Lightweight bout (155 lbs) - Josh Smith def. Darren Smith via Unanimous Decision (29-28 3X)
Featherweight bout (145 lbs) - Cleber Luciano def. Joe Camacho via Unanimous Decision (30-27 3X)
Lightweight bout (155 lbs) - Mike Guymon def. Aaron Miller via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:20 of Round 2
Light Heavyweight bout (205 lbs) - Brandon Halsey def. Hector Ramirez via TKO (strikes) at 0:52 of Round 1
Welterweight bout (170 lbs) - Cristiano Souza def. Alejandro Garcia via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:06 of Round 3
Lightweight bout (155 lbs) - Mike Richman def. Akop Stepanyan via TKO (punch) at 4:05 of Round 1
This was a nice fight. Both men were tagging each other with some solid shots. Akop Stepanyan almost dropped Richman with a punch, which made Richman start fighting with some urgency. Richman landed a beautiful punch on Stepanyan dropping him. He tried to follow up with some punches, but referee Herb Dean stepped in. Personally, I feel Stepanyan could have continued. I feel it might have been an early stoppage, but Richman still looked impressive.
Fight Master Tournament Welterweight Final (170 lbs) - Joe Riggs def. Mike Bronzoulis via Unanimous Decision (30-27 3X)
I gave round one to Joe Riggs. It was a close round though. Mike Bronzoulis was landing some really good leg kicks on Riggs, even buckling him once. Riggs landed a takedown, and controlled Bronzoulis for the rest of the round. Riggs also landed some good punches. Riggs got cut around the left eye in the 2nd round, but finished a couple takedowns on Bronzoulis and controlled the position of the fight. Riggs for the second straight round took Bronzoulis's back and was working for a Rear Naked Choke submission. They scrambled a little and Riggs ended up being too high on Bronzoulis's back and Bronzoulis ended up shaking him off and getting into Rigg's guard. Round three was more of the same thing. Riggs dominated pretty much all of the fight and is the first ever Fight Master Tournament Champion. Riggs is now entered into next season's Bellator MMA Welterweight Tournament.
Bellator MMA Featherweight Championship bout (145 lbs) - Daniel Straus def. Pat Curran via Unanimous Decision (49-45, 48-46, 48-46) to become the NEW Bellator MMA Featherweight Champion.
Pat Curran against Straus was a pretty good fight. Straus won Round 1 in my opinion. He was dictating where the fight took place, and he just controlled most of the round. Round 2 was closer between the guys. I felt Curran did enough to win it, but it was close. In round 3 it was pretty competitive until a terrible knee to a downed opponent from Curran. He knew it as soon as it landed and hated himself for it. Straus took a little bit, but showed a ton of heart by recovering and finishing the round. The referee absolutely had to take a point away from Curran so that took that round from him. Straus dominated for the minute left in the round. It could have been a 10-8 round for Straus, which is huge.
The first minute of Round 4, Straus dominated and landed a takedown against the cage on Curran. He followed with an even more impressive slam takedown. Straus pretty much dominated Round 4, aside from a Pat Curran Guillotine Choke attempt from his back. Straus for the most part dominated Round 5 as well. He hurt Curran midway through the round, but Curran survived. The fight ended with Straus on top of Curran trying to throw down punches. Straus definitely impressed me in this fight. Curran had up until this point, been an absolute monster at Featherweight following his Lightweight Title fight loss to then Bellator Lightweight Champ Eddie Alvarez.
Bellator MMA Interim Light Heavyweight Championship bout (205 lbs) - Emmanuel Newton def. "King" Mo Lawal via Unanimous Decision (49-46 3X) to become the Interim Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Champion.
"King" Mo Lawal won Round 1, but not by a whole lot. He took Newton down a couple times and controlled him, but when it was on the feet Newton was pushing the action. King Mo landed a nice slam in Round 2. Newton landed a nice head kick that really hurt King Mo. Newton tried to go in and finish, but King Mo survived. Newton won round 2 in my opinion. Newton dominated the stand up which was pretty much all of Round 3. Both men were tired, but King Mo looked a little more exhausted. King Mo attempted multiple takedowns, and on the third attempt succeeded, but Newton got right back to his feet. I scored Round 4 for Newton as well. King Mo landed a takedown late in Round 5, but Newton again got back to his feet. That round was much closer, it could have went either way. I still had Newton winning at least three rounds to two.
Bellator MMA Lightweight Championship bout (155 lbs) - Eddie Alvarez def. Michael Chandler via Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) to become the NEW Bellator MMA Lightweight Champion.
First round was very close between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler. Alvarez landed some good shots, but Chandler got a takedown. Chandler almost locked in a guillotine choke, but Alvarez escaped. I gave the very close Round 1 to Alvarez. Chandler got more takedowns in Round 2, but also ate some stiff shots. I personally gave Chandler Round 2. Chandler's left eye was swelling up in Round 3. Again, Alvarez is dominating the stand up, but Chandler lands a couple takedowns on Alvarez. I feel Alvarez did more in that round though, and had him winning after 3 rounds, 2-1. Both men look exhausted going into Round 4 though.
Chandler definitely dominated most of Round 4. This fight has been extremely close and I had it even after 4 Rounds between the two competitors. Round 5 might have been the most exciting of the fight. Both men showed a ton of heart in this final round. I thought Alvarez won the 5th round, and the fight. It was an amazing fight between both guys. It definitely could have been considered another Fight of the Year candidate.
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