“I’m just saying that teachers should stop being so greedy, make some sacrifices for the common good. I mean really, full dental? That just seems like–hey, why are you guys looking at me like that?” -Lyman Good, on the state of the economy.
Bellator Fighting Championships premiered last night on MTV2 with its first broadcast of the fourth season with the full quarterfinal lineup in the welterweight division, aiming to come in like a lion on the new network. Bellator’s welterweights are possibly the most talented weight class for BFC, and the matchups looked to be pure dynamite, at least on paper. Well, the field is narrowed down to the four semifinalists, with one upset, one awkward stoppage, and an undercard fight that stole the show from everyone. Curious?
Well, of course you’re curious–you watched that other promotion’s show last night, and you have no idea what happened. Lyman “Cyborg” Good could’ve changed his name to Cyrax and developed a Fatality, and you’d be none the wiser because some old guy was fighting some Brazilian guy for some belt that no one can hold onto. Whatevs, brah. I’ll fill you in this time, but you may want to tune in for Bellator XXXVI. I hear Johnny Cage is showing up.
In the first tournament bout of 2011, Brent Weedman and Dan Hornbuckle led the broadcast with a three round rematch of a fight Hornbuckle won on NYE 2006. Hornbuckle lost to current welterweight champ Ben Askren, and revenge was on his agenda for this season, while Weedman looked to upset the veteran and put the rest of the field on notice.
In a close fight, Weedman ended the first and second threatening the Handler with submissions, stealing both rounds on the judges’ scorecards, and netted a unanimous decision. Weedman will advance to the semis, and Hornbuckle will have to deal with another tough decision loss.
It was not exactly “judo vs judo” for the second quarterfinal, with Jimmy Wallhead matched up with Rick Hawn. Both decorated judo players, Hawn and Wallhead have added impressive striking to their years of experience in the clinch to become mixed martial artists. Neither fighter seemed in a hurry to grapple, though, turning in a three round striking affair.Wallhead was expected to have the edge in the striking department, but Hawn has made incredible progress with his boxing.
The two stood and traded for fifteen minutes, and Hawn impressed with excellent head movement, slipping more punches and landing more often. The judges unanimously awarded Hawn with his tenth win, and the undefeated Olympian moves on the the next round.
After Steve Carl withdrew for the tourney due to injury, Bellator invited Anthony “The Recipe” Lapsley (“The Recipe”?) to take his place for a crack at odds-on favorite to win the whole shebang, Jay Hieron. Hieron was stoked to be in a promotion that would let him fight more than twice a year, and he’s not shy about decrying the politics in other organizations. All he has to do is win, and the Thoroughbred intends to win, win, win, all the way to the welterweight strap.
Hieron was fully in control the entire fight, and sank a nasty-looking rear naked toward the end of the first round. Lapsley was face down and deep in trouble as Hieron cranked his head farther than it really should go, and ref Josh Rosenthal halted the action before Lapsley’s head could pop off. Lapsley invoked the “What the fuck is your problem?” rule, pointing out that he was far from dreaming, while Rosenthal explained that he did in fact appear to be dreaming, and that he was unresponsive when Rosenthal tugged on his arm. Here’s what you need to know:
1) It was an early stoppage.
2) Lapsley wasn’t getting out of that shit.
Hieron cruises into the semis, and Lapsley can expect an invititation back for a redeeming fight later.
The last televised bout wrapped up the tournament action, pitting former champ Lyman Good against Chris “The Cleveland Assassin” Lozano in a three round sparring session. Good had no problem putting knuckles on Lozano, particularly in the second round, when he stung Lozano with a combo that initiated swelling around Lozano’s left eye. Curiously, Good didn’t turn up the heat to end the fight immediately, even though Lozano was squinting heavily. Good notched up the aggressiveness in round three a bit, but Lozano survived to take his first loss via unanimous decision. Good has the tools, but we hope he returns with a bit more killer instinct in the semis.
All these decisions left little room on the broadcast for the undercard fights, which included women’s 115-pound champ Zoila Frausto in non-title action against Carina Hallinan at 125 pounds. Frausto won a split decision when the two debuted against one another two years ago, and she clearly wanted a stoppage win to shut people up about some questionable decisions she may have picked up en route to the women’s championship last year. There was no KO, but Frausto left no question as to who was the better fighter, damaging Hallinan throughout and scoring a unanimous decision.
Also on the undercard, Waachiim NightWolf SPIRITWOLF took a split decision win over Jaime Jara in a bloody three-round scrap that was the highlight of the evening. Still looking for a video to embed for that one. BTW, Mortal Kombat!!!!
Brandon Bender defeats Josh Herrick via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round 1 (3:42)
Paul Ruiz defeats Jesus Castro via TKO (Punches) in Round 1 (1:17)
Waachiim Spiritwolf defeats Jaime Jara via Decision (Split) in Round 3 (5:00)
Zoila Frausto defeats Karina Hallinan via Decision (Unanimous) in Round 3 (5:00)
Brent Weedman defeats Dan Hornbuckle via Decision (Unanimous) in Round 3 (5:00)
Rick Hawn defeats Jim Wallhead via Decision (Unanimous) in Round 3 (5:00)
Jay Hieron defeats Anthony Lapsley via Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round 1 (3:39)
Lyman Good defeats Chris Lozano via Decision (Unanimous) in Round 3 (5:00)