This is the live blog for D.J. Linderman vs. Richard Hale. D.J. Linderman is 9-1. He defeated Raphael Davis at Bellator 38 to advance to the semifinals. Richard Hale is 16-3-1. Hale defeated Nik Fekete to advance past the quarterfinals.
Round 1 - Our referee for this bout is Kevin Nix. Hale has a couple inches on Linderman. Linderman looks more like a NASCAR driver. Hale opens with an outside leg kick. Follows with an inside kick. Hale drops his hands when he throws these kicks. Linderman gets inside and lands punches. Leg kick and jab for Linderman. He blocks a head kick from Hale. Hale's going to go to sleep if he keeps dropping his hand when he throws. Double jab from Hale. Nice one-two from Linderman. Hale doing a poor job at using his length to control the distance. Jab and front kick from Hale. Linderman gets inside to clinch, but he ends up against the fence. Short punches from Hale. Linderman spins him around, and the two disengage. Nice jab from Linderman. Poor spinning back fist from Linderman misses. Right hand from Linderman lands. Wild exchange. Hale looked to get the better of it.
SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for Richard Hale.
Round 2 - Linderman comes out with a spinning back fist that stuns Hale. Up against the fence now. Linderman with a takedown, but Hale stands up quickly. Referee breaks the action for an accidental foul. Replay shows a groin shot in the clinch from Hale. Restart. Wild exchange. Wheelock notes swelling around Linderman's right eye. Good body kick from Linderman. Knee by Linderman. Straight left. Hale not utilizing his size. Another straight from Linderman. Weird Superman punch from Hale lands. Back-and-forth action at the end here.
SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for D.J. Linderman.
Round 3 - Linderman presses Hale up against the fence. Looking to slam him down, but Hale maintains a vertical base. Linderman's had him pressed up for near a minute now. He gives up on the takedown and has a body lock. Nevermind, he tries to throw him, and Hale ends up in mount. Linderman gives up his back. Hale has both hooks. He's looking for the choke, but he doesn't have the arm under the chin. Linderman turns back into mount for a second, but Hale's on his back once again. Two minutes to go. The first two rounds were close, so Hale can't afford complacency here. Linderman trying to turn over, but Hale maintains position well. One minute to go. Linderman trying to stand, but that's going to take a lot of energy. Thirty seconds.
SB Nation scores the round 10-9 for Richard Hale, and awards him the bout 29-28.
Richard Hale wins a split decision over D.J. Linderman (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).