When the former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion “The Rhino” Doug Marshall (16-6) joined the Bellator ranks last year, he was largely regarded as an old dog on his last hunt. This did not sit well with the 37-year-old Visalia, California-based fighter going into his middleweight bout against “Kolohe” Kala Hose (7-6) at Bellator 82, and he responded in kind by finishing the fight via brutal knockout just 22 seconds after the opening bell. The rousing performance set up Marshall’s place in the Bellator Season 8 Middleweight Tournament Quarter-Finals where he again played the role of underdog against “Sweet Swede” Andreas Spang (8-3). The former WEC king prevailed once more, taking out the Season 6 tourney finalist with a one-punch knockout that left him crumbled on the canvas.
—MAIN CARD (on MTV2)—
Season 7 Welterweight Tournament Finals Fight
Lyman Good vs. Andrey Koreshkov: Koreshkov via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Catchweight (160lbs.) Feature Fight
David Rickels vs. Jason Fischer: Rickels via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Middleweight Feature Fight
Doug Marshall vs. Kala Hose: Marshall via KO (Punch), Round 1, 0:22
Lightweight Feature Fight
Tony Hervey vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy: Sarnavskiy via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
It’s the first of the Bellator Season 7 Tournament finales Friday night as the welterweights wrap things up at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan with a former champion versus a young finishing machine. Former Bellator welterweight king “Cyborg” Lyman Good (14-2) and undefeated ”Spartan” Andrey Koreshkov (12-0) face off for the $100K paycheck and a Bellator title shot set for 2013. Lightweights “Tiger” Alexander Sarnavskiy (20-1) and “Lionheart” Tony Hervey (15-12) lock horns in the co-main event of the night. “Kolohe” Kala Hose (7-5) and former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion “The Rhino” Doug Marshall (14-6) fight for a last resort win to regain past glory. Season 6 Welterweight Tournament Semi-Finalist “The Caveman” David Rickels (10-1) and “The Finisher” Jason Fischer (5-0) start off the night in a possible bout of fireworks in the lightweight division.
MMA Gospel concludes the Bellator: The Draft series by covering a few much needed additions to the promotion’s heavier weight divisions. The Bellator Fighting Championship (BFC) roster thins a bit at the top and new talent is severely needed to maintain the interest of the promotion’s divisional champions. The middleweight division relies almost solely on champion “Shango” Hector Lombard (25-2-1) to bring in viewers, the promotion currently has no light heavyweight division to speak of, and its heavyweight roster consists of “The Polar Bear” Cole Konrad (7-0), “Goliath” Neil Grove (10-3), and the one-and-done fighters who essentially utilize the organization to pad their records. These heavier classes are the divisions where Bellator needs the most work. Here are a few key players that could help bulk up the heavier weight classes to help Bellator more closely compete with rival MMA organizations.
After three solid seasons of tournaments and signing mixed martial artists from across the globe, Bellator Fighting Championship (BFC) is building itself a roster of talent filled divisions. The organization is gaining the signatures of not only high level fighters but, in what distinguishes them from other big promotions, is also giving the young guns a shot at a championship belt. There are, however, a slew of prospective Bellator fighters that could help the promotion bulk up its roster with top notch competitors and potentially launch the organization into the big show.
In most major sports, the acquisition of fresh talent is handled in the draft. In this three part series, MMA Gospel will discuss what fighters should be Bellator’s top selections if MMA had such an institution. From the up-and-coming to the experienced gunslingers of MMA, here is a potential draft listing of fan favorites and showstoppers that would prove beneficial for both the fighter and Bellator to be added to the index. Up first are the women, bantamweights and featherweights.