Muhammed Lawal keeps finding success in the heavyweight division.
The normally light heavyweight fighter defeated Satoshi Ishii in a heavyweight contest at the main event of Bellator 169, which took place on Friday at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. It was a fight that had very little action from both fighters. Ishii was hesitant and stayed on the outside occasionally throwing punches that wouldn’t really do anything significant. ‘King Mo’ pressed forward and although a little bit more active than Ishii, there wasn’t much action from the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion. A couple of takedowns here and there in rounds two and three, plus his cage control were able to get ‘King Mo’ a clean unanimous decision victory.
With this victory, ‘King Mo’ bounced back from his light heavyweight loss to Phill Davis back in May. ‘King Mo’ is now 9-0 as a heavyweight, and improved his overall professional record to 20-5 and one no contest.
Also on the card, 20-year-old James Gallagher picked up another win inside the Bellator cage, defeating Anthony Taylor in the co-main event of the night.
The fight was very competitive in the early portion, as Taylor has some success landing several right hands on Gallagher in the first round. Gallagher also had his moments as he scored a take down on Taylor and landed a few punches of his own. It was in the second round that Gallagher picked up some momentum, landing hard leg kicks that had Taylor limping round the canvas. The Irish prospect would go on to land a leg kick in the third that exposed Taylor’s back, allowing him to climb on and get the back mount. There, Gallagher snatched a rear-naked choke, winning the bout via third-round submission.
Gallagher is now 5-0, and 2-0 under Bellator.
In the only women’s bout of the main card, Sinead Kavanagh put a beating on Elina Kallionidou in front of her Irish crowd. The SGB Ireland fighter overpowered Kallionidou throughout the entire fight in both the stand up and grappling department. It was a one-seded contest that had Kavanagh winning a 30-27, 30-25, 30-26 unanimous decision.
Kavanagh kept her undefeated label and is now 4-0 as a professional fighter.
Opening the main card on Spike, Daniel Weichel scored a quick victory over Brian Moore. The Bellator veteran outboxed Moore for the majority of the round before taking him down, mounting him, and securing an arm-triangle choke to get the tap in the first round.
Weichel said he wanted a shot at featherweight champion Daniel Straus in his post-fight interview. He’s now on a three-fight winning streak since losing to Patricio Freire for the 145-pound belt back at Bellator 138. Weichel also improved his MMA record to 38-9.
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