Bellator kicked off it’s three event Summer Series last night with Bellator 71, coming to us from the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Chester, W.V. The Bellator Summer Series is centered around a Light Heavyweight tournament, and returns with Bellator 72, scheduled for July 20th at the Sundome in Tampa, Florida. The favorite heading into the semi finals appears to be veteran Travis Wiuff, who owns a non title win over 205 lb champion Christian M’Pumbu.
Late replacement Tim Carpenter advanced by taking out Beau Tribolet in the second round of their bout with an arm bar.
Emanuel Newton and Roy Boughton ended when Newton caught his opponent for submission win after landing a hard knee.
The fourth semi final featured Zelg Galesic taking on Attila Vegh. Vegh withstood a flurry of strikes from Galesic, and was able to floor the aggressor and secure the submssion win. This is his second win in Bellator in under 1 minute.
The second round of the tournament has been announced, as Tim Carpenter will takes on Travis Wiuff, and Atilla Vegh meets Emanuel Newton.
The odds are not out at the books yet, but the finals is going to be favored to be Wiuff taking on Vegh, in my opinion.
In other interesting action, former Strikeforce fighter Brett Rogers made his Bellator debut with a slugfest victory over Kevin Asplund. Rogers looked sloppy at times, perhaps battling ring rust, but he was the more precise puncher, and was able to avoid a lot of the winging hooks Asplund threw. Asplund, a tough guy with an iron head, was preparing to come out for the final round when the doctor called the fight off.
Rogers is a veteran and a bit of a name, but he was bigger than Asplund and he was familiar with him as both men had trained together. I give Rogers practically no shot at unseating champion Cole Konrad in the Heavyweight division.