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Bellator 45 Video: Christian M’Pumbu Smashes Richard Hale, Becomes New Light-Heavyweight Champion


The last event of Bellator’s fourth season went down last night in Lake Charles, Louisiana, featuring the finals of the light-heavyweight and featherweight tournaments. Christian M’Pumbu earned his way to the LHW finals by knocking out Chris Davis and Tim Carpenter, and it was business as usual against co-finalist Richard Hale. M’Pumbu dropped Hale once in the first round, but was unable to finish him with a D’arce choke. The Congolese-French standout didn’t make the same mistake twice; after scoring another knockdown in the third, M’Pumbu threw down leather until the ref was forced to stop the fight, picking up a $100,000 check and the title of Bellator’s first-ever light-heavyweight champion.

In the featherweight final, Patricio Freire edged out Daniel Straus to a unanimous decision, earning a rematch with champion Joe Warren, who he lost a split decision to last June. Full Bellator 45 results are after the jump…

- Christian M’Pumbu def. Richard Hale via TKO, 4:17 of round 3
- Patricio Freire def. Daniel Straus via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x 2)
- Sam Alvey def. Karl Amoussou via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)

- Shawn Jordan def. John Hill via TKO, 1:56 of round 1
- Luis “Sapo” Santos def. Nicolae Cury via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
- Tim Ruberg def. Mike Fleniken via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
- Rene Nazare def. Kelvin Hackney via submission (rear-naked choke), 4:46 of round 1
- Joseph Abercrombie def. Ben Parpart via submission (rear-naked choke), 1:11 of round 1

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Jonny5- May 24, 2011 at 2:33 am
I am now so looking forward to Warren vs Pitbull 2 for the belt! This fw tournament couldn't of worked out any better for Bellator.
orsusband- May 23, 2011 at 10:01 pm
Anyone have any info on those two hotties holding the check at the end? Their mammary glads looked great.
SnackDaddy- May 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm
He was just eating it. Reminded me of Brock.
Smitty- May 23, 2011 at 8:30 am
@ GistoftheFist
Come on dude, have some class. Theres enough of that shit in the world, we don't need, nor want it in "our" sport.
GistoftheFist- May 23, 2011 at 7:15 am
Another white guy loses a fight, what a shock.
Miles- May 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm
^Definitely not, Alvey clearly lost. M'Pumbu is vicious, seems like a good first champion.
rngeorgeh- May 22, 2011 at 10:49 am
Does anyone really think Alvey beat Ammoussou? Terrible decision.
RearNakedSpoon- May 22, 2011 at 10:46 am
"Those shots on the jaw are what did it" Really?