Wow, what a crazy fight to finish a wild card in London, England…
Touching down in London, England last night, Bellator 179 looked to put on the fireworks at the SSE Arena. Featuring an exciting card, wild fights and brutal finishes are the story of this event.
Headlining the action were UFC veterans Paul Daley and Rory MacDonald. Having fought outside the UFC since his infamous sucker punch on Josh Koscheck, ‘Semtex’ was coming off an explosive KO of Brennan Ward.
Rory MacDonald vs. Paul Daley
Hoping to spoil MacDonald’s Bellator debut, Daley had one game plan in min-to get the knockout. Unfortunately he was not able to implement that, but MacDonald was the man controlling the action.
Winning the early striking exchanges, Rory was able to get the fight down in the second round, and that was all she wrote. Daley was unable to escape, and eventually got finished on the mat.
Check out the fight finish below:
Bellator 179 Full Results List
MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)
Rory MacDonald def. Paul Daley via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:45
Linton Vassell def. Liam McGeary via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 2:28
Cheick Kongo def. Augusto Sakai via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Alex Lohore def. Dan Edwards via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:56
Kevin Ferguson Jr. def. D.J. Griffin via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:40
PRELIMINARY CARD (Bellator.com 7 p.m. ET)
Stav Economou def. Dan Konecke via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:05
Amir Albazi def. Jamie Powell via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)
Nathan Jones def. Umer Kayani via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1
Fabian Edwards def. Rafal Cejrowski knockout (flying knee) – Round 1
Jeremy Petley def. Chase Morton via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
Mike Shipman def. Marcin Prostko via TKO (knees) – Round 1, 2:39
Salih Kulucan def. Diego Barbosa via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 2:18
MacDonald Happy With Bellator
Speaking with press during a media call for Bellator 179, via MMA Fighting, ‘Ares’ says he is way happier with BMMA:
“I think Bellator gets it, they want to build a character around each and every guy on the roster. They want to build up the names and let people see the real sides of them and they can build that up. The UFC kind of has lost that, everyone is wearing the same thing, everybody is trying to be Conor McGregor, and it’s lost it’s feel a little bit.
“[I’m] just more involved rather than just being another guy in the line, another number, another sheep,” MacDonald said. “So, I just feel more respected, more attention to detail when it comes to the promotion of myself.”
“Everybody’s situation is getting worse there and increasingly people are getting more and more unhappy,” MacDonald said. “And seeing that there’s money to be made, just the way they’re treated in general. They’re not content with it, so, it’s got there’s a competitor in the marketplace and that’s just going to make everybody get better. More options for the fighters, everyone’s going to get more money and it’s going to be better for MMA the sport in general.”