Even though it only had a few big-name fighters, the Bellator 72 main card turned out to be quite entertaining. The event was held on July 20, at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla. Here are the results of the entire Bellator 72 fight card:
Karl Amoussou defeats Bryan Baker
Amoussou put on an impressive performance at Bellator 72, making quick work out of Baker. He ducked under a Baker high-kick, and he smoothly transitioned to an inverted heel-hook, making himself a $100,000 richer. Amoussou will now get a shot at current champion Ben Askren.
Paul Daley defeats Rudy Bears
Bears certainly came to fight at Bellator 72, but he ran into problems halfway through the first round when he tried to take the fight to the ground. While defending the takedown, Daley – who was making his Bellator debut – switched to a Thai plum, unleashing some vicious knees on Bears. “Semtex” connected with a vicious left uppercut shortly after – which sent Bears to the canvas, and he followed up with a barrage of punches, forcing referee Troy Waugh to stop the fight.
Attila Vegh defeats Emanuel Newton
Both men displayed some serious striking skills, but Vegh landed the crisper, cleaner shots in the first round. Newton found his groove in the second, landing some decent shots of his own. However, Vegh made the necessary adjustments in the final round, once again taking control of the fight. Very tough fight to call, but I agree with judges Richard Davis and Mike Ross, who scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Vegh. He’ll face Travis Wiuff in the final round of the 2012 Bellator light-heavyweight tournament.
Travis Wiuff defeats Tim Carpenter
Wiuff dominated their Bellator 72 encounter, keeping Carpenter grounded for the majority of the fight. All three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Wiuff, who moves on to the final round of the light-heavyweight tournament.
Marius Zaromskis defeats Waachiim Spiritwolf (unanimous decision)
Paul Barrow defeats Jason Carapelluci (rear-naked choke, round three)
Ben Saunders defeats Brian Warren (TKO, round one)
Raul Amaya defeats Kenny Moss (verbal submission due to shoulder injury, round two)
Matt McCook defeats Shanon Slack (split decision)
Julien Williams defeats Ryan DeRocher (arm-triangle, round two)
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.