War Machine and Ron Keslar threw down tonight at Bellator 104 in their semifinal Welterweight tournament bout. War Machine is coming off a victory over Vaughn Anderson at Bellator 100 in the first round of the tournament. Keslar is coming off a gritty split decision win over Sergio Junior in the quarterfinal round. The winner of this fight will face the winner of tonight’s main event, Rick Hawn vs Brent Weedman, in the final for the opportunity to fight for the Welterweight title.
Round 1- Nice leg kick to start the round for War Machine. War Machine rushes in with a few punches and is spun around on the fence by Keslar. Quick takedown, and War Machine is bleeding. Keslar gets the hooks in and has the back. Keslar gets the body triangle and is landing some solid punches on War Machine. War Machine is actually landing some no look punches on Keslar. War Machine’s cut on the bridge of his nose is bleeding a lot. War Machine scrambles to his feet trying to dump Keslar, but Keslar stays on the back and has the body triangle locked up against the fence. Keslar gets his hand under War Machine’s neck and locks up the rear naked choke. War Machine falls to his back, and goes to sleep. Wow, impressive performance by Keslar.
Official Decision: Ron Keslar wins by rear naked choke Round 1