*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: South Africa Neil Grove vs. United States Mike Hayes
Hayes defeated Grove via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
  • Heavyweight Quarterfinal bout: Bulgaria Blagoi Ivanov vs. United States Zak Jensen
Ivanov defeated Jensen via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 2:35 of round 2.
  • Heavyweight Quarterfinal bout: United States Eric Prindle vs. United States Abe Wagner
Prindle defeated Wagner via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Heavyweight Quarterfinal bout: United States Mark Holata vs. United States 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):

Spike.com card

  • 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)