Much like every tournament in professional sports, the Bellator Fighting Championships have had a few interesting twists and turns in their on going series that will culminate in crowning champions in multiple weight classes in the upcoming months.
Two of the biggest favorites to win their respective weight classes have been bested over the last few weeks as Toby Imada submitted lightweight Jorge Masvidal, and now former Elite XC featherweight champion, Wilson Reis, was bested on Friday night by young up and comer, Joe Soto, by unanimous decision.
In a 145lb contest, Soto beat Reis using superior striking and good takedown defense to keep his undefeated record in tact, and moved into the finals of the Bellator featherweight division. His opponent in the finals will be Yahir Reyes who capped off his night with a stunning spinning back fist knockout of Arizona Combat Sports fighter, Estevan Payan, to move into the championship bout.
Several non-tournament bouts also took place on the card including Luis Palamino who stopped former Elite XC fighter, Nick Gonzalez, with strikes in the first round of their lightweight contest.
The event will be shown on ESPN Deportes a day later via tape delay.
Featherweight tournament bout: Joe Soto def. Wilson Reis by unanimous decision (30-27 on all judges’ cards)
Featherweight tournament bout: Yahir Reyes def. Estevan Payan by knockout (spinning back fist) at 1:56, R2
Luis Palomino def. Nick Gonzalez by TKO (strikes) at 2:13, R1
Bubba McDaniel def. Chris Spicer by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:53, R1
Roberto Vargas def. Daniel Pineda by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Jose Santibanez def. Dustin Phillips by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:34, R1
Hector Urbina def. Ira Boyd by TKO (leg injury) at :19 seconds, R1