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Bellator Tourney Yields Something Wacky

(Yeah, that’s an upside down triangle choke. Props: Watch Kalib Run.)

Maybe the most interesting story to come out of Bellator so far is Toby Imada’s upset of Jorge Masvidal in last night’s Bellator lightweight tournament semi-finals.  Masvidal was reportedly in control for most of the bout, but in the third round a failed takedown attempt led to an upside down triangle choke from Imada against a standing Masvidal.  Masvidal did his best to endure it, but ended up collapsing to the canvas unconscious.  Bellator promises us video of the submission soon, and this ought to be good.  Imada moves on to the finals to face Eddie Alvarez, who was also victorious last night.  Full results are after the jump.

Bellator V Lightweight Semi-Final Tournament bouts:

155 lbs. – Eric Reynolds (11-1) vs. Eddie Alvarez (16-3) Alvarez by submission (rear naked choke) at 12:1:30

155 lbs. – Toby Imada (22-12) vs. Jorge Masvidal (17-4) Imada by TKO (triangle choke) at 13:22

Bellator III Non-tournament bouts:

HW – Josh Barnes (4-1) vs. Dave Herman (14-1) Herman by TKO (strikes) at 4:46

HW – Sherman Pendergarst (11-12) vs. Joey Beltran (6-2) Beltran by TKO (strikes) at 2:24

HW – Dave Evensen (11-4) vs. Raoul Romero (3-2) Evensen by submission (strikes) at 6:44

145 lbs. – Pete Dominguez (9-4) vs. Matt Jaggers (11-5) Jaggers by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:03

117 lbs. – Tammy Schneider (3-7) vs. Jessica Pene (1-0) Pene by TKO (strikes) at 1:35

170 lbs. – Justin Edwards (2-0) vs. John Troyer (8-3) Edwards by submission (guillotine) at 4:12

155 lbs. – Frank Carabello (3-1) vs. Waylon Lowe (4-2) Lowe by unanimous decision

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Ji- May 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm
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Anonymous- May 3, 2009 at 3:28 pm
No.. He was locked.. nothing was getting him out of that...
614 native- May 3, 2009 at 9:00 am
or maybe if he woulda slammed him imada would have just let go thinkin he wasnt gonna pull that crazy shit off. i was lucky enough ta' be there, it was a nasty submission. bellator does a great job moving the show along, its fight after fight after fight. the only negative would be the atmosphere.... it'll come in time but they gotta fill the seats. great show though, i'll be to their next event in ohio if it ever comes
Wandering Wade- May 3, 2009 at 7:19 am
@ Jubbie Says:
Sun, 05/03/2009 - 01:42

From the video, it felt like he didn't realize he was caught until it was too late. I agree it probably would've helped to just fall backwards but he did the opposite and leaned forward.

That triangle was sunk in really deep. The only way falling backwards would have gotten him out of that was if Imada got knocked out cold. He was done once the triangle got locked in. That was picture perfect.
Jubbie- May 3, 2009 at 1:42 am
From the video, it felt like he didn't realize he was caught until it was too late. I agree it probably would've helped to just fall backwards but he did the opposite and leaned forward.

Crazy stuff.
CTRL-ALT-DELETE PETE- May 3, 2009 at 12:46 am
Chri534- May 2, 2009 at 10:09 pm
He couldn't just like, lift up the dude's right calf till he fell off? Ha, the picture kinda looks like he's trying to make sure the foot doesn't slip out...
Wandering Wade- May 2, 2009 at 6:58 pm
Masvidal went ragdoll like 2 seconds after that pic was taken. That's the front runner for Submission of the year IMO.
anallube- May 2, 2009 at 5:51 pm
the vid of the above is already on youtube.
Anonymous- May 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm
the last two fights were pretty good nam pham was upset got his ass kicked by Omigawa and then kaioki? triangled mann and punched him in the face till he quit.
Anonymous- May 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm
they fought for twelve hours and the weirdest thing was an upside-down triangle choke. wow, you guys are crazy. look out for these guys.
Anonymous- May 2, 2009 at 3:45 pm
MMA is FUCKING BORING lately, Dana White is a failure.
Darwin- May 2, 2009 at 3:13 pm
Cosmin- May 2, 2009 at 2:28 pm
I also want my Sengoku recap. I went to sleep before the last 2 fights.
Lil' Doomsday- May 2, 2009 at 1:27 pm
I've actually used that version of the triangle to get a guy that was about 100 lbs bigger than me tap. He had me in side control, and I just turned towards his legs and caught him. It was great. Yay.
Mescan_Judo- May 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm
Hey uhh, wheres the Sengoku coverage? There where some good fights on that card.

Mescan_Judo- May 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm
Those espn assholes should of aired the bellator fights here in the states where the mma fan base is growing. It's damn frustrating that we cannot see this tournament.

smashfacekillah- May 2, 2009 at 11:59 am
Damn that shit is fucking sick. I'd like to see the video though, youd think he could have just pulled the old butt flop right on his head and knocked him the fuck out.
Jack Booted Thug- May 2, 2009 at 11:31 am
I like turtles....
eelcozy- May 2, 2009 at 11:27 am
Reverse triangle isn't THAT weird. It's kinda hard to finish though. It's cool that he got the TKO from it.
CAPS LOCK HAL- May 2, 2009 at 11:14 am
i wish i could be that guy... his penis so close to my head mmmmmmm... nice
LukeTheDuke- May 2, 2009 at 10:57 am
Mad props.
HAHA You SUK- May 2, 2009 at 10:30 am
That's one SICK pic. Probably the best MMA pic in the last 7 yrs.
SCM- May 2, 2009 at 10:26 am
such a fag caps lock.
Anonymous- May 2, 2009 at 10:18 am
So no sengoku coverage that card kicked ass.