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Bellator 56 Recap: Askren Survives Hieron, Prindle and Santos Advance

Askren vs. Hieron, part one. All videos in this post via

Bellator returned to action last night in Kansas City with action from the heavyweight tournament and a welterweight title fight between current champion Ben Askren and Season Four tournament winner Jay Hieron. Earlier this week, Ben Askren promised to “maul Jay Hieron”, as our more astute readers may remember. Well, that didn’t exactly happen. We’ll discuss that more in a minute.

The night kicked off with heavyweight tournament semifinals action. To say these fights delivered quick, exciting finishes puts it mildly- It’ll take some of you longer to read this sentence than it’ll take you to actually watch the fights.  In the first matchup, Eric Prindle countered a leg kick from Ron Sparks with a brutal straight right forty seconds into their fight. Not to be outdone, Thiago Santos quickly dropped Bellator Season Three heavyweight tournament finalist Neil Grove and sunk in a rear naked choke. The total amount of time it took Santos to do this? Thirty eight seconds. Don’t blink when Eric Prindle meets Thiago Santos at Bellator 59.

Now, on to Askren vs. Hieron. The first round saw Jay Hieron stuff all of Ben Askren’s takedown attempts, but Askren managed to secure a takedown in the second round, keeping the challenger on his back for nearly the entire round. After the second round, takedowns for the champion were far more infrequent. By the fifth round, Hieron appeared confident that he would be crowned the new champion, as Askren was completely ineffective against him. However, the judges did not see it this way, as Ben Askren defeated Jay Hieron by split decision.

Askren vs. Hieron, part two.

So what do you guys think? Did Jay Hieron get robbed, or did Ben Askren do enough to win rounds one, two and four? Does this support the need for a new scoring system in MMA? Have at it in the comments section.

Full results, courtesy of Pro MMA Now:

Ben Askren def. Jay Hieron via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)
Thiago Santos def. Neil Grove via submission (rear naked choke) Rd 1 (0:38)
Jeremy Spoon def. Adam Schindler via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Eric Prindle def. Ron Sparks via knockout (punch) Rd 1 (0:40)

Marcio Navarro def. Rudy Bears via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Kelvin Tiller def. Dan Spohn via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Emanuel Brooks def. Willian de Souza via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Jacob Aiken def. Jeimeson Saudino via submission (rear naked choke) Rd 1 (3:26)
Aaron Ely def. Owen Evinger via submission (rear naked choke) Rd 1 (3:45)

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Todd M- October 31, 2011 at 2:14 am
@ One More Punch Fujita, correct you are sir, Damn CP how you gonna call a left hook a straight right, you get XENO's coveted D- today, I know the announcers called it a big right too but still shame on you. You have to love big Eric, great sportsmanship and some damn fine timing too. Thiago The Monster looked good, he stayed calm under fire and timed Grove beautifully coming in, good finish with the choke. Ghostboner said it best about Askren he is an insufferable prick. I agree with most of you that Hieron got shafted but I wasn't surprised, in low action rounds the judges always give it to the guy who gets a takedown, no matter how effective.
SonOfSerbia- October 30, 2011 at 11:21 pm
Ass-kren has no hands...this guy would get mauled himself in the UFC...he throws haymakers to try to set up take downs, no jab game, no kicks..throw him, shields and fitch in the cage, death match..zzZZZzzzZZZzz
OneMorePunchFujita- October 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm
I'm pretty sure he was a left hook that Prindle used.
Maine Blazer- October 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm
The beloved Mizzou wrestling alum won a decision in Missouri? GTFOH
Get Off Me- October 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm
Apply any scoring system you want to that fight and the decision remains the same.
A scoring system is useless when used in conjuction with judges who award points based on their respective "interpretation" of which fighter won a round based on and vague guidelines.
These decisions keep coming down because this sport is so new and the fans have not demanded more yet....Dana's "don't let the fight go to the judges" still fly's, but eventually one or two of these type of decisions is gonna pop up on FOX and then they'll have to deal with it.
Austin3210- October 30, 2011 at 4:44 pm
I thought the rounds were very clear. Round 1, Hieron. Round 2, Askren. Round 3 Hieron. Round 4, Askren. Round 5, Hieron.
Hieron should've won last night. Askren got a gift in my book.
I have a fucking math equation with greek symbols in my captcha.
rampage01- October 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm
askren got his ass kicked in the 5th and he can't even show respect for hieron. not impress by askren
ghostboner- October 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm
Askren did enough to remind me why I don't like him, that's for sure. Koscheck has been supplanted as most annoying fraggle.