Saturday, July 21, 2012

BELLATOR 72 RESULTS: Karl Amoussou Wins Welterweight Tourney, Travis Wiuff and Attila Vegh Advance - 7/20/12

Bellator Fighting Championships held their second of three Summer Series 2012 events, Bellator 72: Baker vs Amoussou, on Friday, July 20, 2012, at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida.

The main event saw the delayed conclusion of last season's 170-pound tournament. In the opening minute of the fight, Karl "Psycho" Amoussou pulled off an astonishing rolling heel hook that elicited an immediate tapout from Bryan "The Beast" Baker. Karl Amoussou will now challenge Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren, while Bryan Baker will once again have to regroup after losing in his second Bellator tournament final. Baker lost by first-round TKO to Alexander Shlemenko in the Season 2 middleweight tournament.

Attila Vegh and Travis "Diesel" Wiuff advanced to the finals of the Bellator Summer Series 2012 Light Heavyweight Tournament with decision victories. Travis Wiuff, who holds a non-title win over Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship Christian M'Pumbu, steamrolled Tim Carpenter for 3 rounds for a clear-cut decision. Attila Vegh squeaked by Emanuel Newton with a split decision verdict, in which the dissenting judge scored every round for Newton.

Heavy hitters Marius Zaromskis and Waachiim Spiritwolf failed to deliver the fireworks that were expected in their trilogy fight. Instead of engaging Spiritwolf in a crowd-pleasing brawl, which proved to play to Spiritwolf's favor in their last fight, Zaromskis kept things technical this time and used his superior striking acumen to outpoint the Native American fighter.

Complete Results After the Break

Sunday, July 15, 2012

STRIKEFORCE: ROCKHOLD VS KENNEDY RESULTS: Rockhold Fends Off Kennedy, Marquardt KO's Woodley - 7/14/12

Strikeforce: Rockhold vs Kennedy was held Saturday, July 14, 2012, at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The event aired live on Showtime. Strikeforce is the sister MMA promotion of the UFC under Zuffa.

In the main event, Luke Rockhold successfully defended his Strikeforce Middleweight Championship with a workmanlike performance over the course of 25 minutes against Tim Kennedy. The active duty U.S. Army Ranger Kennedy proved too undersized and too overmatched against the American Kickboxing Academy phenom Rockhold.

While the main event title fight may have been tedious, it followed a barnburner of a co-main event for the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship. Strikeforce veteran Tyron Woodley has developed a reputation as a boring fighter. On this night, he was part of one hell of an entertaining fight against former UFC title contender Nate Marquardt.

Unfortunately for Woodley, he was on the wrong end of a brutal, highlight reel knockout in what was his most entertaining fight. After 3 rounds of back-and-forth action, the fourth round brought one of the best KO sequences of the year. Marquardt clipped Woodley with a couple of nasty elbows and finished him off with a lethal left hook and a devastating right uppercut, which Marquardt then coolly walked away from as Woodley crumpled to the ground. Nate Marquardt is back in a big way now in Strikeforce after being disgracefully ousted from the UFC last year.

Complete Results After the Break