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Bellator 194 ‘Nelson vs. Mitrione’ main card recap



For ten minutes Matt Mitrione showed why he should be the favorite in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. For the last for the other five — he showed us why he shouldn’t be.

In the end, Mitrione (13-5, 4-0 Bellator) earned a majority decision victory over Roy Nelson (24-14, 1-1 Bellator), with one judge calling it a draw and the other two giving it Mitrione 29-28. also had it 29-28 Mitrione.

For the ten minutes he was on his feet, Mitrione was excellent, moving, landing combinations with his hands and occasionally slamming kicks to the head and the body. He dominated the majority of rounds one and two on the feet, but Nelson did manage to take him down late in both rounds. Yet Nelson was unable to take advantage of either takedown. Finally, Nelson was able to score with a power double again the third and move into the mounted crucifix position, where he pounded Mitrione for most of the rest of the round. But in the end, it wasn’t enough for “Big Country.”

With this victory, Mitrione moves on to face the winner of Ryan Bader and King Mo, and unless he improves his wrestling defense, either of these men will eat him up in Round 2. But he if can move and strike like he did for two-thirds of this fight for a whole fight, he’s beating everyone.

The co-main saw Patricky Pitbull (19-8, 12-7 Bellator), one of Bellator’s ride or dies, run his winning streak to three, demolishing Derek Campos (19-7, 10-5 Bellator) in one round. It was a war of nerves until Pitbull caught him with a counter left hook and jumped on him, finishing him at 2:23 of Round 1.

This came after one of the worst fights in the history of MMA TV, as former boxing world champions Heather “The Heat” Hardy (2-1 Bellator) and Ana Jualton (2-4, 0-2 Bellator) stunk out the joint, trying to wrestle along the fence and grapple instead of sticking with their strengths. Hardy eked out the win, but probably did a lot of damage to her star power going forward.

The star of the entire show may have been light heavyweight Vadim Nemkov (9-2, 2-0 Bellator), who looked a legitimate contender in demolishing former Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary (12-3, 8-3 Bellator). Nemkov kept McGeary at bay with his boxing, stopped several takedowns, and towards the end of the first round, started slamming in hard leg kicks. By the end of the third round, those kicks wore McGeary down to the point where he couldn’t stand, and referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the fight at 3:21 of the 3rd Round.

Although it wasn’t quite as impressive as flying knee KO pro MMA debut, Tywan ‘Speedy’ Claxton scored another impressive TKO to open up the card over Jose Perez.

You can check get your full event results and highlight from Bellator 194 ‘Nelson vs. Mitrione’ right here.

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