My Thoughts From The Bellator 162 Main Card
Alexander Shlemenko def. Kendall Grove via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:43
Alexander Shlemenko looked great during his fight with Kendall Grove, mixing up his typical spin attacks with accurate kicks and punches. Alexander is known for having a great chin (they call him the Jay Leno of MMA. Not really, I just made that up) and it was evident by the way he kept his hands low during the exchanges. That almost cost him when Grove was able to stagger him against the cage with knees and punches but the former champ was able to push through and survive. Shlemenko finally found his groove in round 2 when he landed a left to the liver (I drank a bunch of PBR’s so I kind of know how Grove feels) and a right to the head. That dropped Kendall to the mat and from there Alexander followed up with punches in bunches forcing the stoppage in round 2.
Bobby Lashley def. Josh Appelt via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:43
Bobby Lashley (one giant muscle of a dude) dominated the fight with Josh Appelt (not so muscly). He was able to take the fight to the ground in round 1 and punish Josh with punches, elbows and submission attempts. He out landed his opponent 58-0 (I haven’t seen a blowout like that since the first Dream Team took on…anybody). In the second round, Josh landed a couple good leg kicks that had me wondering is Lashley’s gas tank was on empty. That fear was squashed when Lashley used a guillotine attempt to get the fight back to the ground. Once there, he used punches to set-up a fight-ending rear-naked choke.
Goiti Yamauchi def. Ryan Couture via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:01
Goiti Yamauchi is a submission machine. I was worried Ryan Couture’s wrestling was going to give him trouble (especially since he was moving up a weight class) but when you are good, you are good. Yamauchi is poised for great things in this sport and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is fighting for a belt very soon. Couture didn’t look bad in the 61 seconds we saw him (besides for the last 4 when he was tapping) and just needs a little confidence to get back on track. It is the opposite approach for my girl. I keep her confidence low so she never leaves.
Hisaki Kato def. A.J. Matthews via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:58
Hisaki Kato and A.J. Matthews (both knockout powerhouses) put on a show landing power shots in a crazy round that saw both men get rocked. An accidental eye poke from Kato stopped the fight briefly but once it resumed Kato pressed and landed everything (including the kitchen sink) to force a first-round stoppage.