The Bellator MMA cage was in Uncasville, Conn. on Friday at the Mohegan Sunlight Arena for Bellator 243: Chandler vs. Henderson 2. The occasion was originally scheduled to acquire place on June 6 in Chicago, but COVID-19 forced the function to be postponed and relocated.
The fight card’s key celebration showcased a rematch in between former three-time Bellator light-weight champion Michael Chandler and former UFC and WEC lightweight titleholder Benson Henderson. The two initial fought at Bellator 165 in November 2016 with Chandler edging out Henderson on the scorecards by break up final decision. The rematch did not get out of the 1st spherical.
1 criticism all over Henderson’s career has been that he’s a sluggish commenced, but that wasn’t the situation on Friday. The two immediately started mixing it up at the audio of the opening bell. Henderson sent significant kicks to the physique. He was having the struggle to the previous winner in the early going. Chandler located his vary and related with a counter remaining hand. A couple of moments later on, his still left hand uncovered a home on Henderson’s jaw and dropped Henderson. Chandler landed a observe-up suitable hand that still left Henderson face down on the canvas.
“It (the remaining hand) was something we form of labored on a small bit, it’s possible toss him off his activity a little bit,” explained Chandler next his 21st occupation win. “Benson is a winner. I’d be lying to you if I mentioned I was not terrified to dying within this cage, stepping into the cage with that monster. He understands how to get. He’s a winner inside of and outside of the cage.”
With the next get about Henderson guiding him, Chandler desires to expend time with his family members. He experienced a 12-7 days schooling camp. Right after some a great deal essential time at house, Chandler is willing to confront any light-weight on the planet.
“It’s all in God’s hands. God has often opened up doors at the correct time. He’s closed doors at the right time,” Chandler explained. “Every solitary light-weight on the total world, you’re on the clock. You’re on discover. Scott Coker, you’re on the clock. Let’s get some thing finished.”
In the co-main celebration, heavyweights Matt Mitrione and Timothy Johnson ended in a initially-spherical stoppage. Early in the opening body, the two arrived collectively and Johnson’s head clashed with Mitrione’s chin resulting in Mitrione falling to the canvas. It appeared as if Johnson had tripped Mitirione but the replay confirmed the unintended headbutt.
Johnson adopted Mitrione to the canvas and labored to protected facet manage. Mitirone rolled to his knees and tried out to stand and Johnson linked with uppercuts hurting Mitirione. Johnson continued to hammer absent with suitable fingers until eventually the referee intervened.
“I feel he tried using to kick when we arrived in and I believed our hips, we obtained tied up and he just fell. I had no clue,” explained Johnson just after the gain. “I guess sometimes it is much better to be fortunate than superior.”
“As he was coming up to the referee’s posture essentially, I hit him with a pair individuals (uppercuts) and he began to turn and kind of sucked a small little bit of life out of him it felt like, so I Just saved hitting,” Johnson claimed. “I was not going to let it slip out of my hands.”
In other lightweight action, previous World Sequence of Fighting and Tachi Palace Fights featherweight winner Georgi Karakhanyan faced Myles Jury on the principal card. Jury correctly retained Karakhanyan on the outside in the opening round making use of his arrive at edge and jab. He incorporated a kick major offense although Karakhanyan looked to connect with a large suitable hand.
In the second body, Karakhanyan was ready to close the length and get inside of on Jury. He exhausted Jury up along the cage and secured two takedowns in the round, but Jury instantly acquired back to his feet both equally occasions. Heading into the last frame the combat was even.
In the ultimate spherical, Jury continued to pepper Karkhanyan with jabs and leg kicks. Halfway as a result of the round, Karkhanyan used a guillotine choke and pulled guard to tighten it down. Jury escaped the submission endeavor and received top placement. From there, he shipped punches to the physique and elbows to the head. Karkhanyan worked his way again to his ft in the closing seconds but plainly misplaced the round. The judges returned an odd scoring with a person possessing Karakhanyan profitable all three rounds. A further head Jury winning all a few rounds. The third decide scored the bout 29-28 for Jury ensuing in a split choice earn for “Fury.”
Total Bellator 243 Success:
– Michael Chandler def. Benson Henderson by KO at 2:09, R1
– Tim Johnson def. Matt Mitrione by TKO (strikes) at 3:14, R1
– Myles Jury def. Georgi Karakhanyan by split determination (27-30, 30-27, 29-28)
– Sabah Homasi def. Curtis Millender by unanimous final decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
– Adam Borics def. Mike Hamel by break up decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
– Cris Lencioni def. AJ Agazarm by unanimous choice (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)
– Valerie Loureda def. Tara Graff by TKO (punches) at 5:00, R2
– Grant Neal def. Hamza Salim by unanimous final decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-24)
– Charlie Campbell def. Nainoa Dung by TKO (leg kicks) at 1:42, R2
– Dalton Rosta def. Mark Gardner by TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00, R1