Former featherweight world champion Joe Warren and lightweight world champion Michael Chandler join Jimmy Smith to preview the Season 8 lightweight tournament final Saad Awad vs. David Rickels.
Saad Awad entered his bout against undefeated prospect Will Brooks as the decided underdog, but less than a minute into the fight Awad scored the biggest win of his career. Catch his Bellator moment.
Bellator 65 continued Season 6 with a bantamweight title fight, a featherweight semi-final and the final two bantamweight quarterfinals. In the night’s main event, Eduardo Dantas submitted Zach Makovsky to win the 135-pound title. Daniel Straus and Mike Corey clashed in the second featherweight semi-final fight in a battle of wrestlers, but Straus’ smooth striking made the difference as he advanced to the tournament finals. Both Marcos Galvao and Luis Nogueira won their bantamweight quarterfinal fights and are through to the semis.
Doug Marshall and Brett Cooper fought in the Season 8 middleweight tournament championship, with "The Rhino" earning an emphatic knockout win. Catch the full fight from April 4, 2013.
The heavyweights entered the cage for their first taste of Season 7 action at Bellator 75. A much anticipated rematch between Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos once again ended in controversy as Prindle was disqualified. Young Russian Alexander Volkov picked apart Brett Rogers for three rounds, earning a lopsided decision win. Rich Hale made an impressive heavyweight debut in Bellator, needing little time to finish Mike Wessel with strikes. Vinicius Queiroz also scored an emphatic win, forcing Mark Holata to tap with a vicious armbar in the first round. Check out the full highlights from Bellator 75.
The Season Six Featherweight Tournament Champion was crowned at Bellator 68, as Daniel Straus defeated dangerous Brazilian Marlon Sandro. The bantamweight tournament also continued, with Marcos Galvao beating Travis Marx in a semifinal fight. Polish prospect Marcin Held needed less than a round to submit Derrick Kennington with a vicious heel hook, earning another submission win. Strikers Waachiim Spiritwolf and Marius Zaromskis slugged it out for two rounds before the doctor waved off the fight due to cuts, giving Zaromskis a TKO win. Get the highlights from Bellator 68.
Karl Amoussou and Bryan Baker clashed in the Season 6 welterweight tournament championship. Amoussou scored a shocking first round submission win with an inverted heel hook, becoming the first man to submit Baker in pro competition. Catch the Bellator 72 moment.
Attila Vegh made a statement in the Summer Series 2012 Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals, knocking out the veteran Travis Wiuff just seconds into the fight. Catch the Bellator 73 moment.
Frodo Khasbulaev and Mike Richman met in the Season 8 featherweight tournament championship, April 4, 2013. Relive the full fight.
The Bellator 2012 Summer Series continued Friday, July 20 from Tampa, Florida with Bellator 72. Karl Amoussou submitted Bryan Baker with an inverted heel hook to claim the Season 6 welterweight tournament championship. Dangerous striker Paul Daley made his Bellator debut in stunning fashion, knocking out Rudy Bears in the first round. The light heavyweight tournament continued with Travis Wiuff and Attila Vegh advancing to the finals, defeating Tim Carpenter and Emanuel Newton, respectively. Marius Zaromskis and Waachiim Spiritwolf concluded their controversial trilogy, with Zaromskis earning the decision win. Watch the highlights from Bellator 72.
It was an emotional scene at the Bellator 67 post-fight press conference, as Akihiro Gono announced his loss to Michael Chandler would be the final fight of his long and illustrious MMA career.
Former heavyweight Josh Burns made his 205 pound debut against Season 4 light heavyweight finalist Rich Hale at Bellator 69, in what was Hale's last fight before moving back up to heavyweight. Catch the full fight.
Pat Curran battled Shahbulat Shamhalaev for the featherweight world title, plus the middleweight and featherweight tournament finals were decided.
The Season 7 lightweight tournament began with four quarterfinal fights. MMA veteran Rich Clementi put a halt to Alexander Sarnavskiy’s hot streak, as he handed the Russian prospect his first career loss. Clementi joins Ricardo Tirloni and Dave Jansen, who both won by submission, as well as Marcin Held in the lightweight semifinals. Check out the highlights from Bellator 77.
The Season 7 welterweight tournament semifinals went down at Bellator 78. Former champion Lyman Good finished off Michail Tsarev in round two and undefeated Russian Andrey Koreshkov stayed perfect, needing less than a round to knockout Marius Zaromskis and secure his spot versus Good in the finals. In featherweight action, Daniel Straus submitted black belt Alvin Robinson. Middleweight Brian Rogers also returned and scored a unanimous decision win over Dominique Steele. Check out the highlights from Bellator 78.
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