Bellator 99: Patricio “Pitbull” Puts Away Diego Nunes
By FCF Staff
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire spoiled the Bellator debut of Diego Nunes in quick and violent fashion tonight, as the Team Nogueira fighter stopped the UFC vet in under 90 seconds.
Shortly into the featherweight tourney, quarterfinal bout, “Pitbull” floored Nunes with a left hook to the ear as he rushed in, and finished the bout with follow up punches.
Other opening round winners included Fabricio Guerreiro, Joe Taimanglo and Justin Wilcox, the latter of which recorded a remarkable comeback win. Wilcox was battered by Akop Stepanyan with strikes throughout much of the bout, but managed to take the fight to the ground and score the submission win.
In another of the main card’s fights, Vladimir Matyushenko worked his way to a unanimous decision win over fellow UFC vet Houston Alexander.
Here are the official results for Bellator 99, which took place in Temecula, California.
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire def. Diego Nunes via TKO (via punches) R1, 1:19
Vladimir Matyushenko def. Houston Alexander via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Fabricio Guerreiro def. Desmond Green via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Joe Taimanglo def. Andrew Fisher via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Justin Wilcox def. Akop Stepanyan via submission (via rear-naked choke) R2, 2:26
Blagoi Ivanov def. Manny Lara via submission (via guilloetine choke) R1,1:17
Goiti Yamauchi def. Musa Toliver via submission (via rear-naked choke) R1, 1:01
Gavin Sterritt def. Andy Murad via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Hector Ramirez def. Savio Kosic via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)