Bellator 44 Results, Michael Chandler Wins Lightweight Tourney
Atlantic City, NJ. (May 14, 2011) - In front of a sold out crowd, Bellator Fighting Championships crowned a new Lightweight Tournament Champion in Michael Chandler. Broadcast LIVE on MTV2 from Caesars in Atlantic City, NJ, Bellator 44 didn’t disappoint, as fans and viewers enjoyed another spectacular event. In addition to Chandler’s victory over Brazilian Knockout artist Patricky Pitbull and the $100,000 that goes with it, Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard added another knockout win and Alexander Shlemenko earned his way into the Season 5 Middleweight Tournament.
"I was hugely impressed with the performances our fighters put forth in our cage tonight," said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. "The Pitbull-Chandler fight was an epic battle that had the audience out of their seats. Mike Chandler is a very special talent at 155. And, Lombard’s one-punch knockout was another Youtube KO for our Middleweight Champion. A great crowd got to see great fights live here at Caesars.”
Chandler entered the cage with confidence and an undefeated record, and elected to stand with the dangerous Patricky. It wasn’t long; however, before the NCAA wrestling standout forced the fight to the ground. The back and forth action took more of a toll on Patricky, as Chandler looked more energetic as the fight wound down. Despite losing a point for three low blows, Chandler impressed enough to win the decision and a shot against current Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez in what’s sure to be a highly anticipated main event.
In a Middleweight Non-Title Super Fight, Hawaiian born and UFC veteran Falaniko Vitale faced off against one of the most feared power-punchers and Bellator Middleweight World Champion Hector Lombard, the World Middleweight Champion. The fight started slow but one heavy punch from the former Cuban Judo Olympian changed that and put Falaniko down for good. In the end, Lombard_s pre-fight comment that it would be just “another day at the office” proved true.
In another heavily anticipated fight and Season 5 Middleweigt tournament qualifier, hard-hitting Brett Cooper took on Bellator Season 2 Tournament Champion Alexander Shlemenko. Cooper remained aggressive throughout but caught one too many spinning back fists from the unorthodox Russian striker. Shlemenko punched his ticket to Bellator’s next Middleweight tournament with a unanimous decision victory.
Official Main Card Results:
Michael Chandler def. Patricky Pitbull by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Hector Lombard def. Falaniko Vitale by KO (0:54, Round 3)
Alexander Shlemenko def. Brett Cooper by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-28, 29-28)
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