While Octagon fans were busy clamoring over Chan Sung “The Korean Zombie” Jung’s rarely seen twister submission of Leonard Garcia at “UFC Fight Night 24,” Richard Hale broke out a slick submission of his own at Bellator 38.
Saturday night’s event took place inside Harrah’s Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, MS. While there were nine bouts on the fight card, Hale’s inverted triangle on Nik Fekete in the quarterfinals of Bellator’s light heavyweight tournament has rightfully hoarded the spotlight.
Lightweight Toby Imada popularized the maneuver in Bellator’s first season.
Please click the media player below to watch the submission:
Here are the official results for Bellator 38:
Jake Underwood def. Tim Galluzzi via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 1:04
Cody Donovan def. Brian Albin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Blagoi Ivanov def. William Penn via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:58
Amaechi Oselukwue def. Abe Wilson via unanimous decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Austin Lyons def. Jimmy Van Horn via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:10
Christian M’Pumbu def. Chris Davis via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:34 (light-heavyweight tourney quarterfinals)
Richard Hale def. Nik Fekete via submission (inverted-triangle choke) – Round 1, 1:55 (light-heavyweight tourney quarterfinals)
D.J. Linderman def. Raphael Davis via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:44 (light-heavyweight tourney quarterfinals)
Tim Carpenter def. Daniel Gracie via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) (light-heavyweight tourney quarterfinals)