Bellator 38: A Night of Upsets and Unforgettable Fights

Bellator 38, held on March 26, 2011, was a night of thrilling fights and unexpected outcomes. The event took place at Harrah’s Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, and was broadcasted on MTV 2. The event was marked by nine intense MMA bouts, each one more exciting than the last.

The main event of the evening was a light-heavyweight tournament, the first of its kind in Bellator history. The tournament featured eight fighters, with the winner set to earn $100,000 in total pay and the first-ever 205-pound title in Bellator.

The night was particularly memorable for two reasons: Bellator’s second-ever inverted-triangle choke and a performance by the night’s officials that left much to be desired.

In the main event, Tim Carpenter, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, was given little chance of victory by oddsmakers and industry insiders. However, Carpenter proved them wrong by getting the better of the standup and holding his own on the mat to earn a closely contested victory over Daniel Gracie.

Another highlight of the night was the fight between Christian M’Pumbu and Chris Davis. M’Pumbu, an M-1 vet making his Bellator debut, got the better of the striking early on, but Davis took the fight to the mat and won the first round with a steady and extended ground-and-pound assault. The second round played out much like the first, with M’Pumbu mixing in some triangle choke and kneebar attempts, but Davis aptly defended against both and delivered the majority of offense in the round.

The preliminary card also featured some exciting fights. Austin Lyons defeated Jimmy Van Horn via submission (armbar) in the first round, while Jake Underwood defeated Tim Galluzzi via submission (triangle choke) in the first round. Cody Donovan won against Brian Albin via unanimous decision, and Blagoi Ivanov defeated William Penn via TKO (strikes) in the first round.

In conclusion, Bellator 38 was a night of thrilling fights and unexpected outcomes. The event showcased the unpredictability and excitement of MMA, with each fight offering its own unique story. Whether it was the underdog victories, the thrilling submissions, or the intense back-and-forth battles, Bellator 38 was a night to remember for MMA fans.


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