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Videos: Curran and Petruzelli Deliver Highlight Reel KOs at Bellator 48

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So while we’re waiting on KarmaAteMyCat to deliver some videos from last night’s Bellator 48, let’s talk about the action, shall we? With all of the excitement from last night’s event, it only makes sense to start with Cole Konrad vs. Paul Buentello. Yes, they fought. Yes, Cole Konrad won in unspectacular fashion. Yes, we can now stop talking about this fight.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was Pat Curran’s dramatic head kick knockout of former Sengoku champion Marlon Sandro. Despite being in trouble early on, Pat Curran kept his composure and unleashed a brutal roundhouse kick. With his victory, Pat Curran becomes the first fighter to win a Bellator tournament in two different weight classes. I’m not sure what I’m looking forward to more: Pat Curran’s inevitable clash with Joe Warren, or the confused look on his banker’s face when he tries to cash that oversized check.


Seth Petruzelli also surprised everyone with his dominant performance against Ricco Rodriguez.  Petruzelli managed to forge the black belt grappler into a striking contest, eventually culminating with a hard right hand to Ricco’s jaw. According to, Petruzelli more than likely secured a spot in next season’s light-heavyweight tournament. Given last season’s light-heavyweights, Petruzelli has to be an early favorite to challenge Christian M’Pumbu for Bellator’s light-heavyweight title. If it works out that way, it’ll be a good test for both fighters. As for Ricco Rodriguez, he vows that he isn’t going back to can crushing and plans on fighting for Bellator again. Whether he gets another chance with the promotion or not is to be seen.

Full results, courtesy of

Main Card

Pat Curran def. Marlon Sandro via KO (head kick) – Round 2, 4:00 (featherweight-tourney finale)
Champ Cole Konrad def. Paul Buentello via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) (heavyweight non-title fight)
Seth Petruzelli def. Ricco Rodriguez via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:21
Rene Nazare def. Juan Barrantes via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00

Preliminary Card

Jeff Nader def. Dan Cramer via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:04
Nik Fekete def. Mark Griffin via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:12
Andrew Calandrelli def. Matt Nice via submission (keylock) – Round 1, 3:55
Ryan Quinn def. Brett Oteri via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:48
Saul Almeida def. Tateki Matsuda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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MMAposeur- August 22, 2011 at 10:48 am
Petruzelli did look good, but who has Rodriguez beat recently? Maybe if he gets the Bellator strap he can get more credit.
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2Dogs- August 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm
People should give petruzelli more credit. cause he is starting to be a giant killer. I dont know about you alls, but stepping in and killing Kimbo was one thing, but this prefermance is another...just sayin the guy has gusto.
Todd M- August 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm
RWR +1
I will never underestimate Pat Curran again, Great win for him. Also, sure the Konrad/Buentello match was pretty shite but I was impressed with Konrad's jab, always good to see a high level wrestler working on his striking
danomite- August 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm
I like how seth finished him off with the ol' double axe-handle smash.
RwilsonR- August 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm
As for Ricco Rodriguez, he vows that he isn't going back to can crushing and plans on fighting for Bellator again."
I'm not really sure how the two parts of that sentence are consistent with one another.
XENOPHON- August 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm
Jimmy Smith is a fairly good announcer.
Ricco needs to both get in shape and work on that standup, it was was awful.
Hinarf- August 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm
The main fights had fat idiots in them. Why are those guys even fighting? There is food at a buffet that's spoiling.
FightZen- August 21, 2011 at 11:10 am
I'd have to questions the mental stability of someone follow @freefights on twitter and NOT expecting to get caught...
rngeorgeh- August 21, 2011 at 10:06 am
Actually, Curran was the better striker from a technical standpoint; Sandro was just busier.
KarmaAteMyCat- August 21, 2011 at 9:58 am
That fight was insane because Curran was losing both the rounds 10-9. It was certainly impressive and it just reminds us that its not over till its over so.
DangadaDang- August 21, 2011 at 9:55 am
Curran v Warren: Battle of the guys who were getting picked apart until absolutely destroying the better striker via KO. It seems kinda long but I think its catchy.