Rich Hale dropped Thiago Santos and advanced to the finals of the Bellator season seven heavyweight tournament Friday night at Bellator 79. Hale earned a TKO victory in 3:31 of the first round.
In other action, Shahbulat Shamhalaev stunned Mike Richman, advancing in the featherweight tourney with an opening round knockout.
BELLATOR 79 RESULTS
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Rich Hale def. Thiago Santos via TKO (strikes) at 3:31 of Round 1 in heavyweight tournament semifinal
Shahbulat Shamhalaev def. Mike Richman via KO (punch) in 1:45 of Round 1 in featherweight tournament semifinal
Douglas Lima def. Kobe Ortiz via TKO (strikes) at 4:50 of Round 3
Ryan Ford def. Kyle Baker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
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Christ Franck def. Marcus Aurelio via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Vitaly Minakov def. Vladimir Starcencov via TKO (strikes) at :27 of Round 2
Magomedrasul Khasbulaev def. Josh Pulsifier via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:30 of Round 1
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