There was little doubt in anyone’s mind that the main event of Bellator 123 was going to be a grueling battle. With an intense desire to quell doubts and silence nay sayers both fighters went into this bout with the intent to silence the crowd. Yet it seems that neither fighter was able to secure a KO or Submission. Leaving things in the hands of the judges yet again.
However, this time the result was a flip-flop in unanimous favor of Patrício Pitbull (22-2-0). While Pat Curran (20-6-0), was left to chew on the very words he said to us in our last interview, “Never leave the fight in the judges’ hands” Watching the match it was clear as time went on that while action packed, both these fighters are so talented that this would be a stale mate left to the judges.
Patricio Pitbull was aggressive and dominant. He scored more takedowns early on and kept a pace that left Curran just one step behind the rest of the fight. Although it would seem that Curran picked up steam by the last round, actually winning the round, but losing the fight. It’s more likely however, that energy was running low on both sides and rather than make any risky moves Pitbull was very likely aware he was ahead in the game and survival would be most important at that point.
It was a heck of a fight, and might even make some wonder just what would have happened if there were more rounds. Congrats to Patricio Pitbull for the win!
The rest of the night’s fights went off with a bang. And with the sheer number of heavy hitters on the main card it was no surprise to see at least a couple of TKOs. But one that stood out in particular was that of Tamdan McCrory, scoring a first round TKO after just 21 seconds of the opening bell. At the start of the bout Ward’s initial attempt to land a right on his opponent’s face missed the mark by just a bit McCrory wasted no time replying with a left, right hook combo that knocked Ward right off is feet and out cold on the mat.
If anyone would chalk his win up to pure luck they should take a look at the footage once more as once Ward went down McCrory took a step back from his opponent. A move uncommon in today’s mixed martial arts, the only reasonable explanation is he knew he’d won.
Bobby Lashley didn’t disappoint either. Following in lock step with Cheick Kongo’s amazing 1st round rear naked choke victory over Lavar Johnson just moments earlier, Lashley unleashed his skill as a wrestler to execute the very same move and secure a victory against Josh Burns in the second round.
Finally, it was good to see King Mo get a piece of his crown back by taking out his opponent, Dustin Jacoby, in the second round via TKO. In our interview with him earlier he seemed a bit uncertain of his striking versus that of Jacoby’s. Telling us, “He’s tough and he’s a solid kickboxer, I don’t know if I can out-strike him. He’s also in Glory so I know for a fact I have better wrestling than he does. But you never really know until the fight.”
First off, props to King Mo for the victory and second, even more props for showing everyone you’re more than a good wrestler! Looks like the title shot he’s been wishing for may be within arms reach.
Main Card (Spike TV)
- Patricio Pitbull defeated Pat Curran Decision (Unanimous) [48-47, 49-46, 49-46] R5 5:00
- King Mo Lawal defeated Dustin Jacoby via second-round TKO (1:13)
- Tamdan McCrory defeated Brennan Ward via first-round TKO (:21)
- Bobby Lashley defeated Josh Burns Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R2 3:54
- Cheick Kongo defeated Lavar Johnson Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R1 3:27
Preliminary Card (Spike.com)
- Rico Disciullo defeated Marvin Maldonado Decision (Unanimous) [30-27, 30-27, 30-27] R3 5:00
- Steve Garcia defeated Kin Moy Decision (Split) [30-27, 29-28, 28-29] R3 5:00
- Josh Diekmann defeated Mike Wessel KO (Punches) R1 0:47
- Scott Cleve defeated Matt Bessette Decision (Unanimous) [30-27, 29-28, 29-28] R3 5:00
- Dan Cramer defeated Perry Filkins Decision (Unanimous [29-28, 30-27, 30-27] R3 5:00