Bellator 113 came to us last night from Kansas City, and the main card was build around the season 10 Lightweight tournament. Sam Oropeza, Marcin Held, Patricky Pitbull Freire and Derek Campos all advanced, and all showed something in their matches that shows them to be dangerous. One of the early on tournament favorites, David Rickels is out, so this makes the semi-finals even more intriguing.
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Rickels was likely ahead on the cards when ‘Pitbull’ hurt him with a big punch. Obviously rattled, Rickels struggled to clinch and the Brazilian landed a punch that put Rickels down and out. Rickels took one more as the referee stepped in when he saw no attempt to defend by Rickels. For Rickels, who is a solid, workmanlike fighter, this is the second fight in a row where he was knocked dick-less so he should re-assess his career a bit. Sherdog has installed Pitbull as the tournament favorite.
Not to be overlooked however is Poland’s Marcin Held. Held scored a fast submission victory over newcomer Rodrigo Cavalheiro, finishing with his now nearly patented footlock, toe hold attack. At just 22 years old, Held has a ton of experience, and he has been in Bellator a long time. It would not be a surprise if he emerged as a tournament champion.
Derek Campos beat up Tim Welch for 15 minutes to advance. Campos at times seemed to throw Welch around, and though he was having a better round 3, Welch never got it going against Campos, who was just too strong for him.
Also advancing impressively was undefeated Derek Anderson. Anderson withstood a strong first round from Brandon Girtz, who used his explosiveness to get take-downs and keep Anderson from getting off. early in the second however, Anderson caught Girtz coming in with a perfectly timed knee for the gorgeous ‘knock em stiff’ KO and the advancement in the tournament.
In the semi-finals, Pitbull Friere will face Derek Campos as a favorite, while a showdown between Marcin Held and Derek Anderson is likely to have a much closer line.