Alexander Volkov (right) won the Bellator heavyweight title. |
Volkov is the new
Bellator Fighting Championships heavyweight king.
The Russian defeated Richard
Hale via unanimous decision at Bellator 84 to win the
promotion’s heavyweight tournament at the Venue at Horseshoe Casino
in Hammond, Ind., on Friday night. Judges Kelvin Caldwell, Robert
Madrigal and Otto Torrerio all scored the contest 49-46 in favor of
Volkov, who has now won 10 straight fights.
The tournament final became a championship bout after previous
title holder Cole Konrad
retired to vacate the heavyweight throne earlier this year.
“Please somebody pinch me, because I think it’s a dream,” Volkov
said through a translator. “Right now I’m even more nervous than
before the fight because it’s a great honor and a great
Both fighters were hesitant to engage for much of round one, but
Hale appeared to have a chance at an early stoppage after he
buckled Volkov with a big overhand right late in the period. The
Russian quickly gathered his bearings, however, and tied up with
his opponent to survive until the round expired. It would turn out
to be Hale’s most significant offense of the fight.
Despite a perceived wrestling advantage, Hale was never able to
initiate the clinch or shoot for takedowns – instead, it was Volkov
who took the American down in both the first and second rounds. The
Rusfighters Sport Club representative became increasingly
comfortable as the bout progressed, keeping Hale at bay with crisp
jabs and accurate kicks. While never totally dominant, Volkov
landed consistently enough to bloody Hale’s nose and rack up points
on the feet for the final 20 minutes of the contest.
Held Not Allowed in Venue; Season 7 Lightweight Final
For the second straight week, a last-minute cancellation left
Bellator without one of its featured fights, as Marcin Held
was not allowed to face Dave Jansen
in the Season 7 lightweight tournament final due to his age.
According to multiple reports, the 20-year-old Held was not allowed
into The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino by the state’s gaming
commission because he is not 21. As a result, his scheduled bout
with Jansen was removed from the Bellator 84 card. The bout is
expected to take place sometime in Season 8.
Vizcaya Holds Off Hermansson, Takes Split Verdict
Vizcaya used takedowns and withering top control to hand
Hermansson the first loss of his professional career via split
decision in a middleweight scrap.
Vizcaya bested Hermansson.
Judges Pat Morley and Otto
Torriero scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Vizcaya, while David
Hinkel saw it 29-28 in favor of Hermansson.
Vizcaya dominated the majority of the bout’s opening 10 minutes,
scoring multiple takedowns to neutralize his opponent’s
Hermansson began to rally late in round two by using a kimura to
sweep into Vizcaya’s guard, finishing the stanza landing a series
of short right hands to his opponent’s head. The Norwegian fighter
continued his assault in the final frame, executing a belly-to-back
suplex early in the round while staying busy with ground-and-pound
throughout. Hermansson was unable to do enough to overcome his slow
Herrig Earns Second 2012 Triumph Over Vidonic
Herrig beat Patricia
Vidonic for the second time in eight months, earning a
unanimous decision in a women’s strawweight encounter. All three
judges scored the fight 30-27 for Herrig, who also took a
three-round verdict over Vidonic at XFC 17 on April 13.
Herrig outpointed Vidonic.
Vidonic wanted to impose her will through takedowns and top
control, but she was not able to attain top position until midway
through the final frame. Instead, it was the more powerful Herrig
who controlled every aspect of the fight. “Lil Bulldog” scored
takedowns with ease and overpowered her opponent in the clinch.
When Vidonic attempted to close the distance on the feet, Herrig
responded by connecting with punishing combinations.
Taylor Right Hand Rocks Vedepo
Taylor made his case for a spot in a future middleweight
tournament, knocking out Joe Vedepo
4:12 into the opening frame of their featured clash.
Taylor's knockout was gentlemanly.
The Chicago Fight Team product’s game plan was quickly apparent, as
he executed an outside trip and took Vedepo’s back early in round
one. The fighters briefly returned to their feet, but Taylor used
the same maneuver to get Vedepo down again, this time moving to
half guard. From there, “Handgunz” alternated short punches to his
opponent’s body and head before the decisive right hand caught
Vedepo on the chin, knocking him unconscious almost
“I know I had the knockout; that’s all I needed,” said Taylor, who
offered no follow-up punches once he saw his adversary was out.
Uflacker Takes Technical Decision Against Wright
In preliminary action, Chrisitan Uflacker took a technical decision
over Cliff Wright in a lightweight conflict; Jerald Williams earned
a unanimous verdict (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) against Team Curran
representative Joey Diehl in a flyweight scrap; Chicago native
Anthony Gomez submitted Anton Talamantes with a rear-naked choke
3:29 into the opening frame of a 215-pound catch-weight affair; and
in the opening contest of the evening, MMA debutante Robert White
scored a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) over Kenny Booker