*UPDATE* Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Begins- Results from 52
October kicks off in a big, big way with the opening round of Bellator’s Heavyweight Tournament. Eight men enter the cage looking to advance to the next round and ultimately win the tournament and fight Cole Konrad for the belt. With Konrad needing a decision to beat Paul Buentello, tournament competitors have got to feel they’ve got a good shot at the belt.
Last time, Neil Grove was stopped just short of the belt. Can he get it this time? Turn on MTV2 tonight and find out!
Tournament Opening Round Bouts
- Heavyweight Quarterfinal bout: Neil Grove vs. Mike Hayes
- Hayes defeated Grove via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
- Heavyweight Quarterfinal bout: Blagoi Ivanov vs. Zak Jensen
- Ivanov defeated Jensen via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 2:35 of round 2.
- Heavyweight Quarterfinal bout: Eric Prindle vs. Abe Wagner
- Prindle defeated Wagner via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
- Heavyweight Quarterfinal bout: Mark Holata vs. Ron Sparks
- Sparks defeated Holata via KO (punches) at 1:24 of round 1.
But that’s not all. Spike.com carried the prelims live on the Internet and they were exciting! (Look for them to be played tonight during the main card in the rather likely event that the heavyweight bouts end early):
- Cosmo Alexander vs. Josh Quayhagen
Josh Quayhagen defeats Cosmo Alexander by Unanimous Decision (30-27 on all three cards)
- Genair da Silva vs. Bryan Goldsby
Genair de Silva defeats Bryan Goldsby by Submission (3:51 of first round)
- Nick Nichols vs. Matt Van Buren
Matt Van Buren defeats Nichols via TKO (strikes, 2:29 of rd 2)
- Justin Frazier vs. Liron Wilson
Justin Frazier defeats Liron Wilson via TKO (strikes, 1:50 of rd 1)