Bellator 72 Full Recap
Prelim 1: Ryan Derocher vs. Julien Williams
Julien Williams won via technical submission via arm triangle choke when the ref stopped the fight believing that Derocher had lost consciousness. Derocher’s corner was very unhappy with the controversial stoppage, believing that he was still conscious. The end result was a beautiful submission by Williams.
Prelim 2: Matt McCook vs. Shannon Slack
In what was a back and forth brawl, it seemed as if the judges were going to have a difficult time deciding this fight. Each fighter was rocked multiple times but always recovered. This proved to be one of the most exciting fights of the night. McCook got the slight advantage and won the fight via a 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 split decision.
Prelim 3: Kenny Moss vs. Raul Amaya
Amaya showed a great display of his abilities. Moss put up a good fight but was just outmatched and it showed in a 3rd round TKO loss. It appeared that Moss may have been injured at some point towards the end of the fight, possibly resulting in his inability to defend himself. He grimaced as he and Amaya went to the ground.
Prelim 4: Brian Warren vs. Ben Saunders
There isn’t much to say about this fight. Saunders came, he saw, he conquered. It was a quick and convincing TKO victory for Saunders, took him just 20 seconds of the 1st round to defeat Warren.
Prelim 5: Jason Carepelluci vs. Paul Barrow
Yet another fight that was a back and forth brawl, both fighters were ready for WAR and it showed in what was an exciting fight. Barrow had many people in the crowd to support him and he was far from disappointing, he wins with a dominatingly spectacular rear naked choke.
Main Card 1st Fight: Waachiim Spiritwolf vs. Marius Zaromskis
In the only fight of the night that drew boos from the fans, neither fighter really showed anything too impressive. There were many wildly thrown punches by Spiritwolf. Zaromskis landed better shots which resulted in him earning the split decision victory 30-27, 29-28, 28-29. In the post-fight press conference, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney reported that Spiritwolf broke both of his hands in the fight. Spiritwolf clarified that he broke his right hand in the 1st round and his left hand in the 2nd round.
Main Card 2nd Fight: Tim Carpenter vs. Travis Wiuff
This was the most deceiving fight of the evening, as you were watching a “Light-Heavyweight” bout you could have easily assumed that you were watching a Heavyweight bout. Both guys walked into the cage looking like the biggest Light-Heavyweights in the world, especially Wiuff. What resulted was a fantastic fight. Both fighters exchanged good punches, but it was Wiuff’s combos and ground and pound that were the more efficient shots. Wiuff showed great takedowns and wonderful ground control. The result was a very bruised and beaten Carpenter and a unanimous decision for Wiuff. All 3 judges scored this fight 30-27.
Main Card 3rd Fight: Emanuel Newton vs. Attila Vegh
This was quite possibly the most exciting fight of the night. These two guys just came out and went to WAR, absolute WAR. They battled relentlessly for 3 rounds and Vegh was awared the victory via split decision 29-28, 29-28, 27-30. This also proved to be the controversy of the evening. Many in attendance believed that Newton was the winner. It was a hard fight to call. This decision could have very well gone both ways.
Main Card 4th Fight: Rudy Bears vs. Paul Daley
Daley did a good amount of talking coming into this fight. This is classic Paul Daley. Rudy Bears took this fight as other fighters kept declining the opportunity to fight Daley. This shows the true warrior heart of Bears. He was heavily outmatched but gave all he had. Daley wins with a quick TKO at 2:45 of the 1st round. This was Paul Daley’s Bellator debut. After the fight Bjorn Rebney mentioned a future entry into a Bellator tournament for Daley.
Main Event: Bryan Baker vs. Karl Amoussou
If you blinked then you missed one of the quickest submissions ever. Both guys looked ready for WAR, but that WAR never happened. Amoussou caught Baker in a lighting quick inverted heel hook, which he locked in incredibly fast. Baker tapped to avoid his knee or ankle being snapped. Amoussou wins the Welterweight tournament and will face Bellator Welterweight Champion, Ben Askren, in an upcoming fight in Bellator’s seventh season.
Note: Travis Wiuff and Attila Vegh will fight in the upcoming Bellator Light-Heavyweight Tournament Final.