According to a Sept. 8 report from Fansided, Ohio-based striker Jason Butcher sent Giva Santana into retirement with a TKO at the 1:12 mark of the second frame.
Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden was on hand for the event, and he captured quite an endearing moment following Butcher's victory.
The 28-year-old Cincinnati native had tons of friends and family on hand for Bellator 98, and several members of his party went absolutely bonkers when Michael C. Williams read off the official decision.
Video of the Butcher family reaction to his Bellator 98 victory can be found at this link, and those who do so will definitely be touched by how supportive they were of the fighter.
Cincinnati isn't exactly a hop and a skip away from Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, but his fan club was out in full force. And seeing them go ballistic when he won his seventh-straight pro fight was a touching moment in an otherwise violent evening of brutal knockouts.
Butcher was nearly submitted in the opening frame, but he kept his calm and imposed his will in the standup game in round two. The official stoppage came at the 1:12 mark of the second round.
Butcher, who had never before had an opponent last longer than a round with him, earned the stoppage by jumping on top of Santana and raining down punches until ref Kevin MacDonald had seen enough.
Butcher, who improved to 4-0 in the Bellator ranks, moves on to the semifinals, where he will face Mikkel Parlo.
As for Santana, he retired from the sport following the loss to Butcher at Bellator 98. The 41-year-old wrapped up his MMA career with over a dozen victories, including two inside the Bellator cage.