HOUSTON, TEXAS (February 19) – It’s a pairing that is synonymous with the sport of mixed martial arts — Ken Shamrockversus Royce Gracie — and on Friday night at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas during “Bellator 149: Shamrock vs. Gracie,” it was Gracie who went home with a second victory over Shamrock in the third fight of their classic rivalry.
After landing a knee to the body of Shamrock, Gracie pounced, raining down hammerfists to the temple of “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” that forced the referee to call a stoppage to the action at 2:22 of the opening frame. Will this victory lead to more fights for Gracie inside the Bellator MMA cage? Stay tuned.
Kimbo Slice (6-2) emerged victorious after an all-out brawl with his old nemesis Dada 5000, sending the South Florida resident facefirst into the mat at 1:32 of round three. The win ends a longstanding beef between the two men that began in the streets of Perrine, and wound up being settled inside the Bellator MMA cage.
Derek Campos (16-6) upset Melvin Guillard (32-16-2) with vicious strikes only 32 seconds into the second round. With the win, “The Stallion” bounced back from two consecutive defeats against Michael Chandler and Brandon Girtz.
A light heavyweight rematch between Emanuel Newton and Linton Vassell featured multiple low blows, which ultimately cost “The Hardcore Kid” the bout on the scorecards, with judges’ giving scores of (30-26, 29-27, 29-27). With the victory, “The Swarm” snapped a one-fight skid and moves one-step closer to the top at 205-pounds.
Emmanuel Sanchez (13-2) grinded out another split decision at “Bellator 149: Shamrock vs. Gracie,” defeating Daniel Pineda(21-12) with scores of (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). With the victory, “El Matador” has now won three consecutive bouts at featherweight and continues his pursuit of trying to become the “Oscar De La Hoya” of mixed martial arts.
Isaac Villanueva (9-7) defeated Richard Knepp (3-3) via TKO (punches) at :42 Mahon (5-4) defeated Davis Sylvester (5-4) via TKO at 4:22 of R2
Adrian Yanez (4-1) defeated Ryan Hollins (10-8) via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Jason Langellier (3-0) defeated Anthony Ivy (1-1) via submission (anaconda choke) at 2:09 or R1
Justin Wren (12-2) defeated Juan Torres (4-5) via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Mike Trinh (3-3) defeated Angel Zamora via submission (armbar) at 3:49 of R
C.J. Hancock (1-0) defeated Ruben Esparza (1-1) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:26 of R3
Manny Lozoya (1-0) defeated Jacob Norsworthy (1-6) via submission (guillotine) at 2:33 of R1
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