The AllState arena in Rosemont, Illinois featured the Bellator 198, where Emmanuel Sanchez submitted Sam Sicilia to the co-main event in the first round with a modified arm triangle. At the Bellator 198 pre-fight presser, the company's boss, Scott Coker, said that if Sanchez won, he would likely get the honor to compete for the featherweight crown of the promotion.
Also on the main map, BJJ Guru Rafael Lovato Jr. has wasted no time in sending Gerald Harris, who delivered his opponent in the short term, to the first round in just one minute. Lovato Jr. is still undefeated and achieves 8: 0 in his professional MMA career. So the question is, who's next?
Neiman Gracie remained undefeated tonight after Javier Torres moved to the 8-0 aggregate and 6-0 in the second round under the banner of Bellator. The opening of the main card, BJJ outstanding Dillon Danis made his Pro MMA debut by submitting Kyle Walker to the opening round in less than two minutes. Danis vs Gracie sounds like it's a dream match of grappling greats, although Gracie has more MMA experience.
Emmanuel Sanchez bes. Sam Sicilia by submission (arm triangle) 3:52 of round 1
Both men met right in the middle of the cage and started shooting until Sicilia forced Sanchez to take a takedown against the cage. Sanchez fell back on a leg sluice, but Sicilia was smart enough to pull away to take the lead. As Sicilia went in search of an RNC, Sanchez reversed the position and locked in a stationary arm triangle. Sanchez dropped to the mat, took a back seat and left Sicilia nowhere to go to the tap! What a cool submission!
Rafael Lovato Jr., Gerald Harris, by assisting (armbar) at 1:11 of lap 1: 188 pounds
Lovato Jr. started the fight with a jump knee, but fell and gave Harris the lead. Do you think the Jits master had a problem that he deflected from his back? No way! Lovato Jr. quickly attacked his opponent's arm and closed the armbar before Harris knew what hit him. Harris knocked before his arm was torn in half.
Neiman Gracie esp. Javier Torres by submission (arm triangle) at 3:18 of round 2: welterweight
Gracie came out to strike until he socked a good time and then reached back to his bread and butter. Gracie brought the fight to the mat and leaned back in a leg loop, but the defense of Walker was solid enough to get out of the first round. The distance was completed within the first 30 seconds of the second frame, with Gracie took a tour takedown. Walker would look up to the referee to get help to get back on his feet, but Gracie methodically improved his position and found his way into the full mountain. Gracie included an airtight arm triangle and switched to the side control for maximum leverage. At that moment Torres knocked wisely.
Look at Gracie, what Gracie does:
Dillon Danis def. Kyle Walker Submission (Toe Hold) at 1:38 of Round 1: 175 pounds
It was no surprise that Danis immediately shot a takedown, but Walker was right there to hold the distance and with a heavy left hand zurückzufeuern. Danis was able to keep watch, and then it was not long before Marcelo Garcia's black belt attacked a leg and sank a toe handle for the faucet.
Danis wins by submission? Go figure:
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