FIGHT! Facts & Rankings: Bellator 26

(Oleinik left Hayes a bloody mess. Photo by Keith Mills. Check out the full gallery here.)

Bellator’s season three tournaments continued last night in Kansas City and five more fighters entered FIGHT! Magazine’s ranking system. Go here to check out Keith Mills’ best photos from the card.


Alexey Oleinik def. Mike Hayes by split decision to advance in Bellator’s Heavyweight Tournament.
Jose Vega def. Danny Tims by unanimous decision to advance in Bellator’s Bantamweight Tournament.
Lisa Ward def. Aisling Daly by unanimous decision to advance in Bellator’s Women’s Flyweight Tournament.
Steve Carl def. Tyler Stinson by technical submission (guillotine) at 2:30 of Round 1.
Zak Cummings def. Rudy Bears by submission (D’arce choke) at 1:27 of Round 1.
Kevin Croom def. Brian Davidson by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:22 of Round 2.
John Ott def. Brian Imes by unanimous decision.
Jeb Chiles def. Demetrius Richards by submission (kimura) at 3:51 of Round 2.


At FIGHT! Magazine, we believe there is a need for a completely objective and unbiased ranking system for fighters to replace the myriad subjective rankings that have become skewed, in many instances, by fighter popularity. In an effort to address this issue FIGHT! Magazine brings you its computerized rankings system which takes into account a fighters strength of opponent, strength of performance, and frequency of activity.

Rudy Bears was the only ranked fighter on the card at the start of the night but five other fighters logged their third qualifying bout in Kansas City and entered our rankings when the curtain fell on Bellator 26.

Bears came in at #88 in our Middleweight Rankings but falling to #97 after losing to unranked Zak Cummings.

Mike Hayes entered our Heavyweight Rankings at #61 after losing to unranked Alexey Oleinik. In Light Heavyweight action, Demetrius Richards enters our rankings at #68 after his loss to unranked Jeb Chiles. Both Steve Carl and Tyler Stinson entered our Welterweight Rankings following their fight; Carl at #51, Stinson at #105. Brian Davidson enters our Featherweight Rankings at #62 following his loss to unranked Kevin Croom.

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