Hale advances; complete Bellator 79 results

by Tristen Critchfield | source: sherdog.com
 

There would be no controversy this time around.

Richard Hale advanced to the Season 7 heavyweight tournament finals with a first-round technical knockout victory over Thiago Santos. Referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the bout at the 3:31 mark of the opening frame.

Hale (21-4-1, 6-1 Bellator) hung tough during a furious opening salvo from Santos (11-2, 3-1, 1 NC, Bellator), who appeared to have his adversary reeling with a series of heavy punches in the opening moments. The Brazilian then attempted a standing guillotine before executing a takedown and moving to side control. Unable to earn a finish, Santos slowed considerably from there.

“He definitely rocked me. It’s nice to be back at heavyweight,” said Hale, who had previously competed at 205 pounds. “The big question before this fight is can I get hit by a heavyweight. I’m here to stay; I’m here for the belt.”

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Main Card (Broadcast live on MTV2, 8:00 PM ET)

Richard Hale defeated Thiago Santos by TKO (1st Round, 3:31)
Shahbulat Shamhalaev defeated Mike Richman by KO (1st Round, 1:45)
Douglas Lima defeated Jacob Ortiz by TKO (Round 3, 4:50)
Ryan Ford defeated Kyle Baker by Unanimous Decision

Preliminary Card (Broadcast live on Spike.com, 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM ET)

Josh Appelt defeated Ed Carpenter by Submission (1st Round)
Christ Franck defeated Marcus Aurelio by Split Decision
Vitaly Minakov defeated Vladimir Starcencov by TKO (Round 2, 0:27)
Magomedrasul Khasbulaev defeated Josh Pulsifer
Guillaume DeLorenzi defeated Jonny Carson by Submission (1st Round, 4:49)

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Slapsymaxi site profile image  

11/3/12 7:35 AM by Slapsymaxi

Considering what it cost him last year, you'd think Santos would just get in shape and lose some weight...Max

verdum site profile image  

11/2/12 11:49 PM by verdum

hale is fucking annoying but he earned that win, good for him.

Rambo John J site profile image  

11/2/12 10:33 PM by Rambo John J

Thiago Silvaa just spit teeth! Fuck man it is all cyclical. UFC 1 and shit!

epwar site profile image  

11/2/12 10:17 PM by epwar

I liked the bootleg Dana White who was the translator for the Russian fighter:

UGCTT_THE Kevin Chandler site profile image  

11/2/12 10:06 PM by UGCTT_THE Kevin Chandler

Yeah, I'm surprised they didn't catch it earlier.   There was that moment they had a clip of, he points to his mouth, takes out his mouthpiece, then spits out...something.  I thought it was cheek/lip/tongue, but they said tooth so I'm not really sure.  Then after that when the ref seperated them, he again walks to the cage almost asking for a time out and takes out his mouthpiece.   Now that I'm thinking about it, his jaw was kind of slack, but I didn't see him get hit with anything that could've broken a tooth much less a jaw.  But something was definitely fucked in his mouth.

BOMDC site profile image  

11/2/12 10:05 PM by BOMDC

Good card. Thought Hale was done for sure right off the bat.

Radio Raheem site profile image  

11/2/12 10:04 PM by Radio Raheem

And Hale is funnier. 

greenseed site profile image  

11/2/12 10:03 PM by greenseed

did Santos lose some teeth? when he pulled out his mmouth peice

Radio Raheem site profile image  

11/2/12 10:03 PM by Radio Raheem

His fucking tooth fell out lol

Total Size Queen site profile image  

11/2/12 10:03 PM by Total Size Queen

That was a fricking tooth! Lmao