Bellator 70 closes out the sixth season for the promotion with a title fight, tournament final as well as the last welterweight semifinal bout. From inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana the main card was kicked off on MTV2 and Spike.com with hometown favorite and UFC veteran, Rich Clementi.
Clementi was fighting a much younger fighter in Derek Campos, who was hoping to spoil the party for the Louisiana native. Clementi was having none of it though and pulled off a quick submission win via Guillotine. For the veteran of 65 professional MMA fights, Clementi collected his 26th career submission, yet surprisingly it was his first via guillotine.
The night co-main event saw Bellator’s heavyweight champion Cole Konrad make his first title defense against the season five default winner Eric Prindle. Looking to stay away from the power of Prindle the champ quickly took the fight to the ground and once there made short work of the challenger.
The night’s main card was concluded with the lightweight tournament final between former welterweights, Rick Hawn and Brent Weedman. Hawn once again showed his ever-improving boxing to out pointed Weedman before scoring a takedown late in the fight to seal the deal. Hawn will now face the Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler at a later date.
Before the main card took place though Bellator 70 brought the fans in attendance and watching on Spike.com four preliminary bouts. It would close the night with two final bouts that unfortunately were “dark” and only seen by those live.
With the sixth season concluded, Bellator will return on June 22nd for their summer series.
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
Derek Arcement defeated Blake Dufour by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Jonas Billstein defeated Mike Seal by 1st rd. Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kelvin Tiller defeated Jeremiah Riggs by 3rd rd. Submission (Kimura)
A.J. Matthews defeated Charlie Rader by 2nd rd. KO
MAIN CARD (MTV2)
Rich Clementi defeated Derek Campos by 1st rd. Submission (Guillotine)
135 lbs. Tournament Semifinal: Luis Nogueira defeated Hiroshi Nakamura by 3rd rd. TKO
265 lbs. Title Fight: Cole Konrad defeated Eric Prindle by 1st rd. Submission (Kimura)
155 lbs. Tournament Final: Rick Hawn defeated Brent Weedman by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Dark)
Keith Schneider vs. Josh Shockley
Kyle Bradley vs. John Harris