by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
6.12 seconds is not a bad night’s work to get a paycheck.
That’s all it took for the Bellator middleweight champion to send a devastating message to Jay Silva for stepping in to fight him on short notice, and to all the middleweights that are going to oppose him in the future. Hector Lombard is for real.
Lombard charged across to start the fight and just as quickly as it began, it was over. The American Top Team fighter tagged Silva with a right-left combination, and the former UFC middleweight dropped face first to the canvas and it was all over.
“Everybody knows I’m the Bellator middleweight champion, they have to respect me for that, right?” said Lombard after a convincing win. “This guy didn’t respect me from the start, he said he didn’t know me, but come on?”
Now Lombard will likely wait to defend his title later this year against the winner of the Bellator middleweight tournament currently ongoing during their second season.
Patricio Freire was able to once again derail the hopes of former Elite XC champion Wilson Reis in his goal of capturing the Bellator featherweight gold. Last year it was eventual champion Joe Soto getting past Reis, and this year Freire did a great job of nullifying Reis’ takedowns and submission game.
Again and again, Freire peppered Reis with kicks and knees, and just controlled the overall pace of the fight. Reis will once again go back to the drawing board, and Freire will move on to the next round and hope for a shot at champion Joe Soto later this year.
In only his fifth MMA fight, Joe Warren is still learning his way around the cage, but the former wrestling champion and 2012 Olympic hopeful still finds a way to win, and he did that again on Thursday night. Facing Georgi Karakhanyan in the 2nd round of the Bellator featherweight tournament, Warren used his wrestling to control the fight, but definitely had to fight off a lot of danger as well.
Warren easily could earn the nickname of “The Bull” as he charged forward over and over again, slamming Karakhanyan to the mat several times in the 15-minute duration of the fight. The former Greco Roman champion had to fight off several submission attempts from Karakhanyan, and doing his best Fedor Emelianenko impression he simply powered his way out of all of them.
Staying aggressive and even eating a big knee strike in the third round, Warren kept the pressure on and got a 30-27 score from all of the judges, and he moves onto the next round of the tournament.
The other news announced during the Bellator broadcast on Thursday night included the inclusion of a new heavyweight tournament that will kick off later this year for season 3 of the promotion. August 12 is the first date for the tournament, and the promotion will likely start to name fighters participating in the coming weeks.
Also confirmed Thursday was the date of the lightweight tournament finals, which will pit last year’s runner-up Toby Imada against the upset specialist himself, Pat Curran, fresh off of a win over Roger Huerta in his last fight. The show will take place in Hollywood, FL and the winner will get a shot at Bellator 155lb champion, Eddie Alvarez.