Bellator returned to action on Friday, Aug. 24 from Tunica, Miss., hosting its 73rd event from the Harrah’s Tunica Hotel and Casino. The event capped the promotion’s three-event “Summer Series” and hosted the finals of both the light heavyweight and bantamweight tournaments.

In the light heavyweight final, veteran Travis Wiuff looked to get another shot at champion Christian M’Pumbu—whom he defeated in a non-title bout—against Slovak Attila Vegh.

Brazilians Marcos Galvao and Luis Nogueria clashed for a crack at their fellow countryman, 135-pound champion Eduardo Dantas.

The main card aired live on MTV2, while the undercard was streamed live on Spike.com

Vegh demolishes Wiuff to take light heavyweight tournament

Although veteran Travis Wiuff holds a dominant win over current Bellator champion Christian M’Pumbu, he had no answer for the lightning in the fists of Attila Vegh.

The kenpo stylist connected with a massive right hand behind the ear that buckled Wiuff just seconds into the fight. Referee Jason Herzog allowed Vegh to deliver a few follow-up shots, but quickly stopped the fight.

“It will be a hard, hard fight [against M’Pumbu], but I am ready,” a victorious Vegh declared.

Vegh earned the $100,000 prize as well as a title shot with the tournament win.

Galvao overwhelms Nogueira to claim bantamweight tournament

Brazilian bantamweights Marcos Galvao and Luis Nogueira engaged in a back-and-forth affair to decide the season-six tournament winner, with Galvao besting his countryman.

The opening frame saw both fighters secure brief takedowns, but the majority of the action took place on the feet. Galvao landed a number of looping hooks, while Nogueira responded with straight right hands. The closely-contested stanza could have gone either way.

However, in the second round, Galvao showcased the power in striking. He clipped Nogueira with another hook that staged him. Galvao smelled blood and pounced on his opponent. It appeared as if Galvao would put his world-class grappling skills to use as he gained the mount and then took Nogueira’s back, but Galvao opted to rain punches and elbows until the referee halted the contest.

“I am very, very happy because I promised my [late] mother that I would win,” Galvao said in victory. “I want one more win.”

Galvao will now take on former training partner and current champion Eduardo Dantas for Bellator’s 135-pound belt.

Mucitelli remains unbeaten, submits Van Buren

Light heavyweight Mike Mucitelli used his ground game to best his fellow towering 205-pounder Matt Van Buren.

Mucitelli quickly put Van Buren on his back to start the fight, but Van Buren scrambled and hit a switch to gain top position. Mucitelli then hit a sweep to gain the top position again, but he would not remain there for long as Van Buren again put him on his back. Van Buren worked to rain punches from the top, but Mucitelli’s 6-foot-5 frame allowed him to slap on a fight-ending triangle choke just three minutes into the fight.

With the win, Mucitelli moved to 3-0, and Van Buren tasted defeat for the first time in his career.

Wessel narrowly edges Martinez

In a battle of heavyweights both making their Bellator debuts, former Ultimate Fighter cast member Mike Wessel claimed a split decision win over Colorado’s Ryan Martinez.

Throughout the fight, Wessel was able to connect with a straight right hand against the southpaw Martinez. Martinez countered Wessel’s aggression with a number of trip takedowns, but was unable to put Wessel in any serious danger from the top position.

When the scorecards were read, one judge gave all three rounds to Martinez for his grappling efforts; however, the other two judges felt Wessel had done enough for the win.

Preliminary Card Summary

In his Bellator debut, welterweight Andy Uhrich spoiled former Michigan State wrestler Joe Williams’ perfect record with a unanimous decision win. As expected, Williams controlled the grappling, but Uhrich pressured heavily on the feet and convinced the judges to award him the victory.

Middleweight Kelvin Tiller outclassed Amaechi Oselukwue from the opening bell, ultimately forcing a referee’s stoppage late in the second round due to ground and pound.

Jacob Noe was the beneficiary of a questionable doctor’s stoppage over veteran Brian Albin. Noe dominated the first round, opening a cut on Albin’s lip and prompting the doctor to halt the bout between rounds.

Utilizing his expert striking technique, Cosmo Alexandre moved his MMA record to 3-1 with an early, second-round KO over Harry Johnson. Alexandre delivered a knee to the body of Johnson and forced the referee to intervene.

FULL RESULTS

Attila Vegh def. Travis Wiuff by KO (punch). Round 1, 0:25 (“Summer Series” light heavyweight tournament winner)
Marcos Galvao def. Luis Nogueira by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:20 (season-six bantamweight tournament winner)
Mike Mucitelli def. Matt Van Buren by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 3:01
Mike Wessel def. Ryan Martinez by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Andy Uhrich def. Joe Williams by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Kelvin Tiller def. Amaechi Oselukwue by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:21
Jacob Noe def. Brian Albin by TKO (doctor’s stoppage). Round 1, 5:00
Cosmo Alexander def. Harry Johnson by KO (knee). Round 2, 0:39
Zach Underwood def. Chris Coggins by unanimous decision
Brian Hall def. Jay Black by TKO (strikes). Round 1

Photo: Attila Vegh (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

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