Bellator 27: Official Fight Recap
Bellator 27's fighters each had their moment of fame.
After being smashed on the first round with uppercuts, Joe Warren (6-1 MMA, 4-0 BFC) opened a box full of powerful strikes to former champion Joe Soto (9-1 MMA, 4-1 BFC) which left the latter unconscious on the floor.
Even though both fighters were former wrestlers, Soto’s strikes were dominant in the first round. Warren was simply wobbling in some occasions and simply inferior. But the second round proved everyone wrong. Warren took aim on the opponent and suddenly the wheels are upside down. He was back in the cage.
Warren uncorked a huge knee that dropped Soto. With good punches and Soto was slumped. He tried to regain power but he is destined to fall. In 33 seconds into the second round, Warren claimed the belt.
“You can’t stop me,” Warren said after the fight. “I’m the baddest man on the planet. This is the first time you’ve seen me knock someone out,” Warren said. “It’s going to come a lot more.”
On the other hand, Soto loses for the very first time as a professional even though he looked like a world-beater in the opening round.
In the evening’s final match for the bantamweight title, Philadelphia Fight Factory’s Zach Makovsky (10-2 MMA, 2-0 CFB) survived a game of Nick Mamalis (15-5 MMA, 2-1 CFB) in their Case of 15 minutes heavy grappling.
Unlike Soto, Makovsky was dominant all over the fight. He defended everything completely well. The second round showed that Mamalis tried to overcome Makovsky, but the latter was quick enough.
The third round was a close fight. But even if Mamalis was the dominant in this round, the judges still gave the cards to Makovsky.
“After I won the first round, I realized how I could really control the fight when I was on top,” Makovsky said.
The night’s first televised contest we saw Ed West (14-4 MMA, 1-0 BFC) out-lawed Bryan Goldsby (12-12 MMA, 1-1 BFC) in a fast-paced three-round affair.
West was impressive when he showed his footworks and barrage of kicks to claim the first round. Goldsby was trying to turn the fight to his hands with ana early take-down, but West knew this is his night. He took over the opponent and prevented the take-down.
Following the win, West said he was expecting a high-paced fight.
“I was just trying to move around a lot and really cut a lot of angles,” West said. “I had seen his last fight, and I wanted to make sure I didn’t make the same mistakes his last opponent did.”
Joe Warren def. Joe Soto via knockout (strikes) – Round 2, 0:33 (to become new featherweight champion)
Zach Makovsky def. Nick Mamalis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ed West def. Bryan Goldsby via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
OFFICIAL PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS
Gilbert Jimenez def. Aaron Barringer via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Richard Odoms def. Dale Mitchell via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Andrew Craig def. Rodrigo Pinheiro via TKO (doctor’s stoppage due to cut) – Round 3, 2:53
Andrew Chappelle def. Joe Christopher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ulysses Gomez def. Travis Reddinger via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jon Kirk def. Shane Faulkner via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:19
Steven Peterson def. Ernest De La Cruz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)