Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bellator 41 Results and Leftovers

Bellator 41 will surely go down in the Bellator annals as one of their most memorable shows. With no Zuffa-owned scheduling competition or Viacom programming issues in sight, the event proved that Bellator is still a relevant, heavy-hitter on the major MMA scene.

The main event was both electrifying and controversial. Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren defeated two-time BJJ world champ Marcos in a non-title superfight. The bout, which took place at a catchweight of 137 lbs., ended with Warren earning a questionable unanimous decision victory. Galvao did a great job of stymieing Joe Warren's Greco-Roman game. He clearly outwrestled Warren, a 2006 Greco-Roman Wrestling World Champion, in the first round. Throughout the bout, several of Warren's throw attempts ended with Galvao landing on top. Also, the few times Galvao was taken down, he stayed active, throwing punches and elbows from the guard. There were a few instances when Galvao grabbed the fence, however his overall strategy worked -- dropping his hips and sitting on the cage. This plan made it difficult for Warren to execute throws. It actually forced him to work harder for the throw, requiring more power and energy to pull Galvao off of the cage. A few flying Galvao knees should've scored some points on the judge's cards too. At any rate, the more active, offensive fighter lost. This bout proved that bad judging syndrome is still highly contagious, and apparently there's no worthwhile solution in sight.

Another non-title superfight paired Bellator Bantamweight Champion Zach Makovsky against US Marine veteran Chad Robichaux. It appeared that this bout would go the full three rounds, with Robichaux staying the course with the Bellator champion. However, Makovsky outdid his opponent in all scoring categories, delivering on the feet, and keeping the Texas fighter pinned to the mat and isolated with effective side control positioning. Makovsky went on to defeat Chad Robichaux by way of TKO in the third round.

Bellator 41 also presented two featherweight tournament semifinals bouts. Frankly, I feel like the tournament brackets were a bit lopsided -- set up to pit a veteran fighter against a newcomer, but who listens to a guy who lives in his grandmother's smelly basement?

The first semis fight showed Daniel Straus taking it to fellow up-and-comer Kenny Foster. Strauss a Cincinnati representative, dominated Foster, leading the way for a third round submission win via guillotine choke. On a side note, maybe it's the hairstyle or the relentless fighting style, but I can't help to think about how much this guy reminds me of Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett. Rather, I like to think of him as a disciplined, more focused, conditioned version of Kid Khaos (hopefully).

The second featherweight semifinals bout pitted two veterans in Patricio Freire and Wilson Reis. It was the second time the two BJJ black belts have met. Last year Friere defeated Reis in the semifinals of the inaugural Bellator featherweight tournament. This year's rematch would have the same outcome. Freire and Reis tussled, engaging in a lot of clinch work for the better of three rounds. Reis worked his takedown game in the second round, but the "Pitbull" kept it standing in the third when he switchedto a southpaw stance, setting up a flurry of combinations that sent Wilson Reis to the canvas.

Patricio Freire and Daniel Straus will face off in the championship round of Bellator's second featherweight tournament.

A kickass evening of Bellator on MTV2, nonetheless. And your official results are served below...

OFFICIAL BELLATOR 41 RESULTS
Bellator Fighting Championships 41
April 16, 2011
Cocopah Resort and Casino,
Yuma, Arizona

Televised Main Card (MTV2)
Joe Warren def. Marcos Galvao via unanimous decision
Zach Makovsky def. Chad Robichaux via TKO, R3 (2:02)
Patricio "Pitbull" Freire def. Wilson Reis via KO, R3 (3:29)
Daniel Straus def. Kenny Foster via guillotine submission, R3 (3:48)

Preliminary Card
Carlos Flores def. Rudy Aguilar via TKO (punches), R1 (1:19)
Anthony Birchak def. Tyler Bialecki via submission (Brabo Choke), R1 (4:06)
Brendan Tierney def. Dano Moore via submission (arm bar), R1 (0:49)
Nick Piedmont def. Michael Parker via split decision

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