Bellator Fighting Championships (Bellator) is set to kick-off its first show ever from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., tonight (April 3), featuring the opening round of its featherweight (145 pounds) and lightweight (155 pounds) tournaments.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of the tournament bouts, beginning at around 8 p.m. ET. In addition, we will deliver up-to-the-minute quick results of all the under card action as it happens.
Many of our readers check-in before, during and after the broadcast to share their thoughts on the action. Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps and post-fight analysis after "Bellator I."
Without further delay, see below for the latest Bellator I results (Note that this will not be televised live -- ESPN Deportes will air the action via tape delay on April 4):
BELLATOR I QUICK RESULTS:
Jorge Masvidal defeats Nick Agallar via technical knockout (strikes) in round one to advance to the second round of the lightweight tournament
Eddie Alvarez defeats Greg Loughran via submission (guillotine choke) in round one to advance to the second round of the lightweight tournament
Yahir Reyes defeats Nick Gonzalez via submission (rear naked choke) in round one to advance to the second round of the featherweight tournament
Estevan Payan defeats Luis Palomino via split decision to advance to the second round of the featherweight tournament
Joe Soto defeats Ben Greer via technical knockout (strikes) in round one to advance to the second round of the featherweight tournament
Toby Imada defeats Alonzo Martinez via submission (rear naked choke) in round one to advance to the second round of the lightweight tournament
Jonathan Brookins defeats Steven Ledbetter via submission (rear naked choke) in round one
Lorenzo Borgomeo defeats Daniel Morales via submission (rear naked choke) in round three
James Brasco defeats Kevin Abrante via submission (armbar) in round one
Moses Gabon defeats Chris Decaro via submission (triangle choke) in round one
Gary Padila defeats Daniel Sarafien via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
BELLATOR I BLOW-BY-BLOW LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
Here we go ... finally some tournament action!
Lightweight Grand Prix Opening Round Bouts (155-pound limit)
Nick Agallar vs. Jorge Masvidal
Round one: Masvidal -- the hometown favorite -- comes out to the center of the cage to the roar of the crowd. Agallar looks like he wants nothing to do with this fight ... like he'd much rather be some place else. Just like that Masvidal drops him with one punch and Agallar covers up to avoid the incoming barrage. Masvidal unloads, throwing about 9,000 punches while Agallar's head bounces of the canvas like a speed bag. Finally, the referee comes to the rescue and stops the fight. What a mismatch. Masvidal scores a punishing technical knockout in less than 90 seconds against an opponent who appeared to be looking for a way out.
Final result: Jorge Masvidal defeats Nick Agallar via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Eddie Alvarez vs. Greg Loughran
Round one: Both fighters come out guns blazing, trading a flurry of hooks. Loughran drops Alvarez to a knee with a BIG punch. He pushes the Irishman up against the cage to get his bearings. He pulls back to unload, but again, Loughran gets the better of the exchanges. This is a BRAWL! Loughran nails Alvarez with a knee and the two begin to slow down. Alvarez finally gets Loughran up against the cage and trips him. Alvarez, sitting on Loughran's thighs, then grabs his head and goes for a guillotine choke. Loughran is sitting, with his back trapped against the cage, and can't move with the Philly native on top of him. He has no choice but to tap. Alvarez holds on a little while longer just for good measure. That was very scary in the early going for Alvarez, but he once again showed his chin and grit to storm back and get the big win ... complete with flying back flip off the top of the cage when all was said and done.
Final result: Eddie Alvarez defeats Greg Loughran via submission (guillotine choke) in round one
Alonzo Martinez vs. Toby Imada
Round one: Martinez comes out with a high kick that Imada blocks. They hit the ground but both end up pressed against the fence. Feeling each other out on the feet ... Martinez misses with a spinning backfist. Imada capitalizes, taking him down and landing in side control. Martinez lands a very nice upkick, which aggravates Imada who rains down punches while standing. He closes the gap and lands in Martinez' full guard. Imada now working for side control. He gets it and Martinez rolls to all fours to try and escape. He rolls again, but this time right into a rear naked choke. Both hooks are in ... Martinez taps! Imada takes home the submission win.
Final result: Toby Imada defeats Alonzo Martinez via submission (rear naked choke) in round one
Featherweight Grand Prix Opening Round Bouts (145-pound limit)
Nick Gonzalez vs. Yahir Reyes
Round one: Both fighters come out a little frenetic, looking to establish authority. Reyes swings and misses with a wild right. Gonzalez manages to get close enough and takes the fight to the mat. Reyes, however, is able to get back to his feet real quick. Gonzalez appears to stun Reyes with a knee, but not for long -- Reyes answers with a one-two jab combination that puts Gonzales on his keester. Reyes then races to meet Gonzalez on the floor to secure a fight-ending rear naked choke. Wow! That was fast. Nice upset.
Final result: Yahir Reyes defeats Nick Gonzalez via submission (rear naked choke) in round one
Estevan Payan vs. Luis Palomino
Round one: Payan starts the action with a stiff left jab. He follows it up with a right kick to the head. Both fighters now circling not doing much. Palomino misses with a short left hook. Crowd begins to boo. Payan lands a kick to the left tit of Palomino. More booing. Palomino throws a flurry that hits nothing but air. He finally lands a nice short left hook. And another ... and another! He's swinging for the fences now. Back to circling in the center of the cage. Palomino is bleeding heavily out of his nose ... it looks like he's having real trouble breathing. Palomino lands a big left-right, and then another blow that knocks Payan down. He recovers fast and is up on his feet instantly. Palomino misses another big punch and Payan makes him pay, flooring him with a powerful right. Round ends before Payan can finish. Palomino saved by the bell!
Round two: Round two starts off just like the first ... cautious. Payan throws a high kick that misses. Palomino appears to be playing keep away. He finally engages and knocks Payan off balance with a blow to the body. Another high kick from Payan that is blocked. Here come the boos ... and on cue here comes the action -- both fighters trade nice shots. Palomino lands a low kick that nearly takes Payan off his feet. Palomino throwing haymakers but nothing is finding its mark. Payan now appears to be on the defensive. Palomino's right eye now appears to be closing shut. Round ends with the fighters in the clinch, thorwing punches trying to steal it. Very hard to score that one.
Round three: Both fighters appear to still have lots of ebergy, bouncing across the cage. Payan misses with another head kick. And another. Time for the boos. Palomino is stalking Payan and nails him with a short left hook. He's backing Payan into the cage, but Payan wisely escapes. Payan keeps throwing that high kick, but it just isn't landing. He lands a nice kick to the belly of Palomino. Palomino still pushing the pace but just can't seem to get anything going. Palomino is complaining about an inadvertent eye poke but the referee encourages him to keep going. Both fighters finally exchange in a flurry but not much happens. Bell rings to end the action. The crowd seems relieved -- not much going on in that one.
Final result: Estevan Payan defeats Luis Palomino via split decision
Joe Soto vs. Ben Greer
Round one: Both fighters come out very tentative to start the fight. After some initial feeling out, Soto grabs for a leg and pushes for the takedown, but Greer defends. They work back toward the center of the cage and trade big right hands. Soto goes for a whizzer and nails it and then Greer once he has him on the ground. He quickly secures full mount. Greer rolls and gives up his back. Soto takes it and sinks in the hooks. He's high, making it hard to sink in the rear naked choke. Greer eventually escapes onto his back, but Soto starts drilling him with unanswered rights. The referee has no choice but to jump in and save Greer. Soto scores a technical knockout.
Final result: Joe Soto defeats Ben Greer via technical knockout (strikes) in round one