Bellator’s “Dynamite 2” card hit Spike on Friday night, and as perhaps could have been expected it was marred by some questionable officiating and judging in favor of some key names.
The opening ceremonies brought each of the competitors out on stage in a unique – and very close to volatile – pre-fight face to face, after which it was down to the broadcast itself to split between MMA fights and kickboxing bouts, something which split the audience as well throughout.
On the MMA end, things got off to a highly suspect start, as Matt Mitrione took a first round KO in a fight in which he arguably should have been stopped. The former UFC competitor was making his UFC debut, and after he got knocked down early, only to not get stopped, he came back to score a first round win over Carl Seumanutafa. What made the finish even more suspect was the announcement after the fight that Mitrione will return next month (pending clearance) for a Bellator 158 matchup against Oli Thompson in London.
Questionable scorecards in favor of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the night’s main event led to more concern over impropriety, with “Rampage” taking a decision over Satoshi Ishii that seemed to be perhaps leaning Ishii’s direction. Jackson regardless took the split, even getting a full sweep on one scorecard despite his back being up against the cage for much of the fight.
In the one real highlight on the MMA portion of the joint MMA/kickboxing card, Michael Chandler once again captured the Bellator Lightweight Title when he knocked Patricky “Pitbull” Freire out cold in the first round. The fight for the vacant title came after Will Brooks left the organization for the UFC, and Chandler took advantage of the opportunity to once again hold onto the current top slot in Bellator’s lightweight field.
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