Bellator 45 Recap: M’Pumbu Historic, Pitbull Wins Featherweight

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The fourth season of Bellator played out in front of a pretty lively crowd at the L’Auberge Du Lac in Lake Charles, LA and as has been the case throughout this season, fight fans were treated to a spectacular night of fights and one history making performance. 

Light Heavyweight World Title Fight
Christian M'Pumbu (18-3-1) TKO 3 Richard Hale (17-4-1)
Time of Stoppage:  4:17 RD 3

Christian M’Pumbu had aspirations of being the first African-born champion of a major MMA promotion and in his fight against Richard Hale he made this dream into a reality.  M’Pumbu rocked Hale early on with a hard left hook and followed that up with some vicious ground and pound.  Despite that assault and a Darce choke attempt, Hale managed to see the end of the first round.  The second round had Hale as the aggressor but M’Pumbu’s head movement and crisp leg kicks kept him from really doing any damage.  M’Pumbu made history in the third round as he knocked out Hale cold.  Hale had been doing some solid work with his aggression in the third and it looked like M’Pumbu was a little gun shy.  Then, with a earth-moving right hand M’Pumbu dropped Hale.  Initially M’Pumbu thought Hale was out cold but after the referee made no such indication M’Pumbu pounced and after an unanswered flurry of hammer fists the fight was mercifully stopped.  With the win, M’Pumbu wins the Bellator light heavyweight champion and $100,000, but more importantly, he becomes the first African MMA champion and that is truly a commendable achievement. 

Bellator Featherweight Tournament Final Fight
Patricio Pitbull (17-1) Unanimous Decision Daniel Straus (16-4)
Scores:  30-27, 30-27, 29-28

It was a battle of two superbly talented featherweights and in the end it was Patricio Pitbull who would exit the cage as the Bellator season four featherweight tournament winner which earned him a cool $100,000 and a shot at Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren.  Things started out in a measured clip as Straus managed to keep Pitbull honest utilizing his wrestling to takedown his Brazilian opponent.  However, Pitbull was able to quickly get to his feet negating any positives that Straus hoped to achieve on the ground.  In the second round, Pitbull began to exert his will in the fight as he mixed in a good blend of leg kicks, knees, and takedowns to give Straus all he could handle throughout the round.  The third round settled into much the same pattern, though Straus had some success throughout the round with a solid jab-straight combo.  Unfortunately, Pitbull continued to dictate the pace and tempo of the fight. 

Bellator Season Five Middleweight Qualifier Fight
Sam Alvey (15-2) Split Decision Karl "Psycho" Amoussou (12-4-2)
Scores 29-28, 28-29, 29-28

While “Smiling” Sam Alvey is certainly a respected young prospect in the game, most observers where more curious to see the exploits of France’s Karl Amoussou.  In the opening round of the season five middleweight tournament qualifier Amoussou showed exactly why there is a considerable amount of hype surrounding the Paris policeman.  Amoussou lightning quick body and head kicks that demonstrated his considerable striking ability.  A black belt in judo, Amoussou was equally impressive on the ground where after a taking mount he bludgeoned Alvey with a barrage of elbows that sliced and diced Alvey.  By the end of the round Alvey looked like the prom scene in the move “Carrie”; blood everywhere.

Things slowed in the second round with Amoussou again showing that he was the more dynamic fighter, though it was close.  Amoussou tried to regain momentum in the third round but Alvey remained tough even as he endured some hard inside knees.  However, Alvey soon began to warm up with some good counters that landed as Amoussou charged in.  Alvey really turned things on after countering an Amoussou trip, the American fight unleashed hell in the form of ground and pound as Amoussou desperately tried to hold on.  In the end, Alvey’s tenacity enabled him to grind out a split decision victory. 


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