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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-31-2013, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Vitaly Minakov was the victim of a questionable point deduction in the second round – but he made sure it didn't ultimately matter. Minakov pounded out Ryan Martinez late in the third round of their heavyweight tournament final, punching his ticket to a title shot against Bellator champ Alexander Volkov. Minakov wanted to get the fight to the ground against Martinez, but Martinez continually proved tough to get there. The two slugged it out early, with Martinez holding his own – but getting plenty bloody in the process. In the second, Minakov landed a knee to the groin – and without warning, he had a point taken away. That could've opened the door for Martinez in the third, but Minakov instead got the fight to the canvas and chased a rear-naked choke. When that wasn't happening, he simply pounded away at Martinez's face and head until he finally earned the stoppage at the 4:02 mark. Minakov (12-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) stayed unbeaten and now meets Volkov for the title, likely sometime this fall. Martinez (10-2 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) had his three-fight win streak snapped. Result: Vitaly Minakov def. Ryan Martinez via TKO (punches) - Round 3, 4:02

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