Bellator 39 took place earlier this evening at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Eddie Alvarez returned to action and put his lightweight title on the line against Pat Curran in the main event. The lightweight and welterweight tournaments also continued with a pair of semi-final bouts between Patricky “Pitbull” Freire and Toby Imada & Rick Hawn and Lyman Good.
Eddie Alvarez put on an entertaining fight as always, but the highlight of the night came in the Freire vs. Imada fight when Freire landed one of the most vicious flying knees we’ve seen in quite awhile. If you missed it, it’s in the video above.
Results and official recap after the jump.
Uncasville, Conn. (April 2, 2011) — Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie Alvarez successfully defended his title against Season 2 Lightweight tournament champion Pat Curran in front of a full house at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. for Bellator 39, which aired LIVE on MTV2. The night also saw Patricky Pitbull advance to the lightweight finals via a highlight-reel flying knee TKO, Rick Hawn defeat former champ Lyman Good and Ben Saunders’ claim victory in his Bellator debut.
Eddie Alvarez and Pat Curran did not disappoint MMA fans in the Bellator Lightweight World Championship fight. In front of a partisan crowd for Eddie Alvarez, the champ peppered Curran with punches in Round 1 but was unable to take him down, receiving a knee to the face on one attempt. Round 2 was similar, with Alvarez applying pressure and landing body shots but unable to overcome Curran’s takedown defense. Alvarez dominated Rounds 3 and 4 with continuous body shots, continuing the trend for earlier rounds. At the end of Round 5, Curran took Alvarez down and landed blows from the top position, but it was not enough to impress the judges who awarded Alvarez the victory via a unanimous decision.
“Eddie put on another dominant performance and Patricky’s Knockout was one of the best knockouts I’ve seen in the last couple years,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.
In lightweight semifinal action, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Patricky Pitbull took on 2009 Submission of the Year Winner Toby Imada. After delivering several solid leg kicks in the first half of Round 1, Patricky landed a textbook flying knee to the face of Imada, followed up with a strong left hook. The referee quickly stepped in front of the relentless Pitbull and stopped the fight, awarding Patricky a TKO victory at 2:53 in Round 1, who now advances to the lightweight finals.
Former Bellator Welterweight World Champion Lyman Good met undefeated Judo Olympian Rick Hawn in the welterweight semifinal fight. Good slightly controlled Round 1 momentum, landing multiple uppercuts. In Round 2, Hawn executed an outside trip and took Good to the ground, where he held position until the bell rang. Hawn applied the pressure in Round 3 but Good effectively landed strikes. However, neither was able to seal the deal, leaving it to the judges who declared Hawn victorious via a split decision.
In the night’s special feature fight, UFC Vet Ben Saunders put on a devastating show against an impressively tough Matt Lee. Saunders set the tone of the fight early in Round 1, landing brutal knees and elbows, resulting in a bloody-nosed Lee. In Round 2, Lee attempted to change levels, but he was unable to take the bigger Saunders to the ground. By Round 3, the crowd at the Mohegan Sun roared in support of the physically hurt Lee. The referee saw enough and stopped the fight to consult the physician, who awarded Saunders the victory via TKO at 1:24 in Round 3.
- Eddie Alvarez def Pat Curran via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
- Rick Hawn defeats Lyman Good via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Patricky “Pitbull” Freire defeats Toby Imada via TKO (Strikes) at 2:53 in Round 2
- Ben Saunders defeats Matt Lee via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage) at 1:24 in Round 3
- Dan Cramer defeats Greg Rebello via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ryan Quinn defeats Mike Winters via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- David Jansen defeats Scott McAfee via Submission (Brabo Choke) at 4:58 in Round 1
- Rene Nazare defeats Luiz Azeredovia TKO (Injury) at 5:00 in Round 1
- John McLaughlin defeats Blair Tugman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)