Nick Ring returned to the cage after a three years on the sidelines and there was no rust on the man as he submitted Isidro Gonzalez in less than a minute with a guillotine choke.
Alex Andrade came back into the Bellator fold and turned in a dominating performance against Christian Fulgram. Andrade fired his whole arsenal – a fuisillade of rights and lefts – and shut the bout down in just over two minutes.
In the heavyweights arena, former LSU football star Shawn Jordan impressed Tiger fans by taking out fellow Louisianan Jayme McKinney 30 seconds into the second round.
All of the Bellator IX action will air on ESPN Deportes Saturday, May 30. The full fight card results are below:
Bellator IX Middleweight Semi-Final Tournament bouts:
185 lbs. – Yosmany Cabezas (8-2) vs. Jared Hess (8-0-1) Hess by TKO at 14:26
185 lbs. – Damien Stelly (9-3) vs. Hector Lombard (19-2) Lombard by TKO (strikes) at 2:56
Bellator IX Non-tournament bouts:
185 lbs. – Isidro Gonzalez (16-13) vs. Nick Ring (8-0) Ring by submission (guillotine) at 0:39
145 lbs. – Shad Lierley (5-2) vs. Nate Murdock (6-5) Lierley by unanimous decision
185 lbs. – Christian Fulgram (10-3) vs. Alex Andrade (8-5) Andrade by TKO at 2:01
HWT – Shawn Jordan (1-0) vs. Jayme McKinney (5-4) Jordan by submission at 5:30
175 lbs. – Dan Keenan (0-1) vs. Chan Leonhardt (3-1) Leonhardt by KO at 3:03
155 lbs. – Chas Skelly (3-0) vs. Mike Braswell (4-3) Skelly by split decision
Bellator Fighting Championships’ premiere season consists of 12 two-hour events broadcast weekly in primetime on Saturday nights on ESPN Deportes.
The English-language broadcast becomes available on www.Bellator.com each Wednesday. The nationally televised events feature a combination of tournament and non-tournament special feature bouts.
There are four simultaneous tournaments taking place in season one over a three month period: one in each of the Featherweight (145 lb.), Lightweight (155 lb.), Welterweight (170 lb.) and Middleweight (185 lb.) divisions.