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Browser Crasher: Bellator 52 & 53

Raphael Davis knocking the stuffing out of Myron Dennis @ Bellator 53

— BELLATOR 52 —

Bellator 52 featured the quarterfinal matches of their Tubbyweight Tournament.

Ron Sparks vs. Mark Holata
Sparks via KO, 1:24 of Round 1

Finish (real time)

~a ton more gifs and highlights after the break~

 

Blagoi Ivanov vs. Zak Jensen
Ivanov by Submission (Guillotine) 2:35 of Round 2

You might recognize Ivanov as the swarthy Bulgarian that “>beat Fedor in Sambo back before beating Fedor was cool.  The dude has made a nice transition to MMA, and his skills are evident here against human punching bag Zak Jensen.  Ivanov is one of the smallest guys in the tourney, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in speed, technique, and grappling skill.  Out of all the guys in the tournament, I think he has the best chance of dethroning Cole “Honey Badger” Konrad.  For that reason alone I hope he wins.  He may look old as hell, but he’s only 25 and I can’t wait to see how his game develops.

Ivanov punches and hip throw | Ivanov shots | Ivanov Trip TD

Ivanov Americana Attempt

 

Neil Grove vs. Mike Hayes
Hayes via split decision

Even though the damage was evident on Hayes’ face, and most of the gifs feature Grove on the attack, those moments were too few and far between.  Hayes was channelling Machida at his most unwilling to engage,  using infrequent in-and-out single shots and occasional takedowns.   But that was more than Grove was willing to do.  Don’t know what Grove was thinking.  Anyway, Hayes ended up breaking his orbital bone, putting him out of the tournament.  His replacement is Thiago Santos (seen below @ Bellator 53) who was Ivanov’s original opponent, but couldn’t attend due to visa issues.

Grove flurry | Grove kicks | Grove attack and TD

 

Abe Wagner vs. Eric Prindle
Prindle via unanimous decision

Wagner is probably most known for “>beating the shit out of Tim Sylvia… nah he’s probably best known for that nasty cut he got on TUF 10 where you could see his skull.  He’s not a great fighter, but he’s a tough dude, and gutted through a pretty brutal fight here.  Prindle hurt him a couple of times with nasty body shots and combos.

Wagner GNP, reversed | Wagner throwin down | Wagner hurt by body shot

Prindle TD & mount | Prindle slips off choke | Prindle GNP

 

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— BELLATOR 53 —
Bellator 53 featured the semifinals of the season 5 Welterweight tournament

Ben Saunders vs. Luis Santos
Saunders via submission (Americana) 1:45 of Round 3

Killa B is my boy.  The dude always delivers awesome fights.  This one didn’t go down the way I thought it would, but it was still fun as fuck to watch.  I figured it would be a brutal striking battle, with both guys taking major damage, but for some reason Santos decided to make it a ground war and ended up getting pwned pretty hard.  You would think that after getting your ass handed to you for 2 rounds by a guy fighting off his back that he would have changed his game up or something, but no.  Saunders put on a grappling clinic, effectively utilizing rubber guard (see, it works sometimes!), and put Santos out of the tournament without taking any damage.  I know some of you guys aren’t BloodyElbow fans, but it was cool to see Ben give his fans at BE a shout-out before the fight.  LETS MUTHERFUKERS!

 

BS kicks, LS TD | LS TD Att, BS cagegrab | LS TD | BS Triangle Att

BS shoulder-lock punches | BS punches btwn legs | BS Triangle Att

BS slips, Tri Att | BS Kimura sweep, Tri Att | BS kicks to TD

Finish

 

Douglas Lima vs. Chris Lozano
Lima via KO, 3:14 of round 2

Now that’s a fucking highlight KO.  I love those knockouts where the guy looks like he got shot.

Lima knocks out Lozano’s tooth.

This is a fight that appeals to everyone.  Stand ‘n Bang but with clean technique.  Lozano is no joke (though he did look tiny next to Lima) and brought the fight to his opponent like he always does.  Lima had his number though, countering effectively, and landing the bulk of the hard shots before knocking Lozano out.

Perfect kick check | Nice Exchange | Lima combo | Warring

Manly Men

 

Ronnie Mann vs. Kenny Foster
Mann via submission (Triangle Choke) 3:51 of round 1

Mann counters, taken down

 

Thiago Santos vs. Josh Burns
Santos via submission (RNC) 2:23 of round 1

Big Monster easily dispatches Burns.

 

Luis Nogueira vs. Zak Laird
Nogueira via submission (Guillotine choke) 0:51 of round 1

SLAM!

 

A.J. Matthews vs. Rudy Bears
Matthews via unanimous decision

Nice back and forth striking battle, with A.J. landing the harder shots more frequently, and some impressive knees.

AJ head kicks | AJ jump knee | AJ beast mode | AJ chase and knee

Bears combo

 

Emanuel Brooks vs. Greg Scott
Brooks via TKO, 2:40 of round 2

It’s hard to gauge how good EJ Brooks is at this point since this was only his 4th fight (and it was Scott’s pro debut) but FUCK he looked good.  Not a lot of striking on display but his wrestling and GNP were on point.  He landed some nasty body shots and elbows on Scott on the ground, and he repeatedly had him in submission holds.  He needs to work a bit on his finishing skills, but credit also goes to Scott for taking that beating for so long.  Brooks is one to watch.

EJ hip throw | Brutal GNPunch | Nasty body work + elbows

Arm Tri Att | RNC Att | TD + GNP | Finish

 

 

  • iamphoenix

    Steven Seagal’s doing in the last gif.

    thanks for the gif(t)s btw i love you.

  • Jarman

    sweet……like these posts man…..I used to d/l bellator, but kept losing track due to the undistiguished numbering system. good to see the Killer B is finishin dudes!

  • KeyboardWarrior

    lol @ that dude turning a tap into slapping him in the face out of frustration

  • iamphoenix

    Also. This…

     

  • Grappo

    ^ wish that was real.  I’d love a beard slap.  Damn you patchy asian facial hair!

  • Reverend Clint

    i recognize two guys in that post… probably why i dont watch Bellator

     

     

  • scissors61

    lots of quality walrus fights in this post

  • Symbul

    Nice GIFs, thanks. Too lazy to watch Bellator cards post-fact.

  • agentsmith

    “Let’s motherfuckers” is a BE shout-out?

  • frickshun

    Thanks Grapps, I owe you a handy for another excellent post. Also, please don’t mention BE again. I thought we’ve moved on from that.

    Phoeniggz–>LUV THE BEARD SLAP.

  • Blackula Jonez

    Clint only watches fights with VIP fighters & lol @ the beard slap gif.

  • Grappo

    ^ He likes to watch his Ultimate Fighting while sipping a fine chardonnay.

    “Let’s motherfuckers” is a BE shout-out?

    No, but LETS MUTHERFUKERS is.  I’ll spare you the long backstory (and frickshun the migraine) but we can agree that Ben is a cool motherfucker.  Remembering to shout-out to a handful of guys moments before you’re about to throw down with a badass like Santos is pretty damn cool.

     

  • Reverend Clint

    i drink piss with lyoto

  • Predator8u

     The Ben sanders fight was one of the most unique MMA fights iv’ever seen. I loved it

  • CAP

    I came for the gifs but stayed for the beard slap!

    Nice work.

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