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Alexandre is patient from the outset, kicking as Johnson tries to
frame up a takedown. As Johnson pushes for the takedown, Alexandre
punches around his body. He hits his knees, and referee Daver
Ferguson steps in, calling a low blow. However, it is hard to see
if the blow actually landed to the cup. The bout restarts after a
brief halt, and Johnson resumes pumping his jab while Alexandre
kicks his legs. Johnson shoots and trips Alexandre's plant leg, but
the Brazilian pops up, sprawls, then socks Johnson for good
measure. Two hard shots for Alexandre land on the feet. John
presses Alexandre along the fence and knees him in the thighs, but
Alexandre simply stands there, biding his time. When he separates,
Alexandre explodes with a head kick, follow up knees and further
kicks. Johnson covers up well and avoids a lot of damage, but he's
getting beat up on now. With less than 10 seconds to go, Alexandre
gets his own takedown, and pounds away on Johnson until the
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Alexandre
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Alexandre
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Alexandre
Alexandre's knee to the body
ended Johnson's theatrics.
Alexandre attacks again as the round begins, backing Johnson up
with punches. Alexandre lands a left, and when Johnson covers up,
Alexandre drills him with a left knee to the body. Johnson crumples
up, face down, moaning. Referee Dave Ferguson rules it a low blow
initially, but looks at the in-house video screens and sees the
knee was obviously legal. He tells Johnson to take his feet, but he
is unable. Cosmo Alexandre, in farcical fashion, is made the winner
by TKO at 39 seconds of the second round.
Noe is all over Albin quickly, landing combination punches before
backing him up onto the fence. Albin's face is smeared with blood
due to a cut by his lips, and Noe gets double underhooks, grinding
him along the fence. When referee Jason Herzog separates them, Noe
rushes him with more long, straight punches and resumes clinching.
Noe goes low, pulling Albin's legs out and setting up on top. He
punches away before moving to side control. Noe continues to pound
away with short elbows along the forehead and jawline of his foe,
getting blood flowing all over Albin's face from the cut on his
Noe hacked Albin's lip open.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Noe
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Noe
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Noe
Between rounds, the ringside physician steps in and advises referee
Jason Herzog to stop the bout due to the cut. After the call is
made, Albin is furious, begging for one more round, but his cries
fall on deaf ears. Jacob Noe is the winner via doctor stoppage at
the end of the first round.
Tiller gets popped by a counter hook from Oselukwue, but quickly
regains his composure. Tiller advances on his foe while Oselukwue
shuffles on the outside, kicking to the legs and circling around.
Inside low kick from Tiller drops Oselukwue to his knees, but “The
Infamous A.O.” pops up and rushes his opponent with punches. Tiller
eats a shot, but quickly puts Oselukwue on the mat. Tiller gets to
side control and Oselukwue exposes his back trying to scramble.
Tiller comes off Oselukwue’s back for a moment, but ragdolls him to
the mat and gets his back with one hook once again. Oselukwue
explodes and rolls, but “The Mama’s Boy” stays with him and holds a
rear waistlock. Tiller controls him easily, kneeing him to the
hamstrings, punching him and keeping him locked on the floor until
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Tiller
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Tiller
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Tiller
Body kick-right cross for Tiller lands clean. Oselukwue is still
dancing around on the outside, but when he rushes with punches now,
Tiller ducks out of the way. When he kicks, Tiller responds with
harder kicks. Oselukwue lunges in with a wild punch and Tiller
elevates him, slamming him onto the mat. Oselukwue is starting to
cling to Tiller’s leg, and in turn, eats copious right elbows.
Right hands and hammerfists for Tiller. He’s ramping it up on a
trapped, desperate and tired Oselukwue. Referee Dave Ferguson is
telling Oselukwue to defend himself, resulting in a feeble forward
roll. He ends up belly down with Tiller landing more right hands.
When Oselukwue turns away again, Tiller takes his back again but
Oselukwue explodes out. Tiller retains top, however, and continues
to punish Oselukwue.
Tiller schooled Oselukwue.
The Kansas City, Kan., native lands more right hands until Ferguson
intervenes at 4:21 of the second round.
Uhrich is aggressive from the outside, putting his jab on Williams
and kicking him to the body. The unbeaten Williams changes levels
and pursues a double-leg, but Uhrich nicely gets back to his feet
and resumes striking. Williams lands a hard right hand, and drives
Uhrich to the mat, but Uhrich again sits up and gets back to his
feet. Another Williams takedown comes and he tries to move to the
back of Uhrich, but the Bartlett, Tenn., fighter takes his time and
works back to his feet. Williams eats a leg kick from Uhrich, but
again, Williams punches his way in, changes levels, and gets a
momentary takedown before Uhrich pops back up, eating a few
punches. With 40 seconds to go, Williams completes a single-leg
along the fence and sits in Uhrich’s guard, but Uhrich kicks him
away and gets to his feet one more time. Left cross-spinning back
fist misses for Uhrich.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Williams
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Williams
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Williams
Williams loads up on a lead uppercut that soars wide. Uhrich dings
him with a left hook-right hook, but Williams responds with another
takedown. Surprise, surprise: before the undefeated welterweight
can do much of anything, Uhrich is back on his feet. Both men
pawing with jabs, and Uhrich landing leg kicks here and there. Hard
right for Williams finds its target. Uhrich lands a right, then
stuffs another shot from Williams. Williams ducks low in desperate
pursuit of a leg, and Uhrich lands an outside leg kick. Both men
hit nothing but air before the bell.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-10
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Williams
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Uhrich
Williams opens the third frame with a double-leg, but Uhrich pushes
away, scooting to the fence and looking to stand up again. Williams
stays heavy on top, not letting Uhrich kick him away, but on
Uhrich’s second attempt, he gets to his feet. Williams does,
however, ring him up with two hand right crosses, the best of the
fight so far. On the feet, Uhrich closes in and finds himself
defending another takedown. The Tennessean jumps a guillotine, and
winds up on his back once more with Williams looming above. After
Uhrich’s upkicks don’t permit Williams to set up on top, the
wrestler finally lets his prey up. On the feet, Uhrich connects
with a punch almost instantly, but Williams gets low, takes him
down, and ducks to a rear waistlock.
Uhrich's constant scrambling shut
down Williams' wrestling attack.
Uhrich gets up again, but Williams is immediately in on a crucifix.
Uhrich sprawls out and locks up a crucifix with his legs on
Williams arm. He tries to elbow away on Williams’ temple before
switching to a kimura for a moment. Uhrich looks for more elbows,
and Williams finally completes his takedown with 20 seconds to go.
Both men smack each other around until the final bell.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Uhrich (29-29 Draw)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Uhrich (29-28
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Uhrich (29-28 Uhrich)
Official result: Judge Mike King has it 30-27
while Jason Herzog and Dave Ferguson see it 29-28 for the winner by
unanimous decision, Andy Uhrich.
Wild right hands whip out for both men as Martinez bulls Wessel
into the fence. Wessel manages to free himself and they step back
to the center of the cage, where they clunk each other with heavy
rights. Wessel rushes Martinez now and puts his back into the
fence. They separate, and again crack each other with heavy rights.
Body kick by Wessel hits Martinez in the gut. Three punches for
Martinez glance as Wessel pursues him. Hard body kick from the
Arkansas native. They wind up clinched along the fence again, and
Martinez gets a brief moment with hip control on the ground, but
Wessel gets back to his feet. Wessel kicks low, but Martinez checks
in and counters with a right cross, and Wessel hits the mat. The
Coloradan moves right into side control on Wessel and looks for a
keylock briefly. Short punches and elbows land for Martinez until
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Martinez
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Martinez
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Martinez
Martinez aggressive in the second period, winging leather
immediately and running Wessel back into the fence for a moment.
Martinez doubles his right hook and lands, gaining double
underhooks in the process. He finishes a sloppy takedown into half
guard, then moves to side control again. Wessel looks tired beneath
him. Martinez goes for a crucifix, but Wessel squirms out and gets
back to his feet. Inside kick by Wessel smacks Martinez’s leg.
Right jab lands for Martinez as the pace slows in the heavyweight
tilt. “The Juggernaut” continues to kick, eventually going up high,
but Martinez blocks it. Martinez tries to respond with a kick of
his own, but Wessel catches his leg and slams him to the mat.
Martinez gets to his knees but eats some heavy rights from the UFC
veteran. Martinez uses a whizzer to stand up with just under two
minutes to go in the round. Left cross lands for the southpaw
Martinez, who is breathing out of his mouth noticeably. Right hook
for Wessel puts Martinez’s head back, but Martinez trips him to the
mat when he clinches. With just over 10 seconds in the round,
Wessel overhooks Martinez and waits the round out.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Wessel
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-10
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Wessel
Wessel continues to walk down the Greeley, Colo., native, landing
sporadic leg kicks on his slowing opponent. Martinez keeps looking
for counterpunches on the charging Wessel, but neither man can land
their leather clean. Hard outside low kick by Martinez. Lead right
hook for Martinez thuds Wessel’s gloves, but he slips and can’t
follow up. Martinez kicks and Wessel tries to catch it and follow
with a right. He can’t connect square but he runs Martinez into the
cage. Knees land inside for Wessel who moves to the collar tie.
Right hook to the body by Wessel knocks Martinez off balance
slightly, and two right hands that follow rock him on his heels.
Martinez is forced to clinch as Wessel starts to put his stamp on
the round more clearly.
Wessel outslugged Martinez.
A left cross for Martinez lands, and he shucks Wessel’s ensuing
takedown off. They clinch up, both men throwing hard punches.
Wessel knees to the body, and Martinez pushes him into the cage
until the fight ends.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Wessel (29-28 Wessel)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Wessel (29-29 Draw)
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Wessel (29-28 Wessel)
Official result: Judge Dave Ferguson sees it 29-28
for Mike Wessel, while Mike King has it 30-27 for Ryan Martinez.
Deciding judge Jason Herzog has it 29-28 for the winner by split
decision, Mike Wessel.
Mucitelli's triangle was automatic.
Mucitelli puts his right hand in van Buren’s face immediately and
knocks him down, but van Buren smartly hits a switch on his eager
foe and ends up on top, chipping away in full guard. Van Buren
stands in guard and punches down while Mucitelli upkicks. Van Buren
dives in with a hard right, but he stands back up and the process
repeats. As van Buren gets lazy, Mucitelli grabs his Achilles and
trips him, diving into top position and nearly getting his back
standing. Mucitelli pushes for a takedown, but van Buren hooks his
leg, rolls through and finishes on top. However, because of hooking
the leg, van Buren is exposed to the New York’s triangle attempt.
“Crazy” locks it up in a hurry, pinches his knees and completes the
submission by forcing van Buren to tap at 3:01 of the first
Galvao throws a left hook, a powerful low kick, then gets a quick
takedown on his fellow Brazilian. “Betao” snakes up the fence
quickly. The pair trade position with over-unders, alternating with
knees to one another’s bodies. They separate, and each man cracks
the other with a left hook. Nogueira swims to the clinch and lands
two knees, but Galvao gets him low, prompting referee Jason Herzog
to halt the action for a moment. Body kick for Galvao lands and
Nogueira nearly rips him with a counter hook. Low kick by Galvao
and then a knee on an advancing Nogueira. The Renovacao fighter
trying to initiate a firefight, winging big punches, but he can’t
get through Galvao’s reach. Nogueira slams the Nova Uniao fighter
to the ground from the bodylock, but Galvao is back to his feet in
a heartbeat. Right cross-left hook clips for Nogueira, but he walks
right into three hard punches and a knee from Galvao. Nogueira
fires back, but Galvao’s shots at the end were perhaps the cleanest
of the round.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Galvao
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Galvao
Jesse Denis scores the round 10-9 Galvao
The winging resumes, and Nogueira lands a great right hook, but
Galvao is undeterred. Heavy leather being exchanged on the inside
in this scrap. Right cross to the body lands for “Betao,” but
Galvao dings him with two knees as he swoops low.
Galvao landing with outside low kicks and glancing with wild
overhands. Nogueira jabs, then crunches into Galvao’s lead leg with
a great outside low kick. Each time Nogueira swipes with punches,
Galvao steps inside and tags him with knees. Both men winging
punches and a massive right hook from Galvao has Nogueira reeling.
“Loro” doesn’t realize it at first, but when he does, he attacks
with more savage punches. Nogueira is on rollerskates and Galvao
bodylocks him, tripping right into mount. From there, Galvao is
vicious with punches and elbows on his barely-conscious countryman.
He hammers away with shots to the ears and 12-to-6 elbows -- legal
in the state of Mississippi -- until Jason Herzog halts the action
at 4:20 of the second round. Galvao is the winner of Bellator's
Season 6 bantamweight tournament.
Mississippi's 12-6 elbows came
in handy for Marcos Galvao.
Bellator 2012 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament
Wiuff vs. Attila
Vegh quickly vanquished Wiuff.
Wiuff pressures Vegh quickly, getting in his face and pawing. Wiuff
steps into the pocket finally and Vegh turns southpaw. “Diesel”
immediately eats a left uppercut-right overhand that drops him to
the knees. Vegh is all over him with right hands that leave him
unconscious on his knees. Referee Jazon Herzog immediately dives in
to save the compromised Wiuff. The end of the tournament finale
comes at just 25 seconds of the very first round. Attila Vegh is
the Bellator 2012 Summer Series light heavyweight tournament