Bellator Fighting Championships returns TONIGHT (March 6, 2012) to The Horseshow Casino in Hammond, Ind., with a title fight and a fresh tournament.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 60 below, beginning with the MTV2 telecast at 8 p.m. ET. In addition, we'll deliver up-to-the-minute quick results of all the undercard action much earlier in the evening.
Headlining the main event will be a featherweight title fight as Bellator 145 pound champion Joe Warren looks to defend his title for the first time against rising promotional star Pat Curran, who was victorious in the 2011 Summer Series tournament.
The remainder of the main card will be the Bellator season six featherweight tournament quarterfinals. There was some drama yesterday as Brazilian Genair da Silva failed to make weight and was removed from the season six 145 pound field. Stepping in his place will be Bellator season four featherweight semifinalist Kenny Foster. Da Silva instead will face Foster's opponent, Bobby Reardanz, who also failed to make weight.
Foster will battle Alexandre "Popo" Bezerra while heavy-handed veteran Marlon Sandro takes on Roberto Vargas. Also on the main card, season four featherweight finalist Daniel Straus battles undefeated prospect Jeremy Spoon and well-rounded British fighter Ronnie Mann steps into the cage against on wrestler Mike Corey.
Complete Bellator 60 results and play-by-play are after the jump:
Main Card (MTV2)
145 lb. title: Pat Curran def. Joe Warren via knockout at 1:25 of round 3
145 lbs.: Daniel Straus def. Jeremy Spoon via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Mike Corey def. Ronnie Mann via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Marlon Sandro def. Roberto Vargas via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:35 of round 1
145 lbs.: Alexandre Bezerra def. Kenny Foster via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:57 of round 2
Preliminary Card (Spike.com)
135 lbs.: Jake Nauracy def. Cory Galloway via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:22 of round 2
215 lbs.: Travis Wiuff def. Anthony Gomez via unanimous decision
280 lbs.: Sean McCorkle def. Richard White via submission (neck crank) at 1:02 of round 1
165 lbs.: Josh Shockley def. Shamar Bailey via unanimous decision
149 lbs.: Genair da Silva def. Bobby Reardanz via TKO at 0:51 of round 3
Hemmi here! I'll be providing live play-by-play of the main card.
145 lb. title: Joe Warren vs. Pat Curran
Round one: Warren shoots in and scores a takedown immediately but Curran is scrambling back to his feet. Curran has a big body lock on Curran and he's trying to drag him to the ground but Curran is defending for now. Warren is hanging on with a ton of pressure and Curran turns into him, now he presses Warren into the fence. Warren throws a knee and then another and Curran fires back with a big right hand. They clinch and Warren throws a knee before changing levels and attempting a takedown. Curran scrambles but Warren has a back body lock. Curran twists free and whiffs with a flying knee. Warren closes the distance again looking for the takedown and he's got Curran wrapped up once more. Warren briefly puts Curran on the ground but Curran pops back to his feet again. Warren is relentless with these takedown attempts but Curran makes him back off as they reset. Warren lands an inside leg kick and Curran crushes him with a huge head kick! Warren is in trouble and Curran swarms him with the kitchen sink! Curran throws a big punch, then a flying knee but somehow Warren hangs in there. Warren seems to have recovered but damn he was in some serious trouble there briefly. Warren closes the distance but eats a shot uppercut from Curran for his trouble. Warren shoots in for a takedown and eats a huge knee but he finishes the takedown. He hangs out on Curran's back until the final bell. 10-9 Curran because of that nearly fight-ending flurry.
Round two: Warren opens with an ugly spinning back kick that misses. Warren lands a nice stiff jab and then shoots in for a takedown, slamming Curran to the ground but Curran sweeps him and pops back to his feet. Curran lands a nice jab which stops Warren in his tracks but Warren fires back with a combination and closes it off with a nice leg kick. Warren shoots but gets denied. Curran lands a nice jab which snaps Warren's head back but doesn't follow up. Warren again shoots for a takedown and he's got Curran pressed into the fence. Curran is bleeding now underneath his right eye. Warren is really leaning on him here in the fence and he's able to turn the corner and drop Curran on his back. Again Curran scrambles right back to his feet, however. Curran lands a nice right hand and Warren shoots in, throwing a pair of big knees in the clinch. Warren shoots for another takedown but gets denied and Curran throws a jumping head kick as time expires but it misses. 10-9 Warren
Round three: Warren shoots in for a takedown right away but gets stuffed. Curran lands a nice uppercut inside and Warren lunges in with a telegraphed takedown attempt which is avoided easily. Curran land a big knee and Warren is really hurt, he's stunned. Curran is just teeing off on Warren against the fence. Wow, Warren is eating a TON of shots. The ref needs to stop this fight. Wow, Warren is just getting teed off on against the fence and a huge pair of uppercuts sends Warren down for good. Damn that was violent. I hope Warren is ok.
Final Result: Pat Curran defeats Joe Warren via knockout at 1:25 of round three
145 lbs.: Daniel Straus vs. Jeremy Spoon
Round one: Straus opens witha big leg kick and Spoon throws a huge hook that whiffs. Spoon throws a big right hand but Straus gets inside and he looks like he might have a stranding arm triangle and he pushes Spoon into the fence. They clinch and Spoon shrugs Straus off. Straus flashes a left hand and Spoon connects with a combination. Straus throws a left to the body and after they trade, Straus blasts Spoon with a big left hand. Straus closes the distance and scores a takedown and he's looking to pass. Corey tries to get to his feet but Straus is having none of it and postures up. Spoon flattens out looking to escape and Straus throws a knee to the body. Spoon pops to his feet and throws a low blow which halts the action. They reset and Straus looks angry. He presses forward and connects with a nice right hand and then a flying knee which has Spoon briefly rocked. They exchange and Spoon catches a body kick but can't do anything with it. HUGE leg kick from Straus reverberates through the building and he follows it with a head kick and a flurry at the end of the round that had Spoon in trouble. 10-9 Straus
Round two: Both men close the distance early and Spoon presses Straus into the fence. Spoon is working hard for the takedown but he can't get it and Straus fires back with a nice left hand and a head kick which connect solidly. Straus kicks low but they reset after a brief break in the action. Straus again goes inside with the leg kick and it lands with a thud. Straus lunges in with a left hand to the body Straus connects again and Spoon gets extremely deep on a double leg takedown attempt but somehow Straus remains upright. Spoon has him pressed into the fence, throwing some nice short knees and Straus responds with some knees of his own before reversing him and blasting Spoon with a knee to the head on the exit. Straus connects again with a huge inside leg kick and Spoon attempts a single leg but Straus' balance is amazing. They are back to work in the clinch trading knees and Spoon briefly scores a takedown. He's got Straus in a back body lock but Straus turns into him and fires off a few knees. Straus attempts a takedown and secures it. He postures up and throws some punches on the ground as Spoon is stuck against the fence. Straus throws a big axe kick to the body as time expires. 10-9 Straus
Round three: Straus throws a nice push kick to the face and he shoots in for a takedown but gets stuffed by Spoon. Spoon tries to spin to his back but Straus escapes and they're both back to their feet. Straus throws a nice right hand but Spoon explodes with a big flurry of strikes that has Straus covering up along the fence. Spoon clinches and is leaning on Straus but can't do anything with it other than throw some occasional knees. Straus pushes him off and connects with a big straight left and now he's on the offensive, looking to land big power with his hands. Spoon throws a pair of nice leg kicks but Straus seems unaffected and he's got Spoon cornered against the fence. Spoon presses forward and Straus lands a big inside leg kick. Spoon's thigh is red and raw from all those leg kicks. Spoon tries to push forward with a takedown off of a Straus body kick but he can't get it. Spoon landsa nice left hand and he again presses Straus into the fence. Spoon throws a nice combination and Straus presses forward with a huge head kick. Spoon changes levels looking for another takedown but gets stuffed. They clinch and Spoon scores a takedown as time expires. 10-9 Spoon
Final Result: Daniel Straus defeats Jeremy Spoon via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
145 lbs.: Ronnie Mann vs. Mike Corey
Round one: Mann goes into "stalk-mode" and whips a leg kick early. Corey flashes a jab and eats another leg kick. Corey closes the distance but eats some short hooks for his measure. Mann presses forward and throws a nice right hand. He backs Corey up again with a flurry and finishes it off with a nice head kick which is partially blocked. Corey closes the distance and presses Mann into the fence. He drops down for a double-leg and switches to a single before giving it up. Corey throws a nice 1-2 combo and backs Mann off with another. Mann sticks a nice lead left hand and Corey fires back with a big leg kick. Mann blasts Corey with a right hand which stuns him and then drops him as he tries to recover with another big right hand. Corey attempts an armbar from his back and pops back to his feet, throwing a wild flurry which pushes Mann back. They trade in the cage center and Corey lands a nice lead left hand. Mann throws a heavy head kick which is blocked but Corey definitely felt the impact. Corey closes the distance adn drops for a takedown, getting it. He's in Mann's half guard an ddrops some nice punches to the body and head, landing a series of hammer fists as time expires. 10-9 Mann
Round two: Mann is on his bicycle early and Corey presses forward but Mann fires off another nice leg kick. Corey pushes forward, connecting with some strong punches and Mann is on the defensive now. Corey continues to press the action and Mann counters with a right hand. Both men are firing off, landing nice shots inside and Corey shoots in, scoring a big takedown. He's in Mann's half guard and he drops some short ground and pound. Mann is stuck on his back but he retains full guard. Mann throws his legs up and he's hunting for an armbar but Corey has him stacked up and he drops some hammer fists to power out of it. Mann tries to roll and nearly attempts an inverted triangle but Corey is heavy on top of him. Corey throws some nice punches from top position as time expires. 10-9 Corey
Round three: It's all gonna come down to this round. Corey throws a nice right hand early and Mann looks a bit tentative, perhaps really concerned about the takedown. Corey connects with a nice combination and both men are trading solid strikes inside. Corey continues to press forward and he dumps Mann on his back after getting inside with his striking. He has the crowd on his side as Corey is again in Mann's half guard along the fence. Mann turns into Corey and eats a knee to the body. Corey drops some nice right hands and he continues to drop punches. Mann is completely lost right now as Corey is just too big and too strong. There's two minutes left and Mann throws his legs up to no avail. Mann's guard is wide open and Corey tries to pass it right up the middle. He continues to drop punches and he's postured up now. Mann tries to buck him off but to no avail. Mann rolls for a leg lock but Corey twists free and now has passed to side control. Corey continues to drop punches as Mann turtles. He pours it on with heavy shots as the bell sounds. That was a terrific comeback for Corey after getting dropped in the first. 10-9 Corey
Final Result: Mike Corey defeats Ronnie Mann via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
145 lbs.: Marlon Sandro vs. Roberto Vargas
Round one: Sandro takes teh center of the cage early and whiffs witha leg kick. Vargas attempts to respond but Sandro presses him backwards with some punches and kicks which don't land. Sandro connects with a solid leg kick but can't follow up with a big right hand. He throws a front kick and Vargas catches it, shooting in for a takedown but Sandro denies him. Now Sandro blasts Vargas with a right hand and then another as he swarms a stunned Vargas looking for the finish. He continues to hit Vargas and he connects with a big knee. He throws another huge knee and Vargas is in desperation mode. Vargas hangs on and Sandros goes back to standing and now he's hunting for the knockout. Sandro blasts Vargas with a huge uppercut and then a 1-2 combination. Huge right hand lands for Sandro and Vargs goes down. Sandro takes his back and flattens him out. He locks in a rear naked choke and Vargas taps!
Final Result: Marlon Sandro defeats Roberto Vargas via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:35 of round one
145 lbs.: Alexandre Bezerra vs. Kenny Foster
Round one: Bezerra comes out and he's looking to stand early. Both men are just posturing right now and Bezerra throws a mean head kick which just misses. Bezerra throws a right hand and shoots in, taking Foster down along the fence. He backs off looking for a better entrance of attack and Foster explodes back to his feet. They clinch and batter each other with short strikes before resetting in the cage center. Bezerra throws a snapping leg kick and then grazes Foster with a head kick. He throws a front kick which connects on Foster's face and Foster tries to respond with a big head kick but he slips. Bezerra lunges forward to take advantage but Foster recovers and fends him off as they get back to standing. Bezerra lands a big body kick and then a nice pair of punches which seemed to temporarily stun Foster. He shoots in and pushes Foster into the fence, just missing a hip toss. Bezerra keeps the pressure on, throwing a head kick and just missing with a flying knee/ superman punch combination as the round ends. 10-9 Bezerra
Round two: Bezerra keeps pressing forward but Foster is keeping him at bay with a high defense. Bezerra connects with a jumping front kick to teh body and scores a takedown but Foster pops right back up and nearly throws Bezerra to the canvas. They reset and Bezerra continues pressing forward, landing a solid leg kick in the process. Bezerra again just misses with a head kick. If he lowers it an inch or two, he might put Foster's lights out. Foster lunges forward with a left hand but it gets blocked. He follows it up with a takedown attempt but Bezerra stuffs it. Bezerra dives in and eats a nice right hand. Foster shoots forward, bullrushing Bezerra into the canvas. Foster scores a takedown but Bezerra reverses him and just starts pounding away with punches on the canvas. The strikes keep pouring on and after a warning about shots to the back of the head, Bezerra transitions to a rear naked choke and forces Foster to tap right before time expires.
Final Result: Alexandre Bezerra defeats Kenny Foster via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:57 of round two