Marlon Sandro (left) stares down Daniel Straus (right) at the Bellator 68 weigh-ins yesterday. Photo via Bellator.
Bellator Fighting Championships returns TONIGHT (May 11, 2012) to Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., with the continuation of the Bantamweight tournament and a Featherweight tourney final fight.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 68 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 (beginning at 7 p.m.).
Headlining the main event will be a season six featherweight tournament final bout between season four finalist Daniel Straus and "Summer Series" finalist Marlon Sandro. One will win his first tournament, while the other will come up short in the finals for the second time.
There are also two potential tournament qualifier bouts on the main card as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veterans Carmelo Marrero and Seth Petruzelli will clash at a 230-pound catchweight, while welterweight strikers Marius Zaromskis and Waachiim Spiritwolf try to settle some unfinished business from their six second 2010 no contest in Strikeforce.
Check out our complete Bellator 68 results after the jump (beginning at 7 p.m. ET).
145 lbs.: Daniel Straus def. Marlon Sandro via unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Marcos Galvao def. Travis Marx via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Marcin Held def. Derrick Kennington via submission (heel hook) at 2:08 of round one
230 lbs.: Carmelo Marrero vs. Seth Petruzelli(cancelled due to illness)
170 lbs.: Marius Zaromskis def. Waachiim Spiritwolf via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of round two
Preliminary Card (Spike.com)
175 lbs.: Aung La Nsang def. Jesus Martinez via TKO at 0:36 of round one
185 lbs.: Francois Ambang def. Gregory Milliard via split decision
135 lbs.: Anthony Leone def. Claudio Ledesma via split decision
155 lbs.: Don Carlo-Clauss def. Jacob Kirwan via split decision
145 lbs.: Marlon Sandro vs. Daniel Straus
Round one: Sandro opens with a leg kick and both men posture on the feet. Big kick from Straus nails Sandro in the groin and the action is halted. Sandro looks to be in some serious pain. Sandro uses the full five minutes and we're back in action. They trade leg kicks and Straus presses forward, missing with a left hand. Straus drops down for a takedown but Sandro fends him off along the fence. Straus drags him to the ground but Sandro works his way to his feet only to get taken down again. Straus is on top of Sandro now along the fence in half guard. Sandro turns away and gives up his back to pop to his feet and tosses Straus to the ground but Straus stays on his back and attacks his neck but he can't secure anything and they reset back on their feet. Straus has the cage center and dives in witha right to the body. Nice left hand from Straus connects and he dives in for a single leg and nearly takes Sandro down. Sandro is desperately trying to fend him off but Straus grabs a back body lock and throws some short knees to the back of the leg. Straus tries to throw Sandro but can't do it and he keeps throwing short knees. Sandro turtles briefly but pops back to his feet. Straus is in a good position at the end of the round on top. 10-9 Straus
Round two: Straus takes the cage center and Sandro is playing it safe. Nice body kick from Straus and he dives in for a takedown, briefly putting Sandro down but Sandro pops back up against the fence. Straus has a clinch and he's kneeing Sandro in the legs again. Sandro forces a break and they reset. Straus dives in and Sandro nearly blasts him with a right uppercut to back him off. Head kick from Straus is blocked but he connects with a leg kick. Sandro closes the distance with a takedown attempt and Straus fends it off easily. Both men trade strikes in the pocket and connect and Straus throws another nice leg kick. Jumping knee misses for Sandro and Straus grabs a leg and takes him down. Sandro pops right backup and they reset after a brief clinch. Uppercut from Sandro is blocked and he connects with a knee before the end of the round. 10-9 Straus
Round three: They come out swinging right away and both men connect. Straus initiates a clinch but it's Sandro who had the inside position and presses him into the fence. Sandro wings a 1-2 and Straus connects with a left hand. Head kick from Sandro is blocked. Big head kick from Straus but Sandro blocks it and Straus lunges in witha takedown attempt. Now Sandro responds with an attempt of his own and he's got a back body lock, thinking about taking Straus' back. Sandro is attacking witha standing arm triangle along the fence and Straus is using the "answer the phone" technique to fend it off. Sandro is squeezing hard but it looks like he's not going to get this choke. Straus throws some short punches to the body and Sandro gives up on the submission attempt and goes back to the reverse body lock. Sandro backs off and they reset with one minute left. Sandro wings a huge right hand but Straus ducks it and pops him with a straight right. Straus takes Sandro's back standing and slams him hard to the ground, getting both hooks in. Straus attacks with a choke in the final seconds and Sandro is saved by the bell. 10-9 Sandro
Final Result: Daniel Straus defeats Marlon Sandro via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
135 lbs.: Travis Marx vs. Marcos Galvão
Round one: Marx presses forward early with punches and kicks. He drops to the body as well but Galvao responds with a jumping knee to the body. Galvao wings a leg kick and then creams Marx with a nice right hand which hurts Marx and knocks him off his feet. Marx gets to his feet and both men trade knees in the clinch. They reset and Marx connects with a leg kick as Galvao wings a huge hook that misses. Galvao presses forward with a pair of heavy hooks and Marx changes levels, working for a takedown. Marx presses Galvao into the fence and throws some nice knees but Galvao reverses and resets. Galvao connects with a nice body kick. Big right hand from Galvao and then a knee. Marx responds with a right hand on the chin to back him off. Galvao keeps pressing forward and knocks Marx back with a big right hand and flies forward with a knee. Marx clinches and presses Galvao into the fence. Marx throws some nice knees to the body and they reset. Big kick from Galvao before the bell. 10-9 Galvao
Round two: Galvao wings a right hand and eats a knee. Marx throws a pair of leg kicks and Galvao responds with a low kick. They reset and both men exchange as Marx drops downa nd is really working for a takedown. Marx gets in deep but he can't put Galvao on the ground. . They separate and Galvao connects with a big inside leg kick. Another low blow from Galvao and they restart immediately. Big knee from Galvao and then another inside leg kick which wobbles Marx. Galvao drops another big kick and Marx shoots for a takeodwn but can't put Galvao on his back. Marx backs off but connects witha big right hand on the exit. They trade leg kicks and Marx presses forward with a flurry but most are blocked. Galvao connects with a series of leg kicks but his punches are ineffective. Marx works for another takedown and he's got Galvao in a back bodylock but Galvao elbows him and he backs off. Nice knee and leg kick from Galvao and then a left hand. Good knee to the body from Galvao right before the bell. 10-9 Galvao
Round three: Galvao presses forward but Marx circles away and fires off a leg kick. Galvao wings a knee and Marx presses him into the fence again. Galvao fends off the takedown and they reset. Nice kicks from Marx and he's the more active fighter early. Galvao throws a chopping kick and then a pair of hooks but Marx circles away again. Galvao connects with a nice right hand but his volume is way down this round and Marx is throwing more. Big inside leg kick from Galvao and Marx shoots in deep and scores a takedown but Galvao pops back to his feet. Marx has a body lock and throws some short knees to the thighs. They separate and Galvao connects with a clubbing left hand and a body kick. Galvao eats a right hand and then throws a nice knee as both men trade until the bell. 10-9 Marx? Damn those last two rounds were close.
Final Result: Marcos Galvao defeats Travis Marx via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
230 lbs.: Carmelo Marrero vs. Seth Petruzelli
155 lbs.: Marcin Held vs. Derrick Kennington
Round one: Kennington lands a huge uppercut that drops Held and he dives into Held's guard. Held latches onto an omaplata and Kennington is in trouble before popping back to his feet with brute force. Held sloppily moves forward and eats some big punches and kicks. He's stuck on the end of Kennington's range and can't close the distance without getting sloppy. Held dives foward and pulls guard, dropping for a leg lock. He latches onto a heel hook and Kennington screams "tap!" Wow!
Final Result: Marcin Held defeats Derrick Kennington via submission (heel hook) at 2:08 of round one
170 lbs.: Marius Zaromskis vs. Waachim Spiritwolf
Round one: Zaromskis presses forward stalking early but Spiritwolf clinches. Zaromskis presses him into the fence but now Spiritwolf reverses him and is on the inside in the clinch. Zaromskis eats a nice knee and he's stuck on the cage until the referee separates them. Zaromskis presses forward with a back elbow which opens up a cut on Spiritwolf and they reset. They clinch and Spiritwolf ducks down, lifting the Lithuanian over his head and scoring a takedown but Zaromskis pops back to his feet. Zaromskis grabs a leg and lifts it over his head and now he's on top on the ground. Zaromskis blasts Spiritwolf with a huge elbow and Spiritwolf shoots for a takedown to clear up the cobwebs. Zaromskis gets to his feet and throws a knee in the clinch but Spiritwolf has him pressed into the cage again. Spiritwolf closes the distance and is working for a takedown along the fence but Zaromskis turns the tides on him and he's got Spiritwolf pressed into the fence. The ref separates them and Spiritwolf lands a right hand at the bell. 10-9 Zaromskis
Round two: Spiritwolf presses forward with some hooks and Zaromskis just misses with a huge head kick. They exchange and both man connect. Spiritwolf lunges forward and eats a huge knee from Zaromskis. Spiritwolf is getting reckless here, dropping his hands and throwing wildly. Nice right hand from Spiritwolf and he charges forward throwing bombs. Spiritwolf looks tired and Zaromskis connects with a nice left hand. Head kick clips Spiritwolf but not enough and Zaromskis almost gets taken down. Spiritwolf clinches and Zaromskis lands a nice pair of knees and then another. Zaromskis is pressing forward with huge knees and Spiritwolf fires back, blasting Zaromskis with a huge flurry of hooks. Zaromskis is hurt! Zaromskis turns and runs away from the punches and he goes down. Spiritwolf enters his guard and drops some big punches but Zaromskis has retained his guard. Spiritwolf drops elbows from guard. Zaromskis tries to keep Spiritwolf tight but he can't hold on hard enough to force a stand up. Spiritwolf has slowed down drastically but he drops some short punches until the final bell. 10-9 Spiritwolf
Wow, the ref stopped the fight before the third round could begin, giving Zaromskis the victory. It looked like Spiritwolf could have continued too. Another controversial finish for these guys.
Final Result: Marius Zaromskis defeats Waachiim Spiritwolf via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of round two