Bellator’s first event in Italy took place on Saturday, with a tape delayed broadcast for Bellator 152 airing on Spike. In the MMA main event of the dual MMA and kickboxing card, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire got past UFC vet Kevin Souza by decision in what could be considered an upset given how Souza had looked in the UFC in a 3-1 run.
The elder of the Pitbull brothers managed to take Souza down in each round, and with neither taking a clear edge in the striking department, the ground work made all the difference. That gives Souza two straight losses, while Freire follows up well on his KO win over Ryan Couture.
The rest of the main MMA card featured finishes galore, with a couple of prospects shining in their respective bouts. Longtime Italian MMA vet Alessio Sakara gave the home country crowd something to cheer about, as he stopped Brian Rogers in the second round with strikes. Featherweight A.J. McKee remained unbeaten through four fights, taking out Danilo Belluardo in the first round, while strawweight Anastasia Yankova scored a quick and impressive armbar win over Anjela Pink.
Full results from the MMA portion of the card are below. The Bellator Kickboxing portion of the event will air on Spike on tape delay next Friday, April 22, following the live broadcast of Benson Henderson’s organizational debut at Bellator 153.
Patricky Freire def. Kevin Souza via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alessio Sakara def. Brian Rogers via TKO at 2:29 of the second round
A.J. McKee def. Danilo Belluardo via TKO at 2:44 of the first round
Anastasia Yankova def. Anjela Pink via submission (armbar) at 1:35 of the first round
Daniele Scatizzi def. Daniele Miceli via TKO at 3:20 of the first round
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