If this was indeed Eddie
Alvarez’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
A series of stout left hands and timely takedowns
Martinez to a unanimous decision victory over Brazilian
jiu-jitsu black belt Nazareno
Malegarie 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 won a bloody brawl
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
Former International Fight League champion and WEC veteran Wagnney
Fabiano submitted Akop
Stepanyan 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 caught that arm.
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
Richman needed less than half a minute to take out Jeremy
Spoon 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
Once-beaten Russian import Shahbulat
Shamhalaev put away Cody
Bollinger 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 crushed Bollinger's body.
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
In preliminary action, fast-rising Russian
Khasbulaev 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
Marini 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.
Laprise kept his perfect professional record intact with a
unanimous verdict over Ainsley
Robinson at 155 pounds, sweeping the scorecards by matching
30-27 counts; and unbeaten Mash Fight Team representative Jason
Fischer submitted Kyle
Prepolec with an arm-triangle choke 3:19 into the third round
of their lightweight encounter.
Khasbulaev's KO made Dagestan 2-0.