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.
Brandon Halsey def. Alexander Shlemenko
Technical submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1 - 0:35
Marcin Held def. Patricky Freire
Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
Bubba Jenkins def. Thiago Meller
Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Mike Richman def. Ed West
KO (punches) Round 1 - 2:44
Preliminary Card (Spike.com)
Catchweight (160 lbs)
LaRue Burley def. Raymond Pina
Submission (guillotine choke) Round 2 - 0:22
Clifford Starks def. Kobe Ortiz
Technical submission (guillotine choke) Round 2 - 0:52
Nick Rossborough def. Ryan Martinez
TKO (injury) Round 1
Joe Taimanglo def. Michael Parker
Decision (unanimous) (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Dan Charles def. Stuart Austin
KO (punch) Round 3 - 0:18
Derek Campos def. Estevan Payan
KO (punch) Round 1 - 0:31
Brandon Girtz def. Benny Madrid
TKO (punches) Round 1 - 0:57