The eight 155ers competing last night at Bellator 62 in the opening round of the Season 6 Lightweight Tournament came to impress and did just that after putting together an action-packed block of MMA on MTV 2. Three of the four fights resulted in some form of stoppage while the lone exception involved a hotly-contested Split Decision.
Capping the evening off in perfect fashion, Lloyd Woodard’s headlining tilt against Patricky Freire involved a round-and-a-half for the ages with each man going full speed from start to finish. Freire appeared to have Woodard on the ropes early, damaging him with powerful, precise strikes, but in the end the “Cupcake” came away with a submission win after locking up a beautiful Kimura.
Also moving on to the semifinal foursome were former welterweights Rick Hawn and Brent Weedman who both looked fantastic in their divisional debuts. Hawn left opponent Ricardo Tirloni flattened with a first frame TKO while Weedman locked up a rarely-seen Shoulder Choke against adversary J.J. Ambrose. Newly-signed Thiago Michel will also join the group after barely outpointing Bellator veteran Rene Nazare in the main card’s opening clash.
Match-ups for the next round, taking place at Bellator 66 in April, will be Weedman-Michel and Hawn-Woodard.
Check below for a full rundown of Bellator 62 outcomes:
Luis Vega def. Sonny Luque via Submission Round 1 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Chris Jones def. Steven Peterson via Split Decision
Rad Martinez def. Douglas Frey via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Sean Spencer def. Joseph Daily via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Dave Jansen def. Jacob Kirwan via Unanimous Decision
Thiago Michel def. Rene Nazare via Split Decision
Brent Weedman def. J.J. Ambrose via Submission Round 2 (Shoulder Choke)
Rick Hawn def. Ricardo Tirloni via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Lloyd Woodard def. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire via Submission Round 2 (Kimura)
MMATraining Take: Thiago Santos who? Eric Prindle what? The heavyweights’ absence from the card may have been a blessing given the entertaining show put on by the 155ers (with one of those bouts not making the main card had Prindle-Santos fought as scheduled). All in all another great show from Bellator. Also nice to see Martinez pick up another win. Talk about a feel good story.