Notable Wins: Georgi Karakhanyan, Diego Nunes, Daniel Straus
13-5 MMA / 2-0 Bellator Record
2 Fight Win Streak
Notable Wins: Joe Taimanglo, Rodrigo Damm, Akop Stepanyan
November 15th, 2013
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Ovation Hall at Revel Atlantic City
Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire once again finds himself one win away from a shot at the Bellator featherweight title. He’s cruised through season nine’s tourney with a first round knockout win over UFC-veteran Diego Nunes, and a decision victory over Fabricio Guerreiro. Freire has won two previous Bellator tournaments, but came up short against Joe Warren and Pat Curran to become their champion.
Long-time Strikeforce veteran, Justin Wilcox took a spot in the finale in his first career Bellator tournament, earning wins over Akop Stepanyan and Joe Taimanglo in the first two rounds. Wilcox went 5-2 in Strikeforce, but didn’t make the transfer to the UFC after back-to-back losses to Caros Fodor and Jorge Masvidal.
Alexander Shlemenko (48-7) vs Doug Marshall (18-6) – Middleweight Title Fight
Patricio Freire (20-2) vs Justin Wilcox (13-5) – Featherweight Tournament Finale
Patricio Freire proved once again he’s one of the top featherweight fighters in the world, stopping former UFC standout, Diego Nunes in the first round. He’s now won five out his last six fights, only losing a closely-contested split decision to champ Pat Curran at Bellator 85.
Fabricio Guerreiro earned his first Bellator victory and advanced to the semifinals with a unanimous decision win over Desmond Green in the opening round of this year’s featherweight tournament. Guerreiro made his promotional debut in Bellator’s season eight’s tournament, but exited in the quarterfinals after being submitted by Magomedrasul Khasbulaev.
Joe Taimanglo extended his current win streak to ten straight victories with a unanimous decision win over Andrew Fisher in the quarterfinals. Notable victories during the streak include a submission victory over UFC-veteran Per Eklund, and a submission win over Ronnie Rogers in his Bellator debut in March.
Former Strikeforce roster member, Just Wilcox returned to action for the first time in 14-months, to submit Akop Stepanyan in the second round to advance to this season’s 145-pound tournament quarterfinals. Wilcox wasn’t transferred to the UFC after the merger with Strikeforce, likely due to back-to-back losses against Caros Fodor and Jorge Masvidal.