Bellator 175 is in the books and it was another great night of fights.
If we’re being honest the card initially appeared to be a little bit thin, but wound up blowing expectations out of the water. The card had great fights, great performances, big announcements, all-in-all it was a pretty good night.
King Mo def. Rampage Jackson – Unanimous decision
Overall it was a exactly what most people thought it would be. Jackson looked to box with Mo and land power punches, while Mo shot in for the takedown repeatedly, pushing Rampage against he fence.
Mo clearly took round one. He scored multiple takedowns and at one point had Rampage’s arm wrapped up which allowed him to land some solid strikes. In round two Mo spent the first half of the round right where he left off in round one, shooting for takedowns and pushing Ramapage against the fence. Halfway through the round Rampage landed some big shots and was able to shift the round in his direction. Round three was a carbon copy of round one and ultimately gave the Mo the fight on every judges score card. Overall it was a meh kind of fight.
Interestingly following the fight it was announced that King Mo would meet Ryan Bader at Bellator 180 in June at Madison Squre Gardens.
Emmanuel Sanchez vs Marcos Galvao – Unanimous Decision
This was a great technical fight. Galvao came up in weight and put on a great fight, but struggled with the reach and range of Sanchez. Every round was pretty well the same. Sanchez was masterful with his range and was able to pick Glavao apart. It seemed Galvao was just never able to solve the puzzle and deal with the range. Overall it was a solid performance and Sanchez definitely put himself in line for a big fight.
Chase Gormley vs Sergei Kharitonov – Kharitonov by first round KO.
Chase Gormley seemed to be comfortable and in control of the early part of the fight. He was pumping the jab and using strong low kicks, but Kharitonov looked much more composed than he did in his debut. He kept his hands high and stayed very technical. Just over three minutes into the first round Kharitonov caught Gormley with a solid right hand and clearly stunned him. He immediately landed a right uppercut and turned Gormley’s lights out.
Steve Kozola vs Jake Roberts – Kozola by first round TKO
Not much to say here. Kozola likely had the performance of the night. In the very first exchange, Roberts leaned over extended a little bit and Kozola cracked him with a solid left hand. He followed that up with a barrage of punches finishing Roberts in only 28 seconds.
The rest of the card:
- Noad Lahat def. Lloyd Carter – Round 2 Submission
- Joaquin Buckley def. Justin Patterson – unanimous decision
- Tim Cho def. Joshua Hardwick – Round 3 TKO
- Manny Vazquez def. Nate Williams – unanimous decision
- James Bochnovic def. Matt Paul – Round 1 Submission
- Damian Norris def. Tom Shoaff – unanimous decision
- Mike DeLaVega def. Brian Akins – split decision