Tonight, for the first time, Bloody Elbow will be bringing you streaming video of the Bellator 72 prelims live and free. Featuring six bouts, the prelims start at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. You can check out the stream below the jump for the undercard. The main card starts at 8:00 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT live on MTV 2. For the British viewers that are interested in watching Paul Daley fight, the entire event will be streamed live for fans in the United Kingdom..
Ben Saunders is at the top of the undercard fighting Brian Warren. Saunders is looking to rebound after dropping a decision to tonight's headliner Brian Baker in the semi-finals of the Welterweight tournament.
In the main event, Karl Amoussou faces off against Bryan Baker in the tournament finals to decide who will challenge Ben Askren for the title. Paul Daley also makes his promotional debut as the co-main event against Rudy Bears.
Dallas Winston will be your emcee for tonight's show. Be gentle.
Karl Amoussou vs. Bryan Baker
Rudy Bears vs. Paul Daley
Emanuel Newton vs. Attila Vegh
Tim Carpenter vs. Travis Wiuff
Waachiim Spiritwolf vs. Marius Zaromskis
Ben Saunders vs. Brian Warren
Chris Barnett vs. Tom Sauer
Raul Amaya vs. Kenny Moss
Matt McCook vs. Shanon Slack
Paul Barrow vs. Jason Carapelluci
Ryan DeRocher vs. Julien Williamswi
No need to be gentle, kids! Dallas Winston here, picking up with live play-by-play for Bellator 72.
R1: Baker sends Amoussou flailing back with a long front kick. They pause for a moment due to a inadvertent eye poke from Baker. On the restart, the fighters collide and Amoussou slips around to the rear waist cinch and brilliantly drops to his back while locking up an inverted heel hook -- Baker taps immediately.
Karl Amoussou defeats Bryan Baker by submission (inverted heel hook), Round 1.
R1: Daley starting a little slow but soon starts to unload a few kicks while sighting in his jab. He throws a high kick and then pelts Bears with a spearing knee in the clinch. Daley doubles up on head-crunching knees in the clinch, shellacks a sweeping elbow and then unlatches his money left hook from his hip, all of which connect clean and end the night early for Bears.
Paul Daley defeats Rudy Bears by TKO (knees and punches), Round 1.
R1: Newton open with a series of low kicks. Vegh throws a 1-2 and tacks on a nice roundhouse kick to the body. Vegh sidesteps a jab and counters with a hook. Newton connects on a right hand after they collide. Newton gets the clinch but Vegh circles off the fence. Newton ends 2 charging combinations with body kicks that connect.
Newton goes high with a kick now and Vegh is too gunshy. Vegh goes over the top with a right hand to counter more punches from Newton. Newton getting fancy by throwing a jumping side kick before scoring a quick takedown, but Vegh is immediately back to his feet. Double side kicks from Newton. Nice 5-punch combo from Vegh to close the round, but it's answered by Newton. 10-9 Newton for the higher volume and more effective striking.
R2: Vegh's a little more aggressive to open the 2nd but Newton establishes a stiff flurry. Side kick from Newton, then a low kick and punches. Vegh corners Newton perfectly but doesn't squeeze the trigger in time. Newton initiates a clinch and thwacks short knees to the thigh, then a few to the head that land.
Vegh peels himself away with wrist control and they restart in the center. Newton continues to outwork Vegh, who's way too complacent at this point. Spinning back kick from Newton as his confidence soars. Nice inside low kick from Vegh, then a side-step counter shot. Double right hands and then another side kick scores for Newton. Decent set of shovel punches from Vegh with 20 seconds left but it doesn't make up for ground lost. 10-9 Newton.
R3: Low kick and overhand right to start the round for Newton. Newton eats a kick when dropping levels for a takedown, but he slips around to Vegh's back for a moment, then gets clipped with a knee from Vegh on his way back up. Vegh is relentlessly timid again and doesn't press the attack. The Greco Roman wrestler continues to out-strike the Kenpo practitioner.
Newton getting creative and throwing whatever he wants at Vegh: side kicks, low kicks, overhand lefts and takedown attempts in any combination. They're not all landing but some are and Vegh is merely defending. Vegh trying to counter but there's no mustard on his punches and Newton just keeps coming forward. Vegh tries another of his final-second flurries but he gave this one away. 10-9 Newton for a clean sweep on my card.
Florida's judging proves to be laughable again as one judge sees it 29-28 for Emmanuel Newton but the others have it 30-27 and 29-28 for Atilla Vegh, who wins by split decision.
R1: Wiuff doubles up on his jab and scorches Carpenter with 3 streaking right hands. Wiuff pins him on the fence and punches Carpenter's right thigh (?) and Carpenter responds with 2 knees to the Cheerios. The ref spots it and separates them while Wiuff takes a moment to find his waterfall. The ref clarifies that he'll take a point if the infraction recurs before restarting them.
Wiuff wings an overhand right and follows behind it to bowl Carpenter over with a takedown. Carpenter controls the head with his left and throws punches with his right. Wiuff patty-cakes some hammer-fists. Wiuff starts to load up with right hands to the body while shutting down Carpenter's attempts to find angles off his back. Wiuff just breaking Carpenter's control and streaming ineffective hammer-fists for the rest of the round. 10-9 Wiuff for the more effective striking and grappling.
R2: Wiuff barrels out of his corner and nails a power double and proceeds to jam right hands into Carpenter's ribs. Carpenter trying to angle for armbars so Wiuff stuffs his head on the fence to stifle him. Carpenter is warned twice for grabbing the cage. The ref stands them up halfway through the round.
They trade jabs in open space and Wiuff ties up and steers Carpenter back on the fence. Wiuff picks Carpenter up like a newborn babe, carries him across the cage and power slams on the fence. The referee oddly intervenes after just a few seconds of inactivity for an unnecessary stand up. They lock horns again and Wiuff crams Carpenter on the fence. Carpenter drops for a guillotine that isn't there. 10-9 Wiuff.
R3: Wiuff has Carpenter down again quickly. He forces Carpenter against the cage and continues the game of light-hearted strikes while controlling Carpenter's hips. Carpenter attempts a few loose armbars but Wiuff is relentless with control and busy enough to keep the ref from jumping in.
Carpenter does lock up an armbar with a little over a minute left but he's way too low on the arm. The round ends with Wiuff on top doing his thing. 10-9 Wiuff, giving him 30-27 marks on my score card.
All 3 judges agree, making Travis Wiuff the winner over Tim Carpenter by unanimous decision.
They collide with mutual combinations and
R2: Zaromskis stalking again to open the 2nd.
Inside low kick by
One potentially intoxicated judge sees it 29-28 for Spiritwolf, but the two sober ones have it 29-28 and 30-27 for Marius Zaromskis, who defeats Waachiim Spiritwolf by decision.
Barrow stuffs the shot and lands a nice elbow over the top. Now it's Barrow working a takedown in the clinch; he gets it briefly, but
R3: The camera was in Barrow's corner during the break and his corner bizarrely assesses that he's "killing him."
Paul Barrow defeats Jason Carapelluci by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 3.
R1: They trade kicks and Saunders wastes no time morphing himself into a bald and tattooed typhoon of whirling knees. He tramples Warren with a salvo of knees from the Thai plum; Warren drops and the ref stops it. Quick and violent.
Ben Saunders defeats Brian Warren by TKO (knees), Round 1.