Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Kondrad will make his first title defense when he takes on season five tournament winner Eric Prindle at Bellator 70. Taking place from the New Orleans Convention Center, Bellator 70 also features the season six lightweight tournament final with Rick Hawn taking on Brent Weedman.
Also highlighting the main card is a bantamweight semifinal bout pitting Luis Nogueira against Hiroshi Nakamura. In addition, UFC veteran Rich Clementi returns to the Bellator cage to sqaure off against Derek Campos.
The main card of Bellator 70 will be televised live on MTV 2 and EPIX HD beginning at 8:00pm ET. The preliminary card will be streamed on Spike.com at 7:00pm ET.
Bellator 70 Main Card Results
Rich Clementi vs. Derek Campos – 158-pound Catchweight Bout
Clementi defeated Campos by guillotine choke submission at 4:18 of the first round. Clementi was controlling the action on the ground working within the guard of Campos. Campos struggled to work back to his feet then immediately shot for a takedown. However, Clementi would catch Campos in a guillotine which forced the tap.
Luis Nogueira vs. Hiroshi Nakamura – Bantamweight Semifinal
Nogueira defeated Nakamura by technical knockout at 1:58 of the third round. Nakamura was unable to get the fight wo the ground while Nogueira got the better of the stand-up game. Nogueira began to take control of the bout midway through the second round. He scored a powerful slam of Nakamura then began to batter him on his feet. In the third round, Nogueira landed a powerful short right which stunned Nakamura as he was coming in. A quick follow-up left hand from Nogueira put Nakamura down and out. With the win Nogueira advances to the finals of the season six bantamweight tournament against Marcos Galvao.
Eric Prindle vs. Cole Konrad – Heavyweight Championship Bout
Konrad defeated Prindle by kimura submission at 1:00 of the first round. Konrad easily defends his heavyweight title for the first time with a quick finish of Prindle, the season five heavyweight tournament winner. Konrad put Prindle on his back with a takedown from the clinch. He immediately grabbed Prindle’s arm and wrenched the kimura until Prindle submitted.
Rick Hawn vs. Brent Weedman – Lightweight Tournament Final
Hawn defeated Weedman by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27). Effective counter-punching and timely takedowns helped to lead Hawn to the victory. Weedman’s best offesive weapons were his kicks which he utilized as he pressed forward. However, it was Hawn who would land the harder strikes throughout the fight as he countered Weedman on his way in. In addition, Hawn would score several trip takedowns which helped keep Weedman off his game plan. Hawn would grind out most of the third round following a takedown and ground work in Weedman’s guard. With the win Hawn earns a title shot against current Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler.