VIDEO – Bellator 44 Results: Chandler Upsets 'Pitbull,' Lombard Stops Vitale

Hector Lombard lands yet another vicious right hand leaving Vitale slowly toppling to the ground.

One rule when Hector Lombard enters the cage — do not blink. In a Middleweight Non-Title Super Fight in Bellator 44, the Hawaiian UFC veteran Falaniko Vitale entered the cage with one of the most feared power-punchers, Bellator World Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard. It only took one heavy punch from the former Cuban Judo Olympian to put Falaniko to sleep in the third round.

Chandler Upsets ‘Pitbull,’ Lombard Stops Vitale

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Michael Chandler (top) made a statement at Bellator 44. | Photo: Keith Mills/

Michael Chandler was an unstoppable force on Saturday at Caesars in Atlantic City, N.J.With less than two years experience as a professional mixed martial artist, Chandler (8-0), a former D-1 wrestler at the University of Missouri, captured the Bellator Season 4 lightweight tournament crown.

Not even a nearly-swollen-shut left eye and a deducted point for repeated low blows could stop Chandler, as he had his way with heavy favorite Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (9-2) at Bellator 44, earning 29-27 scorecards from all three official judges en route to a unanimous decision.

“Patricky, he’s the man. You guys have seen his highlight reel, knocking dudes out,” said Chandler. “I just thank God [for] being here, and that we had a war.”

Chandler went toe-to-toe with the Brazilian for the majority of the first nine minutes until taking down the Anderson Silva training partner as round two waned. Chandler was able to do little with the position, but it gave his left eye a welcome rest from Freire’s right hand. The eventual winner had a point taken by referee Keith Peterson for a third low blow in the final stanza, but he was not to be denied, as he scored another takedown and landed heavy punches from the guard.

The Xtreme Couture product previously fought his way to the finals with hard-fought wins against Marcin Held and Lloyd Woodard.

K. Mills

Lombard (right) dropped Vitale.

Lombard Survives Slow Start to Flatten Vitale

One of MMA’s most potent finishers had trouble getting going Saturday, but Hector Lombard didn’t disappoint in the end against Falaniko Vitale.

Vitale used his reach and height advantage early to play keep away from the powerful Cuban judoka in rounds one and two, moving away from the American Top Team fighter’s fast hands. The crafty UFC andStrikeforce veteran found success with his straight right, but rarely felt comfortable enough in the pocket to pull the trigger.

Round three was a different story altogether however, as Lombard caught his opponent off guard with a right hook that relieved the Honolulu native of his senses. Vitale took a step and then crumbled to the canvas, forcing referee Dan Miragliotta to step in at the 0:54 mark.

“I don’t like to talk, I like to do,” said Lombard, now 29-2-1 (1 NC) with the win. “I want to ask [Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney] to bring these guys that have been talking a lot to bring it up here. We’ll do the business here.”

Widely regarded as one of the sport’s premier fighters not signed under the Zuffa banner, Lombard has now won 18 straight and is undefeated in his last 23 contests. His lone blemish in the near-five-year-span is a draw to “The Ultimate Fighter 11” cast memberKyle Noke in July 2007. He last tasted defeat against current Dream light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi at Pride Bushido 13 in November 2006.

Shlemenko Outpoints Cooper

Keith Mills

Shlemenko (left) bested Cooper.
Bellator Season 2 middleweight tournament championAlexander Shlemenko (39-7) punched his ticket for the promotion’s upcoming 185-pound bracket with an impressive display of striking against Shooto andInternational Fight League veteran Brett Cooper (13-7).Shlemenko landed at will with spinning-back kicks and fists in the opening period, working the body over and swelling both eyes of his foe. Cooper hung tough and landed a right-hand counter that caused a mouse to form on the left cheek of the European. Round two was much tighter, as Cooper was able to score two brief takedowns and largely avoid the dynamic attacks of the 26-year-old southpaw. With each fighter showing signs of fatigue, the final frame was an
entertaining slugfest that saw leather fly until the final bell.

In the end, the official judges saw the contest 30-27, 30-28 and 29-28 for the Russian.

BFC – Bellator Fighting Championships 44

May 14, 2011
Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Jay Silva Gemiyale Adkins Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
2 Jeff Lentz Anthony Leone Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
3 Alexander Shlemenko Brett Cooper Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
4 Giedrius Karavackas Sam Oropeza Submission (Scarf Hold Armlock) 3 3:59
5 Hector Lombard Falaniko Vitale KO (Punch) 3 0:54
6 Michael Chandler Patricky Freire Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
7 Jamall Johnson Randy Smith Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2 4:16

Bellator 44 Live Results: Alexander Shlemenko vs Brett Cooper

 Round 1

Cooper puts his hands up and Shlemenko extends an arm to touch gloves. They do and Cooper throws a pair of low kicks. The first hits the leg of Shlemenko the second is caughta and Shlemenko clocks him with a counter punch. Cooper circles away and Shlemenko lands a pair of heavy body shots. He then lands a spinning back fist and Cooper shoots for a leg after absorbing the full impact.

Cooper throws a punch upstairs and it’s blocked and Shlemenko fires back with a body punch. He hurts Cooper with the next punch and drops him to the mat. Cooper rolls to his back and puts his guard up, nothing happens so the ref steps in the middle and let’s Cooper up.

Cooper lands a pair of leg kicks and Shlemenko misses with a spinning back fist but then chases Cooper until his back is to the fence. Cooper circles away from the cage. Shlemenko lands a spinning kick to the body and a hard spinning back fist to the jaw. Shlemenko hurts him with a right hand but Shlemenko  gets his bearings back throws a few more punches and Cooper drops him with another right hand. Shlemenko comes too quickly and is back to his feet. Cooper shoots for a takedown and does’t get it. Shlemenko stands over him and looks to pounce. Cooper jumps to his feet and shoots for a single leg, but Shlemenko sprawls well and stays out in a front choke position. Shlemenko is first to his feet and misses with a right hook but lands another spinning back fist. Shlemenko lands a straight left to the face with 10 seconds left and they run out of time.

Round 2

Cooper misses with a high kick and then shoots for the legs of Shlemenko. He misses the takedown and eats a hook to the head before getting back to his feet. Shlemenko throws another spinning back fist. This one is blocked and Cooper lands about three leg kicks before getting punched in the head again.

Cooper lands a leg kick and then his punch is blocked up top. Shlemenko pressures him up against the cage but Cooper works out of it. He throws a jab and a knee but Shlemenko catches the knee. Coop drops him with a punch and takes his back as Shlemenko returns to his feet. Cooper changes levels in search of a leg, but can’t get it, then shimmys up Shlemenko’s body returning to a body lock. Shlemenko won’t go down but it’s in a position to fire back either. He falls to a knee but gets back up and Cooper knees him in the ribs. Coopers tries to do a belly to back suplex but can’t complete the slam, he’s only able to use it to get from side to rear mount. Shlemenko scramble out the side door and gets back to his feet.

Shlemenko misses a right hook and then lands a heavy punch that’s right behind it. He shoots for Cooper’s legs and Cooper gets a body lock on him again. He shoots for the single leg and taked Shlemenko to a sitting position, the timekeepers signals 10 seconds left and Shlemenko gets back to his feet. He lands a right hand to the head of Cooper and another to the body before the bell.

Round 3

Shlemenko lands a powerful punch with his left and misses with a kick. He lands an overhand right and looks to clinch up but Cooper escapes. Shlemenko lands a hook to the body and continues to trade with him. Shlemenko looks for underhooks and Cooper lands a knee to back him up. Shlemenko stuns his opponent with a sharp right hand and then pushes him up agains the cage. He’s holding cooper there with a single underhook. He backs up and lands a spinning back first. Cooper comes at him and misses with a hook. Cooper shoots and Shlemenko sprawls. They work to their feet, Copper misses over the top with a hook and Shlemenko counters him.

Cooper shoots for a takedown and eats a flying knee to the head but it doesn’t put his lights out. He returns to his feet and eats a lot more punches from Shlemenko. With a minute left Cooper lands a solid uppercut and a hook to the body. He’s walking forward taking the fight to Shlemenko but has to be worried about those spinning back kicks and punches. The round ends with both men landing punches.

Official Result

Alexander Shlemenko def. Brett Cooper by Unanimous Decision [30-27, 30-28, 29-28].


Everyone expected this fight to be a war and it certainly didn’t disappoint, as it was non-stop action from the opening bell. It’s pretty amazing that this fight made it to the judge’s scorecard. It just goes to show the toughness of Shlemenko and Cooper. Shlemenko landed the cleaner, heavier shots throughout the fight and that ended up being the difference. Shlemenko really hurt Cooper on a number of occasions with well-timed spinning backfists. With the win, Shlemenko earns a spot in Bellator’s Season 5 middleweight tournament, although Cooper still remains a strong candidate for a slot as well following his performance tonight.


Chandler Earns Season 4 Lightweight Championship and $100,000

Atlantic City, NJ. (May 14, 2011) – In front of a sold out crowd, Bellator Fighting Championships crowned a new Lightweight Tournament Champion in Michael Chandler. Broadcast LIVE on MTV2 from Caesars in Atlantic City, NJ, Bellator 44 didn’t disappoint, as fans and viewers enjoyed another spectacular event. In addition to Chandler’s victory over Brazilian Knockout artist Patricky Pitbull and the $100,000 that goes with it, Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard added another knockout win and Alexander Shlemenko earned his way into the Season 5 Middleweight Tournament.”I was hugely impressed with the performances our fighters put forth in our cage tonight,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “The Pitbull-Chandler fight was an epic battle that had the audience out of their seats.  Mike Chandler is a very special talent at 155.  And, Lombard’s one-punch knockout was another Youtube KO for our Middleweight Champion.  A great crowd got to see great fights live here at Caesars.”Chandler entered the cage with confidence and an undefeated record, and elected to stand with the dangerous Patricky. It wasn’t long; however, before the NCAA wrestling standout forced the fight to the ground. The back and forth action took more of a toll on Patricky, as Chandler looked more energetic as the fight wound down. Despite losing a point for three low blows, Chandler impressed enough to win the decision and a shot against current Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez in what’s sure to be a highly anticipated main event.

In a Middleweight Non-Title Super Fight, Hawaiian born and UFC veteran Falaniko Vitale faced off against one of the most feared power-punchers and Bellator Middleweight World Champion Hector Lombard, the World Middleweight Champion. The fight started slow but one heavy punch from the former Cuban Judo Olympian changed that and put Falaniko down for good. In the end, Lombard’s pre-fight comment that it would be just “another day at the office” proved true.

In another heavily anticipated fight and Season 5 Middleweigt tournament qualifier, hard-hitting Brett Cooper took on Bellator Season 2 Tournament Champion Alexander Shlemenko. Cooper remained aggressive throughout but caught one too many spinning back fists from the unorthodox Russian striker. Shlemenko punched his ticket to Bellator’s next Middleweight tournament with a unanimous decision victory.

Official Main Card Results:

Michael Chandler def. Patricky Pitbull by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Hector Lombard def. Falaniko Vitale by KO (0:54, Round 3)

Alexander Shlemenko def. Brett Cooper by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-28, 29-28)

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