Bellator 154 outcomes: Phil Davis makes title shot with choice over 'King Mo' Lawal
Phil Davis secured a chance at the light heavyweight title with a consentaneous choice over Muhammed Lawal today at Bellator 154, almost completing the previous Strikeforce champ in a raucous ending.
After winning a one-night light heavyweight competition that was expected to cause champ Liam McGeary, Davis unanimously outpointed Lawal with a busy kick attack and a near-submission in the 3rd round.
I ought to have had a bit more urgency, said Davis (16-3 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) later on a kimura secured off a straight ideal that produced the most conclusive exchange of the headliner. You’ve got to be careful with an individual like Mo. Even though he may be tired, he’s never too tired for an overhand.
Bellator 154 happened at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The primary card aired live on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Lawal (19-5 MMA, 8-4 BMMA), the No. 12 ranked fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, banked greatly on a one-shot knockout, swinging wild with right-hand men that just missed the mark. A few times, he had the ability to get Davis interest with his fists. But not able to set from his opponent s frequent kicks, he was never ever able to find his target for long, and unable to control the former collegiate wrestling against the cage or on the mat, his case grew weaker by the round.
Davis must have observed his challenger expiring, because he captured Lawal sleeping with a straight right-hand man that staggered the ex-champ and led to a deal with takedown. Lawal endured the sequence to the final bell, but the bout s victor was not in question.
Later, Davis faced off with McGeary, who offered a review of his brand-new opposition.
I hope you stand with me like that, because I’m knocking you out definitely, McGeary stated.
To that I state, all the best, Davis responded.
Davis continues to be unbeaten since leaving the UFC to sign with the Viacom-owned Bellator while Lawal sees a seven-fight streak ended.
Awad withstands Cyborg sub efforts and returns huge
An intimidating glare and objectives to slug it out ultimately amounted to nothing more than a competitive ploy for Evangelista Santos, who pushed for a takedown of SaadAwad at the very first chance.
Just like a very current look versus Brennan Ward, Santos dove for an ankle and cranked with all his might for a heel hook and then kneebar. At the same time, Santos learned an old lesson in the jiu-jitsu to MMA playbook leg submissions expose you to punches and learned it painfully.
With no end in sight from Awad’s punches, the referee wisely chosen to end the punishment and cancel the bout at the 4:31 mark of the opening frame.
Awad (18-7 MMA, 7-3 BMMA) recuperates from a choice loss in his previous trip while Santos (21-16 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) goes back to the drawing board after his excellent interruption simply three weeks back.
San Diego indicates a whale s well-conditioned attack
Josh San Diego ran out of time prior to referee Big John McCarthy put a stop to the penalty he was drizzling down on Jeremiah Labiano in the final seconds of their fight. However, after 15 minutes of competitive action, it was the most emphatic and one-sided statement of the battle, netting him a consentaneous choice.
San Diego’s strikes more often altered the course of the fight, with high kicks slapping Labiano upside the head in the first and 2nd rounds, prompting desperate takedown attempts. While Labiano discovered his variety in the middle frame, scoring points with more accurate counters, San Diego’s conditioning proved superior headed into the last 5 minutes.
One in a flurry of punches clipped Labiano’s chin as San Diego charged, knocking him to straight into installed position. San Diego wailed away with simply a couple of seconds left, threatening a stoppage with punches and elbows to liquidate the fight.
Unanimous ratings of 29-28 for San Diego (7-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) gave him his seventh professional win and 2nd consecutive triumph while leaving Labiano (9-5 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) 1-3 in his past 4 trips.
Adam Piccolotti remains unbeaten, taps Ray Wood
After the tragic loss of Jordan Parsons, Adam Piccolotti needed to regroup and concentrate on the job at hand versus short-notice replacement Ray Wood.
Save for a high kick that wobbled his brain, Piccolotti took the motorist’s seat and dominated Wood on the mat, advancing to mount early and taking the back. Wood handled to rush to his feet, only to have Piccolotti leap on his back and protect a rear-naked choke, which obtained the tap at the 3:17 mark of the opening frame.
Piccolotti (8-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) afterward devoted his win to Parsons and his family and looked forward to brand-new obstacles. Now unbeaten in eight professional fights, he hands Wood (7-2, 1-1 BMMA) simply his second pro loss.
Andre Fialho extends unbeaten streak and ends up being prospect to view
The issue with Rick Reger’s strategy to chop out Andre Fialho’s legs was that it exposed him to the unbeaten fighter’s vicious counters. After Fialho announced his power with a right-hand man, Reger tried to escape and couldn’t find a safe house as huger shots found his cranium. Wobbling across the canvas, he was knocked to his feet prior to a punch sent him southward for excellent.
With his knockout punch and an unnecessary jumping forearm to Reger’s (7-3 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) throat before referee intervention at the 2:11 mark of the opening frame Fialho (8-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), an American Kickboxing Academy product, puts too quick stoppages on the board and becomes one to enjoy in the Bellator welterweight department.