Bellator 172: Fedor/Mitrione Scrapped. Pitbull KOs Thomson.
The San Jose crowd was pumped for the return of one of the greatest fighters of All-Time, Fedor Emelianenko but the return had to be put on hold after Emelianenko’s opponent, Matt Mitrione couldn’t compete due to kidney stones.
Josh Thomson vs Patricky “Pitbull” Freire was bumped to the main event in replace of Emelianenko vs Mitrione. Thomson came out moving a lot in the first round trying to find angles and land leg kicks. He was controlling the first round, until Pitbull landed a overhand right that floored Thomson. Thomson recovered quickly and made it to the 2nd round. In the second round, Pitbull landed a left hook that dropped Thomson. Thomson jumped up to his feet and attempted to shoot for a double leg takedown, but was hit by a right uppercut that sent him crashing to the canvas visible hurt. Pitbull finished off the California fighter with a hammerfist, before Big John McCarthy stopped the fight.
Check Kongo wasn’t happy that his former training partner, Oli Thompson accepted a fight with him, and he made the Strongman pay for it. Kongo dominated the fight landing heavy knees from the clinch. He also landed several double leg takedowns and followed it up with heavy ground and pound on the Englishman. Kongo won in a one sided decision.
Emelianenko couldn’t fight, but his star student Anatoly Tokov did. Tokov faced off against Francisco France in a heavy grappling contest. Tokov was able to escaped two deep armbar attempts by France and another triangle choke attempt in the first round. Things changed in the second round, when Tokov was on top and able to land a series of hard shots giving him the 2nd round TKO.
Veta Arteaga and Brooke Mayo put on the fight of the night in an action packed contest. The two fighters each had high moments in the contest. Arteaga’s best work was when she was able to posture up on the downed Mayo and land heavy shots. Mayo’s best moments was her grappling ability. The fight was stopped in the third round by the ringside doctor due to a gruesome hematoma over Mayo’s left eye. Mayo argued with the physician but Arteaga was rewarded as the victor.
In the opening fight of the main card, former UFC welterweight contender, Josh Koscheck made his Bellator debut after a two year layoff, and it didn’t go as planned. His opponent Mauricio Alonson hurt him several times on the feet, before putting him out with an uppercut late in the first round. The loss pushed Koscheck’s losing streak to 6 in a row. Koscheck simply doesn’t look like the fighter that was once one of the best 170 lbs. fighters in the world. He has abandoned his wrestling completely and his chin can’t hold up anymore.