Vegh (28-4-2, 4-0 Bellator) clubbed Wiuff with an overhand right and dropped the hulking Minnesotan where he stood. The Slovakian pounced, battered Wiuff with right hands and forced the stoppage. Vegh, a winner in eight consecutive bouts, will next face promotional champion Christian M'Pumbu for the Bellator light heavyweight crown.
“It will be a hard, hard fight, but I will be champion,” Vegh said. “I’m ready to fight.”
The defeat halted a six-fight winning streak for Wiuff (68-15, 4-1 Bellator).
Mississippi's 12-6 elbows came
in handy for Marcos Galvao.
Galvao and Nogueira (14-3, 4-2 Bellator) held nothing back. They traded takedowns in the first round, exchanging punches and kicks when upright. In the second, Renovacao Fight Team’s Nogueira appeared to take control -- until a straight right hand from Galvao sent him reeling. The World Extreme Cagefighting veteran followed up with a left hook and knee to the body, closing the distance on the wounded Nogueira.
A trip takedown came next, and Galvao moved immediately to mount. A barrage of punches and savage hammerfists forced Nogeuira to his stomach, and Galvao finished it with a series of elbows from the rear.
Wessel outslugged Martinez.
Wessel (12-4, 1-0 Bellator) backed up Martinez with right hands, weathered a few takedowns and executed in the clinch in the closely contested matchup. Martinez struck for takedowns in the first and second rounds but did little to capitalize on them. That worked in Wessel’s favor, as he remained in attack mode from start to finish and punctuated his victory with a series of knees from the clinch in round three.
“That was a tough fight,” Wessel said. “It was close. We went back and forth.”
Mucitelli's triangle was automatic.
Much of the back-and-forth duel took place on the ground after Mucitelli caught a head kick from Van Buren (5-1, 2-1 Bellator) and put him on the canvas. Sweeps and reversals followed, with Van Buren scoring with some stout standing-to-ground punches inside his foe’s open guard. After a failed takedown attempt, Mucitelli settled into bottom position and trapped Van Buren in the triangle. Submission soon became the only option.
“Words cannot begin to describe what’s going on for me now,” Mucitelli said. “I saw an opportunity and snatched it up.”
Uhrich's constant scrambling shut
down Williams' wrestling attack.
The two welteweights spent much of their encounter jockeying for supremacy, Uhrich responding to a steady diet of takedowns from Williams (6-1, 0-1 Bellator) with leg kicks, jabs and the occasional combination. He threatened Williams with a guillotine and a kimura in the third round, while also trapping the previously unbeaten wrestler in a crucifix.
Tiller schooled Oselukwue.
Tiller (5-0, 3-0 Bellator) struck for a slam in the second round and trapped his opponent beneath him, unleashing a string of punches, elbows and hammerfists. He transitioned to Oselukwue’s back and forced the referee to intervene shortly after. Oselukwue (3-7, 1-1 Bellator) has lost six of his last seven fights.
Noe hacked Albin's lip open.
Noe (8-1, 1-0 Bellator) opened the cut near his opponent’s mouth during an initial exchange and never looked back. He later delivered a takedown, attacking Albin (8-9, 0-2 Bellator) with elbows and punches from the top. The volley enhanced the flow of blood and led to the stoppage. Noe has won six in a row, five of them finishes.
Alexandre's knee to the body
ended Johnson's theatrics.
The result, though decisive, was not without controversy. Referee Dave Ferguson, after initially ruling the finishing blow illegal, appeared to check in-house replays for confirmation. They clearly showed the knee strike to be aboveboard. He then urged Johnson (6-8, 0-1 Bellator) to his feet, but the Tennessean was done.
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