Mike Hayes, Blagoi Ivanov, Eric Prindle and Ron Sparks picked up victories Saturday night at Bellator 52 to advance in the Bellator heavyweight tournament.
“It was another great night in another full house at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Our heavyweights put on some explosive performances tonight, and I can’t wait for the semifinals later this month at Bellator 56 from Memorial Hall in Kansas City.”
Hayes stunned previous-season runner-up Neil Grove, scoring a split decision victory. Two judges awarded the fight 29-28 for Hayes, while one had it 29-28 for Grove.
Ivano defeated Zak Jensen via submission, Prindle topped Abe Wagner by unanimous decision, and Sparks knocked out Mark Holata.
Sparks needed just 84 seconds to defeat Holata, saying afterwards, “These guys are monsters… but I am the monster.”
The four will advance into the semifinals, which are slated to continue next year.
BELLATOR 52 RESULTS
Mike Hayes def. Neil Grove via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) in opening round of heavyweight tournament
Blagoi Ivanov def. Zak Jensen via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:35 of round two in opening round of heavyweight tournament
Eric Prindle def. Abe Wagner via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) in opening round of heavyweight tournament
Ron Sparks def. Mark Holata via knockout (punch) at 1:24 of round one in opening round of heavyweight tournament