(Photos coutesy of Bellator FC.)
Bellator Fighting Championship launched its third season last night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The night featured the opening bout of the heavyweight tournament as well as two first round tilts in the women’s 115-pound tournament and a non-title fight featuring Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard and a prelim card appearance by veteran Yves Edwards.
Jessica Aguilar def. Lynn Alvarez by submission (arm-triangle) at 4:01 of Round 1.
Hector Lombard def. Herbert Goodman by KO (punch) at 0:38 of Round 1.
Megumi Fujii def. Carla Esparza by submission (armbar) at 0:57 of Round 2.
Neil Grove def. Eddie Sanchez by TKO (referee stoppage) at 1:32 of Round 1.
Frankhad Sharipov def. Eric Luke by unanimous decision.
Yves Edwards def. Luis Palomino by unanimous decision.
Tulio Quintanilla def. Brian Eckstein by KO (punch) at 2:48 of Round 3.
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.
There wasn’t a whole lot of action in the rankings following Bellator 24 – Hector Lombard stayed put at #21 in our Middleweight Rankings after crushing unranked “Whisper” Goodman. It’s likely that Lombard is better than his ranking indicates but he needs stiffer competition to prove it.
Eddie Sanchez dropped from #36 to #55 in our Heavyweight Rankings following his loss to unranked Neil Grove. Grove will appear in our rankings following his next Bellator fight. Veteran fighter Yves Edwards moves from #54 to #36 in our Featherweight Rankings while Luis Palomino drops from #24 to #47 with the decision loss.
FIGHT! does not currently rank female fighters but we are diligently gathering information and preparing to roll out rankings for women in the not-too-distant future.