Boxing/MMA

Bellator 41 Results: Warren Earns Big Win

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Bellator Super Fight Main Event
Joe Warren (7-1) UD 3 Marcos Galvao (9-4-1)
Scores:  30-27, 29-28, 29-28

Joe Warren’s reputation for pulling out victories despite looking less than stellar remained intact Saturday night as Warren was lucky to escape with a decision over Brazilian Marcos Galvao.  Despite the margin on the score cards, Galvao seemed to be the fighter in control of the action through most of the fight.  Galvao was able to shrug off a number of Warren’s takedown attempts and just seemed to be the fighter making more of an impact in the fight.  Still, despite Galvao’s stellar performance under fire, the bout was awarded to Warren who appears to have nothing but luck on his side. 

Bellator Featherweight Tournament Semifinal
Daniel Straus (16-3) SUB RD 3 (Guillotine) Kenny Foster (9-3)
Official Time of Submission:  3:48 RD 3

Daniel Straus may not be the most exciting fighter to watch, but you cannot sleep on his ability to grind out victories based on will and tenacity alone.  In his featherweight semifinal bout with Kenny Foster, Straus displayed his trademark grittiness in simply grinding down Foster over three rounds.  Under the Arizona sun, with temperatures reaching 99 degrees at the time of their fight, Straus just kept after Foster over the course of the fight.  Eventually, after Foster put up a spirited fight he met his demise when Straus simply outmuscled him in the third round and caught him in a gullitone choke to end the fight.

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Bellator Featerweight Tournament Semifinal
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (16-1) KO 3 RD Wilson Reis (12-3)
Official Time 3:29

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire has been heavily hyped by the Bellator brass as a fighter with superstar written all over him.  After seeing his three round destruction of Wilson Reis, it’s hard to disagree with them.  Freire was simply too much in every aspect of this fight.  Try as he might, Reis was unable to do anything to slow the assault that Freire was bringing in the cage.  Standing, Freire was getting the best of the exchanges.  On the ground, Freire was getting the best position.  Then, as we neared the end of the third and final round Freire unloaded an unrelenting salvo of hard punches that left Reis slumped along the cage and “Pitbull” with a featherweight tournament final against Daniel Straus.

Bellator Super Fight
Zack Makovsky (13-2) TKO 3 (Strikes) Chad Robichaux (11-1)
Official Time:  2:02 RD 3

In a pre-fight interview Chad Robichaux was dismissive of Bellator bantamweight champions Zack Makovsky’s vaunted wrestling skills.  In retrospect Robichaux may have hoped for an opponent with far fewer wrestling techniques as Makovsky simply bullied and out-wrestled the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.  Robichaux was game throughout the fight and was able to avoid punishment on numerous occasions.  However, Makovsky was simply too strong and too good of a wrestler and was able to control the pace, the action, and the tempo of the fight.  This fight, which was a non-title bout, displayed all the talents and merits of Makovsky who looks like he may be a star on the rise.