Bellator already has what will likely be the submission of the year, but do they have the knockout of the year too? You can judge for yourself, but I can’t think of any knockouts yet that have topped this absolutely wicked spinning backfist from Yahir Reyes.
Bellator VI recap and results after the jump.
Robstown, Texas – May 8, 2009 – In another unpredictable semi-final night of Bellator action, underdogs Joe Soto and Yahir Reyes advanced to the Bellator Featherweight world championship final for the chance to secure their place as the Featherweight champion and collect the $100,000 grand prize in the first nationally televised tournament style mixed martial arts promotion. The dramatic tournament action began with favorite Estevan Payan taking on Yahir Reyes in a hard-fought battle during the nail-biting semi-final. After a close first round, just two minutes into the second Reyes pulled a brutally unexpected spinning back fist to end Payan’s match and his chance at the title while the eager Texas crowd erupted in applause after first catching their breath. Quickly becoming an upset artist, longtime kickboxing expert Reyes first defeated favorite Nick Gonzalez at Bellator I and is hungry to become the champion when he meets Joe Soto in the Bellator cage for the Championship title.
On the heels of the Reyes victory, the Bellator VI action continued with the main event featuring undefeated Joe “The Hammer” Soto taking on undefeated Jiu-Jitsu black belt Wilson Reis. Showing the colors of a seasoned fighter, Soto entered the cage demonstrating that he was not going to hit the ground with Reis, where Reis would have dominated the fight. A back-and-forth of blows, this contentious match had Soto dropping twice in the first before returning to battle with the aggressive Reis. Marking Soto’s first match advancing beyond the first round, this standing battle of attrition ended with Soto’s hand in the air for his sixth undefeated victory via unanimous decision and closed a night of emotional upsets in front of the awed Texas crowd. All the Bellator VI action can be seen on Saturday, May 9, 2009 exclusively on ESPN Deportes.
“This tournament format continues to produce results that no one could have expected at each event,” commented Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Just seeing the levels of emotion these fighters show before and after a match demonstrates that all they’ve wanted was a chance to prove themselves and with the Bellator tournament format, these remarkable athletes are given the opportunity to excel.”
During Bellator VI’s exciting undercard action, former Featherweight tournament participants Luis Palomino and Nick Gonzalez clashed, ending in a first round TKO victory for the aggressive Palomino. After celebrating with multiple mid-ring flips, an excited Palomino urged Bellator fans not to count him out for future glory with Bellator Fighting Championships. In another hard fought Featherweight match, Roberto Vargas defeated local Houston native Daniel Pineda via unanimous decision.
All of the Bellator VI action will air on ESPN Deportes Saturday, May 9. The full fight results are below:
Bellator VI Featherweight Semi-Final Tournament bouts:
145 lbs. – Estevan Payan (7-2) vs. Yahir Reyes (17-5) Reyes by TKO (strikes) at 6:56
145 lbs. – Joe Soto (6-0) vs. Wilson Reis (7-1) Soto by unanimous decision
Bellator VI Non-tournament bouts:
145 lbs. – Luis Palomino (10-5) vs. Nick Gonzalez (14-8) Palomino by TKO (strikes) at 2:13
145 lbs. – Roberto Vargas (6-0) vs. Daniel Pineda (8-3) Vargas by unanimous decision
145 lbs. – Dustin Phillips (9-4) vs. Jose Santibanez (8-2) Santibanez by submission (rearnaked choke) at 3:34
185 lbs. – Chris Spicer (3-2) vs. Bubba McDaniels (14-5) McDaniels by submission (rearnaked choke) at 2:53
175 lbs. – Ira Boyd (6-7-1) vs. Hector Urbina (13-5) Urbina by TKO (injury) at 0:19
Bellator Fighting Championships’ premiere season consists of 12 two-hour events broadcast weekly in primetime on Saturday nights on ESPN Deportes. The English-language broadcast becomes available on www.Bellator.com each Wednesday. The nationally televised events feature a combination of tournament and non-tournament special feature bouts. There are four simultaneous tournaments taking place in season one over a three month period: one in each of the Featherweight (145 lb.), Lightweight (155 lb.), Welterweight (170 lb.) and Middleweight (185 lb.) divisions.
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