At last Saturday’s Bellator 43 card, Jay Hieron squeaked out an uninspiring split decision over Rick Hawn to win the Season 4 welterweight tournament, handing Hawn his first professional loss. Plus, former WEC 135-lb champ Chase Beebe earned a spot in next season’s bantamweight tourney (and his first non-bushleague win since 2007) by subbing Season 3 semifinalist Jose Vega in the first round.
I know, compelling shit, right? Bellator events seem to swing back and forth between fairly awesome (like when a Freire brother is involved) and total meh-fests, and you know it was one of the latter when you realize the above clip was pretty much the highlight of the evening. Here we see Season 2 middleweight runner-up and recent leukemia survivor Bryan Baker knock out poor Joe Riggs in the second round, then propose to his banshee of a girlfriend right there in the cage. Yes, that’s her squealing like a goddamn balloon in the background, much to the delight of those sitting near her. Sweet Baby Hey-Zeus, for his sake I hope she’s into ballgags.