So apparently, if you’re caught in a submission and you scream, referee “Big” John McCarthy counts that as a verbal tap out. Which is fine, especially since he warns fighters that he’ll do that before every event. Well, Bellator bantamweight star Joe Warren got caught in a kneebar at the expert hands of Marcos Galvao, and though the champ spun this way and that in an effort to escape, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt eventually had him, and Warren roared in pain.
And just like that, the promotion’s 135-pound championship belt was no longer the American’s. It was now property of Galvao.
So much for Bellator’s ace trash-talker.
Elsewhere on the main card, LC Davis and Hideo Tokoro had an amazing back-and-forth battle that ended with a decision that could have gone either way. Davis got the nod from the judges, but there is absolutely no shame in Tokoro’s game.
Francis Carmont did well being just slightly better than Guilherme Viana for two rounds – which served him well because in the third round the Brazilian totally kicked his ass.
In the main card opener, Ryan Couture returned from the shadows (and the shadow of his legendary pops) to pretty much the infamous Dakota Cochrane on the ground.
- George Pacurariu def. JP Cole via Submission (Armbar) at 2:59, R1
- Klayton Mai def. Xavier Siller via Submission (Neck Crank) at 3:55, R1
- Stephen Banaszak def. Brad Mitchell via Submission (Omoplata) at 2:51, R2
- Neal Ewing def. Logan Nail via Unanimous Decision
- Sean Holden def. Tim Roman via Unanimous Decision
- Emmanuel Sanchez def. Alejandro Villalobos via Unanimous Decision
- Rashad Coulter def. Jeremiah O’Neal via TKO (Strikes) at 1:44, R1
- Ryan Couture def. Dakota Cochrane via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:23, R1
- Francis Carmont def. Guilherme Viana via Unanimous Decision
- LC Davis def. Hideo Tokoro via Split Decision
- Marcos Galvao def. Joe Warren via Verbal Submission (Kneebar) at :45, R2