Bellator 68 takes place later tonight at Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 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, the season six featherweight tournament comes to a close as former finalists Marlon Sandro and Daniel Straus both look for their first tournament title.
In a bantamweight tournament semifinal bout, Travis Marx takes on the always tenacious Marcos Galvão.
And to put a bow on it, Marius Zaromskis and Waachim Spiritwolf look to finally fight, after their first bout in Strikeforce ended in a no contest due to an eyepoke at the opening bell.
**UPDATE** Seth Petruzelli vs Carmelo Marrero has been scratched from the event as Seth could not be medically cleared. He tweeted “heard weezing and fluid in my lungs.”
Results and recap after the jump.
- Daniel Straus def. Marlon Sandro via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Marcos Galvão def. Travis Marx via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Marcin Held def. Derrick Kennington via Submission (Heel Hook) at 2:08 of Round 1
- Marius Zaromskis def. Waachim Spiritwolf via TKO (Cuts) at 5:00 of Round 2
- Don Carlo-Clauss def. Jacob Kirwan via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Aung La Nsang def. Jesus Martinez via TKO (Knees and Punches) at 0:36 of Round 1
- Anthony Leone def. Claudio Ledesma via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
- Francois Ambang def. Gregory Milliard via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Marlon Sandro vs. Daniel Straus: If you’re a male and you saw this fight, you poor bastard. Marlon Sandro took a VERY nasty kick to the cut early, and was forced to utilize nearly all of his allotted five minutes, but he didn’t look the same at all. Getting held against the cage, not engaging as quickly or as technically as he usually does, we saw a very tentative Sandro. His opponent, Daniel Straus, was equally as tentative, likely due to the fact that he was fighting one of the scariest featherweights of all-time. Neither man was hurt at any point in the bout, and Sandro did what he could, attempting a standing arm-triangle, but in the end the judges scored it 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27 for the season six featherweight tournament champion, Daniel Straus.
Travis Marx vs. Marcos Galvão: In a fantastic fight, that determined the first bantamweight semifinalist, Marx and Galvão held nothing back. After a solid first, which saw Galvão landing big looping shots, Marx came back and did enough to take the second round with his own striking and ground skills. In the third however, Galvão took control once more, and fought his heart out, taking home the unanimous decision with scores of 29-28 across the board.
Marcin Held vs. Derrick Kennington: As was expected, Marcin Held proved he was a dangerous man on the ground. After Kennington dropped Held, he followed up, but found himself in danger of being submitted with several different submissions. Shortly after the two got back to the feet, Held did what does best, and took the fight to the ground by any means necessary. As soon as he got where he wanted, he slipped on a heel hook and forced the tap at 2:08 of the first round.
Marius Zaromskis vs. Waachim Spiritwolf: It was expected to be a war, and it did not disappoint. It was brutal brawling tactics against crisp, technical striking, as these two strikers took each other on with little hesitation. Zaromskis used his technical prowess as he delivered head kicks and elbows to his opponent, opening him up early. In the second round, Spiritwolf showed how effective brawling can be, as he hurt his opponent badly, and nearly finished the fight in a very violent fashion. Going into the 3rd, with the score likely being 20-18 Spiritwolf, the doctor looked at the cut over the eye of Spiritwolf, which honestly wasn’t that bad, and decided to wave off the bout, drawing the ire of the crowd, who shouted “let them fight.” A bad stoppage ruins a great fight.
Don Carlo-Clauss vs. Jacob Kirwan: In a fantastic and close bout, both Carlo-Clauss and Kirwan left everything they had in the cage. It was a question of who would use their range better, as the two fighters both excelled in different areas on the feet. The answer would come after the 15 minutes however, as the range, aggression, and proficient striking of Don Carlo-Clauss earned him the split decision with scores of 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28.
Aung La Nsang vs. Jesus Martinez: This two men got into a furious fight and it didn’t last long. Martinez dropped Nsang immediately, but was unable to finish, as we was wary of his opponent’s ground game. As the two men returned to the feet, Martinez came out swinging, but found himself against the cage, where he was dropped by a knee to the body, and swarmed on. Dan Mirgliotta had seen enough and stopped the bout at 0:36 of round one
Claudio Ledesma vs. Anthony Leone: In an interesting bout that served as the opener for the televised preliminary card on Spike.com, Claudio Ledesma and Anthony Leone put it a hard 15 minutes of work. While Ledesma appeared to have the striking edge, he often found himself unable to escape the clinch, and had a lot of trouble not being taken down. After an exciting three rounds, the judges turned in scores of 28-29, 30-37, and 30-37, giving Anthony Leone a split decision win.
Francois Ambang vs. Gregory Milliard: The opening fight of the card featured two less than stellar fighters, but they put on a hell of a show. The two middleweights exchanged striking, which Ambang getting the best of the exchanges throughout each round. Milliard tried often to take his opponent down, but was unable to do so, and leg kicks helped Ambang take home the split decision with scores of 29-28, 29-28, and 28-29.