TUNICA, MS (March 26, 2011) â€” Bellator Fighting Championships was LIVE on MTV2 tonight from Harrahâ€™s Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, MS with Bellator 38. The Season 4 event brought action in the quarterfinal round of the first-ever Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament.
Kicking off the evening was former Marine Chris â€œThe Professionalâ€ Davis and Christian â€œTontonâ€ Mâ€™Pumbu. Both fighters put their technical ability on display in the back and forth fight, but it was Mâ€™Pumbu who was able to turn it up late in the third round. Mâ€™Pumbu trapped Davis between his knees, landing crushing unanswered hooks to Davisâ€™ head, forcing the referee to step in and award Mâ€™Pumbu a TKO victory.
D.J Linderman took on submission specialist Raphael Davis in quarterfinal action at Bellator 38. In a fight that moved from both the feet to the ground, it was Linderman who won the stand up battle, frequently finding a home for his heavy left hand. Late in the third round it was apparent that the damage to Davis had accumulated as Linderman forced him to his knees with a jarring left hook, the referee had seen enough, awarding Linderman an amazing third round TKO upset victory.
Jiu-Jitsu legend Daniel Gracie met an undefeated Tim Carpenter in the final Light Heavyweight quarterfinal fight of the evening. Carpenter surprisingly dominated both the Jiu-Jitsu and standup battle throughout the fight. Gracie found his legs late in the second round but his efforts were not enough as the fight went to the judgeâ€™s cards, whom ultimately awarded Carpenter a split decision victory and a spot in the Season 4 Light Heavyweight Tournament semifinals.
â€œI was hugely impressed with our Light Heavyweights tonight, I never would have imagined that we would see another inverted triangle, from a 6â€™4â€ Light Heavyweight,â€ said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. â€œWeâ€™re on a roll â€“ Iâ€™m proud to say that weâ€™ve strung together three back to back world-class, spectacular events, I couldnâ€™t be happier.â€
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