411’s Bellator 70 Report 5.25.12
New Orleans Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
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MAIN CARD(MTV2, EPIX-HD)
Rick Hawn (156lbs 13-1) vs. Brent Weedman (156lbs 20-7-1)
Champ Cole Konrad (265.2lbs 8-0) vs. Eric Prindle (265lbs 9-1-0, 1NC)
Hiroshi Nakamura (135.8lbs 15-5-4) vs. Luis Nogueira (135.8lbs 13-2)
Derek Campos (154.8lbs 9-2) vs. Rich Clementi (157.2lbs 41-21-1) – 157-pound catchweight
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
Keith Schneider (173.6lbs 6-6) vs. Josh Shockley (170.8lbs 9-1-1) – 173-pound catchweight
A.J. Matthews (170.8lbs 5-1) vs. Charlie Rader (171lbs 16-5)
Jeremiah Riggs (185.2lbs 7-6) vs. Kelvin Tiller (190.8lbs 2-1)*
Jonas Billstein (185lbs 20-2) vs. Mike Seal (185lbs 13-15-1, 1 NC)
Derek Arcement (136lbs 0-2) vs. Blake Dufour (136lbs 2-1)
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We go to the cage for our first fight.
Derek Arcement defeats Blake Dufour by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27X2).
Jonas Billstein defeats Mike Seal by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:55 of round 1.
Kelvin Tiller defats Jeremiah Riggs by technical submission (kimura) 3:38 of round 3.
A.J. Matthews defeats vs. Charlie Rader by KO at 3:34 of round 2.
Catchweight bout (157lbs): Derek Campos (154.8lbs 9-2) vs. Rich Clementi (157.2lbs 41-21-1)
ROUND ONE: Campos is stalking Clementi, coming forward and being aggressive. Clementi is circling but is caught and gets knocked down. Campos stands over him and lands a kick. Clementi butt scoots and stands up as Campos won’t go to the ground with him. They battle against the fence, exchange strikes then Campos back out. Clementi goes for a single leg takedown and Campos sprawls. Clementi continues to try for the takedown and Campos continues to defend against it. Clementi turns Campos away from the fence and drives him down. Campos is on his back now. Clementi stands up, Campos follows and sticks his head in a guillotine. Done and done! As per usual, the First Round Finish Club is grateful for your wonderful performance Mr. Clementi.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Rich Clementi by submission (guillotine) at 4:18 of round 1.
Bantamweight semi-final bout: Hiroshi Nakamura (135.8lbs 15-5-4) vs. Luis Nogueira (135.8lbs 13-2)
ROUND ONE: Nogueira comes out throwing lots and lots of leg kicks. One catches Nakamura in the cup. Two more strikes and I’m bringing out “Ode to the Nutshot” Nakamura throws a leg kick, follows with strikes and clinches with Nogueira. Nogueira tries a jump knee. They clinch and release. Another quick exchange between the fighters. They trade kicks. Nakamura tries a takedown, Nogueira defends. Nakamura throws a jab, Nog ducks and Nakamura attempts a takedown. They get back up and Nakamura goes for another takedown. Nog defends, tries for a leg lock and Nakamura pulls away. Nakamura pushes him against the fence. Nog turns him around. Nakamura turns him back. That was an extremely close round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Nogueira
ROUND TWO: Some more quick exchanges to start the round. Nakamura tries a takedown and is once again denied. Both men are using a lot of movement. Neither of them is staying too still. Nog tags Nakamura and appears to have cut him. Nakamura is denied for another takedown. Nog backs him against the cage and clubs him. Nog BODYSLAMS Nakamura! Nakamura defends and stands up. Nog keeps up the pressure against the fence. Nakamura escapes. He’s countering Nog now. NOPE! Nice smack from Nog and Nakamura shoots out of defensive instinct. Nog tries another jump knee. The fight is against the fence again as both men are evading looping strikes. With a minute left go back to the center of the cage. Nog continues to throw and Nakamura attempts to duck and shoot again. The round ends with Nog taking Nakamura’s back while standing.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Nogueira
ROUND THREE: Nog is circling and looking to counter. Nakamura is much more aggressive in this round. Lots of feinting and jabbing from both men in this round. Nog is tagging Nakamura with hooks. Counter left from Nakamura and BOOM! Nogueira catches Nakamura coming and smashes him with a devastating left on the ground. I think Nakamura owed Nog money.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Luis Nogueira by TKO at 1:58 of round 3.
Littler Nog vs Marcus “screwy decisions” Galvao for the bantamweight tournament final. That sounds dandy.
Heavyweight Championship bout: Champ Cole Konrad (265.2lbs 8-0) vs. Eric Prindle (265lbs 9-1-0, 1NC)
ROUND ONE: They clinch up and within 22 seconds Konrad gets a takedown. Buckle in folks, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Konrad locks up a kimura. Prindle grunts out loud and we have another technical submission…and Prindle completely craps out…sigh.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Cole Konrad by submission (kimura) at 1:00 of round 1.
I’m happy for Konrad and all of that but seriously…it took forever for them to get to this point and it ends in a minute…might has well have called in Bob Sapp.
Here’s a thought, #bellator give Konrad to the UFC, shut down your HW division and refocus on your WMMA division instead.
Lightweight Final Tournament bout: Rick Hawn (156lbs 13-1) vs. Brent Weedman (156lbs 20-7-1)
ROUND ONE: The fighters are exchanging early and often. Weedman throws a few leg kicks. Hawn comes in with a combination. Weedman is throwing more kicks to keep Hawn from getting inside. Weedman comes in with punches and Hawn attempts to clinch. Weedman pulls away. Hawn steps in again and lands an uppercut. Weedman grabs a Thai clinch. Hawn pulls away. Weedman goes a kick to the body, Hawn catches but take advantage. Hawn ducks a bunch and tries to take Weedman down. He settles for a kick to the back of the leg. Hawn lands a punch to the jaw. Hawn misses with an overhand right, Weedman body locks and Hawn takes him down. He slugs Weedman but can’t keep him down. Kick to the body from Weedman. Hawn steps in and his tied up by Weedman. He takes some knees before the round ends.
SCORECARD: Weedman 10-9
ROUND TWO: Hawn lands a one-two and then gets kicked. Hawn clinches and eats more knees. Weedman comes, Hawn catches and tries to toss him to the ground. Hawn stays with him and presses him against the fence. Weedman gets away. The fighters exchange more strikes. They clinch up, exchange knees and release. Weedman lands a right hand over the eye. Hawn lands a right hand on the jaw. Weedman throws and overhand, Hawn ducks and tries to throw him but Weedman defends with a hand stand. Weedman is slowing down now and is being outworked by Hawn. Hawn is basically tagging Weedman at will. One final clinch and knee from Weedman.
SCORECARD: Hawn 10-9
ROUND THREE: Weedman is out a little faster this round. He’s turning on the violence. Hawn jabs to slow him down. Hawn is tagging Weedman with lefts. They clinch and Hawn finally gets Hawn down. Hawn is trapped in Weedman’s guard. Weedman is trying for a triangle. Hawn stands in Weedman’s guard. He dives on Weedman with a punch. Hawn is working over Weedman’s body with strikes. Weedman can’t seem to hip out from under Hawn. Weedman finally gets up but they clinch again. Weedman lands a knee but then falls down. Hawn tries for a guillotine but Weedman escapes. They exchange knees in the clinch util the bell rings. Meh.
SCORECARD: Hawn 10-9
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Rick Hawn by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27).
So Rick Hawn will eventually take on Michael Chandler…and he will be slain. But until then, come back tomorrow night for Jeff Harris’ coverage of UFC 146. And remember, be well, be safe and behave!
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