Bellator 289 Recap – Winners Only Club


Upset Of The Night: Christian Echols defeats Pat Downey by Knockout

This is the best award of the night… At +900, I ought to have listened to our buddy, Ben “Big Tuna” Parrish, and positioned my money on the underdog, Echols. Christian Echols was in control for the entirety of the struggle for the short amount of money of time that they have been locked in the cage. It was brief, it was entertaining, and it most likely killed a large amount of parlays right before it experienced even begun. This battle that manufactured a assertion on a trend that was closely dominated by betting underdogs profitable on the card.

Overall performance Of The Night time: Patchy Mix defeats Magomed Magomedov by Guillotine Choke

Patchy Blend is no joke. Patchy Combine was dominant and secured his place as the challenger in the million greenback battle concerning Raufeon Stots and himself in the grand prix championship. Patchy Blend rag-dolled Magomedov for this struggle in advance of in the long run putting him to sleep when the decide felt his limp arm and stopped the battle from finding even worse. Spherical one particular was a little gradual but you could see Combine was feeling himself and was getting momentum and then in round 2 Combine showed that he was the best bantamweight in the world on that specified working day. I truly never believe anybody weighing 135 lbs at any promotion would have experienced the capabilities to defeat Mix on December 9th.

Honorable Mention: I would say that if this struggle did not materialize then a pretty shut 2nd for me was Liz Carmouche defeating Juliana Velasquez to retain her title would have been the effectiveness of the night.

Fight Of The Night time: Raufeon Stots defeats Danny Sabatello by Break up Final decision

Ahead of we go into the struggle, whoever scored this 50-45 wants to hardly ever choose once more. I did imagine this battle was particularly near but eventually this arrived down to the absent ability to land any damage when Sabatello had Stots on the floor. Sabatello’s wrestling was way far better than Stots but in an MMA struggle, floor regulate time just does not generally get it completed. Sabatello was out struck intensely and most individuals experienced this fight at 38-38 heading into spherical 5. I rewatched the battle this early morning and a person of my major takeaways was corner work. Mike Brown and American Major Staff are amazingly prestigious to be close to but what I discover not only in this struggle but what was reiterated was that they seem to be to be not able to ignite a fireplace in their fighters. We have seen this time and time once more. Going into round 5, they ended up telling Sabatello “we never know it could possibly be 2-2” but in the opposing corner you have Eric Nicksick yelling at Stots knowing it is 38-38 and that he needed to win this combat. Sabatello went into spherical 5 believing he won that combat and we know that simply because he appeared a Mike Brown in disgust pretty much experience insulted that there could be perception he was not up in these rounds. If I was coaching Sabatello, the initially detail I am doing is placing him through a grueling couple months of muay thai or kickboxing mainly because he lacked these competencies in this struggle and it showed pretty significantly so. Danny went 4/19 on takedowns and for a person who is going to count on their wrestling capacity, this is likely to be a big issue if you are not heading to get a submission. If this coaching issue does not improve, we are heading to see a lot more athletes going the route of guys like Colby Covington, Amanda Nunes, Kamaru Usman, and several far more that are leaving these mega gyms for a lot more specialized and particular person groups like MMA Masters or Trevor Wittman. All the regard in the globe to Stots and Sabatello as they put on a hell of a performance. Soon after tonight, we are going to be in for a handle when we witness Patchy Blend and Raufeon Stots combat for the bantamweight grand prix championship.