Bellator 59 Results
Heavyweight Tournament Finals: Thiago Santos NC Eric Prindle (Unintentional Illegal Strike)
Santos seemed to capture an early advantage and was able to bring Prindle to the mat. Santos stood up over his opponent and contemplated his next move as Prindle lay prone on his back. From there, Thiago Santos decided that the best approach was to kick his opponent.
You can find all the particulars in the link above, but basically, Santos’ asshole kick ended up knocking Prindle in the balls something fierce. Prindle was unable to recover from the blow and the fight was ruled a no contest, as Santos’ strike was deemed unintentional. Perhaps they thought he was aiming for the perineum or posterior of Prindle and just ended up hitting his balls.
The aftermath of this fight is just as ridiculous of the fight itself. Season five is technically not over despite having no events remaining on Bellator’s 2011 schedule. This fight will take place early in season six and will conclude season five, so Cole Konrad is currently without a challenger.
Also, Eric Prindle saw fit to take a picture of his sack and post it on Twitter just to let fans know that yes, he does have male parts and he was indeed kicked in said male parts. You can also find that picture in the link I included above since I can’t in good conscious show you Eric Prindle’s balls.
Bantamweight Tournament Finals: Eduardo Dantas d. Alexis Vila (Unanimous Decision)
This was the only fight of the night that was relatively normal. Dantas used his length to control Vila in the second and third rounds in a fight that ended up being not as competitive as I would have imagined. Vila was unable to do pretty much anything and even seemed to tire a bit as the fight went on. Nonetheless, Eduardo Dantas pulled off what was a big upset in my eyes.
Dantas will now challenge Zach Makovsky and I wonder if that fight will be similar to the one we saw last night. Dantas will hold a clear size advantage, something Makovsky referenced when he jokingly stood on a foot stool to face off with his next challenger. Vila and Makovsky are both skilled wrestlers. Vila is a bit more of a striker while Makovsky has a bit more in his gas tank. I’m initially thinking Dantas will have the advantage in this title fight, but we’ll have to wait until next year to find out.
Lightweight: Patricky Freire d. Kurt Pellegrino (TKO – Round 1, 0:50)
Freire attacked Pellegrino early and seemed to hurt the former UFC lightweight. Before letting Freire finish the fight, the referee made the ridiculous decision that he had seen enough and called a stop to the action. While things weren’t looking up for Pellegrino, he was still working to defend himself from Freire’s onslaught.
After the fight, Pellegrino surprised few by retiring once again. What was surprising was how quickly he embraced Patricky, saying that he’d be working with the Pitbull in the future and that he’d even invite Freire over for a slumber party. This, just one day removed from a heated stand-off during weigh ins and mere moments after being defeated
Lightweight: Marcin Held d. Phillipe Nover (Split Decision)
Held opened up with some incredible BJJ, working for crazy submissions and almost finishing Nover early in the fight. Nover settled and seemed to control the later two rounds, while some also made a case for him winning the first round. In the end, the judges called a bogus split decision in Held’s favor. Nover was pretty clearly the winner here, spending most of the last ten minutes on top of Held. But hey, it wouldn’t be Bellator without a bad decision or two from the judges.
Catchweight (175 lbs.): Karl Amoussou d. Jesus Martinez (TKO – Round 1, 2:20)
Welterweight: LeVon Maynard d. Christopher Wing (Unanimous Decision)
Featherweight: Scott Heckman d. Brylan Van Artsdalen (Submission – Round 1, 1:38)
Middleweight: Gregory Milliard d. Brandon Saling (Unanimous Decision)
Catchweight (175 lbs.): Lucas Pimenta d. Doug Gordon (KO – Round 1, 0:40)