Bellator 134 features a good number of compelling scraps on Friday night. The card is billed as the British Invasion because of the amount of fighters competing who hail from the United Kingdom. The main event features light heavyweight champion Emanuel “Hardcore Kid” Newton against dangerous British contender Liam McGeary.
There were also preliminary bouts before Friday’s main card began. Here’s a look at the results per Spike.com and Spike TV. Just below the table is a breakdown of the other main card bouts.
Vassell Dominates Sokoudjou
Linton Vassell chalked up a win for the United Kingdom at Bellator 134: The British Invasion. He dominated Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and earned a second-round TKO victory. Vassell was dominant from the beginning of the bout.
He used his advanced grappling skills to wear Sokoudjou down and flatten out his opponent to gain the stoppage win. Sokoudjou couldn’t offer any resistance as Vassell pounded his helpless foe until the referee called a stoppage to the bout.
There was a time when Sokoudjou was a promising and dangerous striker. That time has clearly passed. The loss snapped his modest two-fight win streak in Bellator and ended any chance he would have at challenging for the light heavyweight title any time soon.
That was the first in the international contest.
Ward Takes out Millender
It only took Brennan Ward a minute and 37 seconds to dispose of Curtis Millender in the first main card bout. Ward was decisive and aggressive in taking the fight to the ground.
Ward used a powerful right hand to drop Millender. You can see the shot here via the tweet from Zombie Prophet:
Almost immediately, Ward gained the advantageous position on his opponent’s back. He secured the rear-naked choke to get the win.
Daley Batters Santos En Route to Decision Win
Andre Santos deserves credit for his toughness, but Paul Daley’s assault was relentless. Daley landed a hard right hand that hurt Santos in the first round. At one point it looked as if the Brit might secure the early stoppage, but Santos proved to be durable.
In the second round, Santos had a few moments of his own. He landed a good left hand midway through the frame, and gained the dominant position on Daley’s back when the bell sounded. Daley never appeared to be in trouble, but Santos had stemmed the tide.
In the final round, Daley again took control with his aggression. A well-placed knee dropped Santos and opened up a huge gash on the Brazilian’s head. It looked as if Santos might tap out from strikes, or even be stopped by the referee.
Surprisingly, Santos made it to his feet and secured a takedown and mount position. He didn’t have the gas to do any real damage from the position, but his toughness was exemplary. Daley earned the decision, but Santos made him work for it. The win ran the UK’s edge to 2-0 on the night.
This fight was supposed to be for the Bellator welterweight title, but champion Douglas Lima had to pull out with an injury.
When the fight was over, Lima didn’t exactly sound supportive after his rival emerged victorious.
The trash talk will only add to the flame once these two actually meet in the cage.
Lawal Wins a Snoozefest
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal won one of the most boring fights you’ll see in any organization. Facing a much larger man, Lawal used his wrestling superiority to put Kongo on his back for the majority of the fight.
Kongo had no answer for Lawal’s takedowns. The jabs and straights that Kongo threw in an attempt to keep distance didn’t work. By the midway point of the second round, Kongo was gassed and Lawal had his way.
The stats presented by Jason Floyd of the MMA Report tells the clear story of this bout.
Surprisingly, one judge saw the fight for Kongo. Unless he forgot which bald guy was Kongo, it’s hard to understand that scorecard. Nonetheless, the right guy got the decision and this horrible fight came to an end.
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