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Bellator 96: “King Mo” Lawal Knocks Out Seth Petruzelli


“King Mo” Lawal rebounded from his memorable, stoppage loss to Emanuel Newtown tonight at Bellator 96, by knocking out Seth Petruzelli in the first round of the card’s main event.  Lawal secured his second win under the Bellator banner, by taking the UFC vet to the mat and KOíng him with a punishing shot from above.

With the win, Lawal will advance to face Jacob Noe in the promotion’s latest light-heavyweight tourney, who stopped Renato “Babalu” Sobral in round three. Sobral, who has lost two straight, reportedly called it quits on his accomplished career following the defeat.

In the heavyweight tournament semifinals, Ryan Martinez and Vitaly Minakov entrenched a finale between the two, by stopping Richard Hale and Ron Sparks respectively.

Here are the results for the event, which was hosted by the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma (results do not include additional bouts scheduled to take place after the television broadcast).

Light-Heavyweight Tournament Semifinals

“King Mo” Lawal def. Seth Petruzelli via KO (punches) at of 1:35 of round 1

Jacob Noe def. Renato Sobral via TKO (ref stoppage) at 3:32 of round 3

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinals

Ryan Martinez def. Richard Hale via KO (punches) at 2:19 of round 1

Vitaly Minakov def. Ron Sparks via TKO (strikes) at :32 of round 1


War Machine def. Blas Avena via TKO (strikes) at 3:55 of round 1


Justin McNally def. Steven Artoff via submission (inverted triangle choke) at 2:44 of round 1

Derek Campos def. Brandon Girtz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Brandon Halsey def. Joe Yaeger via split decision (30-28 Halsey, 30-28 Yaeger, 30-28 Halsey)

Raphael Butler def. Jeremiah O’Neal via TKO (strikes) at 2:57 of round 1

Damon Jackson def. Keith Miner via TKO (strikes) at 2:00 of round 1

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