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Bellator 79 Review: Rich Hale, Thiago Santos, Shahbulat Shamhalaev, Mike Richman and More

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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.

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BELLATOR 79 RESULTS

Main Card

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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)

Preliminary Card

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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