Bellator 185, was a fight card to remember. From losing two big fights in, Connecticuts fan favourite Brennan Ward, and Liam McGeary, the fight card still delivered.
A bunch of pro debuts, and a few Bellator debuts, the night was filled with highs and lows. No unforgettable fight card would be without upsets, and there was a few. Beginning with Lisa “Insane” Blaine, who had her Bellator debut, Blaine defeated Ana Julaton with a Split Decision (29-28 28-29 29-28). Lisa fought a very smart fight, proving to have the edge when these two ladies clinched, had a few takedowns, and traded hands beautifully with Julaton, who is a decorated boxing champion.
Kristina Williams defeated Heather “The Heat” Hardy in Round 2 via TKO referee stoppage due to a head kick followed by some punches. Heather showed all heart, but it just wasn’t the Boxing champ, now MMA rising stars night. I’m sure we will see a lot of Kristina Williams in the future with the upset of the night. Fight fans can be sure to see Heather Hardy again as well, a champion never stops fighting.
Onto the gentlemen of the main event with two exciting fights, and a much anticipated debut of Gegard Mousasi. Gegard Mousasi, and Alexander Shlemenko went to war, and a battle it was. They traded hands, and in the first round Mousasis eye was nearly shut, yet he continued another 12 or so minutes with one eye fully open. Alexander Shlemenko is as tough as they come, and lost to Mousasi in a close fight I wouldn’t want to judge, Gegard won via Unanimous Decision (29-28 29-28 29-28).
In true Gracie fashion Neiman Gracie is continuing his families legacy in mixed martial arts. Neiman defeated Zak Bucia via Neck Crank in the second round, hats off to Zak for grappling with Neiman who makes it all look so easy.