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Jason Butcher earns TKO win in Bellator middleweight tournament

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In the opening round of the Bellator middleweight tournament, Jason Butcher earned his first TKO win since his professional debut in 2011.

The Cincinnati native took on Giva Santana in a quarterfinal fight on the main card on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The middleweight fight aired live on Spike TV.

After getting controlled and nearly submitted in the first round, Butcher kept the fight standing in the second round and wasted no time finishing the fight. The 28-year-old wobbled Santana with a short right hand less than a minute into the round and then dropped “The Arm Collector” with a right-left-right combination.

Butcher quickly jumped on top and started raining down punches until ref Kevin MacDonald had seen enough and stopped the fight at 1:12 of the second round. It was the first time in Butcher’s professional career that a fight made it out of the first round.

With the win, Butcher will move on to the semifinals and will face either Brian Rogers or Mikkel Parlo. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt also improves his record to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in Bellator.

After the fight, Santana announced his retirement from the sport after an eight year career. Santana finished his career with a record of 18-3 overall and 2-2 in Bellator.

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