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Bellator 93 Recap: Dave Jansen and Michael Page Earn Victories in Night of Quick Stoppages, Controversy

(Michael Page vs. Ryan Sanders — strong front-runner for Phantom Punch of 2013. Props: videosei.)

Despite losing some of its star power due to injuries, last night’s Bellator 93 event in Lewiston, Maine, turned out to be a mostly-satisfying affair, with eight of the ten scheduled matches ending within the first-round, and three ending within the first 20 seconds. But two unfortunate moments cast a shadow on the event.

First off, Michael Page‘s hotly-anticipated Bellator debut ended with a 10-second KO victory over Ryan Sanders, as the flashy British striker caught Sanders with a straight right as his victim was charging in…or so it seemed. Upon closer inspection, there was something a little fishy about the stoppage. Watch the replays in the video above, and you’ll see that Page either barely touched Sanders, or didn’t touch him at all. At any rate, the strike didn’t seem to justify the reaction of Sanders, who immediately flopped to the mat, clutching his head in agony. He was back on his feet moments later, looking somewhat disappointed. We’re not going to accuse Bellator of some vast conspiracy; it’s more likely that Sanders simply didn’t want to be there. And unfortunately, he may have robbed us of the opportunity to see Page produce another classic no-walk-off knockout.

Speaking of let-downs, the guaranteed barnburner between Marcus Davis vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf ended in a no-contest in the first round, after Davis nailed Spiritwolf with a knee to the groin; Spiritwolf couldn’t continue after the foul. (Sound familiar?) Though the Lewiston crowd chanted “Bullshit!” and booed Spiritwolf in an apparent indictment of his bitchassness, there was nothing fake about that low-blow. Check out the GIF below, via BloodyElbow

In other main card action, can-crusher extraordinaire Travis Wiuff‘s return to the heavyweight division ended up with him getting crushed in just 18 seconds. The GIF below tells the entire story of the fight, pretty much — southpaw Ryan Martinez landed a heavy straight left early, and didn’t stop swinging until Big Dan was pulling him off. It was the third consecutive loss for Wiuff.

Finally, in the main event, Dave Jansen and Marcin Held battled for three rounds to determine Bellator’s Season 7 Lightweight Tournament winner. Though he’s primarily known as a submission ace with a taste for leg-locks, Held looked very comfortable keeping the fight standing in the first round, getting the better of Jansen in most of their striking exchanges. Ironically, Held was much less effective on the mat, as his attempts to tie Jansen up in the second round were consistently met with escapes and ground-and-pound. As the Polish prodigy began to fade in the third, Jansen turned up the heat, beating him up in the standup exchanges and keeping his knees/ankles well out of danger. Jansen took the fight by unanimous decision, upping his Bellator record to a perfect 6-0, and earning a future title shot against Michael Chandler.

Full results from Bellator 93 are below…

- Dave Jansen def. Marcin Held via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
- Ryan Martinez def. Travis Wiuff via KO, 0:18 of round 1
- Marcus Davis vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf declared a no contest (unintentional low blow), 3:05 of round 1

- Dave Vitkay def. Jesse Peterson via technical submission (guillotine choke), 0:18 of round 1
- Michael Page def. Ryan Sanders via KO, 0:10 of round 1
- Jason Butcher def. Jack Hermansson via submission (triangle choke), 2:24 of round 1
- Mike Mucitelli def. Brett Dillingham via submission (armbar), 2:48 of round 1
- Joe Pacheco def. Pierry Pierre via submission (Americana), 1:54 of round 1
- Vince Murdock def. John Raio via TKO, 4:01 of round 3
- Jon Lemke def. Jesse Erickson via TKO, 2:50 of round 1

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mma4ever- March 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm
Thats almost as bad as mike tyson vs bruce seldon...or ali vs liston. Or anyone of kimbos floppers.
Spitting into the wind- March 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm
I thought Spiritwolf refusing to fight after the kneee was the biggest pussy move. No way it was strong enough to end the fucking fight. Ya Sanders looked like he took a dive but there probably was contact. He just didnt want to fight.
cman- March 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm
I dunno, Lesner pulled off the fetal 'intelligent' defense for like 4 minutes with Carwin.
danomite- March 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm
@GBG - well now he knows that the fetal position is not considered intelligently defending yourself.

I took more than my fair share of flying baseballs to the sack growing up, with and without a cup on. Never was I not good to go after five minutes of walking it off. His testicles better be smashed or inside his pelvic cavity for him not to continue like that.
danomite- March 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm
the second paragraph is about SpirQuit Wolf in case that wasn't clear.
cman- March 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm
Maybe a better nickname would be "the Irish groin grenade"??
Darkside- March 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm
If all that it takes to get Sanders to go fetal is a stiff breeze (sorry GBG, but he did not get "hit hard in the nose"), he should probably look into another line of work. I'm sure he's a great guy and a hard worker, but some people just aren't meant to be fighters.
algiersheadkick504- March 22, 2013 at 11:39 am
I guess the straight was so fast just glancing him did enough for him to say fuck that
gracie barra girl- March 22, 2013 at 11:00 am
I train with Ryan Sanders. He was not scared. He wanted this fight very badly and trained nonstop basically. He got hit hard in the nose and turtles and covered because he expected Page to jump on him and strike. He is a committed hard working fighter with a giant heart.
SethF- March 22, 2013 at 10:36 am
Never in my wildest dreams did I think Nick "Turbo Tax" Capes would have legitimate competition for 2013's Dive of the Year in this year's Potato Awards.
El Famous Burrito- March 22, 2013 at 10:31 am
I feel like anyone who was booing Spiritwolf should have to take a hearty knee-to-the-nuts.

Two, if they were wearing an Affliction/TapouT shirt while doing it.
J.Jones- March 22, 2013 at 10:25 am
The thing I liked most about this card is that it appeared to be openly mocking my predictions with every fight. Thanks a lot, Travis Weeeeuhhhhffff.
cman- March 22, 2013 at 8:12 am
Lets put page in the deep end of the pool and see if he floats before we dub him the Limey Silva.
I've had to listen to to much of these b league players get put on a mantle fighting barely pros and washouts. Until he's fighting in the UFC it's a mismatch designed to make him look good.
That said, he was dynamic, flashy, and the arrogance will not hold long once he fights a highly trained fighter.
And the examples list of this is to long to even start on.
macreadysshack- March 22, 2013 at 7:53 am
I think that Page strike connected but it was obviously glancing. Sanders just didn't like being in the cage with that animal.

@dipset Page showed at least passable TDD in the last fight I watched with him. Not saying he can stuff in the big leagues but he seems to have some naturally good hips and has obviously been working on TDD. Good luck to BJJ guys without wrestling taking him down.
dipsetkilla316- March 22, 2013 at 7:32 am
I wonder how far he can go, because we all know eventually he's gonna have to fight a wrestler, or a bjj fighter.
Fried Taco- March 22, 2013 at 7:25 am
Dude hits so hard, just the breeze will knock you out!