Memorable Debuts at Bellator 185
When Bellator MMA comes to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut they never disappoint. Bellator 185 was no different with the promotional debut of Gegard Mousasi against Alexander Shlemenko. Also, the card changes leading up to fight night had the Gracie family on hand for another finish from their current generation of competitors and one promotional debut of a young lady who made a name for herself in her first fight.
The main event went the distance which was one of the many surprises of the night since many thought a finish could come from either man. Shlemenko hurt Mousasi in the first round causing his eye to close and be a concern for the rest of the fight; however it did not stop Mousasi from controlling the fight on the ground when they were there. Mousasi had Shlemenko’s back at the close of the first two rounds and that seemed to be enough to win the judges over and get the unanimous decision.
The game plan must have come from watching Neiman Gracie work a submission on Zak Bucia who fought a great fight for a last minute opponent. Not only did Bucia defend the submission attempt from Gracie in the first round, he tried to reverse position a few times too. But when a young lion from the Gracie family goes to confer between rounds with the senior members of the family, rest assured whatever advice they get will secure a win in the following round.
And so he did with a neck crank in the second round.
The fight fans were looking forward to between Heather Hardy and Kristina Williams seemed to go the way they did not expect. After such a great debut at Bellator 180, fans were expecting a repeat performance of what they saw in Madison Square Garden last June against the new fighter in Williams. Hardy did perform the same, which is exactly what Williams was counting on. The fight had Hardy come at Williams with the same overhand right that eventually stopped her last opponent. But Williams had an answer for it with a high-kick that would meet Hardy dead on causing blood to drip from her nose in round one, and more of the same in round two. The damage was enough for the doctor to waive the fight off and award Williams the win, surprising many fans in Mohegan Sun’s arena at Bellator 185.
Fans were treated to many finishes at Bellator 185 and the fights that went to the judges must have made for a hard night of judging. In the post fight presser Coker alluded to Mousasi perhaps getting a title shot if the damage to his eye is not too bad. However, Mousasi did not seem too happy with the result even though he won. A rematch is likely something fans would want to see again.
Complete Results Bellator 185
Gegard Mousasi def. Alexander Shlemenko via unanimous decision
Neiman Gracie def. Zak Bucia via submission (neck crank)(Round 2, 2:27)
Kristina Williams def. Heather Hardy via technical knockout (Doctor’s stoppage)(Round 2, 2:00)
Ryan Quinn def. Marcus Surin via unanimous decision
Lisa Blaine def. Ana Julaton via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kevin Carrier def. Jose Antonio Perez via unanimous decision
John Lopez def. Billy Giovanella via unanimous decision
Vovka Clay def. Frank Sforza via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:17 of R2
Don Shainis def. Matt Denning via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:50
Jordan Young def. Alec Hooben via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:44
Costello van Steenis def. Steve Skrzat via submission (strikes) at 2:52 of R1
Joaquin Buckley def. Vinicius de Jesus via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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