HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Bellator Fighting Championships makes its third season debut tonight at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Bellator 24 will broadcast live on FOX Sports Net beginning at 7:00 p.m. CT, and ProMMAnow.com will provide live results and play-by-play commentary during the event.
Tonight’s main event features Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard taking on Herbert “Whisper” Goodman in a non-title fight. Also, Eddie Sanchez and Neil Grove kick off season three’s heavyweight tournament, Megumi Fuji takes on Carla Esparza and Jessica Aguilar battles Lynn Alvarez.
Bellator 24 quick results:
- Jessica Aguilar def. Lynn Alvarez by submission (arm triangle) Rd1 (4:01)
- Hector Lombard def. Herbert Goodman by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (:38)
- Megumi Fujii def. Carla Esparza by submission (armbar) Rd 2 (:57)
- Neil Grove def. Eddie Sanchez by TKO Rd 1 (1:32)
- Yves Edwards def. Luis Palomino by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Tulio Quintanilla def. Brian Eckstein by KO (punches) Rd 3 (2:48)
- Farakhad Sharipov def. Eric Luke by unanimous decision Rd 3 (5:00)
Bellator 24 play-by-play:
Eddie Sanchez vs. Neil Grove
Round 1 – Grove lands a stiff left right out of the gate, Sanchez ran right into it and fell to his back. Grove pounds, Sanchez gets up. Grove gets him back down and is pounding away. Ref separates them, lets Sanchez up. Grove grabs the clinch, lands a knee. Sanchez falls to the ground as Grove pulls him, ref lets him up, but then he stops it, Sanchez looks too bad. TKO win for Grove. Grove advances to semi-finals of the heavyweight tournament.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Neil Grove def. Eddie Sanchez by TKO Rd 1 (1:32)
Megumi Fujii vs. Carla Esparza
Round 1 – Megumi is 20-0. Very impressive. Carla is 3-0, all KO’s. Body kick from Fujii. Nice body kick from Fujii. Fujii lands a right hook. Another right from Fujii. Fujii catches a kick, pushes Carla into the cage, they go back to swinging. Carla standing right in there with her. Fujii shoots and Carla stuffs it. Fijii times the shot, pulls guard, but Carla gets to her feet and they end up in a clinch against the fence. Fujii gets a trip takedown but Carla bounces right up. Carla looks good in there. Fujii tries to get her down, ends up on the bottom, and goes for a leg lock. Fujii has her in trouble with a toe hold, Exparza gets out and Fujii ends up in her guard on top. Esparza hanging on tight as Fujii lands some knee to the thighs. Ref stands them up. Esparza looks like a female Drew Fickett. Fujii gets the round 10-9.
Round 2 – Esparza lands a punch at the end of a combo. Fight goes to the ground and Fujii looking for a leg lock, transistions to knee bar, transition again to armbar and Esparza taps out. 21-0 for Fujii. Should be noted Esparza is a late replacement for Angela Magana.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Megumi Fujii def. Carla Esparza by submission (armbar) Rd 2 (:57)
Hector Lombard vs. Herbert “Whisper” Goodman
Round 1 – This should be a good fight. Lombard swings big, glances a big right off, comes back swinging again with enormous shots, he lands one and Whisper goes down on one knee, Lombard puts on the heat looking for the finish, boom one more big right and Goodman goes down, two more for good measure and Mr. Goodman is out cold. Enormous power shown by Lombard. A comparison made to Mike Tyson by the commentator. 15 straight wins for Lombard.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Hector Lombard def. Herbert Goodman by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (:38)
Jessica Aguilar vs. Lynn Alvarez
Round 1 – Aguilar with a leg kick. Aguilar gets the body lock, then the takedown. Aguilar on top in half guard. Aguilar attempting to pass as Alavarez holds on. Aguilar gets to side control. Aguilar doing no damage, but maintaining control. Alvarez gets full guard. Aguilar gets side mount, then full mount, moves over to looking for an arm triangle but Alvarez gets free momentarily. Aguilar keeps her down and is inside the guard of Alvarez. Aguilar postures up with a big right, then attempts an arm triangle. Aguilar locks it own tight, turns it deep and Alvarez taps out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jessica Aguilar def. Lynn Alvarez by submission (arm triangle) Rd1 (4:01)
Yves Edwards vs. Luis Palomino
Round 1 – Palomino swings, Edwards shoots under, gets a leg and puts him on his back. Edwards inside Palomino’s full guard. Shoulder strikes by Edwards, then body shots and head shots. Edwards has him up against the cage, but Palomino creates some space. Ref calls for action. Palomino in half guard now. Edwards lands a nice elbow or two. Edwards keeping the pressure on with body shots and control. Edwards gets side control. Edwards gets full mount, but Palomino recovers full, then half guard. Nice elbows from Edwards. Edwards being patient in his attack, moves to side control. Palomino escapes, Yves stands as the bell sounds. Edwards gets the round 10-9.
Round 2 – Palomino swinging big but missing. Nice leg kick from Palomino. Head kick from Yves misses. Beautiful leg kick from Palomino. Another leg kick from Palomino. Edwards shoots, gets stuffed. Knee to the body from Edwards. Another nice leg kick from Palomino. Edwards lands a nice head kick, forces Baboon to shoot, and gets the single leg but Edward turns it around instantly, pushes Palomino against the fence, Baboon reverses it now pushing Edwards into the fence. Baboon grabs a double but Edwards presses him down, landing shots to the body. Baboon pressing him against the fence. Edwards defending well, cranks on a guillotine but Baboon is out. Baboon with a big spinning back kick and falls flat on the ground. Bell sounds. Edwards gets the round 10-9.
Round 3 – Kimbo is in the crowd. Leg kick from Edwards. Leg kick Edwards. Flying knee misses from Baboon. Nice leg kick from Baboon. Head kick from Baboon, Edwards blocks it for the most part. Body punch from Baboon. Leg kick from Baboon. Body kick from Edwards, then a nice punch, followed by a kick to the head that gets blocked. Less than two minutes to go. Right jab from Edwards, followed by a left hook from Baboon that connects. Baboon with a head kick, Edwards blocks it and takes it on his forearms. Leg kick from Edwards. Edwards ducks and times Baboon’s punches and gets a takedown. Edwards gets side control, Baboon moves to half guard. Baboon punches from the bottom, and they scramble as the bell sounds. I give the round to Edwards 10-9 and the fight to Edwards 30-27.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Yves Edwards def. Luis Palomino by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)