My Thoughts From The Bellator 157 MMA Main Card
Quinton Jackson def. Satoshi Ishii via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
This was a fairly close fight. I had Ishii winning round 1 and Jackson winning rounds 2 and 3 (although I could see round 2 going either way). Ishii seemed to control the fight when he pressed Jackson to the cage and used his Judo to trip him to ground. He didn’t throw many punches and seemed okay with keeping the fight stalled on the ground. Every time Rampage was taken down, he did find his way back to the feet. He was also the busier fighter on the feet throwing what he could, when he could. I am not even sure Ishii threw a punch in round 3 and I would have been all right if Jackson got a 10-8 out of it. It didn’t look like a 10-8 round watching it, but I really can’t remember him throwing anything. On a side note…this was a very boring main event.
Michael Chandler def. Patricky Freire via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:14 – to win vacant lightweight title
Michael Chandler knocked Patricky’s head off with a vicious punch to the chin. If he were a baseball player he would have flipped his bat to outer space with that shot. It was a thing of beauty!!!
Matt Mitrione def. Carl Seumanutafa via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:22
This was a surprising fight. Mitrione was essentially knocked out and left in the fetal position but the referee did not stop the fight. Once Seumanutafa realized he needed to pounce he could not land any good shots to Matt’s face. Instead he got warned about hitting the back of the head (it is tough to hit anything else when your opponent is curled up in a ball with their back to you) giving Mitrione just enough time to recover. Matt ended up knocking Carl out with a huge punch to the head. Talk about a back and forth emotional battle.