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Bellator III results from Lloyd Noble Center on April 17; Lombard shines, Menne perseveres

Bellator Fighting Championships (Bellator) last night continued to roll, staging its third consecutive weekly show from the Lloyd Noble Center from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

Bellator III featured several first round match ups from its middleweight (185 pounds) tournament, as well as the final first round welterweight tournament bout a (170 pounds), among others.

The main event showcased Cuban-born Judoka, Hector "Shango" Lombard, making his debut on United States soil against Virgil "The Mexican Machine" Lozano. It was Lombard, however, who did all the smashing, wiping out an overmatched Lozano in the first round with a brutal beatdown and punching his ticket to the middleweight tournament semifinal bracket.

In other notable action, former UFC champion Dave Menne was able to outlast the previously undefeated Frenchman, Norman Paraisy, to sink-in a late third round submission. He now joins Omar De La Cruz, Jorge Ortiz and Lyman Good in the semifinals.

Here are the complete Bellator III results:

Middleweight tournament (first round 185-pound bouts):
185 lbs.: Hector Lombard defeats Virgil Lozano via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
185 lbs.: Damien Stelly defeats Alex Andrade via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Jared Hess defeats Daniel Tabera via submission (rear naked choke) in round one
185 lbs.: Yosmany Cabezas defeats Edwin Aguilar via submission (armbar) in round one
185 lbs.: Marcelo Alfaia defeats Joey Gorczynski via technical knockout (strikes) in round one — Alternate bout
185 lbs.: Jason Norwood defeats John Kirk via submission (rear naked choke) in round two — Alternate bout

Welterweight Tournament Bout (first round):
170 lbs.: Dave Menne defeats Norman Paraisy via rear naked choke in round three

Non-Tournament Bouts:
205 lbs.: William Albrecht defeats Mike Messina via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
265 lbs.: Tyler East defeats Amedio Viola via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
145 lbs.: Johnny Eduardo defeats Donald Sanchez via unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Rudy Lindsay defeats Wayne Cole via technical knockout (strikes) in round two

Next week, Bellator IV will emanate from the Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio, for the highly anticipated semifinal match-ups from the 155-pound lightweight tournament. Philadelphia standout Eddie Alvarez will square off with the hard-nosed, multi-talented Eric Reynolds for a spot in the finals opposite either the explosive Jorge Masvidal or the tournament's dark horse Toby Imada.

You definitely won't want to miss that.

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