It wasn't pretty, but at least Bellator's 205-pound title was unified last night (March 21, 2014) on Spike TV at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas, courtesy of Emanuel Newton.
"The Hardcore Kid" picked up his fifth win in a row, unifying his interim title and becoming the Bellator light heavyweight champion with a split-decision win over Attila Vegh at Bellator 113: "Vegh vs. Newton."
The bout shouldn't have been a split decision, since Vegh had trouble pulling the trigger and lost in every aspect of the fight. Newton attacked with leg kicks, jabs and even went for a few takedowns during the 25-minute affair.
The crowd grew restless a few times, reminding the fighters that some entertainment would have been nice. Both combatants turned it on at the beginning of the fifth round, yet they resorted to boring everyone shortly after.
As much as this fight sucked, Newton should be credited for staying away from Vegh's power, and he really looked technically sound by mixing up his striking and switching his stances, too.
Newton now anticipates the winner of Quinton Jackson vs. Muhammed Lawal in May.
David Rickels certainly had the home crowd advantage heading into his co-main event scrap against Patricky Freire, but his night didn't go so well.
"Pitbull" lacerated his opponent with a deadly left hand, followed by a combination, which floored "The Caveman" and ended his lightweight tournament journey.
Rickels had a good first round, being the more active fighter and engaging Freire in a bit of a slugfest, even though he was getting countered quite a bit. You can even say he won the first round, yet the second was vastly different.
The Brazilian needed just 54 seconds to put the bearded brawler's lights out, sending his lightweight title hopes down the drain with a violent knockout.
That's not all.
Marcin Held made quick work of Rodrigo Cavalheiro, transitioning from a heel hook to a toehold to obtain the first round submission victory.
It looked like we were in for quite the scrap in the opening seconds, as both fighters came at each other with a vengeance. Held secured the takedown, catching Cavalheiro in a leg lock shortly afterward. The 22-year-old grabbed a hold of the heel, and switched to a toehold once the Brazilian wasn't fazed by his attack.
You can say Held held on ... am I right?!
In the first bout on the main card, Derek Campos dominated Tim Welch to a unanimous decision victory, advancing in the lightweight tournament.
Campos was the better striker throughout the fight, rocking Welch in the second round, nearly finishing his opponent. "The Stallion" opted to outclass "Cheapshot" on the mat when he was hurt, threatening with an arm-triangle choke.
The fight had already been won by the third round, with Campos scoring a takedown early, smothering Welch for nearly the entire five minutes.
It should be noted that perhaps the worst stoppage in the history of the sport happened to be on the "prelims," as Daniel Gallemore knocked out replacement opponent Freddy Brown at least three times. It was brutal to watch "Big Kansas" pulverize his defenseless opponent, and referee Chuck Wolfe must have been thinking of spare ribs or Kate Upton, because his lack of being was effing atrocious.
There was, however, a pretty nice walk-off knockout courtesy of Derek Anderson, who caught Brandon Girtz with a knee as the latter stormed in while trying to throw a right hand.
Here are the entire Bellator 113: "Vegh vs. Newton" quick results below:
Attila Vegh vs. Emanuel Newton -- Newton wins by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)
Patricky Freire vs. David Rickels -- Freire wins by knockout (strikes) of 0:54 of round two.
Rodrigo Cavalheiro vs. Marcin Held -- Held wins by submission (toehold) at 1:56 of round one.
Derek Campos vs. Tim Welch -- Campos wins by unanimous decision (30-27x3)
Derek Anderson vs. Brandon Girtz -- Anderson wins by knockout (strike) 0:23 of round two.
Cody Carrillo vs. Israel Giron -- Giron wins by unanimous decision (29-28x3)
Donnie Bell vs. Eric Wisely -- Wisely wins by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Bobby Cooper vs. Marcio Navarro -- Cooper wins by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28x2)
Fredrick Brown vs. Daniel Gallemore -- Gallemore wins by TKO (strikes) at 3:34 of round one.
That just about does it for Bellator this week.
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