Bellator 66 Highlights
Since FNB did not do a recap on Bellator 66 this past weekend, here are a couple pictures, a highlight video, and a link to the results for the event. Pictured after the video is Andreas Spang against Brian Rogers. In the first picture it shows Spang getting hit flush, but he ended up with a KO victory over Rogers as shown in the second (pictures from Sherdog.com). Check out the video higlights.
Bellator 66 Highlights
Jon "Bones" Jones dominated Rashad Evans cruising to a decision win in UFC 145 to retain his light heavyweight championship. Most of the first round, Jones controlled the fight from a distance peppering with shots, but Evans had probably his best moment of the fight in the last 30 seconds of the round when he landed a head kick to Jones.
Round two was the key moment of the fight when Jones landed numerous vicious elbows on Evans. As the fight progressed, Jones continued to put rounds in the bank keeping the fight at a distance in an almost all stand up bout in which Evans could never gain any momentum. Final scorecards were 49-46, 49-46, and 50-45.
Question remains now if anyone in the light heavyweight division can beat Jones with his massive 84.5 inch reach while on an impressive win streak. Dan Henderson is his next opponent which is coming off of strong wins against Fedor Emelianenko and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Here are other results from UFC 145:
Rory MacDonald defeated Che Mills by second round TKO.
Ben Rothwell defeated Brendal Schaub by first round TKO.
Michael McDonald defeated Miguel torres by first round KO.
Eddie Yagin defeated Mark Hominick by split decision.
Mark Bocek defeated John Alessio by decision.
YouTube- Jon Jones retains UFC 145 title
Here are the results, videos, and links for this weekend's televised main events in MMA.
In XFC 17, lightweight Eric Reynolds won by decision over Luciano Dos Santos in the main event and one armed lightweight fighter Nick Newell won by decision against Chris Coggins to remain unbeaten. Also in Bellator 65, Eduardo Dantas became the new Bantamweight World Champion with a victory by submission over Zach Makovsky. UFC on Fuel TV was in Sweden Saturday headlined by Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson vs Thiago Silva. Gustafsson won by decision in the light heavyweight match. Check out the Youtube videos and the underlined links in this post for highlights and full results.
Nick Newell One Armed Fighter Takedown
Bellator 65 Highlights
Alexander Gustafsson Is "The Next Big Thing"
There are not many nationally televised events this weekend other than ESPN Friday Night Fights featuring Hank Lundy (21-1-1) vs Dannie Williams (21-1) and Bellator 63 Welterweight quarterfinals on MTV2/Epix. There are a few MMA events streaming online such as on Sherdog.com and on the ONE FC YouTube channel. Also, former boxing middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik fights this weekend now as light heavyweight on Azteca.
Fight Night Blog typically list all fights that are nationally televised in the United States and that are followed by FNB. Listed below are the main events, TV station, and time for each event. All times shown are Eastern TIme Zone.
ESPN Friday Night Fights, Hank Lundy vs Dannie Williams, ESPN2 at 9 PM ET
Bellator 63, Welterweight Quarterfinals, MTV2/Epix at 8 PM ET
Boxing Schedule link to ESPN including off air events:
On ESPN Friday Night Fights, Roberto Garcia (30-3) defeated Antwone Smith (21-4-1) by unanimous decision. As usual for Smith, he yelped every time he punched throughout the fight which can be annoying to the audience. Garcia came forward while Smith boxed which was favorable for Garcia in a ring measured 15 ft 8 in by ESPN, but was officially listed as 16 ft wide. Smith occasionally had some good pop shots, but Garcia consistently landed the harder and more effective punches. In the undercard, James De La Rosa (21-1) survived a knockdown to come back to win against Tyrone Brunson (21-1-1).
In the ShoBox main event, Diego Magdaleno (22-0) defeated Fernando Beltran (36-8-1) by technical knockout in their super featherweight match. Magdaleno is a sharp puncher that was clearly faster and stronger than his opponent. Diego was knocked down in the fourth, but he came back very strong. Beltran was hit by a borderline low blow in the next round. By the seventh, Magdaleno was still coming strong evantually scoring a knockdown called when Beltran was only held up by the ropes after being walloped. Beltran got up and continued to try to fight, but his corner literally threw in the towel landing on the referee prompting him to stop the bout. The official stoppage was 2:28 into round seven.
In the co-feature for ShoBox, Johnny Garcia (12-0) defeated Yordenis Ugas (11-1) by split decision in a difficult fight to score. Ugas seemed to be more skilled and had more power in the first half of the fight including dropping Garcia in round 5. Garcia was a very busy and game fighter that ended the fight with more gas in the tank than Ugas which faded some late. Steve Farhood of Showtime scored the fight for Ugas, but was not critical of the decision.
Bellator 62 featured the lightweight quarterfinals tonight. In the final bout, Lloyd Woodard defeated Patricky Pitbull (favorite name of the night) by submission from a kimura in round two. Pitbull suffered a shot to the groin early in round one, but recovered and rocked Woodard later. However by the next round, Woodard hooked Pitbull into a kimura forcing him to tap apearing to dislocate his elbow in what was a competitive and entertaining bout.
The only fight to go the distance in the Bellator 62 lightweight quarterfinals was Thiago Michel Pereira Silva's win over Rene Nazare by split decision. In another quarterfinal, Brent Weedman at his lightest fighting weight ever defeated J.J. Ambrose via submission by shoulder choke in round two. This match involved a lot of grappling and wrestling with some meaningful strikes here and there. Also, Rick Hawn stopped Ricardo Torloni via TKO in round one from strikes. Hawn landed a strong right hand ending it with hammer fists on the ground to cause the stoppage. In a featherweight feature fight that was also televised, Rad Martinez beat Douglas Frey by TKO in round one after a left hand dropped Frey leading to ground strikes causing the fight to end. Here's a link to the non-televised results: Bellator 62 Fight Card.
This weekend is full of fights with nationally televised events on numerous networks including ESPN2, Showtime, HBO, NBC Sports Network, and MTV2/Epix. The weekend lineup wraps up Saturday night with a couple good matches on HBO World Championship Boxing featuring Erik Morales (52-7) vs Danny Garcia (22-0) and James Kirkland (30-1) vs Carlos Molina (19-4-2). Morales is an aging veteran facing upcoming contender Garcia and Kirkland is an all action fighter that guarantees an entertaining match against Molina which is undefeated in his last 12 bouts. In MMA, the Bellator 62 heavyweight tournament final Eric Prindle vs Thiago Santos has been scratched due to Santos being overweight at the weigh in and Prindle has been awarded the tournament winner.
Fight Night Blog typically list all fights that are televised in the United States and that are followed by FNB. Here is the rest of the weekend's schedule. Listed below are the main events, TV station, and time for each event. All times shown are Eastern TIme Zone.
*denotes an MMA event
*Bellator 62, Lightweight Quarterfinals, MTV2 & Epix at 8 PM ET
ESPN Friday Night Fights, Roberto Garcia vs Antwone Smith, ESPN2 at 9 PM ET
ShoBox, Diego Magdaleno vs Miguel Beltran Jr, Showtime at 11 PM ET
Mariusz Wach vs Tye Fields, PPV at 4 PM ET
Zab Judah vs Vernon Paris, NBC Sports Network at 10 PM ET
World Championship Boxing, Erik Morales vs Danny Garcia & James Kirkland vs Carlos Molina, HBO at 10 PM ET
Bellator 62 weigh-in results: Thiago Santos heavy, Eric Prindle awarded tournament win
YouTube Video- HBO Boxing: Morales vs. Garcia & Kirkland vs. Molina - Fight Preview
Here are recaps and the main event results of televised fights from Friday night.
ESPN Friday Night Fights main event was a short one with Kendall Holt (28-5) getting an easy TKO win over Tim Coleman (19-3). Holt's hands looked fast and he went to work immediately by knocking down Coleman with a perfectly placed left to the liver in the opening round. Round two was more domination by Holt with three knock downs of Coleman which forced the corner to throw in the towel. Coleman was never in the fight and did not look motivated. Roy Jones Jr made his debut as cornerman for Holt.
On ShoBox, Omar Figueroa (15-0-1) looked like a beast in his beatdown of Ramon Ayala (23-3-1). Figueroa threw around Ayala and landed hard body shots that led to a TKO in round two. According to ShoStats, Figueroa landed 19 body punches compared to only 2 for Ayala in less than two rounds. In the co-feature, Randy Caballero (14-0) defeated Jose Luis Araiza (29-6-1) by decision in a bout that was controlled early by Caballero, but Araiza settled in by mid-fight and took some late rounds.
Bellator 61 featured the KO of the night with a flying knee by Brian Rogers that put Victor Vianna to sleep 4:14 into round one. The rest of the middleweight quarterfinal bouts went to decision. Trey Houston's arm bar submission win over Jeremiah Riggs was also televised.
ESPN Friday Night Fights:
Kendall Holt (28-5) defeated Tim Coleman (19-3) by TKO Rd 2
Omar Figueroa (15-0-1) defeated Ramon Ayala (23-3-1) by TKO Rd 2
Randy Caballero (14-0) defeated Jose Luis Araiza (29-6-1) by unanimous decision
Bellator 61 Middleweight Quarterfinals:
Maiquel Falcao defeated Norman Paraisy by Uunanimous decision
Vyacheslav Vasilevsky defeated Victor O'Donnel by unanimous decision
Bruno Santos defeated Giva Santana by unanimous decision
Brian Rogers defeated Victor Vianna by KO Rd 1
Trey Houston defeated Jeremiah Riggs by submission Rd 1 (Feature Fight)
Check Bellator.com for non-televised bout results.
Here's a YouTube video of Brian Rogers KO of Victor Vianna. I couldn't find an English version yet.
It may be March Madness, but this weekend has plenty of good fights scheduled. Fights will be on three different stations Friday night followed by World Championship Boxing on HBO Saturday night featuring consensus top five pound for pound fighter Sergio Martinez. Listed below are the main events, TV station, and time for each event. All times shown are Eastern TIme Zone. Bellator 61 is the only MMA event listed. Fight Night Blog will post fight results and recaps.
Bellator 61, Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinals, MTV2 at 8 PM ET
ESPN Friday Night Fights, Kendall Holt vs Tim Coleman, ESPN2 at 9 PM ET
ShoBox, Omar Figueroa vs Ramon Ayala, Showtime at 11 PM ET
World Championship Boxing, Sergio Martinez vs Matthew Macklin, HBO at 10 PM ET
Here are a few pictures via Sherdog.com and the YouTube video of Pat Curran's knockout over Joe Warren at Bellator 60 last Saturday.
YouTube Video link Bellator 60 Moment - Pat Curran KOs Joe Warren
Pat Curran wins the Bellator Featherweight World Championship by knockout. Curran started rocking Warren during the second half of the 1st round. By time the third round, Warren was battered repeatedly by knees and punches to the head that led to a tragic KO that should have been stopped about 15 to 20 seconds earlier. On the Bellator website they have it listed as a TKO as of now, but it is deserving of knockout.
Here are some of the other televised bouts:
Daniel Straus defeated Jeremy Spoon by decision
Mike Corey defeated Ronnie Mann by decision
Marlon Sandro Defeated Roberto Vargas by submission
Check out Bellator.com for the rest of the results or check the last blog post for some of the other results. Blog post on The Ultimate Fighter coming up later which is currently live on FX.
Bellator 60 Fight Results
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