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Bellator 114

World Middleweight Champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko defends his title against tournament winner Brennan Ward. Plus featherweight tournament semifinals, and Brett Cooper battle Kendall Grove in a middleweight tournament semifinal.

>>> TONIGHT, RUSSIA'S GREATEST

MIXED MARTIAL ARTIST FIGHT TO

PROVE AGAIN HE'S ONE OF MMA'S

GREATEST CHAMPION, BUT A BRASH

YOUNG AMERICAN STANDS IN HIS

WAY.

>> IT WON'T JUST BE A MATCH, IT

WILL BE A WAR.

>> OUR MAIN EVENT --

>> BODY SHOT, DROPPED HIM!

>> MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION,

ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO DEFENDS HIS

TI

TITLE.

BUT BRENNAN WARD IS ON A MISSION

TO BRING THE BELT HOME.

>> SHLEMENKO, THAT BELT IS

COMING BACK TO THE UNITED

STATES.

BELIEVE ME.

WE START OUR NIGHT WITH KENDALL

"THE SPIDER" GROVE TAKING ON

BRETT COOPER.

>> OH, MY GOD!

>> BELLATOR MMA LIVE ON SPIKE

STARTS RIGHT NOW.

>>> WE ARE LIVE TONIGHT FROM

MAVERIK CENTER IN SALT LAKE

CITY, UTAH.

ON TAP TO FIGHT FOR THE BELLATOR

MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE, BRENNAN WARD

AND ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO, AND A

SEMIFINAL ROUND BOUT IN THE

MIDDLEWEIGHT TOURNAMENT.

>> KENDALL GROVE VERSUS BRETT

COOPER KICKS IT OFF.

TWO GUYS WHO LOVE TO BANG, LOVE

TO THROW, LOVE TO MAKE IT A

BRAWL.

KENDALL GROVE FOUGHT SOME OF THE

BEST IN THE WORLD.

HIS HEIGHT ADVANTAGE, HIS REACH

ADVANTAGE, THAT'S HIS KEY TO

SUCCESS.

HE LIKES TO CLOSE THE DISTANCE,

SO DOES BRETT COOPER.

GAVE ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO ALL HE

COULD TAKE IN FIVE ROUNDS.

>> LET'S LOOK AT OUR TALE OF THE

TAPE BROUGHT TO YOU BY DAVE &

BUSTERS.

THE HEIGHT AND REACH ADVANTAGE

FOR KENTAL GROVE.

>> HERE IS BELLATOR CAGE

ANNOUNCER, MICHAEL WILLIAMS.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WELCOME

TO THE MAVRIK CENTER TONIGHT

LIVE ON SPIKE BELLATOR MMA

BEGINS WITH THREE FIVE-MINUTE

ROUNDS IN THE TOUGHEST

TOURNAMENT IN SPORTS.

THIS TOURNAMENT IS BROUGHT TO

YOU BY DAVE & BUSTERS.

NOW, INTRODUING FIRST THE RED

CORNER AT 6'5" WEIGHING IN AT

185 POUNDS EVEN, MAKING HIS

TOURNAMENT DEBUT, HE STANDS WITH

19 PROFESSIONAL VICTORIES, 13

DEFEATS.

HAILING FROM MAUI, HAWAII,

INTRODUCING KENDALL "THE SPIDER"

GROVE.

>>> ACROSS THE CAGE, HIS POENT

OPPONENT FIGHTING OUT OF THE

BLUE CORNER WEIGHING IN AT 185.5

POUNDS, TONIGHT HE RETURNS TO

TOURNAMENT ACTION WITH 19

PROFESSIONAL VICTORIES, 9

DEFEATS.

FIGHTING OUT OF LONG BEACH,

CALIFORNIA, PRESENTING BRETT

COOPER!

THE REFEREE IN CHARGE OF THE

ACTION, BIG JOHN McCARTHY.

>> THIS SEMIFINAL ROUND OF ALL

BELLATOR TOURNAMENTS THE FIGHTS

ARE SCHEDULED FOR

THREE FIVE-MINUTE ROUNDS.

>> Referee: YOU READY?

LET'S GET IT ON.

>> THE BELL IN ROUND NUMBER ONE.

TONIGHT'S FIGHT CLOCK IS BROUGHT

TO YOU BY MILLER LITE, THE

OFFICIAL BEER OF BELLATOR, IT'S

NOT JUST A GOOD TIME, IT'S

MILLER TIME.

KENTAL GROVE IN THE RED AND

BLACK TRUNKS.

BRETT COOPER IN THE LIGHT

TRUNKS.

THE WINNER ADVANCES TO THE

FINALS.

BRETT COOPER TRYING TO CLOSE

RANGE, BUT KEEPING HIS CHIN

HIGH, HEAD VERY STEADY.

THAT COULD BE A MISTAKE.

SHLEMENKO HAD A LOT OF COUNTER

PUNCHES COMING IN.

>> LEFT HOOK FROM COOPER, MOVING

FORWARD.

THAT'S WHY HE MOVES FORWARD.

HE LOVES LANDING THOSE POWER

SHOTS.

NICE LEG KICK.

>> TURNS DEFENSE INTO OFFENSE.

POPPED UP ON THAT LEG KICK, NOW

THE TAKEDOWN.

HALF GUARD OF BRETT COOPER.

>> BLACK BELT BRAZILIAN

JIU-JITSU, NOT WHERE COOPER

WANTS TO BE.

>> PUNCHES FROM COOPER.

>> GREAT JOB PULLING IT BACK,

HOOKS IT IN.

NO-LOOK PUNCHES FROM COOPER.

PATIENT, LOOKING FOR THE

REAR-NAKED CHOKE.

ACROSS THE MOUTH.

NOTHING THERE THUS FAR.

>> HE IS LANDING THOSE NO-LOOK

PUNCHES.

KENDALL GROVE, THOSE LONG ARMS,

HE CAN LAND PUNCHES ALL THE WAY

BEHIND YOU.

HE CAN MOVE AROUND, HE CAN

UPPERCUT.

HE CAN PUNCH AT YOU FROM FUNNY

ANGLES WHEN HE HAS YOUR BACK.

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>> SCOOTING TO HIS LEFT, HAS TO

TURN TO HIS RIGHT, SPIN AND FACE

KENDALL GROVE.

NOT ABLE TO DO IT.

>> CONNECTING WITH THAT RIGHT

HAN

HAND.

>> EXACTLY WHERE KENDALL GROVE

WANTS TO BE.

>> 2:15 REMAINING, ROUND NUMBER

ONE.

>> RIGHT LEG, CRAB RIDING IS

WHAT WE CALL IT IN WRESTLING.

SHIN BEHIND THE SHIN OF BRETT

COOPER, TRYING TO KICK IT OFF.

CAN'T DO IT.

>> Referee: WRAP THE HOLD HAND.

NOT JUST THE GLOVE.

>> THE REFEREE WARNING BRETT

COOPER THAT HE HAS TO GRAB THE

HAND, NOT JUST THE GLOVE.

HAPPENS ALL THE TIME IN MMA.

ESPECIALLY IN THIS POSITION.

>> TRYING TO POSTURE ON TO HIS

HIP.

TRYING TO KEEP HIS COMPOSURE.

REAR-NAKED CHOKE.

BODY TRIANGLE.

>> SMART MOVE WITH THE LONG

LEGS, GOING TO THE BODY

TRIANGLE.

HAVE TO GET THAT FOOT ON THE

OTHER SIDE.

FLIP OVER, MAKE THAT LOCK SIDE

ON TOP NOW, PUT THAT ON THE

BOTTOM TO ESCAPE.

RIGHT NOW HE CAN'T DO IT.

>> NOW SWITCHES, NICE

TRANSITION, BUT COOPER STILL

DEFENDIN

DEFENDING.

>> I'M TELLING YOU, IT IS HELL

GETTING OUT OF A BODY TRIANGLE.

BOTH HOOKS IN WITH A GUY LIKE

KENDALL GROVE'S BUILD, IT'S A

NIGHTMARE.

>> 6'5", ALL ARMS AND LEGS.

>> BODY TRIANGLE AROUND THE

WAIST, LIMITS THE BREATHING,

TAKES A LOT OF GAS OUT OF YOU.

>> KENDALL GROVE LOOKING FOR THE

REAR-NAKED CHOKE, JUST TRYING TO

CRANK.

IN THE BACK MOUNT NOW WITH THE

BODY TRIANGLE.

LETTING GO WITH PUNCHES.

15 SECONDS REMAINING ROUND ONE.

MORE LEFT HANDS DOWN FROM

KENDALL GROVE.

UNABATED SHOTS.

ALL GROUND AND POUND FROM

KENDALL GROVE.

>> THIS IS THE END OF THE FIRST

ROUND.

JOHN McCARTHY TELLING BRETT

COOPER YOU'VE GOT TO MOVE.

HE WAS CLOSE TO STOPPING THIS

FIGHT.

>> Referee: MOVE.

>> THERE'S THE BELL THAT SAVED

HI

HIM.

>> BRETT COOPER A FINALIST IN

THE BELLATOR MIDDLEWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT.

BELLATOR TOURNAMENT DEBUT FOR

KENDALL GROVE.

GOOD START FOR ROUND TWO FOR

COOP

COOPER.

>> JIMMY, HOW DID YOU HAVE IT

ROUND ONE?

>> 10-9 KENDALL GROVE.

ALMOST WON'T FIGHT AT THE END OF

THE FIRST ROUND.

OH, NICE UPPERCUT.

>> McCARTHY SUCH A GREAT

REFEREE.

HEARD THE CLAP, KNEW THERE WAS

ONLY TEN SECONDS LEFT, BUT HE

WAS ONLY GOING TO ALLOW COOPER

TO TAKE SO MUCH PUNISHMENT.

>> I THINK A GOOD NON-CALL.

>> FIVE MORE SECONDS, I THINK

THE FIGHT WOULD HAVE BEEN OVER.

>> COOPER CERTAINLY FIGHTING

LIKE HE'S DOWN ONE ROUND.

THROWING BIG BOMBS, BEING

AGGRESSIVE.

LOOKS LIKE HE'S TRYING TO MAKE

UP GROUND.

>> THIS IS THE KIND OF FIGHT

BRETT COOPER WANTS.

DIRTY, INSIDE, MAKING IT ABOUT

POWER SHOTS.

>> GROVE TRYING TO ESTABLISH THE

LONG JAB.

>> COOPER TOLD US, JIMMY, I

EITHER HAVE TO STAY WAY OUTSIDE

OR GET IN THE POCKET.

I CAN'T STAY IN THAT MIDDLE

GROUND.

>> HE GETS THE POCKET, HE'S

THROWING WELL.

FOUND THE CHIN OF KENDALL GROVE

MORE THAN ONCE.

>> NICE "D" BY GROVE.

>> GUYS WHO ARE BOTH AGGRESSIVE,

BUT THAT HEIGHT DISPARITY, A LOT

OF HEAD CLASHES.

>> MARTIN NOT INTENTIONALLY

ACCUSING GROVE OF LEADING WITH

THE HEAD.

TRYING TO FIRE BACK WITH A JAB

OF HIS OWN.

>> SECOND ROUND MORE COOPER'S.

FOUND THAT INSIDE.

>> MOVING IN.

>> THAT WAS IN DRAMATIC FASHION.

SOUNDED GOOD.

>> TRYING TO CUT OFF THE ANGLE.

>> MOVING IN AGAIN.

LIKE THOSE LEAPING PUNCHES, THE

HOOK AND UPPERCUT TO CLOSE THE

DISTANCE.

AGAIN THAT LEAPING UPPERCUT, BUT

GOT THE ONE-TWO ON THE COUNTER

FROM KENDALL GROVE.

>> GROVE IS FIRING BACK A

ONE-TW

ONE-TWO.

>> GROVE DOING WELL AT RANGE.

COOPER DOING WELL ON THE INSIDE.

PRETTY MUCH WHAT WE EXPECTED,

BACK AND FORTH FIGHT.

>> NICE LEFT HOOK OVER THE TOP.

>> OH, BIG RIGHT HAND!

>> BIG RIGHT HAND!

>> COOPER LOOKING TO FINISH!

FEROCIOUS SHOOT FROM COOPER!

MORE FROM --

>> HE'S DONE.

>> THE REFEREE STEPS IN.

THAT IS IT.

A COME FROM BEHIND WIN FOR BRETT

COOPER, HE GOES TO THE

MIDDLEWEIGHT TOURNAMENT FINAL.

>> WE KNEW HE HAD THE POWER AND

ADVANTAGE.

HE SHOWED IT WITH THAT RIGHT

HAND.

THAT PUT KENDALL GROVE ON THE

GROUND, THEN SWARMED ALL OVER

HIM FOR THE FINISH.

>> THAT'S WHAT THIS GUY HAS AT

185.

HE CAN PUT YOU DOWN, HE CAN PUT

YOU OUT.

>> TAKE YOU TO THE END OF THE

FIGHT WITH OUR AUTO ZONE REPLAY.

>> THERE'S THAT RIGHT HAND THAT

STARTED IT.

BANG.

RIGHT ON THE CHEEK.

JUST FLATTENS KENDALL GROVE.

LEGS RIGHT OUT FROM UNDER HIM.

HE HAD DONE A LOT OF THAT

LEAPING BODY SHOT, LEAPING

UPPERCUT TO GET INSIDE.

THE RIGHT HAND OVER THE TOP THAT

SPELLED THE BEGINNING OF THE END

FOR KENDALL GROVE.

LOOK AT THIS, SWARMING ALL OVER

HIM.

PUNCHES IN BUNCHES WITH BOTH

HANDS, KENDALL GROVE, LIKE I

SAID, A BLACK BELT, TRYING TO

GET HIS COMPOSURE BACK.

WAS NEVER ABLE TO ANSWER THE

ATTACK OF BRETT COOPER.

COULD NOT GET AWAY.

>> BRETT COOPER, ALL SORTS OF

TROUBLE AT THE END OF ROUND ONE.

AND FINISHES KENDALL GROVE WITH

HIS GROUND AND POUND.

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BREAK,

JIMMY SMITH WILL SPEAK TO THE

VICTOR, BRETT COOPER.

>>> BRETT COOPER'S 20th PRO MMA

VICTORY.

HERE IS MICHAEL WILLIAMS.

>> Announcer: LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN, INSIDE THE BELLATOR

CAGE THE END COMES AS REFEREE

JOHN McCARTHY STEPS IN

OFFICIALLY CALLING A HALT TO THE

CONTEST, 3:33 INTO ROUND NUMBER

TWO.

THE WINNER BY KNOCKOUT NOW, A

MIDDLEWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

FINALIST, BRETT COOPER!

>> JIMMY IS IN THE CAGE.

>> I'M HERE WITH YOUR WINNER,

BRETT COOPER.

ANOTHER WIN, ANOTHER DRAMATIC

COMEBACK.

BAD FIRST ROUND, HE TOOK YOUR

BACK.

YOU FOUGHT THAT SECOND ROUND

LIKE YOU WANTED TO GET IT BACK.

HOW DID THAT FINISH FEEL?

WALK ME THROUGH IT.

>> SO MUCH EMOTION.

YOU KNOW, A LOT OF -- I LOVE

OBSTACLES, BUT THANK GOD I WAS

ABLE TO CONQUER IT.

I DON'T WANT TO PREACH, BUT I

WANT TO THANK GOD OR IT, DOESN'T MATTER.

IT'S ALL THE SAME.

I WANT TO THANK MY FAMILY.

MY WIFE IS SO SUPPORTIVE OF ME.

COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT HER.

MY LITTLE DAUGHTER, I DON'T WANT

TO START CRYING AGAIN.

I LOVE YOU GUYS.

EVERYBODY THAT HELPS ME OUT.

MY BUDDY, VINCE ORTIZ, WASN'T

ABLE TO BE WITH ME.

HELPS ME OUT A LOT.

MARK IN THE GYM, ALL THE GUYS IN

THE GYM.

DON'T GET MAD IF I FORGET YOUR

NAMES.

YEAH, MAN.

HE WHOOPED ME THE FIRST ROUND.

I THINK THAT WAS PRETTY OBVIOUS.

I KNEW I HAD TO COME BACK.

EVERYBODY KEPT SAYING KEEP

COMING FORWARD.

HE'S A TALL GUY.

THE WHOLE GAME PLAN WAS

OBVIOUSLY TO COME OVER THE TOP.

OUT-JABBING SOMEBODY 6'5" AND

HAS AN 80-INCH REACH IS NOT

EXACTLY EASY.

>> YOU NEVER HAVE AN EASY FIGHT.

CONGRATULATIONS.

GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

BRETT COOPER, LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN!

>> GREAT HEART, GREAT SKILL,

GREAT TENACITY FROM BRETT

COOPER.

JOHN McCARTHY RULES IT'S A

KNOCKOUT.

YOU SEE WHY.

GROVE GOES OUT ON THE FULL ON

GROUND AND POUND FROM AN ELATED

BRETT COOPER.

>>> SO WITH THAT IMPRESSIVE

COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN BRETT

COOPER ADVANCES TO THE

MIDDLEWEIGHT TOURNAMENT FINAL,

NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE ON SPIKE

WE WILL BRING YOU JEREMY KIM ELL

BALL VERSUS DAN CRAMER.

>> STILL TO COME, ALEXANDER

SHLEMENKO DEFENDS HIS BELT AS HE

BATTLES BRENNAN WARD.

UP NEXT, THE FEATHERWEIGHT

SEMIFINAL BEGINS AS WILL

MARTINEZ AND DESMOND GREEN GO

HEAD TO HEAD.

THIS IS BELLATOR MMA.

>>> OUR MAIN EVENT TONIGHT IS

THE FIGHT FOR THE BELLATOR

MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

>> THERE'S THE CHAMP, ALEXANDER

SHLEMENKO.

HIS DAUGHTER, HIS WIFE, HIS

TEAM, HIS BELT, EVERYTHING THAT

MATTERS TO HIM COMING INTO THE

CAGE WITH HIM TONIGHT.

AND THERE IS BRENNAN WARD.

IRISH BAD BOY.

ALWAYS COMES IN WITH ENERGY.

ALWAYS ECSTATIC TO FIGHT THAT

DOESN'T CHANGE TONIGHT EVEN

THOUGH IT'S FOR THE BELT.

>> ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO CLEARLY

ONE OF THE BEST STRIKERS IN MMA.

BRENNAN WARD SAID I WANT TO KEEP

THIS STANDING.

I WANT TO MAKE THIS A FIREFIGHT.

>> THAT'S WHAT HE NEEDS.

OUT IN SPACE, IN RANGE,

ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO IS ONE OF

THE BEST AT 185.

BRENNAN WARD NEEDS TO BRING THE

FIGHTING TO HIM WITH HIS

STRIKING AND WRESTLING.

>> ALSO TONIGHT, THE TOURNAMENT

SEMIFINALS.

WE STARTED WITH EIGHT AND DOWN

TO THE FINAL FOUR.

>> CRAZY OPENING ROUND.

I EXPECT THE SAME TONIGHT,

BESSETTE AND WEICHEL LATER

TONIGHT.

RIGHT NOW, IT'S WILL MARTINEZ

VERSUS DES GREEN.

MARTINEZ HAS TO KNOW IT'S NOT ON

THE OUTSIDE, IT'S ON THE INSIDE

WHAT MAKES A FIGHTER.

>> I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO GROW

UP IN THE HOOD.

I GREW UP IN INNER CITY

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK.

I DIDN'T HAVE THE FINER THINGS

IN LIFE.

IT WAS A STRUGGLE.

>> GOOD SHOT.

>> GREEN MOVING IN.

BIG HAMMER FISTS.

>> PEOPLE SEAT TATTOOS, THE

GOATEE, LONG DREDS, SAY HE'S A

THUG.

I SHRUG IT OFF AND PROVE IT

WRONG.

>> I WAS RAISED PROPERLY BY MY

MOM AND DAD.

I GO TO CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY.

I WAS THE FIRST IN MY FAMILY TO

FINISH COLLEGE.

I HAVE PEOPLE LOOKING AT ME AS A

ROLE MODEL.

I WILL GO OUT THERE AND BREAK

WILL MARTINEZ'S WILL TO FIGHT.

IF IT COMES DOWN TO WHO HAS

BIGGER BALLS, I'LL WIN THAT ONE

EVERY TIME.

EVERYTHING THIS PROMOTION BRINGS

TO ME WILL HELP MY FAMILY.

I FEEL LIKE THIS IS MY LIFE'S

PURPOSE, MY LIFE GOAL.

>> WILL MARTINEZ FIGHTS NOT JUST

FOR HIMSELF BUT ALSO FOR HIS

BIGGEST CRITIC.

♪♪

>> NO MAN WANTS TO BE CRITICIZED

BY A 6-YEAR-OLD LITTLE GIRL.

UNLESS HE HAS A HUG AND A KISS

AT THE END.

MY BIGGEST CRITIC HAS TO BE MY

6-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, LANA.

WHEN I FIGHT, SHE'S EXCITED,

COMPLIMENTARY ON MY TAKEDOWNS,

STAND UP.

WHEN I FOUGHT KEVIN RODDY, SHE

CRITICIZED MY GROUND AND POUND.

I COULD HAVE DONE MORE ON TOP.

MY EXACT WORDS WERE GEEZ, I

CAN'T BELIEVE THIS.

>> HE'S GOT IT.

>> HE GOT IT!

>>> TONIGHT I WILL IMPOSE MY

WILL ON DES GREEN.

ME AND LANA SAT DOWN AND HAD A

CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS FIGHT.

SHE IS EXCITED.

SHE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT I'M

GOING TO DO.

I'M GOING TO WALK OVER LIKE A

STONEWALL, I'LL PUNCH, KICK,

GRAPPLE.

HE BETTER KNOW HELL IS COMING.

>> HUGE RIGHT HAND.

THIS FIGHT IS OVER.

>> THERE IS NO BIGGER MOTIVATION

THAT TO SEE YOUR CHIRP PROUD OF

YOU ESPECIALLY IN SOMETHING LIKE

COMBAT SPORTS WHERE YOU HAVE TO

GO THERE AND YOU HAVE TO LEAVE

IT ON THE LINE.

THERE'S NOTHING BETTER IN THE

WORLD.

NO BETTER FEELING THAN TO KNOW

STANDING BY YOUR SIDE WHEN YOU

GO TO WAR.

>> WILL MARTINEZ SAYS WITHOUT

QUESTION IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT HE

CONTROLS AND WINS ROUND NUMBER

ONE.

HIS OPPONENT, DES GREEN, SAYS

HIS KEY TO VICTORY IS MOVEMENT

AND KEEP

>>> SABOTAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

OF END OF WATCH AND THE FAST AND

THE FURIOUS, STARRING

SCHWARZENEGGER, LEAVE NO LOOSE

ENDS, SABOTAGE.

>>> DESMOND GREEN VERSUS WILL

MARTINEZ.

LET'S DO THE NUMBERS.

OUR TALE OF THE TAPE BROUGHT TO

YOU BY DAVE & BUSTER'S.

>> REACH ADVANTAGE OF DES GREEN.

HE USES THAT MOBILITY,

RANGE, IT COULD BE A LONG LIGHT

FOR MARTINEZ.

WE MOVE TO THE FEATHERWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT.

THIS SEMIFINAL SCHEDULED FOR

THREE FIVE-MINUTE ROUNDS BROUGHT

TO YOU BY AUTO ZONE.

NOW INTRODUCING THE RECORD

CORNER FIRST AT 5'10" WEIGHING

IN AT 145.8 POUNDS, HIS

PROFESSIONAL RECORD, 11 WINS,

TWO LOSSES, HE FIGHTS OUT OF

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, DES "THE

PREDATOR" GREEN!

ACROSS THE CAGE HIS OPPONENT

FIGHTING OUT OF THE BLUE CORNER,

5'9" WEIGHING IN AT 145.5

POUNDS.

9 VICTORIES, 2 DEFEATS, 1 DRAW.

HAILING FROM AND FIGHTING OUT OF

PHILADELPHIA, P.A. SBROSHGS

DUESING WI

INTRODUCING WILL MARTINEZ.

YOUR REFEREE, JASON HERZOG.

>> FIGHTER, YOU READY?

FIGHTER, YOU READY?

FIGHT.

>> ROUND NUMBER ONE.

OUR FIGHT CLOCK IS BROUGHT TO

YOU BY MILLER LITE, THE OFFICIAL

BEER OF BELLATOR, NOT JUST A

GOOD TIME, IT'S MILLER TIME.

>> DES GREEN IN THE BLACK

TRUNKS.

WILL MARTINEZ IN THE BLUE

TRUNKS.

OUTSIDE KICK FROM GREEN.

>> WHAT GREEN IS GOOD AT,

STAYING ON THE OUTSIDE, EXPLODE,

COME IN AGAIN.

USING ATHLETICISM.

THAT'S WHAT MARTINEZ HAS TO DEAL

WIT

WITH.

>> SLASHING KICK FROM MARTINEZ.

>> GOOD RIGHT HAND LANDED BY

MARTINEZ.

>> LEVEL CHANGE.

LOOKING FOR THE TAKEDOWN.

HE GETS IT.

>> MOTIVATED BY THAT RIGHT HAND

SHOT.

DID NOT WANT TO STAY ON THE

OUTSIDE AND BOX ANYMORE.

>> BOTH FIGHTERS ACCOMPLISHED ON

THE GROUND.

GREEN DIVISION 1A IN BUFFALO.

MARTINEZ A BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU

BLACK BELT.

>> MARTINEZ BACK TO HIS FEET.

COULDN'T FIND A TAKEDOWN

ATTEMPT.

TURN BY MARTINEZ.

RIGHT BACK BY GREEN.

THAT'S AN IMPORTANT STATEMENT BY

MARTINEZ, MAYBE YOU CAN TAKE ME

DOWN, IT'S HARD TO KEEP ME

THERE.

GOT TO LET A GUY KNOW HE'S

WASTING A LOT OF ENERGY KEEPING

YOU THERE.

>> TAKEDOWN, MARTINEZ RIGHT BACK

TO HIS FEET.

NICE RIGHT HAND.

BODY SHOT ENCOUNTER WITH

MARTINEZ.

NOW HE MOVES FORWARD.

>> MARTINEZ THE SUPERIOR

WRESTLER.

YOU WANT HIM TO GO TO THE WELL

OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

WILL MARTINEZ SENT THE MESSAGE

YOU WON'T EASILY HOLD ME DOWN.

MAKE HIM TAKE THAT SHOT OVER AND

OVER AGAIN.

EXACTLY WHAT DES GREEN IS DOING.

>> NEW EPISODE OF "IMPACT

WRESTLING" THURSDAY 9:00 P.M.

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KICK LANDS.

KICK CAUGHT BY GREEN.

>> DES GREEN GETTING THAT LEG,

THROWING STRIKES, RATHER THAN

PURSUING THE TAKEDOWN.

>> BEING VERY AGGRESSIVE.

>> FACING CRITICISM IN THE PAST

FOR BEING PASSIVE.

PLAYING THE OUTSIDE GAME.

HE'S GOING IN.

HE'S LOOKING FOR A SCRAP IN THIS

FIGHT.

>> SO IS WILL MARTINEZ.

THAT'S NO SURPRISE.

>> GREEN TOLD US, I CAN'T AND I

WON'T BE HESITANT IN STAND UP.

HIS GOAL IS TO BRING THE FIGHT

TO WILL MARTINEZ.

>> STILL TO COME TONIGHT, THE

SECOND FEATHERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

SEMIFINAL, THEN OUR MAIN EVENT,

ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO VERSUS

BRENNAN WARD.

>> YOU WANT TO COMMIT TO YOUR

TAKEDOWN.

CLOSE ROUND, COMMIT TO THAT

DOUBLE LEG.

KEEP THE PRESSURE ON.

MAYBE ICE THE ROUND IN THE EYES

OF THE JUDGES.

GOT TO BE CAREFUL, THOUGH.

WILL MARTINEZ, VERY EXPERIENCED

ON THE GROUND.

>> MARTINE.

JASON HERZOG TELLING MARTINEZ

WATCH THE FOOT IN THE FACE.

CAN'T KICK THE HEAD.

YOU CAN PUSH WITH THE FOOD TO

THE HEAD.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A KICK TO

THE FACE AND A PUSH TO THE

FACE --

>> NICE RIGHT HAND.

MARTINEZ TRYING TO PUSH OFF.

THERE IS THE UPKICK.

TAKING HIS TIME, GREEN GROUNDING

HIMSELF FIRST THERE DROPPING TO

A KNEE BEFORE HE MOVED IN.

>> THAT'S SMART.

>> FEET ON THE HIPS, CONTROLLING

THE RANGE AGAINST DES GREEN ON

THE GROUND.

>> FINAL SECONDS OF ROUND NUMBER

ONE OF THIS FEATHERWEIGHT

SEMIFINAL.

DES GREEN HOLDING TOP

>> DES GREEN'S FAMILY SITTING

CAGE SIDE.

HIS MOM LOOKS VERY HAPPY.

>> WILL MARTINEZ EMPHATICALLY

TOLD US I MUST -- I MUST WIN

ROUND NUMBER ONE.

HOW DID YOU SEE IT?

>> EXTREMELY CLOSE FIRST ROUND.

I GAVE IT TO DES GREEN.

BASED ON THAT IN AND OUT AND THE

TAKEDOWN AT THE END.

>> VERY CLOSE.

>> YOU HAVE TO QUESTION

MARTINEZ, WHAT IF YOU DON'T WIN

ROUND NUMBER ONE?

HE TOLD US THEN I'M GOING TO GET

RECKLES

RECKLESS.

>> DES GREEN WITH THE TAKEDOWN,

NOT SURPRISING AT ALL.

>> THE LAST -- HERZOG SPOTTED

THE POKE TO THE EYE.

>> COMING OVER THE TOP.

CAUGHT HIM COMING IN.

>> THAT EXPLOSIVE STYLE, DIDN'T

HAVE SPEED UNDERNEATH IT.

>> CAUGHT BY THAT LEFT HAND.

>> WILL MARTINEZ IS SO

THOUGHTFUL, SO STRATEGIC, SO

METHODICAL, HE PLANS ON WHEN TO

GET RECKLESS.

>> THAT'S VERY TRUE.

>> DID THAT TAKEDOWN.

>> HELD BY DES GREEN.

>> THERE'S THE PROBLEM WITH

GETTING RECKLESS.

YOU GET TOO AGGRESSIVE, IT'S

EASY TO SET UP A TAKEDOWN FOR

DES GREEN.

>> ALL NEW EPISODE OF "INK

MASTER" TUESDAY AT 10:00 P.M.

EASTERN TIME ON SPIKE.

>> CONTROL WITH THE WEIGHT,

BRINGING THE KNEES TO THE BACK

OF THE THIGH.

AND AGAIN.

>> CHOPPING SHOTS BY MARTINEZ.

THEY MAY PAY DVIDENDS GOES ON.

>> PUTTING PRESSURE ON HIM, THE

SHORT STRIKES WITH THE KNEES.

>> DEFENSIVE AT THE MOMENT FOR

WILL MARTINEZ.

SUPLEX, AND HE GOT IT.

YOU COULD HEAR DES GREEN AUDIBLY

GRUNT, PUT A LOT INTO THAT

TAKEDOWN.

>> WILL MARTINEZ GETTING HIS

GUARD BACK.

A LOT OF SWEEPS FROM HERE.

DES GREEN HAS TO BE CAUTIOUS ON

TOP.

HASN'T GONE CRAZY WITH THE

GROUND AND POUND THERE.

>> SHOULDER STRIKE THERE,

MARTINEZ CLAIMED IT WAS RIGHT IN

THE EYE.

THAT'S LEGAL, THOUGH.

>> YOU CAN SHOULDER STRIKE TO

THE EYE.

HE COMPLAINED BEFORE THE FIGHT

ABOUT DES GREEN'S HAIR.

THAT'S WHY THEY TIED IT UP

BEHIND HIS HEAD.

THAT'S UNDERSTANDABLE.

IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS THAT CAN

REALLY GET IN YOUR EYES.

ATTEMPTED THE TRIANGLE.

BUT WITH MARTINEZ'S POSTURE,

IT'S HARD TO GET THAT.

>> IN THE GUARD AGAIN FOR WILL

MARTINEZ.

ALONG THE BASE OF THE FENCE.

LOOKING TO ISOLATE THE ARMS.

GOOD DEFENSE BY DES GREEN.

>> HE FELT IT, HE YANKED THE ARM

FREE.

>> WRESTLERS NOTORIOUSLY HARD TO

SUBMIT.

>> MARTINEZ LOOKING FOR THE ARM

FROM THE BOTTOM.

>> ONE THING IS THAT MARTINEZ

OBVIOUSLY BLACK BELT IN

JIU-JITSU.

BUT CANNOT GET CAUGHT, BUT A

WRESTLER SPENDS THEIR WHOLE

LIVES -- JIU-JITSU, IT'S A

DEFENSIVE POSITION.

VERY GOOD NATURAL DEFENSE

AGAINST WRESTLERS, EVEN BLACK

BELT JIU-JITSU.

>> TOP CONTROL FROM DES GREEN.

FINAL MINUTE, ROUND NUMBER TWO.

CALL FOR ACTION FROM JASON

HERZOG.

MARTINEZ FLAT ON HIS BACK IN THE

OPEN GUARD.

TRYING TO POSTURE TO HIS HIP.

GREEN STAYING STICKY.

BLOOD TRICKLING OUT OF THE MOUTH

OF WILL MARTINEZ.

>> BELLATOR GIRLS LETTING US

KNOW THAT WE ARE MOVING TO THE

THIRD AND FINAL ROUND OF THIS

FEATHERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

SEMIFINAL.

>> Referee: FIGHTER, YOU READY?

FIGHTER, YOU READY?

FIGHT.

>> GREAT SPORTSMAN SHIP FROM DES

GREEN, WILL MARTINEZ.

WINNER THROUGH TO THE

FEATHERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT FINAL.

JIMMY, HOW ABOUT IT?

>> TWO ROUNDS TO NONE FOR DES

GREEN.

PROBABLY PULLED AWAY IN THE

SECOND ROUND.

FIRST ROUND STILL CLOSE.

HE CAN FEEL GOOD ABOUT A

DECISION RIGHT NOW.

THIS IS WHAT DES GREEN IS GOOD

AT.

PUTTING TOGETHER CLOSE ROUNDS.

HE DID JUST ENOUGH TO WIN

AGAINST MIKE RICHMONDS.

VERY CLOSE ROUNDS DEFINE HIS

CAREER IN BELLATOR.

>> 11 WINS, 4 FINISHES, LIKES TO

GO THE DISTANCE.

>> BACKING UP AGAINST THE FENCE.

>> BACK AGAINST THE FENCE.

>> BIG COUNTER SHOT.

NOT A GOOD IDEA, ESPECIALLY

AGAINST A WRESTLER.

>> MARTINEZ PARKING HIMSELF WITH

HIS BACK AGAINST THE FENCE.

>> NOT MOVING AGAINST THAT

POSITION.

NOW COMES FORWARD.

TRYING TO GET DES GREEN TO COME

AT HIM SO HE CAN COUNTERPUNCH.

>> BIG LEFT HAND TO START THAT

SEQUENCE FROM GREEN.

>> BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

YOU CAN MOVE IN QUICKLY.

>> GOOD RIGHT HAND.

THAT ROCKED HIM.

GREEN OPENS UP, THEN BACKS OFF.

>> BACKS OFF, LETS HIM OFF THE

HOOK.

THAT'S SURPRISING.

I THOUGHT HE HAD HIM HURT THERE.

>> LEFT HOOK FROM WILL MARTINEZ.

>> TALKED ABOUT THE FINISH,

COMING INTO THIS FIGHT.

BUT YOU CAN SEE WHERE HIS

INSTINCTS WERE.

HE GOT WILL MARTINEZ HURT, HAD

HIM AGAINST THE FENCE, BACKED

OFF AGAIN AND STARTS OVER.

HIS INSTINCT IS NOT TO FINISH.

>> IT'S UP TO WILL MARTINEZ TO

GET SOMETHING DONE, LAND

SOMETHING BIG.

GET BACK IN THIS FIGHT.

ON MY SCORECARD, HE NEEDS TO DO

SOMETHING DRAMATIC, MAKE

SOMETHING BIG HAPPEN.

RIGHT NOW THIS FIGHT IS SLIPPING

AWAY WITH TWO MINUTES LEFT.

>> LOW KICK FROM MARTINEZ,

AGAIN, GREEN COMES FORWARD.

>> LATE IN THIS FIGHT.

>> JIMMY, YOU CAN SEE GREEN

KEEPS STICKING OUT HIS

MOUTHPIECE.

IS HE TIRED OR IS THAT A BAD

HABIT?

>> ENERGY LOOKS GOOD.

MOVING WELL.

>> MAYBE THAT'S A SIGN OF

OVERWHELMING CONFIDENCE.

>> I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS.

GOOD WAY TO GET YOUR JAW BROKEN.

LOSE SOME TEETH AS WELL.

LOOKS LIKE HIS GAS TANK IS GOOD.

A LOT OF ANGLING.

A LOT OF MOVEMENT.

MARTINEZ RIGHT NOW IS LOSING.

>> NICE LEFT HAND OVER THE TOP.

LANDED SOLID.

LOOKING FOR THE SINGLE LEG.

BACK TO HIS INSTINCTS.

>> WELL DEFENDED BY MARTINEZ.

FINAL MINUTE NOW IN THIS

TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL.

>> CAN MARTINEZ PULL A RABBIT

OUT OF THE HAT HERE AND GET THE

WIN?

GOOD FRONT CHOKE POSITION.

MIGHT BE THE PERUVIAN NECKTIE.

CAN'T SEE HOW WELL HIS HANDS ARE

LOCKED.

>> ALL THAT HAIR WILL NOT MAKE

IT EASIER.

MARTINEZ NOT FIGHTING WITH THAT

URGENCY YOU WANT TO SEE AT THIS

POINT IN THE FIGHT.

IF HE HAS ANY PUNCHES, HE HAS TO

THROW THEM NOW.

TEN SECONDS LEFT.

>> TAKEDOWN BY DES GREEN.

>> I THINK THAT SEALED IT.

>> THAT'S THE END OF THE FIGHT.

WHEN WE RETURN, WE WILL SEE WHO

ADVANCES TO THE FEATHERWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT FINAL, DES GREEN OR

WILL MARTINEZ.

REMEMBER, STILL TO COME, OUR

MAIN

>>> DES GREEN VERSUS WILL

MARTINEZ GOING THE FULL THREE

ROUNDS.

OUR AUTO ZONE REPLAY.

>> MOSTLY A STAND-UP BATTLE, DES

GREEN GOT THE TAKEDOWN WHEN HE

NEEDED THEM.

THE PRESSURE WAS ON, HE CAME ON

WITH THE BIG TAKEDOWN.

THAT COULD HAVE WON IT IN THE

EYES OF THE JUDGES.

>> JIMMY, DID GREEN DO ENOUGH TO

WIN THIS FIGHT FOR YOU?

>> HE DID ON MY SCORECARD,

30-27.

THE FIRST ROUND COULD HAVE GONE

EITHER WAY.

THE LAST TWO ROUNDS, DES GREEN

PULLED AWAY.

HERE'S MICHAEL WILLIAMS.

>> Announcer: HAVING GONE THE

DISTANCE, WE GO TO THE JUDGES

SCORECARDS.

THE FIRST JUDGE SEES THE FIGHT

29-28.

JUDGE

THE TWO OTHER JUDGES SEE THE

FIGHT 30-27.

ALL FOR THE WINNER BY UNANIMOUS

DECISION, NOW ADVANCING TO THE

FEATHERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT FINALS,

DES "THE PREDATOR" GREEN.

>> AN ABSOLUTELY ELATED DES

GREEN HAS BOOKED HIS PLACE IN

THE SEASON TEN FEATHERWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT FINAL.

HIS FAMILY IS EQUALLY ELATED.

SO DES GREEN IS NOW THROUGH.

HE WILL MEET THE WINNER IN THE

FEATHERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT FINAL

OF THE SEMIFINAL THAT YOU WILL

SEE NEXT, MATT BESSETTE VERSUS

DANIEL WEICHEL.

NEXT WEEK, THE WORLD TITLE

FIGHTING KEEP ON COMING AS WE

MOVE TO THE HEAVYWEIGHT

DIVISION.

>> NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 4th AT THE

RENO EVENT CENTER.

UNDEFEATED HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD

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VERSUS CHEICK TONGA.

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>> ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO ALWAYS

THAT EXPRESS ON HIS FACE.

GETTING LOOSE.

GETTING READY.

OH, MY A LITTLE BIT OF A SMILE.

UNBELIEVABLE.

BRENNAN WARD, IRISH BAD BOY.

THEY CALL HIM THAT FOR A REASON.

SO MUCH ENERGY.

HE WILL HAVE IT TONIGHT.

>> IT'S THE FIGHT FOR THE

MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD TITLE.

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>> MATT BESSETTE, SUCH AN

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WHAT WILL HE DO TONIGHT?

>> THE WINNER WILL ADVANCE TO

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THE HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

CONTINUES, JOHNSON VERSUS

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LOOK FOR THE KNOCKOUTS THAT

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ALL OF IT LEADING UP TO

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CHANDLER VERSUS ALVAREZ III,

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>> RAMPAGE JACKSON OFF TO AN

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LATER TONIGHT HE WILL FACE JIMMY

SMITH OUTSIDE THE BELLATOR CAGE.

>> UP NEXT, ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO

WILL DEFEND HIS TITLE WHEN HE

GOES HEAD TO HEAD WITH THE IRISH

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>> MATT BESSETTE VERSUS DANIEL

WEICHEL COMING UP.

WEICHEL DOMINANT IN THE OPENING

ROUND, DOESN'T FIGHT FOR

HIMSELF, FIGHTS FOR HIS COUNTRY

AS WELL.

>> HAVING THE GERMAN FLAG ON MY

BACK MEANS EVERYTHING TO ME.

GERMANY IS MY FAMILY, MY

FRIENDS.

IT'S WHERE I CAME FROM, IT'S WHO

I AM.

I REMEMBER BEING 15 YEARS OLD,

JUST FINISHING JIU-JITSU CLASS,

THAT WAS THE MOMENT I FELT MMA

IS MY PASSION.

MY PARENTS SUPPORTED ME FROM THE

FIRST DAY I DID IT.

THEY WERE PROUD OF ME.

THEY FOLLOW IT WITH ALL THEIR

HEART.

THEY'RE VERY NERVOUS WATCHING

THE FIGHTS.

THEY GO CRAZY WHEN THEY WATCH IT

BECAUSE THEY CAN DO NOTHING

ABOUT IT.

ONE FIGHT IN THE PAST, MY DAD

COULDN'T WATCH IT, I WENT TO MY

MOBILE PHONE, HAD 40, 50 CARDS.

HE WENT CRAZY BECAUSE HE DIDN'T

KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.

>> RARE NAKED CHOKE BY WEICHEL.

>> WHEN THE BELL RINGS, MY FOCUS

IS TAKING HIM APART, WRESTLING,

GROUND FIGHTING.

I HAVE THE CONFIDENCE I CAN STOP

MATT BESSETTE.

I WANT TO REPRESENT GERMANY

INSIDE THAT CAGE.

>> IN MMA AND IN LIFE, MATT

BESSETTE FEELS HE HAS ALWAYS

BEATEN THE ODDS.

>> I FEEL LIKE I TOOK OUT THE

NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE FIRST

ROUND.

I DID NOT COME HERE FOR SECOND

PLACE.

IT WAS GO BIG OR GO HOME.

>> I HAVE BEEN OVERCOMING THE

ODDS MY ENTIRE LIFE.

I WAS 3 YEARS OLD WHEN I WAS

FIRST DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA.

THE DOCTORS DAVE ME A 50/50

SHOT.

KIDS HAVE BEEN REACHING OUT TO

ME TELLING ME I GIVE THEM HOPE.

I GOT A NOTE FROM A SCHOOL

PSYCHOLOGIST ABOUT A LITTLE BOY

FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE.

I KNOW WHAT JACOB IS GOING

THROUGH.

I HAD TO RESPOND.

I SENT HIM A GLOVE FROM THE

DIAGEO NUNEZ FIGHT.

I SAW THE PICTURE OF HIM HOLDING

UP THE GLOVE, I KNEW I WAS

MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

JACOB, IF YOU ARE WATCHING,

DUDE, KEEP BATTLING.

KEEP FIGHTING, NO MATTER WHAT.

IT'S ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS I'M

FIGHTING NOW.

IT'S NOT JUST FOR ME.

IT'S FOR ALL THE SICK KIDS OUT

THERE.

I WANT TO GIVE THEM HOPE.

>> GOOD RIGHT HAND BY BESSETTE!

>> BESSETTE PASSES!

>> YEAH!

>> THE WIN OF HIS LIFE!

>> HAVE VERY FOCUSED AND INTENSE

MATT BESSETTE WALKING TOWARDS

THE BELLATOR CAGE IN THE BIGGEST

FIGHT OF HIS LIFE.

HE WILL FACE THE GERMAN, DANIEL

WEICHEL.

THE WINNER ADVANCES TO THE

>>> MATT BESSETTE VERSUS DANIEL

WEICHEL IN THIS FEATHERWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL ROUND

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MATT BESSETTE, ONLY 17.

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WEIGHING IN AT 145.9 POUNDS.

THE VETERAN PROFESSIONAL BRINGS

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HE FIGHTS OUT OF FRANKFURT,

GERMANY, INTRODUCING DANIEL "THE

WEASEL" WEICHEL!

ACROSS THE CAGE, HIS OPPONENT,

FIGHTING OUT OF THE BLUE CORNER,

5'9" WEIGHING IN AT 145.6

POUNDS, HIS PROFESSIONAL RECORD,

13 VICTORIES, 4 LOSSES, FIGHTING

OUT OF HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT,

INTRODUCING MATT "THE MANGLER"

BESSETTE.

THE REFEREE IN CHARGE OF THE

ACTION, JASON HERZOG.

>> DES GREEN HAS TAKEN THE SEAT

OF HONOR NEXT TO THE BELLATOR

FOUNDER AND CEO.

HE IS ALREADY THROUGH TO THE

TOURNAMENT FINAL.

>> THEY ARE DISCUSSING HAIR CARE

PRODUCTS RIGHT NOW.

I CAN TELL.

>> FIGHTER, YOU READY?

FIGHTER, YOU READY?

FIGHT.

>> ROUND NUMBER ONE.

TONIGHT'S FIGHT CLOCK IS BROUGHT

TO YOU BY MILLER LIGHT.

THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BELLATOR,

IT'S NOT JUST A GOOD TIME.

IT'S MILLER TIME.

WEICHEL IN THE BLACK TRUNKS,

BESSETTE IN THE PREDOMINANTLY

PINK TRUNKS.

>> HAD A BAD FIRST ROUND AGAINST

NUNEZ.

A LITTLE STIFF.

HAS TO HAVE A SMOOTHER START

AGAINST WEICHEL.

TOOK A LITTLE WHILE FOR NUNEZ TO

GET INTO THE FIGHT.

HE CAN'T AFFORD A SLOW START

TONIGHT.

>> WEICHEL IN WITH THE LEFT

HAND, AND THE RIGHT.

NICE, SHORT PUNCHES.

>> RUBBER GUARD HERE.

THAT RIGHT SHIN AGAINST THE

FOREARM.

SUBMISSION CONTROL.

>> NOT QUITE YET.

NEEDS TO GRAB HIS HEEL, REALLY

DIG THAT IN.

HE HASN'T GOTTEN THAT YET.

>> WEICHEL A LOT OF CONFIDENCE

IN HIS GROUND GAME.

NOT GOING TO COMMENT ON THE PINK

TOENAILS.

I'LL LET THAT ONE GO.

WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING.

WHATEVER MOTIVATES YOU.

>> NICE RIGHT HAND!

THOSE ARE HURTING.

>> BACK HAMMER SHOT FROM

WEICHEL.

HE CAN DIVE BACK IN.

HE DOES WITH THE RIGHT HAND.

>> REAL EFFECTIVE WITH THE

GROUND AND POUND.

>> CLOSES HIS GUARD, NOW OPENS

IT.

TRYING TO POSTURE ON TO HIS

HIPS.

HAMMER FIST FROM WEICHEL, FIRST

ONE LANDED.

WYCHING CLEARING THE LEGS,

AVOIDING THE UPKICKS OF

BESSETTE.

SO FAR NOT AROUND TO GET AROUND

THE GUARD OF MATT BESSETTE.

>> HALFWAY THROUGH ROUND NUMBER

ON

ONE.

>> BESSETTE ACTIVE FROM THE

BACK.

GOOD PUNCHES.

ANOTHER GOOD RIGHT HAND.

>> THE UPKICK.

>> WEICHEL SHOWING THE PATIENCE.

BACK IN.

HE'S COMING IN WITH PUNCHES.

THEY'RE NOT WILD, NOT HUGE

BOMBS, BUT SHORT AND ACCURATE.

THEY'RE FINDING THE MARK.

THAT'S THE IMPORTANT PART.

>> WEICHEL, PASSES ON HALF

GUARD.

HAMMER FISTS.

>> BUTTERFLY GUARD.

>> NOW TRYING TO PASS OVER INTO

HALF.

HAS TROUBLE GETTING OVER THAT

KNEE.

>> TRYING TO GET OVER THE RIGHT

KNEE OF BESSETTE, HE CONTINUES

TO SETTLE BACK INTO BUTTERFLY

GUARD.

RIGHT NOW SHOWING A LOT OF

RESPECT TO THE GROUND GAME OF

BESSETTE.

NOT TRYING TOO HARD TO PASS.

NOT WANTING TO GIVE HIM

ANYTHING.

NOW STEPPING OVER.

>> HOLDING HALF GUARD, POSTURING

ON HIS HIP.

WEICHEL CONTINUING TO THROW.

TONIGHT, OUR MAIN EVENT, THE

CHAMPION, ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO

VERSUS BRENNAN WARD.

>> AROUND THE GUARD.

LOOKING FOR THE ARM-BAR.

>> TRYING TO SET OFF THE KIMURA.

>> 43 SECONDS OF ROUND ONE.

>> TRYING TO HOOK HIS WAY

INSIDE.

COUNTER KNEE BY WEICHEL.

>> PROTECTING HIS RIGHT HAND,

MAKING HIMSELF A GROUNDED

OPPONENT.

BACKS UP.

>> FINAL SECONDS, ROUND NUMBER

ONE.

KNEES FROM BESSETT

>> ONCE AGAIN, A SLOW START FROM

MATT BESSETTE, GOOD STUFF FROM

DANIEL WEICHEL, THE AGGRESSOR

THROUGHOUT THE OPENING PERIOD.

GOOD GROUND AND POUND.

ACTIVE, TRYING TO PASS THE

GUARD.

TRYING TO STAY ACTIVE ON THE

FIGHT.

>> Referee: FIGHTER, YOU READY?

FIGHTER, YOU READY?

FIGHT!

>> ROUND ONE, EASY 10-9 DANIEL

WEICHEL.

>> BESSETTE HAS TO TURN IT UP.

>> BETWEEN ROUNDS, BESSETTE'S

CORNER TOLD HIM GET ON YOUR

BIKE, MEANING KEEP MOVING IN THE

STAND-UP GAME.

DON'T BE A STATIONARY TARGET.

POWER STRIKES, 13-0 FOR DANIEL

WEICHEL.

>> BESSETTE WITH THAT BIG, RIGHT

HAND, BUT THAT'S EASY TO SEE.

>> LOOK AT THE CONTRAST OF WHERE

THE TWO FIGHTERS ARE HOLDING

THEIR HANDS.

>> WEICHEL WITH THE BODY.

>> WEICHEL VERY HIGH WITH THE

HANDS, VERY FIGHT.

IT'S A BIG SHOT THAT TURNED IT

AROUND IN THE SECOND ROUND

AGAINST NUNEZ.

HE MIGHT BE LOOKING FOR THAT

AGAI

AGAIN.

>> NICE LEG KICK.

>> WEICHEL COMING FORWARD.

>> KICK CAUGHT.

WEICHEL SHOVING BACK HIS

OPPONENT.

GETS RIGHT BACK UP.

>> DOESN'T KEEP HIM ON THE

GROUND.

I'M SURPRISED BY THAT.

>> A SHOVEDOWN, BESSETTE OFF

BALANC

BALANCE.

>> THROWING VERY WIDE AS HE

TRIES TO WORK HIS WAY INTO THE

STRIKE.

>> TURNING UP THE VOLUME, BUT

NOT TIGHT ENOUGH TO BE STRIKING.

>> WEICHEL, WE SEE A LOT OF

THOSE PUNCHES COMING.

>> RIGHT LANDED BY WEICHEL.

>> NEEDS TO UNLOAD.

WEICHEL STILL VERY DANGEROUS.

>> CAN HE GO TO THE BODY?

TO THE BODY FROM BESSETTE.

NICE ONE-TWO.

LEAD RIGHT HOOK THERE FOR

BESSETTE.

WEICHEL'S PACE SLOWING IN THIS

SECOND ROUND.

BESSETTE NOT NECESSARILY LANDING

CLEAN PUNCHES, BUT CERTAINLY

BUSIER.

THROWING MORE.

ONE THING ABOUT WEICHEL, WE

DON'T KNOW HOW HE HANDLES A LONG

FIGHT.

>> SWING AND A MISS BY WEICHEL

ON THE HOOK.

>> 90 SECONDS REMAINING ROUND

NUMBER TWO OF THIS FEATHERWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL.

>> WHOEVER TURNS IT ON IN THE

LAST MINUTE AND A HALF COULD

STEAL THIS ROUND.

>> GOT THAT BODY KICK LIFTED UP,

TOOK HIM TO THE GROUND.

GOOD STOP BY BESSETTE.

ABLE TO MOVE OFF THAT RIGHT

HAND.

JUST GRAZED HIM.

>> STRIKING FOR BESSETTE,

COUNTERING WEICHEL.

HE COMES FORWARD WITH THE LEFT

HAND ALMOST TO HIS WAISTLINE.

>> RIGHT BACK TO HIS FEET.

GOOD COMBINATION.

>> TRYING TO FIND THE KNEE TO

THE BODY.

>> WEICHEL FISHING FOR THE

OUTSIDE TRIP, COULD NOT FIND IT.

>> BESSETTE IS SUCCESSFUL WHEN

HE THROWS IN COMBINATION.

THAT THIRD AND FOURTH PUNCH,

THAT'S THE ONE LANDING.

>> BOTH

>> A MAXIMUM OF FIVE MINUTES

REMAINS IN THIS FEATHERWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT FIGHT.

MATT BESSETTE VERSUS DANIEL

WEICHEL.

YOUR SCORECARD?

>> I HAVE IT ALL TIED UP.

I GAVE BESSETTE THAT LAST ROUND.

BASED ON ACTIVITY.

WAS THROWING MORE.

WEICHEL WAS SLOWING DOWN.

>> BESSETTE TOLD US, JIMMY, HE

FELT WEICHEL WAS THE

FRONT-RUNNER.

WHEN THINGS ARE GOING WELL,

THINGS ARE GOING VERY WELL.

BESSETTE SAID I DO BETTER WHEN I

HAVE TO FIGHT BACK.

>> TRUE.

HE'S A SLOW STARTER.

>> IF HE CAN TURN IT UP HERE,

FINISH STRONG, HE CAN WIN THIS

ROUND AND THE FIGHT ON MY

SCORECAR

SCORECARD.

>> WEICHEL STILL VERY GAME.

>> BESSETTE TRYING TO TURN UP

THE VOLUME ON HIS PUNCHES.

RIGHT BACK TO DANIEL WEICHEL.

WEICHEL HAS WORKED A LOT ON HIS

STRIKING TRAINING FOR THIS

BELLATOR TOURNAMENT.

NICE TAKEDOWN.

STILL TO COME, OUR MAIN EVENT,

CHAMPION ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO

VERSUS BRENNAN WARD.

>> NOT WHERE BESSETTE WANTS TO

BE.

WHERE HE SPENT MOST OF THE FIRST

ROUND.

YOU HEAR HIS CORNER SAY

EVERYTHING YOU GOT, GET BACK UP.

I COMPLETELY AGREE.

DIDN'T EVEN COME CLOSE TO A

SUBMISSION IN THE FIRST ROUND.

>> TRYING TO BE ACTIVE ON THE

BOTTOM.

WEICHEL TRYING TO FIND THE PASS.

WEICHEL TRYING TO STEP OVER HIM.

NOW PASSING THE HALF GUARD.

>> GOOD JOB BUT NOT ENOUGH.

GET SOME SPACE AND GET UP.

GOOD STEPOVER BY WEICHEL.

LETTING LOOSE WITH THE LEFT

HAND.

HALFWAY THROUGH THIS THIRD AND

FINAL ROUND.

VERY SLIGHT CUT, ALMOST A DEEP

ABRASION ON THE FOREHEAD OF

WEICHEL.

POSTURE AND DEFENSE BY WEICHEL.

TRYING TO STAY HEAVY.

BESSETTE FINDS THE GUARD,

KEEPING IT LOW.

WEICHEL GRINDING FORWARD.

ON HIS HIPS.

IN CLOSE LOW GUARD FOR MATT

BESSETTE.

OPENS HIS GUARD BACK TO HIS

HIPS.

>> NOT GETTING WHAT HE NEEDS.

HE NEEDS TO GET BACK TO HIS

FEET.

WEICHEL KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON.

KEEPING HIM ON HIS BACK.

>> BESSETTE'S CORNER JUST SAID,

MATT, YOU HAVE TO GET UP.

>> I COMPLETELY AGREE.

WON'T WIN THE FIGHT FROM THE

BOTTO

BOTTOM.

>> WEICHEL, CONTINUING TO TRY TO

STAY HEAVY.

40 SECONDS REMAINING IN THIS

FIGH

FIGHT.

>> BESSETTE'S CORNER IMPLORING

HIM TO GET UP.

>> THAT'S EASIER SAID THAN DONE.

GOOD PRESSURE ON TOP BY DANIEL

WEICHEL.

20 SECONDS LEFT.

HE WON'T CATCH WEICHEL.

>> BESSETTE TRYING TO WORK TO

HIS FEET.

WEICHEL WITH IT.

THE BELL AND THE END OF THE

FIGHT.

THE ARMS RAISED FOR DANIEL

WEICHEL.

WHEN WE RETURN, WE WILL SEE WHO

ADVANCES TO THE FEATHERWEIGHT

>>> LET'S TAKE YOU TO OUR AUTO

ZONE REPLAY.

>> DANIEL WEICHEL AGGRESSIVE

THROUGHOUT THE FIGHT.

A LOT OF IT ON THE GROUND,

ACCURATE GROUND AND POUND.

MIXING UP PASSING ATTEMPTS WITH

HIS GROUND AND POUND, ESPECIALLY

IN THE FIRST ROUND.

SHORT, ACCURATE SHOTS.

MATT BESSETTE STAYING ACTIVE

FROM HIS BACK, DOING EVERYTHING

HE COULD.

COULDN'T CREATE THE SPACE TO GET

BACK TO HIS FEET LATER ON IN THE

FIGHT.

>> FOR YOU, WHO WINS THIS FIGHT?

>> 29-28, DANIEL WEICHEL.

I GAVE HIM ROUNDS ONE AND THREE.

>> Announcer: LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN, FOR THE DECISION WE

GO TO YOUR JUDGES SCORECARDS,

TWO JUDGES SCORE IT THE SAME AT

29-28.

WHILE DENNIS McMAHON SEES THE

FIGHT 30-27, ALL FOR THE WINNER

BY UNANIMOUS DECISION, EARNING

HIS PLACE IN THE FEATHERWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT FINALS, DANIEL "THE

WEASEL" WEICHEL.

>> 33rd PRO MMA WIN OF

29-YEAR-OLD DANIEL WEICHEL'S

CAREER.

WITH THAT VICTORY WE HAVE NOW

SET THE FINAL OF THIS BELLATOR

SEASON TEN FEATHERWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT.

IT WILL BE DANIEL WEICHEL FACING

DES GREEN IN A FIGHT THAT WILL

TAKE PLACE LATER THIS SEASON.

THE WINNER WILL EARN $100,000

AND A WORLD TITLE FIGHT.

OUR ATTACK OF THE NIGHT IS

BROUGHT TO YOU BY ATTACK POKER,

FREE TO PLAY MEETS MMA, BRINGING

ONLINE PLAY TO LIFE.

TO THE MIDDLEWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

SEMIFINAL.

CRAIG COOPER, ROUND NUMBER TWO.

A HUGE RIGHT HAND.

THEN START THE COUNTDOWN CLOCK

TO VICTORY.

COOPER WITH FEROCIOUS GROUND AND

POUND.

RULED A KNOCKOUT.

JOHN McCARTHY STEPS IN, AN

ELATED BRETT COOPER BOOKS HIS

PLACE INTO THE MIDDLEWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT FINAL.

>> THEY FOUGHT TWO OF THE BEST

FIGHTS IN MMA HISTORY, NOW THE

SPORT'S GREATEST TRILOGY ENDS

HERE, LIVE, SATURDAY, MAY 17th.

EDDIE ALVAREZ BATTLES MICHAEL

CHANDLER IN AN EPIC THIRD FIGHT.

PLUS --

>> I'M A MONSTER!

>> MMA'S BIGGEST GRUDGE MATCH,

QUINTON JACKSON.

>> I'M BACK!

>> FACES KING MO.

>> TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE.

HERE IS JIMMY WITH RAMPAGE

JACKSON.

>> QUINTON, TWO FIGHTS IN

BELLATOR, TWO FIRST ROUND

KNOCKOUTS.

YOU LOOK LIKE THE OLD RAMPAGE.

SEVEN WEEKS LEADING UP TO MAY

17th.

TELL ME HOW YOU FEEL.

>> I FEEL GREAT, MAN.

I FEEL LIKE A YOUNG MAN AGAIN.

BEEN TRAINING HARD.

BEEN DOING A GOOD JOB WITH MY

TEAM.

WE HAVE BEEN DOING THINGS THE

RIGHT WAY.

WHEN YOU GET OLDER YOU TRAIN THE

RIGHT WAY.

>> START TRAINING SMARTER.

>> YEAH, SMARTER.

>> GOING BACK TO MEMPHIS.

IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE YOU

FOUGHT IN YOUR HOMETOWN, WHAT IS

IT LIKE TO FIGHT IN FRONT OF

YOUR HOMETOWN CROWD?

>> IT MEANS A LOT TO ME.

I OWE THEM THIS FIGHT.

I REALLY WANTED TO COME AND

FIGHT BECAUSE OF MY WRESTLING

COACH.

I WANTED TO -- HE ALWAYS WANTED

ME TO COME BACK AND FIGHT.

HE PASSED AWAY LAST NIGHT.

IT REALLY HURTS ME THAT I

COULDN'T DO IT WHEN HE WAS STILL

AROUND.

I'M GOING TO COME, MAY 17th,

DEDICATE MY VICTORY TO COACH

BO JO.

HE STARTED ME WRESTLING,

STARTING ME ON MY PATH TO MMA.

>> YOUR OPPONENT, "KING MO," THE

LAST TIME WE WERE IN THE CAGE

TOGETHER, YOU HAD TO BE

SEPARATED FROM THAT GUY.

WHAT CAN FANS EXPECT WHEN YOU

GUYS FINALLY GET INTO THE CAGE

AND FACE OFF MAY 17th?

>> HONESTLY, I THINK MO WILL

BRING IT ANY WAY.

THAT'S THE TYPE OF PERSON HE IS.

ME AND MO, WE REALLY DON'T LIKE

EACH OTHER.

WE'VE BEEN PLAYING IT COOL FOR A

WHILE.

IT'S LIKE -- IT'S LIKE -- WHEN

YOU REALLY DON'T LIKE SOMEBODY,

YOU GET ACROSS THE CAGE FROM

THEM, YOU FINALLY GET A CHANCE

TO TAKE IT OUT ON THEM, I DON'T

THINK PEOPLE KNOW -- THEY DON'T

KNOW, I'LL EXPLODE ALL ON HIM.

I ALREADY HAVE THE UPPERCUT,

LEFT HOOK, ELBOW, READY FOR HIM.

>> I WANT TO SAY I'M GLAD YOU

LIKE ME AND I DON'T HAVE TO

WORRY ABOUT THAT.

QUINTON "RAMPAGE" JACKSON, MAY

17th, CHECK HIM OUT AGAINST KING

MOCH

MO.

>> HEY.

HEY --

>> GREAT STUFF, JIMMY.

GREAT STUFF, RAMPAGE.

>> LOCKER ROOM CHANT IS BROUGHT

TO YOU BY "SABOTAGE" STARRING

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER.

IT'S IN THEATERS TODAY.

>> WARMING UP, MY SORE ARMS HOLD

UP THE MICROPHONE.

SHLEMENKO HOLDING UP HIS HANDS,

THAT MIGHT BE THE KEY TONIGHT

WHO HANDLES THE STANDUP BETTER.

IT'S ABOUT WHO HANDLES AND

CONTROLS THE RANGE.

TONIGHT'S BELLATOR MMA MAIN

EVENT, LIVE ON SPIKE IS BROUGHT

TO YOU BY MILLER LITE, THE

OFFICIAL BEER OF BELLATOR.

IT'S NOT JUST A GOOD TIME, IT'S

>>> WE ARE LIVE ON SPIKE THERE

MAVRIK CENTER, WE ARE SET FOR

THE MAIN EVENT.

IT'S THE CHAMPION, ALEXANDER

SHLEMENKO TAKING ON BRENNAN

WARD.

>>> TWO MEN, ONE FROM THE EAST,

THE OTHER FROM THE WEST HAVE

TRAVELED THOUSANDS OF MILES TO

MEET AT THIS FIXED POINT.

THIS STEEL CAGE WHERE A WORLD

TITLE WILL BE DECIDED.

THE CHALLENGER, BRENNAN WARD.

>> EVERYTHING I DO IS TOUGH.

I DON'T WANT ANYTHING EASY.

IF I'M WORKING, IT'S A HARD JOB.

I TRAIN HARD, SKATE HARD, TRAIN

HARD, [ BLEEP ] HARD, TRAIN

HARD, SMOKE HARD.

I'M JUST JOKING.

TAKE THAT OUT.

>> A MAVERICK IN THE CAGE,

BRENNAN WARD HAS EMBRACED THE

MOMENT WHILE KEEPING TRUE TO HIS

ROOTS.

>> I'M PROUD TO CALL CONNECTICUT

MY HOME.

YOU'LL SEE ME AT YOUR LOCAL

SKATE PARK.

I REPRESENT AMERICA AND WHAT WE

CAN DO WITH HARD WORK.

>> BIG SHOTS TO THE BODY BY

WARD!

>> THAT IS IT!

HE CLAIMS HIS BELLATOR

MIDDLEWEIGHT TOURNAMENT FINAL!

>> THE MAN HE FACES, THE WORLD

MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION, ALEXANDER

SHLEMENKO.

>> I FIGHT WITH RUSSIAN SPIRIT.

MY PEOPLE ARE WARRIORS.

THAT WILL TO FIGHT IS IN MY

BLOOD.

>> OH, MY GOD!

THE GUILLOTINE!

I DO NOT BELIEVE IT.

SHLEMENKO WAS FORGED IN THE

BLAST FURNACE OF THE RUSSIAN

PIPE WORLD AND TEMPERED INSIDE

THE BELLATOR CAGE.

>> I'M NOT JUST FIGHTING FOR

MYSELF.

I AM FIGHTING FOR MY HOMELAND.

MY PEOPLE.

I FIGHT TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT

RUSSIAN FIGHTERS ARE THE

STRONGEST, MOST COURAGEOUS MEN

TO EVER STEP INTO THE CAGE.

>> SHLEMENKO, YOU BETTER BE

READY FOR THE MOST EXCITING

FIGHT OF YOUR LIFE.

I'M BRINGING IT TO YOU.

I'LL BREAK YOU, ROCKY STYLE.

>> I WILL BREAK YOU, BRENNAN

WARD, IN MY OWN WAY.

WE WILL SEE IF YOU ARE STILL

TALKING WHEN YOUR LIVER IS

REMOVED.

>> THAT HURT HIM.

>> AND YOU'RE BLEEDING FROM YOUR

MOUTH.

YOU WILL LEAVE THE CAGE KNOWING

I'M THE BEST FIGHTER YOU EVER

FACED, AND I'M THE CHAMPION.

>> I'M GOING TO WALK OUT OF THAT

CAGE TONIGHT THE BELLATOR WORLD

CHAMP BECAUSE I DESERVED IT I

SACRIFICED TOO MUCH.

I COME TOO FAR.

I'M NOT LOOKING BACK.

THE BELT'S MINE.

I'M BREAKING THIS ONE BACK FOR

USA.

>> Announcer: AND NOW READY TO

MAKE HIS WAY TO THE CAGE,

BRENNAN "THE IRISH PIT BULL"

WARD!

>> BRENNAN WARD WON BELLATOR'S

SEASON NINE MIDDLEWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT TO EARN THIS WORLD

TITLE SHOT.

HE WAS AN NCAA DIVISION THREE

NATIONAL RUNNER UP IN WRESTLING.

>> THAT'S IMPORTANT.

IT'S EASY TO FORGET HE'S BEEN A

GREAT FINISHER ON THE FEET.

TO GET HERE, THREE FIGHTS, THREE

FINISHES, ONE GROUND AND POUND

TKO, ONE SUBMISSION, ONE

KNOCKOUT ON THE FEET.

IT'S EASY TO FORGET HE HAS GREAT

WRESTLING CREDENTIALS.

>> NOW READY TO MAKE HIS WAY TO

THE CAGE, THE REIGNING WORLD

CHAMPION, ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO.

>> BELLATOR'S REIGNING

MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION,

ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO ENTERS THIS

FIGHT IN OUTSTANDING FORM.

TWO SUCCESSFUL TITLE DEFENSES.

HE'S WON A DOZEN STRAIGHT

FIGHTS.

18 OF HIS LAST 20.

>> CONSISTENCY THAT'S ONE THING

THAT'S REWARDED BY THE BELLATOR

SYSTEM.

YOU CAN'T BE GOOD ONE NIGHT AND

BAD THE NEXT.

HE IS GOOD EVERY TIME HE STEPS

IN THE CAGE.

>> OUR TALE OF THE TAPE BROUGHT

TO YOU BY DAVE & BUSTER'S.

>> LOOK AT THE EXPERIENCE OF

ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO, 49-7.

HAS THREE TIMES AS MANY KOs AS

BRENNAN WARD HAS FIGHTS.

>> AGAIN, HERE IS MICHAEL

WILLIAMS.

>> Announcer: LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN, TONIGHT FROM THE

MAVRIK CENTER, NOW PRESENTS LIVE

ON SPIKE THE MAIN EVENT OF THE

EVENING, FIVE FIVE-MINUTE ROUNDS

FOR THE BELLATOR MIDDLEWEIGHT

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

SANCTIONED BY THE UTAH ATHLETIC

COMMISSION DIRECTOR BILL

CULBERT.

THE FIGHT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY

MILLER LITE, THE OFFICIAL BEER

OF MMA.

NOW, INTRODUCING FIRST, THE RED

CORNER, AT 5'10" WEIGHING IN

184.4 POUNDS, THE TOURNAMENT

WINNER TONIGHT STANDS WITH 9

PROFESSIONAL VICTORIES, 1 LOSS.

HE FIGHTS OUT OF WATERFORD,

CONNECTICUT, INTRODUCING BRENNAN

"THE IRISH BAD BOY" WARD.

>> ACROSS THE CAGE, THE CHAMPION

TONIGHT FIGHTS OUT OF THE BLUE

CORNER AT 5'11" WEIGHING IN AT

184.8 POUNDS.

SET FOR HIS THIRD DEFENSE OF

THIS TITLE HE ENTERS THE

BELLATOR CAGE WITH AN

OUTSTANDING 49 PROFESSIONAL

VICTORIES, ALONG WITH 7 DEFEATS.

HAILING FROM RUSSIA, THE

DEFENDING BELLATOR MIDDLEWEIGHT

WORLD CHAMPION, ALEXANDER

SHLEMENKO.

THE REFEREE IN CHARGE OF THE

CONTEST, BIG JOHN McCARTHY.

>> Referee: OBEY MY COMMANDS AT

ALL TIMES.

IF YOU WANT TO TOUCH GLOVES,

TOUCH THEM NOW.

>> YOUR KEYS TO VICTORY

PRESENTED BY VICTORY

MOTORCYCLES, RIDE ONE, YOU'LL

OWN ONE.

>> ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO KEEPS

DISTANCE.

HE IS AT HIS BEST AT RANGE.

BE PREPARED FORWARD'S EARLY

STORM.

HE COMES OUT WITH A LOT OF

ENERGY.

BRENNAN WARD NEEDS TO STAY

AGGRESSIVE, MIX THE TAKEDOWN

WITH THE STRIKE.

>> ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO LOOKING

FOR CAREER WIN NUMBER 50.

BRENNAN WARD LOOKING TO SHOCK

THE MMA WORLD.

>> Referee: YOU READY?

YOU READY?

GO!

>> ROUND NUMBER ONE.

OUR FIGHT CLOCK IS BROUGHT TO

YOU BY MILLER LITE, THE OFFICIAL

BEER OF BELLATOR, NOT JUST A

GOOD TIME, MILLER TIME.

>> EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT HOW

THEY WILL COME RIGHT AT

ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO.

WILL BRENNAN WARD DO THAT?

>> WARD IS IN THE WHITE TRUNKS,

THE CHAMPION SHLEMENKO IN THE

BLACK AND WHITE TRUNKS.

TO HIS WORD, WARD COMING RIGHT

AT THE CHAMPION.

>> CAN WIN A BRAWL.

>> LOOKING FOR THE TAKEDOWN.

THE TRIP.

NICE.

>> TUCKED UNDER.

WASN'T ABLE TO USE IT.

>> OH.

NICE RIGHT HOOK OVER THE TOP.

SHLEMENKO TO THE BODY.

>> ONE THING SHLEMENKO DOES WELL

IS WORK THE BODY.

KICKS AND PUNCHES.

GREAT WAY TO TAKE A GUY OUT,

SLOW HIM DOWN IN A LONG FIGHT.

>> BIG LEFT HAND BY SHLEMENKO.

WARD FIRING BACK.

>> GREAT PUNCHES FROM SHLEMENKO.

KNEE CAUGHT, TAKEDOWN.

>> SHLEMENKO WORKING A LOT IN

TRAINING, WRESTLING, TAKEDOWN

DEFENSE AND OFFENSE.

>> WARD NEEDS TO MIX IT UP.

GET SHLEMENKO GRAPPLING,

THROWING STRIKES.

COMPLAINING ABOUT THE CUP.

>> TIME CALLED BY JOHN McCARTHY.

>> Referee: COME HERE.

COME HERE.

LOOKS LIKE THAT WAS A SHOT TO

THE CUP.

ANOTHER ANGLE.

YEP.

RIGHT TO IT.

>> BRENNAN.

>> SHLEMENKO HAS FIVE MINUTES TO

RECOVER.

JUST GAVE McCARTHY THE THUMBS

UP.

THAT'S ONE TOUGH, SOLID KNEE.

>> Referee: FIGHT.

>> TIME IN ROUND ONE RESUMES OF

THIS MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD TITLE

FIGHT.

LEFT BY SHLEMENKO.

>> WARD MUGGING A BIT.

THAT WAS A SOLID SHOT.

>> WARD TRYING TO TAKE SHLEMENKO

BACK, HAS ONE HOOK IN.

>> THIS CROWD IS GOING NUTS.

IS HE A STRONG DUDE.

>> LET'S GO.

WORK.

>> CALL FOR ACTION FROM JOHN

McCARTHY.

>> THIS CROWD ALL ABOUT USA,

TRYING TO SUPPORT BRENNAN WARD.

THEY WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE UPSET

NIGHT.

>> BOTH GUYS GETTING POSITION.

>> SHLEMENKO APPEALING TO

McCARTHY FOR THE STANDUP.

THERE IT IS.

>> I THINK THAT'S A GOOD CALL.

COULD NOT WRAP THAT RIGHT HOOK

AROUN

AROUND.

>> GOOD LEFT HOOK OVER THE TOP.

>> BACK KICK.

STEPPING INTO IT.

>> ANOTHER GOOD HOOK OVER THE

TO

TOP.

>> AGAIN, TRYING TO TAKE

SHLEMENKO'S BACK.

GETS ONE HOOK IN.

BELLATOR STANCE.

NOW HOLDING THE BODY TRIANGLE IS

BRENNAN WARD.

THAT RUSSIAN FIGHTER KNOWN MORE

FOR STRIKING BUT IS VERY HARD TO

SUBMIT.

>> BRENNAN WARD WAS CLEAR, HE

SAID I'M NOT PLAYING.

THIS IS MY CHANCE.

I WANT TO MAKE THIS A FIREFIGHT.

>> MADE IT A FIREFIGHT SO FAR.

COMING IN WITH BRIG STRIKES,

COMMITTED TO THE TAKEDOWN.

GOTTEN GOOD POSITIONING.

>> KEEPING THE WEIGHT ON BRENNAN

WAR

WARD.

>> 45 SECONDS REMAINING IN ROUND

NUMBER ONE.

>> BLOOD COMING OUT OF

SHLEMENKO'S NOSE.

>> Referee: COME ON, WORK.

LET'S GO.

>> McCARTHY TRYING TO MOVE

THINGS ALONG.

>> Referee: COME ON.

>> WARD, BACK TO THE BODY.

>> NOT GOING GET THE SUBMISSION.

HE IS STAYING BUSY WITH THE

STRIKES.

TRYING TO EXPLODE TO HIS FEET.

END OF ROUND ONE.

>> SIT DOWN.

SIT.

LISTEN TO ME.

>> THE CORNER OF BRENNAN WARD.

>> THAT WAS A GREAT ROUND.

YOU SAW EVERYTHING HE THREW.

YOU SAW EVERYTHING HE THROWS.

HE THREW THE BODY KICK.

YOU TOOK HIS BEST SHOT.

>> HE ALSO THREW ONE --

>> HOW DO YOU FEEL?

GOOD.

JUST THE DEFENSE.

YOU ARE GETTING CAUGHT WITH

WEAKER SHOTS OVER THE TOP.

THAT'S IT.

YOU CAN KEEP TAKING HIM DOWN.

LISTEN TO ME.

>> GOOD JOB, JUST WATCH WHERE

THE KNEES ARE.

THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

>> LISTEN TO ME, WORK THE JAB,

BRENNAN, WHEN YOU STAY ON TOP,

JUST BE HEAVY, KEEP THROWING

SHOTS.

WIN THESE FIRST TWO ROUNDS, HE

WILL GET DESPERATE.

START WINGING SHOTS.

THE TAKEDOWNS WILL BE EASY.

HE'LL MAKE MISTAKES, THAT'S WHEN

WE CAPITALIZE.

KEEP IT UP.

KEEP THE PRESSURE UP.

>> SPINNING ATTACK BY BRENNAN

WARD, SHOWING HE HAS THAT IN THE

BACK POCKET GOOD STUFF IN THE

CLINCH.

VERY CLOSE THAT SHORT-RANGE

GAME, VERY GOOD JOB BY BRENNAN

WARD.

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF ROUND ONE?

>> I HAD SO MUCH TROUBLE SCORING

THIS FIGHT.

WITH THE EFFECTIVE STRIKING,

THAT BELONGED TO SHLEMENKO, THE

EFFECTIVE GRAPPLING TO BRENNAN

WARD.

MOST OF THIS FIGHT ON THE FEET,

I GIVE THE SLIGHT EDGE TO

SHLEMENKO.

MAN, IT COULD GO EITHER WAY.

>> BODY SHOT BY SHLEMENKO.

>> THAT WAS A BIG PART OF IT,

TOO WORKING THE BODY.

THEY ARE NOT KIND OF SHOTS THE

CROWD REACTS TO BUT DOING GREAT

STUFF TO THE RIBS OF BRENNAN

WARD.

>> SHLEMENKO IN AND OUT WITH HIS

STRIKIN

STRIKING.

>> THIS IS WHERE IT COMES TO

PACING.

BRENNAN WARD NOT USED TO LONG

FIGHTS.

9 WINS, 8 FINISHES.

>> SHLEMENKO LOOKING FOR THE

OUTSIDE TRIP.

ROUND NUMBER TWO OF THIS

BELLATOR MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD

TITLE FIGHT.

THE CHAMPION, ALEXANDER

SHLEMENKO VERSUS TOURNAMENT

WINNER, BRENNAN WARD.

>> NO QUESTION, JIMMY, I THINK

WARD WOULD HAVE GAINED A GREAT

DEAL OF CONFIDENCE.

>> REGARDLESS OF IF YOU FELT HE

WON THAT ROUND OR NOT, JUST BY

GOING THROUGH ROUND NUMBER ONE.

BEING AGGRESSIVE.

>> COMPETITIVE.

I THINK WE WERE ALL SURPRISED BY

WARD.

>> AGAIN, LOOKING FOR THE

TAKEDOWN.

>> SHLEMENKO HAS A NICE

GUILLOTINE!

HE GETS IT!

THERE'S THE TAP ON THE

GUILLOTINE!

>> THE KNOCKOUT SPECIALIST GETS

THE SUBMISSION WIN TO RETAIN HIS

TITLE!

>> HE GOT THE CHOKE.

NICE, BACK GUILLOTINE.

BRENNAN WARD JUST FOUND THAT OUT

THE HARD WAY.

>> 50 CAREER WINS FOR ALEXANDER

SHLEMENKO.

THREE SUCCESSFUL TITLE DEFENSES.

>> BRENNAN WARD, HE FOUGHT HIS

HEART OUT.

HE DESERVES A TON OF RESPECT FOR

WHAT HE DID IN THE CAGE TONIGHT.

A MOMENTARY LOST OF POSITION.

ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO RETAINS THE

WORLD TITLE.

THAT'S WHAT I MEAN ABOUT

CONSISTENCY.

YOU MAKE ONE MISTAKE AGAINST

SHLEMENKO, YOU WILL PAY FOR IT.

>> BOTH THESE GUYS VERY HIGH

PACE.

BOTH GUYS KEPT THE PRESSURE ON.

ONCE AGAIN, IT'S ALEXANDER

SHLEMENKO VICTORIOUS.

WIN NUMBER 50.

>> OUR AUTO ZONE REPLAY.

>> GOING IN FOR THE TAKEDOWN.

LETS HIS HEAD TOO FAR OUT.

LOOK AT THAT GUILLOTINE.

THAT'S ALL SHE WROTE.

THE HEAD UP AGAINST THE CHEST,

MODIFIED GUILLOTINE, KEEPING IT

IN THE FRONT.

IT IS FAST AND POWERFUL.

RIGHT HERE, DIDN'T PULL IT TO

THE SIDE.

KEPT BRENDAN WARD'S HEAD BURIED

UNDER HIS CHEST THAT LEADS TO A

POWERFUL GUILLOTINE.

A TON OF TORQUE ON THE THROAT.

>> ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO WITH THE

RUSSIAN FLAG.

A DISAPPOINTED BRENNAN WARD.

VALIANT IN DEFEAT, BUT GOT

CAUGHT BY THE CHAMPION AND

FORCED TO TAP.

HERE IS MICHAEL WILLIAMS.

>> Announcer: LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN, INSIDE THE BELLATOR

CAGE, THE TAP COMES BY WAY OF

THE TEN-FINGER GUILLOTINE.

OFFICIAL TIME 1:22 INTO ROUND

NUMBER TWO.

THE WINNER BY SUBMISSION AND

STILL THE BELLATOR MIDDLEWEIGHT

WORLD CHAMPION, ALEXANDER

SHLEMENK

SHLEMENKO.

>> HERE'S JIMMY.

>> I'M HERE WITH THE WINNER AND

STILL CHAMPION, ALEXANDER

SHLEMENKO.

WIN NUMBER 50.

HOW SWEET WAS THIS VICTORY TO

RETAIN YOUR BELT?

[ SPEAKING RUSSIAN ]

>> Translator: I'M VERY GLAD I

GOT THIS 50th VICTORY.

I HOPE I GET 50 VICTORIES IN A

ROW ONCE AGAIN.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO BRENNAN

WARD FOR THE GREAT FIGHT.

>> BRENNAN WARD CAME AFTER HIM

IN THAT FIRST ROUND.

LANDED SOME GREAT SHOTS.

MADE IT A PHYSICAL FIGHT.

WHAT WAS HE THINKING AT THE END

OF THE FIRST ROUND?

[ SPEAKING RUSSIAN ]

>> Translator: I WAS WAITING.

I KNEW HE WOULD GET TIRED BY THE

SECOND ROUND.

I WAS JUST WAITING.

>> IT IS A FIGHT.

WE CANNOT WAIT TO SEE HIM AGAIN.

THE WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION,

ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO.

>> HE IS NOW ON A 13-FIGHT

WINNING STREAK.

AND ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO REMAINS

ATOP BELLATOR'S MIDDLEWEIGHT

DIVISION.

>>> NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT IS

CHEIKH CONCHEIK

CHEIKH KONGO VERSUS VITALE.

FOR ALL OF US, THANKS FOR

WATCHING BELLATOR.

>> EVERY MOMENT OF THE BELLATOR

TOURNAMENT BRINGS EXPLOSIVE,

JAW-DROPPING ACTION.

>> GOOD NIGHT.

>> NEXT FRIDAY, LIVE ON SPIKE,

KONGO FIGHTS FOR THE HEFT WORLD

TITLE WHEN HE BATTLES MINIKOF.

BELLATOR MMA NEXT

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