Monday, November 28, 2011

Santos-Prindle bout ends in no contest

A vicious kick to the groin by Thiago Santos prematurely ended the Bellator Season 5 heavyweight tournament in Atlantic City on Saturday.

Santos' illegal shot in the first round against Eric Prindle was enough to stop the fight and rule it a no contest. Prindle, who trains with Team DeathClutch alongside UFC star Brock Lesnar and Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad, found himself on his back when Santos misfired.

In other action lightweight Patricky "Pitbull" Freire won a controversial bout over former UFC competitor Kurt Pellegrino. Freire landed a right hand that knocked down Pellegrino in the first round and quickly pounced but Pellegrino was on his knees still defending himself when the fight was waved off.

Also in the bantamweight Season 5 finale Eduardo Dantas earned a unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Alexis Vila, a 40-year-old former Olympic wrestler, winning all three scorecards 29-28.

In the other televised bout, Marcin Held earned a split decision win over Phillipe Nover in a lightweight encounter. Held won (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) but the crowd was less than pleased by the decision..

The undercard featured Karl Amoussou topping Jesus Martinez in a catchweight bout at 175 pounds by TKO in the first round. 

"I didn’t really have a strategy, Amoussou said. "I like to take the fights and just see what happens. I knew he was good on every level but I think I was better in every aspect. I just wanted to win the fight."

Also, Levon Maynard took a unanimous decision over Christopher Wing in a welterweight clash (30-27, 30-27, and 30-26).

"I wanted to keep the fight standing. I felt like I was in control with the pace of the fight and got to work my top game," Maynard said after the win.

Lucas Pimenta defeated Doug Gordon with a first round KO in another 175-pound catchweight encounter.

"I threw a jab, then cross and as he was going down just finished with elbows on the mat," Pimenta said.

Scott Heckman proved to be the submission specialist of the night, catching Brylan Van Artsdalen in a guillotine during the first round to win their feathwerweight clash.

"The submission came off his shot," Heckman said. "That’s a bravo or guillotine choke- he went to take me down and I just tightened it right up."

Finally, Middleweight Gregory Milliard earned a unanimous decision over Brandon Saling via (30-27, 30-27, and 30-27).

"I’m a kick boxer so I feel comfortable in the pocket," Milliard said. "I didn’t want to catch myself in a brawl, and I prefer to pray on his weaknesses."

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