Bellator VII goes viral

May, 18, 2009
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Rossen By Jake Rossen
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Installment siete of ESPN Deportes' Bellator Fighting Championships went off Friday in Chicago. Headliners Omar De La Cruz and Lyman Good advanced to the welterweight tournament final in June by defeating Dave Menne and Jorge Ortiz, respectively. (De La Cruz's crushing right hands have to be worse than soda on tooth enamel.)

On the undercard, Kerry Vera, wife of UFC light heavyweight Brandon Vera, made a successful MMA debut against Leslie Smith, winning via unanimous decision. Credit to Bellator for advancing the cause of equal rights: Women's bouts can last a full five minutes, not the three used (for no discernable reason) in other promotions.

Jake Rossen is a contributor to ESPN.com. His byline has appeared in the New York Times, Wired.com, and numerous other outlets. He began covering mixed martial arts in 1998.
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