Bellator 48 took place tonight at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The card was headlined by Bellator’s Summer Series featherweight tournament final between Pat Curran and former Sengoku champion Marlon Sandro. Curran managed to pull off a shocking upset by timing Sandro’s movement and knocking him out cold.
Also on the card, Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad outstruck Paul Buentello, Seth Petruzelli put a sudden stop to Ricco Rodriguez’s comeback attempt, and former BJJ world champion Nazare battered Juan Barrantes.
Curran knocks Sandro out cold
Despite being out-struck for the better part of two rounds, Pat Curran managed to catch Marlon Sandro with a nasty head kick. Curran struggled throughout the fight as Sandro slipped most of his strikes and consistently landed on the American. However, in round two, Curran began to move forward. Sandro appeared to relax and slipped several punches before Curran timed Sandro’s movement and fired a kick that caught Sandro lunging. The kick landed flush and caused Sandro to go completely rigid before the referee stopped Curran from doing more damage.
The victory marked the second time that Curran upset an established MMA veteran to claim a Bellator tournament title, the first being Roger Huerta at lightweight. Curran picked up $100,000 and now has a shot at the winner of Patricio Freire and Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren. Sandro will likely be back in the promotion after a solid overall performance in the promotion.
Konrad throws Buentello a change up en route to a decision victory
Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad seemed to confuse Paul Buentello by keeping the fight standing for the majority of their fight. Konrad said he kept the fight standing because people complained that all he did was wrestle, but that move seemed to kill the pace of the fight as Buentello mostly retreated for the first two rounds. Konrad managed to drop Buentello in the third and nearly finished the veteran with a rear choke but Konrad’s discomfort with sinking in the legs ultimately allowed Buentello survive. Buentello showed some fire at the end of the fight but it was too little too late as Konrad had built too large of a lead.
Petruzelli floors Rodriguez
Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez’s comeback run was brought to a definitive halt by Seth Petruzelli. Rodriguez looked like a fish out of water when trying to strike with the younger and faster Petruzelli. Petruzelli showcased his karate background with multiple spinning kicks and strikes coming from all angles. After eating two spinning kicks Rodriguez attempted to clinch and get the fight to the ground but ate a a vicious shot. Petruzelli then finished the former UFC champ with a Sakuraba-esque double hammer fist and strikes. The loss ended a twelve fight win-streak for Ricco Rodriguez.
Nazare crushes Barrantes
Nazare may have dropped his first name, but “the Brazilian Bomber” did not drop his intensity. The former BJJ world champion put on a complete performance against Juan Barrantes. Nazare battered Barrantes standing before taking him down and battering him some more on the ground. Barrantes best offense was a sweep from the bottom but it did not amount to much as the former world champ negated any advantage by escaping from the bottom. At the end of the second round, the ringside doctor called a stoppage to the fight due to Barrantes right eye being swollen shut. Nazare extended his record to 10-0 with the win and is likely a lock for a future lightweight tournament.
Featherweight Tournament Final- Pat Curran def. Marlon Sandro via KO (kick) at 4:00 of round 2
Heavyweight bout- Cole Konrad def. Paul Buentello by unanimous decision (29-28,30-27,30-27)
Heavyweight bout- Seth Petruzelli def. Ricco Rodriguez via TKO (strikes) at 4:21 of round 1
Lightweight bout- Renê Nazare def. Juan Barrantes via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of round 2
Light Heavyweight bout- Jeff Nader def. Dan Cramer via TKO (punches) at 1:04 of round 3
Light Heavyweight bout- Nik Fekete def. Mark Griffin via TKO (elbows) at 3:12 of round 2
Lightweight bout- Andrew Calandrelli def. Matt Nice via submission (keylock) at 3:55 of round 1
Welterweight bout- Ryan Quinn def. Brett Oteri via technical submission (rear naked choke) at 1:48 of round 1
Featherweight bout- Saul Almeida def. Tateki Matsuda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)