Bellator 47 Main Card – Sandro, Curran advance in featherwight tourney

bellator 47 posterThe Bellator Fighting Championships made their first appearance outside of the United States as they traveled to the Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada for Bellator 47.

Zak Jensen vs. Neil Grove
The heavyweights put on two awesome minutes of action to kick off the main card of Bellator 47. They came out throwing bombs with Jensen landing the the first big shot that dropped Grove. However, Grove recovered quickly and was able to drag Jensen to the ground. Grove tried a leglock while Jensen responds with punches to the body. Grove counters with shots to the face then finally gives up the submission attempt. Jensen briefly tries a triangle but Grove easily escapes and begins to punish Jensen through his guard. Referee Yves Lavigne stops the action at the 2:00 mark, giving Grove the technical knockout win.

Chris Horodecki vs. Chris Saunders
Horodecki put on a dominating performance in front of his hometown fans to take a unanimous decision over Saunders. The fight turned out to be primarily a ground battle between the lightweights with Horodecki scoring the takedowns and pressing the action. Saunders was on the defensive for most of the fight with most of his offense coming from submission attempts following takedowns by Horodecki. The three judges each scored the fight 30-27 for Horodecki.

Marlon Sandro vs. Nazareno Malegarie
Sandro advances to the finals of the Bellator Featherweight Tournament with a unanimous decision victory over Malegarie. The clash between two Brazilian jiu-jitsu black-belts turned into a boxing match with Sandro’s more effective striking being the difference. Sandro’s used a sharp jab with tighter boxing to routinely beat the tough Malegarie to the punch. When the fight did hit the ground it was Sandro who initiated the action as he was able to take Malegarie down several times. To Malegarie credit he continued to stand and trade with Sandro until the final bell.

Pat Curran vs. Ronnie Mann
Curran secured his spot in the Bellator Featherweight Tournament finals by taking a unanimous decision win over Mann with scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28. Curran, the Season 2 Lightweight Tournament Champion, controlled the fight with his efficient striking while also keeping Mann at bay with flying knees and leg kicks.

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