Bellator 243 “Chandler vs. Henderson 2” took spot Friday, August 7, 2020 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Following various makes an attempt (and accidents) prevented this long awaited rematch from using place, even the coronavirus pandemic could not cease an additional combat in between Michael Chandler (20-5) and Benson Henderson (28-8) from going down.
Henderson promised in the media day Q&A that he’d get off to a fast start out this time. He seemed excellent in the stand up exchanges, landing just one-two combos and difficult human body kicks, but Chandler destroyed him with a person challenging remaining hand for the unexpected ending at 2:09 of the initially round.
As you may well assume the “Big” John McCarthy interview followed.
“Listen person when you train at Sanford MMA with the most effective coaches, very best instruction companions in the world, you can do everything. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t fearful. He’s a winner inside and outdoors of the cage. My ribs damage suitable now, foot hurts, leg hurts. Benson Henderson does not have a ton of finishes, but he throws really hard, he’s acquired some huge legs, massive ft. I just can’t wait around to be house. It’s been 12 months so I’m excited to go household. It’s all in God’s arms. God has opened and closed doors at the ideal time. If this is the previous time I move in the Bellator cage, to most people in this article, you have no strategy the impact you have built on my life. We’ll see what takes place. Each and every single Lightweight on the clock, you’re on see. Scott Coker, you are on the clock. Let us get it finished.”
Also on this card was a Heavyweight tilt amongst two fighters with prior UFC working experience — Matt Mitrione (13-7) and Timothy Johnson (13-6).
Issues went South for Mitrione swiftly as an inadvertent headbutt to the chin knocked him down and Johnson was immediately on prime of him in aspect management.
Johnson poured on hefty left hands until eventually Mitrione gave up his back again, then Johnson really started off to jack him up with legal rights. Mitrione tried to get back to his knees but he was not equipped to increase his posture and Mike Beltran waved it off at 3:14, awarding Johnson the win by technological knockout. He spoke to “Big” John McCarthy upcoming.
“The coaches have been inquiring me what happened in there. We got tied up and he fell. In some cases it’s better to be fortunate than to be excellent. I viewed his struggle with Bader, believed there were being a great deal of instances he was just hanging on, believed there was an alley to capture Mitrione with an uppercut. I observed an opening and I gave it a try. He was coming up to the referee’s position, strike him with a couple of those and he turned, stored hitting him with all those. I was not heading to permit it slip out of my fingers.”
A Light-weight divisional ranking bout was on tap as Myles Jury (18-5) seemed to make it two in a spherical in opposition to formidable submission specialist Georgi Karakhanyan (29-10-1, 1 NC).
On the feet you’d be expecting Jury to have the placing edge, so Karakhanyan did his most effective to negate that by connecting with overhand legal rights and then capturing to place Jury towards the cage, exactly where he allow his knees and filthy boxing do the do the job. Jury landed a couple of fantastic shots that drew a trickle of blood but when it arrives to “cage control” Karakhanyan was the one particular major the dance in the opening spherical. The only distinction in the next round was that Karakhanyan in fact received the takedown, including to his total control of the struggle. The solitary leg that he skipped just led to an overhand proper that clocked Jury cleanly.
Bellator’s commentators saw it as 1 round apiece, and maybe Jury did plenty of hurt at near quarters to argue round two, but the third round was plainly his finest of the battle. Soon after selecting the stand-up exchanges weren’t going his way Karakhanyan jumped guard for a guillotine choke, but Jury popped his head free and then had two minutes on major to pour on floor and pound. Karakhanyan acquired again up with 13 seconds still left but that was not more than enough to get him the round.
The judges would have to make a decision the winner general and just about failed to do so, running a 30-27 each route until finally a 29-28 made a decision it for Jury by means of split selection. No publish-combat interview adopted.
Two adult men competing at a catch excess weight of 175 lbs. ended up searching to score massive in the cage as Curtis Millender (18-5) confronted the really hard hitting Sabah Homasi (13-8).
Homasi was animated before the struggle even started, getting in Millender’s encounter right before the opening bell, and he was chasing the electricity ideal hand all over round one particular. He was only able to land it effectively after but a takedown set him on best for the previous two minutes of the opening body.
The struggle turned into a war of attrition as Homasi went continuously for takedowns in Spherical 2. Millender was equipped to stave him off for a very little little bit but finally succumbed when Homasi pushed him into the cage and dropped to his knees to protected his energy. Millender experienced a momentary escape when Homasi attempted to get his again, but Homasi escaped a D’Arce try and received yet another takedown with 25 seconds remaining to acquire the 2nd round.
Homasi dumped out most of his fuel tank with people takedowns and Millender realized it. He eagerly chased his opponent around the cage throwing jabs and uppercuts, and Homasi went for clinches and takedowns defensively as a substitute of offensively. Millender bucked him off and obtained back to the feet, Homasi acquired another takedown and went for the back, but he overplayed his hand with an armbar try that just allow Millender again on prime to do far more hurt at the conclusion of the round. The judges would have to type this one particular out and they all agreed — 29-28 X3 for “The Modern Sheik” Sabah Homasi. No write-up-battle interview adopted.
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