Bellator's second season has thus far been very successful. We have seen submissions, knockouts, and fighters we thought would go all the way mess up, only to have the unknowns rise to the top.
This is all the plan of Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, and a masterful plan it is. Tournament style fighting, as he often says, "leaves a fighter's destiny in his own hands." The more Bellator grows, the more excited we become.
Listed are the ten best moments of Bellator Season Two.
Joe Warren fights out of Eric Marriott's deep triangle submission attempt. Although it was close, the bell actually rang after Warren pulled out of the submission attempt, which shows just how much heart Warren has.
Soto, the current featherweight champion, is undefeated, and he looks to possibly stay that way.
Soto stopped Saraiva before round 2 could even start. In round 1, he landed a strong elbow to Saraiva's forehead, which eventually made Saraiva unable to continue due to doctor's stoppage.
Bryan Baker submits Eric Shambari in the first round by triangle choke in round 1. Baker was overpowering and outstriking Shambari when the two were standing, so Shambari decided to take Baker to the ground.
Almost immediately, Baker sunk a triangle choke that made the fight end in under 3 minutes.
Curran is a patient fighter. Patience combined with awesome power has helped him get to the championship match against Alvarez.
When Curran faced Ricci, he patiently kept his distance, apparently feeling out Ricci's style when BAM! Curran knocked Ricci out in the first round out of nowhere.
One thing Huerta was clear about in the post fight press conference after fighting Hinton was that Hinton is a truly powerful fighter. He said he had no idea he'd be that strong, so that's why Huerta had to pul out his significant experience advantage.
Hinton took Huerta's back a number of time in the match, though only in the standing position. The last time he did, Huerta summersaulted, landing in a dominant position.
Joe Warren pulled out of five submission attempts by Georgi Karakhanyan. Despite Karakhanyan being a lot more experienced and taller, Warren used his heart to get out of guillotine chokes, armbar and heel hook attempts where most fighters would have tapped.
Warren's upcoming match against Patricio Pitbull will no doubt indeed be one to remember.
Dan Hornbuckle defeats Steve Carl in the first round by Kimura. Hornbuckle did a reverse body triangle on Carl with Carl in the top position on the ground.
He gripped a Kimura, and in beautiful Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fashion, he kicked his outer leg over Carl's back to finish the submission.
Karakhanyan, a little known submission artist, went against a highly experienced Quach, who on paper had superior striking. Not so the night he met Karakhanyan.
Karakhanyan decided to clinch Quach and throw a perfectly timed knee to his chin, thus knocking him out cold.
Neer is a tough fighter, but it only took two rounds for Alvarez to submit the UFC veteran by rear naked choke. Alvarez will fight to defend his title against Pat Curran in the Bellator Season Two Lightweight Championship.
Not much to say here...about the time it took Lombard to beat Silva, that is. But everything can be said about Lombard's ability to maintain his status as possibly being the most dangerous middleweight fighter in the world.
Lombard is a beast of a fighter at 185 lbs, and anyone looking to dethrone him ought to bring a whole arsenal of skills, power and strategy, because he won't be stepping down anytime soon.
Lombard is a true champion.