Bellator 72 took place Friday evening live from the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. In the main event, Karl Amoussou pulled off an impressive submission to defeat Bryan Baker. In the co-main event, Paul Daley marked a successful debut with a devastating first round knockout of Rudy Bears.
In other action, Attila Vegh and Travis Wiuff advance to the finals of the light heavyweight tournament and Marius Zaromskis proved victorious as well.
Amoussou Stops Baker with Slick Submission
Bryan Baker attacked off a restart from an inadvertent eye poke but Karl Amoussou parried the kick and then pounced with a slick inverted heel hook that left Baker with little choice but to tap at the 56 second mark of the first. Amoussou will now face Ben Askren for the welterweight title.
“Semtex” Detonates on Bears
Paul Daley guaranteed a knockout finish over Rudy Bears and he did so in violent fashion. Bears tried to get a takedown once he realized he was out-gunned on the feet but it actually started his own demise. Daley forced Bears back to his feet and unloaded with brutal knees from the clinch before rocking Bears with a nasty signature left to the chin. Daley quickly followed up with a nasty hammer strike before the referee stepped in at 2:45 of Round 1.
Vegh Edges Newton, Advances to Finals
It was an extremely close decision to decide the final spot in the light heavyweight final with Attila Vegh gaining the victory. Scores were understandably all over the place in this very close fight. While Emmanuel Newton believed he did enough to win, it just was not enough to gain the majority of the judges.
Wiuff Dominates Carpenter, Advances to Finals
Travis Wiuff continued his quest to claim the belt from the man he defeated by crushing Tim Carpenter over three rounds. Wiuff controlled the fight from start to finish with his heavy hands and superior wrestling. The win advances Wiuff to the finals where he will face off with Vegh.
Wiuff’s ultimate goal is to defeat Bellator light heavyweight champion Christian M’Pumbu for the second time, and this time for the Bellator championship.
Zaromskis Edges Spiritwolf
It took three tries but Marius Zaromskis and Waachiim Spiritwolf finally fought to a non-controversial ending. Zaromskis avoided the brawl this time and it benefited him in the bout as he was able to pick up the W over the more powerful, but wild, Spiritwolf. The win secured a spot for Zaromskis in the upcoming Bellator welterweight tournament.
- Welterweight Final: Karl Amoussou def. Bryan Baker via submission (inverted heel hook) at :56 of Round 1
- Paul Daley def. Rudy Bears via TKO (strikes) at 2:45 of Round 1
- Welterweight Final: Attila Vegh def. Emanuel Newton via split decision (29-28,27-30,29-28)
- Welterweight Final: Travis Wiuff def. Tim Carpenter via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
- Marius Zaromskis def Waachiim Spiritwolf via split decision (29-28,28-29,30-27)
- Chris Barnett vs. Tom Sauer*
- Julien Williams vs. Ryan DeRocher*
- Catchweight Fight (150lb.): Paul Barrow def. Jason Carapelluci via submission (rear naked choke) at :46 of round 3
- Catchweight Fight (178lb.): Ben Saunders def. Brian Warren by TKO (ref stoppage) at :22 of round 1
- Raul Amaya def. Kenny Moss via TKO (injury) at :30 of round 2
- Matt McCook def. Shanon Slack via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
*took place after main card