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Bellator 18 Recap: Featherweight Finalists Advance; Confirmed Sighting of Hector Lombard in Louisiana


(Hector Lombard produces the fastest K.O. in Bellator history. What, you thought Jay Silva was going to shock the world? Props: YouTube.com/BellatorMMA.)

By DL “Potential Sociopath” Richardson

Say you live in Louisiana. Not the cool part where people party their asses off every day. I’m talking about inland, where you still get the humidity, but no one dresses up before Ash Wednesday, and you can never find a place to sell you a to-go alcoholic beverage. Say you live in Monroe. What do you do for fun? Well, you could go hang out at the Pecanland Mall and hit on that cute girl at Yummy Japan, but if you have any damn sense, you catch the Bellator Fighting Championships whenever they come into town. Last night, Bellator visited the Monroe Civic Center for the semifinal round of this season’s featherweight tournament, and as usual, they put on a show. Full results and recap after the jump…


Joe Warren vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
Georgi Karakhanyan had lived on three different continents by the time he was fifteen, and he learned Karate and Sambo at an early age from his father. He played professional soccer for a short time, so you know dude’s got a motor, but he went into MMA for more exciting competition. He won his quarterfinal bout with a knockout victory over Bao Quach, crumpling him with knees in the clinch at the end of round 1. Joe Warren is a decorated wrestler, noted for his debut performances in Dream’s Featherweight Grand Prix last year: he put away Chase Beebe in his first professional fight, then scored a decision win over Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto. While he lost to eventual Grand Prix champ Bibiano Fenandes, Warren’s confidence has not suffered in the slightest. Warren says in his pre-fight interview that the only title he hasn’t won is Olympic Gold, which he will win at 2012. Karakhanyan, in his own interview, says that winning an MMA bout is better than sex.

The bout begins, and — surprise! —Warren immediately goes for a takedown. While Karakhanyan is primarily a striker, he quickly begins a sequence of submission attempts that keeps the action moving. Kneebar to heel hook, open guard to omoplata, back to guard, then a triangle/armbar attempt. Karakhanyan pushes to his feet, but Warren quickly takes him down again. Warren wants to grind this out, holding Georgi down and pounding on him, but his submission defense is surprisingly good. He shrugs off another triangle, and Karakhanyan throws some fists and a few heels to the kidney before the round ends.

Round two and Warren pushes Karakhanyan into the fence. This isn’t wall and stall, though; he’s throwing knees and working for underhooks. He wants to slam Karakhanyan again, and bad. They jockey for dominance, and Georgi goes for a guillotine. It’s deep, but Warren manages to get out of it. He works around to take Georgi’s back, and Karakhanyan initiates the kimura counter to break Joe’s grip and spin out. Instead, Warren lifts Karakhanyan and throws him, a thumping belly-to-back that gets the crowd going. Karakhanyan monkey-flips into guard, then snaps an armbar in place. Warren has to tap. He does not. He may not know about the option. He manages to pull his elbow out of danger, and goes back to work. Warren wants to work on top, staying in control, but Karakhanyan looks dangerous off his back. Warren crowds him against the fence, staying busy with knees and fists. The second ends and you know these guys are tired.

Third round, and they’re still going. Warren with a big slam, and Karakhanyan goes for an armbar. Warren rains down knees and knuckles, trying to wear Georgi out. They separate briefly, and Karakhanyan still has plenty of gas: he lands a nice flying knee that leaves a cut, but gets taken down for his trouble. This is the joy of featherweight:  Even in round three, Warren is still throwing punches on the ground and working for subs, and Karakhanyan is still pushing to his feet, looking for an opening to slap on a submission. With 60 seconds left, Georgi jumps into another deep guillotine, with full guard. Warren is bleeding and possibly graying out, but He. Will. Not. Tap. He manages to slide out, and now the clock is ticking on Georgi. He pushes to his feet one last time and goes for broke, rushing Warren with punches and another flying knee. The bell rings. It’s over. Joe Warren defeats Georgi Karakhanyan via unanimous decision.

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. Wilson Reis
Patricio Pitbull, as he is billed by Bellator, had a quick heel hook win to get to the semifinals. While he has seven submission victories (he’s 14-0 coming into this bout), he’s also noted for his stand-up style; Pitbull is known to wade in throwing hooks and knees like he’s got a hot date waiting. While Jimmy Smith mentions Pitbull’s time with Chute Boxe Academy early in his career, we see Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is in his corner. Wilson Reis is a five foot three ball of muscle with good wrestling and jits. He’s more of a grinder, with six of his ten wins coming via decision, four by some variety of choke. The only loss on his record is to last year’s winner and current BFC featherweight champ, Joe Soto. He out-wrestled wrestler Shad Lierley en route to a decision win in the quarterfinal, and he wants to get Patricio Pitbull to the ground ASAP.

Round one starts with a feeling out process. Pitbull is staying on the outside, looking to pick Reis off with right hands — looks like he studied tape of that Soto loss. Pitbull finally commits to a looping overhand right, and Reis quickly shoots underneath it, taking the fight to the mat. They’re pretty evenly matched: there’s some good action, but no damage and neither fighter is dominant. They trade sweeps and reversals, Pitbull stands and Reis drags him back down. The round ends, and it’s pretty much even.

Second frame starts, and again there’s a short stalemate on the feet. Reis closes, and tries to take it back down. Reis gets a good hold on one leg, so Pitbull throws some jumping knees with the other leg. Clinching and sprawling, the only damage in the round comes from a nice knee by Pitbull. Reis is cut, and while he doesn’t look hurt, he does look like he’s getting tired.

Third starts and they briefly switch roles. Reis is throwing more strikes, but Pitbull lands a nice belly to belly suplex. Pitbull stands and motions Reis up. Pitbull is obviously fresher now, striking more and landing some good ones. Reis shoots, and they go down, but Pitbull gets up and again motions to take it back to the feet. Reis just doesn’t want to match fists with Patricio Pitbull. He gets another takedown with a minute left, but he can’t work a submission and he can’t hold the Pitbull down. Time runs out, and all three judges give the nod to Pitbull. Patricio Freire defeats Wilson Reis via unanimous decision, and will meet Joe Warren in Bellator’s season 2 featherweight finals.

The SuperFight!!!!! (If You Can Still Call It That With a Straight Face!)

Current Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector “Shango” Lombard vs. Jay Silva

Lombard lays that fool out in six seconds. It starts with a right hook. Fuck you, Paulo Filho.

Charlie “The Superstar” Rader vs Christian Fulgium

We have some time left, so we’re treated to one of the local undercard fights. Rader and Fulgium are wrestlers who have known each other since high school, and are apparently two of the top guys in Louisiana. Christian Fulgium came into the fight eight pounds over welterweight (seriously?), so it’s a catchweight at 178. This is not a good way to make an impression, buddy.
Round one: they’re both good wrestlers, so they decide to swing at one another for a bit. Rader goes for the takedown at one minute in, and he’s in the driver’s seat from there. He drops forearms, elbows, and fists while working for position and staying on top. After a couple of minutes of working, he gets a good shot at Fulgium’s noggin from standing mount and lands a few good hooks. Fulgium takes a short nap, and wakes up all sad and not getting an invite to a future tournament. Charlie Rader defeats Christian Fulgium via KO, at 3:20 of Round 1.

All the guys on the undercard had their cars double-parked, apparently…

– Shawn Jordan def. Douglas Williams via TKO (punches), 0:19 of Round 1
– William Albrecht def. Jason Anderson via submission (armbar), 0:36 of Round 1
– Lamont Stafford def. Jules Bruchez via TKO (punches), 0:19 of Round 2
– Brock Kerry def. Mike Braswell via TKO (punches), 3:20 of Round 1

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Shatski- May 15, 2010 at 3:32 am
Ah, it DID get changed to Viva La Potato Nation Revolucion. Good call, Mr_Misanthropy! And good call Viva Hate for not being a facebook group tyrant. If only the rest of the planet thought as you do. By planet, I mean facebook. It is about the equivalent for some people.
Almost North- May 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm
Nice write up. You guys realize that Joe Warren is going to single-handedly destroy Bellator right? Who is going to pay to see this guy rage out of submissions and wrestle for 15 minutes at a time? He's the John Fitch of assholes, but I think he will be the champ over there for awhile.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm
Sweet, bestiality has a statute of limitations of twelve years? That makes sense because the sheep didn't actually die and those were regulation velcro gloves. I guess there is hope, after all...
ReX13- May 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm
Misanthropic Bstrd>> Hey, i understand. I held out for until recently. Luckily the police quit looking for petty episodes of graffiti and possible beastiality after twelve years.

Hang in there,
Mr_Misanthropy- May 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm
I'm sorry I can't join the Spacebook (Myface?) page, it's nothing personal.

Spacebook is on my list of solemn shuns along with Titanic, Broke Back Mountain, and Bloodyel-blow.com (there are others as well...).

This is actually the first and only place I have ever posted, and I just started doing that three weeks ago.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm
@ Viva Hate

Allow me to be the first ever spanish language spelling troll! (ta-da!)
Shouldn't it be revolucion?

@ReX

Thanks for another satisfying installment of your Dickens-esque serialized crime fighting drama. POW! SNAP! WA-CHING! (grapple grapple grapple) BIFF! SLAM!

And I agree, Joe Warren, as I had noticed from his Dream interviews, is indeed the crusty tip of the nozzle of the wand of the bag of the douche. I don't care if he could out-wrestle a rock wallaby, I am praying SOMEBODY knocks his stupid ass into outerspace. I sure would love to see him get flattened in six seconds.
Viva Hate- May 14, 2010 at 11:57 am
@wifey,
Well we are kind of caveman-ish but you are welcome to join, you would the second female.

@Rex,
We are mostly men, FUCK INSTRUCTIONS! Plus I own plenty of duct tape.
WuTangClan- May 14, 2010 at 11:50 am
Did you really just write a fucking essay about Joe Warren and Georgi Karakhanyan going to a decision?

Get a job Rex.
wifey- May 14, 2010 at 11:47 am
is this fb thing a "no girls allowed" club?
ReX13- May 14, 2010 at 11:22 am
macreadyshack>> facebook(dot)com the potato nation has been assembling. We haven't figured out what we're assembling, Viva Hate lost the damn instructions and justscrappin only brought metric tools; so far it looks like a bookshelf being humped by a satellite dish. It's buckets of fun--hope you can make it.
Viva Hate- May 14, 2010 at 11:20 am
@macreadysshack,

Go on FB and look for the group called Viva La Potato Nation Revolution!!!!!!!

macreadysshack- May 14, 2010 at 10:20 am
Goddamn it I am not patient enough to actually read all those posts again, especially since I'm not sure they tell me what I'm supposed to actually join. I'm fucking hot from welding in this fucking welding jacket and I'm only here because I gotta wait for my shit to cool off.

Somebody tell me what the fuck is going on. *edit* Please.
macreadysshack- May 14, 2010 at 10:14 am
Great writeup. Very fun, funny and well done all around.

What's this FB shit I'm s'posed to do?

I guess I have to read that bullshit you bullshitters wrote again. FML.
C-Bus Allstar- May 14, 2010 at 8:00 am
"Hooks it up like a tow truck".. I lol'd.


Another great write-up, Rex. But I have to say, with Bellator serving up the action they do every week, it would be hard to write a bad story. The fights sell themselves.


I would say Hector Lombard is a beast, but the reality is, Jay Silva has no chin. Didn't he get dropped like 3 times (but not finished) by Leben?
evaritol- May 14, 2010 at 7:59 am
I think Joe Warren is actually a witty guy, and he tries to make up for his "grind-to-decision" stye of fighting with a big personality. He is cocky, but he tries to be funny with it at least, unlike cocky and boring Koscheck.

And this was an excellent article! First time I've LOL'd at a CagePotato post in a while, sadly :(
PortlandMMA- May 14, 2010 at 7:53 am
I was stoked I caught the Joe Warren fight, I was having trouble falling asleep last night and I had to wake up super early so that really helped. That guy is so fucking one sided, he needs to stick to wrestling, his sub attempts and striking are as non-existent as his charisma.
justscrappin- May 14, 2010 at 7:46 am
Alright...everything good on the fb tip.
jimbonics- May 14, 2010 at 7:37 am
Thanks for pointing that out Rex. I quit clicking CP Fighter Wiki's long ago. Good shit.
cecils_pupils- May 14, 2010 at 7:36 am
jimbo you are the man... thanks homie!
ReX13- May 14, 2010 at 7:34 am
By the way, fellas: easter egg in the article. Pitbull's FighterWiki entry got the CP treatment, with Ben's full blessing. A lot of the entries are outdated, copy/pasted, or just sad, but maybe eventually the Potato Nation will turn out an informative (smartass) fighter database. Hilarity will ensue.
Viva Hate- May 14, 2010 at 7:33 am
@justscrappin,
No all members carry over, Ijust changed the name that is all.
justscrappin- May 14, 2010 at 7:31 am
Wait...do I have to join that group if I was a member of the old group? I just heard about sopcast.net myself...little grainy when you put it up on a big screen..but better then nothin. Happy Friday Potato Nation...giggity.
jimbonics- May 14, 2010 at 7:25 am
cecil.

sopcast.

end.
cecils_pupils- May 14, 2010 at 7:23 am
Viva La Revolucion!!

I don't get Fox Sports Duece with my current cable set-up so I am screwed in terms of catching Bellator. Therefore, I rely on ReX13 to give me the weekly dose I need. Like any dealer worth his shit in supplying contraband, Rex13 hooks it up like a tow truck!
ReX13- May 14, 2010 at 7:22 am
Damn y'all, Viva works FAST.

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