It’s time for your weekly acknowledgement of non-Zuffa MMA, folks!
BELLATOR 76: EDDIE’S FAREWELL
The Season 7 featherweight bracket starts tonight, but the real draw is the barnburner main event of Eddie Alvarez vs Patricky “Pitbull” Freire. It’s the last fight on Eddie’s contract, and an impressive win over a tough dude like Pitbull is exactly what he needs to encourage a certain bald Mr. White (not Walter, the other one) to show him the money. Freire hasn’t fought since his arm got jacked and his trainer died this past spring, and though he promises to bring the heat against Alvarez, win or lose he’ll most likely be in the next LW tourney.
But first, a bunch of 145ers with funny names will strut their stuff. “Totally” Rad Martinez makes his first tournament appearance against former semifinalist Nazareno Malegarie. WEC and IFL veteran Wagnney Fabiano returns from a 2-year hiatus against fellow newcomer Akop Stepanyan. TUF 12 washout Mike Richman earned his place by flattening Chris Horodecki in April, and faces Season 6 entrant Jeremy Spoon. Two more noobs are jerkin’ the curtain, as Shahbulat “Shamalamadingdong” Shamhalaev takes on Cody Bollinger.
BELLATOR 75: TESTICLES OF FURY
Bellator’s Season 7 HW tourney kicked off last week with both a bang and an agonized whimper. Opening the show, Mark Holata knocked Vinicius Kappke de Queiroz all googly-eyed early in the fight, but VKdQ quickly recovered enough to score a belly-down armbar. Former 205er Richard Hale swarmed and pounded out poor Mike Wessel so fast, he was in a suit and sitting ringside in time to catch part of the next fight. Brett Rogers found the much smaller Alexander Volkov to be way tougher than his wife, and pretty much stood there as the young Russian boxed him up for 15 minutes. A broken arm helps explain why Rogers was so unusually hesitant, but he was never really in that fight, and his post-Arlovski record now stands at 2-5-1. Back to Sam’s Club with ye!
Then came the long-awaited Prindle-Santos rematch, in which Prindle returned the favor of Santos punting his balls into the crowd last year by axe-kicking Santos’s junk into the mat. Prindle looked instantly apologetic and claimed it was unintentional, but the ref apparently didn’t buy it, and Santos was given the DQ win to soothe his swollen scrote. Which seems a bit unfair since it was a no-contest when Santos did it, but that history and the ref’s warning against nut-shots literally seconds before Prindle got to stompin’ probably swayed his decision. And so Prindle gains his revenge, loses a promising shot at the now-vacant HW belt, and Bellator has another Zaromskis-Spiritwolf-esque endless shitshow on their hands.