Last night Bellator set up camp in the home of the NFL Hall of Fame – Canton, Ohio – and delivered an evening of action featuring enough hard-hits to even make the gridiron greats proud!
Among the night’s numerous finishes were a couple of surprising outcomes in the form of knockout losses to long-time Bellator fighters Wilson Reis and the promotion’s reigning featherweight champion, Joe Warren.
Reis has been a part of the Bellator since the organization’s first season but has lost his last two fights via strike-based stoppage. The latest instance came after rising 22-year old prospect Eduardo Dantas landed a flying knee, then finished things off with a few shots from above, to improve his record to 11-2.
Stopping Warren’s dream of being a double-divisional champion was former Olympic wrestler Alexis Vila who is now 10-0 in his MMA career. The two talented grapplers didn’t have time to test each other on the ground after Vila landed a powerful left hook sending an already-snoozing Warren to the mat only a minute into their headlining clash.
Joining Vila and Dantas in the Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament semifinal round were Ed West and Marcos Galvao who both won by way of decision. The four men will meet in a month to determine who moves one step closer to a shot at 135-pound champion Zach Makovsky and a $100,000 payday.
Check below for a full rundown of Bellator 51 results:
Frank Caraballo def. Dustin Kempf via TKO Round 1 (Knee Injury)
Joey Holt def. Clint Musser via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
John Hawk def. Allan Weickert via TKO Round 2 (Retirement)
Dan Spohn def. Dane Bonnigson via Knockout Round 1 (Knee)
Jessie Riggleman def. Farkhad Sharipov via Split Decision
Jessica Eye def. Casey Noland via Split Decision
Ed West def. Luis Alberto Nogueira via Unanimous Decision
Marcos Galvao def. Chase Beebe via Split Decision
Eduardo Dantas def. Wilson Reis via Knockout Round 2 (Knee/Strikes)
Alexis Vila def. Joe Warren via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)