Bellator 62 is live from the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, TX. 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, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire takes on Lloyd Woodard in the opening round of the lightweight tournament.
J.J. Ambrose and Brent Weedman meet in a lightweight tournament quarterfinal bout.
Rick Hawn takes on Ricardo Tirloni in another lightweight tournament opening round bout.
Thiago Michel and Rene Nazare also meet in the opening round of the lightweight tournament.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Lloyd “Cupcake” Woodard def. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire via Submission (Kimura) at 1:46 of Round 2
- Rick Hawn def. Ricardo Tirloni via TKO (Punches) at 2:36 of Round 1
- Brent Weedman def. J.J. Ambrose via Submission (Von Flue Choke) at 3:26 of Round 2
- Thiago Michel def. Rene Nazare via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Luis Vega def. Sonny Luque via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 3:43 of Round 1
- Chris Jones def. Steven Peterson va Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
- Dave Jansen def. Jacob Kirwan via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Rad Martinez def. Douglas Frey via TKO (Punches) at 4:08 of Round 1
- Sean Spencer def. Joseph Daily via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:24 of Round 2
Patricky “Pitbull” Freire vs. Lloyd Woodard: Pitbull started the bout with a flashback of his fight with Michael Chandler, as he was on the wrong end of a brutal low blow. The illegal strike lit a fire under Patricky and the two fighters went back and forth, exchanging powerful strikes and excellent takedowns, bringing the crowd to their feet through the first frame. The second round was much of the same, as both “Pitbull” and “Cupcake” brawled like maniacs. After a knee hurt Freire, he went for an armbar, lost it, and found himself on the wrong end of a kimura. Woodard let go of it briefly, but held on to the arm, cranked the kimura harder and secured the tap at 1:46 of round 2, but not before Freire’s elbow popped out of place. Lloyd Woodard and his glorious moustache are onto the semi-finals.
Rick Hawn vs. Ricardo Tirloni: A stand-up battle ensued early, with Hawn countering well, but it wouldn’t be the counter-striking of Hawn that gave him the victory. Hawn struck first in a quick exchange, threw a vicious right hand that dropped Tirloni, and followed him to the ground with heavy ground and pound. Tirloni went out cold at 2:36 of the first round, stumbled to his feet a few seconds later, and protested the stoppage, but he was clearly unconscious. Rick Hawn has booked his ticket to the semi-finals.
J.J. Ambrose vs. Brent Weedman: The two came out at a frenetic pace. Weedman dropped Ambrose early, but backed off, as opposed to capitalizing on his attack. He soon found himself on the ground and nearly put out with a D’arce choke. The two lightweights went back and forth, exchanging serious blows, but the striking advantage went, very clearly, to Weedman. As the first round closed out, Weedman dominated on the ground, and worked hard for a rear naked choke, but it just wasn’t there. The second round was spent almost entirely on the ground, and a solid ground battle it was. However, in a rare occurence, Weedman caused Ambrose to tap by using a rarely seen Von Flue choke at 3:26 of Round 2. Weedman, of course, advances to the semi-final round of the tournament.
Thiago Michel vs. Rene Nazare: The story of this fight was the range of Michel. In what would be best billed as a classic striker vs grappler match, the kickboxer, Michel, used his height and reach to his advantage, keeping Nazare at bay through the first two rounds. Nazare was able to often score takedowns, however, he did very little with them, and the two combatants were stood up time after time. In the third round, however, Nazare secured a takedown and held Michel down for the remainder of the fight, arguably stealing the round. The first two rounds were close, as neither fighter did anything very significant of note. The judges were torn, registering a split decision came with scores of 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28, ultimately handing Thiago Michel the victory, and giving him a pass to the semi-finals of the Bellator season six lightweight tournament.
Sonny Luque vs. Luis Vega: In the local attraction, hometown fighter Sonny Luque fell short in his performance against Vega. Vega got a slam early on, dominated with ground and pound for several minutes, and then locked in a fight ending arm triangle choke at 3:43 of Round 1.
Steven Peterson vs. Chris Jones: In an explosive fight, fast-paced fight, Jones used his strength and wrestling ability to avoid the solid ground game of Peterson. In what I believe is a first, the bout was briefly stopped as Jones’ cup fell out onto the mat, prompting the referee to warn him about it, and threaten to stop the bout if it happened again. The length of Peterson created problems for Jones, but the short, strong wrestler closed the distance quickly throughout the bout, secured takedowns when necessary, and all but cruised through the first two rounds. The third round went the way of Peterson, as he controlled his opponent on the ground, delivered hammerfist after hammerfist, and threatened with submissions throughout. Ultimately, Chris Jones secured the Split Decision victory with scores of 29-28, 27-30, and 29-28.
Dave Jansen vs. Jacob Kirwan: In a bout that pitted “The Hunter” Kirwan, against “The Fugitive” Jansen, it was “The Fugitive” who live to see another day of freedom. In what was basically a wrestling clinic, the lightweights quickly demonstrated their serious ground skills. Kirwan imposed his will on the mat at first, but Jansen stayed busy with body strikes and submission attempts. The first round ended with Jansen on top, raining down blows, but it was extremely close. The second round started off with Kirwan dominating. Several rear naked choke and guillotine attempts led to him exhausting himself, and as the round closed, Dave Jansen took control and dropped some leather on his opponent. With the fight seemingly even, it would be the third round that made the difference. The two gave it their all in the third, but it was Jansen, who was on top for most of the final frame, who would get the nod on the scorecards with scores of 30-27, 29-28, and 29-28.
Douglas Frey vs. Rad Martinez: The two featherweight combatants took very different stances as the fight started. As the bout wore on, Martinez tried to impose his will, but Frey stayed on his bicycle to avoid being taken down. Martinez was largely the aggressor, as Frey literally ran from him, but Martinez caught on quick. After tagging Frey with a few good shots, he quickly swarmed on him and went to work. The ground and pound sealed the deal as Martinez scored the TKO victory at 4:08 of Round 1.
Joseph Daily vs. Sean Spencer: The fight started off fast, but it was clear early that this fight was all Spencer. Daily was largely overwhelmed as the two exhanged strikes, and despite Daily being a wrestler, the boxer, Spencer, took him down and controlled him on the ground. As the fight went into the second round, a risky flying triangle would be Daily’s demise as Spencer ended up on top, slipped his arm under the chin, and picked up the rear naked choke victory at 1:24 of Round 2.