Paul Daley, ladies and gentlemen.
“Semtex” showed off his punching power when he blasted Andy Uhrich with a first-round knockout in the main event at Bellator 148 on Friday evening.
Daley backed his opponent against the cage and landed a perfectly placed uppercut to grab the finish at 2:00 of the opening round.
Both fighters measured each other early. Uhrich attempted to bring the fight to the ground, but Daley’s takedown defense kept the fight standing and allowed him to load up for the ending sequence.
With his back close to the cage, Uhrich attempted to defend punches by the British striker. Daley, however, found an opening with the right uppercut that sent his opponent unconsciously falling the canvas.
After the win, Daley used his post-fight interview to express to the Fresno, Calif. fans in attendance at the Save Mart Center that their hometown fighter, Josh Koscheck, wouldn’t have been able to put on the same kind of show.
“You guys would’ve been sleeping in your seats right now,” Daley said of the level of entertainment in a Koscheck fight. “But luckily the British boy came to the cage, entertained and knock people out like I always do.”
Earlier in the night, Ryan Couture and Patricky Freire traded punches for all of three minutes before the latter fighter put Randy’s son to bed.
After being stunned with a punch earlier in the round, Freire landed the last strike of the fight in the form of a left hook. Couture went falling the floor, face first, giving “Pitbull” the knockout finish.
Other main card winners included Paul Bradley and Tony Johnson. Bradley shined in the co-main event, earning a technical knockout of Chris Honeycutt at just 40 seconds into the fight. Johnson opened up the card with a third-round TKO of Raphael Butler.