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Bellator 56 Results

Welterweight Title: (c) Ben Askren d. Jay Hieron (Split Decision)

This ended up being a really fun, competitive fight that went about as expected.  Askren’s wrestling and grappling were fantastic and his striking seems to have improved, though Hieron was doing better work on the feet.  Askren took a very close split decision that easily could have gone to Hieron, and honestly, probably should have gone to Hieron.  Still, Askren’s win is far from the worst decision I’ve ever seen.

I would normally predict Hieron back in the tournament field and Askren to take on the winner of Saunders vs. Vianna, but who on earth knows what’s going to change with Viacom’s purchase of Bellator?  I’m sure the winners of this season’s tournaments will get their shots, but will the format continue?  Will Bellator adopt a more standard fight format?  Are we going to see a whole new influx of talent into Bellator with their new found resources?

I’m pretty excited to see how things go for Bellator under new ownership just because things could stand to get a lot better from here, especially at the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions.  Now it’s just a matter of the new men in charge making the right decisions.

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinals: Thiago Santos d. Neil Grove (Submission – Round 1, 0:38)

Fast fat boy submission!

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinals: Eric Prindle d. Ron Sparks (KO – Round 1, 0:40)

Fast fat boy knockout!

I put the over under on Santos vs. Prindle at 30 seconds.  Then the winner will get pulverized by Cole Konrad.

Middleweight: Marcio Navarro d. Rudy Bears (Split Decision)

Featherweight: Jeremy Spoon d. Adam Schindler (Unanimous Decision)

Light Heavyweight: Kelvin Tiller d. Dan Spohn (Split Decision)

Lightweight: Emanuel Brooks d. Willian De Souza (Unanimous Decision)

Featherweight: Jacob Akin d. Jeimeson Saudino (Submission – Round 1, 3:26)

Bantamweight: Aaron Ely d. Owen Evinger (Submission – Round 1, 3:45)

Heavyweight: Daniel Gallemore d. Derrick Ruffin (TKO – Round 2, 5:00)

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