Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative Bryan Baker
with an inverted heel hook in the Bellator Fighting Championships
Season 6 welterweight tournament final at
Bellator 72 on Friday at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.
It was over in 56 seconds. Baker (18-4, 8-3 Bellator) had never
before been submitted.
“He’s an amazing fighter. I have a lot of respect for him,” said
Amoussou, who left with a $100,000 payday and the right to face
reigning Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren.
“I feel great. This is all my life. Here I am.”
The two men traded kicks from the start, before an accidental eye
poke from Baker brought a brief halt to the action. The match
resumed soon after. Amoussou (16-4-2, 4-1 Bellator) fired off a leg
kick, clinched Baker from behind and rolled into the heel hook for
a spectacular submission. Baker tapped almost immediately.
Daley Stops Bears in First
UFC castaway Paul Daley
introduced another unfortunate adversary to his left hook, as he
stopped Rudy Bears on
a first-round technical knockout in a featured welterweight
matchup. Bears (14-11, 2-6 Bellator) met his end 2:45 into round
one, as he lost for the fourth time in five fights.
Daley smoked Bears quickly.
Daley (30-12-2, 1-0 Bellator) trapped the 33-year-old in the Thai
plum, fired some blistering knees into his body and punctuated his
fight-ending volley with a clean left hook. Bears folded where he
stood, ate a glancing hammerfist to the back of his head on the way
down and absorbed another ground strike before referee Troy Waugh
Vegh Edges Newton in Semis
American Top Team’s Attila Vegh
advanced to the final of the Bellator Summer Series light
heavyweight tournament with a split decision over Emanuel
Newton. Two of the three cageside judges, Richard Davis and
Ross, scored it 29-28 for Vegh (27-4-2, 3-0 Bellator). A third,
Torres, ruled 30-27 in Newton’s favor.
Vegh outpunched Newton.
Vegh kept the fight standing against the
Reign MMA representative and countered effectively with
accurate punches and kicks. Newton (18-7-1, 1-1 Bellator) was the
busier of the two semifinalists, attacking the Slovakian with heavy
right hands and stout kicks to the legs and body. However, Vegh
stonewalled his attempted takedowns and shut down his clinch game,
perhaps swaying the judges to his side.
Wiuff Bullies Carpenter, Advances to Final
Grizzled globetrotter Travis Wiuff
waltzed into the Bellator Summer Series light heavyweight
tournament final with a unanimous decision over Brazilian jiu-jitsu
black belt Tim
Carpenter. All three judges scored it 30-27 for Wiuff (68-14,
4-0 Bellator), who extended his current winning streak to six
Wiuff stuck Carpenter to the mat.
Carpenter (9-2, 4-2 Bellator) had no answer for Wiuff’s takedowns,
clinch game or ground-and-pound. The rugged Minnesotan secured
takedowns in all three rounds, stayed heavy on top and neutralized
Carpenter’s guard with a steady stream of punches and hammerfists.
Wiuff’s current winning streak is his longest since he won nine in
a row between Aug. 11, 2007 and June 8, 2008.
Lithuanian Striker Zaromskis Outpoints Spiritwolf
Zaromskis sprawled, stalked and punched his way to a split
verdict over Waachiim
Spiritwolf in a welterweight showcase. Two of the three
cageside judges scored it for Zaromskis: Richard Davis by a 30-27
margin and Mike Ross by a
29-28 count. A third judge, Don Balas, cast a dissenting 29-28 nod
for Spiritwolf (9-11-1, 1-2 Bellator).
Zaromskis punched his way
through Spiritwolf again.
Zaromskis (18-6, 2-0 Bellator) fought at a measured pace, backed
down his opponent and scored with clean, accurate punches down the
middle. Spiritwolf landed a counter here and there, cutting the
Lithuanian in the first round, but his offense was sporadic at best
and his inactivity cost him. Zaromskis, 31, has rattled off four
wins in a row and figures to partake in Bellator’s next
Barrow tapped Carapelluci.
Barrow Choke Submits Carapelluci
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 alum Paul Barrow
American Top Team’s Jason
Carapelluci with a third-round rear-naked choke in a
preliminary catchweight bout at 150 pounds. Carapelluci (6-3, 0-1
Bellator) conceded defeat 46 seconds into round three, surrendering
his six-fight winning streak in the process.
Barrow (5-2, 1-0 Bellator) had no answers through much of the
fight, as his opponent struck for multiple takedowns and carried
out his game plan in the clinch. However, in the third round,
Carapelluci tried for an ill-timed trip takedown, failed to execute
it and found himself in a vulnerable position on the mat. Barrow
took his back immediately, cinched the choke and waited for the
Saunders Flattens Warren in 22 Seconds
A series of savage knee strikes from the Thai plum
carried “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 6 alum Ben
Saunders to his sixth win in eight outings, as he stopped
journeyman Brian Warren
on a first-round technical knockout. Warren (18-16, 0-1 Bellator)
met his end 22 seconds into round one, his five-fight winning
streak a thing of the past.
Saunders destroyed Warren quickly.
Saunders (14-5-2, 5-2 Bellator) ducked a punch, initiated the
clinch and slammed one knee after another into his foe’s head.
Warren ultimately collapsed under the barrage, and Saunders sealed
it with punches from the back. The attack left Warren with a gnarly
cut above his left eye.
Amaya Blitzes Moss in Second
Bellator Season 6 welterweight tournament
participant Raul Amaya
returned the winner’s circle with a second-round stoppage against
Moss in an undercard battle at 170 pounds. Amaya (10-1, 1-1
Bellator) struck Moss into submission 30 seconds into round
Moss couldn't shoulder Amaya's
Moss (5-3, 0-1 Bellator) held his own in the first round, but Amaya
found another gear in the second. There, the once-beaten Floridian
delivered a takedown and unleashed a relentless torrent of
ground-and-pound that resulted in the finish, as Moss appeared to
suffer a shoulder injury.
Split Verdict Favors McCook
threw the brakes on a two-fight losing streak with a split decision
over previously unbeaten Reign MMA export Shanon
Slack in an undercard duel at 145 pounds. All three of the
cageside judges scored it 29-28, two of them siding with McCook
(9-5, 1-0 Bellator).
McCook cooked up an upset.
His game plan laden with takedowns, Slack (4-1, 1-1 Bellator)
stormed out to an early lead but faded down the stretch. By round
three, he had little left in the tank, found himself trapped on the
feet and even succumbed to a late takedown. The work was enough to
earn McCook the nod on two scorecards.
Williams Choke Finishes DeRocher
Xtreme Fighting Championships veteran Julien
Williams made a successful promotional debut, as he rendered
DeRocher unconscious with a second-round arm-triangle choke in
their preliminary welterweight encounter. Williams (3-1, 1-0
Bellator) finished it 92 seconds into round two.
Based in Port St. Lucie, Fla., DeRocher (3-4, 0-1 Bellator) slipped
below the .500 mark for his career in losing for the third time in