Sunday, September 8, 2013

BELLATOR 98 RESULTS: Alexander 'Storm' Shlemenko Outlasts Brett Cooper to Retain Title in Barnburner on Spike TV - 9/7/13



Bellator MMA Championship Tournaments presented their 9th season premiere, Bellator 98: Shlemenko vs Cooper 2, on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the Mohegan Sun Casino Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The main card aired live on Spike TV as Episode 1 of Season 9 of Bellator MMA.

In the main event, Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko successfully defended his 185-pound title with a grueling 25-minute battle with Brett "Fudoshin" Cooper. The two durable Bellator veterans went back and forth for 5 rounds. Despite getting stunned by Cooper a couple of times early in the fight, Shlemenko was the fresher of the two fighters going into the final round. This allowed the Russian to outwork his doggedly tired American opponent during the final stanza to seal the deal on the judges' scorecards.

Mikkel Parlo, Jason Butcher, Brennan Ward and Perry Filkins advanced to the semifinals of the Bellator Season 9 Middleweight Tournament. The semifinal brackets will feature Parlo vs Butcher and Ward vs Filkins. After his loss to Butcher, veteran fighter Giva Santana announced his retirement from MMA. The 41-year-old Brazilian, who dominated Butcher in the first round with his world class jiu jitsu, will continue to compete in BJJ, but his days of getting punched in the face for a living are now over.

Complete Results After the Break

BELLATOR 98: SHLEMENKO VS COOPER II

MAIN CARD (SPIKE TV)

{Middleweight Championship}
Alexander Shlemenko (48-7) won by UD over Brett Cooper (19-9)

[25:00] - 5 Rounds - (48-47 all)

[Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal]
Mikkel Parlo (10-1) won by UD over Brian Rogers (10-6)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

[Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal]
Jason Butcher (7-0) won by TKO over Giva Santana (18-3)
[6:12] - 1:12 Round 2 - punches

[Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal]
Brennan Ward (7-1) won by TKO over Justin Torrey (7-1)
[8:28] - 3:28 Round 2 - punches

[Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal]
Perry Filkins (8-1) won by SUB over Jeremy Kimball (10-4)
[14:18] - 4:18 Round 3 - rear-naked choke

Derek Anderson (10-0) won by UD over Patricky Pitbull (10-5)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28 all)

PRELIMS (SPIKE.COM)

Jeff Nader (5-5, 1 NC) vs Mike Mucitelli (5-0, 1 NC) ruled NC
[1:30] - Round 1 - unintentional eyepoke by Mucitelli

Josh Diekmann (13-5) won by TKO over Parker Porter (5-4)
[1:12] - Round 1 - punches

Ryan Quinn (8-4) won by SUB over Brylan VanArtsdalen (8-8)
[2:34] - Round 1 - arm-triangle choke

Matt Bessette (12-4) won by TKO over Nick Piedmont (8-4)
[1:41] - Round 1 - punches

Rico DiSciullo (1-0) won by KO over Glenn Allaire (3-2)
[1:21] - Round 1 - punches and forearm strikes from half guard

Updated MMA win-loss records with total fight time in brackets

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission


MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHTER OF THE NIGHT: Alexander Shlemenko

BEST FIGHT: Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brett Cooper

BEST KNOCKOUT: Rico DiSciullo over Glenn Allaire

BEST SUBMISSION: Ryan Quinn over Brylan VanArtsdalen

BIGGEST UPSET: Derek Anderson (+320) over Patricky Pitbull

QUICKEST WIN: Josh Diekmann over Parker Porter in 72 seconds

WORST FIGHT: Derek Anderson vs. Patricky Pitbull

FAIL OF THE NIGHT: Todd Anderson

Referee Todd Anderson gets the 'Fail of the Night' for allowing Justin Torrey to continue fighting after the first round, despite Torrey's left eye being completely swollen shut. Anderson then allowed a grounded Torrey to take an insanely excessive amount of punches to his bloodied eye before finally stopping the fight deep into the second round. This was just a really poor and extremely dangerous example of refereeing from a seemingly sadistic official.

ODDS AND THEIR ENDS

VEGAS ODDSMAKERS: 2-4

Final betting odds with payouts listed for winning fighters.

Alexander Shlemenko (-700) = 1 unit won 0.14 units
Brett Cooper (+500)

Brian Rogers (-115)
Mikkel Parlo (-105) = 1 unit won 0.95 units

Giva Santana (-125)
Jason Butcher (+115) = 1 unit won 1.15 units

Brennan Ward (-150) = 1 unit won 0.67 units
Justin Torrey (+130)

Jeremy Kimball (-235)
Perry Filkins (+215) = 1 unit won 2.1 units

Patricky Freire (-425)
Derek Anderson (+320) = 1 unit won 3.2 units

UPDATED BELLATOR RECORDS AND OVERALL MMA STREAKS

[Plus/minus] = fights currently won/lost in a row (in ANY MMA promotion)

Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko (9-1 Bellator) [+11]

Brett "Fudoshin" Cooper (6-4 Bellator) [-2]

Ryan Quinn (5-0 Bellator) [+1]

Jason Butcher (4-0 Bellator) [+7]

Matt "The Mangler" Bessette (3-0 Bellator) [+4]

"Crazy" Mike Mucitelli (3-0 [1 NC] Bellator) [0]

Brennan "The Irish Bad Boy" Ward (3-1 Bellator) [+2]

Brian "The Professional Predator" Rogers (3-4 Bellator) [-2]

Patricky "Pitbull" Freire (3-4 Bellator) [-3]

Perry "Filthy" Filkins (2-0 Bellator) [+6]

Justin "The Warrior" Torrey (2-1 Bellator) [-1]

Mikkel Parlo (2-1 Bellator) [+1]

Giva "The Arm Collector" Santana (2-2 Bellator) [-1]

Nick Piedmont (2-2 Bellator) [-1]

Derek Anderson (1-0 Bellator) [+3]

Josh "The Freight Train" Diekmann (1-0 Bellator) [+1]

Rico DiSciullo (1-0 Bellator) [+1]

Jeremy Kimball (1-1 Bellator) [-1]

Jeff "Scary Nickname" Nader (1-1 [1 NC] Bellator) [0]

Brylan VanArtsdalen (1-7 Bellator) [-2]

Parker Porter (0-1 Bellator) [-2]

Glenn "Care Bear" Allaire (0-1 Bellator) [-2]


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