SIX LOSSES, FIGHTING

OUT OF RUSSIA, MIKHAIL

ZAYATS!

AND ACROSS THE CAGE OUT OF

THE BLUE CORNER, 6'1",

WEIGHING 201.4 POUNDS,

TONIGHT HE ENTERS THE CAGE

WITH 20 PROFESSIONAL

VICTORY, SEVEN DEFEATS, ONE

DRAW, FIGHTING OUT OF LONG

BEACH, CALIFORNIA,

INTRODUCING EMANUEL THE HARD

CORE KID NEWTON!

IN CHARGE OF THE CONTEST,

REFEREE GEORGE ORTIZ.

>> OK, GUYS.

WE WENT OVER THE RULES.

I WANT A CLEAN FIGHT.

PROTECT YOURSELF AT ALL

TIMES.

GOOD LUCK TO BOTH OF YOU.

TOUCH.

THANK YOU.

>> HUGE RESPECT BETWEEN

THESE TWO MEN.

THE WINNER OF THIS LIGHT

HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP CLAIMS $100,000

AND EARNS A WORLD TITLE

SHOT.

BELLATOR'S REIGNING 205

WORLD CHAMPION WATCHING THIS

FIGHT WITH GREAT INTEREST.

ROUND NUMBER ONE.

OUR FIGHT CLOCK BROUGHT TO

YOU BY MILLER LITE, THE

OFFICIAL BEER OF BELLATOR.

RUSSIAN MIKHAIL ZAYATS IN

THE BROWN TRUNKS, AMERICAN

IN THE WHITE TRUNKS.

>> RIGHT HAND OVER THE TOP

GETS THINGS STARTED.

FANS VOTING ON THE BELLATOR

MMA APP, THE VAST MAJORITY

OF YOU HAVE SELECTED EMANUEL

NEWTON AS YOUR WINNER OF

THIS FIGHT.

>> HE LANDS A BIG RIGHT HAND

THERE.

>> NEWTON IS GOOD IN THE

CLINCH.

GRE-ROMAN BACKROUND.

>> GOOD COUNTER BY ZAYATS.

BIG KICK FOR NEWTON.

SPINNING IN THAT SEQUENCE

LANDING A CHEST KICK.

EARLY ON JIMMY, YOU CAN SEE

NEWTON IS LOADING UP THAT

OVERHAND RIGHT.

>> YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER, YOU

MISS WITH THE BIG OVERHAND

RIGHT.

>> REFEREE GEORGE ORTIZ

LETTING THIS FIGHT FLOW.

ALL STAND-UP SO FAR.

NEWTON IS THROWING THAT BIG

OVERHAND RIGHT BUT MISSING.

TWO GOOD LEFTS ON THE INSIDE

BY ZAYATS.

GOOD STRAIGHT PUNCHES BY

ZAYATS.

GOOD STRATEGY.

EMANUEL NEWTON CAN COME IN A

LITTLE BIT WILD, LITTLE BIT

CRAZY.

>> RIGHT HAND MOVING

BACKWARDS IS NEWTON, AND

THERE'S THE FIRST TAKEDOWN

OF THIS FIGHT.

>> HE'S VERY CAUTIOUS WITH

ZAYATS ON THE GROUND.

HE SET UP THE ARMBAR.

>> ZAYATS SO ACTIVE ON HIS

BACK.

FINDS THE OPEN GUARD.

SHORT HAMMERFIST WITH THE

LEFT HAND BY NEWTON.

RIGHT ELBOW.

ZAYATS LOOKING FOR AN

ARMBAR.

>> ANGLE WITH HIS FIST ON

BOTH SIDES.

ZAYATS BACK TO HIS FEET.

90 SECONDS REMAINING IN

ROUND ONE.

IN WITH THE BODY LOCK.

GOT THE TAKEDOWN HE SOUGHT.

GOOD TRANSITION BY MIKHAIL

ZAYATS.

>> GOING THROUGH IS NEWTON.

SITTING UPHOLDING THE

GUILLOTINE.

>> ZAYATS LETS IT GO.

>> THE VETERAN KNOWS HOW

HARD IT CAN BE ON THE BODY.

NEWTON MOVING TO THE BACK OF

MIKHAIL ZAYATS.

>> HE WILL GO THROUGH

SUBMISSION WITHOUT HOOKS.

>> NEAR NAKED CHOKE IS WHAT

EMANUEL NEWTON IS THINKING

NOW, TRYING TO SOFTEN UP

ZAYATS.

CLOSING SECONDS OF ROUND

NUMBER ONE.

NEWTON NOT YET LOCKING ON

THE NEAR NAKED CHOKE.

ZA

>> YOU SEE HERE SOME GOOD

ACTION IN THAT ROUND CATCH

THAT KICK, AND THEN ZAYATS,

I LIKED HIS STRAIGHT PUNCHES

IN RETURN.

NOT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE

AGGRESSION AND WILD

NECESSARY OF EMANUEL NEWTON.

>> HOW DID YOU SEE ROUND

ONE?

>> CLOSE ROUND, 10-9 NEWTON.

FANS AT HOME AGREE.

CLOSE FIRST ROUND.

I THOUGHT ZAYATS DID MORE

DAMAGE WITH HIS PUNCHES,

THOUGH.

>> FANS, REMEMBER YOU'RE THE

FOURTH JUDGE COURTESY OF THE

BELLATOR MMA APP.

BELLATOR LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

WORLD CHAMPION AT LA UP

NEXT.

TRYING TO TURN UP THE

INTENSITY.

>> NOT MUCH BETWEEN THESE

TWO FIGHTERS THUS FAR.

>> THEY'RE BOTH HARD TO

FIGURE OUT THEY'RE TIMING IS

VERY STRANGE.

>> IT'S HARD TO LOOK GOOD

AGAINST EITHER ONE OF THESE

FIGHTERS.

IT REALLY IS.

>> HE'S SAYING BINOCULARS.

THAT'S CODE FOR KEEPING YOUR

HANDS UP.

>> SIDE KICK FROM EMANUEL

NEWTON THAT LANDED FLUSH ON

THE CHEST.

>> ROUND NUMBER TWO OF THIS

BELLATOR LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP,

MIKHAIL ZAYATS VS. EMANUEL

NEWTON, THE TWO UNDER DO,

TWO GIANT KILLERS WHO HAVE

MADE IT TLUTD TO THIS

TOURNAMENT AT 205 POUNDS.

GLAD YOU ARE WITH US FOR

BELLATOR MMA ON SPIKE.

>> YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER

ABOUT EVERY MONUMENTAL

UPSET.

IT'S ANOTHER GUY'S COLLAPSE.

BOTH THESE GUYS KNOW WHAT

THE OTHER ONE CAN DO.

>> ZAYATS IS CUT OUTSIDE HIS

RIGHT BROW.

SMILE FROM ZAYATS AFTER THAT

MISS.

>> YOU SEE THE BLOOD

STARTING TO FLOW.

>> YOU'RE WATCHING TONIGHT'S

MAIN EVENT, THE LIGHT

HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP, BELLATOR MMA

OUR MAIN EVENT NEXT THURSDAY

NIGHT, THE BELLATOR

FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE

WITH CHAMPION PAT CURRAN VS.

SHAHBULAT SHAMHALAEV.

IT BEGINS ON SPIKE TV 10:00

P.M.

EASTERN.

SPINNING BACK BY NEWTON.

ZAYATS DOES NOT SLIP.

I LIKE THE CONTROLLED PACE

OF THESE TWO.

>> ONE THING YOU HAVE TO

KEEP IN MIND, THEY'VE HAD

IMPRESSIVE KNOCKOUTS GETTING

HERE, BUT EMANUEL NEWTON 20

WINS, ONLY THREE KNOCKOUTS.

HE'S GOT KNOCKOUT POWER.

HE TENDS TO THROW A LOT OF

STRIKES RATHER THAN ONE BIG

ONE THAT HURTS YOUR

OPPONENT.

GOOD COMBINATION BY ZAYATS.

THE UNDER HOOK.

ZAYATS BACKS OFF.

>> VERY EVEN ROUND.

IT'S GOING TO BE ABOUT WHO

SHOWS A LITTLE LESS RESPECT

IN THE FINAL STRETCH MAYBE

AND LOOSENS UP A LITTLE BIT.

>> WE ARE HEARING FROM THE

CORNER OF EMANUEL NEWTON,

BINOCULARS, KEEP YOUR HANDS

UP.

ALSO, LOOK AT ZAYATS IN THE

CENTER OF THE CAGE.

BEING AGGRESSIVE.

THAT IS A FACTOR IN THE

JUDGING.

>> SITTING BACK, ZAYATS JUST

MISSED THE MARK.

>> ON THE TOP OF THE HEAD.

OH, NICE ONE-TWO.

THAT'S WHERE ZAYATS IS

SUCCESSFUL WITH THOSE

STRAIGHT SHOTS RIGHT DOWN

THE PIKE.

ZAYATS KEEPS TURNING ANGLE.

INSIDE KICK FROM EMANUEL

NEWTON.

>> YOU SEE HIM LOAD THAT

RIGHT HAND COUNTER.

OH, THERE'S A RIGHT HAND FOR

ZAYATS.

THE TAKEDOWN GETS IT ON THE

OUTSIDE.

>> BLOOD ON THE FACE OF

EMANUEL NEWTON, BUT IT'S

ZAYATS' BLOOD.

>> TAKE A DEEP BREATH.

IN AND OUT.

YOU'RE GOOD.

YOU'RE FINE.

WE NEED MORE WORK, OK?

EVERYTHING IS GOING WITH HIS

RIGHT HAND.

YOU HAVE TO GET MORE HEAD

MOVEMENT.

>> YOU HEAR THE BIG PUNCH.

THAT STRAIGHT RIGHT HAND, HE

LANDED IT MORE THAN ONCE.

THE TAKEDOWN END OF THE

ROUND, BUT LOOK HERE, MOVING

INTO THAT RIGHT HAND.

THEY BUMPED HEADS THERE.

I THINK THAT'S WHAT OPENED

UP THE CUT.

>> NEWTON GOT A FACE FULL OF

ZAYATS' BLOOD, BUT HE IS CUT

AS YOU SAW, THE OUTSIDE

CORNER OF HIS LEFT EYE.

>> THIRD AND FINAL ROUND

UPCOMING OF THIS BELLATOR

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP.

THE WINNER EARNS A CHECK FOR

$100,000 AND A WORLD TITLE

SHOT THE SLOVAK ATTILA.

LAST ROUND FOR MIKHAIL

ZAYATS.

ALL TIED UP.

WHO IS GOING TO TURN IT ON

WHEN THEY NEED IT IN THE

THIRD ROUND?

THAT'S THE QUESTION.

FANS, YOU ARE THE FOURTH

JUDGE ON THE BELLATOR MMA

APP.

NICE MOVE AGAIN, THINKING

ABOUT THE GUILLOTINE.

NICE OUTSIDE TRIP, BUT NOT

ABLE TO KEEP ZAYATS DOWN.

>> IMMEDIATELY BACK TO HIS

FEET.

HE'S BEEN IN A VERY CLOSE

ROUND, VERY BACK AND FORTH.

>> GOOD RIGHT FROM NEWTON.

>> REALLY BLEEDING OUT OF

THE CORNER OF HIS LEFT EYE.

>> ZAYATS CUT ROUND ONE,

NEWTON CUT CLOSING STAGES OF

ROUND TWO.

>> BIG LEFT JAB FROM EMANUEL

NEWTON.

>> OH, GOOD RIGHT!

>> GOOD RIGHT HAND BY NEWTON,

AND HE POUNCES.

REAR NAKED CHOKE.

SPINNING BACK KID.

HAD THE REAR NAKED TURN INTO

A BULLDOG CHOKE.

COULD NOT FINISH EITHER ONE.

YOU'VE GOT TO WONDER IF

NEWTON IS TRYING TO PRESS

THE ADVANTAGE NOW.

I THINK ZAYATS IS STILL HURT,

SEAN.

LIKE I SAID, A WOUNDED TIGER

IS DANGEROUS.

>> BIG MOUSE UNDER THE LEFT

EYE OF MIKHAIL ZAYATS.

MIGHT BE HIS BROW IN ROUND

ONE, AND HIS EYE NOW.

THAT WAS THE BEST OFFENSIVE

SEQUENCE OF THIS FIGHT FOR

EITHER MAN.

NEWTON DROPPING ZAYATS WITH

THE NEAR NAKED CHOKE.

TRANSITION TO THE BULLDOG

CHOKE.

ZAYATS BACK TO HIS FEET.

>> ANSWER WITH THAT OVERHAND

RIGHT WHEN EMANUEL NEWTON

COMES FORWARD, BUT THAT MORE

SUCCESS WITH THE STRAIGHT

RIGHT.

NEWTON CAN SEE THAT COMING.

>> FINAL TWO MINUTES OF THIS

FIGHT.

WHO WILL CLAIM THIS LIGHT

HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP, $100,000 AND A

WORLD TITLE SHOT, MIKHAIL

ZAYATS OR EMANUEL NEWTON?

1-1 ON THE SCORECARD

ENTERING THIS THIRD AND

FINAL ROUND.

SPINNING BACK FIST OF

NEWTON.

NOTHING ON THAT.

HAS TO TURN IT UP HERE.

MINUTE AND A HALF LEFT.

I THINK HE'S LOSING THIS

ROUND.

ZAYATS IS WAITING FORWARD.

OUTSIDE KICK.

SHOT FROM ZAYATS.

NOW TO THE SINGLE LEG.

NOT ABLE TO HOLD NEWTON

DOWN.

GOT TO GET SOMETHING GOING

ON THE FEET.

ONLY A MINUTE LEFT.

TOUGH KICK FROM NEWTON.

WELL INTO THE 15th AND FINAL

MINUTE OF THIS FIGHT.

SPINNING BACK KICK MISSING.

>> NOT A LOT OF THESE HAVE

LANDED.

THEY'VE KEPT ZAYATS ON THE

OUTSIDE.

HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO GET HIS

OFFENSE GOING.

THAT'S BEEN THE STORY OF

THIS THIRD ROUND.

>> NEWTON LOOKING FOR A LATE

TAKEDOWN ON THE SINGLE LEG,

AND HE GETS IT.

15 SECOND TO GO IN THIS

FIGHT.

LOOKING FOR THE ELBOW NOW IS

ZAYATS.

THESE TWO UNDERDOGS ADVANCE

TO GO THE BELLATOR LIGHT

HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP.

WHICH OF THESE TWO WILL

CLAIM VICTORY?

THE BELL AND THE END OF THE

FIGHT.

>> HEY, GOOD JOB.

>> ARMS RACED BY EMANUEL

NEWTON.

NOW SUCH CELEBRATION FROM

MIKHAIL ZAYATS.

WE SHALL SEE.

>> LOOK AT THE SHOT, ROUND

NUMBER THREE.

BANG.

RIGHT ON THE JAW.

KNOCKED ZAYATS DOWN.

WENT AFTER HIM.

LOOKED FOR THE FINISH.

COULD NOT GET IT.

REAR NAKED AND BULLDOG

CHOKE.

THE TAKEDOWN AT THE END, NOT

ENOUGH TIME TO DO ANYTHING

WITH IT, BUT AGGRESSIVE

THROUGHOUT THAT THIRD ROUND,

MIKHAIL ZAYATS NOT ABLE TO

FIND HIS COUNTERPUNCHING

RANGE.

>> WHO WINS IT FOR YOU?

>> EMANUEL NEWTON, 29-28,

VERY CLOSE FIGHT.

>> HUGE RESPECT BETWEEN

THESE TWO FIGHTERS ENTERING

THIS BOUT, THE RESPECT LEVEL

EVEN HIGHER AFTER 15 MINUTES

COMPLETED.

HERE WE GO WITH MICHAEL

WILLIAMS.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

HAVING GONE THE DISTANCE, IN

THIS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP,

ALL THREE JUDGES, MIKE, DON

AND RICHARD ALL SEE THE

FIGHT EXACTLY THE SAME AT

29-28, ALL FOR THE WINNER BY

UNANIMOUS DECISION, NOW THE

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CHAMPION, EMANUEL THE HARD

CORE KID NEWTON!

>> LET'S GO TO JIMMY IN THE

CAGE.

>> I'M HERE WITH YOUR

TOURNAMENT CHAMPION, EMANUEL

THE HARD CORE KID, NEWTON.

EMANUEL, WHAT AN INCREDIBLE

RIDE THROUGH THIS

TOURNAMENT.

YOU'RE THE TOURNAMENT

CHAMPION.

HOW DOES THAT FEEL?

>> FIRST OFF, I GIVE PRAISE

AND THANKS TO MY LORD GOD

JESUS CHRIST.

CAN I GET AN AMEN?

MIKHAIL IS TOUGH AS NAILS.

HE CAUGHT ME WITH A COUPLE,

CUT ME.

HE WAS HARD TO TAKE DOWN.

GOOD SCRAMBLING, PUNCHING.

I KNEW IF I PUSHED THE PACE

AND STAYED IN HIS FACE, HE

GETS HARD, I WEAR HIM DOWN,

GET THE TAKEDOWN AND FINISH

IT ON THE GROUND.

>> NOW, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE

UNDERDOG IN BELLATOR TITLE

SHOTS.

THAT'S WHAT EMANUEL NEWTON

HAS BEEN ABOUT IN THIS.

>> ABSOLUTELY,

CONGRATULATIONS MY FRIEND.

YOU'VE EARNED YOUR REMATCH

AGAINST ATTILA.

>> EMANUEL NEWTON, LADIES

AND GENTLEMEN!

GIVE IT UP FOR HIM.

>> NEXT UP FOR AN ELATED

EMANUEL NEWTON, A REMATCH

VS. ATTILA VEGH.

VEGH WON A CONTROVERSIAL

SPLIT DECISION IN THE

SEMIFINAL ROUND, A RESULT

NEWTON BELIEVED SHOULD HAVE

GONE IN HIS FAVOR AND ONE

THAT HE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY

TO AVENGE.

FOR BJORN, JIMMY AND OUR

CREW, I'M JIMMY WHEELOCK.

THANKS FOR WATCHING

BELLATOR.

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