Bellator 259 went down on Friday evening and delivered some fascinating fights and shock outcomes. We are going to evaluate the principle highlights from the occasion.
Bellator 259 Prelims
The primary shock got here when Welshman, Brett Johns suffered a loss in his promotional debut. Stepping in on late discover, Danny Sabatello used his wrestling to dominate ‘The Pikey’, easing to a 30-27 victory. Sabatello progressed to 11-1 and could be a actual contender inside the bantamweight division.
Subsequent got here the European poster woman, Leah McCourt. The Northern Irish featherweight received the victory within the second spherical, but it surely was actually a battle. The primary spherical was shut, nonetheless, McCourt’s opponent, Janay Harding possible took it. The second spherical was trying horrible for McCourt. Harding was capable of sting McCourt badly on the break from the grappling exchanges. A desperation shot from McCourt result in some heavy floor and pound from Harding, coming very near a end. A brutal upkick from McCourt noticed Harding fall into her guard, the place she was capable of lock up a triangle. An important comeback for the European poster woman.
Elsewhere on the prelims, we noticed Aviv Gozali safe his sixth straight submission win, this time through heel hook. Sumiko Inaba progressed to 2-0 inside the Bellator cage with a TKO end. Saad Awad was capable of acquire his first win since 2018 and was capable of snap a five-fight skid with out a victory.
Bellator 259 Important Card
Valerie Loureda was bumped as much as the principle card following a last-minute cancellation, nonetheless, it didn’t go her manner. The sport Hannah Man was capable of overcome a first-round knockdown to rally and finally defeat Loureda. Loureda survived quite a lot of submission makes an attempt to see the ultimate bell. She confirmed some first rate wrestling and Jiu Jitsu defence all through the bout. Though her spinning assaults seemed spectacular, Man was capable of time the American High Group prospect and take her down with ease. Scott Cocker does strongly consider that Loureda shall be again, nonetheless.
Austin Vanderford was capable of dominate Fabian Edwards and stay undefeated. Progressing to 11-0, the wrestling of the American was an excessive amount of for Edwards, regardless of getting badly lower open. Having progressed to 8-0, Edwards fell to 0-2 in his most up-to-date two bouts. Vanderford may very a lot see himself competing for the belt in his subsequent struggle. At 5-0 in Bellator and together with his robust wrestling pedigree, Vanderford in opposition to the champion, Gegard Mousasi may very well be fascinating.
Within the Bellator 259 co-main occasion, former bantamweight champion, Darrion Caldwell returned to motion, trying to bounce again from his Grand Prix semi-final loss to AJ McKee. Sadly for Caldwell, it wouldn’t be at Bellator 259 that he would get his W. Stepping in in opposition to former foe, Leandro Higo, Caldwell suffered a split-decision defeat. Again at Bellator 195, Caldwell submitted Higo within the first spherical to defend his belt. An in depth struggle with quite a lot of exchanges on each the toes and some fascinating scrambles result in the Brazillian getting his hand raised. He did, nonetheless, miss weight for the second time in as many fights. A possible transfer again to featherweight may very well be on the playing cards.
Bellator 259 Important Occasion
Cris Cyborg took on Leslie Smith in a rematch. The variations this time… It was in Bellator, at 145lbs, was scheduled for 5 rounds, and was for the featherweight strap. The MMASucka group have been proper on this one, with all 9 members selecting Cyborg to win through TKO.
Cyborg by no means seemed troubled by the hands of Smith, dominating her option to a call victory. It wasn’t till the dying moments that Smith’s physique gave up on her following one other heavy shot by the hands of Cyborg. Following a knockdown and several other unanswered photographs, Cyborg recorded her nineteenth knockout victory with simply 9 seconds to go within the bout.
Her post-fight speech noticed her name out Cat Zingano. ‘I’d wish to see Cat Zingano struggle me for the following match’. This might actually occur, with Zingano being an enormous identify and being 2-0 contained in the Bellator cage. We’ll have to attend and see!