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Bellator 94 Results: Newton, Rickels Secure Title Shots

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COMMENTARY | Bellator 94 had some controversial moments, but it was still a decent event. Here are the results of the Bellator 94 fight card held on March 28, at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.

Emanuel Newton def. Mikhail Zayats (heavyweight final)

Newton looked better during the opening round of their bout, landing the cleaner strikes. But Zayats turned things around in the second round, landing some decent shots of his own, scoring a takedown at the end of the round.

However, Newton regained control of the fight during the third round, dropping the Russian with a hard right and securing a couple of takedowns.

All three judges scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Newton, who'll now get a change to avenge his controversial 2012 loss to Attila Vegh.

David Rickels def. Saad Awad (lightweight tournament final)

Awad got off to a good start, landing some hard shots early in their Bellator 94 encounter, and surprisingly, dumping Rickels on the canvas a few times. Awad continued to impose his will in the second round, but "The Caveman" refused to quit. His resilience eventually paid off, as he caught Saad with a big right while unloading a barrage of punches at the end of the second round, sending Awad to the canvas face first as the bell rang.

While Rickels made his way back to his corner, Awad remained on the canvas, prompting referee Troy Waugh to call an end to the contest after a long delay. Waugh's decision was a bit controversial, but I personally thought it was the right move.

If you missed this fight, you might want to catch a replay.

Luis Melo def. Trey Houston (welterweight tournament qualifier)

Melo looked good at Bellator 94, quickly establishing himself as the more-rounded MMA fighter. He dominated the fight standing up and on the ground, and finished Houston off in the third round, putting him to sleep with an arm-triangle.

Rodrigo Lima def. Ronnie Mann (bantamweight tournament qualifier)

Both men landed a few decent shots early in their Bellator 94 encounter, but Lima started getting the better of the striking exchanges as the fight progressed. He dominated the first two rounds with his strikes. And he displayed his superior grappling skills during the third round: putting Mann on his back, working in some ground-n-pound, and threatening with a few submissions. All three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Lima.

Undercard:

Julien Williams def. Kenny Moss (guillotine choke, round one)

Augusto Sakai def. Rob Horton (KO, round two)

Jessica Aguilar def. Patricia Vidonic (split decision)

Joe Taimanglo def. Ronnie Rogers (north-south choke, round two)

James Edson Berto def. Bruno Carvalho (heel hook, round one)

Tony Fryklund vs. Patrick Cenoble (draw)

Felice Herrig def. Heather Clark (split decision)

David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 8 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.

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