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Tonight brings us the tournament semi finals in the light heavyweight division: Tim Carpenter vs. Christian M'Pumbu and Richard Hale vs. D.J. Linderman. The winners of those fights will move on to the finals, and fight for the brand new Bellator light heavyweight belt. We will also see action in the 135 lb. division, with Luiz Nogueira vs. Jerod Spoon, and a fight between Sengoku and Shark Fights vet Ronnie Mann and Josh Arocho.
We are now live, and the fights are getting underway. Let's do it!
Round 1 - Nogueira looks confident, Spoon looks intense. Spoon lands a good shot that rocks Nogueira. Nogueira is landing a lot of kicks. Now Spoon is landing a couple of leg kicks himself. Nogueira opens up with a flurry and follows it up with a spinning back kick. Spoon is mostly on the defensive now, but he's staying calm. Spoon is landing one kick or punch to every 4 or 5 of Nogueira's. Now Nogueira shoots and gets a takedown, but Spoon is up pretty quick. Spoon goes for a takedown to end the round, and gets it. The round ends. I score it Nogueira 10-9.
Round 2 - Spoon shoots and can't quite get a td. Spoon throws a kick that Nogueira catches, then he swarms on Spoon and drives him back to the cage. Spoon finally recovers. Spoon gets in a good right, but Nogueira answers back with one as well. They're trading more power shots now, then Nogueira clinches Spoon on the cage. Now Nogueira lands a couple of hard punches. Spoon connects with a right, but Nogueira hit him twice in the process. Nogueira keeps unloading combos but Spoon just throws one punch and backs off. Over and over. Nogueira shoots and gets the takedown, unloads some ground and pound, as the round ends. Again, I give it to Nogueira 10-9.
Round 3 - Nogueira again with the combos, following kicks with punches. Nogueira shoots, finally gets the takedown. Spoon gets up though. Nogueira catches him with a left to the head on the way out. Nogueira follows a flying knee with several solid punches. Hard right from Spoon but Nogueira acted like he didn't feel it. Spoon shoots but Nogueira gets right back up. Nogueira gets a takedown, but Spoon is up quickly. Spoon looks tired now. Nogueira ends the round eating a shot from Spoon, but too little too late. I give that round to Nogueira 10-9.
Round 1 - M'Pumbu opens with several leg kicks. Carpenter moves forward and lands some decent shots. They trade for a bit. M'Pumbu lands a great shot that drops Carpenter, and it's over! M'Pumbu is moving on to the final. Christian M'Pumbu def. Tim Carpenter by TKO, 2:08 of round one.
Round 1 - They start out trading, Mann catches a shot and almost goes down. Mann lands a good left, then Arocho shoots and gets the takedown. Mann sweeps him easily. Mann is getting him with short elbows from the top. Now raining down right hands. The discrepancy in experience is so evident here - Arocho is just surviving while Mann is landing ground and pound at will. Mann continues with the elbows. Arocho is landing some shots of his own off his back, but they have little power. Arocho is just holding Mann in his guard, not really trying to get up. He can't keep Mann tied up enough to get the standup. Mann's gnp is getting nasty. End of the round. Mann, 10-8.
Round 2 - Arocho comes out swinging, and lands two good punches. Mann throws a head kick that just misses. Arocho then does the same. Arocho looks brutalized after the last round. Arocho shoots, eats a knee on the way in, then ends up with Mann on top of him. Mann doesn't look like he's trying to pass guard, he's just landing elbows and body shots at will. Arocho is again landing some punches off his back but they aren't effective. Arocho tries briefly to get his legs up for a triangle but gives up quickly. This round looks like it's ending like the last one did, with Mann on top beating Arocho bloody. Yep, that's exactly what happened. Another round to Mann, 10-8.
Round 3 - Arocho is still in the fight, he's throwing but not connecting much. He shoots again, and again ends up with Mann on top of him. Mann in side control now, still using elbows extensively and is opening up new cuts on Arocho's face. Mann moves to north-south, and is trying for an inverted triangle. Arocho gets out of it and Mann is back to side control. More elbows from Mann, more blood from Arocho. Mann moves to half guard. Now Mann has an arm, but he lets it go. Back to full guard. Arocho still landing a few shots but Mann is just unloading on him. And the fight is over. That round to Mann, 10-8 in my opinion.
Ronnie Mann def. Josh Arocho by unanimous decision, 30-25, 30-27, 30-27.
Richard Hale vs. D.J. Linderman
Round 1 - Hale opens up with a leg kick, then another. Linderman seems to be moving better than he was in his last fight. Now Linderman is landing good combos, following up leg kicks with two punches. Hale lands a left that staggers Linderman, but he's back up quick. Linderman is being more cautious now. Hale throws a head kick that barely misses. Hale is making good use of his reach, but Linderman is still able to get in and land on him. Hale is bleeding from under one eye. Both fighters are showing some powerful striking when they connect. Hale unloads on Linderman, he's rocked but still up. That's the round. I think I give it to Hale 10-9 just for actually staggering Linderman a couple of times.
Round 2 - Linderman lands a spinning back fist that rocks Hale, then he clinches Hale on the cage. Linderman gets a takedown but Hale is right back up. They clinch and trade knees. Accidental low blow by Hale. They get back to it after giving Linderman a minute to recover. Both guys are landing some power shots. Hale is keeping up the leg kicks. Linderman comes back with a body kick, then a leg kick, but eats a shot coming in. Hale is catching a lot of punches to the face and isn't doing as good a job of moving out of the way now. End of the round. 10-9 Linderman that time.
Round 3 - Hale is trying to open strong with leg kicks. Linderman shoots and gets Hale against the cage, but can't get him down. Hale is too tall for it. They trade some knees, but Linderman still cant' get the takedown. Linderman falls backward holding Hale, and Hale ends up in full mount. Linderman gives up his back and Hale goes for the rear naked but Linderman gets loose. He gives his back again, Hale again goes for the rear naked, this time sitting against the cage. Linderman is defending well, but Hale is being persistent. Linderman rolls over and Hale is still on his back. Linderman can't shake him and looks exhausted now. The round ends. Hale won that one, 10-9. I'd give him the fight, but who knows?
Richard Hale def. D.J. Linderman by split decision - 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.
Richard Hale will meet Christian M'Pumbu in the light heavyweight final, to determine the first Bellator 205 champ.
Thanks for hanging, guys. It was a blast (as always!)