For a man who had more submission victories than knockout victories, Christian M’Pumbu became a force at Bellator 42 against Tim Carpenter.
M’Pumbu entered the fight coming off of a third-round knockout win in the quarterfinals of Bellator’s first ever light heavyweight tournament against Chris Davis.
Carpenter, on the other hand, entered coming off of a split decision victory over Daniel Gracie and was a perfect 7-0.
Now that the scene is set, enter this semifinal matchup at Bellator 42. M’Pumbu threw one nice left hand that landed.
Then, once again, M’Pumbu went to his left hand, which helped set up the devastating right hand that stunned Carpenter. M’Pumbu threw one more right hand that dropped Carpenter and sent M’Pumbu into the finals of the inaugural Bellator light heavyweight tournament.
After this fight Tim Carpenter has yet to have an opponent, coming off of the first loss in his professional MMA career.
M’Pumbu would go on and fight Richard Hale at Bellator 45, and yet again notched another knockout win in the third round to become Bellator’s first ever light heavyweight champion.
M’Pumbu now holds seven career victories by knockout, with three of those coming in each round of the Bellator light heavyweight tournament.
M’Pumbu is currently 18-3-1 with that fight against Hale coming last month.
You can also watch Blake Dreisbach’s “Submission of the Day” video, here!