Bellator Fighting Championships featherweight titleholder
Warren returned to form following consecutive knockout losses,
as he grinded out a unanimous decision against the overmatched
Evinger in the
Bellator 80 headliner on Friday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
All three judges scored it the same: 30-27 for Warren (8-3, 6-2
Bellator), who rebounded from horrific defeats to Alexis Vila
in September 2011 and Pat Curran in
“Crazy excited to win again under the Bellator banners,” said
Warren, who now competes at 135 pounds. “I’m real focused on
getting another belt. My waist is bare.”
Warren, a former Greco-Roman wrestling world champion, struck for
takedowns in all three rounds, mounted Evinger twice, threatened
with various submissions and deployed some mild ground-and-pound.
Outside of a brief exchange in the opening frame in which he
scrambled into full mount, Evinger was never a factor in the
Martinez pressured former International Fight League champion
Fabiano with punches and clinch work en route to a unanimous
verdict in the Bellator Season 7 featherweight tournament
semifinals. All three judges scored it for Martinez (14-2, 4-0
Bellator): 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.
Martinez was the aggressor for much of the match. The 25-year-old
West Jordan, Utah, native bottled up Fabiano with straight left
hands to the head and body, occasionally mixing in leg kicks.
Martinez twice staggered the Nova Uniao standout with punches,
first in the second round and again late in the third. Fabiano
(15-4, 1-1 Bellator) had his moments, including a first-round
takedown and some sporadic right hands, but they were not nearly
enough to deter Martinez or sway the judges.
“I feel a little tired, beat up,” said Martinez, who will carry a
five-fight winning streak into his next appearance. “That’s a tough
opponent. They’re just not going to get any easier, are they?”
Martinez's boxing bested Fabiano and
got him to the tourney finals.
Martinez will face the once-beaten Shahbulat
Shamhalaev in the 145-pound final. The 29-year-old Shamhalaev
advanced in the tournament with first-round finishes against
Bollinger and Mike
“I haven’t watched tape [on him],” Martinez said. “I see he got two
quick stoppages, but I’m a tough kid. It’s going to be a good
Volkov wiped out UFC veteran Vinicius
Kappke de Queiroz with second-round punches in the Bellator
Season 7 heavyweight tournament semifinals. Queiroz (6-3, 1-1
Bellator) went out on his proverbial shield 4:59 into round
Left jabs and right crosses carried Volkov (18-3, 2-0 Bellator),
and 24-year-old Russian wore down his foe with volume and
precision. Referee James
Warring, a former boxing champion, did not do Quieroz any
favors, as he awarded Volkov a pair of bizarre standups. The second
restart led to the stoppage, with Volkov swarming the Brazilian
against the cage and finishing him with a series of unanswered
Volkov, who has won nine straight fights, will meet Richard
Hale in the final. Hale advanced in the tournament with a pair
of first-round finishes against Mike Wessel
Takedowns, a stifling top game and heavy ground-and-pound carried
Cooper to a unanimous decision over Strikeforce veteran
Cobb in a middleweight showcase. All three cageside judges
scored it 30-27 for Cooper (17-7, 4-2 Bellator), who has won his
last four fights.
Cooper struck for seven takedowns in the 15-minute bout, four of
them inside the first round. The 25-year-old Kings MMA
representative kept Cobb (5-6, 0-2 Bellator) hopelessly pinned on
his back, as he unleashed punches to the head and body with varying
degrees of intensity. Though visibly fatigued, Cooper never
relented, throwing in his final takedown in the last 10 seconds of
Volkov's striking overcame Querioz's wrestling.
Cobb has lost five consecutive fights.
In preliminary action, UFC veteran Joe Vedepo
Bernhard with an unorthodox shin choke 3:26 into the first
round of their middleweight tilt; Cosmo
Alexandre avenged his lone career defeat and took a unanimous
verdict from Josh
Quayhagen in a welterweight duel, securing three 30-27 scores
from the judges; undefeated American Top Team export Cristiano
Souza stopped former USC linebacker Robert
Otani 2:46 into round one of their battle at 170 pounds.
Elsewhere, wrestling standout Shanon
Slack of Reign MMA cruised to a one-sided unanimous decision
Moiseichik in a catchweight encounter, earning 30-27 nods from
all three judges; Ryan
DeRocher evened his record at 4-4, as he put away Taylor
Krahl with punches 20 seconds into round one of their match at
170 pounds; and lightweight Brandon
Girtz captured a unanimous decision from the previously
Quinones, sweeping the scorecards by identical 29-28 counts.