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bellator 20 - Baker vs Schambari - fight recap


Event: Bellator 20: Baker vs Schambari

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2010

Location: Dallas, TX

Venue: Verizon Theatre

Broadcast: MTV 2

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Bellator 20 was a mixed martial arts event by Bellator Fighting Championships. The event took place on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas.

Bryan Baker and Alexander Shlemenko will meet in the finals of Bellator’s season two middleweight tournament after earning victories at Thursday’s Bellator 20 event in San Antonio, Texas.

Baker forced fellow WEC veteran Eric Schambari to submit to a triangle choke midway through the opening round of their Bellator 20 headliner, while Shlemenko was victorious after Jared Hess was unable to continue after suffering a dislocated knee in the third-round of their matchup.

Baker vs Schambari:

Baker needed less than half of a round to submit a submission ace, as opponent Eric Schambari was forced to tap out just 2:29 into the first round in the pair's featured contest.

After a solid combination of punches from Baker to open the contest, Schambari pushed in and successfully secured a takedown. The strategy backfired as Baker deftly worked his legs into position for the choke. Schambari tried desperately to escape, but the hold was tight and he was forced to tap.

Baker (13-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC) has now won seven-straight fights since suffering his lone career loss to Chael Sonnen in 2008. Schambari (12-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC) loses for just the second time as a professional and sees a five-fight win streak come to an end.

Shlemenko vs Hess:

Shlemenko faced off against tournament favorite and season one runner Jared Hess in the first semifinal of the night. Hess took the first two rounds with effective takedowns and work from top control, though Shlemenko attempted submissions from the bottom in the second round and was effective in defense.

In the third round, however, after more of the same from Hess, Shlemenko worked his way back to his feet. As Hess shot in again, Shlemenko landed a hard knee to the head that appeared to nearly knock Hess out, and as Hess crumpled to the ground his knee dislocated in gruesome fashion.

It wasn't until Hess got out of his guard and forced him to stand that anyone realized what had happened, and as Hess struggled to stand up the referee astutely stopped the fight.

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Bellator 20 Main Card results:

Baker defeated Schambari via SubmissionUFC-Bellator-20-Gambling-Results

Shlemenko defeated Hess via TKO

Sanchez defeated Sursa via TKO

Bellator 20 Preliminary Card results:

Flick defeated DeLeon via unanimous decision

Mamalis defeated Oshiro via submission

Chappelle defeated Marks via submission

Rodriguez defeated Battle via submission

Schindler defeated Melancon via unanimous decision

Rosa defeated Villegas via unanimous decision

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