Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Five

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Bellator Fighting Championships
Genre Sports
Created by Bjorn Rebney
Country of origin United States
Production
Running time 120 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel MTV 2
Original run September 10, 2011 – November 26, 2011
Chronology
Preceded by Bellator Fighting Championships: 2011 Summer Series
Followed by Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Six

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Five was the fifth and latest installment of the Bellator Fighting Championships, and began on September 10, 2011.[1] Mixed martial arts tournaments will were held in multiple weight classes, including the bantamweight, welterweight, middleweight, and heavyweight divisions.

Events[edit]

Bellator XLIX[edit]

Bellator XLIX
Information
Promotion Bellator Fighting Championships
Date September 10, 2011
Venue Caesars Atlantic City
City United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Event chronology
Bellator XLVIII Bellator XLIX Bellator L

Bellator XLIX was a mixed martial arts event held by Bellator Fighting Championships. The event took place on September 10, 2011 at Caesars Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[2] The card was the debut of the promotion's fifth season and distributed live in prime time by MTV2.

Background

This event hosted the first round of an eight-man welterweight tournament to be held over the duration of Bellator's fifth season.[3]

Rick Hawn was expected to face Ben Saunders at this event but Hawn was forced out of the bout due to a knee injury.[4] Hawn was replaced by Bellator newcomer Chris Cisneros.[5]

The Ultimate Fighter 12 competitor, Andy Main, was set to fight Kenny Foster on the undercard of this event. However, after an undisclosed injury, Main was pulled from the bout.[6]

On September 6th, 2011, it was announced Bellator's Season 5 "Local Feature Fights" would be streamed live on Spike.com, starting with this event.[7]

The event drew an estimated 235,000 viewers on MTV2.[8]

Results

Main Card

Lozano defeated Weedman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Welterweight Quarterfinal bout: United States Ben Saunders vs. United States Chris Cisneros
Saunders defeated Cisneros via TKO (knee to body and punches) at 0:29 of round 3.
Santos defeated Hornbuckle via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Lima defeated Carl via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).

Local Feature Fights (Spike.com)

Bezerra defeated Heckman via TKO (punches) at 1:38 in round 2.
  • Welterweight bout: Lithuania Giedrius Karavackas vs. United States LeVon Maynard
Karavackas defeated Maynard via TKO (knee and punches) at 1:32 in round 3.
Roberts defeated Van Artsdalen via technical submission (triangle choke) at 1:47 in round 2.
Caslow defeated Jones via TKO (injury) at 0:15 in round 2.
  • Heavyweight bout: United States Azunna Anyanwu vs. United States J.A. Dudley
Anyanwu defeated Dudley via TKO (punches) at 4:16 in round 2.

Bellator L[edit]

Bellator L
Information
Promotion Bellator Fighting Championships
Date September 17, 2011
Venue Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
City United States Hollywood, Florida
Event chronology
Bellator XLIX Bellator L Bellator LI

Bellator L was a mixed martial arts event held by Bellator Fighting Championships. The event took place on September 17, 2011 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.[3] The event was distributed live in prime time by MTV2.

Background

The event hosted the opening round of the middleweight tournament in Bellator's fifth season.[9]

Veteran welterweight fighter Ailton Barbosa won Bellator's open tryouts in Hollywood, Florida in June 2011 to earn his spot on the card.[10]

R.J. Goodridge was scheduled to fight J.P. Reese, but after suffering an undisclosed injury Goodridge pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Martin Brown.[11] Also, Ryan Hodge was scheduled to fight Valdir Araujo, but was pulled from the bout with an injury, and replaced with Brett Cooper.[11]

On September 15, 2011, Luis Palomino suffered an injury in training and was pulled from his scheduled bout with James Edson Berto.[11] Berto was later pulled from the card as well, and the fight was scratched altogether; The two then met at W-1: Reloaded in which Palomino defeated Berto.

A scheduled lightweight bout between Dietter Navarro and Marcelo Goncalves was changed into a 156-lbs catchweight bout after both fighters missed weight.[12]

The event drew an estimated 114,000 viewers on MTV2.[13]

Results

Main Card

Baker defeated Hess via TKO (strikes) at 2:52 of round 3.
  • Middleweight Quarterfinal bout: United States Victor O'Donnell vs. United States Brian Rogers
Rogers defeated O'Donnell via TKO (strikes) at 1:56 of round 1.
Shlemenko defeated Galesic via submission (standing guillotine) at 1:55 of round 1
Vianna defeated Alvey via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

Local Feature Fights (Spike.com)

  • Catchweight (140 lbs) bout: Brazil Marcos da Matta vs. United States Shah Bobonis
Bobonis defeated da Matta via KO (punch) at 2:04 of round 3.
  • Catchweight (156 lbs) bout: United States Dietter Navarro vs. Brazil Marcelo Goncalves
Goncalves defeated Navarro via submission (armbar) at 2:01 of round 1.
Cooper defeated Araujo via TKO (punches) at 0:35 of round 3.
Martinez defeated van Hoven via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
  • Welterweight bout: Brazil Ailton Barbosa vs. United States Ryan Keenan
Barbosa defeated Keenan via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:55 of round 1.
Souza defeated Kelly via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Reese defeated Brown via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Bellator LI[edit]

Bellator LI
Information
Promotion Bellator Fighting Championships
Date September 24, 2011
Venue Canton Memorial Civic Center
City Canton, Ohio
Event chronology
Bellator L Bellator LI Bellator LII

Bellator LI was a mixed martial arts event held by Bellator Fighting Championships. The event took place on September 24, 2011 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio.[14] The event was distributed live in prime time by MTV2.

Background

This event hosted the first round of an eight-man bantamweight tournament to be held over the course of Bellator's fifth season.[15]

Joe Soto was originally scheduled to face Eduardo Dantas in the opening round of the bantamweight-tournament. However, he was pulled from the bout after losing to Eddie Yagin at Tachi Palace Fights 10 and replaced by Wilson Reis.[16]

The Jessica Eye-Casey Noland bout was changed from 125 lbs to a 127 lbs catchweight after Noland failed to make weight.[17]/

The event drew an estimated 158,000 viewers on MTV2.[18]

Results

Main Card

Vila defeated Warren via KO (punch) at 1:04 of round 1.
Dantas defeated Reis via KO (flying knee and punches) at 1:02 of round 2.
Galvao defeated Beebe via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
West defeated Nogueira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).

Local Feature Fights (Spike.com)

Caraballo defeated Kempf via TKO (Knee Injury) at 1:19 of Round 1.
Eye defeated Noland via split decision (29–28, 28–29, 29–28).
  • Bantamweight bout: Kyrgyzstan Farkhad Sharipov vs.United States Jesse Riggleman
Riggleman defeated Sharipov via split decision (29–28, 28–29, 30–27).
  • Light Heavyweight bout: United States Dane Bonnigson vs. United States Dan Spohn
Spohn defeated Bonnigson via KO (knee) at 0:09 of round 1.
Hawk defeated Weickert via TKO (retirement) at 5:00 of round 2.
  • Lightweight bout: United States Clint Musser vs. United States Joey Holt
Holt defeated Musser via KO (flying knee) at 4:07 of round 1.

Bellator LII[edit]

Bellator LII
Information
Promotion Bellator Fighting Championships
Date October 1 ,2011
Venue L'Audberge du Lac Casino Resort
City Lake Charles , Louisiana
Event chronology
Bellator LI Bellator LII Bellator LIII

Bellator LII was a mixed martial arts event held by Bellator Fighting Championships. It took place on October 1, 2011 at the L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Louisiana.[19] The event was distributed live in prime time by MTV2.

Background

This event hosted the opening round of Bellator's second heavyweight tournament.[20]

Blagoi Ivanov was originally scheduled to face Thiago Santos. Santos, however, was unable to travel from Brazil for the event and was replaced by Zak Jensen.[21]

The event drew an estimated 269,000 viewers on MTV 2.[22]

Results Main Card

Hayes defeated Grove via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Ivanov defeated Jensen via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 2:35 of round 2.
Prindle defeated Wagner via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Sparks defeated Holata via KO (punches) at 1:24 of round 1.

Local Feature Fights (Spike.com)

da Silva defeated Goldsby via submission (D'arce choke) at 3:51 of round 1.
Quayhagen defeated Alexandre via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
  • Heavyweight bout: United States Liron Wilson vs. United States Justin Frazier
Frazier defeated Wilson via TKO (punches) at 1:50 of round 1.
Van Buren defeated Nichols via TKO (punches) at 2:29 of round 2.

Bellator LIII[edit]

Bellator LIII
Information
Promotion Bellator Fighting Championships
Date October 8, 2011
Venue Buffalo Run Hotel & Casino
City Miami, Oklahoma
Event chronology
Bellator LII Bellator LIII Bellator LIV

Bellator LIII was a mixed martial arts event held by Bellator Fighting Championships. The event took place on October 8, 2011 at the Buffalo Run Hotel & Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.[23] The event was distributed live in prime time by MTV2.

Background

This event hosted the second round of the Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament.[24]

The event drew an estimated 103,000 viewers on MTV2.[25]

Results

Main Card

Saunders defeated Santos via submission (americana)[26] at 1:45 of round 3.
Lima defeated Lozano via KO (punch) at 3:14 of round 2.
Mann defeated Foster via submission (triangle choke) at 3:51 of round 1.
  • Heavyweight Tournament Reserve bout: Brazil Thiago Santos vs. United States Josh Burns
Santos defeated Burns via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:23 of round 1.

Local Feature Fights (Spike.com)

Brooks defeated Scott via TKO (punches) at 2:40 of round 2.
Santana defeated Cobb via submission (armbar) at 2:00 of round 1.
Matthews defeated Bears via unanimous decision (29-28 29-28 29-28).
Davis defeated Dennis via KO (punch) at 0:29 of round 2.
Rickels defeated Avera via submission (triangle choke) at 1:06 of round 2.
Nogueira defeated Laird via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:51 of round 1.

Bellator LIV[edit]

Bellator LIV
Information
Promotion Bellator Fighting Championships
Date October 15, 2011
Venue Boardwalk Hall
City United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Event chronology
Bellator LIII Bellator LIV Bellator LV

Bellator LIV was a mixed martial arts event held by Bellator Fighting Championships. The event took place on October 15, 2011 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[27] The event was distributed live in prime time by MTV2.

Background

Bellator bantamweight champion, Zach Makovsky, competed in a non-title bout at this event. He faced one-time UFC competitor Ryan Roberts.[15]

This event hosted the second round of the Bellator Season 5 Middleweight Tournament.[28]

Eddie Alvarez was scheduled to make his second title defense of his lightweight championship against Michael Chandler on this card; however, on September 20th, it was announced that Alvarez suffered an injury and the match has been pushed back to Bellator 58.[29]

Karl Amoussou was expected to make his welterweight debut at this event against Joey Kirwan.[30] However, for unknown reasons, Amoussou was pulled from the bout and replaced by Lewis Rumsy.

Results

Main Card

Shlemenko defeated Rogers via TKO (knees) at 2:30 of round 2.
Vianna defeated Baker via TKO (punches) at 0:54 of round 1.
Makovsky defeated Roberts via submission (north/south choke) at 4:48 of round 1.
Kirwan defeated Nazare via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).

Local Feature Fights (Spike.com)

Bastress defeated Gracie via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of round 2.
Carpenter defeated Contaldi via TKO (punch) at 2:16 of round 1.
  • Middleweight bout: United States Lewis Rumsey vs. United States Joey Kirwan
Kirwan defeated Rumsey via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:40 of round 1.
Ledesma defeated Kelleher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
  • Women's (145 lbs) bout: United States Andria Caplan vs. United States Adrienne Seiber
Caplan defeated Seiber via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Bellator LV[edit]

Bellator LV
Information
Promotion Bellator Fighting Championships
Date October 22, 2011
Venue Cocopah Resort and Casino
City United States Yuma, Arizona
Event chronology
Bellator LIV Bellator LV Bellator LVI

Bellator LV was a mixed martial arts event held by Bellator Fighting Championships on October 22, 2011 at Cocopah Resort and Casino in Yuma, Arizona.[31] The event was distributed live in prime time by MTV2.

Background

This event hosted the second round of Bellator's Season Five Bantamweight Tournament.

Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Christian M'Pumbu fought Travis Wiuff in a non-title bout. M'Pumbu become the first Bellator champion to lose in a non-title bout.[32]

Despite a close split decision loss, main eventer Marcos Galvão was awarded a "win" bonus.[33]

The event earned an average of 168,000 viewers on MTV2.[34]

Results

Main Card

Vila defeated Galvão via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28).
Dantas defeated West via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27).
Wiuff defeated M'Pumbu via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Tirloni defeated Gable via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:54 in round 2.

Local Feature Fights (Spike.com)

Escudero defeated Avila via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:55 in round 1.
  • Catchweight (210 lbs.) bout: United States Rich Hale vs. Mexico Carlos Flores
Hale defeated Flores via TKO (punch) at 0:18 in round 1.
Ortiz defeated Garcia via KO (punch) at 4:06 of round 1.
  • Lightweight bout: United States Erin Beach vs. United States Roscoe Jackson
Beach defeated Jackson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:52 in round 1.
  • Featherweight bout: United States Nick Piedmont vs. United States Jade Porter
Porter defeated Piedmont via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Steinbeiss defeated Moore via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:52 in round 1.

Bellator LVI[edit]

Bellator LVI
Information
Promotion Bellator Fighting Championships
Date October 29, 2011
Venue Memorial Hall
City United States Kansas City, Kansas
Event chronology
Bellator LV Bellator LVI Bellator LVII

Bellator LVI was a mixed martial arts event held by Bellator Fighting Championships. It took place on October 29, 2011 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.[35] The event was distributed live in prime time by MTV2.

Background

This event hosted the second round of Bellator's second heavyweight tournament.[36]

Mike Hayes was expected to face Blagoi Ivanov at this event, However Hayes was issued a 60-day medical suspension by the Louisiana Boxing and Wrestling Commission due to a fractured orbital bone sustained during his fight with Neil Grove at Bellator 52. Thiago Santos stepped in for the injured Hayes.[37] Ivanov subsequently had to pull out of the bout due to an injury and was replaced by Neil Grove.[38]

Results

Main Card

Askren defeated Hieron via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47).
Santos defeated Grove via submission (rear-naked choke) at 0:38 of Round 1.
Prindle defeated Sparks via KO (Punch) at 0:40 of Round 1.

Local Feature Fight (Spike.com)

Navarro defeated Bears via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28).
Spoon defeated Schindler via unanimous decision. This bout aired on MTV2 following the Prindle/Sparks match.
Tiller defeated Spohn via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28).
Brooks defeated De Souza via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26).
  • Featherweight bout: United States Jeimeson Saudino vs. United States Jacob Akin
Akin defeated Saudino via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:26 of round 1.
  • Bantamweight bout: United States Aaron Ely vs. United States Owen Evinger
Ely defeated Evinger via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:45 of round 1.
  • Heavyweight bout: United States Daniel Gallemore vs. United States Derrick Ruffin
Gallemore defeated Ruffin via TKO (retirement) at the end of round 2.

Bellator LVII[edit]

Bellator LVII
Information
Promotion Bellator Fighting Championships
Date November 12, 2011
Venue Casino Rama
City Canada Rama, Ontario
Event chronology
Bellator LVI Bellator LVII Bellator LVIII

Bellator LVII was a mixed martial arts event held by Bellator Fighting Championships. It took place on November 12, 2011 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario.[39] The event was distributed live in primetime by MTV2.

Background

This was the second time that Bellator has come to Canada. Previously, Bellator 47 was also held in Rama, Ontario.

This event hosted the final rounds of Bellator's Season Five Welterweight Tournament and Bellator's Season Five Middleweight Tournament.[40]

Bellator's Women's champion, Zoila Gurgel, was scheduled to compete in a non-title bout against Carina Damm.[40] However, an injury forced her off the card.[41]

Results

Main Card

Lima defeated Saunders via KO (punches) at 1:21 of round 2.
Shlemenko defeated Vianna via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Hollett defeated Hawk via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Bezerra defeated Evans via submission (ankle lock) at 4:04 in round 1.

Local Feature Fights (Spike.com)

Van Buren defeated Levesque via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:38 in round 1.
Horodecki vs. Corey declared a majority draw (29-28 Horodecki, 28-28, 28-28).
Jansen defeated Morvari via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:47 in round 2.
  • Bantamweight bout: Canada Chuck Mady vs. Canada Denis Puric
Puric defeated Mady via TKO (injury-broken jaw) at 5:00 in Round 2.
Shockley defeated Moon via submission (guillotine) at 0:35 in round 1.
  • Lightweight bout: Canada Mike Sledzion vs. Canada Taylor Solomon
Solomon defeated Sledzion via KO (punch) at 1:10 in round 1.

Bellator LVIII[edit]

Bellator LVIII
Information
Promotion Bellator Fighting Championships
Date November 19, 2011
Venue Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
City United States Hollywood, Florida
Event chronology
Bellator LVII Bellator LVIII Bellator LIX

Bellator LVIII was a mixed martial arts event held by Bellator Fighting Championships. It took place on November 19, 2011 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.[42] The event was distributed live in prime time by MTV2.

Background

Shooto’s 183-pound South American champion, Carlos Alexandre Pereira, was expected to make his Bellator debut at this event.[43]

Bellator Middleweight champion, Hector Lombard, was expected to compete in non-title, light heavyweight fight against UFC and Strikeforce veteran, Renato Sobral, at this event.[44] However, for unknown reasons, Sobral was replaced by Trevor Prangley.[42]

The event drew a season high 269,000 viewers with the immediate repeat also drawing 160,000 viewers.[45]

Results

Main Card

Chandler defeated Alvarez via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:06 in round 4 to become the new Bellator Lightweight Champion.
Lombard defeated Prangley via TKO (punches) at 1:06 in round 2.
Aguilar defeated Ellis-Ward via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Sandro defeated Dias via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:56 in round 1.

Local Feature Fights (Spike.com)

Cooper defeated Hess via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Welterweight bout: Brazil Valdir Araujo vs. Brazil Ailton Barbosa
Araujo defeated Barbosa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 , 29-28).
Alexandre defeated McPhatter via KO (knees) at 0:20 in round 1.
Goodman defeated Billstein via disqualification (illegal soccer kick) at 3:21 in round 2.
Mello defeated Sharipov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Bellator LIX[edit]

Bellator LIX
Information
Promotion Bellator Fighting Championships
Date November 26, 2011
Venue Caesars Atlantic City
City United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Event chronology
Bellator LVII Bellator LIX Bellator LX

Bellator LIX was a mixed martial arts event held by Bellator Fighting Championships. It took place on November 26, 2011 at Caesars Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[46] The event was distributed live in prime time by MTV2.

Background

This event hosted the final round of Bellator's Season Five Bantamweight Tournament as well as the Bellator's Season Five Heavyweight Tournament.

Michael Costa pulled out of his fight with Lyman Good due to an injury, which led the organization to scrap Good from the event all together. The lightweight bout between Phillipe Nover and Marcin Held was promoted to the main card.[47]

Results

Main Card

The bout was ruled a No Contest after Santos kicked Prindle in the groin at 1:24 of the round 1 and Prindle was unable to continue.
Freire defeated Pellegrino via TKO (punches) at 0:50 of round 1.
Dantas defeated Vila via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Held defeated Nover via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

Local Feature Fights

Amoussou defeated Martinez via TKO (punches) at 2:20 of round 1.
  • Welterweight bout: United States LeVon Maynard vs. United States Christopher Wing
Maynard defeated Wing via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).
  • Catchweight (175 lbs) bout: United States Doug Gordon vs. Brazil Lucas Pimenta
Pimenta defeated Gordon via KO (elbows) at 0:40 in round 1.
Heckman defeated Van Artsdalen via submission (standing modified guillotine) at 1:38 in round 1.
  • Middleweight bout: Aruba Gregory Milliard vs. United States Brandon Saling
Milliard defeated Saling via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).


Tournaments[edit]

Bantamweight tournament bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
United States Ed West DEC
Brazil Luis Nogueira 3
United States Ed West DEC
Brazil Eduardo Dantas 3
Brazil Wilson Reis TKO
Brazil Eduardo Dantas 2
Brazil Eduardo Dantas DEC
Cuba Alexis Vila 3
Brazil Marcos Galvao DEC
United States Chase Beebe 3
Brazil Marcos Galvao DEC
Cuba Alexis Vila 3
United States Joe Warren KO
Cuba Alexis Vila 1

Welterweight tournament bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
Brazil Douglas Lima DEC
United States Steve Carl 3
Brazil Douglas Lima KO
United States Chris Lozano 2
United States Brent Weedman DEC
United States Chris Lozano 3
Brazil Douglas Lima TKO
United States Ben Saunders 2
Brazil Luis Santos DEC
United States Dan Hornbuckle 3
Brazil Luis Santos SUB
United States Ben Saunders 3
United States Chris Cisneros TKO
United States Ben Saunders 3

Middleweight tournament bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
United States Bryan Baker TKO
United States Jared Hess 3
United States Bryan Baker TKO
Brazil Vitor Vianna 1
Brazil Vitor Vianna DEC
United States Sam Alvey 3
Brazil Vitor Vianna DEC
Russia Alexander Shlemenko 3
United States Brian Rogers TKO
United States Victor O'Donnell 1
United States Brian Rogers TKO
Russia Alexander Shlemenko 2
Croatia Zelg Galesic SUB
Russia Alexander Shlemenko 1

Heavyweight tournament bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
United States Mark Holata KO
United States Ron Sparks 1
United States Ron Sparks KO
United States Eric Prindle 1
United States Eric Prindle DEC
United States Abe Wagner 3
United States Eric Prindle3[›]4[›] D/Q
Brazil Thiago Santos N/A
South Africa Neil Grove DEC
United States Mike Hayes 3
Brazil Thiago Santos1[›] SUB
South Africa Neil Grove2[›] 1
Bulgaria Blagoi Ivanov SUB
United States Zak Jensen 2

^ 1: Thiago Santos replaced Mike Hayes after Hayes was forced out due to a broke orbital bone. He defeated Josh Burns at Bellator 53 to earn the reserve spot.
^ 2: Neil Grove was brought back into the tournament, replacing Blagoi Ivanov, after Ivanov was forced out due to an unspecified injury.
^ 3: The final was officially ruled a No Contest after Santos kicked Prindle in the groin and Prindle was unable to continue.
^ 4: Prindle was awarded the tournament title after Santos missed weight for the rematch.

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