Judges | Joe Warren Rebounds At Bellator 80; Volkov, Martinez Advance To Tournament Finals

All 3 judges scored it the same: 30-27 for Warren (8-3, 6-2Bellator), who rebounded from wicked defeats to Alexis Vila in September 2011 and Pat Curran inMarch.

“Crazy vehement to win once again beneath the Bellator banners,” saidWarren, who right away competes at 135 pounds. “I’m actual focused ongetting other belt. My waist is bare.”

Warren, a one-time Greco-Roman wrestling world champion, struck fortakedowns in all 3 rounds, mounted Evinger twice, threatenedwith assorted submissions and deployed a few gentle ground-and-pound.Outside of a short swap in the gap support in that hescrambled in to full mount, Evinger was never a reason in thefight.

RadMartinez pressured one-time International Fight League winner WagnneyFabiano with punches and bind work en highway to a unanimousverdict in the Bellator Season 7 featherweight tournamentsemifinals. All 3 judges scored it for Martinez (14-2, 4-0Bellator): 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.

Martinez was the invader for sufficient of the match. The 25-year-oldWest Jordan, Utah, local bottled up Fabiano with true lefthands to the head and body, sometimes blending in leg kicks.Martinez twice staggered the Nova Uniao standout with punches,first in the second turn and once again late in the third. Fabiano(15-4, 1-1 Bellator) had his moments, inclusive a first-roundtakedown and a few sporadic right hands, but they were not nearlyenough to deter Martinez or lean the judges.

Martinez will face the once-beaten ShahbulatShamhalaev in the 145-pound final. The 29-year-old Shamhalaevadvanced in the contest with first-round finishes against CodyBollinger and MikeRichman .

“I haven’t watched fasten [on him],” Martinez said. “I see he got twoquick stoppages, but I’m a difficult kid. It’s going to be a goodone.”

Russia’s AlexanderVolkov wiped out UFC maestro ViniciusKappke de Queiroz with second-round punches in the BellatorSeason 7 heavyweight contest semifinals. Queiroz (6-3, 1-1Bellator) went out on his self-evident block 4:59 in to roundtwo.

Left jabs and right crosses carried Volkov (18-3, 2-0 Bellator),and 24-year-old Russian wore down his enemy with volume andprecision. Referee JamesWarring , a one-time fighting champion, did not do Quieroz anyfavors, as he awarded Volkov a span of weird standups. The secondrestart led to the stoppage, with Volkov brisk the Brazilianagainst the confine and finishing him with a array of unansweredblows.

Volkov, who has won 9 true fights, will encounter RichardHale in the final. Hale modernized in the contest with a pairof first-round finishes against Mike Wessel and ThiagoSantos .

Takedowns, a gloomy tip diversion and complicated ground-and-pound carried BrettCooper to a unanimous preference over Strikeforce maestro DarrylCobb in a middleweight showcase. All 3 cageside judgesscored it 30-27 for Cooper (17-7, 4-2 Bellator), who has won hislast 4 fights.

Cobb has mislaid 5 uninterrupted fights.

In rough action, UFC maestro Joe Vedepo submitted MikeBernhard with an unusual shin stifle 3:26 in to the firstround of their middleweight tilt; CosmoAlexandre avenged his sole vocation better and took a unanimousverdict from JoshQuayhagen in a welterweight duel, securing 3 30-27 scoresfrom the judges; undefeated American Top Team trade CristianoSouza stopped one-time USC linebacker RobertOtani 2:46 in to turn one of their battle at 170 pounds.

Elsewhere, wrestling standout ShanonSlack of Reign MMA cruised to a biased unanimous decisionover SkyMoiseichik in a catchweight encounter, earning 30-27 nods fromall 3 judges; RyanDeRocher evened his record at 4-4, as he put away TaylorKrahl with punches 20 seconds in to turn one of their tie in at170 pounds; and lightweight BrandonGirtz prisoner a unanimous preference from the previouslyunbeaten MichelQuinones , unconditional the scorecards by same 29-28 counts.

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