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Soto Upsets Reis, Reyes KTFO’s Payan in Bellator Featherweight Semis


(Another Bellator show, another epic finish. Yahir Reyes FTW. Video courtesy of youtube.com/BellatorMMA.)

Bellator Fighting Championships‘ sixth installment went down Friday night in Robstown, Texas, featuring the two semi-final fights of their featherwight bracket — both of which produced shocking results. Undefeated tournament favorite Wilson Reis ate his first career loss in an upset against rising star Joe Soto, who stuffed Reis’ takedowns and kept the fight standing where he had the advantage. Soto outstruck Reis to a comfortable unanimous decision, earning the right to face the night’s other big winner, Yahir Reyes, in the tourney’s featherweight finals. Reyes withstood an aggressive showing early on by opponent Estevan Payan — who missed weight by over three pounds — before knocking him into last month with a brilliant spinning-backfist.

Full results from the event are after the jump…


Featherweight tournament semi-finals
- Joe Soto def. Wilson Reis via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
- Yahir Reyes def. Estevan Payan via KO (spinning backfist), 1:56 of round 2

Non-tournament bouts
- (FW) Luis Palomino def. Nick Gonzalez via TKO (strikes), 2:13 of round 1
- (MW) Bubba McDaniel def. Chris Spicer via submission (rear-naked choke), 2:53 of round 1
- (FW) Roberto Vargas def. Daniel Pineda via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- (FW) Jose Santibanez def. Dustin Phillips via submission (rear-naked choke), 3:34 of round 1
- (WW) Hector Urbina def. Ira Boyd via TKO (leg injury), 0:19 of round 1

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?CM- May 11, 2009 at 9:30 am
you are trying to be me you fag, get your own name. I am the real SCM and you are just a joke, get lost and stop following me
SCM- May 11, 2009 at 8:33 am
Dont try and be me you fucking tool. You arent fooling anyone.
CAPS LOCK HAL_13- May 11, 2009 at 4:10 am
SO WHO WANTS TO TALK?
?CM- May 10, 2009 at 9:48 pm
@Blimpkin
dude, never mind T1. He is now the biggest fag on this website ever since CAPS LOCK HAL left. All he does is trolls and acts stupid saying gay stuff and trying to provoke other users. Just ignore this douche and he will go away enentually. And by the way you are right, the comments now are pretty dull. Even HAL's trolling was more exciting than what happens now. All this MMA talk comes down to is some guys saying "this was a nice shot" and then 20 guys saying the same shit and some other guys saying random stuff. No discussions or anything, just some random fucktard idiots like T1 trying to look cool and failing. CP just became boring, that's all.
Blumpkin- May 10, 2009 at 8:30 pm
i guess you must be a /b/tard to know what /b/tard forums are cause i have no idea what your talking about...
T1- May 10, 2009 at 7:33 pm
Blumpkin, perhaps you'd feel more @ home back in the /b/tard forums?


just sayin'
Blumpkin- May 10, 2009 at 7:26 pm
i Miss the old Action of the comments :-( so slow and boring now...
Scott- May 10, 2009 at 6:12 pm
Awesome knock out. Horrible rubber guard though.
ImaAssSpankMe- May 10, 2009 at 5:49 pm
Holy fuck. That spinning back fist was so pretty it looked like it came right out of a Hollywood movie. I really need to get caught up on all these other promotions. I'm simply missing too much action by restricting myself to the UFC and Affliction.
Blumpkin- May 10, 2009 at 3:41 pm
id Bone Jones and it would be Quite Impressive.
BuckWild- May 10, 2009 at 3:40 pm
Bones Jones's was more impressive !
Miles- May 10, 2009 at 3:30 pm
wow best spinning back elbow i've ever seen
?CM- May 10, 2009 at 3:12 pm
mmm, blumpkins
classicwater- May 10, 2009 at 1:43 pm
I still can't watch a spinning backfist KO without thinking about granny panties.
Blumpkin- May 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm
Spinning back Fists are not as cool as Reverse Blumpkins!
Snuffy- May 10, 2009 at 11:51 am
wow, thats a sick spinning backfist. Love how he sets it up with a fake kick.
Goog- May 10, 2009 at 11:42 am
I got my mom one of those for Mother's Day. I'm going to give it to her tonight at the Olive Garden when she comes back from the bathroom.
SCM- May 10, 2009 at 11:30 am
Change your name noob.
?CM- May 10, 2009 at 10:54 am
wow, epic spinning hellbow of distructive caranage
I Work At Initech- May 10, 2009 at 10:54 am
Somewhere on "lawn guyland" The Terra is clapping, hoping that he will not longer be the poster boy for the effectiveness of a spinning back fist!
TheRealKadumel- May 10, 2009 at 10:19 am
This was a huge disapointting card for the Texas boys. All 3 of the Texas favorites lost : ( Urbina made Ira Boyd, who fights out of 10th Planet in Waxahachie, supposedly rolled his ankle in the locker room prior to getting out there and fighting. Spicer getting knocked out, and what they didn't talk about was I think it was Hector Munoz who came in [b]10 pounds[/b] overweight and tried to cut down then had to goto the hospital that day for dehydration.
PHELPS- May 10, 2009 at 9:54 am
It sounded ugly. Turn the volume up on this one... ouch
NinJay- May 10, 2009 at 9:25 am
Beautiful shot. I am loving the round ring without the angle point the octagon has.
BeastUnleashed- May 10, 2009 at 9:04 am
Holy hell. That was insane.
Clyde- May 10, 2009 at 8:51 am
Looks like it was the forearm/elbow but either way, great finish. Can't argue with the having another youtube clip prediction either, although pretty much every knockout caught on film will show up there sooner or later.

BTW, screw you for demanding punctuation in my password CP.

But Yay for the lack of trolls! The biggest problem with free speech is that people use it when they've got nothing to say.
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