Bellator 72 Results: Paul Daley scores strike-based stoppage in Bellator debut

Last night Bellator kept things rolling with a card featuring three tournament fights, including a divisional final, as well as the debut of British brawler Paul Daley and rematch between sensational scrappers Waachiim Spiritwolf-Marius Zaromskis.

Daley looked sharp against seasoned competitor Rudy Bears, blasting him with a few stiff knees in the opening round of action to set up and ground-and-pound finish. The victory likely secured Daley a spot in this fall’s welterweight tourney and was the 21st strike-based stoppage of his career.

In headlining action, Karl Amoussou impressed all by dispatching of Bryan Baker with an Inverted Heel-Hook in the first frame of their bout. The stoppage came after Amoussou swept Baker’s leg to take his back in a standing position before dipping down to secure the former middleweight finalist’s leg and ultimately his foot. His performance earned him a significant paycheck and shot at current 170-pound champion Ben Askren.

Finally, Travis Wiuff and Attila Vegh both earned decision wins in their light heavyweight tournament tilts and will face off in a month to determine the next challenge for Christian M’Pumbu.

Highlights from the event can be seen below followed by a breakdown of Bellator 72 results:

Julien Williams def. Ryan DeRocher via Technique Submission Round 2 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Paul Barrow def. Jason Carapelluci via Submission Round 3 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Matt McCook def. Shanon Slack via Split Decision
Raul Amaya def. Kenny Moss via TKO Round 2 (Injury)
Ben Saunders def. Brian Warren via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Marius Zaromskis def. Waachiim Spiritwolf via Split Decision
Travis Wiuff def. Tim Carpenter via Unanimous Decision
Attila Vegh def. Emanuel Newton via Split Decision
Paul Daley def. Rudy Bears via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Karl Amoussou def. Bryan Baker via Submission Round 1 (Inverted Heel Hook)