The new Bellator middleweight champ - Brandon Halsey. (photo courtesy of Bellator.com)
What a weekend us MMA fans were treated to! It all started with Bellator 126 as Middleweight Champ Alexander Schlemenko took on Season 10 middleweight tournament winner and All American wrestler Brandon Halsey. It didn’t take long for Halsey to put an end to Schlemnko’s reign as champion as he quickly took down the Russian and sunk in the rear naked choke rendering the champ unconscious. Halsey made it look easy and now awaits his next challenge.
The co main event saw Polish phenom Marcin Held dominate Patricky Freire using textbook jiu jitsu to negate the explosive Brazilian’s feared striking.
Bellator seems to be putting on some great shows under Scott Coker’s new tenure as president and WWE style antics aside ( see also Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar) the worlds #2 MMA organization promises some more exciting cards in the near future.
Full results after the jump.
MMA legend Wanderlei Silva, best known for his day as the fearsome knockout artist in PRIDE has called it a career. Silva released a Youtube video to announce his retirement and air out is grievances with his current employer the UFC. Silva was never able to reach the same level of success that he enjoyed in Japan and his last few months have saw him mired in controversy surrounding his lack of cooperation with a drug test for the NSAC.
Never the less Silva was one of the most exciting fighters to ever enter the ring or cage and still remained one of the most popular fighters on the UFC roster. He was one of the men who helped pave the way for the sport from his bare knuckle brawls in Brazil to its current mainstream success.
Silva retires with a 35-12-1 record.
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Since we are givers by nature, we figured our readers would appreciate it if we shared these awesome pics with them too. Join us after the jump to see the rest of her photo gallery and get to know her a little better in her interview. In the meantime be sure to follow her on all of her social media pages. You can thank her for greatly improving the quality of your timeline. Enjoy!
(photo via Lucas Noonan/World Series of Fighting)
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (Sept. 13, 2014) – Reigning bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Marlon Moraes (14-4-1) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. continued his tear, notching his eighth consecutive victory with a second round submission (rear-naked choke) of fellow superstar Cody Bollinger (16-3-1) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. in the 147-pound catchweight main event and non-title affair at the World Series of Fighting Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa. on Saturday, Sept. 13, live on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).
The 26-year-old Moraes nearly finished Bollinger in the first round with a storm of punches after sending Bollinger to the canvas. Bollinger made it back to his feet, only to be tagged with a Moraes head kick as the round came to a close. In the outset of the second frame, Moraes began unloading kicks and, then dropped Bollinger with a shot to the temple. Moraes followed his opponent to the canvas and slapped on a rear-naked choke, forcing Bollinger to tap out at the 1:35 mark of the round.
In the lightweight (155 pounds) co-main event, Ozzy Dugulubgov (6-2) of Clifton, N.J. scored a stunning third round KO (punch) on Keon “The Black Assassin” Caldwell (10-3) of Moultrie, Ga. Following a competitive first round of battle, Dugulubgov began to open up, securing two takedowns and executing a throw on Caldwell. In the third stanza, Dugulubgov unleashed a spinning back kick to Caldwell’s body, then suddenly exploded with a punch that immediately knocked Caldwell out and brought about a stoppage at the 1:38 mark of the round.
In another bantamweight tilt, Timur “Lucky” Valiev (8-1) of Albuquerque, N.M. notched his eighth consecutive win, a dominant performance that led to a unanimous decision over Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman (6-2) of Akron, O.H.
In a lightweight attraction that served as the opening fight on the four-bout NBCSN card, a game Frankie Perez (9-1) of Howell, N.J. made his debut for World Series of Fighting in spectacular fashion, winning all three rounds on all three judges’ scorecards against fellow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Tom Marcellino (7-3) of Amsterdam, N.Y. to walk away with a unanimous decision victory.
Complete World Series of Fighting 13: “Moraes vs. Bollinger” Results:
Main Card: Marlon Moraes def. Cody Bollinger via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:35
Ozzy Dugulubgov def. Keon Caldwell via KO (punch) – Round 3, 1:38
Timur Valiev def. Isaiah Chapman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Frankie Perez def. Tom Marcellino via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary Card: Sidemar Honorio def. Matthew Lozano via TKO (arm injury) – Round 3, :28
Matt Secor def. Brett Shoenfelt via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:38
Katlyn Chookagian def. Brigitte Narcise via KO (knee) – Round 3, :38
Nick Browne def. Sidney Outlaw via KO (punches) – Round 1, :25
Tenyeh DIxon def. Emmanuel Walo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Luciano Cristovam def. Francisco Isata via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)