Bellator 252 saw the return of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix — and with it, two quarterfinal fights, one with the promotion’s 145lb title on the line.
That main event bout had Patricio Pitbull taking little time to knock out challenger Pedro Carvalho, an SBG Ireland fighter and teammate of Conor McGregor. But Pitbull was not necessarily the story of the night. Nor was the five-round showcase put on by Emmanuel Sanchez, who got his revenge against Daniel Weichel, and will now move on to the semifinals for a title shot against Pitbull.
No, the show-stopper at Bellator 252 came in the final fight of the preliminary card, with top prospect Aaron Pico knocking out John De Jesus in extremely violent fashion.
Highlights from the event as well as full results can be found below.
Bellator 252: Pitbull vs. Carvalho Results
Patricio Freire def. Pedro Carvalho by KO (punch), Round 1, 2:10
Yaroslav Amosov def. Logan Storley by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Emmanuel Sanchez def. Daniel Weichel by unanimous decision (48-46, 49-46, 49-45)
Aaron Pico def. John de Jesus by KO (punch), Round 2, 4:12
Keri Taylor Melendez def. Emilee King by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 3:02
Manny Muro def. Devin Powell by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Jornel Lugo def. Schyler Sootho by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Lucas Brennan def. Andrew Salas by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Roman Faraldo def. Pat Casey by TKO (punches), Round 2, 2:30
Trevor Gudde def. Khonry Gracie by TKO (knee), Round 3, 3:28