Our partner Kyle Steele of Loudmouth MMA was there live for Bellator 175. Here is what he has to say
Jake Roberts and Steve Kozola got us started and wasted no time, Kazola getting the TKO in just 28 seconds. After the fight Kozola , again, wasted no time and called out newly signed Dillon Danis. Kozola had essentially one message for Danis: be yourself. This narrative continued after the fights during the media scrums.
Next up, Nohad Lahat took on Lloyd Carter. In the first round Lahat took a shot up in the middle and dropped like a led balloon. He’d recover quickly though and finish the round on top. In the second it was all Lahat; he’d eventually secure a rear-naked choke. After the fight Lahat was quiet, declining to call anyone out specifically but saying he’d like to fight on the NYC card.
Our third fight was a heavyweight tilt between Chase Gormley and Sergei Kharitonov. Before the fight Chase mentioned not wanting his fights going to decisions anymore. Well, he got his wish…just not in the way he’d have hoped. Kharitonov made quick work of Gormley, finishing him 3:55 into the first round. In his post fight interview Kharitonov was, much like Lahat, rather quiet. Having been around him at the press conference and weigh-ins this didn’t come as a shock. He did say he wanted to fight for the vacant belt, which probably goes without saying.
If you’re keeping track at home that’s three consecutive finishes to start off the main card! Doesn’t get much better than that.
Our co-main event between Marcos Galvao and Emmanuel Sanchez had an intriguing story. You have the ex-bantemweight champion moving up and fighting a talented, large featherweight (who came in 4 pounds heavy). Conventional wisdom should have written Sanchez off. He’s fighting a champion. But that couldn’t have been more wrong. Honestly, he outclassed Galvao. And he was as good on the mic as he was in cage. I’m seeing a bright future for this kid.
Last, but certainly not least, we arrive to King Mo and Rampage Jackson. The grudge match. The build up to this fight was superb, the trash-talk absolutely incredible. Their first fight was a nail-biter. Rampage won, Mo disagreed. Most of us expected this fight to be different. We were wrong. This became another back and forth war between Mo and Rampage. Mo had several takedowns of course and even landed some good shots; but mostly he held Rampage against the cage. Conversely, Rampage landed a take down or two of his own and landed some shots that rocked Mo. To be honest, it looked much like the first fight with one key difference: Mo got the nod. After the fight Mo was humble, as was Rampage–great respect and great sportsmanship. Much of the fight was boring, sure, but at the end of the day you do what you have to do to win the fight. Mo did just that and I get it. Congrats to King Mo. His next fight will be at Bellator 180 against Ryan Bader. Rampage’s next fight is up in the air, apparently he has an obligation to the UFC.