There’s no need for extra hours on Corey Anderson’s Bellator debut as he controls Melvin Manhoef on his way to the bloody second round TKO at Bellator 251.
Backed by the remarkable size advantage, Anderson exploited the most obvious lack of longtime boxer Manhoef with kills. Once on the canvas, he held the guard half and used his elbow and punched roughly until referee Todd Anderson saw enough and stopped acting at 2:34 of the second inning.
“[My coach] Nick Catone told me to take it down again, “said Anderson later at the Fight Sphere at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.”;[Coach] Mark Henry said, ‘Let’s act.’ That’s our code. That means go, relax. Finish him. “
Manhoef, looking more like a muscular midsize guy than an actual lightweight guy, got hit by a few punches he threw. Although he was able to do a nice sweep in the first round and do battle with a bottom-line knockout, Anderson didn’t give him time to function within his preferred range.
Anderson, who was at the pinnacle of an UFC championship before losing to KO to current champion Jan Blachowicz, returned to the winning column after his formidable defeat. He is aiming high in Bellator’s next game, targeting top contender Phil Davis or champion Vadim Nemkov.
“Anyone who fights for the title, I want the winner,” said Anderson. “Whoever has that strap, come see me.”
Luck returns to the winning column
In a performance as a worker, Tyrell Fortune brushed off the bleak of a knockout and unrivaled loss with a firm decision against Said Sowma.
Fortune’s wrestling tackled the outcome a lot, with a late-half knock defending the opening goal after a tedious battle with Sowma on foot. The decorated player opened up more in the middle goal, though he was swept in with a foot kick and put on defense at the end of the round at a higher tempo from Sowma, a product of American Top Team.
Fortune used the clinch to neutralize Sowma after a few tense swaps in the last frame, and he resisted attempts to put him in the frame, taking the top spot to end the fight. . The judges unanimously gave him a 29-28 score to bring him back to the winning column following a knockout loss to Timothy Johnson and no opponent from an accidental groin kick against Jack May.
Vanderford left de Jesus in a pool of blood
A fine tackle and a strong knee effort marked Vinicius de Jesus’ best foul against Austin Vanderford. At the end of the first half, Vanderford took control and used his material to dominate the remainder of the match.
The replacement was noticed shortly, de Jesus did not have the morale or the ability to struggle to prevent Vanderford from placing him on the frame, which resulted in the scouring of the referees’ scorecards with scores 30-26 , 30-27 and 30-27. At the end of the match, de Jesus lay in a pool of blood, some of his opponents and most of him after using his elbow and punching for the better part of the two rounds. A triangular arm choke that almost ended his night in the second frame.
Vanderford is currently 10-0 professional and earns a step up in the competition, while de Jesus goes 1-2 in the past three opening games.
Instant playback Derek Anderson Win knockout
Mota’s jiu-jitsu talent was immediately shown in an attack that caused Anderson to defend several times in the first and second half. But a brief negligence in defense – and the use of instant replay – put him down in the second half of the fight.
After exiting a slash and armbar attempt, Anderson immediately landed himself and made a header as Mota stepped out of frame. Since Mota’s knee was erected at the time of the collision, it was considered a legitimate blow – not an illegal kick at a defeated opponent – after officially reviewing the closing sequence. match. The officials’ tools were working as intended after referee Mike Beltran stopped acting.
This is the end.
Full Bellator 251 results:
Corey Anderson beat. Melvin Manhoef over to TKO (strike) – Round 2, 2:34
Tyrell Fortune def. Sowma spoke through a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Austin Vanderford beat. Vinicius de Jesus approves unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Derek Anderson protested. Killys Mota over KO (kick) – Round 2, 4:27
Georgi Karakhanyan def. Bryce Logan approves a split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Julius Anglickas def. Alex Polizzi approves unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Janay Harding resisted. Jessy Miele approves unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ali Zebian fights. Piankhi Zimmerman approves unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Jaylon Bates defeats. Joe Supino approves a unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27)
Sumiko Inaba def. Jessica Ruiz over TKO (strike) – Round 1, 4:59