LEMOORE, Calif. — Bellator Fighting Championships kicks of its fourth season tonight with Bellator 35 at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
The event, which will air LIVE on MTV2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, features the entire first round of the fourth season welterweight tournament.
ProMMAnnow.com (www.prommanow.com) will provide LIVE results and play-by-play commentary during tonight’s event.
Bellator 35 quick results:
MAIN CARD (Televised on MTV2)
- Lyman Good def. Chris Lozano by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jay Hieron def. Anthony Lapsley by technical submission Rd 1 (3:39)
- Rick Hawn def. Jim Wallhead by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
- Brent Weedman def.. Dan Hornbuckle by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Not Televised)
- Waachiim Spiritwolf def. Jaime Jara by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
- Brandon Bender def. Josh Herrick by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 1 (3:42)
- Zoila Frausto def. Karina Hallinan by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Paul Ruiz def. Jesus Castro by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (1:17)
Bellator 35 play-by-play:
Brent Weedman vs. Dan Hornbuckle
Round 1 – Hornbuckle catches a leg kick from Weedman and gets the takedown. Into side control already. Nice job moving to mount by Hornbuckle. Looked like Hornbuckle was turning for an armbar, but Weedman had a hold of one of Hornbuckle’s legs (almost half guard) and used it to escape. Now Weedman is on top but worrying about Hornbuckle looking for a triangle. Weedman is out and working from closed guard. Hornbuckle staying active, controlling Weedman’s wrists. Weedman postures up and lands a shot. Hornbuckle turns, maybe looking for a kimura or sweep, but nothing there. Hornbuckle turns looking for the armbar, now the triangle. Both arms are in, but Hornbuckle’s long legs are putting Weedman in a bit of trouble. Finally Weedman pops out; good patience. Back to the feet. Weedman throws and misses a leg kick but turns it into a sidekick, complete with everything but a “hi-YA!” Now in the clinch/over-unders. Beautiful throw by Weedman and into side; now Weedman isolating an arm and looking for a kimura or armbar. Entertaining end to the round and hard to score. Hornbuckle probably won the first four minutes with his activity off his back (though we know judges aren’t always good at knowing top control from effective top control). In fairness, Weedman had a nice throw and submission attempt of his own to close things out. I’m giving the edge to Hornbuckle, 10-9.
Round 2 – Straight right from Weedman to start things off connects. Left hook from Weedman misses. Now they’re in the clinch again and Weedman is looking for a throw; Hornbuckle knows it and keeps his balance and pushes him into the cage. Leg kick from Hornbuckle almost hits Weedman’s head as he’s ducking. Weedman winging some wild punches. Thai clinch by Hornbuckle and a couple knees send Weedman back out to center. Front kick by Weedman. Hornbuckle catches a kick and gets him off balance (to the mat). Hornbuckle almost has his back, now Weedman is turning. Hornbuckle almost into mount but looking to turn for an arm submission. Interesting Hornbuckle going for the finish instead of securing a dominant position first. As they scramble, Weedman looks for a heel hook. He’s cranking it, but Hornbuckle gets out of danger (though Weedman still is in position to go for it again). Now they’re exchanging foot holds, as Hornbuckle tries a toe hold. Now it’s Weedman’s turn. Another scramble and Weedman into Hornbuckles side, passing to mount. Has his back and flattens him with 10 seconds left. Trying to get the RNC and the bell sounds. Great fight with some nice grappling. 10-9 for Weedman.
Round 3 – Front kick by Hornbuckle. Overhand right from Weedman, it ain’t fast and tight but it lands. Straight right to the body from Weedman, and good body kick by Hornbuckle. Weedman eats a knee to the stomach as he comes in. Weedman misses a lunching right and Hornbuckle gets double underhooks. Weedman turning maybe looking for a throw again, but Hornbuckle has him on the fence. Hornbuckle has his back standing, throwing knees to Weedman’s leg to soften him up. Weedman looking for a kimura hold and he rolls for it. Hornbuckle though stays tight and on his back, now the arm is safe and both hooks in. Hornbuckle tosses a couple punches to set things up. Hornbuckle flattens him out. Weedman trying to turn. Weedman’s legs get one of Hornbuckle’s legs wrapped up to get back to half guard. Hornbuckle is staying tight on top but not throwing any damaging shots. Weedman spins out to his knees, but Hornbuckle uses head control to get him back down. But now Weedman is looking for the neck, though Hornbuckle has Weedman’s legs between his knees; Weedman realizes it and lets him go. Weedman throws one leg up looking for a triangle, but the other leg is trapped in butterfly position. Big punch from Hornbuckle and Weedman throws him off. Another close round. I’d give it to Hornbuckle 10-9; Weedman almost had Hornbuckle in the triangle position at the end, but never got the other leg free to cinch it on. Plus, Hornbuckle got the better of the rest of the round. Looks like the decision could depend on how you score round one.
Official Result: 29-28 x3 for Weedman. Interesting. Admittedly, a fairly tough fight to score.
Jim Wallhead vs. Rick Hawn
(Technical difficulties; many apologies) Most all of the fight took place on the feet, with Hawn, the former Judo Olympian, showing off his striking. Hawn did a good job countering, marking up Wallhead’s face nicely and fending off “Judo” Jim’s takedown attempts. Even saw a glimpse of Hawn’s judo acumen in round three…Wallhead shot for a single, but Hawn grabbed on overhook and tossed Wallhead down for a takedown of his own. Although two judges gave Hawn only two of the three rounds, you could argue he won each stanza.
Anthony Lapsley vs. Jay Hieron
Round 1 – Lapsley shoots in early, causing Hieron to look for a guillotine choke. He doesn’t have it, but he’s back on the feet and gets Lapsley down. Lapsley is sitting up on the cage and Hieron is staying close, controlling the neck and occasionally looking for a d’arce choke to keep Lapsley honest. Lapsley tried to roll and escape, but Hierson transitions nicely, taking his back. And when Laspley tried to roll, Hieron went to mount. Again to the back mount, and Hieron looking for the RNC. He doesn’t quite have the hooks in, but he’s controlling Lapsley’s body and squeezing tight. Referee Josh Rosenthal stops the bout, saying that Lapsley appeared to have gone out. Lapsley pops up and protests immediately, but the win goes to Hieron.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Hieron by RNC sub at 3:39 of the first
Chris Lozano vs. Lyman Good
Round 1 – Good takes the center of the cage and looks to have his timing down. Every once in awhile, Good throws out an outside front leg kick and backs out before Lozano can connect with a straight right counter. Most of Lozano’s other punches get blocked, but Good’s jab is turning the side of Lozano’s face red. Nice uppercut on the inside by Good when the distance is closed. A bit of a feeling out process, but Good takes it 10-9 on ProMMAnow’s scorecard.
Round 2 – After a combo or two from Good connect, he presses Lozano up on the fence in the clinch. Lozano works free, but the seemingly bigger and stronger Good again pushes him back there after scoring with a nice set of punches. Nice big right hand from Good as they head back to the outside. Lozano is clearly bothered by his left eye, with some swelling, and he’s blinking a lot. Big takedown by Good as the round ends. 10-9 for Good.
Round 3 – Good gets a single leg TD early, but Lozano gets back up pretty quick. In a scramble, Lozano goes for a guillotine choke, but Good pulls his head out without too much to worry about. Lozano is really going for it…he has a lot of guts, but Good is staying safe against Lozano’s attacks. Good even takes Lozano’s back standing; Lozano tried to dive down, maybe looking for a sub, but Good outpositions him and flattens him out, looking for the RNC and then dropping some punches. Strong round for Good, 10-9.
OFFICIAL RESULT: 29-28, 30-27 x 2, Good by unanimous decision. The former Bellator champ advances to the final four.