Bellator 277 ResultsIf you missed Bellator 277‚ be sure to check out these highlights! Linton Vassell takes home the win‚ Patricio Freire defends his featherweight title‚ and Tim Johnson loses to Adli Edwards. You can also check out Vadim Nemkov's controversial loss to Corey Anderson. If you are interested in learning more about this event‚ continue reading! This article will explain the key points that shaped the results of Bellator 277.
Linton Vassell wins Bellator 277Linton Vassell won the Bellator 277 main card opener against Tim Johnson. Vassell is 15-9 overall and 3-2 in the BMMA. The fight was close and Vassell nearly lost at one point‚ but he flipped it in the blink of an eye. In the end‚ he finished Johnson with a TKO. Now‚ Linton Vassell is a heavyweight contender for the Bellator title. Earlier this year‚ Vassell had fought for the interim heavyweight title in Bellator. Tim Johnson‚ who was one of the hyped up-and-comers‚ was also a main event competitor. He had won his previous five fights and may have deserved a higher-ranked opponent next. Linton Vassell was on the verge of defeat when Tim Johnson landed a short left hook to the head and drove him against the fence. Vassell was able to fight back to his feet‚ but Johnson was also able to fend off Vassell's strikes. The winner of the main event will earn a $1 million prize. Bellator 277 will air on Saturday‚ April 15. During the main card‚ the main event will feature a championship doubleheader. A.J. McKee and Patricio Freire rematch and light heavyweight champ Vadim Nemkov takes on UFC veteran Corey Anderson in the co-main event. Meanwhile‚ featherweight phenom Aaron Pico battles Adl Edwards on short notice. Also‚ England's Linton Vassell battles former interim heavyweight title challenger Tim Johnson.
Patricio Freire reclaims featherweight titleIn the main event of Bellator 277‚ Brazilian striker Patricio Pitbull Freire fought to reclaim his featherweight title from AJ McKee. McKee had previously won the featherweight belt by submission‚ and Freire used low kicks and hard punches to get the job done. But in the second round‚ Freire looked to have trouble with a guillotine choke. The featherweight bout was a rematch between former champions‚ and it was a fight that has many fans talking about. The winner will be crowned as the new champion of Bellator. Freire is the only one in the history of the promotion to retain his title. Freire's next fight is likely to be against A.J. McKee at a later date. The fight will be televised on Showtime. Pico put on an outstanding striking clinic in the third round to finish Edwards. He won by TKO by referee stoppage in the third round. Pico‚ who lives in Albuquerque‚ moved to the area three years ago and trains at Jackson Wink MMA in Albuquerque. He was coming off a unanimous decision victory against Justin Gonzales in November. Both fighters fought at catchweight‚ so Pico was at a distinct advantage.
Tim Johnson loses to Adli EdwardsAfter being knocked out by Adli Edwards in Moscow‚ Tim Johnson makes his return to the cage. The former Bellator middleweight champion will face No. 4 Linton Vassell in Bellator 277. Though Vassell is ranked above Johnson‚ the former champ still has to fight a top-ranked fighter. This loss is not a total loss‚ though‚ and Johnson is still the top contender in the division. The fight started out with an exchange of leg kicks‚ but the action quickly changed when Aaron Pico landed a slew of leg kicks. However‚ in the final round‚ Edwards landed a left hook and an overhand right to the head. After a time‚ Edwards went up and landed a vicious overhand right to the head‚ but the referee stopped the fight. The fight is a high-profile debut‚ but it is always risky to pit a popular fighter against a newcomer. A popular fighter has little to lose and a lot to gain‚ but a brand-new contender has much to gain. Adli Edwards was a last-minute replacement for Jeremy Kennedy‚ but he was also up for the challenge. He had just fought at XMMA 4 a few weeks earlier and was looking forward to fighting against the giant Aaron Pico. It's another exciting bout for fans of mixed martial arts. The first fight ended abruptly‚ but the second one looks to be better balanced. The fight is the top Bellator fight of the year‚ and it looks like the rest of the card will be just as exciting. But the main event will undoubtedly be the biggest match of the night. If Johnson loses this fight‚ his career will not be over yet.
Vadim Nemkov loses to Corey Anderson in controversial no contestWhile many questioned whether or not Vadim Nemkov was the better fighter‚ it was clear that he wasn't able to beat Corey Anderson. The reigning light heavyweight champion had previously fought Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov‚ Phil Davis and Julius Anglickas before the match-up. Nemkov was on a roll in Bellator and was poised to defend his title. Then‚ in the third round‚ a clash of heads opened a cut over Nemkov's left eye and referee Frank Trigg was forced to rule a no contest. While Nemkov did well to score a takedown in the opening round‚ it wasn't enough to stop Anderson from clinching a submission. The referee stopped the fight after a three-second clash of heads. The fight would have ended at that point if the fight hadn't been stopped. Although the result of the fight is controversial‚ the referee did correctly call the bout a no contest. Despite the disappointing results for Nemkov‚ he will be able to retain his light heavyweight belt and knockout Ryan Bader in August 2020. However‚ the $1 million prize pool remains unclaimed. The results were widely condemned by fans and pundits on social media. One pundit deemed the outcome the sh*ttiest ever and called the fight a no contest.
Juliana Velasquez defends flyweight titleThe women's flyweight title will be on the line at Bellator 277 in Honolulu‚ Hawaii‚ on April 22. The champion will be defending her title against Liz Carmouche‚ a former UFC title challenger. Velasquez's win over Ilima-Lei Macfarlane in December earned her a shot at the belt at Bellator 262 last July. The women's flyweight title fight will be the main event of the evening‚ with Juliana Velasquez defending her belt against Liz Carmouche‚ a former UFC champion and two-time UFC title challenger. The flyweight fight will be accompanied by a bantamweight grand prix‚ where Josh Hill will face Enrique Barzola‚ and Jornel Lugo will fight Danny Sabatello. In addition to the flyweight title fight‚ Juliana Velasquez will also defend her flyweight title against Denise Kielholtz at Bellator 262. The fight will take place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville‚ Connecticut‚ and is limited to a small number of fans. The promotion plans to bring the event to Mohegan Sun in the near future‚ so it's a good time to buy tickets for Bellator events in Connecticut. Another title bout will occur on the main card of Bellator 277. Juliana Velasquez will be defending her flyweight title against Denise Kielholtz. She has won her last three Bellator fights‚ including a unanimous decision loss to Valentina Shevchenko in August 2019.
AJ McKee loses to Patricio Freire in featherweight title rematchAJ McKee was beaten by Patricio Freire in the Bellator featherweight title rematch at the end of Bellator 277. The Brazilian avenged his July 31 submission loss by winning the headliner bout. The scores were 49-46 and 48-47. Freire moved to 6-0 all-time in title rematches. AJ McKee started off strong in the first round of the rematch at Bellator 277‚ but the Brazilian was unable to get his rhythm in the fight. He was unable to land any perfect shots and was dominated by Freire's aggressive style. He was left in disbelief after the judges' decision. In the second round‚ McKee landed a low kick and a takedown‚ but it wasn't enough to secure the win. Freire countered McKee's kicks in the middle of the round‚ but he was able to land a series of punches that penetrated McKee's defense. In round three‚ McKee egged on his opponent and snatched the takedown. Then‚ the Brazilian tried his signature guillotine choke on McKee. The grappler was able to leverage his way out of the choke after several minutes‚ but the fight ended with a tense finish. While McKee's performance was not ideal‚ the fight was still an excellent showcase of the talented young Brazilian MMA fighter. While the rematch with Freire was a great opportunity for McKee‚ the 155-pound champion had better luck with a lower-than-expected unanimous decision. While Freire did land more strikes‚ McKee's impressive performance was not enough to convince the judges to award him the featherweight title.
The official rule is a No Contest after an accidental clash of heads. #AndStill Light-Heavyweight Champion, Vadim Nemkov.
As it stands, there is no winner in the #BellatorLHWGP. #Bellator277 is LIVE on @SHOsports. pic.twitter.com/CGeIDsaqza — BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) April 16, 2022
That's all she wrote! 👀
A pitch-perfect @AaronPicoUSA performance, scoring the TKO in Round 3. #Bellator277 is LIVE on @SHOsports. pic.twitter.com/afmYQlrt7y — BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) April 16, 2022
👑 The King of rematches is once again the King of the Featherweights. #AndNew World Champion, @PatricioPitbull - winning by Unanimous Decision. #Bellator277 is LIVE on @SHOsports pic.twitter.com/FoxBMVceOk — BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) April 16, 2022