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10 biggest moments in Bellator history: Toby Imada and the first time Bellator went viral

Posted On: May 15, 2018   |   Posted By: MMAjunkie

In the days leading up to Bellator's historic Bellator 200 event, which takes place May 26 in London, we're counting down 10 of the biggest moments in the promotion's history. Today, we take a look at the first time the promotion went viral thanks to Toby Imada's finish of Jorge Masvidal.
Bellator's first, “Did you see that?” moment occurred when Jorge Masvidal and Toby Imada met in the semifinal round of the promotion's inaugural lightweight tournament. The matchup was the Bellator 5 main event.
Masvidal nearly was a 4-1 favorite to move on to face Eddie Alvarez for the promotion's inaugural 155-pound title. Alvarez secured his spot in the final earlier in the season when he submitted Eric Reynolds via rear-naked choke.
By the time the third stanza of the Masvidal vs. Imada bout began, all signs pointed to Masvidal cruising to victory. His superior striking through the first two rounds had left Imada's face a bloody and lumpy mess. But halfway through the final round, the underdog found the opening he...

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