Bellator continued its sixth season of tournament fights by hosting the lightweight bracket on Friday, March 23 from the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. The major story coming into the event is the long awaited Eric Prindle vs. Thiago Santos heavyweight tournament final had to be waved off again. Santos came in overweight, which allowed Prindle to win by default. Prindle will get the next Bellator heavyweight title shot against current champion Cole Konrad in three to four weeks.

Aside from that, a solid night of lightweight fights packed the MTV2 card, including Patricky “Pitbull” Freire taking on Lloyd Woodard in the main event.

Woodard Submits “Pitbull”

In the new main event of the night, Lloyd Woodard and Patricky Freire both put on great performances, but it was Woodard who was able to submit the Brazilian in the second round by kimura.

Both men clinched up in the beginning, and after a knee landed low to Freire, time was called in just the opening seconds. After the bout resumed, both men put on a show. The two lightweights didn’t mess around, and pushed the pace. The round was very even, but would give it to “Pitbull” due to more damage done to Woodard. Great way to kick off the main event.

Bombs were thrown back and forth to kick off the second. Freire and Woodard went toe-to-toe for about 15 seconds until the fight somehow found its way to the ground. Out of nowhere, Woodard locked up a kimura, and with a good hold on the arm of Freire, dislocated it forcing “Pitbull” to tap.

After an action-packed fight that should earn Fight of the Night, Lloyd Woodard moves on to the semifinals of the lightweight tourney.

Hawn Knocks Out Tirloni in Lightweight Debut

Rick Hawn made his lightweight debut on Friday, and went on to knockout Ricardo Tirloni in the first round.

As the two stood and felt each other out, no definite advantage went to either man as far as reach. However, Hawn was the one always pressing forward, and it played to his advantage. Hawn rocked Tirloni with a strike, dropping him to the mat, and delivered hammerfists to his opponent to get his first win as a lightweight.

Hawn moves on to try and win two more bouts that will earn him a shot at the lightweight championship.

Weedman Forces Ambrose to Tap

In the second lightweight tournament bout of the night, Brent Weedman got back on a roll by defeating J.J. Ambrose by submission in the second round.

Right from the start, Weedman landed a punch that dropped Ambrose, but Weedman actually let his opponent up. From there, Weedman landed again, finishing off with a solid takedown. The ground game in this round gave fans what transition work really looks like. At one point it appeared Ambrose had a good position for a choke from the bottom, but after many scrambles, Weedman gained full mount, transferring over to his opponent’s back where he stayed the majority of the round.

Weedman was able to take the fight to the mat again in the second round, and put Ambrose in the brutal crucifix position. Ambrose escaped that, but still on his back with Weedman in side control. With Weedman’s shoulder putting pressure down to the throat of Ambrose, it forced him to tap.

With the submission win, Weedman also moves on to the semifinals.

Michel Squeezes Past Nazare

Thiago Michel and Rene Nazare opened up the MTV2 broadcast, where Michel earned a spot in the semifinals by earning a split decision victory.

The first two rounds were both in favor of Michel. The Brazilian decided to keep the fight standing, which gave him ten minutes to strike with his hands and leg kicks. It wasn’t as if Michel was dominating Nazare though. Nazare got in a few punches, but not enough to be up on the cards going into the final round.

In the third and final round, Michel stayed on his feet the majority of the round, controlling his opponent, but Nazare landed a takedown to gain some momentum. But would it be enough to cancel out the pinpoint striking Michel displayed in the opening two rounds?

In the end it wasn’t, and Thiago Michel earned the narrow win by split decision.

Main Card Results

Lloyd Woodard def. Patricky Freire by submission (kimura). Round 2, 1:46

Rick Hawn def. Ricardo Tirloni by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:36

Brent Weedman def. J.J. Ambrose by submission (Von Flue choke). Round 2, 3:26

Thiago Michel def. Rene Nazare by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Preliminary Card Results

Luis Vega def. Sonny Luque by submission (arm triangle choke). Round 1, 3:43

Chris Jones def. Steven Peterson by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

Dave Jansen def. Jacob Kirwan by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Rad Martinez def. Douglas Frey by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:08

Sean Spencer def. Joseph Daily by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 1:24

Photo: Lloyd Woodard (top) submits Patricky Freire (Bellator)

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