Zayats dominates Noe to advance to 205-pound finals
Mikhail Zayats continued to impress in his brief Bellator career, dominating Jacob Noe from start to finish to advance to the Season 8 light heavyweight tournament finals.
Zayats danced outside early, then caught a Noe leg kick and landed a big right hand that planted Noe on the canvas. Zayats followed him to the ground and tried to go to work as Noe settled into half-guard. Zayats peppered in shots to the body when he could, but Noe did well defensively before trying to sweep out.
Just past the midway point of the round, Zayats passed to full mount. Noe tried to muscle his way back out, but Zayats retained the mount and began boxing Noe's head.
When Noe tried to roll out, Zayats latched on to his right arm and went to work on a straight arm bar. He got it, fell back to crank and Noe quickly was forced to tap at the 3:38 mark of the first.
After his first-round TKO of Renato "Babalu" Sobral in the opening round, Zayats (21-6 MMA, 2-0 BFC) now has two straight first-round finishes in Bellator and seven straight wins overall. Noe (11-2 MMA, 2-1 BFC) had a nine-fight win streak snapped and lost for the first time in more than three and a half years.