Bellator 132 kicked off 2015 for the promotion Friday night in Temecula, California, as Patricio “Pitbull” Freire remained featherweight champion.
Freire turned back the challenge of former titleholder Daniel Straus, locking up the win with a fourth round rear-naked choke.
Making his Bellator return, Georgi Karakhanyan choked out Bubba Jenkins in the first round. Karakhanyan, a former World Series of Fighting champion, locked up a guillotine early in the fight vs. the ex-NCAA wrestling champion.
Bellator president Scott Coker announced after the win that Karakhanyan will compete for the featherweight title next.
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) January 17, 2015
Virgil Zwicker claimed a split decision over Houston Alexander and Fernando Gonzalez opened the Spike TV main card with a decision win over Marius Zaromskis.
In early prelim action, Chris Herrera, Albert Morales, Derek Anderson, Steve Kozola, John Salter and Everett Cummings all earned finishes. Morales, Salter and Cummings scored submission victories, while Herrera, Anderson and Kozola earned knockouts.
Complete results can be found below:
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire def. Daniel Straus via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:49 of Round 4 to remain Bellator featherweight champion
Georgi Karakhanyan def. Bubba Jenkins via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 1:49 of Round 1
Virgil Zwicker def. Houston Alexander via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Fernando Gonzalez def. Marius Zaromskis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Everett Cummings def. Jason Glaza via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:55 of Round 2
John Salter def. Dustin Jacoby via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:33 of Round 2
Steve Kozola def. Jonathan Rivera via KO (strike) at 1:25 of Round 2
Derek Anderson def. Danny Navarro via TKO (strikes) at 3:51 of Round 3
Albert Morales def. Fabian Gonzalez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:12 of Round 2
Chris Herrera def. Luc Bondole via KO (strike) at 3:21 of Round 2