Bellator 121, the first of the promotion’s ‘Summer Series’ went down last night and we’ve got all the results for you below.
One of two opening round light-heavyweight tournament fights headlined the show with Philipe Lins managing to make Austen Heidlage tap from a rear-naked choke mid-way through the opening round.
Heavyweight veteran James Thompson made a successful start to his Bellator career with a first round ground and pound TKO victory over Eric Prindle.
It wasn’t so long ago that Thompson had won just once in his last nine fights, but in the last few years he’s turned things around and is now undefeated in his last six. Prindle on the other hand has lost five of his last six fights.
In the co-main event Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou also picked up a quick win in his Bellator debut, applying a rear-naked choke to submit Terry Davinney late in the first round.
In the main card opener Egidijus Valavicius progressed to the next round of the 205lb tournament with a split decision win over Carlos Eduardo.
Philipe Lins def. Austen Heidlage via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:45 of round one
James Thompson def. Eric Prindle via TKO (punches) at 1:55 of round one
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Terry Davinney via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:16 of round one
Egidijus Valavicius def. Carlos Eduardo via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Kelly Anundson def. Rodney Wallace via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Joe Vedepo def. Cortez Coleman via majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Treston Thomison def. Stephen Banaszak via first-round submission (guillotine choke)
William Florentino def. Guillermo Martinez Ayme via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Steve Garcia def. Cody Walker via first-round KO (0:39)
Bubba McDaniel def. Matt Jones via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Ray Sloan def. Jamelle Jones via submission (rear-naked choke) at :48 of round one