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Bellator 172 Results: Patricky Pitbull drops Josh Thomson three times, wins in hostile territory

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — When Saturday morning arrived, a heavyweight showcase between Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione filled MMA fans with excitement.

Then, one Scott Coker tweet changed everything.

Due to kidney stones, the biggest fight of Mitrione’s career and the United States’ return of Emelianenko was postponed. Bellator 172 was suddenly left without a main event. Thankfully, San Jose’s son saved the show – but, the home crowd was denied a celebration.

Patricky Pitbull, dropping Thomson by a headbutt and left hook, finished the hometown product while collecting the biggest win of his career.

“For me [this is] great, winning against a guy like Josh,” Pitbull said. “I’m very happy.”

Both fighters displayed patience early on. Thomson, who had no ring rust in his movement, chopped down the lead leg of Pitbull while the latter was looking for a one-punch opening.

Soon, the Brazilian had to look no further.

Starting with a left-right-left combination, Pitbull began to piece together the puzzle in front of him. Moreover, a right-hand hook dropped Thomson and caused silence inside the SAP Center. “The Punk” was in trouble.

Engaged in a scramble, Pitbull was off the leash and hunting for a knockout. Yet, Thomson quickly got back to his feet and appeared to be fully recovered. In fact, the California native fired off a pair of head kicks — both of which were blocked — in the final minute of the round. The danger was averted.

Though, it soon resurfaced.

A right body shot and left-hand hook, complemented by a headbutt, sent Thomson tumbling to the canvas for the second time. Immediately, Pitbull pounced on his prey, finishing the bout with a left hook, which caused a third knockdown, and hammer fists.

Patricky Pitbull had bounced back in a big way.

Despite being knocked out viciously by current lightweight champion Michael Chandler last June, the 31-year old Pitbull has won three of his last four. Following the fight, conversation of a chance at redemption started.

“Shut up, motherf***er,” Pitbull said in reference to lightweight champion Michael Chandler.

If Pitbull does receive another opportunity, the matchup will be the third bout between the two. Chandler won the first matchup by unanimous decision. Josh Thomson’s loss was the first while under the Bellator banner. He is now 2-1 following his departure from the UFC.

Full Bellator 172 Results:

MAIN CARD – SPIKE

  • Patricky Freire def. Josh Thomson via KO (Punches), Round 2 – 0:40
  • Cheick Kongo def. Oli Thompson via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)
  • Anatoly Tokov def. Francisco France via TKO (Strikes), Round 2 – 2:24
  • Veta Arteaga def. Brooke Mayo via TKO (Doctor stoppage), Round 3 – 4:04
  • Mauricio Alonso def. Josh Koscheck via TKO (Punches), Round 1 – 4:42

PRELIMINARY CARD – Online Stream

  • Nikko Jackson def. Cesar Gonzalez via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • J.J. Okanovich def. Zach Andrews via Submission (Rear-naked Choke), Round 2 – 2:26
  • James Terry def. J.C. Llamas via Unanimous Technical Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Gaston Bolanos def. Abner Perez via TKO (Punches), Round 1 – 4:53
  • Diego Herzog vs. Martin Sano declared Majority Draw (28-27, 28-28, 28-28)
  • Justin Tenedora def. Roque Reyes via Submission (Face crank), Round 2 – 4:59
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Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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