Bellator 149 Was Something!!!
MMAJunkie – HOUSTON – Bellator 149 was definitely something. From a controversial Royce Gracie win to a bizarre Kimbo Slice finish, the night certainly had its share of bizarre moments. Take a look at them all.
Bellator 149 took place Friday at Houston’s Toyota Center. As with all Bellator events, the main card aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
In the main event, MMA legend Gracie (15-2-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) scored a first-round TKO win over fellow UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock (28-17-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA), though the end did not come without controversy. Gracie landed a knee to the groin that went unseen by the referee, and when a second knee followed to the head, Shamrock crumpled to the floor. Gracie pounced with strikes to the end the fight in the light-heavyweight first.
Meanwhile, the co-feature saw an exhausted Slice (6-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) outlast an equally winded Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris (2-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to score a third-round knockout. While the bout had moments of excitement, the two heavyweights seemed to tire almost immediately, making the grudge match a little less technical than one might like.
The unheralded Derek Campos (16-6 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) took advantage of his time on the main card and scored a devastating finish of lightweight Melvin Guillard (35-16-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA). The two traded big shots from the start of the fight, but Campos unleashed a dazzling combo early in the second round.
Additionally, light heavyweight Linton Vassell (16-5 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) picked up a unanimous-decision win over Emanuel Newton (25-10-1 MMA, 8-4 BMMA), and Emmanuel Sanchez (13-2 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) earn a split-decision victory over Daniel Pineda (21-12 MMA, 0-3 BMMA) in a 150-pound catchweight affair.
The main events of Bellator 149 went down exactly as I expected…but for some reason it was still hard to watch. I felt embarrassed for Scott Coker because he runs the number 2 promotion in the MMA game and by all accounts the event can be described as a steamy number 2. I read Dada 5000 suffered from renal failure after the fight (that is the only excuse I will take for that horrible effort). I hope he makes a full recovery but that is why you shouldn’t put fights like that on television. Kimbo and Dada 5000 are not proven MMA fighters and were on the card to help increase ratings. When I watched the fight I was 100% sure I could have beaten both of them…probably at the same time. That can’t be a good look. The Gracie vs. Shamrock fight was bad luck and I would watch a rematch (if they could make it through another training camp). The only fight that was exciting to watch was Campos vs. Guillard. That was some devastating offense with devastating results. I swear he knocked Guillard out about 8 times during those exchanges.