Bellator Fighting Championships returns TONIGHT (March 7, 2013) at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, with four fights combined in the season eight middleweight and featherweight tournament semifinals.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 92 below, beginning with the Spike TV telecast at 10 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 8 p.m. ET), as well as a live stream of the preliminary action.
Headlining the main event of Bellator 92 will be a season eight featherweight tournament semifinal fight between Marlon Sandro and top Russian prospect Magomedrasul Khasbulaev. Sandro is a two-time Bellator tournament finalist and he's hoping to not only make it three, but to win a tourney for the first time in his run with the promotion. Khasbulaev will be looking to avenge the controversial loss of his teammate Akop Stepanyan to Sandro in the quarterfinals.
Also on tap, former WEC light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall and unbeaten Russian sambo specialist Sultan Aliev will duke it out. Both men put on solid showings in their tournament debuts and are looking to get one fight closer to the champion, Alexander Shlemenko.
The other middleweight tournament semifinal will be the always scrappy Brett Cooper against Dan Cramer. Cramer is hoping to ride the wave of momentum from knocking off potential tournament favorite Brian Rogers in the quarterfinals.
Complete Bellator 92 quick results, main card play-by-play and an online live video stream are posted below:
145 lbs.: Magomedrasul Khasbulaev def. Marlon Sandro via TKO at 2:38 of round three
185 lbs.: Doug Marshall def. Sultan Aliev via split decision
185 lbs.: Brett Cooper def. Dan Cramer via knockout at 3:19 of round three
145 lbs.: Mike Richman def. Alexandre Bezerra via split decision
145 lbs.: Nick Piedmont vs. Cleber Luciano
145 lbs.: Aaron Miller def. Shad Smith via unanimous decision
265 lbs.: Josh Appelt def. Manny Lara via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Keith Berry def. Richard Rigmaden via submission (Kimura) at 1:31 of round one
155 lbs.: Akop Stepanyan def. Chris Saunders via TKO at 3:55 of round three
170 lbs.: Sabah Homasi vs. Ricky Legere
205 lbs.: Brandon Halsey def. Rocky Ramirez via submission (arm triangle) at 0:50 of round three
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145 lbs.: Marlon Sandro vs. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev
Round one: Big overhand right from Khasbulaev and then a body kick as both men clinch in the cage center. Sandro fires off some knees to the body and one of them goes low and Khasbulaev is in a lot of pain. He's moaning pretty badly. After five minutes, they continue and Khasbulaev scores a trip takedown but Sandro transitions to an armbar and an omaplata but Khasbulaev is still on top for now. They get back to standing ......
...and my TV freezes. From everything I saw on twitter. Khasbulaev won the round 10-9
Round two: Khasbulaev opens aggressively, really putting the pressure on Sandro and he's flailing with flying knees, spinning backfists and heavy hooks. They clinch and Khasbulaev lifts him up and takes Sandro down but Sandro reverses him and now he scores a takedown. What an exchange! Sandro is on top in half guard and he's trying to lock in an arm triangle. He takes Khasbulaev's back and is looking for a choke, he's got a tight grip on Khasbulaev's neck but he can't finish off the Russian and Khasbulaev escapes, popping back to his feet and then dumping Sandro to the ground with a powerful takedown of his own. Khasbulaev drops some punches and he passes to nearly full mount, blasting Sandro with some shots and now he's attacking with a straight armbar attack. Sandro turns into him and he's hunting for a single leg takedown while turtles but Khasbulaev sprawls and is dropping punches from above. 10-9 Khasbulaev
Round three: Khasbulaev doesn't waste any time, throwing a left hook and taking Sandro down, passing to half guard quickly and then side control. Khasbulaev drops some right hands and he's got Sandro's arms pinned down and is landing short right hands from the crucifix. They aren't knockout blows, but Sandro is having trouble freeing himself. Sandro finally does and pops to his feet but Khasbulaev drags him to the ground and continues dropping punches. The ref warns Sandro to fight back and Khasbulaev continues dropping right hands until the ref steps in and puts a stop to it.
Final Result: Frodo Khasbulaev defeats Marlon Sandro via TKO at 2:38 of round three
185 lbs.: Doug Marshall vs. Sultan Aliev
Round one: Marshall wings a leg kick and a heavy hook but they come up short. Aliev quickly closes the distance, pinning him against the fence and then dropping him to the canvas. Aliev starts with his ground and pound, dropping some right hands from within Marshall's guard. Marshall works his way back to his feet along the fence but Aliev is still staying tight with him in the clinch. Marshall needs to create space but Aliev scores an outside trip and throws more right hands from above along the fence. He drops some soft ground and pound and they get stood up with 10 seconds left. Huge swing and miss from Marshall and Aliev slams him to the canvas. 10-9 Aliev
Round two: Head kick from Marshall and Aliev is wobbled! Marshall tries to come in but he can't get too wild. Marshall wings a huge hook and Aliev takes him down, landing on top inside Marshall's guard. The ref stands them up after a minute and Marshall steps forward looking for big bombs. Jab from Aliev and an uppercut. Marshall lunges forward with a left hook but can't connect. Head kick misses from Marshall and he steps forward with a left hand to the body. Left hook from Marshall is ducked and Aliev takes him down but Marshall pops back to his feet quickly. Knee from Marshall and he drops a big right hand to the body as they clinch. 10-9 Marshall just to make it interesting
Round three: Leg kick from Marshall and Aliev connects with a jab. Aliev changes levels but Marshall fends him off and lunges forward with a huge left hook. Monster right hand from Marshall but Aliev ducks under it and takes his back along the fence. Marshall needs to escape or reverse this position and he turns into Aliev and gets away! Huge left hand from Marshall is ducked under again and the Russian is hanging onto a takedown attempt along the fence as Marshall drops punches but Aliev drags him to the ground. Aliev passes to side control briefly but Marshall retains guard and the ref stands them up. Marshall goes back into hunter mode, stepping forward with a left hook but Aliev clinches and takes him down again. The fight is stood up with about 15 seconds left and Aliev drops to his back but Marshall makes him pay with a HUGE right hand dropping down right at the end of the fight. 10-9 Aliev
Final Result: Doug Marshall defeats Sultan Aliev via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
185 lbs.: Brett Cooper vs. Dan Cramer
Round one: Cramer opens up with a pair of hooks and knocks Cooper down with a big right hand. Cramer is all over Cooper, dropping a few shots from top position and now he passes to half guard. Cooper tries to sit up but Cramer is in control. Right hand from Cramer and he passes to side control. Cooper scrambles but Cramer takes his back and has both hooks in. Cooper tries to turn into Cramer but gives up full mount. He rolls with the cage and actually takes top position but only has 15 seconds to get anything going. 10-9 Cramer
Round two: Cooper pushes forward and presses Cramer into the fence, changing levels and looking for the takedown but Cramer fends him off. Knees from Cramer but Cooper is still pushing him into the cage. Another knee from Cramer and Cooper responds with an uppercut. Both men are dirty boxing along the fence and Cooper is just tenacious with his grinding takedown attempt. They're finally separated and Cramer scores with a good right hand but both men clinch along the fence again. Both men step back and briefly trade huge shots but then Cooper changes levels and is looking for the takedown again. Cramer puts Copoer in the Thai plum and hammers him with some massive knees, then a right hand. Cooper is in trouble but he clinches. Another knee from Cramer and then a huge left and right hand. Cramer unloads with some good shots and they clinch until the end of the frame. 10-9 Cramer
Round three: Cramer opens with some right hand and Cooper presses forward but eats a left hand. Cramer really seems to be confident with his stand up and why not? He's tagging Cooper with every big straight strike he throws. Cooper land a nice right hand and shoots in for a takedown, finally dumping Cramer on his back but he can't keep him there as Cramer uses the cage to get back to his feet. Cramer uses the Thai plum and lands a huge knee and Cooper lands a HUGE right uppercut! Cramer is ROCKED! Cooper crushes Cramer with another right hand and Cramer falls against the fence. One more huge shot from Cooper and the ref steps in. Holy crap!
Final Result: Brett Cooper defeats Dan Cramer via knockout at 3:19 of round three
145 lbs.: Alexandre Bezerra vs. Mike Richman
Round one: Bezerra takes the cage center and quickly shoots in for a takedown along the fence. Richman latches onto a guillotine to try to fend him off but Bezerra slips free. Richman pops to his feet but he's still stuck against the fence and Bezerra works him back to the ground. Richman is trying to cage walk but Bezerra has a leg locked up and is really staying right on him, passing to half guard and dropping some right hands. Bezerra passes to side control and transitions immediately to full mount. Richman tries to roll but Bezerra takes his back and locks in a body triangle and he's in big trouble now. Bezerra throws all sorts of short strikes to try and soften him up but Richman hangs on for the last half of the round and avoids being choked out. 10-8 Bezerra
Round two: Richman lands a couple good left hands, backing Bezerra towards the fence and popping him with some short left hands. Bezerra shoots in but his takedown is telegraphed and Richman fends it off, going right back to his left hand. Left to the body from Richman and he's really starting to find a groove on the feet. Straight right jab from Richman and Bezerra responds with a left hook. Bezerra's nose is bloodied now and Richman goes right back to that lead left. Good leg kick from Bezerra and then another, but Richman responds with another left. Right hand from Richman and I'm stunned Bezerra hasn't tried harder to get the fight to the ground. 10-9 Richman
Round three: Richman really pumping his jab and following it up with left hands on the feet. Bezerra is firing back, but not doing nearly enough. Just as I say that, Bezerra shoots in and blasts Richman to the ground. Bezerra immediately passes to side control and then takes Richman's back with a body triangle once more. If this keeps up like it did in the first round, Richman is going to be in trouble. Just as I say that, Richman turns into Bezerra and reverses the position, landing on top. Richman immediately steps back and forces Bezerra to stand. Richman starts unloading with strikes on Bezerra, firing off with some really good left and right hands. Bezerra dives in but can't get a takedown and Richman goes right back to the big punches. Both men trade blows and Richman is getting the better of them. They stand toe to toe until the final bell. Wow! 10-9 Richman
Final Result: Mike Richman defeats Alexandre Bezerra via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)