Bellator 37 Results: Reis, Pitbull, Straus, And Foster Move On
CONCHO, Okla. (March 19, 2011) â€” The Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament fighters put on an action-packed show at the Lucky Star Casino as Wilson Reis, Patricio â€œPitbullâ€ Freire, Kenny Foster and Daniel Straus battled their way to the semifinals and one step closer to earning a title shot against Bellator Featherweight Champ Joe Warren.
Kenny Foster pulled off the upset of the night, becoming the first featherweight to move on to the semifinals in a true testament to tournament-style MMA. Avoiding an early takedown, Foster landed a knee to Erik Larkinâ€™s face, opening a cut above the four-time NCAA D1 All-Americanâ€™s eye. Foster smelled blood and outwrestling Larkin on the ground to maintain the top position, where he locked in a guillotine choke, forcing an end to the fight at 3:15 in Round 1.
Bellator veteran Daniel Straus and undefeated Argentinean Nazareno Malegarie took to the cage next, putting on a gritty 15-minute MMA show. Straus looked to be in trouble on the ground throughout the fight as Malegarie attempted several submissions. At the end of the three rounds, it was Strausâ€™ dominating performance on his feet that caught the attention of the judges. Straus via a unanimous decision earned his way to the semifinals in a hard-fought battle.
Next up, Wilson Reis brought Zac George to the ground and forced him to give up his back early with a flurry of hammerfists. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Reis earned his third trip to the featherweight semifinals and ended Georgeâ€™s six-game win streak with a rear-naked choke at 2:09 in Round 1.
All eyes were on Season 2 featherweight standouts Patricio â€œPitbullâ€ Freire and Georgi â€œInsaneâ€ Karakhanyan as they closed out the nightâ€™s fights. In Round 1 action, Pitbull lifted Karakhanyan off his feet but Georgi defended with a guillotine attempt. The fighters battled through Round 2 mostly on their feet with Freire appearing to a have a slight edge in the momentum. It was all Freire in Round 3 as the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt dropped Karakhanyan to the mat with a left hook to the chin, paving the way for a relentless ground-and-pound assault that ended the fight with a TKO at 0:56 in Round 3.
â€œThe featherweightâ€™s put on spectacular performances tonight at Bellator 37,â€ said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. â€œFans have the opportunity to witness amazing fights when you let fighters control their own destiny, and Iâ€™m thrilled with the start to our fourth season on MTV2.â€
Official Main Card Results:
Kenny Foster def. Eric Larkin by guillotine submission [3:15, Round 1]
Daniel Straus def. Nazareno Malegarie by unanimous decision [29-29, 29-28, 29-28]
Wilson Reis def. Zac George by rear-naked choke submission [2:09, Round 1]
Patricio Freire def. Georgi Karakhanyan by TKO [0:56, Round 3]
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