Eddie Alvarez put a close on his Bellator career with a huge, emphatic head kick knockout victory over Patricky Freire at Bellator 76.

The main event didn’t fail to provide fireworks with the the early knockout and Alvarez’s celebration in the stands in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Alvarez was one of five fighters on the Bellator 76 card to finish his fight in the first round.

Also in addition to Alvarez’s final fight was the featherweight tournament quarterfinals that saw Wagnney Fabiano, Rad Martinez, Mike Richman and Shahbulat Shamhalaev advance to the semifinals later this season.

Alvarez scores huge knockout win over Freire

The fight began with the two fighters feeling each other out, but after a minute Eddie Alvarez clipped Patricky Freire with a left hand. Then while Alvarez was pouncing, Freire caught Alvarez and then it was Alvarez backpeddling. Freire landed a few good knees before the two separated. The two then slowed down for most of the remaining fight, but then with ten seconds left, Alvarez laid out Freire with a solid head kick that just shattered Freire’s face. Alvarez followed up with a few punches to Freire and the referee jumped in signaling an end to the fight and the end of Alvarez’s Bellator tenure.

Martinez takes hard fought unanimous decision win over Malegarie

Nazareno Malegarie came out swinging and pressing forward. Rad Martinez countered,  stalking Malegarie. Martinez eventually fell forward during one of Malgearie’s combination, but nothing came of the slip.  Malegarie began to bleed from the nose. The two eventually traded back-and-forth and Martinez clipped Malegarie with a right hand that sent Malegarie backpeddling. Martinez went for a takedown to end the round and got it, possibly sealing the round.

The second round began with the two feeling each other out some more early on. Martinez again looked for a takedown but didn’t get it. Martinez landed clean power shots, but Malegarie surprisingly stayed standing.

In the final round, the two traded for a little bit before Martinez landed another takedown. Malegarie then swept Martinez to get into mount, but Martinez was able to get back to his feet after the sweep. Martinez then worked hard to get a single leg takedown against the cage but could’t hold Malgarie down for more than a few seconds. Martinez slowed down, visibly breathing heavy and throwing lazy shots.

Malegarie tried to push the pace and force Martinez to fight fast, but Martinez eventually clinched and clipped Malegarie with a left hand. Martinez again landed some nice shots towards the end and tried to ice the round with a takedown with just under 15 seconds to go. Martinez took the fight 30-27 on all three judges’ scorecards.

Fabiano earns first-round submission by armbar

The two featherweights opened the fight feeling each other out. Wagnney Fabiano eventually got a trip and ended up on top of Akop Stepanyan. Stepanyan got back up, but was unable to stay standing for long. Fabiano eventually ended up in mount and went belly down for an armbar, fully extending.

After about 20 seconds being in the armbar, Stepanyan eventually gave in, giving Fabiano the first-round submission win.

Richman gets the early knockout victory over Spoon

Literally two seconds after the announcers were talking about how Jeremy Spoon wanted to get this fight to the ground and Mike Richman wanted to keep it standing, Richman landed a  head kick that grazed Spoon’s head just in the right spot, landing the knockout.

Richman now advances to the semifinals with the lightning-fast win.

Shamhalaev wins by TKO, becomes first semifinalist

The fight began without much happening until Cody Bollinger landed an inside low kick right to the groin of Shahbulat Shamhalaev. Shamhalaev went right back at it eventually getting into the guard of Bollinger after Bollinger slipped and fell.

Shamhalaev attacked Bollinger with strikes from inside the guard. Bollinger turtled, taking more and more shots from Shamhalaev. The referee intervened, handing Shamhalaev a first-round TKO.

Eddie Alvarez def. Patricky Freire by knockout. Round 1, 4:54
Rad Martinez def. Nazareno Malegarie by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Wagnney Fabiano def. Akop Stepanyan by submission (armbar). Round 1, 3:24
Mike Richman def. Jeremy Spoon by knockout. Round 1, :23
Shahbulat Shamhalaev def. Cody Bollinger by TKO. Round 1, 4:49
Magomedrasul Khasbulaev def. Nayeb Hezam by TKO. Round 1, :24
Jason Fischer def. Kyle Prepolec by submission (head and arm choke). Round 3, 3:19
Chad Laprise def. Ainsley Robinson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ali Mokdad def. Simon Marini by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Dom O’Grady def. A.J. Matthews by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Photo: Eddie Alvarez (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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Sal DeRose
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