If this was indeed Eddie
’s final appearance under the Bellator Fighting
Championships banner, he certainly went out with a bang.
Alvarez knocked out Patricky
“Pitbull” Freire with a first-round head kick in the
Bellator 76 main event on Friday at Caesars Windsor Hotel and
Casino in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Freire (10-4, 3-3 Bellator) lay
unconscious at the base of the cage 4:54 into round one, as Alvarez
scaled the cage, embraced his wife and ran into the stands in
“I have a lot of respect for ‘Pitbull,’” Alvarez said. “You had two
of the most exciting lightweights in the world in the cage here
Before the decisive finish, the headliners authored one of the
year’s most memorable rounds. Alvarez floored the Brazilian with a
savage left hook early on and followed him to the mat with a right
hand. “Pitbull” was quick to answer, as he returned to his feet and
put Alvarez on his heels with crisp right hand behind the ear. The
American clinched to recover, and the two men eventually
With round one nearing its close, Alvarez (24-3, 8-1 Bellator)
backed Friere into the cage and, with the Team Nogueira export
leaning to his right, threw a Louisville Slugger head kick that
sent his opponent crashing to the canvas. A volley of right hands
punctuated the victory, Alvarez’s ninth win in his last 10
“The goal never changes,” said Alvarez, who is believed to be
headed to the UFC. “It’s about beating the guy in front of you.
That’s what I’m here for.”
Martinez Outlasts, Outpoints Malegarie
Martinez won a bloody brawl
A series of stout left hands and timely takedowns
to a unanimous decision victory over Brazilian
jiu-jitsu black belt Nazareno
in the Bellator Season 7 featherweight tournament
quarterfinals. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 30-27
for Martinez (13-2, 3-0 Bellator).
Martinez established his foothold in the grueling battle with a
consistent left cross, which had Malegarie (22-3, 1-3 Bellator)
bleeding heavily from the nose and mouth midway through round one.
The Argentinian’s vaunted submission game was never a factor, as
Martinez tagged him with punches and struck for takedowns at the
end of rounds one and three.
“I feel a little roughed up, but winning that fight has me feeling
a lot better,” Martinez said. “This tournament is the toughest in
the world. If you get to where you fight the champion, you’ve
definitely earned it.”
Fabiano Armbar Taps Stepanyan
Fabiano caught that arm.
Former International Fight League champion and WEC veteran Wagnney
with a first-round armbar in the Bellator Season 7
featherweight tournament quarterfinals. Stepanyan (12-4, 0-1
Bellator) tapped out 3:24 into round one, his 12-fight winning
streak a thing of the past.
Fabiano (15-3, 1-0 Bellator) struck for a takedown roughly 90
seconds into the match, moved to side control and eventually set up
shop in full mount. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt then
transitioned beautifully to the armbar. Stepanyan put up an
admirable struggle, but his arm eventually bent beyond its
“I do my best to put on a show,” Fabiano said. “I’m here for a
reason. I want a shot at the title.”
Richman Head Kick Levels Spoon
needed less than half a minute to take out Jeremy
in the Bellator Season 7 featherweight tournament
quarterfinals, as he knocked out the Oklahoman with a head kick 23
seconds into round one.
After a brief exchange on the feet, Richman belted Spoon (12-2, 2-2
Bellator) with the head kick and followed his stunned prey to the
canvas, finishing him with a pair of standing-to-ground punches.
The 27-year-old Richman (13-1, 2-0 Bellator) has won four
consecutive fights, three of them inside one round.
“That’s kind of one of my specialties in the gym,” said Richman,
who trains under Greg Nelson at The Academy in Minnesota. “I’ve got
a sneaky high kick.”
Shamhalaev Waylays, Eliminates Bollinger
Shamhalaev crushed Bollinger's body.
Once-beaten Russian import Shahbulat
put away Cody
with first-round punches in the Bellator Season 7
featherweight tournament quarterfinals. Bollinger (13-3, 0-1
Bellator) met his end 4:49 into round one.
Shamhalaev (10-1-1, 1-0 Bellator) capitalized on a Bollinger slip,
pounced on the American and delivered some hellish ground-and-pound
from inside guard. His shots to the body were of particular
interest. Bollinger eventually folded under duress; he turned his
back and absorbed a series of unanswered blows that brought the
bout to a close.
Khasbulaev Blasts Hezam in 24 Seconds, O’Grady Upends
Khasbulaev's KO made Dagestan 2-0.
In preliminary action, fast-rising Russian
needed just 24 seconds to put away Nayeb Hezam
in a reserve bout for the Bellator Season 7 featherweight
tournament; Ali Mokdad
halted a two-fight losing streak with a unanimous decision win over
at 185 pounds, earning matching 29-28 nods from the
judges; King of the Cage veteran Dom O’Grady posted his fifth win
in six appearances with a split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
against Blackline MMA welterweight prospect A.J.
kept his perfect professional record intact with a
unanimous verdict over Ainsley
at 155 pounds, sweeping the scorecards by matching
30-27 counts; and unbeaten Mash Fight Team representative Jason
with an arm-triangle choke 3:19 into the third round
of their lightweight encounter.
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