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Pitbull victorious at Bellator 172: Thomson vs. Freire

By on February 18, 2017

pitbullIn a night that got off to a poor start from the moment that former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione pulled out of his scheduled main event fight with former Pride star Fedor Emelianenko, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire stole the show with a dominating win over Josh Thomson.

In the new main event, the lightweights wasted no time exchanging strikes early before Thomson decided to focus on wrestling. Pitbull dropped Thomson early and appeared to hurt Thomson a bit with a second right hand just as the bell ended the first round, where Freire clearly took an early lead.

Thomson may have been inspired by the setback, stepping up his striking output early in round two before the two fighters clashed heads. Unfortunately, the fight continued and Freire immediately landed a huge left hook. Thomson fought on, but ran into an uppercut while shooting for a takedown, and the hammerfists that followed were purely academic as the fight was stopped by referee “Big” John McCarthy.

The fight preceding the main event had no such controversy. Instead, former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo handily defeated Oli Thompson in a unanimous decision. Two of the three judges awarded Kongo with a pair of 10-8 rounds, while the third gave Kongo a single 10-8 round in the dominant victory.

Thompson was able to stay on his feet through most of the first round and even stood back up after being taken down, but Kongo stuck with his ground-and-pound approach and did whatever he wanted in rounds two and three. It was a one-sided victory, even if those in attendance were probably disappointed that Kongo wasn’t able to work to a finish in the three-round fight.

Another former UFC veteran didn’t fare so well, as Josh Koscheck was stopped in the first round by Mauricio Alonso. The fight started off familiar enough, with Koscheck loading up on single punches and being told for the umpteenth time to keep his hands closed when extending them towards his opponent.

Then, Alonso landed a perfect right cross that put Koscheck into retreat mode. A follow-up uppercut hurt Koscheck and Alonso didn’t waste any time landing a succession of strikes that would force a stoppage.

In women’s action, Veta Arteaga defeated Brooke Mayo in a fight that she had likely lost the first two rounds of when her persistent straight rights caused swelling above the eye of Mayo. Despite Mayo’s pleas and the fact that the fight had just 56 seconds remaining, the ringside doctor called for the fight to be stopped after inspecting Mayo’s eye, giving Arteaga the victory.

Earlier in the night, Matt Mitrione pulled out of his scheduled bout with Fedor Emelianenko due to illness.

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