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Bellator XIV Quick Results…


(The gruesome end of Curran vs. Ricci. All four tournament fights from last night’s event ended in stoppages. Video courtesy of YouTube.com/BellatorMMA.)

…are waiting for you after the jump.


WW Quarterfinal Match
Ben Askren def. Ryan Thomas via technical submission (guillotine choke), 2:40 of round 1
The ending of this fight was somewhat controversial. The referee stopped the fight after asking Thomas if he was okay and getting no response. (We’re not sure how he *could* have responded, considering the position he was in.) Thomas never tapped, and immediately protested the stoppage.

FW Quarterfinal Match
Wilson Reis def. Shad Lierley via submission (rear-naked choke), 3:33 of round 3

LW Quarterfinal Matches
Toby Imada def. James Krause via submission (armbar), 2:24 of round 2
Pat Curran def. Mike Ricci via KO, 3:01 of round 1
Imada and Curran join Roger Huerta and Carey Vanier in the lightweight tournament semi-finals. Matchups will be announced next week.

"Local Feature Fight Card"
Louis Taylor def. Ryan Sturdy via TKO, 1:08 of round 1
Felice Herrig def. Jessica Rakoczy via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)
Bryan Goldsby def. Jeff Curran via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

Note: Jonatas Novaes pulled out of his scheduled fight against Daniel Straus due to illness.

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Almost North- April 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm
Some one tell me why this weeks free bellator event wasn't better than UFC 112. Please.
ReX13- April 16, 2010 at 10:40 am
Jimbo>> We all know that hindsight (and slow motion replay) are 20/20. I absolutely agree that the ref does the best he can and errs on the side of safety. It was an unfortunate stoppage for all three men in the cage.
jimbonics- April 16, 2010 at 10:08 am
If the ref is asking you about your status, you'd better respond somehow. He didn't. One of the refs responsibilities is to ensure the safety of the fighter(s) the best they can. As a ref, I wouldn't have been as concerned with homie going to sleep as much as homie getting a crushed larynx or some shit.
superflat- April 16, 2010 at 8:33 am
Yeah, agreed -- stoppage was a robbery. And it's bunk to say Thomas was going to tap -- the choke was a bit awkward and Thomas had only been in it for about a second when the ref stopped it. He could have spun out of it or wrenched himself free.
fiveforfive- April 16, 2010 at 8:26 am
The dude closed his eyes and completely stopped moving. Even if he was saving up to rage out at just the right moment, it was a poor strategy.
Vanilla Guerilla- April 16, 2010 at 8:17 am
Askren's striking looks piss poor, but there is no denying his wrestling is phenomenal. He had that choke deep with plenty of time left, Thomas was going to tap/pass out eventually (not saying the stoppage wasn't early).
ReX13- April 16, 2010 at 7:10 am
Jimbo>> i saw dude's eyes closed, but not rolled back. Either way, he looked pretty frisky when Askren released the hold. Like i said though, i'm not sure he would have gotten out anyway. Incidentally, not overly impressed with Ben "The next big thing" Askren so far. We'll see.

And yeah, the head whip to the mat and follow-up punches were brutal. Ricci got knocked retarted.
HotPotato- April 16, 2010 at 7:07 am
Daaaaaaamn...
jimbonics- April 16, 2010 at 6:54 am
And that KO punch Curran threw wasn't as nasty as the next one with homeboy on the mat.
jimbonics- April 16, 2010 at 6:50 am
I saw the choke from a different angle on the replay, and homeboys eyes looked like they were rolled back in his head. Given how deep the choke was cinched, that he gave no response at all, (a thumbs up would've sufficed), I say it was an OK stoppage. Nay, a correct stoppage.
MMA Mafia- April 16, 2010 at 6:40 am
I like how during the announcements (for Imada) how they reminded us of that sick sub he had last fight.

They should do that for all fights, good or bad. I'd love to hear Chuck Liddell's. Can anyone give me a good rendition???
peanutbuttter- April 16, 2010 at 6:18 am
Patty MIKE!
ReX13- April 16, 2010 at 5:59 am
Ben>> Does the "What the fuck are you doing?" rule apply in subs? If it does, that stoppage wasn't controversial, it was straight up wrong.



I'm a little upset that Imada didn't invent a new sub. Probably saving it for the semis.

And Wilson Heis is entertaining. Not very technical striking, but entertaining.

Ben Askren - Ryan Thomas was an early stoppage, but i'm not sure Thomas would have escaped the sub anyway.
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