Ronnie Mann and Pat Curran

Ronnie Mann and Pat Curran

In front of a sold out crowd, Bellator made its international debut from Casino Rama in Ontario on Saturday night. Featherweights Pat Curran and Marlon Sandro punched their tickets to the Bellator Summer Series Featherweight Finals at Bellator 48 on Aug. 20 at Mohegan Sun.

Curran and Ronnie Mann engaged in a tactical battle that went the distance, with the Illinois native getting the decision. A capacity crowd was buzzing when the final two fighters entered the cage, as the electricity in the building grew throughout the night in anticipation of this featherweight semifinal. Both warriors relied on strategy and technical prowess, but it was Curran who earned the unanimous decision victory.

The other spot in the featherweight finals would be decided when Marlon Sandro took on submission specialist Nazareno Malegarie. Throughout the three rounds, both fighters stayed on their feet, which played into the hands of the powerful Sandro. Connecting on numerous strikes and various combinations, the Brazilian dominated on his way to a unanimous decision and a spot in the Bellator Featherweight Finals.

In a lightweight feature fight, “The SoCal Kid” Chris Saunders faced Ontario native and fan favorite Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki. Taking control early on, Horodecki, who was fighting with a heavy heart after the sudden death of his good friend Jake Sawicki earlier in the week, dictated the pace throughout the fight and thrilled the hometown crowd with a unanimous decision victory.

In a fight that saw the fans on their feet from start to finish, Neil “Goliath” Grove went back and forth and finally finished former TUF competitor Zak Jensen with a vicious ground and pound attack that brought the capacity crowd to its feet. While both fighters exchanged blows, the raw power of the “Goliath” was too much for Jensen to handle.

“With the energy in a sold out Casino Rama, tonight’s show spoke volumes about the state of mixed martial arts in Canada,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “My excitement is matched only by the upcoming Featherweight Finals on Aug. 20 at Mohegan Sun and live on MTV2.”

Bellator 47 Full Results

Main Bouts:
Pat Curran def. Ronnie Mann by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), R3
Marlon Sandro def. Nazareno Malegarie by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
Chris Horodecki def. Chris Saunders by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
Neil Grove def. Zak Jensen by TKO (Strikes) at 2:00, R1

Preliminary Bouts:
Alexandre Bezerra def. Jesse Gross by Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:28, R1
Will Romero def. Dan Langbeen by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), R3
Alex Ricci def. Alka Matewa by TKO (Strikes) at 2:40, R2

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Former champ Pat Curran meets Justin Lawrence at Bellator 145

  • 12 days ago
  • 0 views

Another important matchup has been added to Bellator's next tentpole event. Former featherweight champion Pat Curran will meet Justin Lawrence at Bellator 145: Vengeance on Nov. 6 in St. Louis, the o read news >>

Former Bellator champ Pat Curran faces UFC vet Justin Lawrence at Bellator 145

  • 12 days ago
  • 0 views

Justin Lawrence will return to the Bellator cage for the second time when he faces former featherweight champion Pat Curran at Bellator 145.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 145 Draws Pat Curran vs. Justin Lawrence Main Card Bout

  • 12 days ago
  • 0 views

Bellator's featherweight championship will be defended in the main event of Bellator 145, but former champ Pat Curran will also face Justin Lawrence on the card. read news >>

Bellator 145: 'American Kidd' Justin Lawrence vs Pat Curran fight set for Scottrade Center

  • 10 days ago
  • 3 views

Another big Featherweight fight is signed for Bellator MMA's return to St. Louis as "The American Kidd" Justin Lawrence will meet former champion Pat Curran. Former The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) competi read news >>

Glover Teixeira: 'You're gonna have to mention my name' among top light heavyweight contenders

  • 23 days ago
  • 3 views

Glover Teixeira bellowed "I'm back!" to the crowd after his big win. And he doubled down on that sentiment in the post-fight press conference. Teixeira came away with an impressive, resurgent win ove read news >>

Glory featherweight title fight added to 'Bellator MMA: Dynamite' event

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

Another title will be at stake in the "Bellator MMA: Dynamite" card in San Jose. The hybrid MMA and kickboxing event on Sept. 19 will feature another Glory title fight as featherweight champion Gabri read news >>

Bellator MMA: 'Dynamite 1' card adds Gabriel Varga vs Serhiy Adamchuk GLORY featherweight title fight

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

Another GLORY title fight has been announced for the Bellator MMA: "Dynamite" card on Sept. 19, 2015. GLORY Featherweight Champion Gabriel Varga will defend his title against Serhiy Adamchuk in the k read news >>

Latest Bellator 141 fight card and rumors for 'Guillard vs Girtz' on Spike TV

  • 26 days ago
  • 9 views

Two Lightweights collide in the main event of Bellator 141: "Guillard vs. Girtz," which is scheduled to go down inside Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., on Aug. 28, 2015. The Spike TV-tel read news >>

Pic: 14-year old Ronda Rousey named one of Sports Illustrated’s 'Faces in the Crowd' back in 2001

  • 26 days ago
  • 96 views

Sports Illustrated doesn't always get it right. In 2011, the magazine predicted the Red Sox would win 100 games, clinch the American League East, and move on to win baseball's World Series. Instead, read news >>

'UFC 190: Thrill and Agony' video: A 34-second victory? 'That's too long,' Ronda Rousey

  • 26 days ago
  • 19 views

Talk about a tough crowd. Watch the recently released “UFC 190: Thrill and Agony,” which takes fans behind the scenes of major UFC events, and you’ll see that Ronda Rousey’s toughest critics might be read news >>