Bellator made an all action debut to their first Summer Series on Spike, with all four main card matches and all four tournament matches ending via knockout and a total of nine from thirteen bouts ending in a stoppage.
This is going to be well worth checking out when it makes its UK TV debut on VIVA at 10pm on Friday night.
The big stories from the night were Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal returning to winning ways with a brutal guard pass KO of Seth Petruzelli that you really need to seek out, Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral being stopped in the third by Jacob Noe and subsequently announcing his retirement while Vitaly Minakov and late alternate Ryan Martinez also scored first round knockout victories in their Heavyweight semi final matches.
This gives us tourney finals of Lawal vs. Noe and Minakov vs. Martinez, both likely to go down at Bellator 98 in August.
• Muhammed Lawal def. Seth Petruzelli via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 1:35 – light-heavyweight tournament opening round
• Jacob Noe def. Renato Sobral via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:32 – light-heavyweight tournament opening round
• Vitaly Minakov def. Ron Sparks via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:32 – heavyweight-tournament opening round
• War Machine def. Blas Avena via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:55
• Chas Skelly def. Jarrod Card via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
• Keith Berry def. Cortez Coleman via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
• Mike Maldonado def. Chavous Smith via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:27
• Damon Jackson def. Keith Miner via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:00
• Raphael Butler def. Jeremiah O’Neal via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:57
• Ryan Martinez def. Rich Hale via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:19 – heavyweight-tournament opening round
• Brandon Halsey def. Joe Yager via split decision (30-28, 28-30, 30-28)
• Derek Campos def. Brandon Girtz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
• Justin McNally def. Steven Artoff via verbal submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:44