Quick finishes and split decisions are what the fans in Atlantic City, New Jersey saw at Bellator 68. Not to mention the odd scoring and curious doctor stoppage, before finishing off the night’s action with two season six tournament bouts.
Bellator 68 took place inside the Palladium Ballroom in Caesars Atlantic City and saw featherweight tournament come to an end with a 15 minute entertaining fight between Daniel Straus and Marlon Sandro. With $100,000 on the line and a title shot, Straus implemented his game plan to near perfection against the Brazilian on his way to a unanimous decision victory. Straus dictated the fight and would frustrate Sandro as the fight entered the later rounds. The season six tournament winner now waits from the Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran and season four tournament winner Patricio Freire square off later this year.
The other tournament bout was in the bantamweight semifinals as Marcos Galvao fought in yet another close tough fight, getting the node by the judges over Travis Marx to advance to the finals. Galvao now awaits the winner of the other semifinal match between Hiroshi Nakamura and Luis Nogueira.
That pretty much concluded the normalcy on the night as the rematch between Marius Zaromskis and Waachiim Spiritwolf ended in yet another unfavorable way as the doctor stopped the fight due to a cut that really didn’t look bad enough to end the fight.
The undercard saw three of the four bouts end in split decision, which would book end a 36 second comeback finish by Aung La Nsang. All in a day’s work for Bellator it seems.
Complete Bellator 68 results:
MAIN CARD (MTV2)
145 lbs. Tournament Final: Daniel Straus defeated Marlon Sandro by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
135 lbs. Semifinal Tournament: Marcos Galvao defeated Travis Marx by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
155 lbs.: Marcin Held defeated Derrick Kennington by 1st rd. Submission (Heel Hook)
170 lbs.: Marius Zaromskis defeated Waachiim Spiritwolf by 2nd rd. TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
170 lbs.: Don Carlo-Clauss defeated Jacob Kirwan by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Catchweight: Aung La Nsang defeated Jesus Martinez 1st rd. TKO (0:36)
135 lbs.: Anthony Leone defeated Claudio Ledesma by Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Francois Ambang defeated Gregory Millard by Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
The Carmelo Marrero vs. Seth Petruzelli was scrapped right before the event due to Seth having fluid in his lungs.