Bellator had the first of their ‘summer season’ events last night, giving them an opportunity to kick off their featherweight tournament.
Star of the show on the night was Pat Curran who managed to pull off a rare Peruvian necktie submission against Ron Palomino to secure his spot in the semi-finals.
Marlon Sandro was Bellator’s big signing for the tournament, but he didn’t breeze through the quarter-finals, instead having to make do with a close split-decision win over Genair Da Silva in his debut showing, though to be fair he was well worth the victory.
Meanwhile Nazereno Malagarie broke out his submission reportiore on Jacob Devree in their bout, before finally submitting him with a guillotine choke in the third round, while a first round uppercut and hook combo was the beginning of the end for Adam Schindler, with Ronnie Mann finally KO’ing him with ground and pound.
Sandro now gets Malagarie in the semi’s while Curran takes on Mann.
Pat Curran def. Ron Palomino via submission (Peruvian necktie) at 3:49 of round one
Marlon Sandro def. Genair da Silva via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
Nazareno Malagarie def. Jacob Devree via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:26 of round three
Ronnie Mann def. Adam Schindler via knockout at 4:14 of round one
Jessica Aguilar def. Carla Esparza via split decision
Alexandre Bezerra def. Sam Jones via submission (triangle choke) at 3:23 of round one
Dan Cramer def. Josh Samman via unanimous decision
Tony Johnson Jr. def. Derrick Lewis via unanimous decision