Belter 245 “Davis vs. Machida 2” took place on Friday, September 21, 2020 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Unesville, Connecticut. The main event featured two former light heavyweight champions as “Mr.” The amazing “Phil Davis (21-5, 1 NC) faced” The Dragon “Lyoto Machida (26-9). One of them was a fight with champion Vadim Nemkov or more recently his future signing Corey Anderson. Might be possible.
A cautious first round saw Machida waving his hands around, trying to follow Davis’s movement instead of footwork, but Davis maintained the boundary and used a leg kick to damage the score. Used the kick, eventually forcing Makida to backpack to escape the fence. Kick on left jaw and right head. It was an early 10–9 for Davis.
Machida dagged with a right hand in the second round but recovered quickly. For Davis, the deep kick scored repeatedly as did the body kick. Fishman was never able to find the range to score with a big shot, and when he threw a head kick, Davis was able to examine it and avoid damage. He was going 2–0 going into third.
Machida’s best round was the third, but for my money Davis was still a fast fighter, who made frequent attacks. Mashida always seemed to lack just an inch to land a hard, clean, flush shot that did significant damage, while Davis was able to consistently pull the trigger with his hands and feet.
Davis made it out of the decision to split 28–29 and 29–28 X2 and spoke to “Big” John McCarthy.
“To be completely honest I really learned that technique when I first set out to fight him and he came out of that great knockout of Randy Couture. I got away with it in the third as he was checking and setting fire to the lead leg, so I just wanted to do more with less. You would think that the fight (along with Nemkov) was close, that the fight was thin. I forgot that I placed him in a deep kimura and was on top of him in the third round. I’m proud of that but I live it with my friend, I’m coming.
The featherweight fighters also had a part of the spotlight as Kat and Zingno (10-4) faced the durable and challenging Gabby Holloway (6-5) in Zingano’s long-awaited Bellator debut.
Zingano received the honor of his promotional welcome courtesy by Holloway seconds in a tough right-handed fight. Her response was to tie Holloway, make him travel to the ground, perform side control and look for the armbar. Holloway slipped from it, but Zingano kicked a head and pushed it back into the fence. She took it down again after a few good attacks in close range and was on top at the end of Round 1.
The second round went to Xingano only. He scored another takedown, did his job to full mount, landed some hard elbows on top and managed to withdraw when Holloway tried to escape by pushing the fence with his feet. Never mind what Holloway tried to do to Zingano, she always seemed to be one step ahead of him.
Holloway had his best fighting moments in the final round as Zolano woke up from the first takedown, and immediately scored a score that made him stand out. From there he tried to raise his hands and elbows, but Zingano worked hard to keep stuff from chest to chest. When Holloway opened his foe in the head to try to hit the elbow, (commentary stating that they were not 12 to 6), Zingano swept over the top, taking Holloway back down and securing hard work. Mounted himself back to do. For the bell.
Zingano made the decision after interviewing 29–27, 30–26 x 2 and John McCarthy.
“Thank you John!” It is really nice to be back here, she is a terrific opponent, I am really honored and excited to be here with her. I wanted it to be a quick night. Nobody wants to be here for the full 15 minutes, right? Therefore, I wanted to be heavy. I wanted to come in hard and heavy and scary and um he was fine with it so we went the whole distance. this was good. It was an incredible fight. I remembered ‘Oh shit!’ And he got me another breeze. She was excited to be at the top. I knew that because of the speed at which she was going, I had to be patient, I thought she would be tired and then she would give me a big bump. I waited and it was with the arm, so I threw it back and forth and reached the top and did everything I could to really punish her for that moment. “
Up and coming contenders clashed in middleweight wrestler “Easy” Ed Ruth (8-2) against Taylor Johnson (5-1).
It is perhaps no surprise that Ruth had just gone for a takedown, but Johnson saw it coming and immediately looked to the leg to secure an inverted heel hook. At first glance, it seemed that Ruth could set her own way free, but Johnson secured it and put Ruth in a position to tap or suffer a serious injury. He made the sensible pick and gathered in the first round at 0:59. Johnson further spoke to “Big” John McCarthy.
“Thank you. What a great start. Awesome opponent. I couldn’t have a better opportunity – man’s stud. But yes, I just kept calm, calm and collected. I’ve seen their fights and I haven’t seen that legs. Se was much smarter. When I started Jiu-Jitsu, I started a leg lock gym under Dean Lister, Jeff Glover, Joko. All my people in San Diego. You give me your foot, maybe you Cut it out. So I kept making and just adjusting. I realized that he was moving around and I could tell he wasn’t super experienced with leg locks, so I sat down there and took my chance Found and took some stuff. “
The main card was the Rounding Out Welterweight Showcase between Roundboxing Champion Raymond Daniels (2-1) and Peter Stanonik (4-4). After a kick to the body and despite giving Stenonic a full mount, Stenonic was unable to capitalize on it to do any damage. The Daniels got back on their feet and continued hitting for the first round of 10 to 9, setting head kicks and overhand rights.
Unfortunately Round Two ground comes to an abrupt halt as Daniel throws a spinning heel kick to the grin causing Stenonic to double with pain in the middle of the cage, spitting out of his mouth and groaning loudly. Stenonic managed to recover but 10 seconds later he was again kicked at the same spot. The fight ended there as Jason Herzog waved it at 1:00 without a contest. An early fight between Tyrell Fortune and Jack May also did not win under similar circumstances.
Click 245 Results and Coverage for Complete Bellator here.