Two fighters will earn a spot in the finals of the Season 7 tournaments this Friday at Bellator 79. Rich Hale takes on Thiago Santos in a heavyweight semifinal bout while Shahbulat Shamhalaev meets Mike Richman in a featherweight semifinal.
Bellator 79 takes place from Casino Rama in Ontario. The main card will be televised live on MTV2 and EPIX HD beginning at 8:00pm ET. The preliminary card bouts will be streamed online at 7:00pm ET.
Vitaly Minakov defeated Vladimir Starcencov by technical knockout at 0:27 of the second round.
Magomedrasul Khasbulaev defeated Josh Pulsifier by rear-naked choke submission at 3:30 of the first round.
Christ Franck defeated Marcus Aurelio by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Main Card Results
Ryan Ford defeated Kyle Baker by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
It was a dominate performance for Ford in the first round as he punished Baker in the stand-up game. To Baker’s credit he took every shot as he survived the round despite being bloodied and battered. The tough Baker had his moments as he was also able to threaten with a submission in the second round and get full mount in the third. However, those moments were not enough to overcome the offense of Ford.
Douglas Lima defeated Kobe Ortiz by technical knockout at 4:50 of the third round.
An over-matched Ortiz spent much of the time with his hands down and circling away from the dangerous Lima. However he still took a beating from Lima who appeared as if he could finish the fight at any time. Ortiz showed heart as he hung in there but a high kick and quick flurry from Lima ended the bout just seconds before the final bell.
Shahbulat Shamhalaev defeated Mike Richman by knockout at 1:45 of the first round.
Richman moved forward looking to press the action while Shamhalaev was content to counter-punch. It would be a perfectly time and placed overhand right from Shamhalaev that quickly put out Richman lights. With the win Shamhalaev advances to the finals of the Season 7 Featherweight Tournament.
Rich Hale defeated Thiago Santos by technical knockout at 3:31 of the first round.
Hale advances to the finals of the Season 7 Heavyweight Tournament with a come from behind win. Santos landed a series of left hooks early in the fight which appeared to rock Hale. Santos briefly threatened with a standing guillotine and also scored a takedown. However, Hale was able to recover and get the fight back standing. The referee separated the fighters after a stalemate along the fence and Santos appeared to be very fatigued. When they re-engaged Hale landed a short left and Santos fell to the ground where he covered up. Hale then landed a flurry of unanswered strikes until the referee called an end to the fight.