Bellator 40 Results & Play-by-Play

Apr 8, 2011
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David Rickels vs. Dylan Smith
Round 1
The fighters forge to the center of the cage, and a quick leg kick lands from Smith. Rickels replies with one of his own, prompting Smith to get a single-leg, putting Rickels down. Smith transitions into half guard after pulling out of a triangle from Rickels. Smith starts landing some ground-and-pound from the top. The pounding continues until Rickels grabs the head of his foe, locking up a guillotine. He transitions to a triangle, and it's deep. Rickels pulls down on the head of Smith, forcing him to tap out at 3:32 of the very first round.

Eric Prindle vs. Josh Burns
Round 1
Prindle comes out with a right hook and a leg kick which Burns avoids. Prindle follows up with an errant groin kick, which prompts referee Kevin Nix to give Burns a mintue to recover. Upon restarting, the pair touch gloves and are away again. Some tentative blows turn into strong exchanges, making the crowd's volume rise. Prindle lands a left, but misses with the follow-up right. Both fighters charge into each other, landing blows upstairs. Prindle throws another inside leg kick. Burns responds with whiffed head shots. Prindle is seemingly happy to land the leg kicks and following up with his left straight. It is Prindle pushing the pace now, until Burns lands a left-right combo to the head which rocks Prindle back on his heels. They clinch with 10 seconds to go, and flurry at the bell, with Prindle landing cleaner. Sherdog.com sees the opening round 10-9 for Eric Prindle.

Round 2
The second stanza starts with another inside leg kick which lands squarely on Burns' groin. It takes Burns a took two minutes to recover, and in the mean time, referee Kevin NIx deducts a point from the protesting Prindle. When they resume, they charge at one another, and Burns lands a flurry. They clinch, and on the break, Burns launches a right-left to Prindle's head, just glancing. Both fighters are breathing deeply with two minutes to go in the second, and Burns has a deep cut above his eye from one of Prindle's attacks. Burns turns the corner on Prindle attempting to take the back of his foe, but Prindle easily shrugs him off. Prindle attacks now, landing a right followed by a big knee in the clinch as the round comes to an end. Sherdog.com sees the round 10-8 Burns with the point deduction.

Between rounds, the ringside physician declares that the cut above Josh Burns' left eyebrow is too severe to continue. Eric Prindle is the winner by doctor stoppage at the end of the second round.

Tyler Stinson vs. Nathan James
Round 1
Stinson comes out punching, clearly the superior boxer. James attempts to respond with a kick, but Stinson catches it, trips him up, and takes his back. Stinson instantly looks for the choke, but can't get it. James shakes Stinson off and winds up in his guard, but is caught in an armbar. James manages to free his arm, and starts chipping away with punches to the ribs. Stinson controls James head, and his foe is forced to idly punch at his midsection from the guard. As the round winds down, James turns Stinson away from the fence, and it's Stinson from the bottom landing clean elbows. Sherdog.com sees the opening frame 10-9 James.

Round 2
Keith Mills

Stinson edged James.
Stinson lands two hard hooks, but as he moves in to follow up, James puts him on the mat. James sets up in half guard, and resumes punching away to the body. The pace slows, and the pair are stood up. Upon standing, Stinson jumps in with a right hand, and James ducks under and puts him on the canvas again. Stinson's guard is aggressive, but he can't find any submissions. Stinson punches back from the bottom, but that's the only activity, so the bout is restarted standing once more. Stinson attacks, and the pair clinch up. Stinson cracks James, and James puts him on the mat. Stinson immediately starts framing up a triangle. He has James caught, and is pulling his arm across as the horn sounds. Sherdog.com sees the second round 10-9 for Tyler Stinson.

Round 3
The third and final stanza starts and Stinson lands an inside leg kick. James responds with a left body kick of his own, followed by two lefts. Stinson launches a telegraphed left which James deftly dodges. James pushes Stinson to the cage and then the separate, Stinson keeping James at bay with his right jab. James takes his turn to push the pace, landing some crisp combinations, then missing an attempted takedown. More tentative punches until Stinson lifts up James and slams him to the cage floor, causing the local crowd to let out its approval. James returns the favor and gets into side control. Bell. Sherdog.com sees the round 10-9 for Tyler Stinson, and the fight for him 29-28 overall.

Official scores: Judge Gary Ritter sees the bout 29-28 for Nathan James. However, David Sutherland and Jim Lambert see it 29-28 for the winner by split decision, Tyler Stinson.

Bellator Lightweight Tournament Semifinal
Lloyd Woodard vs. Michael Chandler

Round 1
Keith Mills

Chandler outpointed Woodard.
Michael Chandler quickly runs Woodard into the fence and scores a takedown into half guard. Chandler gets a headlock, and pounds away to the ribs. Woodard stands up, but gets put right back on the mat. Chandler wails on Woodard's body, but the Montana native scoots to the fence and gets back up. And yet, once again, the former Mizzou Tiger sucks Woodard right back down. "Cupcake" manages to regain his feet once again, separating himself momentarily until Chandler dives right back at his leg and puts him on the mat. Chandler hammerfists from the open guard as the round expires.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Chandler
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Chandler
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Chandler

Round 2
Chandler lunges with a right hook and just glances. The wrestler is looking more comfortable standing, but Woodard continues to back away. Chandler steps in, and Woodard flurries with short uppercuts. Chandler swings a low kick and shoots low, but Woodard stuffs him, and smashes him with an uppercut and two stiff knees. The two are exchanging now. Chandler kicks outside, and Woodard lands a hard right cross. "Cupcake" steps forward, and Chandler plants him on the ground once more. Woodard tries scoot away, but Chandler remains attached to his waist, as the Montana native scoots up the cage. Woodard sprawls and breaks free, and lands a hard uppercut. Chandler gets low, and slams Woodard to the mat again, however Woodard locks up a kimura that he sweeps the wrestler with, forcing a scramble. Woodard locks up a rear waistlock, and forces Chandler to the ground. Woodard smoothly maintains control, and sinks his hooks, taking Chandler's back. Chandler stands, and Woodard tries to lock up a rear-naked choke. Chandler falls to the mat, belly down, as Woodard wrenches his face. Chandler breaks free, and eats some wild punches from Woodard at the bell.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Woodard
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Woodard
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Woodard

Round 3
Chandler lands a stiff jab, and follows up with a right cross that puts Woodard into the fence. They clinch, and Woodard gets underhooks. Chandler drops levels and gets in on Woodard's legs, sucking them out. Woodard stands back up, and Chandler slams him right back down. Chandler grinds with short punches and gets to half guard. The pace slows and referee Jason Herzog stands the bout up, but Chandler immediately gets top control again after Woodard latches on to a headlock. Chandler passes to full mount and cracks Woodard before falling back into half guard. Chandler punches away while Woodard tries to control his arms fruitlessly.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Chandler (29-28 Chandler)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Chandler (29-28 Chandler)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Chandler (29-28 Chandler)

Official scores:All three judges -- Gary Ritter, Jim Lambert and David Sutherland -- score the bout 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Michael Chandler. Chandler advances to the Bellator lightweight tournament final against Patricky Freire.

Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinal
Jay Hieron vs. Brent Weedman

Round 1
Weedman swings a combination and Hieron ducks under, circling out. Both men put their heads down and throw bombs, and it’s Hieron who falls to his backside after a Weedman left hand grazes. Weedman jumps into full mount with Hieron at the base of the cage, but Hieron sweeps beautifully and takes top position. Hieron has a headlock and is working for a brabo choke. The “Thoroughbred” snakes his right hand onto his left bicep, but Weedman defends the choke well and regains half-guard. Hieron goes for it again and steps over, though he can’t extract his foot from Weedman’s half-guard. Hieron abandons it and finds himself back in Weedman’s full guard with just over 90 seconds left. Upkick from Weedman staggers the standing Hieron, but it did not appear to land flush. Hieron goes back into Weedman’s guard, then stands and shucks the legs, throwing heavy hands at Weedman’s head. Weedman scrambles to his feet, where Hieron clinches with him again and drills a few knees before the bell.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Hieron
Rob Fitzpatrick scores the round 10-9 Hieron
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hieron

Round 2
Keith Mills

Hieron (right) bested Weedman.
Weedman using an effective push kick early, but Hieron is getting inside and blasting with uppercuts. Hieron comes over the top with a right hand as Weedman paws with the jab. Weedman clinches and puts Hieron’s back to the fence, drilling a few knees to the midsection of Hieron before letting him loose. Two minutes to go. Weedman is pressing forward, but it’s Hieron getting the better shots off as he swings counter left hooks. Hieron pushes off the cage for a Superman punch and follows it up with another four or five shots. Weedman misses and pirouettes on a low kick, then lands a few jabs in the final seconds.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Hieron
Rob Fitzpatrick scores the round 10-9 Weedman
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hieron

Round 3
Weedman continues coming forward and puts a one-two on Hieron. Another punch finds its mark and Hieron dives for a takedown, plowing Weedman to the mat. Weedman grabs at Hieron’s neck and the pair tumbles over before standing back up. Low kick and a right hand connect for Weedman. Hieron lands a right, Weedman answers with a one-two, and then Hieron comes back with a nasty three-punch combo. Hieron is still constantly backpedaling and counterstriking. Left hook puts Weedman on one knee, but Hieron’s follow-up punches can’t seal the deal. Weedman sweeps the leg and puts Hieron on the mat, where the Xtreme Couture representative turtles and Weedman tries to leap on his back. Hieron twists over and motions to referee Jason Herzog, but it’s unclear exactly what the complaint is. Weedman steps into mount with one minute to go, riding high on Hieron, who slips out the back door. Hieron can’t muster much on his punches and gets kicked away by Weedman. Just before the bell, Hieron passes to side control.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Weedman (29-28 Hieron)
Rob Fitzpatrick scores the round 10-9 Weedman (29-28 Weedman)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Weedman (29-28 Hieron)

Official scores: All three judges -- Jim Lambert, David Sutherland and Gary Ritter -- see the bout 29-28 in favor of Jay Hieron, the winner by unanimous decision.

Ben Askren vs. Nick Thompson
Round 1
Jason Herzog is the referee for the evening’s televised main event. Thompson comes out with some fancy footwork, catches a kick from Askren and misses with a few overhand rights. Thompson catches the champ with a right hand, but Askren goes from turtling to top position with a single-leg in no time flat. Askren quickly passes to the right side of Thompson, who tries to shrimp underneath the wrestler. North-south position for Askren, then he steps around to Thompson’s left. Askren is blanketing with Thompson’s head trapped under his arm. Hammerfists from the posturing Askren prompt Thompson to grab at a leg lock, but nothing’s coming. Askren tries to pin the arm of Thompson, can’t get it and Thompson rolls to turtle. Referee Herzog warns Askren for punching to the back of Thompson’s head and Thompson rolls back over. More punches from Askren as Thompson tries to stand before getting swept back under. Total domination from Askren with 60 seconds to go. Thompson appears to be bleeding from the bridge of the nose. Thompson gets to his feet and Askren drags him back down just before the bell.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Askren
Rob Fitzpatrick scores the round 10-9 Askren
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Askren

Round 2
Askren swings a wide left hand and ducks in behind it to bring Thompson down again. Quickly back to side control goes Askren, but he’s prevented from mounting by Thompson. Another leg lock attempt from Thompson falls by the wayside as Askren rolls over him and takes his back. Askren’s right arm goes across Thompson’s face; he can’t get it under the chin and Thompson survives the scare. Askren stands over Thompson and tries to bomb into guard, but the punches miss. Half-guard for Askren and Thompson tries to tie up from beneath. Askren punches to the body and stands before being awkwardly tripped down by the laying Thompson. No matter -- Askren immediately goes back to side control, then locks up a brabo choke when Thompson tries to scramble. Thompson rolls free and finishes the round on bottom once again.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Askren
Rob Fitzpatrick scores the round 10-9 Askren
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Askren

Round 3
Thompson tries to keep Askren on the end of his jab for the first 40 seconds of the final round... until he’s taken down once again by the former Mizzou Tiger. Thompson gets full guard this time and tries to sneak his legs up the body of Askren, but both men are too slippery at this point. Askren passes to side control and gets to work with short, light punches. Thompson regains half-guard as Askren lays his forearm across the throat of the “Goat.” Askren steps out, stacks Thompson up and moves to north-south as Thompson turtles. Thompson gets to his feet and Askren tries an ankle pick, but can’t get it. Thompson desperately dives on the grounded Askren with 10 seconds to go, but his few punches do no damage and come far too late.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Askren (30-27 Askren)
Rob Fitzpatrick scores the round 10-9 Askren (30-27 Askren)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Askren (30-27 Askren)

Official scores: Judge Jim Lambert has the bout 30-26, while judges David Sutherland and Gary Ritter both have it 30-27 in favor of the winner by unanimous decision, Ben Askren.

Cody Carrillo vs. Michael Osborn
Round 1
The opening round sees the fighters charge at each other and start to throw big blows to each others head. Local prospect Osborn takes some knees in a clinch, and lands a big elbow to the head of Osborn. Osborn counters with a stiff right, swarming Carrillo. Osborn lands some huge ground-and-pound from above. Referee Jason Herzog is forced to intervene at 1:27 of the first round.

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