Bellator 38 Results: Tim Carpenter Edges Out Decision Over Daniel Gracie

This is the live blog for Tim Carpenter vs. Daniel Gracie. Tim Carpenter is 6-0 in MMA. He last defeated Jamal Patterson at Bellator 33. Daniel Gracie is 5-2-1 in MMA. He returned from a four-year absence from the sport at Israel FC: Genesis on November 9th, where he beat Martin Wojcik by rear-naked choke.

Round 1 - Our referee for this contest is Dave Ferguson. Carpenter misses with a leg kick. Gracie lands an outside legkick. Now an inside. Now outside. Right hand from Carpenter drops Gracie. Gracie has full guard, controlling posture. Carpenter is half-guard now. Throwing short punches. Carpenter going body-head. Gracie trying to sit up, but Carpenter uses the fence to keep him pinned down. Carpenter uses strikes to mount. Gracie rolling, but rolls into an armbar. Gracie slips out, and ends up on top of Carpenter. Forty-five seconds left. Gracie passes into side control. Knee on belly. Punches from standing. Gracie gives up an arm with ten seconds to go. He pulls out and lands punches as the round ends.

SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for Tim Carpenter.

Round 2 - Gracie comes out aggressive to start the round. He has Carpenter pressed up against the fence. Gracie has an over-under body lock. Carpenter spins and has Gracie on the fence. Gracie tries a hip throw, but can't finish. Knee to the body from Carpenter. Nice left hand from Carpenter. Short rights from Gracie. They disengage. Nice leg kick from Gracie. Carpenter trips Gracie, and he has back control. Gracie rolls, grabs a single, and has Carpenter on his back. Nice upkick from Carpenter to a standing Gracie. Gracie's been bleeding for the last couple minutes. Nice right hand from Gracie. Passes to half-guard. Kimura attempt is short-lived for Carpenter. Thirty seconds left in the round. Gracie with nice punches to the body.

SB Nation scores the round 10-10.

Round 3 - Carpenter clinches and has Gracie up against the fence. Takedown for Carpenter. Short punches to the body. Gracie looking for a triangle. Omo plata for Gracie. Carpenter steps over. Weird position here. Carpenter has his legs wrapped around Gracie, who is facing away from him. Gracie turns around, and he passes to side control. Gracie looking for a farside armbar. Gracie lands a big right hand. Forty seconds left. Carpenter is bleeding around his left eye. Round ends as Gracie looks for a kimura.

SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for Daniel Gracie, and the bout a 29-29 draw.

Tim Carpenter defeats Daniel Gracie by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

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