Bellator 80? I remember attending Bellator events back when the promotion was in it’s teens. Sure, back then Bellator had hormones raging, and was even caught sneaking out of their bedroom window late at night, but even in those Fox Deportes days we here at MiddleEasy knew Bellator would blossom into the fully-grown and special 80-event-old it is today. Let me say, Bellator, you look real good for 80, maybe the best you ever have. What is it? Are you juicing kale? Let it be at least another 80, that’s for sure.
Joe warren is one of the forefathers of Bellator, and after losing his last two fights (and the featherweight belt) in gruesome, slobberknocking fashion, The baddest Man on the planet stepped upon the gray mat with a single purpose: defeating Owen Evinger and making his way back up the bantamweight ladder. The fight went like every Joe Warren winning effort: takedowns galore with a smattering of sloppy submission attempts. Even though Joe put heaps of effort into finishing Evinger, the unknown opponent evaded Joe’s chokes and lost 30-27 on the scorecards. This brings Joe’s eyes back to the bantamweight tournament and one last run. We want to hear Joe’s thoughts on the legalization of Marijuana in Colorado, too.
You know you’re in trouble when you’re fighting a dude who holds Ivan Drago in high esteem, and trouble is exactly what landed on the chin of Vinicius Queiroz thanks to Alexander Volkov. The Bellator heavyweight semifinal battle between these two ended with only a second left, but Volkov placed his fists on Queiroz’s face enough to warrant the finish. The fight was a fun one, but will forever be marred by the referee standing up the fighters almost immediately after a takedown and a bunch of other weird stuff. Besides that, solid win for the Russian with an Aztec tattoo of a stingray.
Then the featherweights Rad Martinez and Wagnney Fabiano took to the cage to find someone to face Shahbulat Shamhalaev in the featherweight tournament finals. It was another fast paced fight that boiled down into a decision win for Rad Martinez, a dude who has a name that sounds like a great alter-ego.
Thanks to ZP for the animation above.