Pablo Diablo’s Five Round Review 11-22-15

After last weekends wild outcome, it was hard to believe that this weekend could live up to the same hype. But it did. Four major events went down, including one that hosted a one night eight man tournament.

Kicking things off was Bellator 146. Though much of the fight card was exciting, the main event and co-main event stole the show. Lightweight Brandon Girtz, coming off of a big win, decided to give the fans another show with a TKO of Derek Campos at just :37 of round 1. And then to cap things off was Middleweight Melvin Manhoef who dispatched of Hisaki Kato with a KO at 3:43 of round 1.

WSOF 25 was highlighted by a one night eight man tournament in the Lightweight division. The tournament was anything but normal with several winners of the quarterfinals having to drop out due to injuries and several losers advancing in their place. The final four saw Joao Zeferino defeat Jorge Patino via heel hook at 1:24 of round 1 and Brian Foster defeat Luis Palomino via TKO at 4:19 of round 2. Before the tournament final, Jason High took on Estevan Payan in another Lightweight contest. High won by way of KO at :47 of round 2. In the tournament final, Brian Foster shocked the world by beating the very man who took him out in the quarterfinal round, Joao Zeferino. Foster won by knocking out Zeferino at 4:51 of round 2. The tournament win sets up a WSOF Lightweight title fight with Foster and champion Justin Gaethje.

ONE Championship 33 saw two titles on the line as well as a tournament championship. Kairat Akhmetov claimed the Flyweight belt with a split decision win over Adriano Moraes. Marat Gafurov earned a victory while simultaneously unifying the Featherweight titles when he submitted Jadamba Narantungalag with a rear naked choke at 4:39 of round 4. Finally, Yang Sen won the Featherweight tournament with a second round kimura over Zhang Jia Cai at :35.

Following a historic weekend for the promotion, the UFC made its way to Mexico for UFC Fight Night 78. Flyweight Henry Cejudo defeated Jussier Formiga by split decision, possibly setting up a title shot against "Mighty Mouse." Ricardo Lamas won a unanimous decision over fellow Featherweight Diego Sanchez. And in the main event, Welterweight Neil Magny defeated Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision. The event also crowned two "TUF Latin America 2" tournament winners: Lightweight Enrique Barzola and Welterweight Erick Montano.

 

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