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Puzzling Knockout of the Day: Richard Hale Knocks Out Thiago Santos at Bellator 79

The main event of last night’s Bellator 79 produced one of the oddest instances of an athlete giving up mid-contest since Bob Hamelin retired during a minor league baseball game. Santos dominates the fight from the beginning, rocking him with early combinations and controlling him on the ground. Yet as the fighters are separated, Santos takes out his mouth guard and appears disinterested in continuing. A few half-assed punches later, Hale counters Santos, who drops to the canvas and turtles up until the fight is waived off.

Was this just a case of Thiago Santos having conditioning issues? Probably, although gassing out halfway through the first round is pathetic even at the amateur levels. Is Richard Hale’s striking just that underrated? Maybe – Santos lost a tooth during the fight, which explains why his mouth was bleeding, although don’t ask me to point out the punch that caused it. Regardless of the reason, Hale earned a victory last night because Santos essentially gave up during the fight, and will now face the winner of  Vinicius Queiroz vs. Alexander Volkov for the promotion’s heavyweight championship

After the jump – Shahbulat Shamhalaev knocks out Mike Richman at Bellator 79 in a far more traditional fashion.

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Clyde- November 5, 2012 at 5:14 am
The Jacob Ortiz game plan was pretty mental. When your opponent has won his last two by really nasty looking knockout, you'd thing step one of your playbook would be protecting your face. And his dad was a professional boxer? Probably not best pleased with that...
Mr_Misanthropy- November 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm
Oh yeah, Hale got owned until dude gave up.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm
Shabulat "Shamba Lamba Ding Dong" Shambalaev is a beast.

Speaking of amateur hour howzabout Jacob Ortiz leading with his face all night? Kid could take a beating but it was painful to watch. It looked like he thought if he could just hit Lima's fist with his face hard enough the shockwave would travel back up his arm and rattle his brain.
fightfan- November 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm
I bet Hale is quite embarrased after seeing he had NOTHING to do with earning that victory. Santos is just a kid who has never seen adversity. After the break, he tried quitting by showing Big Dan he had a lost a tooth. Then 5 seconds later he simply dropped and turtled up till Dan forced to stop it. So Rich cut the "your a kiler act" after Santos gave u an easy win. Anyone with with half a heart wouldnt of let a loose tooth bother him
mma4ever- November 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm
He was one nutshot away from victory but porky couldn't dig deep ....fucking slob
Ani703- November 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm
I think this was just a case of Santos deciding halfway through the round, "Ya know what, I really want a fucking burrito right now."
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