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.
Brett Cooper. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
A welterweight bout between IFL veteran Brett Cooper and undefeated prospect Patrick Speight will reportedly finalize Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” card, which will take place on October 11th at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV according to a report by MMA News.
Affliction VP Tom Atencio was said to have confirmed Cooper vs. Speight as the final bout to be signed for the event yesterday. Both fighters were originally scheduled to be part of Affliction’s “Banned” show on July 19 but were removed from the card due to unknown reasons.
Tito Ortiz was nowhere to be found at today’s Affliction press conference in Las Vegas, fueling speculation that may not have signed with the promotion after all. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Affliction Entertainment held a press conference earlier this afternoon at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to confirm a quartet of fights and reveal broadcast details for the promotion’s scheduled “Day of Reckoning” event, which will take place on October 11th at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
Among the bouts officially announced today by Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio included two previously reported bouts: a rematch between IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko and longtime divisional contender Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and a middleweight contest between former UFC standouts Vitor Belfort and Matt Lindland.
Roy Nelson. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson will return to action with a new deal under Affliction Entertainment in tow as he will take on fellow new acquisition and Xtreme Couture member Jay White at the promotion’s scheduled “Day of Reckoning” show on October 11th at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV in Las Vegas.
White confirmed the bout over the weekend at the International MMA Expo in Long Beach, California, with MMANews.com, stating that he had signed a three-fight contract with Affliction and “that Nelson was the opponent given to him.” Nelson, along with many other IFL-contracted fighers, was reportedly released from the company late last week.
The 32-year-old Lion’s Den product won the vacant IFL heavyweight title belt last December when he bested Bryan Vetell and Antoine Jaoude to win a four-man grand prix tournament. Nelson then made two consecutive successful defenses of his championship, scoring first-round TKO wins over Fabiano Scherner and then “Ultimate Fighter 2” runner-up Brad Imes.
Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Frank Trigg were both victorious last night in their respective bouts, setting up a potential rematch of their ICON Sport middleweight title bout that took place just one year ago.
The 6,754 that packed into the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas saw a main event between Miller and Tim Kennedy live up to expectations as a very competitive bout. Kennedy came away with the first round on the scorecards, using superior striking and wrestling to keep Miller at bay. Kennedy came close to ending the fight when he secured Miller’s back and had an extended amount of time to try and sink in a rear naked choke. The opportunity was foiled when the horn sounded to end the round.
Both fighters came out of the gate firing away with punches and kicks to start the second. Kennedy (8-2) once again took control of Miller (20-5) from behind but Miller was able to reverse the position and put Kennedy on his back. Miller fired away with punches and elbows that opened up a nasty cut on the bridge of Kennedy’s nose. “Mayhem” started to pull away in the final stanza after securing an early takedown.
Kennedy’s cut was checked by ringside doctors on two different occasions but the bout was permitted to continue both times. The fight was restarted on the feet by the referee after the second check of the cut and gave Kennedy the opportunity to take Miller down. However Kennedy was unable to generate much offense because of multiple submission attempts by Miller. Miller rolled Kennedy to his back and pounded away on his opponent until the end of the fight. The judges convened and their scorecards all matched up as Miller was awarded a well-earned unanimous decision, finally avenging a loss to Kennedy earlier in his career.
When asked who he would like to take on in his next fight, Miller hysterically stated that he wouldn’t mind fighting HDNet Fights owner and famed billionaire Mark Cuban for each other’s wallets. While Cuban won’t be standing across the cage against Miller in his next fight, Trigg most likely will be.
Marcus Lanier def. Lee King - Submission (Armbar)
Liam McCarty def. Jason House - TKO (Cut)
Jay White def. Patrick Castillo - Submission (Armbar)
Nissen Osterneck def. Freddie Espiricueta - Submission (Strikes)
Corey Mahon def. Chris Bowles - Submision (Armbar)
Pete Spratt def. Tristan Yunker - TKO (Cut)
Krzysztof Soszynski def. Robert Villegas - Disqualification
Yves Edwards def. Alonzo Martinez - Submission (RNC)
Frank Trigg def. Edwin Dewees - Submission (Kimura)
Jason Miller def. Tim Kennedy- Unanimous Decision
Tonight we will be going live at 7:30 PM EST, covering HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes interviews, weigh-in results, and much more:
HDNet Fights II Weigh-In Results
A Chance for Revenge and Mayhem in HD
RawVegas Interviews Mir and Trigg
Rob Zombie’s ‘Halloween’ to Sponsor HDNet Fights
Report: Osterneck Tapped to Replace Dollaway
Dollaway Out of HDNetFights: Reckless Abandon
Report: Salmon Replaced Against Mayhem
Trigg-Dewees, Miller-Salmon Headline HDNet Fights
Jason Miller vs. Tim Kennedy
Frank Trigg vs. Edwin Dewees
Yves Edwards vs. Alonzo Martinez
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Robert Villegas
Pete Spratt vs. Tristan Yunker
Cory Mahon vs. Chris Bowles
Freddie Espiricueta vs. Nissen Osterneck
Jason House vs Liam McCarty
Jay White vs. Patrick Castillo
Lee King vs. Marcus Lanier
Tristan Yunker failed to make weight for his scheduled welterweight bout against Pete Spratt. Yunker weighed-in at 174 lbs at the weigh-ins and was only able to get down to 173 lbs following the allotted two-hour time limit.
Yunker will now forfeit a percentage of his purse to Spratt and the fight will take place at a catch weight of 173 lbs.
Jason Miller (186 lbs) vs. Tim Kennedy (185 lbs)
Frank Trigg (183 lbs) vs. Edwin Dewees (185 lbs)
Yves Edwards (156 lbs) vs. Alonzo Martinez (156 lbs)
Krzysztof Soszynski (204 lbs) vs. Robert Villegas (205 lbs)
Pete Spratt (170 lbs) vs. Tristan Yunker (174 lbs)
Cory Mahon (155 lbs) vs. Chris Bowles (154 lbs)
Freddie Espiricueta (184 lbs) vs. Nissen Osterneck (184 lbs)
Jason House (184 lbs) vs Liam McCarty (185 lbs)
Jay White (256 lbs) vs. Patrick Castillo (241 lbs)
Lee King (155 lbs) vs. Marcus Lanier (154 lbs)