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Volkov defeats Hale for Bellator title

Updated: December 15, 2012, 12:14 AM ET
By Josh Gross | ESPN.com

Alexander Volkov trumped Richard Hale on Friday night to capture the vacated Bellator heavyweight championship at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.

Bellator 84, the final card of the promotion's seventh tournament season, culminated with Volkov taking the belt, which sat without an owner after Cole Konrad retired in September, and $100,000 following a measured main event. Three judges scored the contest 49-46 for the 24-year-old Russian, whose countering tactics and rangy ...

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