Bellator 44 Results: Shlemenko Victorious, Lombard KO's VitalePosted on May 14, 2011, 10:55 PM by Joey Santosus
Bellator 44 delivered an exciting night of fights tonight from Caesar’s Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Xtreme Couture's Michael Chandler outworked Patricky "Pitbull" Freire in the headlining bout, picking up a unanimous decision victory to become the Bellator season 4 Lightweight Tournament Champion, while Middleweight champ Hector Lombard improved his unbeaten streak to 23 with a third-round knockout win over Falaniko Vitale in the co-main event. Giedrius Karavackas bounced back from a rocky start to submit Sam Oropeza late in the third and Alexander Shlemenko outstruck Brett Cooper en-route to a unanimous decision victory.
Lightweight Tournament Champion Michael Chandler is rewarded a $100k cash prize, as well as a future shot at the division title holder Eddie Alvarez.
Michael Chandler def. Patricky "Pitbull" Freire via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Hector Lombard def. Falaniko Vitale via knockout (punch) - Round 3, 0:54
Giedrius Karavackas def. Sam Oropeza via submission (scarf-hold armlock) - Round 3, 3:59
Alexander Shlemenko def. Brett Cooper via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-28, 29-28)