- UPSETS ABOUND AT BELLATOR 2 IN CONNECTICUT

April 11, 2009
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Press Release courtesy of Bellator FC







UNCASVILLE, Conn. style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:15.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:
"Times New Roman"'>Bellator Fighting Championships held Bellator II (the second
event of the highly anticipated 3 month tournament series) at the Mohegan Sun
in Uncasville, Conn., on Friday night.  The second nationally and internationally-televised
event featured five tournament bouts including Featherweight, Lightweight and
Welterweight first-round contests, with the resulting winners moving one step
closer to being named the Bellator Champion.

 

“One
of the magical aspects of a tournament format is the upsets and tonight a
raucous crowd at Mohegan Sun was treated to some great fights, a big victory
for a local favorite – Lyman Good – and some upsets at Bellator II,” said
Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney. 

 

Henry
Martinez vs. Wilson Reis

One
of the most anticipated bouts of the evening paired top ten world ranked
Featherweight Wilson Reis against polished Jackson’s Fighting Academy standout
Henry Martinez.  When standing, Martinez and Reis were equally matched,
but when the fight went to the ground, the multiple time World BJJ Champion
dominated.  While Wilson pushed early and often for an early ground
submission, Martinez’s resiliency and strength forced the fight into the second
and third rounds. During the third round, Reis continued to search for a
submission, but that opportunity never came and at the end of the third round
the heavily favored Wilson Reis emerged the winner by unanimous decision and
will now advance into the Featherweight division semi-finals.

 

“Wilson
is a world-class top ten Featherweight and he will be a tough fight for anyone
in our Featherweight division,” Rebney said.

 

Hector
Urbina vs. Lyman Good

Fan-favorite
and New York-native Lyman Good started the match to the sound of huge cheers as
a large pro-Good fan base made it clear they were there to support him. Good,
the heavy-handed striker, stalked Urbina delivering solid and accurate blows
throughout the first round. Urbina countered and attempted to take Good to the
ground where he hoped to take control through his wrestling background, which
would ultimately be his undoing. However, Good continued to dominate this
match-up. Good led the charge to begin the second round of action with a burst
of energy and quickly put Urbina on the run. Urbina was able to take the fight
to the ground to change the pace, but this was to his detriment; Good finished
the bout via a rear naked choke that set the crowd into a huge response.  Good
now moves on to Bellator’s Welterweight division semi-finals and, with another
win, he will be awarded a $50,000 purse.  

 

Aaron
Romero vs. Jorge Ortiz

The
third tournament bout of the evening featured two pros looking to strike. The
fighters made very good use of the entire cage as they moved around.  As
the fight progressed, Romero and Ortiz continued their technical fight. The
evenly matched pair ended round three with an exchange of strikes, and the
winner by way of unanimous decision was Jorge Oritz; the packed house in
attendance at Mohegan Sun might argue that this fight was too close to call.

 

Eric
Reynolds vs. Thomas Schulte

Far
and away the biggest upset of the night was the first round technical knockout
by Eric Reynolds over heavily favored Thomas Schulte. Reynolds was able to set
the pace early and contain Schulte. Reynolds was able to assume full control of
the match after slamming Schulte on his head, rendering him helpless to the
array of strikes that followed. Referee Kevin Mulhall stopped the fight at 4:18
during the first round awarding Reynolds his tenth win via technical knockout.

 

Omar
De La Cruz vs. Victor Meza

As
the first tournament bout of the night, this match-up featured two
Welterweights competing for a chance to advance on to the semi-final round of
the tournament.  Omar De La Cruz and Victor Meza didn’t waste time taking
the fight to floor as the fighters struggled for positioning in what quickly
became a technical display of grappling. The duo was unable to settle the bout
in the first or second rounds and the two demonstrated their power as the
battle moved into the third.  At the start of the round, Meza immediately
missed a roundhouse kick, as De La Cruz scrambled for the takedown and gained
side mount position again.  Meza struggled to get off his back and with
five seconds left, gained position and landed the final blows as the bell rung. 
These final blows though were not enough to gain the win, as ultimately De La
Cruz scored a unanimous upset victory over the formerly undefeated Meza.

 

The
non-tournament bouts featured a calculated victory by Jimmie Rivera, whose
patience was rewarded late in the third round as his aggressive pursuit of
Willie Gates ended with a submission via a triangle choke. The second of the
non-tournament match-ups featured an aggressive battle between skilled Lightweights,
Matt Makowski and Aaron Tregear. Makowski danced around Tregear unleashing full
extension kicks to the head. Tregear proved quickly that his striking ability
is his key asset, but ultimately Makowski, who out-maneuvered his opponent, was
able to capture the win via unanimous decision. The final non-tournament
precursor featured a quick win for the heavy-handed striker, Jesse Juarez, who
made short work of Mikey Gomez by way of a first round technical knockout.

 

Bellator
II results as of Friday April 10, 2009:

 

Tournament
Bouts:

145
lbs. – Wilson Reis (6-0) vs. Henry Martinez (5-1) – Reis, Unanimous
Decision

170
lbs. – Lyman Good (7-0) vs. Hector Urbina (12-4) – Good, 3:22,
Round 2, Rear Naked Choke

170
lbs. – Jorge Ortiz (15-4) vs. Aaron Romero (5-2) – Ortiz, Unanimous
Decision

155
lbs. – Thomas Schulte (18-6) vs. Eric Reynolds (10-1) – Reynolds,
4:18, Round 1, TKO (Strikes)

170
lbs. – Omar De La Cruz (3-1) vs. Victor Meza (9-0) – De La Cruz,
Unanimous Decision

 

Non-Tournament
Bouts:

170
lbs. – Mikey Gomez (9-5) vs. Jesse Juarez (7-5) – Juarez, 4:23,
Round 1, TKO (Strikes)

155
lbs. – Matt Makowski (5-1) vs. Aaron Tregear (6-4) – Makowski,
Unanimous Decision

135
lbs. – Jimmie Rivera (2-1) vs. Willie Gates (0-2) – Rivera, 3:17, Round
3, Triangle Choke

 

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