HYDEN BLOG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from Bellator 299 and UFC Fight Night: Fiziev vs. Gamrot

By: Frank Hyden, MMATorch Senior Columnist

Bellator 299 and UFC Fight Night: Fiziev vs. Gamrot were this past
weekend. Who won and who lost? Let’s get to the rundown.

Bellator 299
GOOD- Levan Chokheli stops Sabah Homasi
They’re trading kicks early until they start mixing in some punches.
Suddenly, Chokheli blasts Homasi with a front right to the face that
ends the fight then and there, not quite two minutes into the first
round. Chokheli improves to 13-2 with 1 No Contest and has won 3
straight fights while Homasi drops to 17-12. Good win for Chokheli.

GOOD- Mads Burnell vs. Daniel Weichel
They exchange strikes for a bit until Weichel gets a takedown. They
grapple for a while before returning to their feet. Burnell is
throwing some heavy strikes as the first round ends. The second round
begins with Burnell working the body with strikes. Weichel fires back
with kicks. Burnell continues to push the pace throughout the round
but Weichel remains tough as the second round ends. The third round
starts with Burnell continuing to work the body. Weichel gets stuffed
on a takedown attempt but they go to the ground and stay there for the
rest of the third round. The fight ends so we go to the judges to
render their verdict. Burnell wins the decision and improves to 18-5
while Weichel drops to 42-15. Good win for Burnell.

GOOD- Daniel Weichel retires
Weichel retired in the cage after more than 21 years of fighting. He
had some good wins over Emmanuel Sanchez and Pat Curran and lost a
Split Decision to former 2-division Bellator Champion Patricio
Pitbull.He had a good career and I wish him well in his retirement.

BAD- Sinead Kavanagh vs. Sara Collins
A very slow first round with little action gives way to a bit more
fighting in the second round. Sadly, that doesn’t mean a whole lot as
neither fighter is moving with any kind of pace. Collins has been
hitting some nice low kicks and that continues in the third round but
that’s about it. The fight ends so we go to the judges to render their
verdict. Collins wins the Split Decision and improves to a perfect 5-0
while Kavanagh drops to 9-6. It’s a win for Collins.

GOOD- Aaron Pico stops Pedro Carvalho
Carvalho starts with a kick, prompting Pico to go for and get a
takedown. Carvalho works his way up but gets dropped by a big uppercut
from Pico. Carvalho fights him off for a moment but Pico eventually
follows him down and starts unloading with his ground-and-pound. Pico
puts too much damage on Carvalho so the referee is forced to jump in
to stop the fight just over three minutes into the first round. Pico
improves to 12-4 while Carvalho drops to 13-8. Good win for Pico.

GOOD- Johnny Eblen stops Fabian Edwards
Eblen successfully defended his Bellator Middleweight Championship for
the second time here. They start off exchanging kicks before mixing in
punches as well. Eblen tries for a takedown but can’t get it and they
fight on the fence until the first round ends. The second round begins
with more striking exchanges until Eblen gets a takedown. However,
Edwards is right back up. Eblen is bleeding on his nose from an
Edwards elbow as the second round ends. The third round starts with
Eblen dropping Edwards with a hard right hand. He follows up with more
right hands and elbows and knocks Edwards out just over twenty seconds
into the third round. Eblen improves to a perfect 14-0 while Edwards
drops to 12-3 and has his 3 fight winning streak snapped. Good win for

UFC Fight Night: Fiziev vs. Gamrot
GOOD- Charles Jourdain submits Ricardo Ramos
Jourdain lands some good strikes early before Ramos gets a takedown.
They scramble and Jourdain grabs a guillotine off of a Ramos takedown
attempt. Jourdain locks it in and Ramos is forced to tap a little over
three minutes into the first round. Jourdain improves to 15-6-1 while
Ramos drops to 16-5. Good win for Jourdain.

GOOD- Bryan Battle submits. A.J. Fletcher
They start slowly, trading kicks but not much else. They both start
mixing in some punches while still throwing some kicks. Fletcher tries
for a takedown but can’t get it and the first round ends. The second
round begins with more striking exchanges. Battle gets a takedown then
works for and locks on a rear-naked choke to force the tap a little
over four and a half minutes into the second round. Battle improves to
10-2 while Fletcher drops to 10-3. Good win for Battle.

GOOD- Marina Rodriguez stops Michelle Waterson-Gomez
Waterson-Gomez comes firing out of the gate and takes Rodriguez down.
They stand and Rodriguez starts landing some nasty knees to the body.
Waterson-Gomez shoots in again but gets battered in the clinch.
Rodriguez continues landing huge knees in the clinch. Waterson-Gomez
is showing toughness but Rodriguez keeps going. Elbows and knees are
flying like a windmill in a tornado. Somehow, Waterson-Gomez survives
until the end of the first round. The second round begins with more
kicks and knees from Rodriguez. She also starts landing a lot of
punches and elbows. This continues until the referee finally calls a
stop to the fight a bit over two and a half minutes into the second
round. Waterson-Gomez pleads her case but she was taking too much
punishment. Rodriguez improves to 17-3-2 while Waterson-Gomez drops to
18-12 and has dropped 4 straight fights. Good win for Rodriguez.

GOOD- Dan Ige vs. Bryce Mitchell
Not a whole lot going on early. Mitchell gets a couple takedowns but
also gets cut under his right eye. The second round saw a little more
action but not a whole lot. The third round was more of the same.
There was a lot of grappling going on. It could have been really good
but I’m not sure. Someone came over right before this fight started so
I was distracted while watching it. For that reason, it’s probably
best if I don’t say too much. Mitchell wins the decision and improves
to 16-1 while Ige drops to 17-7. It’s a win for Mitchell.

GOOD/BAD- Mateusz Gamrot stops Rafael Fiziev
They’re trading strikes early. Not a lot land clean, though. Gamrot
tries for a few takedowns but can’t get them and the first round ends.
The second round begins with Gamrot getting a takedown. They grapple
for a while before they get back to their feet. Fiziev then throws a
body kick but hurts his plant leg in the process. He crumples and the
referee waves off the fight just over two minutes into the second
round as Gamrot jumps on him and starts nailing him with punches. That
sucks. I hate injuries, they just ruin things. That was a
disappointing end. Anyway, Gamrot improves to 23-2 with 1 No Contest
while Fiziev drops to 12-3. Nice win for Gamrot.

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