Chandler, Curran defend titles at Bellator 85
Bellator 85 took place last evening at the Bren Events Center at University of California-Irvine, and two of the promotion's champions were featured on the first ever Bellator broadcast on SpikeTV.
The pair went back-and-forth for five rounds, but the champion reigned supreme with a split-decision victory in his first title defense.
Also on the main card, UFC and Strikeforce veteran Renato Sobral was upset by underdog Mikhail Zayats in the opening round. With under 20 seconds to go in the frame, Zayats landed a spinning back fist, followed with several punches to earn a stoppage victory.
Zayats advances to the next round of the Bellator light heavyweight tournament.
Meanwhile, in the final main card bout, UFC veteran Seth Petruzelli met Jacob Noe in one of the three 205 lb. tournament bouts of the evening. Like "Babalu" Sobral, Petruzelli was upset by Noe, who landed a barrage of strikes after stuffing a Petruzelli takedown in the first.
In the last of three light heavyweight opening round bouts, Emanuel Newton took out Atanas Djambazov to advance to the second round of the tournament, though he remains one of the long-shots to win the entire tournament.
Check out the full results:
Jacob Noe def. Seth Petruzelli via technical knockout at 2:51 of Round 1
Michael Chandler def. Rick Hawn via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:07 of Round 2
Mikhail Zayats def. Renato Sobral via technical knockout at 4:49 of Round 1
Pat Curran def. Patricio Freire via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Aaron Miller def. Joe Camacho via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jason Lambart def. Hector Ramirez via submission (armbar) at 3:59 of Round 1
JJ Ambrose def. Brian Warren via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:50 of Round 2
Emanuel Newton def. Atanas Djambazov via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:21 of Round 2
Savant Young def. Mike Guymon via knockout at 0:48 of Round 2
Joe Williams def. Jamie Yager via technical knockout at 4:02 of Round 1
Cleber Luciano def. Mario Navarro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)