By: Frank Hyden, MMATorch Senior Columnist
Bellator 300 and UFC Fight Night: Dawson vs. Green were this past
weekend and featured some fun fights and a few good title defenses.
Who won and who lost? Let’s get to the rundown.
GOOD- Liz Carmouche stops Ilima-Lei Macfarlane
Carmouche was originally set to defend her Bellator Flyweight
Championship but Macfarlane missed weight so she was ineligible to win
the title. This does count as a successful title defense for
Carmouche, though. The fight opens with some early striking exchanges
but they’re both being tentative and not wanting to make an early
mistake. Carmouche lands some nice kicks to the legs while Macfarlane
hits with some nice punches. The second round begins with Macfarlane
being the aggressor and landing some good strikes while Carmouche
nails her with some more leg kicks. The third round starts with a
Carmouche kick to the body that drops Macfarlane. Carmouche lets her
up, though, and they continue striking. Carmouche continues attacking
Macfarlane’s leg and she’s limping. Macfarlane goes for some takedowns
but can’t get anything going and the third round ends. The fourth
round opens with a huge Carmouche leg kick that drops Macfarlane. It’s
getting really bad for Macfarlane but she’s not giving up. She’s
battling but can’t do much and the fourth round ends. The fifth round
begins with a huge leg kick from Carmouche that drops Macfarlane and
the referee jumps in to stop the fight not quite twenty seconds into
the fifth round. Carmouche improves to 20-7 and has won 7 straight
fights (with 3 successful title defenses) while Macfarlane drops to
13-3. Good win for Carmouche.
GOOD- Cris Cyborg stops Cat Zingano
Cyborg successfully defended her Bellator Featherweight Championship
for the fifth straight time here. Zingano got an early takedown but
Cyborg gets up quickly. Cyborg begins to pummel Zingano with strikes,
who responds by going for takedowns but can’t get any. Zingano’s
coming at Cyborg with everything she’s got. She tries again for a
takedown but Cyborg reverses it and lands on top and begins unloading
some huge ground-and-pound that forces the referee to jump in to stop
the fight just over four minutes into the first round. Cyborg improves
to 27-2 with 1 No Contest and has won 7 straight fights while Zingano
drops to 14-5 and has her 4 fight winning streak snapped. Good win for
GOOD- Usman Nurmagomedov vs. Brent Primus
This was a semifinal fight in the Bellator Lightweight World Grand
Prix Tournament. Nurmagomedov has successfully defended his Bellator
Light Championship twice now and will face the winner of Patrick
Shabliy vs. Patricky Pitbull next month at Bellator 301. Nurmagomedov
starts off with a lot of kicks. They clinch for a bit and Nurmagomedov
switches to knees before going back to mostly throwing kicks and the
first round ends. The second round begins with a bit of a slower pace.
Primus can’t get inside and Nurmagomedov is making him pay when he
tries. Nurmagomedov tries for a takedown but can’t get it and the
second round ends. The third round starts with Primus opening up and
being more aggressive. Nurmagomedov continues to have the advantage
striking, though, and the third round ends. The fourth round opens
with both men trading kicks. Nurmagomedov gets a takedown and rides
out the rest of the fourth round. The fifth round begins with
Nurmagomedov turning up his striking output before getting another
takedown and coasting the rest of the fight on top. We go to the
judges to render a verdict. Nurmagomedov wins the decision and
improves to a perfect undefeated 18-0 while Primus drops to 12-4. Good
win for Nurmagomedov.
UFC Fight Night: Dawson vs. Green
GOOD- Alexander Hernandez vs. Bill Algeo
The first round opens with some striking exchanges. Both fighters
utilizing a lot of kicks. Algeo knocks Hernandez over with a kick but
he’s up quickly and they continue striking for the rest of the first
round. The second round begins with more striking, though Algeo has
the advantage there. Algeo drops Hernandez but he weathers the storm
and the second round ends. The third round starts with more striking,
Hernandez not giving up. They’re both landing nice strikes, it’s just
that Algeo is landing more volume. Algeo gets a takedown at the end of
the third round and the fight ends as they stand. We go to the judges
to render a verdict. Algo wins the decision and improves to 18-7 while
Hernandez drops to 14-7. Good win for Algeo.
GOOD- Drew Dober stops Ricky Glenn
Dober’s all over him immediately and firing punches and kicks
constantly. Dober smashes Glenn with a hard left hand that drops him.
Dober lets him up and hammers Glenn with another big left that drops
him. Dober pounces and the referee has to jump in to stop the fight a
little over halfway through the first round. Dober improves to 27-12
with 1 No Contest while Glenn drops to 22-8-2. Good win for Dober.
GOOD- Joaquin Buckley vs. Alex Morono
They’re striking early until Buckley gets a takedown. The striking
from both men is awkward but it’s working for Buckley. The second
round begins with more awkward striking but Buckley has staggered
Morono twice now so he’s obviously doing something right. The third
round starts with more striking until Buckley gets taken down. He’s
right back up, though, and continues peppering Morono. The third round
and fight end so we go to the judges to render a verdict. Buckley wins
the decision and improves to 17-6 while Morono drops to 23-9 with 1 No
Contest. Good win for Buckley.
GOOD- Joe Pyfer submits Abdul Razak Alhassan
Pyfer gets a quick takedown and grabs an arm triangle. Alhassan
escapes and they start striking. Pyfer lands some nice strikes before
slamming Alhassan to the mat. Alhassan tries for a guillotine but
can’t get it so he stands up. They continue striking for the rest of
the first round. The second round begins with some low kicks from
Alhassan that hurt Pyfer. However, Pyfer gets a big slam and locks on
an arm triangle. Alhassan goes out and the referee jumps in top stop
the fight a little over two minutes into the second round. Pyfer
improves to 12-2 and has won 5 straight fights while Alhassan drops to
12-6. Good win for Pyfer.
GOOD- Bobby Green stops Grant Dawson
In the first exchange of the fight, Green crushes Dawson with a huge
left cross that drops him. Green pounces and swarms with punches and
hammerfists until the referee jumps in to stop the fight just over
thirty seconds into the first round. Wow. Green improves to 31-14-1
with 1 No Contest while Dawson drops to 20-2-1 and has his 3 fight
winning streak snapped. Good win for Green.
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