Luis Alberto Nogueria def. Zak Laird via Submission (Rd 1, 0:51)
David Rickles def. Levi Avera via Submission (Rd 2, 1:06)
Raphael Davis def. Myron Dennis via KO (Rd 2, 0:29)
AJ Matthews def. Rudy Bears via Decision
Giva Santana def. Darryl Cobb via Submission (Rd 1, 2:00)
Emanuel Brooks def. Greg Scott via TKO (Rd 2, 2:40)
Thiago Santos def. Josh Burns via Submission (Rd 1, 2:23)
Ronnie Mann def. Kenny Foster via Submission (Rd 1, 3:51)
Douglas Lima def. Chris Lozano via KO (Rd 2, 3:14)
Ben Saunders def. Luis Santos via Submission Rd 3, 1:45)
Douglas Lima will meet Ben Saunders at Bellator 56 in the Welterweight Finals. The winner will get a shot at Ben Askren for his title.
During the heavyweight fights a week ago Mike Hayes was injured against Neil Grove. If he isn’t ready to fight Thiago Santos will take his place. Santos had Visa trouble and was originally scheduled to fight in the tournament.
Throwdown Zone: How’s training for your upcoming fight going?
Duane Bastress: Training is going extremely well for this fight! Cardio is great and our gameplan is awesome for the fight. I’ve had some great training partners and one is fighting on the card with me, Lewis The Beast Rumsey!
TZ: With you being a wrestler and your opponents good submission skills do you focus more on your standup game?
DB: As a wrestler I always focus on my stand-up. However, I feel I need to work every position that I may find myself in during a fight! I train every aspect at 100%!
TZ: Is there a particular fighter you would like to fight in Bellator in the future?
DB: Honestly, there is no one in particular that I want to fight. I am only concentrating on Daniel Gracie, that’s the only thing that matters right now! My coaches and I will worry about our next opponent when that time comes! Plus I’ve never been into calling people out, it’s not really my style.
TZ: What got you interested in MMA?
DB: I’ve been interested in it since I watched UFC on tv with my dad. I also watched my dad go and become a black belt. However I was asked to come train with a local pro and from there got introduced to mark Jovich who started training me and getting my first couple of fights. My dad, Chad Strawbridge & Tom Fleming have helped my fight game get to where it is now!
TZ: Any fighters you admired in MMA when you first got started?
DB: I admire George St. Pierre, Randy couture, and a few others! I would love the opportunity to train with or under those two!
TZ: Are you a fan of the UFC?
DB: I love the UFC! The goal is to be world champ for them someday! As well as for Bellator!
TZ: What fighters do you enjoy watching fight?
DB: I love watching St. Pierre, couture, Anderson silva, Jose Aldo, Dominick cruise, Frankie Edgar, jon jones, and overall any fighter. I feel like that I can learn from anyone so I enjoy watchingthe fights and seeing what will work for me!
TZ: I love watching St. Pierre, couture, Anderson silva, Jose Aldo, Dominick cruise, Frankie Edgar, jon jones, and overall any fighter. I feel like that I can learn from anyone so I enjoy watchingthe fights and seeing what will work for m
DB: O boy, that’s a tough one to call. I wrestled at Bloomsburg while Frankie was at clarion. I love watching him fight and his footwork & technique on his feet. I will have to say that I think Frankie wins due to the fact that gray hit him with his beat shots last fight and couldn’t put him away and then Frankie fought him to a decision. That has to play on the mind of gray entering this fight! Either way it’ll be another great fight that I can’t wait to watch!
TZ: Thanks for your time and good luck with your fight.
DB: I’d like to also say thank you to my sponsors, tattoo fightwear, tap or sleep, cracked cup, jj fight cages, York college wrestling, Team Total Domination, & Fleming BJJ, as well as my family & friends!
Bellator Fighting Championships Middleweight Champion Hector “Shango” Lombard returns November 19th to fight former UFC veteran Trevor Prangley. The fight will be a 195 pound non title fight at Bellator 58.
Lombard has an amazing 24 fight win streak which dates back five years. Lombard is 30-2-1 in his career and his only losses are to Gegard Mousassi and Akihiro Gono in Pride Fighting Championships. Lombard currently holds the Bellator Middleweight Championship, CFC Middleweight Championship, and Australian Fighting Championships Middleweight Championship.
Lombard is considered by many to be the most excitinbg middleweight aside from UFC Champion Anderson Silva. 19 of Lombard’s 30 wins have been finished in the first round. Lombard has expressed interest in fighting former UFC title contender Nate Marquardt. It would be great to see Bellator sign Marquardt.
Prangley is 23-8-1 in his career but is 1-3-1 in his last five fights. He holds victories over Chael Sonnen and Keith Jardine.
Lombard released a statement through Bellator on his upcoming fight.
“I just want November to get here and knock someone out. It doesn’t matter who it is. I just want to do what I do, and that’s win. I don’t know much about Trevor but it doesn’t matter. I’ll be in front of my fans in Florida, and it’s going to be a show.”