Emmanuel Newton vs. Attila Vegh
Light-Heavyweights Emmanuel Newton (18-6-1) and Attila Vegh (26-4-2) will meet at Bellator 72 in a 205-pound Tournament Semifinal bout.
Newton, 28, is a California based mixed martial artist who trains out of Reign MMA and Kings MMA. The 6’1” Newton began his professional career in 2003 winning only two of his first five. He eventually caught fire winning nine straight before hitting another slump in 2009; one that saw him lose three in a row. The Maximum FC, Shark Fights, and IFL veteran joined Bellator earlier this year and won his BFC 71 debut with a submission victory over Rob Broughton in the tournament quarterfinals.
Vegh, 26, is a Hungary born mixed martial artist who fights out of Slovakia with Octagon Fighting Academy. The 6’2” Vegh made his professional debut in 2008 and won 18 of his first 20 while touring the European regional circuit. Vegh continued to bounce around fighting in Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, among other countries before making his American debut earlier this year. The well rounded Vegh won at Bellator FC 66 defeating Dan Spohn via split decision and submitted Zelg Galesic at BFC 71 in June during the light-heavyweight tournament quarterfinals.
Prediction – Newton TKO
Tim Carpenter vs. Travis Wiuff
Bellator veterans Tim Carpenter (9-1) and Travis Wiuff (57-14, NC) will meet in a Bellator 72 Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal round bout.
Carpenter, 31, is a Philadelphia, PA based mixed martial artist who fights out of Balance Studios. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in December of 2005 and won his first five fights while competing in regional organizations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Bellator signed Carpenter in late-2010 and he repaid the organization by advancing into the season 4 light-heavyweight tournament semifinals round where he lost to current champ Christian M’Pumbu. Carpenter earned another opportunity in this years’ Summer Series Light-Heavyweight Tournament; defeating Beau Tribolet this June at BFC 71 in the quarterfinals. Carpenter is 4-1 overall for Bellator Fighting Championships.
Wiuff, 34, is a Minnesota born mixed martial artist who now fights out of Utah with Elite Performance. “Diesel” made his professional debut in September of 2001 and over the next eleven years has been one of the busiest fighters in the sport. Wiuff made one appearance at UFC 40 losing via submission to Vladimir Matyushenko at the November 2002 event. Wiuff won an impressive 19 straight fights from March 2003 through February 2005 while competing in regional and international events. After stints in IFL, Yamma Pit Fighting, Pride, and the IFC, Wiuff signed with Bellator in 2011 and defeated the current 205-pound Champion Christian M’Pumbu in a non-title bout. He also knocked out Chris Davis at BFC 71 this July in a Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal round bout.
Prediction – Wiuff Decision
Marius Zaromskis vs. Waachim Spiritwolf
Waachim Spiritwolf (9-10-1, NC) will attempt to pick up a win over Marius Zaromskis (17-6, NC) in his third attempt when the two welterweights meet in a Bellator 72 main card bout.
Zaromskis, 31, is a Lithuania born mixed martial artist who fights out of American Kickboxing Academy in California. The former kick boxer made his professional MMA debuting 2000 and won 9 of his first 12 while competing in England mostly for the Cage Rage organization. He made the move to DREAM in 2009 and went an impressive 4-0 becoming the organizations’ first 170-pound Champion. Riding his four fight winning streak, Zaromskis made the move into the Strikeforce organization in 2010, however went winless in a pair of bouts including a No Contest against Spiritwolf in their first meeting. Bellator was next, and Zaromskis won at BFC 68 in May 2012 with a TKO (cut) victory over Spiritwolf.
Spiritwolf, 36, is a San Diego, CA based mixed martial artist who fights out of his own Spiritwolf MMA. The stand-up based fighter made his professional debut in April of 2006 and toured the regional circuit all over the United States posting a respectable 8-6-1 mark. In October 2010, Spiritwolf debuted with Strikeforce but went winless over a pair of fights with the California based organization. Spiritwolf made the move into Bellator last year picking up a split decision victory over Jaime Jara at Bellator 35. His most recent action took place at BFC 68 this May losing via TKO against Zaromskis. His Bellator record in 1-1, however Spiritwolf has dropped three straight fights.
Prediction – Zaromskis TKO
Rudy Bears vs. Paul Daley
Rudy Bears (14-10) will begin his third stint with the Bellator organization when he meets UFC/Strikeforce veteran Paul Daley (29-12-1) in a Bellator 72 main card bout contested at 170 pounds.
Bears, 33, is a Missouri born mixed martial artist who fights out of the Caveman Crew in Kansas City. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in July of 2007 and he went on to win 10 of his first 14 while fighting on the regional circuit as well as short stints with M-1 Global and Strikeforce. “Bad News” first Bellator stint began in April 2010 splitting four fights through October 2010. He had short stops with Titan FC and C3 Fights, but returned to Bellator in 2011 dropping another pair of fights with the organization. He got back on track in May at Titan FC 22 with a submission victory over Nick Nolte to earn a third chance with Bellator.
Daley, 29, is an England based mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Rough House in Nottingham. “Semtex” made his professional debut in 2003 and posted an impressive 14-6-2 while spending his first four years competing in his home country. After short stints with Strikeforce, Cage Rage, Sho XC, and Maximum FC signed with the UFC in 2009. While in the UFC, Daley won two of his three fights but was released after his UFC 113 loss to Josh Koscheck following a post-fight altercation. Since his release over two years ago, Daley has recorded a 6-3 record while fighting for Strikeforce, BAMMA, Impact FC, Ringside MMA and Shark Fights. He lost his most recent fight while with Strikeforce dropping a decision in March against Kazuo Misaki.
Prediction – Daley TKO
Bryan Baker vs. Karl Amoussou
Bryan “The Beast” Baker (18-3) will meet Karl “Psycho” Amoussou (15-4-2) in the Bellator 72 main event that will crown the Season 6 Welterweight Tournament Champion.
Baker, 26, is a California based mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Wildman Vale Tudo. “The Beast” made his professional debut in January 2007 and won his first four bouts while fighting in small regional events. He also went 2-1 for the WEC during 2007-08. After losing to Chael Sonnen at WEC 33, he went on to win his next three contests before joining the Bellator organization. He has fought exclusively for Bellator since April 2010 and has posted an 8-2 mark while competing in the season 2 middleweight tournament, the season five middleweight tournament and the current season 6 welterweight tourney. Baker defeated Carlos Alexandre Pereira and Ben Saunders to earn his place in the finals.
Amoussou, 26, is a French based mixed martial artist who has twelve stoppage victories in fifteen victories. “Psycho” made his professional debut in 2006 and fought in regional organizations across Switzerland, Netherlands, Russia, England, Japan among others winning 11 of his first 14. He fought Trevor Prangley to a draw in 2010 in his only bout for the Strikeforce organization and lost at Bellator 45 in his organizational debut, but has been nothing short of impressive since. Amoussou, who is 3-1 for Bellator, defeated Chris Lozano and David Rickels to earn his place in the tournament finals.
Prediction – Amoussou TKO
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