(Askren tries to pop Thomas’ head off with an anaconda choke. Photo by Thomas M. Rozdzynski.)
Bellator moved deeper into its second season last night at the Chicago Theater and FIGHT! was there to cover the action. Below you’ll find video of Pat Curran’s KO victory of Mike Ricci. Check back later today for a full photo gallery of action from the cage!
Ben Askren def. Ryan Thomas by Submission (anaconda choke) at 2:40 of Round 1 to advance in the Welterweight Tournament.
Wilson Reis def. Shad Lierley by Submission (rear naked choke) at 3:33 of Round 3.
to advance in the Featherweight Tournament.
Toby Imada def. James Krause by Submission (armbar) at 2:44 of Round 2 to advance in the Lightweight Tournament.
Pat Curran def. Mike Ricci by KO (punch) at 3:01 of Round 1 to advance in the Lightweight Tournament.
Bryan Goldsby def. Jeff Curran by unanimous decision.
Felice Herrig def. Jessica Rakoczy by split decision.
Louis Taylor def. Ryan Sturdy by KO (head kick) at 1:08 of Round 1.
(Jeff Curran was bested on the feet by the long-limbed Goldsby. Photo by Thomas M. Rozdzynski.)
In the main event, Olympic wrestler Ben Askren notched a win over Ryan Thomas in his first FIGHT! Rankings qualifying bout – he will enter our rankings after his third major-organization fight. The fight qualified Thomas for our Welterweight Rankings, where he enters at #89.
There are lots of guys moving up, down, or fighting at catchweights during Bellator’s second season – Wilson Reis was ranked #11 at Bantamweight but was reassigned to Featherweight where he was installed at #12 following his win over Shad Lierley. A veteran of lightweight International Fight League scraps, Lierley was reassigned from Lightweight (#70) to Featherweight, where he is ranked #36.
Toby Imada held steady at #51 in our Lightweight rankings with a win over unranked James Krause. Jeff Curran dropped fom #12 to #19 in our Bantamweight Rankings following his catchweight loss to unranked Bryan Goldsby.
No other ranked fighters appeared on the card.