Bellator 65 takes place later tonight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.. The event airs live on MTV2 at 8pm ET/7pm CT. The prelims will precede the MTV2 broadcast at 7pm ET and 10pm ET on Spike.com.
In the main event, Bellator bantamweight champion Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky defends his title against season five bantamweight tournament winner Eduardo Dantas.
The final featherweight finalist will be determined as powerful wrestlers Daniel Straus and Mike Corey square off.
Marcos Galvao goes head to head with Ed West in the opening round of the season six bantamweight tournament.
And lastly, last year’s tournament finalist, Alexis Vila looks to advance further in the Bellator bantamweight tournament, as he takes on Luis Alberto Nogueira.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Eduardo Dantas def. Zach Makovsky via Technical Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 3:26 of Round 2
- Daniel Straus def. Mike Corey via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Luis Alberto Nogueira def. Alexis Vila via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Marcos Galvao def. Ed West via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Kenny Foster def. Jay Haas via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:51 of Round 1
- Will Martinez Jr. def. Terrell Hobbs via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:13 of Round 1
- Duane Bastress def. Plinio Cruz via TKO (Forearms) at 2:52 of Round 2
- Scott Heckman def. Lester Caslow via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:40 of Round 1
- Kris McCray def. Ailton Barbosa via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Lyman Good def. LeVon Maynard via Knockout (Punches) at 0:13 of Round 1
- E.J. Brooks def. Mikhail Malyutin via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Zach Makovsky vs. Eduardo Dantas: A career-defining performance doesn’t come around very often, but proper dap is due for Eduardo Dantas. The Nova Uniao fighter showed the effectiveness of his striking early, blasting Makovsky with violently powerful kicks and showed off his grappling prowess throughout the first. In the second round, Dantas took full control, took this fight to the ground, and sunk in a beautifully applied arm triangle choke. Makovsky did everything right in defending, but it was for naught, as he went unconscious at 3:26. The two fighters were very classy following the bout. Eduardo Dantas is the new Bellator bantamweight champion!
Daniel Straus vs. Mike Corey: A bout between two strong wrestlers of course, was spent almost entirely on the feet. Straus took control early and busted Corey up early, potentially breaking his nose and really making an ugly mess of his eye. Straus and Corey arguably traded the first two rounds, but going into the third, neither man was comfortable with coasting. Both men went toe to toe exchanging heavy, accurate blows, and although Straus did far more damage, Corey was considerably busier. After fifteen minutes, Daniel Straus booked a date next month with Marlon Sandro in the finals of the season six featherweight tournament with scores of 30-27, 29-28, and 29-28.
Alexis Vila vs. Luis Alberto Nogueira: A slow bout, to say the least. Between Vila’s head-hunting and the surprising grappling prowess of Nogeuira, not much happened here. Luis had considerably better timing, and took down the 1996 Olympic bronze medalist time and time again. As the bout wore on, the age of Vila became more apparent, as he was just hardly even in the bout. Relatively even going into the third, Nogeuira took full control and made a statement, advancing to the semifinals of the bantamweight tournament with unanimous scores of 29-28.
Marcos Galvao vs. Ed West: What a fight! Galvao and West took it to each other from bell to bell. Both men fought like this was the last fight of their career. Recklessness was on full display, but it was effective. The grappling of Galvao was fantastic, as always, and he made Ed West pay through, putting together several submission attempts. While Galvao took the first round very clearly, Ed West made a solid comeback, thanks in part to his unorthodox striking. Galvao did his best to stifle any offense from West, and in the end, he earned the unanimous decision victory with scores of 30-27 across the board, which certainly prompted a sigh of relief after two questionable decision losses. He advances to the semifinals of the Bellator season six bantamweight tournament.
Kenny Foster vs. Jay Haas: The final fight of the night was not televised, and really, it wasn’t all that exciting either. From the very start, Kenny Foster was outclassing Jay Haas. After a few short exchanges, Foster hurt Haas, threw on a guillotine choke, and from there, it was all academic. The submission came at 2:51 of round one.
Will Martinez Jr. vs. Andy Main: Oh Terrell Hobbs, you poor man. Terrell Hobbs just can’t catch a break. After a highly entertaining first round between the two ensued, Hobbs and Martinez found themselves on the ground, and a fun little ground battle ensued, but it wasn’t long before a slick reversal from Martinez led to a fight ending rear naked choke at 4:13 of the first.
Plinio Cruz vs. Duane Bastress: In the first fight to follow the main card, Duane Bastress took it to Plinio Cruz. After a fairly straight forward round one, which featured a feeling out process, some rudimentary “welcome to the cage” style striking, and a slow pace. In the second however, Bastress took his opponent down, rained down ground and pound, and then began raining down some violent forearm shots which prompted the referee to step in 2:52 of round two.
Lester Caslow vs. Scott Heckman: In the final preliminary bout, Heckman showed improved footwork en route to a very quick takedown. On the ground, the wrestling of Heckman was on full display, and when he had an opening, he took the back and snuck his arm across Caslow’s neck, slipping in a rear naked choke and forcing the tap at 3:40 of the opening frame.
Ailton Barbosa vs. Kris McCray: Former UFC fighter Kris McCray looked to be on fire as this fight started. McCray defended submissions well and used his wtestling and striking to take the first round fairly clearly. In the second round, Barbosa came back and worked submission attempt after submission attempt. McCray was in danger several times, but showed much improved submission attempts, despite dropping the round. The third round was the closest of all, both men worked to their strengths, with neither man doing much in the way of attempting to finish. In the end, the judges had the unenviable job of scoring the bout, and ultimately they have the nod to Kris McCray with split scores of 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28.
Lyman Good vs. LeVon Maynard: Well, this was over about as quickly as it began. The two engaged in a fire fight quickly and it was Lyman good who landed a short right that dropped Maynard. he followed up with vicious ground and pound and put his foe out cold at 0:13 of the first round.
Mikhail Malyutin vs. E.J. Brooks: In a relatively one-sided affair E.J. Brooks went toe to toe with Mikhail Malyutin in an unaired preliminary bout. Brooks took down Malyutin over and over again throughout the 15 minute bout. Malyutin became exhausted as the fight went on, and as he did, it became easier for Brooks. In the end, the underrated wrestler took home the unanimous decision victory with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 30-26.