CONCHO, OKLA. (April 23, 2011) â€” In front of a sold-out crowd, Bellator Fighting Championships returned to the Lucky Star Casino just outside of Oklahoma City for Bellator 42, which aired LIVE on MTV2, as Christian Mâ€™Pumbu and Richard Hale were victorious, punching their tickets to the innagural Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championshps.
In the first light heavyweight semifinal fight of the night, Christian Mâ€™Pumbu secured his spot in the finals with a dramatic first-round TKO over Tim Carpenter. The two sparred for the first few minutes until Mâ€™Pumbu dropped Carpenter with devastating right hands for the victory. The referee quickly stepped in, stopping the fight and sending the Democratic Republic of Congo native to the light heavyweight finals.
â€œBellator 42 was a great night of fights with spectacular performances by Mâ€™Pumbu and Hale to advance to our first-ever Bellator Light Heavyweight Finals,â€ said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. â€œThe season continues to produce amazing MMA for fans and the MTV2 audience.â€
In a non-title featherweight feature fight, Ronnie â€œKid Ninjaâ€ Mann faced Oklahoma native Josh Arocho. Throughout the fight, Arocho initiated takedowns but Mannâ€™s defense takedown was too much. Mann dominated much of the fight from the top position issuing relentless ground and pound and taking full advantage of elbows, which were allowed under the uniform rules of MMA. The fight went the distance, but it was evident that Mann ran the show. The judges all agreed, awarding Ronni Mann the victory via unanimous decision.
Jared Hess, who tore his LCL in the Bellator Welterweight World Championships against Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 20 made a triumphant return in a non-title local feature fight against Chris Bell. For MMA fans, the wait was worth it as Hess locked in a tight triangle choke ending the fight at 1:40 in Round 1.
The also saw Brazilian Luta-Livre fighter Luiz â€œBetaoâ€ Nogueira meeting Oklahoma native Jerod Spoon in a bantamweight feature fight. Nogueira controlled the tempo of the fight with tight, efficient boxing and several takedowns. Going the distance, the judges awarded Nogueira the victory via unaminous decision.
Official Main Card Results:
Light Heavyweight Semifinal Fight: Richard Hale def. D.J. Linderman by Split Decision [29-28, 29-28, 29-28]
Light Heavyweight Semifinal Fight: Christian Mâ€™Pumbu def. Tim Carpenter by TKO (2:08 Round 1)
Special Featherweight Feature Fight: Ronnie Mann def. Josh Arocho def. by Unanimous Decision [30-25, 30-27, 30-27]
Televised Local Feature Fight: Luiz "Betao" Nogueira def. Jerod Spoon def. by Unanimous Decision [30-27, 29-28, 29-28]
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