- Bellator Featherweight Championship: Pat Curran vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev
- Season 8 Middleweight Tournament Final: Doug Marshall vs. Brett Cooper
- Season 8 Featherweight Tournament Final: Frodo Khasbulaev vs. Mike Richman
- Karo Parisyan vs. Rick Hawn
- Lyman Good vs. Dante Rivera
- Shedrick Goodridge vs. Sam Oropeza
- Carlos Brooks vs. Tom DeBlass
- Darrel Horcher vs. Phillipe Nover
- Brian Kelleher vs. Jimmie Rivera
- Michael Brent Hess vs. Will Martinez
- Kevin Roddy vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen
- Liam McGeary vs. Anton Talamantes
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Talamantes comes forward with an immediate takedown but McGeary fights it off, landing a few punches. Talamantes pushes against the cage again but McGeary again fights him off. McGeary's kick is caught and he is taken to the ground. A scramble ensues and Talamantes looks for a triangle followed by an omoplata. McGeary nails his foe with a brutal elbow from bottom and Talamantes looks to pull out of his position. McGeary follows him up and lands a right hand that staggers his opponent down to the floor. After he lands a hard shot on his fallen foe, referee Bill Bookwalter jumps in and stops the bout just 78 seconds into the first round.
Van Artsdalen comes forward kicking and Roddy follows up with a right that lands. Two more snapping kicks land for Van Artsdalen. Roddy trips him up but he gets up in time to push Roddy up against the fence. Van Artsdalen lands a few knees, but Roddy fights his underhook attempts. The two are stalled along the wall for a few moments with little action. Van Artsdalen finally gets rolling with a few knees to the body, but they ultimately remain stalled on the fence. Finally the pair disengage and Roddy comes out swinging. He lands a body kick followed by a right hand. Van Artsdalen swings for a big right hook but hits only air. Roddy nails his foe in the groin and the bout is stopped momentarily. After a brief respite, they resume fighting and Roddy lands a clean hook that awakens the crowd. Van Artsdalen responds with a quick takedown but allows Roddy to get up. He goes for another takedown and Roddy snakes his arm under his chin in an attempted guillotine. He rolls for an anaconda choke but Van Artsdalen ends up on top. He goes himself for a north-south choke but is unable to complete it. The two fighters scramble to their feet and Roddy nails a spinning back kick right at the bell.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Roddy
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Van Artsdalen
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Roddy
Van Artsdalen dives for a single-leg takedown, but Roddy again goes for a guillotine choke. Van Artsdalen goes to the ground with him and is able to quickly get out of Roddy's follow-up armbar attempt. Van Artsdalen grabs for a kimura but like a cat, Roddy throws up another armbar from the bottom. He lands this one tight and coaxes the tap at 1:04 of the second round.
Hess clips Martinez off of a lazy leg kick, tripping up the Philly-based fighter. Hess tries to pounce, but Martinez quickly finds his feet, negotiates in the clinch and lands some knees to the face before breaking away. Martinez throws a hard body kick and Hess catches it, but bulling forward only allows Martinez to get free and drill him with more knees. Hess lands a few pawing hooks from the outside before ripping off a spinning wheel kick which gets stuck by Martinez's shoulder. He drives Hess to the ground off of the kick and pounds away from guard. Martinez lands rights and lefts en route to getting to half guard. Hess tries to kick Martinez away, but Martinez is back on him in a heartbeat, first into half guard, then side control, then taking knee-on-belly.
Hess is grappling frantically to not give us dominant position. He shrimps back to half guard and gets locked up in a kimura from Martinez. Martinez tries to turn it to a straight armbar, then ues it to pass to side. He clings to the kimura, threatening with a farside armbar, then takes mount. Awesome grappling from Will Martinez. When Hess tries to push his man down to reclaim guard, Martinez unloads two massive right hooks that separate Hess from consciousness. Two more haymakers get in before Gasper Oliver can intervene at 4:15 of the first round.
Rivera opens up with active kicking, cracking Kelleher to the legs and body. Rivera steps in and flurries on “Boom Boom,” who clinches and runs Rivera across the cage. Rivera turns him around and puts him on the fence momentarily before opting to reset standing. Rivera potshots from the outside until Kellher shoots in on a single, pushing Rivera to the cage again. Rivera again turns him around, banging him to the body with right hands and landing knees to the body. Rivera steps away again, feints on the feet, prompting another Kelleher takedown attempt. Rivera easily turns him around once again then finishes a double-leg of his own. Kelleher pops back up but eats some Rivera lefts for his efforts. Kelleher shoots in again at the bell and gets stuffed.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Rivera
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Rivera
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Rivera
Rivera sneaks a few right hands in before thwarting another Kelleher takedown rush. Kelleher fires a wild overhand left and shoots again, not even in Rivera's area code. The Tiger Schulmann fighter nearly takes Kelleher's back before pushing him back into the cage. They separate and Rivera establishes his left jab, keeping Kelleher away from wild takedowns with his lead hand. Rivera starts to work his kicks again, prompting the tired Kelleher to barrel forward for another shot. Rivera easily defends again and puts him on the fence once more. After grinding away with no real offense, Rivera gets in on a double-leg takedown with uner 30 seconds to go and again dumps his man on the mat late before the bell.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Rivera
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Rivera
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Rivera
“The Terror” starts with his jab again, stabbing it out and landing a left hook-right hook combo behind it. Rivera works his hands ably until Kelleher unloads a wild uppercut that drops Rivera to a knee. Rivera clinches and quickly recovers, responding quickly with hooks of his own. More clinching ensues along the cage, both men landing hard with knees. They separate briefly, but winging hooks force the two fighters back to one another, initiating another battle of over-unders along the cage. Kelleher drives for another takedown, only to be rebuffed for the umpteenth time by Rivera. Rivera lands short shots in close before dropping for another late-round double-leg takedown.
Kelleher defends, throwing knees to the head and body. Rivera abandons that tactic, flurrying with hooks and tackling Kelleher to the mat again. Rivera is able to claim top position but it is too late to do anything with it.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Kelleher (29-28 Rivera)
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Kelleher (29-28 Rivera)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Kelleher (29-28 Rivera)
Official result: Judge Eric Colon has it 30-27, while judges Michael Barry and Vincent Sinclair see it 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Jimmie Rivera.
Nover throws a high kick that is blocked by Horcher. Nover shoots from too far outside and Horcher easily defends. Nover changes levels for a takedown again, and Horcher sprawls and drives his man against the fence. Horcher landes a couple knees and foot stomps as Nover looks for an inside trip. Nover turns and presses Horcher into the cage, but they quickly reverse position again. Not a lot of action from this position, save for the occasional foot stomp and knee from Horcher. Finally, a restart is ordered and they resume in the center of the cage. Nover with a kick to the body. Nover moves forward with a straight right tha lands. Horcher grabs a body lock and drives his foe into the fence. Nover fends off a single leg attempt from Horcher with just more than 10 seconds remaining. Neither man lands anything significant as the round expires.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-10
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-10
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-10
Nover begins the round circling on the outside, throwing kicks. Nover shoots, looks for a high crotch and gets the takedown. Nover moves into side control, where he establishes a wide base. Nover stays heavy on top, landing short strikes and elbows. Horcher attempts to cage walk, and he regains guard. Nover unloads with heavy ground-and-pound and knocks Horcher's mouthpiece out. Without the aid of the referee, Horcher quickly grabs the mouthguard and puts it back in. Nover, meanwhile, continues to land punches from above. Horcher attempts to stall his opponent with a body lock from bottom. Nover is patient, landing periodic punches to the body while attempting to advance position. Horcher with a few short punches from his back, but Nover has controlled the majority of the frame. Nover steps into half guard. Horcher has a cut on his forehead. Nover looks for a neck crank finish with approximately 10 seconds remaining, but Horcher is able to survive.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Nover
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Nover
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Nover
Nover lands a roundhouse kick to the body as he slowly circles on the outside. Horcher responds with a head kick and a left hand, so Nover rips back with a harder head kick. The pace slows again as Nover circles to his left, staying conservative. A weak double-leg attempt from Nover is brushed off and Horcher pushes him into the cage. As Horcher drives in, Nover gets position on an arm-in guillotine but doesn't dedicate himself to the choke. The unbeaten Horcher keeps pushing for a single-leg takedown. Horcher idly knees Nover to the thighs while angling for his single but after the lull stretches on, referee Gasper Oliver separates the lightweights.
Nover's right roundhouse kick to the body lands with a smack again and he circles out. Nover lands another right body kick and nearly eats Horcher's left hand. Horcher runs Nover into the cage again with a minute to fight. The bout comes to a fitting finish: neither man shows any urgency as the seconds count down until Nover suddenly dumps Horcher on the mat with too little time to land anything.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Nover (30-28 Nover)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Nover (30-28 Nover)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Nover (30-28 Nover)
Official result: Judges Michael Barry and Vincent Sinclair agree with scores of 30-27, while Cardo Urso sees the contest 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Phillipe Nover.
Brooks and DeBlass throw long punches to start. Brooks clips DeBlass with a right, prompting a DeBlass clinch. The New Jersey native locks up a guillotine standing and jumps it quickly. Brooks takes his time and pops his head out when DeBlass goes all the way down to the mat and into guard. Brooks frees himself from the UFC veteran's guard and allows him to stand up. Brooks immediately lands a spinning back kick and starts popping his jab in DeBlass' face. DeBlass steps inside and absorbs a hard knee to the body. Brooks can't stop his opponent's momentum, however, as DeBlass runs him into the fence and looks for a single. Brooks defends and DeBlass steps away. Brooks starts landing his left low kick inside on DeBlass, so DeBlass runs him back into the fence. Brooks throws a knee that strays low on DeBlass, but referee Bill Bookwalter sees it and gives DeBlass his respite. Upon resumption, DeBlass struggles to get past Brooks' long, powerful jab. DeBlass gets underneath it and runs Brooks to the fence again, but still can't take him down. Brooks separates and continues probing with the jab until the bell rings.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Brooks
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Brooks
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Brooks
Brooks' jab is instantly on display again as DeBlass tries to leg kick his way into the standup. The Tiger Schulmann fighter just keeps his lead left hand going, tagging DeBlass whenever he's in range. Both men take turns swiping with hooks that hit only air. DeBlass times a single-leg shot well and quickly wrangles Brooks to the ground, but “Shake and Bake” shrimps his way back to the fence, looking to slide up the cage. Brooks can't get up, so he closes his guard and overhooks both of DeBlass' arms, hoping for a standup. DeBlass stays busy with short elbows. DeBlass isn't really beating Brooks up, but he's consistently landing punches to the body and elbows over the top.
Brooks seems relatively lost as to how to stop DeBlass. A left overhand from DeBlass clocks Brooks in the eye. Brooks squints as DeBlass punches and elbows away until the bell.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 DeBlass
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 DeBlass
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 DeBlass
Just before the third round is set to begin, referee Bill Bookwalter calls for the ringside physicians to examine Brooks' right eye. The doctor asks Brooks if he can continue fighting and despite an affirmative answer from Brooks, Brooks seems uncertain about continuing. The ringside physician calls the bout and Brooks does not protest. Tom DeBlass is the winner by doctor's stoppage after the second round.
Both fighters come out southpaw. Goodrige comes forward and Oropeza responds with a leg kick.Goodridge catches a kick and takes Oropeza down. Goodridge lands a series of right hands to the face as Oropeza attempts to get to his feet.Goodridge lands an accidental groin shot with a knee as he presses his opponent against the cage. After a brief recovery period they resume, but an inside leg kick from Goodridge catches Oropeza in the cup. Oropeza gets another rest period, but a point is not taken. Oropeza lands a kick under Goodridge's armpit. Goodridge lands a takedown, but Oropeza gets up and they separate and return to the center of the cage. Oropeza lands a spinning back fist. Goodridge has given up on the leg kicks for now. Oropeza grabs a body lock and throws a knee. Goodridge turns him around. They break away and Goodridge throws a jab and a front kick. Right hook from Goodridge finds a home. Oropeza moves forward. Oropeza throws a high kick. Both fighters are throwing one strike at a time and then backing off. Goodridge gets a final takedown just before the bell.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Goodridge
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Goodridge
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Goodridge
Goodridge comes out firing his jab, mixing in kicks to the body. Oropeza responds with an outside leg kick. They exchange leg kicks, but neither man is committing to combinations. Goodridge, though, is continuing to find a home for his lead jab, then moving back out of danger. Oropeza presses forward, and Goodridge grabs a body lock and pushes his adversary into the fence. They separate and Oropeza lands a one-two combo.
Oropeza is bleeding from the nose thanks to Goodridge's effective jab. Oropeza lands another leg kick. Goodridge catches a kick, Oropeza tries to jump out of his opponent's grip, but he is taken down. Oropeza is attempting to move from a front headlock position to Goodridge's back. He can't quite get there, but he begins pounding away with a series of short, unanswered elbows. Goodridge appears to still be driving to finish a takedown attempt, but the bout is stopped by referee Bill Bookwalter as Oropeza continues to land elbows and hammerfists. Goodridge is shocked and visibly upset by the stoppage.
Meanwhile, Oropeza is unable to place any weight on his right leg at the bout's conclusion. The official time of the controversial stoppage is 4:22 for the winner by TKO, Sam Oropeza.
Good comes out moving forward, throwing and landing right hands. They tie up and Good unloads some solid shots to the body. They trade knees in close quarters. Rivera is throwing knees and uppercuts with his back to the fence. For now, it's a dirty boxing battle. Good with a couple hard uppercuts, and he keeps Rivera's back to the cage. Rivera is finding a home for short uppercuts as well. They continue to trade knees and short punches in tight, but it appears that Good has a slight edge thus far. One minute remains in the stanza, and both Good and Rivera appear content to battle in close quarters. “Cyborg” looks for a single leg as the round winds down, then throws a big right hand after the takedown attempt fails.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Good
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Good
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Good
Good moves forward immediately, throws a high kick and ties up Rivera against the fence once again. Good doing a solid job of landing knees and punches to the body. Rivera responds with an elbow over the top, then the TUF alum with a knee to the gut. Good appears to stagger Rivera with a knee to the body of his own. The grueling battle against the fence continues, and Rivera is still content to fight with his back to the cage. Good with short punches to the body, and Rivera responds with knees. Rivera lands another solid knee from the Thai plum. Good changes levels and gets a takedown with 20 seconds to go. Rivera lands a few left hands from his back as time expires.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Good
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Good
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Good
It takes about 15 seconds before the two competitors are engaged against the fence again, with Good in the familiar position of pushing his man against the cage. More short punches and the occasional knee from Good. Good's strength allows him to control the position. He continues to stay busy with his short knees and punches.Rivera's output seems to have slowed somewhat, but Good continues to apply heavy pressure. Good with a knee to the groin, but Rivera doesn't want a rest and they go right back to the clinch. Rivera attempts to fire off some more punches, but it's too little too late. Good opens up with heavy knees and punches as the round draws to a close. They break away and Good misses a high kick as the bell sounds.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Good (30-27 Good)
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Good (30-27 Good)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Good (30-27 Good)
Official result: Judges Eric Colon and Tony Tamburrino score the bout 30-27 while Cardo Urso reckons it 29-28, all for the winner by unanimous decision, Lyman Good.
Parisyan advances on Hawn with a right hand, prompting the first clinch between the two judo standouts. They exchange over-unders until Hawn throws a knee to the body on the break. Unfortunately, the knee strays a bit low on Parisyan, prompting a brief stop from referee Gasper Oliver. Hawn is patiently sticking his jab out while Parisyan trots forward with his hands high. Parisyan feints high and kicks Hawn in the legs, so Hawn responds with a low kick of his own. Hawn whizzes wide with an overhand right and Parisyan nearly trips his foot out as he throws. Hawn is nearly knocked off balance again seconds later by a Parisyan right cross. Very tentative start so far for Hawn. Hawn throws another lunging overhand right with no set-up and just hits the air. Two low kicks land for Parisyan, but the retreating Hawn says one caught him low and so he now gets a break. On the restart, very little changes. Parisyan steps forward, cautiously kicking and picking his shots while Hawn throws wild, inacurrate punches. With seconds to go in the period, Hawn tags Parisyan with a right head kick – the best strike of the round – and rushes him with hooks, pushing him back to the cage at the bell.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Hawn
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Hawn
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Hawn
The second round is marked early by lots of jabbing and pawing. A solid 60 seconds passes without much substantial action until Hawn cracks Parisyan clean with an overhand right that stops the Armenian in his tracks briefly. Parisyan keeps advancing, gauging the distance with jabs and low kicks. Hawn explodes again with a long right cross. It rocks Parisyan's head back and “Genghis” is in conquering mode, roaring forward with both hands. A hard right drops Parisyan to his knees and Hawn hammerfists the downed fighter until Gasper Oliver intervenes at 1:55 of the second frame. Parisyan protests the stoppage to Oliver to no avail.
Bellator Season 8 Middleweight Tournament Final:
Marshall vs. Brett
Marshall is bobbing and weaving inside early, throwing heavy hooks with both hands. He touches Cooper with his right hand, then lands a hard slate of inside low kicks. Cooper scores with his own right hand, slowing Marshall momentarily. After 30 seconds of exchanging, Cooper changes levels and runs Marshall to the mat. Cooper gets to half guard, but Marshall smartly uses the cage to stand up. Cooper drives him into the cage again, scoops and elevates him.
“Fudoshin” has top position again, peppering “The Rhino” against the cage, but Marshall looks to tie him up and slip up the cage again. Marshall gets back to his feet and uses his leg to block Cooper's trip attempts. Immediately upon separation, Marshall starts getting aggressive from his crouch stance. He crushes a rocket right hook through Cooper's jaw. Cooper collapses to the mat, but the ever-predatory Marshall gets in one more dramatic, diving punch beforee referee Bill Bookwalter can rescue Cooper. A sensational knockout win by Doug Marshall comes at 3:39 of the first round and makes him the Bellator Season 8 middlweight tournament champion.
Bellator Season 8 Featherweight Tournament Final:
Khasbulaev vs. Mike
Both Richman and Khasbulaev get busy with powerful crosses and low kicks, just glancing their target. “Frodo” goes for back-to-back spinning back kicks, not landing flush on either. A Khasbulaev takedown is easily tossed aside. The pace slows a bit as Richman assumes the center of the cage, popping the Russian with a hard left cross. Khasbulaev comes right back with an overhand left and leg kicks. It's “Frodo” giving chase now, crowding Richman and swarming with punches and kicks. Richman tries to land short right-hand leads on Khasbulaev to slow his advance. Overhand right smacks Khasbulaev, and he smacks right back with one of his own. Another clean left for Richman. Very tightly contested striking contest so far, with each man answering the other's strike. One-two-body kick for Khasbulaev scores and then he goes inside with two right leg kicks. Overhand right lands again for Khasbulaev and Richman's left eye is starting to show some extra color. Right hands and body kicks remain the steady offense for Khasbulaev until the bell.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Khasbulaev
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Khasbulaev
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Khasbulaev
Richman is the man coming forward to start the second round, landing his powerful left straights. Again, the Dagestani fighter goes to his overhand right, catching Richman of balance despite the disparity in reach. Richman's left has now drawn blood around Khasbulaev's right eye. Khasbulaev has a few cursory takedown attempts shrugged off until landing a nice kneepick on Richman. “Frodo” can't keep him down, however, as Richman quickly scoots to his feet. Khasbulaev gets in on a single and drives Richman back to the cage, but “The Marine” defends and pummels him a bit for his efforts. Another body kick and another weakened shot from the outside from Khasbulaev, which Richman rebuffs. Richman's right jab is now finding Khasbulaev's face. Richman unloads a hard left to the body that puts Khasbulaev on the mat. Richman dives into his guard, but Khasbulaev does well to tie him up, prompting the Minnesotan to let him stand before the bell.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Richman
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Richman
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Richman
Khasbulaev is takedown-minded from the outset, quickly shooting a double on Richman. He gets stuffed, but stays married to the idea, pushing a single-leg takedown on Richman and driving him to the cage wall. “Frodo” sucks him off of his feet but just for a moment as the Minnesotan gets right back up. The southpaw Richman backs up the tiring Khasbulaev with his jab, but can't land heavy with his left hand behind it. Khasbulaev tries to limber up, bouncing on his toes as Richman continues to stalk him. Switch-step Superman punch lands for Khasbulaev, but Richman comes right back with a clean one-two. Two minutes to go and it's still anyone's fight.
Khasbulaev continues to throw his left hand and body kicks, but Richman is walking through them with punches of his own. “The Marine” digs to the body with another hard left hook. Khasbulaev shoots and Richman tries to time him with a knee, but ends up eating the canvas. He covers up to avoid any punishment from “Frodo” and gets back to his feet again with a minute to fight. Richman lands a left hook and stuffs another double-leg attempt, but Khasbulaev cracks him on the way up. Right hands land for both men. Khasbulaev reaches with an overhand right, Richman kicks him to the body and the bell rings.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Khasbulaev (29-28 Khasbulaev)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Khasbulaev (29-28 Khasbulaev)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Khasbulaev (29-28 Khasbulaev)
Official result: All three judges -- Eric Colon, Tony Tamburrino and Cardo Urso -- score the bout 30-27 for the winner by decision, Magomedrasul Khasbulaev. Khasbulaev wins Bellator's Season 8 featherweight tournament.
Bellator Featherweight Championship:
Curran vs. Shahbulat
Curran shoots a quick double and Shamhalaev sprawls. Curran ducks under, cuts the corner and locks up a lightning-fast guillotine. Shamhalaev's nearside arm is actually caught in the guillotine as well. Despite the awkward position, the choke looks tight and Curran is just torquing the Dagestani fighter's head. Referee Keith Peterson sees the challenger go limp and immediately halts the fight. Shamhalaev is unconscious for a moment, but upon gaining his wits, is furious to find the bout has been stopped. The beautiful submission caps Curran's second successful title defense at 2:38 of the first round.