Mann, Malegarie, Sandro, Curran advance at Bellator 46

bellator 46 posterThe Bellator Fighting Championships returned to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida to kick-off their Summer Series Featherweight Tournament. Below are the quick results of the four quarterfinal bouts that were featured at the Bellator 46 event.

Ronnie Mann vs. Adam Schindler – Ronnie “Kid Ninja” Mann showcased an impressive standup game which led him to a first round knockout of Schindler. Mann’s crisp technical striking routinely bear Schindler to the punch. A solid left hook from Mann dropped Schindler and “Kid Ninja” attacked with several brutal hammerfists to the fallen foe that brought an end to the bout at the 4:14 mark.

Nazareno Malegarie vs. Jacob Devree – Malegarie rebounded from his first career loss at Bellator 37 with a third round submission victory over Devree. Malegarie improved his career record to 20-1 as he controlled the bout with his superior ground game. The majority of the fight was played out on the ground with Malegarie in top control. After two failed guillotine attempts Malegarie was able to secure the submission when Devree tried to scramble to his feet. Malegarie saw the opening and quickly locked in the guillotine to force a tap at 1:25 of the final frame.

Genair da Silva vs. Marlon Sandro – Sandro advances to the semifinals with a split decision over da Silva. The pair of Brazilians were both making their debut fighting in the United States and with Bellator. da Silva’s most effective weapons were his kicks but Sandro was able to control the action with his superior striking. Sandro appeared to be close to finishing the fight as he dropped da Silva in the first round. The three judges scored the fight 30-27 Sandro, 29-28 da Silva and 29-28 Sandro.

Pat Curran vs. Luis Palomino – After a brief feeling out process, Curran landed a crushing right hand that sends Palomino to the ground. The fighters scramble but the action hits the ground which is where Palomino did not want to end up. Curran patiently worked to improve his position as he looked for a darce choke. Palomino defended but Curran stepped over to secure the Peruvian necktie on the Peruvian which brings the tap at 3:49 of the first round.