The final edition of Bellator this season featured the finals in the lightweight division, semifinal in the bantamweight division and a heavyweight title fight. In what has been a monumental season for Bellator Fighting Championships, could they leave a lasting impression on their fans?
Rich Clementi vs. Derek Campos
The longtime veteran, Clementi, came into this fight with a 42-21-1 record and after making six appearances in 2011, was fighting for just the first time in 2012. Campos is just 24, but appears to be a journeymen type fighter. In his only notable fight, he lost to Diego Brandao in February 2010.
Official Decision: Rich Clementi via Guillotine Choke at 4:18 of the first round
Bantamweight Semifinal: Luis Nogueira vs. Hiroshi Najamura
Official Decision: Luis Nogueira via KO at 1:58 of the third round
Heavyweight Championship: Cole Konrad vs. Eric Prindle
It took Konrad all of 22 seconds to get the much expected takedown which he immediately turned into a Kimura attempt, which Prindle was unable to defend despite keeping him in half guard.
Official Decision: Cole Konrad retains heavyweight title via Kimura at 1:00 of the first round
Lightweight Final: Rick Hawn vs. Brent Weedman
The finals of the lightweight tournament featured the 13-1 Hawn looking to make a major impression on the sport of mixed martial arts at the age of 35. His opponent, the 27-year-old American came into the fight with a 20-7 record. He was 6-2 in his Bellator career heading into the fight and was looking to earn the title shot at Michael Chandler.
The fight opened with both men coming straight at each other, which was dangerous for Weedman considering how powerful Hawn is. Neither fighter was able to gain much serious offense in the round, but both did what they planned to do heading into the fight without taking many risks.
My scorecard: 10-9 for Rick Hawn
In the second round, both fighters came straight forward, but again, relied on strategy and technique to get through the round. Neither fighter went for anything too dangerous and the finals of the tournament went to the third round.
My scorecard: 10-9 for Brent Weedman
In the third round, Hawn got the takedown on Weedman and while he was able to stay on top of his opponent for several minutes, he wasn't able to gain much offense. With a minute left, Weedman got the fight back to the feet, which was his only chance to get the win but was unable to get the finish.
My scorecard: 10-9 for Rick Hawn, 29-28
Official Decision: Rick Hawn via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
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Hobson Lopes has been a fan of mixed martial arts since the days of Tank Abbott and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.
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