On Thursday, March 28, Bellator held its 94th event from the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.

The event featured the conclusion of the Season 8 light heavyweight and lightweight tournaments.

In the 205-pound final, Russian Mikhail Zayats battled Emanuel Newton. Each fighter was a heavy underdog entering the tournament, but Zayats put himself on the map by stopping UFC veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral in the opening round, while Newton upped the ante by knocking out tournament favorite Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in the semifinals. The pair looked to claim the $100,000 prize, as well as a shot at recently crowned champion Attila Vegh.

The lightweight final pitted last-minute tournament participant Saad Awad against former welterweight David Rickels. Awad had stormed through the opening two rounds of the tournament with back-to-back knockout wins. Meanwhile, Rickels proved to be just as dangerous at 155 pounds en route to the final. The winner is set to take on the Michael Chandler-Dave Jansen winner.

Rounding out the main card was a welterweight collision between Luis Melo and Trey Houston, as well as a bantamweight bout pitting Rodrigo Lima vs. Ronnie Mann.

The four-fight main card aired live on Spike TV beginning at 10 p.m. ET, while seven preliminary card fights streamed live on the promotion’s website starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

For a full recap of the event, click here.

The post-fight press conference will stream below at approximately 1 a.m. ET.

FULL RESULTS
Emanuel Newton def. Mikhail Zayats by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – light heavyweight tournament final
David Rickels def. Saad Awad by TKO (punch). Round 2, 5:00 – lightweight tournament final
Luis Melo def. Trey Houston by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 3, 1:09
Rodrigo Lima def. Ronnie Mann by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Julien Williams def. Kenny Moss by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 3:19
Augusto Sakai def. Rob Horton by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:01
Jessica Aguilar def. Patricia Vidonic by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Joe Taimanglo def. Ronnie Rogers by submission (north-south choke). Round 2, 0:33
Edson Berto def. Bruno Carvalho by submission (heel hook). Round 1, 1:27
Tony Fryklund and Patrick Cenoble fight to a draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
Felice Herrig def. Heather Clark by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Photo: Emanual Newton (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)