Bellator 289 Recap – Sfr-Fresh


Upset Of The Evening: Christian Echols defeats Pat Downey by Knockout

That is the best award of the night time… At +900, I ought to have listened to our pal, Ben “Huge Tuna” Parrish, and positioned my cash on the underdog, Echols. Christian Echols was in management for everything of the combat for the quick period of time that they had been locked within the cage. It was fast, it was entertaining, and it in all probability killed a number of parlays earlier than it had even began. This combat that made an announcement on a pattern that was closely dominated by betting underdogs successful on the cardboard.

Efficiency Of The Evening: Patchy Combine defeats Magomed Magomedov by Guillotine Choke

Patchy Combine isn’t any joke. Patchy Combine was dominant and secured his spot because the challenger within the million greenback combat between Raufeon Stots and himself within the grand prix championship. Patchy Combine rag-dolled Magomedov for this combat earlier than finally placing him to sleep when the decide felt his limp arm and stopped the combat from getting worse. Spherical one was just a little gradual however you may see Combine was feeling himself and was gaining momentum after which in spherical 2 Combine confirmed that he was the perfect bantamweight on the planet on that given day. I actually don’t consider anybody weighing 135 lbs at any promotion would have had the abilities to beat Combine on December ninth.

Honorable Point out: I might say that if this combat didn’t occur then a really shut second for me was Liz Carmouche defeating Juliana Velasquez to retain her title would have been the efficiency of the night time.

Battle Of The Evening: Raufeon Stots defeats Danny Sabatello by Break up Resolution

Earlier than we go into the combat, whoever scored this 50-45 must by no means decide once more. I did consider this combat was extraordinarily shut however finally this got here right down to the absent capacity to land any injury whereas Sabatello had Stots on the bottom. Sabatello’s wrestling was approach higher than Stots however in an MMA combat, floor management time simply doesn’t all the time get it finished. Sabatello was out struck closely and most of the people had this combat at 38-38 going into spherical 5. I rewatched the combat this morning and certainly one of my greatest takeaways was nook work. Mike Brown and American High Group are extremely prestigious to be round however what I discover not solely on this combat however what was reiterated was that they appear to be unable to ignite a hearth of their fighters. We’ve seen this time and time once more. Going into spherical 5, they had been telling Sabatello “we don’t comprehend it is perhaps 2-2” however within the opposing nook you may have Eric Nicksick yelling at Stots figuring out it’s 38-38 and that he wanted to win this combat. Sabatello went into spherical 5 believing he received that combat and we all know that as a result of he seemed a Mike Brown in disgust nearly feeling insulted that there could possibly be perception he wasn’t up in these rounds. If I used to be teaching Sabatello, the very first thing I’m doing is placing him by way of a grueling couple weeks of muay thai or kickboxing as a result of he lacked these abilities on this combat and it confirmed very a lot so. Danny went 4/19 on takedowns and for somebody who’s going to rely upon their wrestling capacity, that is going to be a serious situation in the event you aren’t going to get a submission. If this teaching situation doesn’t enhance, we’re going to see extra athletes going the route of fellows like Colby Covington, Amanda Nunes, Kamaru Usman, and plenty of extra which can be leaving these mega gyms for extra specialised and particular person groups like MMA Masters or Trevor Wittman. All of the respect on the planet to Stots and Sabatello as they placed on a hell of a efficiency. After tonight, we’re going to be in for a deal with after we witness Patchy Combine and Raufeon Stots combat for the bantamweight grand prix championship.

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