Written By Jordan Maskell
Bellator returns tonight with the second installment of the Bellator Fighting Championships: 2012 Summer Series. The event is at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida and will be headlined by the Bellator season six welterweight tournament final between Bryan “The Beast” Baker (18-3-0) and “Psycho” Karl Amoussou (15-4-2). The winner of the tournament will get a shot at the welterweight title.
Bellator 72 will feature the debut of former UFC and Strikeforce welterweight Paul Daley. Daley (29-12-2), will take on Rudy Bears (14-10-0) in his first fight since being released by Strikeforce. Daley has had problems making weight in the past, but had no issue this time weighing in at 170.25 pounds.
The Bellator summer series light heavyweight tournament continues with the semifinals as Tim Carpenter meets Travis Wiuff and Emanuel Newton takes on Attila Vegh. All the quarterfinal matchups at Bellator 71 ended either with a submission or TKO win, which builds the hype for the semifinals that much more. (more…)
Written By: Jordan Maskell
Photography By: Randi Lotsberg
Fans were treated to some world class mixed martial arts Friday night as Casino Rama once again hosted the Bellator Fighting Championship.
The main event featured Bellator Lightweight champion Michael Chandler defeating veteran Akihiro Gono by TKO. Chandler kept pressing early in the fight, forcing Gono to back away. With almost a minute into the first round, Chandler landed a big right hand, knocking Gono down, and finishing him with strikes at 56 seconds. At the post fight press conference, Gono announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition.
Bryan “The Beast” Baker defeated Ben “Killa B” Saunders by unanimous decision in an intense three round bout. The fight went back and forth, with Saunders going for both a kimura and triangle in the first round. Baker was able to escape, and stopped any further submission attempts by Saunders. The second round saw Baker take more control of the fight, pressing Saunders against the cage and landing some powerful shots. Near the end of the round, Baker took Saunders down, gained side control and dished out some ground and pound. The third round was more of the same, with Baker controlling the fight, getting takedowns and even slamming Saunders to the canvas. At the end of three rounds, the judges scored it 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 in favour of Baker who advances to the finals of the Bellator Season Six Welterweight Tournament.
Lightweight champion Michael Chandler handed Akihiro Gono his third consecutive loss in the Bellator 67 main event.
Gono has built a reputation throughout his career as a warrior that rarely puts on an uncompetitive fight. His personality both in and out of the cage enabled him to become one of Japan’s all-time great MMA fighters.
Chandler on the other hand has been running through his opponents and proved again that he is among the world’s best lightweights.
It was at the post-fight press conference that a teary-eyed Gono announced his retirement through his translator. The media in attendance gave “The Japanese Sensation” a standing ovation, remembering the legendary fights that he was so often a part of.
MMAxposed’s Jordan Maskell has the latest results from Bellator 67 LIVE from Casino Rama.
Nathan Gunn (169.6 lbs.) vs. Dominic O’Grady (171 lbs.)
Dom O’Grady by verbal submission via armbar with 4:51 seconds in Round 2.
Nordine Taleb (179.4 lbs.) vs. Matt MacGrath(179.6 lbs.)
Rounds begins with both men feeling each other out. Nordine lands a kick, follows up with a combo, another kick. MacGrath returns with some punches, Taleb lands number of combos, left leg kick & big head kick. Taleb lands flying knee, takes him to ground. MacGrath get Taleb’s back, MacGrath presses Taleb against the cage, lands some big shots. Big straight left by Taleb, with big left returned by MacGrath. Round ends.
Round 2 starts, Taleb lands leg kick, MacGrath combo. MacGrath shoots for takedown, Taleb stops it. Good exchange by both guys, leg kick by Taleb, MacGrath returns with a combo, left by Taleb, MacGrath shoots Taleb prevents it, lands some good shots, and finishes it by TKO.
Taleb by TKO with 2:30 seconds into Round 2.
MMA is back in Ontario as the province gets set to host Bellator 67 tomorrow night. The fourth Bellator to take place in Canada, and third to be held at Casino Rama has all the potential for a night of great fights.
The card will feature a non-title super fight between Bellator Lightweight champion Michael Chandler (9-0-0) and PRIDE, UFC, and DREAM veteran Akihiro Gono (32-17-7). Chandler is undefeated in his MMA career, winning the title in his last fight, while Gono has lost his last two fights.
Today’s podcast we talk about Hector Lombard signing with UFC, Alistair Overeem being suspended for testosterone use and recap UFC 145. We also speak with our guest Ryan ‘The Real Deal’ Ford about his Bellator debut at Bellator 67 in Orillia May 4th.