Bellator 152: “Pitbull vs. Souza” aired last night (Sat., April 16, 2016) from inside Pala Alpitour in Torino, Italy.
In the evening’s main event, two veteran fighters decided to test each others’ chins. Patricky Freire looked to prove his dominance again with another knockout, while former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Kevin Souza — moved up to Lightweight to take this bout — sought to prove that being a late replacement for Derek Campos wasn’t a mistake.
The first two rounds were, to put it mildly, UNDERWHELMING. Souza was content to circle on the outside and try to poke at Freire as he bounced back-and-forth on his feet. Meanwhile, Freire was content to let him do it until he hit a takedown. If one takedown in each round equals victory, Freire was the more effective man, but McCarthy gave both of them a warning in round two for inactivity.
Freire was the clear aggressor in the third round, hitting a takedown with 40 seconds left looking to seal the deal. All of the the judges decided he had done enough and scored it 30-27 in Freire’s favor. No post-fight interview followed.
The co-main event featured an Italian favorite coming in off a long sting in UFC, Alessio Sakara, who looked to prove he could be a winner in a new organization. However, “Professional Predator” Brian Rogers stood in his way at Light Heavyweight. Rogers let Sakara bring the fight to him in the first round, waiting for — and finding — the opportunity to change levels and hit a takedown. Rogers worked him over on the ground for about two minutes before referee Marc Goddard stood them up with short time left.
Sakara wanted a home run to end the round, but couldn’t hit it.
The second round featured an awkward moment where Rogers complained that ….View full article
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