Bellator 155 took over the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, Friday, bringing a middleweight title clash between champ Rafael Carvalho and challenger Melvin Manhoef with it.
This main-event fight promised fireworks, but promises are made to be broken, after all.
The two started off slowly – so slowly, in fact, referee “Big” John McCarthy had to halt action to remind them why they were there, encouraging them to pick up the pace. In Round 2, Manhoef began to open up with hard kicks to the legs and to the body of Carvalho. In the closing moments of the round, however, Carvalho jumped in with a knee to the body of Manhoef, appearing to catch him low. Just as McCarthy put his hands on the fighters to give Manhoef time to recover, Carvalho landed a standing elbow, causing a brief flare-up. Carvalho claimed innocence, and the fight went on.
In Round 3, Carvalho again battled the rulebook, catching Manhoef with an open hand and poking him in the eye. The two separated, but when the action resumed, Carvalho appeared to poke Manhoef again, prompting a moment of disbelief from the Dutch kickboxer. Ultimately, McCarthy never saw the second poke, and the fighters continued.
Midway through Round 3, Carvalho managed to drag Manhoef to the canvas with a body lock. Manhoef, however, quickly worked to his feet, and they worked against the cage, where the champ then landed a knee to the groin of Manhoef. Still, no point deduction. Action resumed, and Manhoef found success with his hands toward the end of the round, catching Carvalho with a heavy uppercut to close out the frame.
Carvalho turned to his grappling in Round 4, taking Manhoef to the mat and working from side control early before returning to his feet. From there, more inactivity ….View full article
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