It’s nonetheless early in 2019 however Bellator 219’s primary occasion is already a contender for Combat of the Yr.
On Friday night time on the Pechanga Resort & On line casino in Temecula, Calif., Bellator 219 occurred, headlined by light-weight struggle between Brandon Girtz and Saad Awad. Early within the first spherical, Girtz damage Awad with an enormous proper hand that despatched Awad reeling. It appeared like we is perhaps in for a fast primary occasion however Awad hung robust, and when he was capable of get again to his ft, rocked Girtz with an enormous knee on the break. With each males having damage one another, the 2 proceeded to throw warning to the wind and wing heavy leather-based at one another for the rest of the struggle. The third spherical particularly was hectic because it appeared like Awad received flattened by an elbow to the top throughout a sprawl however he rapidly regained himself and he and Girtz went hammer and tongs for the rest of the struggle searching for the end. Ultimately, Girtz put Awad in additional hazard within the first and third rounds and gained the struggle on all three judges’ scorecards.
Within the co-main occasion of the night, Daniel Straus accomplished his heart-warming comeback story, submitting Shane Krutchen with a rear-naked choke. Two years in the past, Straus was in a critical automobile accident and advised that he might by no means stroll once more. As an alternative, Straus was decided to show everybody flawed and now, not solely has he walked, however he had a sensational exhibiting within the cage, dropping Krutchen with a stupendous left hand after which submitting him within the first spherical. Subsequent up, Straus is hoping to work his method again to the title and contemplating what he’s overcome already, it will be silly to doubt him.
Elsewhere on the cardboard, Andrey Koreshkov received again within the win column with a hard-fought victory over Mike Jasper. Early on within the struggle, Koreshkov had his kicking recreation working extra time and it appeared like Jasper would possibly get run over, however the American hung robust and made the struggle aggressive down the stretch. In the end, Koreshkov noticed a gap along with his grappling and beginning taking Jasper down, grinding out a unanimous choice win.
In the primary card opener, Joe Schilling took a lackluster choice over veteran fighter Keith Berry. Schilling dropped Berry within the first spherical however was unable to capitalize. Within the second, Berry appeared like he was taking on towards a fading Schilling, however late within the spherical, Schilling damage Berry and had him reeling earlier than the bell intervened. Within the third although, Berry battled again, taking down the exhausted Schilling and securing mount. Schilling was capable of reverse the place and spent the remainder of the spherical reducing Berry up with elbows from the guard. Ultimately, Schilling picked up his fourth profession win, and his first profession two-fight win streak.
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