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Bellator 56: Askren vs Hieron - fight recap


Event: Bellator 56: Askren vs Hieron

Date: October 29, 2011

Location: Kansas City, Kansas

Venue: Memorial Hall

Broadcast: MTV2 and


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Bellator 56 was a mixed martial arts event held by Bellator Fighting Championships. It took place on October 29, 2011 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.

Ben Askren was not pleased at all after registering his first successful title defense over a very game Jay Hieron.

It took 25 minutes of back-and-forth action, but Askren managed to convince two of the three judges to score the fight in his favor; he had done just enough to earn the split-decision win.

Ben Askren vs Jay Hieron:

Askren opens with a wild looping right that nearly makes him slip. Askren continues to charge in at Hieron, looking for a clinch. He runs into an uppercut as he dives for Hieron's legs, and hits the mat attached to his foe's legs. He tries to scramble to top, but Hieron gets on top in half guard.

Hieron punches away until Askren scrambles back up ably. Right hand lands for Askren, and another. Hieron sticks the jab in his face, and continues to pump it. Askren runs in and grabs a single, but Hieron escapes.

Askren wades in and lands a sharp knee and an uppercut on Hieron, but the UFC vet stuffs the Olympian's takedown. Askren backs up and shoots again, but Hieron again sprawls and shuts it down. Hieron's jab coming to life. More pawing on the feet goes nowhere. Askren slips on a head kick after the 10-second clapper, and Hieron kicks him for his trouble.

Thiago Santos vs Neil Grove:

Santos offers to touch gloves but Grove wants none of it. Nothing comes of a brief clinch early and they break apart.

Santos drops Grove with a huge looping right and immediately follows up. Santos comes down with punches in bunches, forcing Grove to give Santos his back.

Santos follows up by quickly latching on the rear-naked choke with no hooks in and that is all: Grove taps just 38 seconds into the bout, sending Santos into the final against Eric Prindle.

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Askren def Hieron via split decisionUFC-Bellator-56-Gambling-Results

Santos def Grove via submission

Prindle def Sparks via KO


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