- 18-4-1 MMA / 3-1 Bellator Record
- Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
- Notable Wins: Marcus Vanttinen, Tim Carpenter, Richard Hale
- 28-4-2 MMA / 4-0 Bellator Record
- 8 Fight Win Streak
- Notable Wins: Jonas Billstein, Emanuel Newton, Travis Wiuff
February 28th, 2013
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Santa Ana Star Center
In 2011, Christian M’Pumbu became Bellator’s first light heavyweight champion with three consecutive TKO victories over Chris Davis, Tim Carpenter, and Richard Hale. M’Pumbu also became the first Bellator champion to lose a non-title fight, dropping a unanimous decision to Travis Wiuff at Bellator 55.
Attila Vegh had an interesting run in last season’s 205-pound tournament, to earn a shot at a Bellator world title. Vegh impressed in the opening round, earning a rear naked choke victory at the one-minute mark against Zelg Galesic. He then won a controversial split decision against Emanuel Newton, a fight many believe Newton earned the victory. In the finale, Vegh left no doubt, knocking out Travis Wiuff in just 25-seconds in the first round.