This was a UFC-less weekend for MMA fans, and really the weekend was about the Mayweather-Alvarez boxing match. Despite that, Bellator and WSOF both ran events this this past weekend.
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In the WSOF main event, Andrei Arlovski fought through a few scares on his way to a unanimous 29-28 victory over Mike Kyle. Arlovksi, known for his weak chin, got up off the canvas twice and outworked Kyle in the last two rounds, at least in the eyes of the judges. The fight had fallen to a pick ‘em fight at the sport books.
The WSOF saw half of their 185 lb tournament semi finals go up in smoke when the New Jersey commission scrapped the Elvis Mutapcic versus Jesse Taylor bout under bizarre circumstances. Apparently, one of the commission people assigned to the locker room saw Mutapcic ingest a prescription drug. Mutapcic denies doing so and has stated he is willing to submit to a blood or hair sample to prove it. The medication in question is heart medication for one of Mutapcic’s trainers, according to the fighter. If Mutapcic is telling the truth, we should see this match back on the Bellator schedule n short order. In the other bracket, David Branch advanced to the finals with a win over Danilo Villefort.
At the Bellator 99 card, UFC retreads Vladimir Matyushenko and Houston Alxander faced off in a match that saw the 42 year old wrestler grind his way to his first win in more than 2 years. Matyushenko is on the schedule to face Tom DeBlass in November, and may eventually face the winner of the Tito Ortiz versus Quinton Jackson PPV match. Meanwhile, 205 lb Light Heavyweight champion Atilla Vegh is rumored to be training to take the cashier at McDonalds, under the tutelage of retired and undefeated Bellator Heavyweight champion Cole Konrad.
The featherweight tournament got started, despite the loss of one of the favorites, Shahbulat Shamhalaev, who went back to Russia to take care of a sick parent. Regardless, after the first round, Brazilian Patricio Freire established himself as the tournament favorite with a big 1st round KO over Diego Nunez. Joe Taimanglo, Justin Wilcox and Fanbrizio Guerreiro all advanced to the tournament semis with Decision wins.