Bellator 70 takes place later tonight at the New Orleans Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 lightweight tournament wraps up as Rick Hawn looks to continue his run through the division. Standing in his way is Brent Weedman.
Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad defends his title against heavy-handed Eric Prindle.
The final season six bantamweight semifinal takes place as well, as Luis Alberto Nogueira takes on Hiroshi Nakamura.
Lastly, MMA journeyman Rich Clementi takes on Francisco Derek Campos in a lightweight bout.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Rick Hawn def. Brent Weedman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Cole Konrad def. Eric Prindle via Submission (Kimura) at 1:00 of Round 1
- Luis Alberto Nogueira def. Hiroshi Nakamura via TKO (Punches) at 1:58 of Round 3
- Rich Clementi def. Francisco Derek Campos via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:18 of Round 1
- A.J. Matthews def. Charlie Rader via Knockout (Head Kick) at 3:34 of Round 2
- Kelvin Tiller def. Jeremiah Riggs via Verbal Submission (Kimura) at 3:38 of Round 3
- Jonas Billstein def. Mike Seal via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:55 of Round 1
- Derek Arcement def. Blake Dufour via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Rick Hawn vs. Brent Weedman: In the main event, lightweights Hawn and Weedman left it all in the cage. With both men fighting a smart, technically sound, and cautious fight to start, Hawn used his superior striking, and his Judo prowess to control where the fight took place through the first two rounds. Weedman used leg kicks to his advantage, smacking Hawn’s legs with deafening force again and again. The third round would be the most definitive one, as Hawn dominated from bell to bell, taking his opponent down and having his way with him en route to a unanimous decision win with scores of 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27, winning the season six lightweight tournament.
Cole Konrad vs. Eric Prindle: There is a reason that Cole Konrad is the only interesting and relevant heavyweight in Bellator. Konrad took Prindle down, locked in a Kimura, and that was it. Took exactly one minute.
Luis Alberto Nogueira vs. Hiroshi Nakamura: In the second bantamweight semifinal, Luis Nogueira took the fight to Nakamura from start to finish, and what a finish it was. After dominating the Japanese grappler with improved wrestling, violent slams, and crisp striking, Nogueira let loose and absolutely starched Hiroshi mid-way through the third. Having badly rocked his opponent, he pounced on him and put him out cold with punches at 1:58 of the final frame.
Francisco Derek Campos vs. Rich Clementi: It was a beautiful homecoming for Rich Clementi. The crafty veteran, who celebrates his 13th year as a professional fighter, took home his 43rd win as he avoided the powerful striking of Campos, took him down, and caught him in a tight guillotine choke. Campos tapped out at 4:18 of the first round.
Charlie Rader vs. A.J. Matthews: Radar and Matthews put on one hell of a fight to close out the preliminary card. Through the first round, the two tough welterweights looked to make an impact and cement a future spot in the Bellator season seven welterweight tournament. As the second round started, it didn’t seem as if anyone was going to make that statement, but a slip by Radar allowed Matthews to capitalize. As Radar fell backwards, Matthews threw a barely legal head kick that absolutely obliterated Radar. Knockout of the year candidate right here. The time of the stoppage was 3:34 of the second round.
Jeremiah Riggs vs. Kelvin Tiller: Jeremiah Riggs was out to prove that he’s tough enough to hang in the Bellator cage, but he was outclassed by a good grappler in Kelvin Tiller. While making his opponent look unprepared through the first 10, it was the third round where Tiller would catch his opponent in a nasty kimura. Bending Riggs’ arm in all sorts of disgusting directions, the referee stepped in as Riggs screamed out in pain, giving Tiller the verbal submission win at 3:38 of the final round.
Jonas Billstein vs. Mike Seal: Jonas Billstein may have very well had his coming out party tonight in the Bellator cage. He made short work of Mike Seal as he got dominated position on the mat, took his opponent’s back, and sunk in a fight ending rear naked choke. Seal went out cold at 2:55 of the first frame.
Blake Dufour vs. Derek Arcement: In the opening fight of the night, Derek Arcement picked up the first win of his professional MMA career as he took Blake Dufour into deep waters. After a solid 15 minutes where Arcement used his striking and grappling to thwart his foe’s attacks, he took home the unanimous decision with scores of 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27.