Bellator Fighting Championships returned to action with its “Summer Series”.  Bellator 46 featured the opening round of the promotion’s featherweight tournament. The event aired on MTV2 from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

Each tournament winner now advances to the semifinal round of the star-studded and internationally flavored tournament, which takes place July 23 at Bellator 47.

Curran submits Palomino with Peruvian necktie

Former lightweight tournament winner Pat Curran made the drop to featherweight and quickly added a bit of irony to the opening round of the tournament.

In the main event, Curran locked in a rare Peruvian necktie on his opponent Luis Palomino, who is of Peruvian heritage.

Curran set up the slick submission after dropping Palomino with a big hook and followed with a barrage of flying knees.  Curran initially looked for a D’Arce choke, but when the opportunity arose, he locked in the necktie and forced the tap with just over a minute left in the opening round.

Sandro outclasses da Silva


In a battle of Brazilian featherweights, former Sengoku champ Marlon Sandro used superior boxing technique to claim a decision victory over Genair da Silva.

The fight’s opening round saw Sandro buckle da Silva with a right cross, left hook combination, but da Silva showed his resiliency to survive.

For the remainder of the bout, Sandro landed more frequently, and with more power, but could not put away his opponent.

Two of the judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Sandro, but one judge scored the bout 29-28 for da Silva, giving Sandro a split decision win.  Regardless of the questionable scoring from the dissenting judge, Sandro advances in the tournament.

Malegarie forces Devree to tap to guillotine

Nazareno Malegarie rebounded nicely from the first defeat of his career by using a consistent jiu-jitsu attack to wear down and eventually submit Jacob Devree in their featherweight tournament fight.

Malegarie locked in an arm-in-guillotine early the fight, but Devree managed to escape.  From his back, Malegarie transitioned to a leg lock attempt, but again Devree survived.

The middle stanza featured more of the same, as Malegarie scored with takedowns and forced Devree to defend.

Finally, in the third round, Malegarie locked in yet another guillotine after a takedown, and this time forced Devree to tap after he transitioned to the mount.   The tap came at the 1:25 mark of the final round.

Mann impresses with big KO

Ronnie Mann showed superior striking technique throughout the first round of his featherweight tournament bout against Adam Schindler.

Schindler pushed forward early in the fight, but couldn’t get Mann to the mat.  Using an effective counter-punching attack, Mann connected with a massive left hook that sent Schindler crashing to the mat late in the round.  Schindler desperately tried to cover, but Mann landed repeated right hammerfists and turned the lights out for good at the 4:14 of the frame.

Following the bouts, Bellator President Bjorn Rebney announced that the semifinal matchups with be Marlon Sandro vs. Nazareno Malegarie and Pat Curran vs. Ronnie Mann.

Pat Curran def. Luis Palomino by submission (Peruvian necktie). Round 1, 3:49

Marlon Sandro def. Genair da Silva by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Nazareno Malegarie def. Jacob Devree by submission (guillotine choke). Round 3, 1:25

Ronnie Mann def. Adam Schindler by KO (punches). Round 1, 4:14


Jessica Aguilar def. Carla Esparza by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Tony Johnson Jr. def. Derrick Lewis by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Alexandre Bezerra def. Sam Jones by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 3:27

Dan Cramer def. Josh Samman by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Photo: Marlon Sandro (Bellator)