Bellator 219: “Awad vs. Girtz” aired final night time (Fri., Mar. 29, 2019) through Paramount Community from Pechanga On line casino & Resort in Temecula, California. Light-weight strikers had been able to bang in the principle occasion as Saad Awad (23-10) confronted off with skilled wrestler turned bruising brawler Brandon Girtz (15-Eight). If you happen to wished rock ‘em sock ‘em robots in a major occasion, you bought that after which some on this combat. Girtz saved throwing monster left palms that at instances damage Awad badly. Awad was out placing him within the second although and had Girtz wobbled late within the third, which left viewers questioning which method the choice would go.
The ultimate verdict was 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28 all for the unanimous winner Brandon Girtz. He spoke to John McCarthy after the conclusion of the principle occasion.
“These had been some arduous instances I went by way of to get again in right here. I swear he was out twice and he simply got here again. I knew I had my palms full right here banging it out with any person like Saad. This man’s an animal. I hit him with a few of my greatest photographs and he simply saved coming. Hat’s off to him. I simply needed to keep composed and combat by way of it.”
Former Featherweight champion Daniel Straus (25-Eight) regarded to strive his luck at Light-weight in a scrap with Shane Kruchten (12-Four), who was final seen being bodied by Aaron Pico final 12 months. This was a essential check for Straus after a horrific bike practically ended his profession, however he confirmed little of the very fact he needed to learn to stroll once more after spinal stenosis. He got here ahead together with his palms up, threw correct leg kicks, countered being pressed into the cage with a leg journey takedown, then let Kruchten again up so he may tag him with a left hand. Straus acquired the rear bare choke at Three:53 of spherical one for his big comeback win.
His daughter stood with him for an emotional interview with John McCarthy.
“Sure sir. We’ve been working actual arduous for this for some time. (*choking up*) I simply wished to get him out of there as quickly as potential. I caught him with the straight left. He gave me his again and I simply took what I may. I’m simply seeking to construct. Maintain constructing and get again to that belt. Maintain that title and defend that title.”
Initially scheduled for the principle occasion, former Welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov (21-Three) discovered himself with out an opponent till newcomer Michael Jasper (13-Four) stepped in. To Jasper’s credit score he was capable of keep within the combat for all three rounds. To his demise he didn’t win any of them. Within the first spherical Koreshkov surprised Jasper together with his vaunted spinning strikes and and lit up the legs with kicks. Jasper tried to be extra aggressive in Spherical 2 however acquired nailed with a proper that surprised him at Three:38 and was simply taken down. Within the third spherical Koreshkov took him down over and over to earn a unanimous choice of 30-27 X3. No post-fight interview adopted.
Veteran kickboxer but struggling blended martial artist Joe Schilling (Three-5) regarded to reassert his place in multi-discipline combating in opposition to journeyman Keith Berry (15-14-1, 1 NC) at 185.
Schilling confirmed off one thing that he had talked up resulting in Bellator 219 — the enhancements he had made by leaving kickboxing behind to coach full time in MMA. Though he rocked Berry with a left hand 20 seconds in, essentially the most spectacular factor in each spherical one and two was his capability to stifle Berry’s offense when he hit takedowns. Within the third spherical Schilling swept on prime and commenced to mercilessly slice Berry’s brow open with quick proper elbows. There was little doubt on the finish that he had out struck and out labored his opponent en path to a 30-26 X3 unanimous choice.
Afterward Schilling talked to “Massive” John McCarthy about his huge win.
“I humbly threw my ego apart and began working actually arduous at this. I had some actually silly errors nevertheless it was efficiency. Keith is a hell of a fighter and I’m going to study rather a lot from this combat. We talked within the assembly the opposite day and also you requested if I used to be going to have the identical aggression and combating model. Once I began to relax, decide my photographs and management my stability it was rather a lot higher. I acquired the identify ‘Sew ‘Em Up’ from my elbows in muay thai. I hadn’t stitched anybody up shortly however that’s two again to again (in MMA) and also you’re going to see much more of these.”
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