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Bellator MMA: Fightmaster Final: Mike Bronzoulis vs. Joe Riggs

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It’s the Bellator Fightmaster finale between Mike Bronzoulis and veteran Joe Riggs.

Riggs and Bronzoulis are trading leg checks in the first minute. Both fighters are tentative with their hands.

Riggs, who holds a UFC decision victory over Nick Diaz, looks like the faster fighter. Riggs got his back in the final minute of the first round, looking to put on the rear naked choke, but Bronzoulis defended well.

Riggs took him down at the start of round two and then backed him up against the cage. Riggs is slowing down, and Bronzoulis is landing more with punches and kicks. Riggs is now cut above the left eye. He keeps pawing at the cut. Riggs takes him down with 2:20 left  in the round.

Riggs is tired, but going for the choke, with his back up against the cage. Bronzoulis fought back up to a dominant position. Riggs’s cut continues to bleed. He attempted a triangle choke from his back, but Bronzoulis pushed him off.

Round three  begins with Bronzoulis looking to press the action. Riggs fights back and takes him down with an Arn Anderson-like spine buster.  Riggs is on him like a wet blanket, but can’t get the choke on. Both fighters are exhausted and up against the cage. Riggs looks like he’s trying to survive the round and get the win just by pressuring him.  Bronzoulis finally escaped with less than 10 seconds left in the round. Fight goes to the judges.

Riggs wins by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 30-27.

Bellator Main Event Results
Fight                                                Winner                               Round                           Result

Mike Bronzoulis vs. Joe Riggs   Riggs                                      3                                   UD  (30-27)

Akop Stepanyan vs. Mike Richman  Richman                       1                                      4:05

Bellator Preliminary results

Fight                                                Winner                               Round                           Result

J. Smith vs. D. Smith                         J. Smith                             3                                    UD (All three judges 29-28)

Cleber Luciano vs. Joe Camacho    Luciano                              3                                    UD (All three judges 30-27)

Aaron Miller vs. Mike Guymon       Guymon                            2                                    SUB (triangle choke, 4:20)

Hector Ramirez vs. Brandon Halsey   Halsey                           1                                   TKO  ( :52)

Alejandro Garcia vs. Christiano Souza   Souza                         3                                   SUB   (3:06)