In the main event, Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko successfully defended his 185-pound title with a first-round liver shot knockout of Doug "The Rhino" Marshall. Shlemenko buckled the former WEC champion with a nasty left hook to the ribs, and shortly thereafter landed the kill shot in the form of another left hook, this time directly to the liver. Marshall dropped to the canvas, holding his side and wincing in pain, and the ref stopped the fight.
Former Olympic judoka Rick "Genghis" Hawn won his second Bellator tournament with a third-round knockout of Ron Keslar. After a slow start that lost him the first round, Hawn came back strong to win the second round. With the fight likely even on the judges' scorecards going into the third round, Hawn took matters into his own hands, quite literally, by knocking out Keslar just 55 seconds into the final stanza. With this Bellator Season 9 Welterweight Tournament win, the former lightweight tourney winner Hawn will now go on to fight fellow 170-pound tournament winner Douglas Lima for the vacant Bellator Welterweight Championship. The title was recently vacated after Bellator released the now-former champion Ben Askren after the two parties were unable to come to terms on a new contract.
"Ill" Will Brooks captured the Bellator Season 9 Lightweight Tournament crown with an upset victory over the previously once-beaten Alexander "Tiger" Sarnavskiy. The American Brooks used his superior wrestling to dominate the Russian for fifteen grueling minutes. While this one-sided beatdown wasn't the most entertaining fight ever televised by Bellator, it looked like a masterpiece following the opening TV bout.
Terry Etim and Patrick Cenoble not only put on the night's worst fight, but probably the worst fight of the season. The former UFC lightweight Etim completely nullified Cenoble for three full rounds, mostly by landing seemingly effortless takedowns on his flat-footed and plodding opponent. Cenoble offered up very little resistance to Etim's control, allowing the Brit to cruise to what should have been a clean sweep unanimous decision victory. Of course, with the common dysfunctionality of MMA judging, one judge actually gave a round to Cenoble, scoring the fight 29-28, despite the fact that none of the rounds were even remotely close.
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Complete Results After the Break