Saturday marked a strange night in Atlantic City after Bellator‘s generally excellent Season 5 ended on a sour note only saved by the fact the promotion aired last weekend’s “Fight of the Year” candidate between Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez after the main card’s conclusion.
Featuring two tournament finals, as well as the debuts of a pair of UFC veterans against familiar faces in the Bellator neghborhood, Bellator 59 saw 22-year old Brazilian Eduardo Dantas outpoint previously undefeated Olympian Alexis Vila after showing an ability to stop Vila’s takedowns while using speed/precision to win the bulk of bout’s stand-up exchanges. Dantas will now face bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky at an event in 2012 for the divisional title.
In less savory outcomes, the heavyweight tournament final ended in a “No Contest” after Thiago Santos “accidentally” kicked a downed Eric Prindle in the jewels. They are expected to face off in a rematch during Season 6, hopefully in the opener as a means of erasing the sight of Prindle hunched over in pain and unable to continue after a five-minute break as soon as possible. Also questionable in nature, Kurt Pellegrino lost via TKO against Patricky Freire in a match-up featuring a premature stoppage, then promptly re-retired, and TUF stand-out Phillipe Nover came up short on some iffy scorecards against Marcin Held who essentially did little more than attempt failed leg/foot submissions.
Here is a full list of Bellator 59 results:
Gregory Milliard def. Brandon Saling via Unanimous Decision
Scott Heckman def. Brylan Van Artsdalen via Submission Round 1 (Standing Guillotine Choke)
Lucas Pimenta def. Doug Gordon via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
LeVon Maynard def. Chris Wing via Unanimous Decision
Karl Amoussou def. Jesus Martinez via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Marcin Held def. Phillipe Nover via Split Decision
Eduardo Dantas def. Alexis Vila via Unanimous Decision
Patricky Freire def. Kurt Pellegrino via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Eric Prindle vs. Thiago Santos ruled No Contest (Accidental Blow to Groin)
PHOTO CREDIT – BELLATOR
MMATraining Take: It’s a shame the season couldn’t have either ended with Alvarez/Chandler because their bout was for more indicative to the quality Bellator consistently provides than Bellator 59. Also, let’s not forget it wasn’t Bellator’s fault that the referees/judges were still half-asleep from eating turkey on Thanksgiving.