COMMENTARY | Bellator 95 had its share of finishes, with only one fight on the main card requiring the services of the judges.
Here are the results of the Bellator 95 fight card held on April 4, at the Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J:
Pat Curran def. Shahbulat ShamhalaevAfter a brief feeling out period, Curran shoots and secures back-side mount, beautifully -- and quickly -- transitioning to a guillotine choke. Shamhalaev tried to punch his way out, but that only made Curran squeeze harder. The Russian went limp shortly after, prompting referee Keith Peterson to call an end to the contest at 2:38 of the first round. Shahbulat protested the call when he regained consciousness, but I thought it was the right move since he did seem to momentarily lose consciousness. Besides, it didn't look like he would have escaped regardless given how tight the choke was.
Magomedrasul Khasbulaev def. Mike Richman (featherweight tournament final)Khasbulaev looked good at Bellator 95, mixing up his striking and takedowns nicely. Richman had his moments as well during their fight, but he didn't do enough to make up for the Russian's numerous takedowns. All three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Khasbulaev.
Doug Marshall def. Brett Cooper (middleweight tournament final)Cooper secured a few takedowns early in their Bellator 95 encounter, but Marshall consistently fought his way back to his feet. After having Brett glued to him for the majority of the first round, Marshall eventually created some space. He made the most of the opportunity, putting Cooper to sleep with a massive right hook.
Rick Hawn def. Karo ParisyanKaro got off to a good start against Hawn at Bellator 95, landing some decent shots early on. However, Hawn found his groove as the round progressed, and he hurt Parisyan during the final seconds with a head kick.
Hawn hurt Karo again in the second round, this time with a straight right, and he sent "The Heat" to the canvas with a right hook, followed by a barrage of punches. Referee Gasper Oliver called an end to the contest at 1:55 of the second round.
Lyman Good def. Dante Rivera (unanimous decision)
Sam Oropeza def. Shedrick Goodridge (TKO, round two)
Tom DeBlass def. Carlos Brooks (TKO, round two)
Phillipe Nover def. Darrell Horcher (unanimous decision)
Jimmie Rivera def. Brian Kelleher (unanimous decision)
Will Martinez def. Michael Hess (KO, round one)
Kevin Roddy def. Brylan Van Artsdalen (armbar, round two)
Liam McGeary def. Anton Talamantes (TKO, round one)
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