Bellator 85: Pat Curran and Michael Chandler Retain Titles, Mikhail Zayats Takes Out Renato Sobral
By FCF Staff
Bellator debuted on SPIKE TV tonight in Irvine, California, by promoting an event that featured two title fights and three quarterfinal bouts in its latest light-heavyweight tournament.
In the end, Pat Curran retained his featherweight belt by edging out Patricio Freire with a split decision win, while lightweight champ Michael Chandler tapped out Rick Hawn with a second round, rear-naked-choke.
Although Bellator understandably threw a lot of promotional hype behind UFC vet Renato “Babalu” Sobral, and his participation in the light-heavyweight tourney, the accomplished fighter was stopped by M-1 vet Mikhail Zayats in round one.
Here are the results from tonight’s Bellator 85 card.
Michael Chandler def. Rick Hawn via submission (rear-naked choke) – R2, 3:07
Pat Curran def. Patricio Freire via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Light-Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals
Mikhail Zayats def. Renato Sobral via TKO (strikes) – R1, 4:49
Emanuel Newton def. Atanas Djambazov via submission (rear-naked choke) – R2, 2:21
Jacob Noe def. Seth Petruzelli by TKO (punches)- R1, 2:51
Cleber Luciano def. Mario Navarro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joe Williams def. Jamie Yager via TKO (strikes) – R1, 4:02
Savant Young def. Mike Guymon via KO (punch) – R2, 0:48
J.J. Ambrose def. Brian Warren via submission (guillotine choke) – R2, 0:50
Jason Lambert def. Hector Ramirez via submission (armbar) – R1, 3:59
Aaron Miller def. Joe Camacho via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)