Bellator traveled to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., to conclude their annual Summer Series Featherweight Tournament. Headlining the event was the final of the tournament between Marlon Sandro and Pat Curran. Also featured on the card was Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad taking on Paul Buentello.

Curran scores highlight knockout; Now set to face Joe Warren

In Bellator’s Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Final, Pat Curran earned himself a title shot in spectacular fashion by landing a head kick to Marlon Sandro in the second round.

As expected, both men came out looking to strike with one another. Sandro appeared to land more punches, however, giving him round one.

Things sped up a bit in round two, with the fight remaining on the feet. In an exchange midway through the round, Curran loaded up his right kick and landed to the head of Sandro, dropping him immediately. Punches followed from Curran, but Sandro was out cold from the start.

The decision was called a knockout, with Curran earning himself a title shot against 145-pound champion Joe Warren, as well as a check for $100,000.

 Konrad outlasts Buentello; Earns unanimous decision victory

In the co-main event superfight, two heavyweights collided with Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad gaining the upper hand against Paul Buentello.

The beginning of the fight didn’t feature much excitement, but Konrad showed that he has worked on his standup game. Even with no takedown attempts in the round, Konrad quietly took the first frame.

Round two was very similar, but Buentello adjusted his game plan to counter the striking of Konrad. It was a toss-up round that could’ve gone either way.

In the third, Konrad was able to get “The Headhunter” to the ground and almost finished him with a choke, but decided to just remain in top position. The wrestler was able to grind away on Buentello most of the round, until the referee stood them up. After several exchanges in the final minute, the horn sounded, calling an end to the fight.

The Bellator champion Konrad pulled out the decision with two judges giving him all three rounds, while the other gave Buentello one round.

Petruzelli stops Rodriguez; Says he’s coming after the light heavyweight champ

In a 230-pound bout on the main card, Seth Petruzelli put away UFC veteran Ricco Rodriguez impressively in the opening round.

“The Silverback” stayed light on his feet and landed many unorthodox leg kicks to Rodriguez. After two spinning back kicks, Petruzelli landed a straight right hand, dropping Rodriguez. Petruzelli immediately jumped on top and after a few hammer fists, Rodriguez was out.

The stoppage occurred at 4:21 of the first round.

Nazare dominates Barrantes en route to doctor stoppage win

In the opening fight of MTV2’s main card, Rene Nazare put on a dominating performance to the point where Juan Barrantes could no longer compete.

Right from the opening bell, Nazare was winning every exchange on the feet. Punch after punch, the undefeated Nazare continued to punish Barrantes by bloodying him and landed a big takedown to close out round one.

In the second, Barrantes showed a lack of composure and got easily taken down twice, while having his face covered in blood in the process.

When the telecast returned to the air, it was announced that the doctors stopped the fight due to vision loss in Barrantes’s left eye.

Nazare was declared the winner by doctor stoppage at the end of the second round.

Main Card Results

Pat Curran def. Marlon Sandro by knockout (head kick). Round 2, 4:00

Cole Konrad def. Paul Buentello by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Seth Petruzelli def. Ricco Rodriguez by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:21

Rene Nazare def. Juan Barrantes by TKO (doctor stoppage). Round 2, 5:00

Undercard Results

Jeff Nader def. Dan Cramer by TKO (punches). Round 3, 1:04

Nik Fekete def. Mark Griffin by TKO (punches). Round 2, 3:12

Andrew Calandrelli def. Matt Nice by submission (key lock). Round 1, 3:55

Ryan Quinn def. Brett Oteri by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:49

Saul Almeida def. Tateki Matsuda by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Photo: Pat Curran celebrates his win at Bellator 48 (Brian McKenna/The MMA Corner)

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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.