In lightweight semifinal action, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Patricky "Pitbull" Freire took on 2009 Submission of the Year Winner Toby Imada. After delivering several solid leg kicks in the first half of Round 1, Patricky landed a textbook flying knee to the face of Imada, followed up with a strong left hook. The referee quickly stepped in front of the relentless Pitbull and stopped the fight, awarding Patricky a TKO victory at 2:53 in Round 1, who now advances to the lightweight finals.
I've got my issues with Bellator public relations. I've only asked them for press releases a dozen times in the last two years and I still don't get them. Bellator is many good things, but they are not so big that they can pick and choose which media they prefer to acknowledge.
In any case, this is where Bellator PR excels. They not only recognize highlights like this do wonders to create interest in the product, it also enhances the legitimacy of the brand. Bellator has been so good at this - and gotten a little lucky with Toby Imada's plus Richard Hale's inverted triangles - they've become synonymous with the practice of disseminating highlights.
I hope Bellator can make something of this season's run. It's a good product with good fighters clearly producing good action. These just need to start sending me press releases. Pretty simple request, no?