Alexander Volkov captured the belt vacated by the retired champion Cole Konrad.
Volkov had to use all five rounds, but he did just that, taking a unanimous decision victory over Rich Hale at Bellator 84 in Hammond, Ind.
The lightweight tournament final between Dave Jansen and Marcin Held was nixed at the last minute. Although both fighters weighed in Thursday and the fight was ostensibly a go, Indiana commission officials realized that Held was only 20 years of age and determined that he was not allowed to fight in a casino.
The fight will now take place on a future card in 2013.
Last week’s featherweight tournament final between Shahbulat Shamhalaev and Rad Martinez was also shuffled to a future card, which will take place with new television partner Spike TV. Shamhalaev was stricken with food poisoning on the day of the fight last week, causing the bout’s cancellation.
Bellator 84 Full Results:
-Alexander Volkov def. Rich Hale by Unanimous Decision
-Daniel Vizcaya def. Jack Hermansson by Split Decision
-Felice Herrig def. Patricia Vidonic by Unanimous Decision
-Louis Taylor def. Joe Vedepo by KO (Punch) at 4:12, R1
-Christian Uflacker def. Cliff Wright by Technical Decision at 2:26, R3
-Jerald Williams def. Joey Diehl by Unanimous Decision
-Anthony Gomez def. Anton Talamantes by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:30, R1
-Robert White def. Kenny Booker by Unanimous Decision