Headlining the main event of Bellator 71 will be the final light heavyweight quarterfinal bout of the 205-pound tournament between Travis Wiuff and Chris Davis. Wiuff is currently enjoying a four fight win streak and has won seven of his last eight. Davis, on the other hand looks to get back on track after losing to Christian M'Pumbu at Bellator 38.
Also on tap are the remainder of the Bellator 'Summer Series" light heavyweight tournament quarterfinals, which includes season five middleweight quarterfinalist Zelg Galesic, Slovakian Attila Vegh, part-time police officer Beau Tribolet, former MFC light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton, and Renzo Gracie fighter Roy Boughton.
Former Strikeforce Heavyweight contender Brett Rogers makes his return to action as he makes his promotional debut to take on former friend and training partner Kevin Asplund. Though their rivalry isn't exactly Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans like, the back story between the two is rather juicy and it will be interesting to see whether "Grim" can get back on track and put a halt to his two fight skid.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 71 below, beginning with the Spike.com stream 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.
MTV2 will not be broadcasting the event tonight, however, you can still catch all the action over at Spike.com.
Check out our complete Bellator 71 results after the jump (beginning at 7 p.m. ET).
BELLATOR 71 QUICK RESULTS:
205 lbs.: Travis Wiuff def. Chris Davis via KO (strikes) at 4:12 of round one
205 lbs.: Attila Vegh def Zelg Galesic via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:00 of round one
205 lbs.: Tim Carpenter def. Beau Tribolet via submission (armbar) at 4:51 of round two
205 lbs.: Emanuel Newton def. defeats Roy Boughton via submission (rear-naked choke) at 0:49 of round two
265 lbs.: Brett Rogers def. Kevin Asplund via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 5:00 of round two
205 lbs.: Josh Stansbury def. Dan Spohn via submission (guillotine) at 2:30 of round one
185 lbs.: Jason Butcher def. Duane Bastress via submission (triangle) at 1:03 of round one
145 lbs.: Neil Johnson def. Brylan Van Artsdalen via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:29 of round two
191 lbs.: Kevin Zalac def Chris Goldbaugh via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: E.J. Brooks vs. Joey Holt
205 lbs.: Travis Wiuff vs. Chris Davis
Round one: Wiuff opens up with some jabs. Wiuff pushes Davis up against the cage after a failed takedown attempt. Up against the cage but no action from either. Some knees to the legs of Davis, they do not seem to bother him. Wiuff tried the single leg takedown but Davis shows good balance and stays on his feet. Wiuff with some short right hands to the body. Davis looks for the muay-thai clinch but releases. Some more body shots from Wiuff. The ref should have separated this one by now as neither fighters looking for anything but they continue against the cage. They go to the ground and Wiuff takes Davis’ back and starts unloading some short, yet powerful shots the side of the temple and Davis is out. The referee steps in to prevent further unnecessary blows to Davis. Not a lot of action to begin this one, but Wiuff gets the job done with powerful striking in the end.
Final Result: Travis Wiuff defeats Chris Davis via KO (strikes) at 4:12 of round one
205 lbs.: Zelg Galesic vs. Attila Vegh
Round one: Both fighters come out and exchange jabs. They clinch and Galesic gets the takedown. Both are aggressive to open up. Back to the feet and Galesic sprints after Vegh with some strikes. Vegh covers up and drops Galesic with a short right hand. Vegh takes his back and locks in a rear-naked choke and Galesic is in trouble. It’s tight and Galesic taps a minute into the opening frame. Wow, very impressive victory from Vegh.
Final Result: Attila Vegh defeats Zelg Galesic via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:00 of round one.
205 lbs.: Tim Carpenter vs. Beau Tribolet
Round one: Carpenter opens up with a low kick. They exchange low kicks. Carpenter with some nice jabs. Superman punch from Tribolet barely misses. Feeling out process now. Carpenter the aggressor with a nice left hook. Carpenter slips to the mat and he is back up to his feet. Tribolet looks very tentative. Nice straight left from Tribolet. Carpenter with some nice kicks. Carpenter with the clinch and misses with the knee. Tribolet with a combination that catches air. Nice jabs from carpenter. Not very much action in the opening frame. 10-9 Carpenter
Round two: Tribolet starts to let the hands go a little bit more. Nice uppercuts from Tribolet and a nice return from Carpenter. Nice body punches to the midsection of Carpenter. Tribolet attempts a takedown but is defended well by Carpenter. Carpenter attempts a guillotine but Tribolet escapes. Tribolet now in Carpenter’s guard looking to deliver some ground and pound. Body, head, body shots from Tribolet, trying to stay active. Carpenter attempts a triangle but Tribolet defends well. More ground and pound from Tribolet as Carpenter looks for a way out. Carpenter latches on to an arm, its tight and Tribolet is forced to verbally tap with nine seconds left in the round due to a very nice armbar from Carpenter.
Final Result: Tim Carpenter defeats Beau Tribolet via submission at 4:51 of round two.
205 lbs.: Roy Boughton vs. Emanuel Newton
Round one: Boughton gets the clinch. Newton looking for a hip toss. Boughton reverses and gets a takedown. Boughton looks for a triangle. Back to the feet. Big slam by Newton and he takes the back. Boughton looking for the single leg. Up against the cage and Newton lands the takedown. Boughton fighting to get back to the feet and Newton takes him down again, displaying his brute strength. Back to the feet and Newton lands yet another takedown, but only briefly as they are back to their feet. Nice knee to the forehead by Newton. Newton is looking for a guillotine but Boughton escapes and Newton lands another takedown. Newton with some nice elbows to close out the round. 10-9 Newton.
Round two: Nice head kick from Boughton to open up the second round. Another kick from Boughton that is blocked by Newton. Newton lands another takedown and gets his back. Newton is looking for the rear naked choke. He locks the submission in Boughton has no choice but to tap. Impressive submission victory for Newton.
Final Result: Emanuel Newton defeats Roy Boughton via submission (rear-naked choke) at 0:49 of round two
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