Bellator MMA returned to Spike TV last night (Fri., June 6, 2014) with Bellator 121: "Heidlage vs. Lins," which took place at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okalahoma.
The event itself was the first installment of the promotion's "2014 Summer Series," and despite the card's lack of firepower, it turned out to be a main card full of mismatches and quick finishes. You may have been doused in Budweisers, sporting a belly full of cheeseburgers to even notice.
In the main event, Philipe Lins proved he's one of the best prospects around in the light heavyweight division, making quick work out of Austen Heidlage and scoring the submission victory by rear-naked choke to advance in Bellator's light heavyweight tournament.
Heidlage made the mistake of getting involved in a clinching battle after trading shots against the Brazilian, and paid the price for it by getting tossed on his keister shortly after. "Monstro" took his foe's back, yet Heidlage was able to posture back up against the fence. The only problem was, he still had the Brazilian on his back, waiting for a silly error committed by the American.
After patiently waiting for his chance to lock in the submission, which included Heidlage's plea to the referee to separate them, Lins locked his right arm underneath his opponent's chin, forcing the tap.
In somewhat of a "freak show fight," promotional debutant James Thompson dismantled Eric Prindle in the first round, winning the heavyweight battle via ground-and-pound.
"Colossus" didn't storm out of the gate like a character in Street Fighter, but instead went for the takedown right away. He was able to put Prindle on his back, taking advantage of his adversary's lack of talent on the mat. After shifting from side to side, the Englishman started to throw some heavy punches down on Prindle's cranium, which left the referee no choice but to step in.
Prindle did complain that some punches hit the back of his head; however, it doesn't seem like it's even contestable with the commission, because not only have we seen much worse, it wasn't enough to dispute the loss.
In his post-fight interview, "Colossus" rambled on incoherently, then called out Cheick Kongo by labeling him as "The Nutcracker."
These types of fight are just going to keep on coming, aren't they?
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou had no problems against Terry Davinney, submitting the one-time Bellator veteran easily in the first round.
Call it favorable matchmaking, yet Sokoudjou was taken down by Davinney at the beginning of the scrap. The problem was, Davinney had no idea what to do once the "African Assassin" was on the mat with him. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran out-muscled his foe on the ground, lacing him with punches from side control over and over again.
Eventually, Sokoudjou locked in a rear-naked choke, forcing his opponent to quit.
The first fight on the Spike TV main card saw Egidijus Valavicius defeat Carlos Eduardo by split decision, moving on in the Bellator light heavyweight tournament.
The Lithuanian had a difficult opening round against the Brazilian, who got the better of Valavicius with his takedowns. Eduardo spent most of his time on top of his foe, unable to trouble him while keeping dominant positioning. Valavicius came out differently in the second round, stuffing every takedown attempt from Eduardo. The Brazilian was clearly frustrated, since his plan wasn't working while the 35-year-old combatant stalked him relentlessly.
In the third round, Valavicius had a chance to finish the Brazilian, storming him with punches and flying knee attempts at the end of the round, yet he didn't pounce on him with all of his aggression. Eduardo tried to stay on the mat after his failed lunges, asking the Lithuanian to come into his closed guard, which looked a little pathetic.
The split decision was a bit of a weird call, since Eduardo clearly lost both the second and third rounds.
Here are the entire quick results for Bellator 121: "Heidlage vs. Lins:"
BELLATOR 121 MAIN CARD:
205 lbs.: Philipe Lins def. Austen Heidlage via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:45 of R1
265 lbs.: James Thompson def. Eric Prindle via technical knockout (punches) at 1:55 of R1
205 lbs.: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Terry Davinney via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:16 of R1
205 lbs.: Egidijus Valavicius def. Carlos Eduardo via split decision (29-28x2 28-29)
SPIKE.COM "PRELIMS" UNDER CARD:
205 lbs.: Kelly Anundson def. Rodney Wallace via unanimous decision (30-27x2, 29-28)
185 lbs.: Joe Vedepo def. Cortez Coleman via majority decision (29-27x2, 28-28)
145 lbs.: Stephen Banaszak vs. Treston Thomison
170 lbs.: William Florentino def. Guillermo Martinez Ayme via split decision (29-28x2, 27-30)
140 lbs.: Steve Garcia def. Cody Walker via knockout (punches) at 0:39 of R1
190 lbs.: Bubba McDaniel def. Matt Jones via unanimous decision (30-27x2, 30-26)
205 lbs.: Ray Sloan def. Jamelle Jones via submission (rear naked choke) at 0:48 of R1
There you have it.
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