Bellator Fighting Championships finished off its Summer Series last night (August 24, 2012) with Bellator 73 from Harrah's Tunica Resort and Casino from Tunica, Mississippi., and it was a night more violent with every main card bout.
The main event was headlined by the Bellator Summer Series light heavyweight tournament finals which featured massive wrestler Travis Wiuff and European karate champion Attila Vegh. Fans barely got a chance to get settled in before it was all done.
About 25 seconds into the bout, Vegh landed a picture perfect shot to the temple and Wiuff lost his bearings, dropping to the canvas and he was unable to recover before the Slovakian pounced and finished him off.
The victory for Vegh sets up a striker vs. striker bout for the Bellator light heavyweight world title against Christian M'Pumbu, a man who lost a non-title bout to Wiuff late last year.
That should set up an interesting storyline.
There was plenty more main card action after the jump.
The light heavyweight division wasn't the only weight class which featured a tournament finale. The Bellator season six bantamweight tournament also concluded last night as Brazilians Luis Nogueira and Marcoa Galvao duked it out for a shot at Bellator bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas.
Both Nogueira and Galvao landed their fair share of heavy blows in the first round, with Galvao getting the better of the exchanges. Just when it looked like Nogueira was starting to win back the momentum in the second round, Galvao cracked him with a nasty right hand and then hurt him further with a knee and a left hand.
When Nogueira tried to use his Luta Livre wrestling to clear his head, Galvao took him down with a trip directly into mount. After taking Nogueira's back, he postured up and dropped elbows until the bout was stopped.
It was the perfect way for Galvao to honor his recently deceased mother, who he had displayed on his banner.
Also on the main card, light heavyweight prospects Mike Mucitelli and Matt Van Buren duked it out. Van Buren seemed to be getting the better of things, but he got a bit over anxious in Mucitelli's guard and after a nice sweep, he found himself stuck neck-first in Mucitelli's triangle choke and was forced to tap.
Lastly, opening up the main card was a heavyweight slugfest between prospect Ryan Martinez and hometown veteran Mike Wessel. Martinez tried to push the pace with his clinch and wrestling, but Wessel kept him at bay with superior striking technique and power.
Martinez was able to secure late takedowns in both the first and second rounds, he started some swelling under Wessel's eye and even opened up a small cut on his forehead, but Wessel refused to back down an inch. In the end, the judges closely rewarded Wessel for his effort as he won a split decision.
So what did you think, Maniacs?
Did you see anything last night that made you believe we could have a new champion in Bellator soon? If so, who has the better shot, Vegh or Galvao?
For complete Bellator 73 results and detailed round-by-round commentary of all the televised fights as well as the main event click here.
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