According to a Sept. 21 report from MMA Junkie, Douglas Lima uncorked a jarring final blow to Ben Saunders during the Bellator 100 main event, to win the Season 8 welterweight tournament and claim a title shot.
In the Bellator 100 co-main, War Machine (14-4 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) scored a technical submission win over Vaughn Anderson to move into the semifinal round.
Immediately following War Machine's fight, critically-acclaimed adult actress Christy Mack made a surprise cameo on Spike TV.
Mr. Machine and Mack have been dating for several months, so the cameo wasn't much of a shocker.
What was a bit surprising is that fight fans in attendance at Bellator 100 showed Mack some love by starting a chant in her honor. The actress took to Twitter to express her gratitude, but she's hoping next time Bellator supporters will focus more on the fighters.
"Thank you all for the Christy Mack chant at Bellator last night; but maybe next time you should cheer on one of the fighters," Mack tweeted.
War Machine took the fight to the floor early, and he controlled the action for much of the opening stanza.
In the second round, Machine once again took the fight to the mat, locked in a rear-naked choke and squeezed until his opponent was unconscious.
Bellator MMA CEO Bjorn Rebney is pleased with the start of Season 9 and excited about the future of his promotion's tournament format.
"I understood what the business drivers of combat sports are," Rebney said. "I knew where the money would come from, and how to have a positive cash flow in the combat sports industry. I looked at all the same players, all of the different failures, Elite XC, the IFL, Strikeforce, Bodog, Affliction, the list goes on-and-on. Some were destined for failure, like the IFL, Elite XC and Bodog models. It didn't take a lot of expertise to see that would never work. It was easy to study the IFL and Elite XC because they were publicly traded companies. There was a tremendous disconnect between the expenses and revenues. I spent a lot of time looking at the UFC and what they did right.
"It didn't make sense to be a duplicate of something that was already there, so the key was coming up with something substantive that was very different from what the UFC was doing," he said. "That's where the tournament format came from. I spent a lot of time writing business plans and coming up with business projections. A lot of people starting would talk about going to pay-per-view in nine months. I was about being realistic. You've got to be realistic when you're working with viable large scale investment groups."
Bellator fans can expect to see War Machine back in action in the semifinal round of the tournament, and Mack is likely to appear wherever he'll be fighting.