The UFC may be a bit of a mess right now, but last night’s Bellator 73 wrapped up the promotion’s Summer Series with a bang. Despite an injury to Pat Curran scrapping the initial main event of Curran vs. Patricio Freire, the event soldiered on with Attila Vegh vs. Travis Wiuff for the light-heavyweight tournament championship as the new main event.
If you asked us for a prediction beforehand, we probably would have told you that Vegh is too small and one-dimensional to stop Travis Wiuff from laying on top of him for most of the fight. It wouldn’t be pretty, but it’d earn Wiuff a well-deserved rematch against Bellator light-heavyweight champion Christian M’Pumbu. Well, good thing you never asked us, because we’d feel pretty stupid right about now.
Wiuff can’t implement his trademark pit-and-quit offense before Vegh finds his head with a huge right hand. A few more follow-up punches for good measure, and Attila Vegh is now the Summer Series Light-Heavyweight Tournament Champion. Something tells me that the eventual clash between Vegh and M’Pumbu won’t last too long.
Also of note, Marcos Galvao took home the bantamweight tournament championship with a convincing second round TKO over former training partner Luis Nogueira. After a close first round that saw Galvao use some vicious knees from the clinch against Nogueira to possibly steal the round, Galvao began to pull away with the fight throughout the second using his superior reach. Once Galvao was able to get Nogueira to the ground, the fight ended as Galvao took Nogueira’s back and unloaded some heavy elbows. Eduardo Dantas will be fighting Marcos Galvao in the near future for the Bellator Bantamweight Championship.