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Dantas wins bantamweight tournament, heavyweight final ends in a no contest at Bellator 59

Bellator has the stage all to themselves tonight as they wrap up what has been an outstanding season 5. Coming to us live from Caesars Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey it’s Bellator 59. As always, Five Ounces of Pain will provide complete results including a fight recap of all the live televised action.

The action kicks off at 7PM EST with the preliminary card streaming live on Then at 9PM EST the main card goes live on MTV2 and EPIX HD.

Bellator 59 is headlined by two tournament finals. In the main event, heavyweights collide as Thiago Santos battles Eric Prindle with the winner earning a title shot against champion Cole Konrad. The co-main event features the bantamweight tournament finals between Alexis Vila and Eduardo Dantas. The winner of the bout will fight champion Zach Makovsky in season 6.


Gregory Milliard def. Brandon Saling via Unanimous Decision
Scott Heckman def. Brylan Van Artsdalen via Submission Round 1 (Standing Modified Guillotine)
Lucas Pimenta def. Doug Gordon via TKO Round 1 (Elbows)
LeVon Maynard def. Chris Wing via Unanimous Decision
Karl Amoussou def. Jesus Martinez via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)


Marcin Held vs. Phillipe Nover

Fight Recap: First round was close with Held constantly going for leg locks, including rolling for one while standing and diving for one while on his back. When it was on the feet, Nover got the better of things on the feet but Held was very aggressive off his back. The second round was more clear cut as Held couldn’t mount anything off his back with Nover made him pay with some heavy ground and pound. Held was very aggressive in the third but Nover stayed calm, weathered the storm, and then took over with his wrestling. Held kept going for leg locks but Held avoided them and made him pay. Good fight with plenty of action. Nover should take the decision.

Marcin Held def. Phillipe Nover via Split Decision

Eduardo Dantas vs. Alexis Vila

Fight Recap: Vila scored with an early and late takedown in round one but did nothing with them. The rest of the round was spent in the clinch with Vila controlling the majority of the action. Neither man did much damage though. Vila had less success getting takedowns and closing the distance in the second round, which allowed Dantas to open up on the feet and score with some good punches and knees. This fight should be even heading into the third. Dantas continued to get the better of things in the stand up in round three. During a scramble, Dantas got the back of Vila and held the position for nearly half the round, trying but failing to finish with the rear naked choke. Dantas won rounds two and three, which should give him the decision.

Result: Eduardo Dantas def. Alexis Vila via Unanimous Decision

Patricky Freire vs. Kurt Pellegrino

Fight Recap: Freire dropped Pellegrino early with a right hand. Pellegrino dove for a leg but Freire kept pounding on him until the ref stopped the fight. The stoppage was a bit questionable as Pellegrino was trying to roll and move but Freire did have both arms trapped and was landing some good hammerfists.

Result: Patricky Freire def. Kurt Pellegrino via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)

Eric Prindle vs. Thiago Santos

Fight Recap: Santos got a couple of early takedowns and then, while he was standing over Prindle, field goal kicked him in the groin. The fight was halted and Prindle took his time to try and shake off the pain. After consulting with the doctors, it was ruled that Prindle couldn’t continue. The most anti-climatic ending ever. The bout is ruled a no contest, which means the two men will rematch at a later date.

Result: Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos ends via No Contest (Illegal Groin Strikes)


    Santos kicked Prindle directly in the sphincter-I have seen much worse where the fighters continued-but to each their own-Dantas and that whole Nova Uniao camp is full of scary smaller fighters-Team Alpha Male better watch their backs-Pellegrino looked softer than usual and should have taken an easier fight after his first retirement speech-the Pitbull brothers are no easy task for any one in their divisions-Let alone a lower end LW coming off a big lay off-Enjoyed some of the prelims too

  • Rece Rock says:

    Pellagrino prob wasn’t going to win that fight any way BUT that was a early stoppage… IMO

    The HW main event was disapointing Prindle got a 265lb thrusted big toe to his ABC (AssBallConnector), and I can imagine that hurting but even my aunt called him a pussy… oh the joys of watching mma with crazy family members.


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