Bellator’s fifth season came to an end Nov. 26 at Bellator 59 from Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the bantamweight tournament final, young Eduardo Dantas moved from prospect to contender as he bested Olympian Alexis Vila in a high-paced three-round fight. Dantas will face bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky in 2012. Knockout artist Patricky “Pitbull” Freire wasted little time once the cage door shut, as he ran through longtime UFC-veteran Kurt Pellegrino to earn a TKO win less than a minute into the fight. Dropping down from middleweight, Karl Amoussou made short work of Jesus Martinez and finished the local with punches in the first round. Featherweight Scott Heckman used a standing modified guillotine to get an early first-round submission. Catch all of the highlights from the Season 5 finale right here.
New Jersey native Kurt Pellegrino met season 4 lightweight tournament runner up Patricky Pitbull at Bellator 59. After the fight an emotional Pellegrino announced his retirement.