Lightweight Darrell Horcher had a vicious first round knockout of EJ Brooks (Photo by Keith Mills, Sherdog.com).
Bellator Fighting Championships returned to the State of Pennsylvania on Friday, October 19th, 2012, for Bellator 77 at the Sovereign Center in Reading. The quarterfinal round of the Lightweight Tournament highlighted the evening, but following is a recap of the action surrounding the live TV card.
Carmelo Morrero (14-6) vs. Lew Polley (12-4)
Morrero of neighboring Allentown was the clear fan favorite in the final bout before Bellator 77 went live on MTV2 and EPIX HD. Almost the entirety of the fight was conducted from the standing positioning, with Morrero claiming the lone takedown of the match in the opening round. Both men owned some heavy hands and good takedown defense, so the offense was rather passive for the most part. The back-and-forth striking did make for a fairly entertaining fight, but a tough job was given to the judges after three rounds that saw neither man take any damage. When they revealed their scores, the cageside officials awarded Polley with the unanimous decision, tallying counts of 30-27 and 29-28 twice.
EJ Brooks (7-1) vs. Darrell Horcher (6-0)
In what was likely the most anticipated match of the undercard, these two men entered the Bellator cage with undefeated records, fighting in the reserve bout of the lightweight tournament. Horcher literally wasted no time by going for the finish after a brief pawing exchange of jabs. The Harrisburg native baited Brooks by fainting a left hand, and he then unloaded a vicious overhand right as soon as his opposition bit on the soft jab. The right hand landed as flush as possible, and the lights immediately went out for Brooks, who laid motionless on the canvas after the one-punch knockout. The official time of the stoppage was 21 seconds into the first frame, and things got pretty scary in the arena as spectators had to watch Brooks get removed from the cage on a stretcher. No update on his status was available at the conclusion of the night.
- Matthew Lozano (2-0) def. Dave Morgan (5-2) via Reverse Triangle Choke (2:28 of 2nd Round)
- Cosmo Alexandre (4-1) def. Mike Bannon (4-1) via Doctor Stoppage (Prior to 3rd Round)
- Duane Bastress (6-2) def. Ariel Sepulveda (4-6) via Split Decision
- Brett Martinez (4-0) def. Eric Albright (0-1) via Guillotine Choke (3:28 of 2nd Round)
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