Bellator 68 Results – Daniel Straus defeats Marlon Sandro to win featherweight tourney

bellator 69 posterThe Bellator Fighting Championships rolls into Caesars in Atlantic City on Friday, May 11th for Bellator 68.

Highlighting the card is the season six featherweight tournament final between Daniel Straus and Marlon Sandro. Also on tap is a bantamweight tournament semifinal matching Marcos Galvao against Travis Marx.

The main card Bellator 68 will televised live on MTV2 and EPIX HD at 8:00pm ET and the preliminary card streaming live on Spike.com at 6:30pm ET.

Bellator 68 – Main Card Results

Marius Zaromskis vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf
Zaromskis defeated Spiritwolf by technical knockout (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of the second round. Another fight, another disappointing finish. Their first fight in November 2010 was ruled a No Contest after just 6 seconds when Spiritwolf was poked in the eye. A very close first round featured a lot of work in the clinch with Spiritwolf keeping out of range from the power of Zaromskis. The bout turned into a brawl in the second round as both fighters had the other in danger. Spiritwolf seemed to be tiring as Zaromskis landed powerful shots and knees from the Thai clinch. However, Spiritwolf circled out of harms way and unloaded a barrage of strikes that rocked Zaromskis. Zaromskis went into survival mode as the fight hit the ground with Spiritwolf in his guard. The referee watched closely as Spiritwolf dished out punishment on the ground but Zaromskis would survive the round. Between rounds the cageside physician would call an end to the fight due to a cut above Spiritwolf’s eyebrow.

Marcin Held vs. Derrick Kennington
Held defeated Kennington by heel hook submission at 2:08 of the first round. Kennington dropped Held in the opening moments of the bout as he clearly had the better striking game. However, Held shot for a takedown but dropped down to wrap up Kennington’s leg. Kennington tried to defend but was forced to quickly tap.

Seth Petruzelli vs. Carmelo Marrero
The fight was cancelled after Petruzelli was too ill to fight. Petruzelli would post the following on Twitter, “Guys, I have unbelievable news. The doc wouldn’t clear me to fight. I have been feeling sick for past week but haven’t told anyone. When the doc checked me he said he heard weezing and fluid in my lungs. Got a 2nd doc for another opinion and he said same thing. I am so sorry…I feel like I’m in a nightmare”

Marcos Galvao vs. Travis Marx (Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal)
Galvao defeated Marx by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Galvao becomes the first fighter to advance to the bantamweight tournament final as he won the stand-up battle against Marx. A very close bout saw Galvao set the pace in the first round as he pressed the action behind combinations and knees. Marx would turn the tables briefly in the second round as he began to employ more effective striking as Galvao’s output slowed. However, Galvao regained the advantage in the final frame by outworking Marx and landing the more significant strikes.

Daniel Straus vs. Marlon Sandro (Featherweight Tournament Final)
Straus defeated Sandro by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27). Straus wins the season six featherweight tournament and will earn a title shot against the winner of current champion Pat Curran and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. It was Straus who would dictate the fight as he was the busier fighter. In addition, he was also more successful working in the clinch. Sandro appeared tentative until the final round where he picked up the intensity. He would briefly threaten with a standing arm/head triangle but Straus would easily defend the submission. Late in the fight, Straus would score a big suplex and worked for a neck crank/rear-naked choke until the final bell.

Bellator 68 – Preliminary Card Results

Francois Ambang defeated Gregory Milliard by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

Anthony Leone defeated Claudio Ledesma by split decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29, 29-28).

Aung La Nsang defeated Jesus Martinez by technical knockout at 0:36 of the first round.

Don Carlo-Clauss defeated Jacob Kirwan by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

Marcin Held vs. Derrick Kennington