Bellator 72 Recap/Results and Highlight VIdeo
Bellator put on the second of it’s summer series last night. It was, interesting. We saw the WW tournament winner crowned the LHW finalists, Paul Daley fight a guy not even close to his league and ended it with a beautifully illegal hammer-fist to the back of the head (you gotta love that guy, no, you really don’t) a less than spectacular fight from Zaromskis and Spiritwolf and some good prelim fights.
Karl Amoussou took it to Bryan Baker winning by inverted heel hook inside of the first round, he looked brilliant. Ben Askren (or the ‘lay and prayer’ as Amoussou called him) is in store for a real fight, and possibly the loss of his title. Paul Daley was put in against Rudy Bears in what reminded us of a Japanese MMA or WWE squash match, which ended predictably with a KO by Daley, topped off by a very illegal hammer-fist to the back of Rudy’s head as he was falling (way to go Florida). Rudy was 14-10 no 14-11 with 4 of his last 8 losses being TKO/KO. We are all for giving a guy a chance, but that was not a good match up by any means. We aren’t even sure if another commission would have allowed that match up based on the records, good ol’ Florida did tho. Travis Wiuff ground Tim Carpenter down for 3 grueling rounds, the Florida crowd wasn’t real happy with the fight, but we found it entertaining. Wiuff’s top game was superb and he shut down Tim Carpenter on all levels, a well deserved victory and good fight overall, while Atilla Vegh and Emanuel Newton put on a less than spectacular fight, Newton lost the decision we felt he should have won (way to go Florida, again), but he left it in the judges hands and didn’t follow Brett Cooper’s instructions to push forward and engage more to take the 2nd and 3rd round decisively. It will be interesting to see Vegh vs. Wiuff next. Marius Zaromskis and Waachiim Spiritwolf did the impossible, they put on a boring fight. Who would have thought? Well, it was boring for a Spiritwolf fight, Marius stayed technical the whole 3 rounds, putting together nice defense and solid combos while stuffing Spiritwolf’s takedown attempts and not falling into a brawl. It was a smart move by Marius, we were hoping to see a war and got a training seminar. Ben Saunders destroyed Brian Warren with vicious knees, brutally vicious knees. Killa B bounced back from his last loss and is looking to make a statement in the tournament next season.
On the Prelims Paul Barrow had a come from behind victory by way of sub, it was a good effort by Barrow, weathering the storm before slapping on the RNC late in the fight. Raul Amaya and Kenny Moss had a good fight going until Moss had to verbally tap due to a shoulder injury, we are looking forward to seeing both guys back in Bellator’s cage soon. Matt McCook was gifted a victory over Shanon Slack, thanks once again Florida. Slack put ti to McCook for the better part of 2 rounds but he slowed in the 3rd and the judges gave it to McCook and finally Williams beat DeRocher with an Triangle Choke to finish out the night. The prelims held more exciting finishes than the main card, which happens more often than not in Bellator, so if you skip the prelims, you might want to stop doing that.
Welterweight Karl Amoussou def. Bryan Baker Submission (inverted heel hook) Welterweight tournament final
Welterweight Paul Daley def. Rudy Bears TKO (Punches)
Light Heavyweight Travis Wiuff def. Tim Carpenter Decision (Unanimous) Light Heavyweight tournament semifinal
Light Heavyweight Attila Vegh def. Emanuel Newton Decision (Split) Light Heavyweight tournament semifinal
Welterweight Marius Žaromskis def. Waachiim Spiritwolf Decision (Split)
Featherweight Paul Barrow def. Jason Carapelluci Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Welterweight Ben Saunders def. Brian Warren KO (knees)
Welterweight Raul Amaya def . Kenny Moss Verbal Submission (Shoulder Injury)
Featherweight Matt McCook def. Shanon Slack Decision (split)
Welterweight Julien Williams def. Ryan DeRocher Technical Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)