Lyman Good and Omar De La Cruz square off in anticipation of their upcoming welterweight title fight. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.
Chicago, Ill. – In front of a deafening standing room only crowd in the windy city, the Bellator Welterweight semi-finals rocked the historic Aragon Entertainment Center in Chicago. The intense action sent East Harlem phenom Lyman Good into a compelling world title fight against Dominican sensation Omar De La Cruz in a battle of dominating young welterweights where one will take home the world title and $100,000.
In the opening tournament action, powerhouse Lyman Good came out swinging in this tightly contested match with Jorge “The Naked Man” Ortiz. After exchanging blows and stalemating on the ground, Good delivered a series of dominating strikes leading to a deep cut that caused the ringside doctor to stop the fight via a technical knockout (TKO).
Headlining the event was an intensely aggressive performance by Dominican sensation Omar De La Cruz who dominated former UFC Champion Dave Menne. Menne entered the fight forcefully attacking De La Cruz and taking him to the ground, but Del La Cruz refused to play the ground game and returned Menne to his feet. De La Cruz then came at Menne with fury, landing multiple strikes to the retreating legend with the referee calling the action as a TKO victory for De La Cruz.
Jorge Masvidal. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.
Bellator’s fifth show, which took place this past weekend at the Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio, is now available for free viewing on Bellator.com. The event featured the second round of the promotion’s lightweight tournament which included Eddie Alvarez vs. Eric Reynolds and Toby Imada vs. Jorge Masvidal.
If you haven’t seen the video of this yet, you can catch it above. During the third round of a come-from-behind effort in the Bellator lightweight tournament semi-finals on Friday night, Toby Imada submits Jorge Masvidal with one of the most creative triangle chokes in history. Video of the sub starts at the 0:26 mark.
Eddie Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
Philadelphia native Eddie Alvarez secured his spot in Bellator Fighting Championships’ first-ever lightweight tournament finals on Friday night, controlling upstart opponent Eric Reynolds for over twelve minutes before submitting him with a rear-naked choke in the third round of their main event attraction.
Strikeforce veteran Jorge Masvidal was expected to meet Alvarez in the finals but will instead be watching the remainder of the tourney as a spectator. Masvidal played down the skills of Toby Imada during the weeks before their semi-final fight, but ended up succumbing to an impressive modified triangle choke in the third round of their fight.
A number of notable veterans were also in action on Bellator’s fifth event. Former EliteXC heavyweight standout Dave Herman picked up a much-needed win over Josh Barnes. Dan Evensen also scored a second-round stoppage of Raoul Romero while fellow UFC veteran Sherman Pendergarst fell to Total Combat product Joey Beltran.
Complete results from the event:
Eddie Alvarez def. Eric Reynolds - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R3
Toby Imada def. Jorge Masvidal - Submission (Triangle Choke), R3
Dave Herman def. Josh Barnes - TKO (Strikes), R2
Dan Evensen def. Raoul Romero - TKO (Strikes), R2
Joey Beltran def. Sherman Pendergarst - TKO (Strikes), R1
Justin Edwards def. John Troyer - Submission (Guillotine Choke), R1
Matt Jaggers def. Peter Dominguez - Submission (Choke), R1
Waylon Lowe def. Frank Carabello - Unanimous Decision
Jessica Pene def. Tammie Schneider - TKO (Strikes), R1
Eddie Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
The Florida Boxing Commissions today released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from the Bellator Fighting Championship’s debut event last weekend, and much to their liking, all six of their lightweight tournament winners did not receive a mandatory break from the state.
Jorge Masvidal and Toby Imada will now go on to face each other at Bellator’s fourth event on April 24 in Colorado scratch-free. In fact, only three fighters from the April 3 show received medical suspensions. Nick Agallar, Ben Greer, and Daneil Sarafian will all be suspended for 30 days due to precautionary reasons.
Still, it’s safe to say that Bellator lucked out in this situation. Will the trend continue with their upcoming events this month? Probably not.
Even though the promotion features a television deal with ESPN Deportes and a strong management team, it has been subject to some rookie mistakes, including not spacing out their events enough. They have multiple injury replacements ready to go if needed, but an injury or lengthy medical suspension to a fighter that should be advancing in the tourney would take away from it’s legitimacy. Sadly, it’s more likely to happen than not.
Brock Lesnar. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are your quick hits for the evening of April 7, 2009.
— Tickets for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s historic 100th event will go on sale this Thursday to UFC Fight Club members. Remaining tickets will then be sold through a newsletter pre-sale on Friday morning and then to the general public on Saturday. Ticket sales will begin at 10 AM PT on all three days. Both Brock Lesnar and Georges St. Pierre are currently set to defend their respective titles at the event.[UFC.com]
— The Florida Boxing Commission has released the official list of fighter payouts from last weekend’s Bellator Fighting Championships’ debut event, which took place Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Six of the promotion’s lightweight tournament winners, including BodogFight veterans Eddie Alvarez and Jorge Masvidal, were paid a show-leading $25,000. The tourney losers were handed $10,000 for their efforts. [MMA Junkie]
— Former EliteXC lightweight Fabricio Camoes will reportedly make his Strikeforce debut at the organization’s inaugural “SHO MMA: Strikeforce Challengers” event on May 15 in Fresno, California. An opponent for the Brazilian is unknown at this time. “Morango” last competed at a ShoXC event last August where he submitted “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Sam Morgan in the first round. [Tatame.com]
Eddie Alvarez. Photo courtesy of AlvarezFight.com.
Los Angeles, Calif. – February 26, 2009 – Bellator Fighting Championships, the first mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion to secure an exclusive agreement with any member of the ESPN family of networks, announced today that its debut event will be held in the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on April 3, 2009.
The event will air during prime time on April 4 on ESPN Deportes.
“We are thrilled to be premiering at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. “The Seminole Hard Rock has a superb track record of hosting world-class, sold out MMA in their state of the art arena. And as South Florida has some of the most passionate MMA fans in the country, the Hard Rock is the perfect location for our debut. We look forward to showcasing our highly competitive single elimination tournament fights for Florida ’s MMA fans and for the world through our alliance with ESPN Deportes.”
The event will feature tournament bouts in the Featherweight (145 lbs.), Lightweight (155 lbs.) and Middleweight (185 lbs.) divisions, showcasing two of the world’s best Lightweights (Eddie Alvarez and Jorge Masvidal) as well as featured non-tournament bouts and a top women’s fight highlighting Miami’s own Jessica Aguilar, an American Top Team fighter who has established a 5-2 record.
Jorge Masvidal. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — Bellator Fighting Championships, a first of its kind mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, officially announced today the exclusive signing of Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, one of Florida’s top fighters.
As the latest addition to the lightweight (155 lb.) division of Bellator’s tournament, premiering on ESPN Deportes April 4, 2009, Masvidal is poised for a breakout performance on the national MMA scene.
A Cuban-American and native of Miami, Florida, Masvidal has become known for routinely beating fighters that are larger and more well-known than he is. Wins over the likes of former IFL champion Ryan Schultz and UFC standout Joe Lauzon earned him the moniker of Florida’s top Lightweight, a title that he solidified with an eight-bout win streak in the following months.
Wilson Reis. Photo by Esther Lin. Used with permission.
BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS EXCLUSIVELY SIGNS UNDEFEATED WILSON REIS; PHILADELPHIA-BASED FIGHTER TO BE FEATURED ON ESPN DEPORTES IN APRIL 2009
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – Bellator Fighting Championships, a first of its kind Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion, officially announced today the exclusive signing of elite grappler Wilson Reis.
Reis will enter the inaugural season as a member of the Featherweight (145 lb.) division of Bellator’s tournament style events, premiering on ESPN Deportes April 4, 2009. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) phenom moved to Philadelphia in 2007 to further his career in MMA. Upon arriving in the United States, Reis kept his nose to the grindstone, earning his black belt from BJJ instructor Roberto Godoi.