Bellator Fighting Championships returns TONIGHT (July 20, 2012) to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida, with the Summer Series light heavyweight tournament semifinals and a welterweight tournament final.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 72 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 6:30 p.m.).
Headlining the main event of Bellator 72 will be the Bellator season six welterweight finals between former middleweights Bryan Baker and Karl Amoussou. Both Baker and Amoussou utilized their size and strength to advance to the tournament finals and they will be looking to earn that $100,000 and a shot at welterweight champion Ben Askren with a victory,
Also on tap is the continuation of the Bellator light heavyweight "Summer Series" tournament which will include two semifinals bouts as Travis Wiuff takes on Tim Carpenter and Emanuel Newton battles Attila Vegh.
Lastly, former UFC and Strikeforce standout Paul Daley will be making his promotional debut with Bellator and a much-anticipated trilogy fight between Waachiim Spiritwolf and Marius Zaromskis is scheduled.
Check out our complete Bellator 72 results after the jump (beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET).
170 lbs.:def. Bryan Baker via submission (inverted heel hook) at 0:56 of round one
170 lbs.: via TKO at 2:35 of round one
205 lbs.: via split decision
178 lbs.:via knockout at 0:22 of round one
170 lbs.: def. Kenny Moss via TKO in round two
145 lbs.: via split decision
150 lbs.: def. Jason Carapelluci via submission (rear naked choke) in round three
170 lbs.: Bryan Baker vs. Karl Amoussou
Round one: Baker lands a nice kick which knocks Amoussou off balance and Amoussou pops right back to his feet and fires off a nasty combination. Baker throws a punch and it looks like it poked Amoussou in the eye. He only takes a few seconds and they're right back at it. Big side kick from Baker and Amoussou shoots in and rolls for a heel hook. Baker is caught completely by surprise and Baker is forced to make the quick tap. That was a nasty and extremely quick inverted heel hook. Wow!
Final result: Karl Amoussou defeats Bryan Baker via submission (inverted heel hook) at 0:56 of round one
170 lbs.: Paul Daley vs. Rudy Bears
Round one: Daley whiffs with a head kick and throws a leg kick. Another kick from Daley is blocked and Bears misses with a kick of his own. Both men trade low kicks and Daley misses with a high kick. Head kick from Daley is blocked and he's being a bit patient early. Daley backs Bears into the fence but he's not following up, at least yet. Daley clinches and throws a pair of big knees to the body and now Bears is hunting for a takedown. Daley throws a pair of big knees to the body to back Bears off. Daley loads up and connects with a huge left hook to the body and Bears is done. Some follow-up hammer fists and it's all over. Nice knockout for Daley in his Bellator debut.
Final result: Paul Daley defeats Rudy Bears via TKO at 2:45 of round one
205 lbs.: Emanuel Newton vs. Attila Vegh
Round one: Both men are looking to strike early and Newton is getting the better of it. Nice low kicks from Newton and he presses forward with a big right hand. Newton closes the distance but doesn't look to use any of his throws before backing up. Vegh is looking to counter and Newton happily obliges by pressing the action. Both men trade and Newton scores, but Vegh responds with a nice right hand of his own. Newton turns it on and closes the distance with a combination and then scores a takedown but Vegh gets back to his feet. Both men let go with their hands and trade big strikes in the final 20 seconds. Big combinations from both men and Newton scores with a nice pair of kicks before the bell. 10-9 Newton
Round two: They exchange early and Vegh is continuing to counter. Newton lands a nice body kick and Vegh backs him into the fence but refuses to throw despite having his opponent cornered. Vegh scores but Newton again fires back with some nice kicks. Body lock from Newton and he's looking to score a takedown but Vegh denies him. Spinning back kick from Newton and he's really turning it on. Vegh needs to be more aggressive or he's going to lose this fight on points at least. Lunging jab connects for Newton and then a leg kick.
Round three: Vegh scores with a body kick and Newton grabs a body lock and dumps him to the ground but Vegh again pops to his feet and this time he scores a big knee that hurts Newton on the way up. Vegh backs off though. Big combination from Vegh backs Newton into the fence but again he lets Newton off the hook. Newton presses forward and he's upping his activity level but Vegh is countering well. Nice right hand from Vegh over the top and newton scors with a side kick to knock him back. Newton presses Vegh into the fence. Both men turn it on in the final 20 seconds but I don't think Newton did enough to win back the round. 10-9 Vegh
Final result: Atilla Vegh defeats Emanuel Newton via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
205 lbs.: Tim Carpenter vs. Travis Wiuff
Round one: Wiuff comes out and lands a huge right hand. He presses forward and again clocks Carpenter with a nasty right hand. Now he's got Carpenter pressed into the fence and he's throwing short punches to the body and foot stomps. Carpenter latches onto his neck standing but Wiuff seems fine for now. Big knee to the cup from Carpenter and Wiuff goes down. They reset and again Wiuff closes the distance and dumps Carpenter on his back. He drops some punches to Carpenter's body. Wiuff postures up on his knees and drops some soft punches to the head and body until the end of the round. 10-9 Wiuff
Round two: Wiuff shoots in and immedaitely dumps Carpenter on his back after the glove tap. Wiuff is grinding away on top, occasionally throwing short hammer fists to stay busy. Carpenter is occasionally threatening with an armbar but he can't secure it. Wiuff picks up the pace with heavier strikes on the ground and Carpenter brings his legs up but can't do anything with it. The ref stands them up with 2 1/2 minutes left in the round. Nice jab from Wiuff and he presses Carpenter into the fence with a clinch. He stomps Carpenter's foot then picks him up, carries him across the cage and slams him to the canvas in his corner. Very nice strategy there by Wiuff. The ref really quickly stands the fight up, that was too quick in my opinion. Looping hook from Wiuff is blocked. Carpenter charges in with a knee and Wiuff clinches him again. Wiuff is pressing Carpenter into the cage and he throws some short punches to the body and Carpenter is thinking about a standing guillotine and he jumps guard but slips right off and Wiuff is on top, dropping punches until the horn sounds. 10-9 Wiuff
Round three: Wiuff presses forwards to get things started and he clinches, grabbing a leg and taking Carpenter down. He stays on top the remainder of the round, dropping punches. Carpenter tries to respond with an armbar but Wiuff practically laughs it off. He's going to get an easy decision here.
Final result: Travis Wiuff defeats Tim Carpenter via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
170 lbs.: Waachiim Spiritwolf vs. Marius Zaromskis
Round one: Zaromskis comes out stalking and Spiritwolf is having to move backwards. Zaromskis is flashing a solid jab as Spiritwolf tries to respond with leg kicks. Another leg kick from Spiritwolf and Zaromskis continues to press the action. Big uppercut lands from Spiritwolf but Zaromskis is forcing him to move backwards. More solid jabs from Zaromskis and he's doing a good job of staying on the outside and frustrating Spiritwolf. Nice right hand from Spiritwolf and a huge knee from Zaromskis lands before the end of the round. 10-9 Zaromskis
Round two: Zaromskis comes out again forcing Spiritwolf to back up and he's cut near his right eye. Spiritwolf is having an issue with his gloves, he keeps readjusting them and it's affecting his striking. Zaromskis continues to stay on the outside and Spiritwolf is having difficulty closing the distance. Leg kick from Spiritwolf is checked. Nothing really significant lands for either man as time expires but Zaromskis is still forcing Spiritwolf to fight his fight. 10-9 Zaromskis
Round three: Zaromskis is coming out a little more aggressive here, following up his jab with hooks. Zaromskis is adding his head kick to his combinations and he lands again. Nice combination from Zaromskis and Spiritwolf misses badly with a big haymaker and a wrestling shot. Zaromskis continues to methodically pick apart Spiritwolf with a measured pace and it looks like he's going to be walking away with a pretty easy decision here. 10-9 Zaromskis
Final result: Marius Zaromskis defeats Waachiim Spiritwolf via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)