Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad had a quick night of work, while Rick Hawn concluded a grueling three month stretch to win the promotion's latest lightweight tournament, closing out another interesting season of Bellator Friday in New Orleans, LA.
Konrad remained undefeated at 9-0 with an easy victory over Eric Prindle, needing just 60 seconds to take his opponent down and submit him with a deep kimura. Prindle (9-2) didn't offer much of a challenge and with no heavyweight tournament in the near future, Konrad will be once again waiting for a fight in a very thin division.
On the flip side, Hawn (14-1) fought a very close fight in the season six lightweight tournament, doing enough with his hands and some key takedowns to beat a game Brent Weedman by unanimous decision.
For more on the Hawn/Weedman fight and the rest of the card, join us after the jump.
Hawn earned 30-27 scores on two scorecards and a 29-28 on another. Weedman was using his kicks to try to throw Hawn off balance, but the Olympian got in close enough to land some fists. Several times, he ducked under Weedman's attempts and landed counterpunches that made a difference.
The key was a Hawn takedown in the third round, which allowed him to work from the top and keep control for several minutes. In the final minute, the fight got back to the feet but again, it was a stalemate. Overall, this was a very close fight and one that will see Weedman (21-8-1) invited back for the next 155-pound tournament.
Luis Nogueira's hands eventually made the difference as he defeated Hiroshi Nakamura by third round TKO to advance to the bantamweight tournament final. Nogueira took advantage of early timidness by Nakamura and avoided any takedowns. As the fight progressed, he began to land more clean combinations and withstand Nakamura's counterpunches.
The end came in the third when a straight right dropped Nakamura, followed by a left and some glancing right hands. Nogueira will now face Marcos Galvao in the final, likely during the upcoming Summer Series.
In the night's opener, Rich Clementi worked like a veteran and worked Derek Campos into a first round submission victory. Campos kept the pressure up, but didn't do any damage against Clementi (43-2-1), who took advantage of a mistake and clamped on an arm-in guillotine for the tap.
- Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad def. Eric Prindle by 1st round submission (:60)
- Lightweight Tourney Final: Rick Hawn def. Brent Weedman by unanimous decision
- Bantamweight Semifinal: Luis Nogueira def. Hiroshi Nakamura by 3rd round TKO (1:58)
- Rich Clementi def. Derek Campos by 1st round submission (4:18)
- A.J. Matthews def. Charlie Rader
- Derek Arcement def. Blake Dufour via unanimous decision
- Jonas Billstein def. Mike Seal via 1st round submission (2:55)