The promotion started its fourth season Saturday with Bellator 35, featuring the opening round of the organization’s latest eight-man welterweight tourney. Results from the bouts in Lemoore, Calif.:
- Lyman Good def. Chris Lozano via unanimous decision
- Rick Hawn def. “Judo” Jim Wallhead via unanimous decision
- Jay Hieron def. Anthony Lapsely via 1st-round rear-naked choke
- Brent Weedman def. Dan Hornbuckle via unanimous decision
Hieron’s win over Lapsely wasn’t without controversy. Several seconds after Hieron attempted the choke, Lapsely didn’t respond when his arm was grabbed by referee Josh Rosenthal, prompting a stoppage. But Lapsely immediately started to protest when the fight was halted.
Weedman eked out his win over Hornbuckle, with the first two rounds being especially close. A number of observers, including USA TODAY, scored the fight for Hornbuckle. The Lemoore crowd booed the decision for Weedman when it was officially announced.
Also at Bellator 35, the winner of last year’s women’s tournament, Zoila Frausto, earned a decision win over Karina Hallinan in their 125-pound bout. Frausto, who received the 115-pound title for winning the tourney last year, avenged an earlier loss to Hallinan. Frausto wants to keep fighting at 125 pounds and says the cut to 115 pounds has become too difficult.