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Bellator: Curran quickly knocks out Ricci, Reis wins with RNC

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In the second episode of Bellator's second season, fledgling promotion came to the Chicago Theatre in Chicago. The card is packed with tournament bouts and a local-filled undercard.

After engaging smart stand-up with Georges St. Pierre's training partner, Mike Ricci, Patrick Curran knocked Ricci down with a right hand punch and followed with a flurry of punches on the ground to finish him off at 3:01 in the first round. Curran, the cousin of WEC veteran Jeff Curran, knocked out Ricci's mouthpiece in ending the bout. This moves Pat onto the next round of Bellator's lightweight tournament.

Reis advances with third-round rear-naked choke

In a bout between two grapplers, Wilson Reis won by a third-round rear-naked choke. The first round showed vicious grappling. Shad Lierley started with a huge knee that Reis caught and tried for a takedown, but the two stayed on their feet, until Reis managed a big slam. Reis managed to get Lierley's back, but Lierley was able to shake him free and finished the round well. The grappling continued in the second round, with an aggressive and physical Lierley in control.

In the third, Reis controlled the action on the ground, securing a rear naked choke at 3:32 after ground and pound. With this win, Reis advances to the semifinals of Bellator for the second straight year.

In earlier undercard, non-tournament action, Louis Taylor made an entrance with a quick knockout of Ryan Sturdy, also a student of Jeff Curran. He threw a headkick at 1:05 in the first round, knocking out Sturdy.

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