I dunno bout you fine folks and your no-doubt busy and exciting lives, but I did jack shit yesterday. But if nothing else, my Sunday TV diet reaffirmed three things that I already knew. One: Hitchcock’s films are still pretty cool today. Two: if the guy carrying the AK-47 is wearing a polo shirt, khakis and sandals, he’s probably with the rebels. And three: heavyweight MMA fights outside the Zuffa umbrella usually aren’t worth watching.
Regarding the latter, last night I caught a replay of Saturday night’s Bellator 48 show, and since there was frankly little else on the card that looked compelling, I was praying for fireworks in the featherweight tourney final between former Sengoku champ Marlon Sandro and Season 2 lightweight tourney winner Pat Curran. I got my wish, but not as I expected (or wanted).
Sandro developed a reputation as a knockout artist during his time in Sengoku, finishing four of his five victories there by first-round KO, including ” target=”_blank”>disgusting fatbodies, that abomination was preceded by a 230-lb catchweight scrap between notorious fatass Ricco “Suave” Rodriguez and fellow UFC washout Seth “Kimboslayer” Petruzelli. Seth’s trademark colourfull hair must not be Samson-esque, because his freshly buzzed melon proved more than enough to drop and hammerfist Ricco into semi-consciousness in the first round, thereby ending Suave’s 12-fight can-smashing streak. Apparently Ricco had said that if he couldn’t beat Seth he doesn’t deserve to be fighting anymore, but now he vows to keep on truckin’. Well hey dude, if you struggle to make 230 lbs but still look like a wad of chewed bubblegum, and then get flattened in the first by a fellow blown-up 205er whose biggest claim to fame is knocking out a former streetfighter/porn bouncer, maybe you should stick with that first promise.
Kicking off the main card was Juan Barrantes versus Rene Nazare in a lightweight feature fight. Who? Yeah. It was decent though, as Nazare soundly dominated the game but overmatched Barrantes, until the doctor decided he didn’t like the look of Juan’s crimson mask and cameltoe-eye and stopped the fight after the second round. Now sporting a perfect 10-0 record, Nazare probably punched his ticket into the next lightweight tournament with this performance.
Sandwiched in after the Seth/Suave fight was a quick finish from the undercard, in which some local dude put some other local dude into an unwanted REM cycle with a deep RNC in under two minutes. Nice job, local dude.
Elsewhere on the unaired undercard, TUF 7 alumnus Dan Cramer was looking for his his fifth Bellator win (!) against last-second replacement Jeff “Scary Nickname” Nader, but blew a solid two-round lead when he ate a couple too many uppercuts in the third round. It may have been a bit early, as Sherdog sez the ref stopped the fight while Cramer was still standing. That sucks for Cramer, but with his record now at 7-3, he’s doing alright for a guy who had zero pro fights before getting on TUF.
FW Tourney Final: Pat Curran def. Marlon Sandro via KO (head kick) at 4:00 of Rd 2 – VID
Cole Konrad def. Paul Buentello via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) – VID
Seth Petruzelli def. Ricco Rodriguez via TKO (punches) at 4:21 of Rd 1 – VID
Renê Nazare def. Juan Barrantes via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of Rd 2 – VID
LOCAL FEATURE FIGHTS:
Jeff Nader def. Dan Cramer via TKO (punches) at 1:04 of Rd 3
Nik Fekete def. Mark Griffin via TKO (elbows) at 3:12 of Rd 2
Andrew Calandrelli def. Matt Nice via sub (keylock) at 3:55 of Rd 1
Ryan Quinn def. Brett Oteri via technical sub (RNC) at 1:48 of Rd 1 – VID
Saul Almeida def. Tateki Matsuda via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)