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

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.


Main Card

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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