There was a lot of MMA over the weekend but I’m going to focus solely on Bellator and UFC. Friday we had Bellator Dublin/227 take place at the 3Arena. Saturday was fully loaded with more great fights. Saturday morning we had UFC Copenhagen go down in the Royal Arena in Denmark, and to end the night off there was Bellator 228 which took place at the Forum in Inglewood California. I know many MMA fans couldn’t see every fight, and I don’t blame you there was a lot of them to see. Below, I highlight the finishes from the cards and give my opinions. Enjoy!
Peter Quellay Def Ryan Scope (TKO) in the second round.
To start off the weekend of finishes we had Ryan Scope taking on Peter Quellay in his hometown. Quellay was able to weather the storm after almost getting finished but comes back with a body shot combo that puts Scope down and he just rains down powerful, non defended shots until the ref finally calls it off. This was an interesting finish, Scope really almost put Quellay out and all of the sudden he was the one getting finished. Either way, a good fight.
Michael Page Def Richard Kiely (KO) in the first round.
The second finish from the weekend is brought to you by Michael “Venom” Page. This fight went exactly how I, and everyone else expected it to go. People are criticizing “MVP” for taunting but, his opponent leading up to the fight was talking so much trash and saying he was inside his head. I personally stand with MVP, and like he said “Dont let your mouth write checks your ass can’t cash”.
James Gallagher Def Roman Salazar by (SUB) in the first round.
The final finish from Night was from the main event of Bellator Dublin. James Gallagher submits Roman Salazar in less than 40 seconds by guillotine. This was a fishy finish to me, the choke doesn’t look locked in, and Salazar is a UFC veteran and went to a split decision with Casey Kenney, and also owns his own BJJ gym and didn’t even try get out of the choke. At the end of the day it’ll go down as a first round finish from the Irishmen, James Gallagher.
Jack Shore Def Nohelin Hernandez by (SUB) in round 3.
Saturday morning’s first finish is from the first fight debutante Jack Shore; the former Cage Warriors bantamweight champion showed us why we all need to make sure to watch out for him. In the first and second round we were able to see a glimpse of what he has to offer. Shore is only 24 has yet to taste defeat in his MMA career. He showed he can take a punch, give a punch, and has great wrestling and ground game. I for one am looking forward to his return.
John Phillips Def Alen Amedovski by (KO/TKO) in round one.
Five fights later we come to John Phillips Vs Alen Amedovski. Going into this fight I had a very strong feeling Phillips would win by KO. Phillips was on a 3 fight losing streak and I knew he needed this win really bad. I also knew that Phillips only lost to people with a ground game or crisp striking, and Amedovski has neither those.
Ovince Saint Preux Def Michal Oleksiejczuk by (SUB) in round 2.
This was a huge surprise to me. OSP hasn’t looked good in a year or so. Olekskiejczuk was tagging OSP all of the first round. I believe OSP was doing something to make his chin stronger because he was taking some hard shots. OSP eventually gets Michal down and uses his signature finish, the Von Flue choke.
Ion Cutelaba Def Khalil Rountree by (TKO) in the first round
Going into this fight I had Rountree winning this. Boy was I wrong, I thought Khalil was the next best thing, and had really improved since he went to Thailand to work on his craft. However, I forgot that he still has to work on his takedown defense. Ion Cutelaba straight out the gate was looking to take Rountrees head off, he eventually was able to get him down to the ground, after multiple powerful shots, the ref called the fight.
Mark O. Madsen Def Danillo Bellaurdo by (KO/TKO) in the first round.
Mark O Madsen, the Denmark native went out there and did what he planned to do. As soon as I saw this fight on paper I knew exactly how this fight would go. An Olympic wrestler Vs an MMA fighter with no takedown defense. As soon as Madsen got his hands locked behind Danillo’s back he took him down and just pounded him out. Poor guy didn’t stand a chance, he didn’t even get one strike off.
Jared Canonnier Def Jack Hermansson by (KO/TKO) in the second round.
The final fight from the early half of the day on Saturday was the main event of UFC Copenhagen. Jared Cannonier spoiled another hometown performance. Leading up to this fight I had Hermansson at Sub, or bust. I didn’t think Cannonier would be taken down easily and I had a feeling he would be able to stuff the takedowns, and get the finish in the later rounds. Well I was half right, he stuffed the takedowns but he only needed to get to the second round to finish Hermansson. Personally I think Cannonier is a real contender in the middle weight division, and it is awesome to see he finally found his place.
AJ McKee Def Georgi Karakhanyan by (KO) in the first round.
The final finish of the night that I feel everyone needs to see is Aj McKee’s eight second knockout of Bellator veteran Georgi Karakhanyan. What makes this fight so special is that Aj Mckee’s dad earlier in the day had won by TKO. Another thing that made this knockout so perfect is that leading up to the fight all week McKee was saying he wanted to get the fastest knock out in Bellator history, and he almost did, missing the record by just two seconds!