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Bellator 73 LIVE results and play-by-play

TUNICA, Miss. — Bellator Fighting Championships’ 2012 Summer Series comes to a close with Bellator 73 takeing place this evening at Harrah’s Tunica and features the Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals featuring Travis Wiuff vs. Attila Vegh, as well as the Bantamweight Tournament Finals with Luis Nogueira vs. Marvos Galvao. The event will broadcast LIVE on at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. The prelims begin at 6 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. CT and streamed LIVE and FREE on Spike.com. ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) will provide LIVE results and play-by-play commentary for tonight’s event.

Bellator 73 quick results:

MAIN CARD

  • Light Heavyweight Tournament Final Fight: Attila Vegh def. Travis Wiuff by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (:25)
  • Bantamweight Tournament Final Fight: Marcos Galvao def. Luis Nogueira by TKO (elbows) Rd 2 (4:20)
  • Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Mike Mucitelli def. Matt Van Buren by submission (Triangle Choke) Rd 1 (3:01)
  • Heavyweight Feature Fight: Mike Wessel def. Ryan Martinez by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Bantamweight Feature Fight: Brian Hall def. Jay Black by TKO (strikes) Rd 1
  • Lightweight Feature Fight: Zach Underwood def. Chris Coggins by unanimous decision 
  • Welterweight Feature Fight: Andy Uhrich def. Joe Williams by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Middleweight Feature Fight: Kelvin Tiller def. Amaechi Oselukwue by TKO (strikes) Rd 2 (4:21)
  • Light Heavyweight Feature Fight:  Jacob Noe def. Brian Albin by TKO (doctor stoppage) Rd 1 (5:00)
  • Lightweight Feature Fight:  Cosmo Alexandre def. Harry Johnson by TKO (strikes) Rd 2 (:39)

Bellator 73 play-by-play:

Heavyweight Feature Fight: Ryan Martinez vs. Mike Wessel

Round 1 –  Wessel is a Memphis guy, Martinez from Colorado. Touch gloves. Wessel comes out swinging, clinch, knee to the body from Wessel and a right hand. Clinch, right on the break from Wessel. Martinez with a jab and Wessel presses him to the cage throwing punches all the way in. Clinched, Wessel drops levels but Martinez escapes to the center. Throws a hook, counter right by Wessel, body kick. Left from Martinez. Body kick from Wessel. Leg kick Martinez, eats a right. Martinez gets a quick outside trip but Wessel is right up and puts him to the cage. Martinez drops levels for a quick clinch, Wessel escapes and they square up in the center. Front kick Wessel. Leg kick from Wessel, he slips, and Martinez pounces, getting on top in side control, drops a couple shots and looks for a keylock. Lets it go. Wessel with wrist control. Elbow from Martinez. PMN scores it 10-9 Martinez. Round 2 – Touch gloves. Wessel presses forward swinging. Martinez goes for the trip. Wessel escapes to the center. Haymaker attempt from Wessel, clinch, Wessel turns him to the cage. Martinez goes for the trip takedown and gets it on his second attempt and is on top in side control. Tries for a crucifix but Wessel gets out and to his feet. Leg kick from Wessel inside. Martinez checks the next one, lands a quick jab. Dodges a Wessel punch. Leg kick from Wessel, head kick attempt. Head kick attempt from Martinez. Wessel catches it and dumps him on his back. Martinez gives up his back and Wessel pounds away. Martinez gets to his feet throws a big knee toward Wessel’s face as they get up. Straight left from Martinez. Snapping jab, misses. Right from Martinez scores as Wessel clinches and presses him to the cage. Martinez with an outside trip takedown, on top inside full guard. PMN scores the round 10-9 Martinez. Round 3 – Nice right from Wessel. Leg kick Martinez. Wessel returns one inside. Leg kick Martinez. Body kick from Wessel. They clinch up briefly. Right from Martinez, counter right from Wessel. Nice left from Martinez and Wessel just eats it. Leg kick from Martinez and Wessel presses him to the cage, gives him a knee. A few more knees from Wessel from the clinch. Martinez turns him around to the cage. Knee and he backs up. They meet in the center. Right to the body from Wessel. Two big counter rights from Wessel. Martinez clinches up, goes for the trip but Wessel stands firm. Short left hook, then a right hook on the break from Martinez. Straight left from Martinez. Wessel shoots, stuffed. They clinch up. Body shots and knees from both guys. Martinez pushes him to the cage at the bell. Close fight. PMN scores the round 10-9 Wessel and the fight 29-28 Martinez. OFFICIAL RESULT: Mike Wessel def. Ryan Martinez by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Mike Mucitelli vs. Matt Van Buren

Round 1 – Mucitelli (black trunks) from NY. Van Buren (white trunks) from San Diego.  Right hand from Mucitelli and Van Buren is  on his back. He throws the switch and is now on top  on his feet in Mucitelli’s guard. Van Buren lays down momentarily inside Mucitelli’s open guard, but stands back up with big punches to the body. Van Buren lays back down inside the open guard. Van Buren stands up again with a shot to the body. Mucitelli grabs his ankles, trips and ends up on top briefly. Van Buren ends up in top position after Mucitelli goes for his back without hooks in, Mucitelli throws up the triangle and Van Buren taps out. OFFICIAL RESULT: Mike Mucitelli def. Matt Van Buren by submission (Triangle Choke) Rd 1 (3:01)

Bantamweight Tournament Final Fight: Luis Nogueira vs. Marcos Galvao

Round 1 – Left hook and big leg kick from Galvao but Nogueira gets right up, clinched against the cage. Knee to the thigh of Nogueira. Again. Knee to the body. Galvao tries to drag him to the ground, no dice as Nogueira defends. Clinch war right now as they turn each other around, back and forth. Exchanging body shots and knees. Nogueira backs out with some big punches and Galvao throws back. Galvao claims groin shot and a brief time is called. Left jab from Galvao. Inside leg kick from Nogueira, he takes one on the outside in return. Nogueira with a lot of footwork. They are slugging it out with heavy punches, body lock from Nogueira as he puts Galvao down but he bounces right to his feet. Exchange of inside leg kicks. Nogueira on the balls of his feet bouncing around as Galvao waits for him. Big heavy punches are exchange, Galvao throws a knee toward the head as Nogueira ducks low. They throw a few more punches. Close round. I have no idea how to score that one. Both guys landed great shots. Round 2 – Nogueira with big punches as Galvao counters with knees and punches. Thai plum and a couple knees to the body from Galvao. Big leg kick. He blocks as Nogueira throws a couple punches. Two left counters from Galvao. Galvao trying to counter so far this round. Huge leg kick from Nogueira. Counter knee to the body from Galvao followed by a left hand. Left hook, leg kick from Galvao. he checks a leg kick. Right from Nogueira, leg kick. Huge right hand from Galvao that rocks Nogueira. He tries to fight back but eats another one. Galvao puts him down and gets full mount. Hammerfists from Galvao, Nogueira gives up his back and Galvao blasts him with elbows to the head. The 12-to-6 elbow is legal in Miss. and blasts Nogueira with it until the ref stops it. OFFICIAL RESULT: Marcos Galvao def. Luis Nogueira by TKO (elbows) Rd 2 (4:20) Galvao will go on to face former training partner Eduardo Dantas for the Bellator bantamweight title.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Final Fight: Travis Wiuff vs. Attila Vegh

Round 1 – Wiuff pressing. Vegh throws a left uppercut followed by a right hand that catches Wiuff behind the ear and Wiuff goes straight down to the ground. Vegh finishes him off with several more shots and Wiuff doesn’t even know what happened. Twenty-five seconds flat. OFFICIAL RESULT: Attila Vegh def. Travis Wiuff by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (:25) Vegh wins $100,000 and the light heavyweight tournament! He will go on to face champion Christian M’Pumbu for the title. Watch the event replay below:

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