If you missed this past Friday’s Bellator 109 show then you missed an entertaining card and one that showcased the power of Rich Hawn and Alexander Shlemenko, as well as the dominate wrestling and ground and pound of Will Brooks.
Collectively, the three fighters owned their opponents and by the standard of the performances they put on, all three would look at home in the UFC.
Shlemenko successfully defended his BMMA middleweight belt via TKO in the first round, and with every outing the tough Russian appears to improve. In his title defense against Doug Marshall, “Storm” looked like a freight train. He mixed his performance up with a combination of takedowns and stand-up, and was devastating in his dispatch of Marshall.
Rich Hawn’s KO punch of Ron Keslar was just flat out pretty. Keslar won the first round of their fight, and indeed, looked as if he might take the match. However and in the second, Hawn began to turn it around and when the third round broke he laid Keslar out cold within 55 seconds of the bell being rung. If you missed the KO, then be sure to watch the highlight.
Regarding Will Brooks, the enormous lightweight had to settle for a decision, but in doing so, he spanked Alexander Sarnavskiy into a bloody mess. His control of “Tiger” was impressive and complete, leaving Sarnavskiy with no offense to speak of; particularly his formidable Jiu Jitsu, which never came into play.
If you missed any of it, here are the highlights: