Stay tuned tonight for all the results as they happen from Bellator 23 which sees the culmination of the promotions second season.
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Joe Warren defeats Patricio Pitbull by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Pitbull put on a virtually flawless first round display, outclassing Warren on the feet and shrugging off his takedown attempts. By the end of the round he appeared close to finishing his opponent after dropping him to the mat with a right hand. Pitbull quickly moved to mount before taking his back and landing a succession of unanswered blows. With the referee appearing reluctant to stop he switched tactic, sinking in a deep rear-naked choke just as the bell sounded to save Warren from certain defeat.
It was Pitbull who also started the second stronger, but Warren finally got his gameplan up and running in the second half of the round, securing a takedown and working his ground and pound while Pitbull, who may well have tired himself out in the first frame, rarely threatened from his back.
Warren’s comeback continued in the third as again he successfully executed a takedown and took advantage of Pitbull’s relative inactivity to keep him their for much of the round and grind out the final minutes of the fight.
Pitbull was within seconds of finishing the bout in the first round, but by the final bell he had let the victory slip from his grasp and Warren was crowned the champion.
Watch Pitbull’s domination at the end of the first round below:
Alexander Shlemenko defeats Bryan Baker by TKO at 2.45mins of Rd1
After throwing a dizzying number of spinning backfists in the opening minute Shlemenko catches Baker with a right and then a knee which drops him. Baker continues to fight from his back but he appears very lethargic and is clearly dazed as Shlemenko continues to rain down blows, forcing a referee stoppage.
Zoila Frausto defeats Rosi Sexton by TKO at 2mins of Rd1
– Sexton gets over eager for takedown early in the first round and pays the price when Frausto lands a perfectly timed knee that knocks Sexton senseless and straight to the floor, following up with punches to finish.
Here’s a GIF of the latest ‘Bellator moment’…
Props to ZP from the Sherdog forums for the gifs.