Weichel earns shot at Bellator title


Daniel Weichel used a rear-naked choke to finish the Bellator MMA featherweight tournament finals, but it was really the counter right hand that won him the fight.

Weichel (34-8) hurt Desmond Green on the feet before finishing him on the ground in the main event of Bellator 119 on Friday in Rama, Canada. A rear-naked choke by Weichel produced a tap at 2:07 of the second round.

The result earns Weichel a future shot at the Bellator featherweight title. Current champion Pat Curran is scheduled to defend the belt against Patricio Freire in June.

"I have no words," Weichel said. "This is a dream come true. We always try to go for the finish. When I see the opportunity, I go for it."

A counter right hand from Weichel stunned Green (11-3) early in the second round. A former collegiate wrestler, Green grew heavy on takedown attempts after the shot, which eventually gave Weichel an opportunity to scramble and take his back.

It's the second time in the tournament the German fighter ended a fight via rear-naked choke. He finished Scott Cleve with one in the tournament's opening round.

The right hand was a major weapon for Weichel from the opening bell. He landed it twice in the first frame, which prompted Green to try and utilize his wrestling. Green scored one takedown late but failed to keep Weichel down.

After getting rocked early in the next round, Green managed to slow the fight down with a single-leg attempt and even landed a hard right of his own moments later -- but he never fully recovered.

Weichel landed another right hand after feinting a kick and took Green's back on the ensuing takedown attempt.

The victory extends Weichel's win streak to six, including five submissions. Green, 24, falls to 3-2 in the Bellator cage.

Alessio rebounds to top Wisely

Veteran Canadian lightweight John Alessio earned his first victory since March 2012 in a unanimous decision over Eric Wisely.

Alessio (35-17) took advantage of his size and superior top game en route to an easy win on the scorecards. All three judges scored it a shutout for Alessio, 30-27.

Immediately, it was clear Wisely (22-9) wished to stick and move against his bigger opponent -- but he forgot the "stick" part. He refused to engage Alessio on the feet throughout the fight, frustrating his opponent and the crowd while doing so.

Alessio jumped out to an early lead in the first round, taking Wisely down and working ground and pound. Wisely's strategy off his back was as puzzling as it was on the feet, as he basically closed his guard and looked to stall. He never attempted a submission or came close to getting back to his feet.

A painfully slow second round followed, as Alessio essentially chased Wisely around the cage for five minutes. In the third, another takedown for Alessio was all she wrote, as he easily maintained top position the majority of the round.

Alessio snaps a three-fight losing streak with the win. He made his Bellator debut in September and lost via unanimous decision to Will Brooks.

Zaromskis handles Anderson

Marius Zaromskis snapped a two-fight skid with a convincing unanimous-decision win over Vaughn Anderson in a non-tournament welterweight bout.

Zaromskis (20-8) dominated Anderson in a mostly standup fight, nearly knocking him out on several occasions in the final two rounds. All three judges scored it for the Lithuanian -- 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

Anderson (16-3-1) held his own early and even dropped Zaromskis with a short right hand in the opening round. He struggled to avoid Zaromskis' counter left, however, and surrendered a knockdown later in the round due to a body shot.

The fight really started to fall apart for Anderson in the second round as Zaromskis made a habit of landing outside leg kicks at the end of combinations. The volume of kicks took a visible toll on Anderson's lead leg.

A confident Zaromskis continued to pour it on in the last frame of the bout. He started an early combination with his hands and finished with a left head kick that nearly put Anderson away. The Canadian attempted to slow things with a takedown, but Zaromskis defended it easily.

Prior to the win, Zaromskis had dropped back-to-back fights to Andrey Koreshkov and Brent Weedman. Fighting out of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California, he's now 4-2 inside the Bellator cage.

Butler, Rossborough fight to a draw

One of the worst heavyweight fights in recent memory resulted in a majority draw, thanks mostly to an ugly head-butt foul in the first round.

Former professional boxer Raphael Butler (8-0-1) was penalized a point early in the fight when he intentionally rammed the back of his head into Nick Rossborough, who had taken his back.

The foul, as ugly as it was, actually had the desired effect for Butler. After taking a point away, referee Graham Bettes inexplicably restarted Butler and Rossborough (23-18-1) on the feet instead of the original position.

Rossborough's only good moments in the fight took place in the first round. After eating a few right hands by Butler, he responded with a clean left hook that dropped Butler, which provided the opportunity to take his back.

Early in the second round, however, it was obvious Rossborough was gassed. Butler had an easy time taking him down the rest of the way, which led to the majority 28-28 scores. One judge scored it for Butler, 28-27.

It's the first time in his MMA career that Butler has failed to finish an opponent. Rossborough, 32, falls to 1-3 in his last four bouts.