Bellator Fighting Championships made its first trip to Lake Charles, La., on Thursday night with Bellator 31. A sellout crowd witnessed the two Season 3 Women’s semifinal match-ups with Megumi Fujii taking on Lisa Ward and Zoila Frausto facing Jessica Aguilar. Also on the card was a Bellator Season 4 Welterweight Tournament qualifying fight between undefeated Chris Lozano and UFC veteran Yoshiyuki Yoshida.
Frausto and Aguilar who kicked off the women’s semifinal action, with Frausto establishing herself as the more aggressive fighter at the sound of the opening bell. As the fight progressed, Frausto made use of her devastating leg kicks to gain the advantage before Aguilar began to gain momentum on the feet in the third and final round. After three back-and-forth rounds of action, it was Frausto who picked up the hard-fought split decision victory and a spot in the women’s final match set to take place Oct. 28 in Florida.
“Jessica was incredibly tough tonight, but I thought I did really well,” said Frausto. “I’m just really excited to fight in the finals.”
In the night’s second women’s semifinal, it was Fujii pushing the action early against Ward, cautiously looking for an opening. As Ward recovered from an early first-round takedown, Fujii attacked and locked Ward up in a fight ending armbar that forced the tap. The impressive victory kept Fujii’s perfect record intact, and more importantly punched her ticket to the Bellator women’s final.
“Now I get to go back to Japan and rest up,” said an excited Fujii. “For the championship fight against Zoila, I’m really going to focus on my striking ability, and come back to the States strong and try and win the Bellator championship.”
In welterweight action, Lozano faced put his spotless record on the line against the Judo black belt, Yoshida. Lozano took control early in the fight, delivering a spinning elbow to the ribs of Yoshida that sent him to the canvas. He picked up where he left off in the second round, where a hard right hand caused Yoshida’s eye to swell almost completely shut, and forced the stoppage at the conclusion of the round.
Main Card Results
-Chris Lozano def. Yoshiyuki Yoshida by TKO (Corner Stoppage) at 5:00, R2
-Zoila Frausto def. Jessica Aguilar by Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27), R3
-Megumi Fujii def. Lisa Ward by Submission (Armbar) at 1:39, R1
In Local Feature Fight Action:
-Mike Chandler def. Scott Stapp by TKO at 1:57, R1
-Dave Herman def. Michal Kita by Submission (Omo Plata) at 3:16, R1
-Mark Holata def. Shawn Jordan by KO at 1:13, R1
-Tim Ruberg def. Aaron Davis by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:44, R2
-John Harris def. Kyle Miers by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 0:49, R2