The Scifighting team will be cageside at Bellator 132 from Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA. We will have full preliminary and main card results updated live, so be advised that if you are behind the tape delay they may spoil the fight outcome. Bellator 132 features Patricio “Pitbull’s” first featherweight title defense against former champion Daniel Straus.
Bellator 132 Main Card
Patricio “Pitbull” Friere def. Daniel Straus via 4th Round Rear Naked Choke.
Straus opened with a headkick, set up strong counter combinations and pushed a hard pace. Just as the fight was getting good, Straus was warned for an eye poke. Pitbull avoided a takeown attempt and put away some hard hooks. There were many good striking opportunities for both featherweights in the opener.
Just as the fight gets got good and going for the round, it was stopped by groin kick warnings and eye poke warnings. A point was deducted from Straus for a groin kick mid round. After the fight resumed, there was a big scramnle on the ground as Pitbull ended up with a headlock hold. Straus was able to stand and take Pitbull to the cage. He scrambled on the ground again. Straus was against the cage, but was able to stand at the end of the round.
Straus demonstrated some great head kick technique and great jab work. Straus had really begun to work with the kicks to the body. Straus went for a takedown but was caught by Pitbull.
Straus is stopped on another takedown attempt. Pitbull had Straus against the cage. Straus caught Pitbull with a left that dropped him to the canvas. Pitbull caught Straus in the groin again and followed up with ground strikes. He thought he had won the contest. Straus was taken down by Pibull and he was able to take his back in a battle on the ground and wrap his arm through for the rear-naked choke.
Georgi Karakhanyan def Bubba Jenkins via 1st. Round Guillotine
Jenkins took an early takedown and Karakhanyan retaliated with a tight guillotine choke. Jenkins was able to get out of trouble by maneuvering out and stood back up to strike. After another takedown attempt from Jenkins, Karakhanyan threw on a guillotine choke again. This time, he was able to keep Jenkins stuck in his guard. Jenkins couldn’t escape the guard of Karakhanyan and after a long fight, he went out cold. Karakhanyan took the victory via first round guillotine submission.
In the post-fight interview, Karakhanyan revealed that he wasn’t pleased with Jenkins’ claims in his promo, claiming “You don’t F***” with my family.” Jimmy Smith’s in-cage interview also revealed that Karakhanyan will face the winner of Pitbull vs. Straus for the featherweight title.
Virgil Zwicker def. Houston Alexander via Split Decision
With a spinning back kick attempt, Zwicker is caught mid spin and taken down by Alexander. Alexander was able to keep Zwicker on the ground, but the battle was very stalemated. Zwicker was able to escape and catch a looping left on Alexander. Zwicker caught a couple of very hard hooks before the end of the round.
Zwicker outwrestled Alexander when he slipped on a kick attempt and took him to the ground. Zwicker grounded and pounded while Alexander was downed. Alexander caught Zwicker with an upkick, but Zwicker caught Alexander with a good uppercut when he stood up. Zwicker slipped and Alexander followed him to the ground and got in his guard, laying heavy ground and pound. Zwicker survived the punishment through the end of the round.
Alexander went for a takedown but wasn’t successful. Both fighters were able to land some occaisional winning strikes, but both appeared pretty hesitant until the closing seconds of the fight. The closing seconds saw an absolute barn burner and both fighters looked very near TKO territory at several points. In all, it was a very close fight that could have gone either way on the scorecards. The hometown hero of Temecula took the nod for the split decision victory.
Fernando Gonzalez def. Marius Zaromskis via Unanimous Decision
Zaromskis wasted no time to push the pace early. Gonzalez was able to dodge most of the strikes with very evident boxing experience. Gonzalez returned some of the damage after Zaromskis fell down from a head kick attempt, slapping on a guillotine. Zaromskis’s main counter to Gonzalez boxing superiority is a jumping knee, but it was not enough to turn the tables his way.
Zaromskis retaliated with jab counters to Gonzalez’s strikes, but he wasn’t able to string together combinations successfully. Zaromskis caught a kick from Gonzalez, but was not able to capitalize on it. Gonzalez was able to get to Zaromskis’ back against the cage, but did not have enough time to put a guillotine to use before the end of the round.
Gonzalez opened with a good hook to leg kick combo. Zaromskis was able to secure a hard head kick, but when he threw it again Gonzalez got around it to get to his back. Zaromskis stood to his feet but Gonzalez had him in a head lock. After escaping, Zaromskis was able to secure a takedown in the closing minute, but it wasn’t enough to impress the judges’ scorecards. In all, Zaromskis was outboxed by Gonzalez.
Bellator 132 Preliminary Card
Chris Herrera def. Luc Bondole via 2nd round KO
Bondole opened the fight with a leg kick. With a slip, Herrera took him down. Bondole was working in guard for a kimura, fighting hard for the right arm. Herrera got the arm free and started working with ground and pound strikes. In half guard, Bondole was pinned against the cage, but stood to his feet. In the clinch, Herrera struggled but got a good right hook in before the end of the round.
Bondole opened with a jab and failed on an early takedown attempt. Hererra charged forward, but Bondole responded with a thai clinch hold. After Bondole came forward with the combo, Herrera caught him with a right hook and followed up with ground and pound. Herrera wins via KO.
Albert Morales def. Fabian Gonzalez via 2nd round rear-naked choke
Morales and Gonzalez were very aggressive, equally trading strikes in the first round. Morales was able to control the action with constant Thai Clinch technique and controlling the cage movement.
Gonzalez survived the first round, but had much slower movement in the second. After winning the battle in clinch, Morales took Gonzalez down and outpositioned Morales for the rear-naked choke.
Everett Cummings def. Jason Glaza via 2nd Round Rear-Naked Choke.
Glaza took a strong takedown early in the round. Cummings powers through the ground and pound strikes and a near Ameriacana. In the ground and pound, Glaza tries constantly for an Americana and arm triangle, but was not successful.
After Glaza got the takedown, Cummings was able to work to the back after a mountain of punishment. He snuck the arm around and earned the rear-naked choke victory against the odds.
Steve Kozola def. Jonathon Rivera via 2nd round KO
Derek Anderson def. Danny Navarro via 3rd Round TKO
John Salter def. Dustin Jacoby via 2nd Round Rear-Naked Choke
Salter caught a good right hand but was stopped on a takedown. Salter survived a submission attempt and came around behind, working for an arm bar and/or rear-naked choke. In the battle on the ground, Salter got to full mount and then again to Jacoby’s back.
Salter got an early takedown and put Jacoby against the cage. Salter again made it to Jacoby’s back. After almost a 3-minute battle, Salter secured the rear-naked choke finish.