Bellator Results from the Santa Ana Star Center (featuring King Mo)
Aug 1, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck
Bellator Results from the Santa Ana Star Center
Albuquerque, N.M. (July 31, 2013) – The final results are in for Bellator MMA’s event live from New Mexico’s Santa Ana Star Center. The event featured the Bellator Lightweight World Championship where reigning Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler defeated David Rickels with an explosive knockout (punches) in the first minute of the first round. In a Bellator Welterweight World Title Fight, Ben Askren also defended his title with a knockout finish against Andrey Koreshkov. The night also showcased the Light Heavyweight Tournament Final with King Mo defeating Jacob Noe and Vitaly Minakov captured the Heavyweight Tournament Final with a win over Ryan Martinez.
Bellator also announced live inside the Bellator cage that two of the biggest names in MMA, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tito “The People’s Champion” Ortiz will battle in a light heavyweight matchup live on PPV Saturday, November 2nd at Southern California’s Long Beach Arena. Tickets for the event go on sale this Saturday, August 3rd at 10 a.m. PST and can be purchased on Bellator.com, Ticketmaster.com, as well as at the Long Beach Arena Box Office.
Lightweight World Championship: Michael Chandler defeats David Rickels via TKO (strikes) –Round 1, 0:44.
Welterweight World Championship: Ben Askren defeats Andrey Koreshkov via TKO (strikes) – Round 4, 2:59
Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: King Mo defeats Jacob Noe via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:51
Heavyweight Tournament Final: Vitaly Minakov defeats Ryan Martinez via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:02
Featherweight Feature Fight: Patricio Pitbull defeats Jared Downing via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 0:54
Catchweight Feature Fight (158 lbs.): Will Brooks def. Cris Leyva via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:20
Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal Fight: Rafael Silva def. Rodrigo Lima via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:03
Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal Fight: Anthony Leone def. Frank Baca via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 1:07
Lightweight Feature Fight: Bubba Jenkins defeats Mike Barreras via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:05
Catchweight Feature Fight (190 lbs): Jeremy Kimball defeats Keith Berry via KO (punches) – Round 2, 1:45
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Adrian Cruz defeats Felipe Chavez via TKO (strikes) –Round 2, 4:24
Bantamweight Catchweight Fight (150 lbs): Javier Palacios defeated Richard Jacques by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Shawn Bunch defeats Russell Wilson via split decision (29-28, 28-29,29-28)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Donald Sanchez defeats Cliff Wright Jr. via split decision (29-28, 28-29 , 29-28)
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