Bellator 98 was co-headlined by the opening round of the middleweight tournament tonight in Connecticut. Middleweights Mikkel Parlo, Jason Butcher, Brennan Ward, and Perry Filkins all advance to the semifinals tonight at the Mohegan Sun Casino Arena.
Parlo Crushes Rogers
Danish fighter Mikkel Parlo impressed in the Bellator MMA cage tonight by putting together a dominant performance over Bellator mainstay Brian Rogers tonight in Uncasville. While Rogers threatened throughout the fight with his considerable firepower, Parlo showed no fear and returned fire impressively throughout the fight. The Dane would nearly finish the fight in the second and third rounds, with the third warranting a stoppage, but would have to settle for the decision victory instead.
Butcher TKOs Santana, “The Arm Collector” Retires
Jason Butcher swore his BJJ was better than BJJ legend Giva Santana’s, he was wrong but he still got the win tonight. After being dominated on the canvas in the opening round, Butcher kept it standing in the second to much better results. Butcher slipped a wild punch by Santana to connect with a short right hand that precluded any chance of the 41-year-old fighter from getting the victory.
Following the crushing loss, Santana announced that he would be hanging it up after amassing an 18-3(1 NC) record in MMA to focus on teaching BJJ.
Ward Crushes Former Teammate Torrey
There was considerable bad blood between former teammates Brennan Ward and Justin Torrey tonight in Uncasville. Ward created a huge mouse under the eye of Torrey in the first round of their fight and he keyed on it in the second round. Ward would seize control of the fight by busting the mouse wide open and causing Torrey to become a bloody mess. Ward quickly followed up for the finish and secured his spot in the semifinals.
Filkins Submits Kimball
In tonight’s tournament opener, Perry Filkins would get the first spot in the tournament semifinals by tapping Jeremy Kimball. The fight was not a particuarly impressive fight, as both fighters looked like they belonged on a regional prelim rather than a middleweight tournament fight. Filkins would get the victory late in the third with a rear -naked choke that was barely locked up when Kimball tapped.
- Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Mikkel Parlo def. Brian Rogers via unanimous decision (30-27,30-26,30-26)
- Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jason Butcher def. Giva Santana via TKO (strikes) at 1:12 of Round 2
- Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Brennan Ward def. Justin Torrey via TKO (strikes) at 3:28 of Round 2
- Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Perry Filkins def. Jeremy Kimball via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:18 of Round 3