For the second time since signing with Bellator, bantamweight competitor Marcos Galvao has found himself on the losing end of a controversial result. After originally seeing Joe Warren gifted a victory six months ago at Bellator 41, Galvao watched history repeat itself last night at Bellator 55 when former Olympian Alexis Vila was awarded a Split Decision win despite appearing to be outclassed more often than not in their headlining tilt.
The outcome puts Vila in the organization’s ongoing Season 5 tournament where he’ll face Eduardo Dantas, a 22-year old Brazilian who looks to have an extremely bright future in MMA as evident in his solid showing against Ed West in the other semifinal fight.
Other interesting notes from last night’s show, Bellator light heavyweight champ Christian M’Pumbu lost in a non-title bout with journeyman Travis Wiuff’s experience and grappling proving to be too much for the French-African, while TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero debuted in dominating fashion with an opening round submission of opponent Cesar Avila.
Here is a complete listing of Bellator 55 results:
Steve Steinbeiss def. Dano Moore via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Jade Porter def. Nick Piedmont via Unanimous Decision
Erin Beach def. Roscoe Jackson via Submission Round 1
Jacob Ortiz def. Edgar Garcia via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Richard Hale def. Carlos Flores via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Ricardo Tirloni def. Steve Gable via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Travis Wiuff def. Christian M’Pumbu via Unanimous Decision
Eduardo Dantas def. Ed West via Split Decision
Alexis Vila def. Marcos Galvao via Split Decision
Efrain Escudero def. Ceasar Avila via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
PHOTO CREDIT – BELLATOR
MMATraining Take: As much as I like Bellator’s product the number of bad decisions irk me, especially since most tend to come when the organization stops at casinos outside of Las Vegas. Also, as I wrote about earlier this week, the fact M’Pumbu was put in a non-title fight against someone like Wiuff was ridiculous and ultimately devalued the light heavyweight belt to the point it will now be a meaningless trinket for at least six more months (likely longer).