What really mattered from a packed weekend of combat sports which included Bellator 294 You can also find out more about the following: Bellator 295 The following are some examples of how to use Hawaii, UFC Fight Night 222 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas a big-time boxing match in “Sin City”? Here are a few post-fight musings …
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Bellator Women’s Flyweight avoids disaster
Bellator 294, which took place in Hawaii on Friday, kicked off an exciting weekend of fights. The card was originally to be headlined by a women’s flyweight title rematch between Liz Carmouche and DeAnna Bennett. Bennett missed weight For the fight and, in turn, she cost herself a shot at winning the belt.
Carmouche took the risk and put gold on the line. But given she’d already beaten Bennett before and has been in good form since joining the promotion, she was a heavy favorite and expected to dominate.
Bennett almost ruined the plot when she scored 3-0 in the fourth round, a performance that was unexpectedly impressive. Bennett’s victory would be a bad outcome for Bellator. The title would’ve become vacant and doing a trilogy with Carmouche would be the next step, but then you risk Bennett – who is a serial weight misser at this point – derailing another fight by coming in heavy.
Carmouche (19-7 MMA and 6-0 BMMA), a fighter who has fought in Bellator, is a blessing for the Bellator brass. saved the day and avoided that crisis She finished her fight with a arm-triangle choke in the fourth round. And for the stability of the division, that’s what the promotion needed to happen.
Replay review proves effective in Green vs. Gordon
Bobby Green is disappointed that the evolution of MMA and other sports has cost him a win against Jared Gordon and his UFC Fight Night 222 bonus. The advancement of rules and technology now allow us to see things we couldn’t before, and it was clear as day Green’s knockout of Gordon stemmed from a clash of heads.
Green (29-15-1 MMA, 10-9-1 UFC) might not like it – and he made it quite clear in his brief post-fight interview that he did not – but plain and simple: This was the right call. To maintain the perception that MMA is a legit sport, there needs to be a certain level of law-and-order in the octagon. Using replay review is one way to achieve this.
Do I really believe Green tried to intentionally headbutt Gordon on purpose? No. He has over 40 fights in his record and no previous history of this type of conduct. It’s just an unfortunate moment that happened in the flow of the fight, and although I feel bad for Green that he doesn’t get his win money, I’m also happy for Gordon that he didn’t get screwed into another unjust defeat as he did in December with his robbery loss to Paddy Pimblett.
Sergei Pavlovich strikes again with fear against heavyweight
Sergei Pavlovich added to his own record in the main UFC Fight Night 222 event. He broke his own record. most consecutive first-round knockouts This was the moment he stopped Curtis Blaydes. If there were still any doubts about his legitimacy after that, it answered them.
Sure, we could’ve seen more. Blaydes (17-4 MMA and 12-4 UFC), had a high-risk strategy and only attempted one takedown. Pavlovich (17-1 MMA and 6-1 UFC), smashed that attempt, and made Blaydes regret it with a historic foot finish.
We’ve long thought of Francis Ngannou as the most terrifying heavyweight in UFC history, but Pavlovich is making a serious case for himself. Pavlovich’s six knockouts consecutively in the first round are unprecedented. No other fighter has ever done this.
There’s a level between those names and what’s to come, though. Pavlovich’s next opponent will be the winner between Jon Jones and Stipe miocic. This is a different fighter than Pavlovich. If he could somehow do to either one of those men what he’s done to his recent opponents, the conversation around Pavlovich hits a different stratosphere.
Given how he’s looked, too, it’s impossible to write off his chances of hurting and sleeping anyone – and that includes who many believe to be the GOAT in Jones.
Gervonta explains his words, and adds hype
Gervonta Davis gave more credence to his claim that he’s leading the charge of the next generation boxing stars by defeating Ryan Garcia. a body shot knockout On Saturday, Las Vegas.
After Davis and Garcia worked together to assemble a fight many in the boxing world believed wouldn’t materialize, they finally got in the ring at T-Mobile Arena. It was a bit of brilliance for “Tank,” who knocked his opponent down in the second round before finishing it with a body shot in the seventh round – the exact frame he predicted the fight would end.
Davis has an intriguing personality and is a true fighter. He’s obviously got some issues outside of competition that he needs to address – one of which could see him sitting in a jail cell in the near future – but if he can get through all that in a positive manner, the sky appears to be the limit.
In my opinion, it’s too soon to label Davis as the face of boxing, which he claimed in the ring during his post-fight interview. There’s still others in the space such as Canelo Alvarez and Tyson Fury who would object to that notion, but Davis is doing his work, and beating Garcia was another step in the right direction.
Patchy Mix brings highlight to weekend with $1,000,000 knee
After watching hours of combat sport throughout the weekend (Bellator, UFC, boxing), the final bout on an eventful schedule was the most violent.
Patchy Mix is one of the most popular mixes. all-time great knee knockouts On Saturday, he became the first person in MMA to connect cleanly with the chin Raufeon Stots during the Bellator 295’s main event. He won the interim bantamweight and $1 million grand prix.
Mix completed a strong tournament that included Stots Magomedov, Kyoji Horiguchi, and Magomed Magomedov in just 80 seconds. Mix was so impressive that he entered the discussion about the best bantamweights in the world.
It seems that this discussion is more frequent these days when it comes to Bellator champions comparing them to their UFC equivalents. Sometimes it’s a valid conversation, other times it’s not. In the case of Mix, it’s worthy entertaining, at least, but the UFC’s 135-pound weight class is beyond ridiculously stacked, so I’m not going to disrespect the high degree of difficulty and put Mix in high pole position just yet.
Mix will have the opportunity to prove himself as the best bantamweight of Bellator against the winner of Sergio Pettis or Patricio Frere. Both of these fighters I’d like to see Mix beat.
But for now, he’s proud to have dominated the grand prix. He has a brutal highlight on his reel and $1 million more.