Bellator Fighting Championships was at it again last night (May 4, 2012) with Bellator 67 from Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada, with the continuation of the welterweight tournament and a big non-title fight between reigning 155-pound champion Michael Chandler taking on Akihiro Gono.
And it showed.
Chandler stormed out of the gates and connected with a huge right hand that floored the Japanese mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran and followed up with some fast and accurate ground-and-pound that finished the Gono in less than one minute of the opening frame.
Gono looked very calm as the fight started, but the stalking Chandler wanted to put in his work and get the win as fast as possible ... and he did just that.
The win marked the tenth in a row for the former NCAA Division-1 All American wrestler, keeping his perfect record intact (10-0). Gono, meanwhile, has now suffered three consecutive losses dating back to 2010.
Though the main event didn't last very long, there was plenty of main card action that kept fans entertained, for the most part.
Check it out:In the co-main event, Bryan Baker and Ben Saunders went toe-to-toe to see who would take on the promotion's Welterweight champion, Ben Askren.
In a back-and-forth bout, Saunders and Baker entertained fans with an fast paced first round that saw "Killa B" attempt submission after submission with a flying triangle transitioned into an armbar, of which Baker defended well.
Saunders found some success in the clinch game, delivering some well-placed knees to Baker's midsection, but Baker's takedowns were too much for Saunders to deal with.
In the end, Baker proved too much for Saunders as he controlled the majority of the fight on the ground and got the better of the exchanges on the feet to earn a unanimous decision over the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran and earn his chance at capturing Bellator gold.
The bout was anything but.
Grabowski looked for the takedowns early and often, taking Huckaba down repeatedly, much to the crowd's disapproval. After spending the majority of the opening round on the floor, Grabowski looked to do more of the same in the second round, but was successful in only one if his takedown attempts.
On the feet, Huckaba was very tentative and hesitant and he failed to mount hardly any offense with his strikes, spending the majority of the bout defending the shoots for takedowns from Grabowski.
In the third round, Huckaba was yet again too preoccupied with the take down attempts as he showed no urgency after obviously needing a finish to steal the fight. In the end, "The Polish Pitbull" had done enough in the eyes of the judges to earn the unanimous decision victory, but the performance was anything but stellar.
Both came out ready to exchange as they traded kicks to begin the fight. Ford was clearly looking for an early finish as everything he threw was with full force, but failed to connect with anything solid.
After exchanging on the feet, Santos caught Ford with a flush uppercut that rocked "The Beast." After defending well from his back, Ford eventually got back to the feet and shook off the cob webs.
In round number two, Ford came out the aggressor after regaining his senses. After Ford missed with a superman punch, "Real Deal" pressed Santos up against the cage looking to wear him down. Out of nowhere, Ford connected with a huge knee to the midsection of the Brazilian that hurt him bad and sent him crashing to the canvas.
Ford wasted no time in looking for the finish as he pounced on Santos with some vicious ground-and-pound that forced the referee to put a halt to the bout.
So what did you think, Maniacs?
After Chandler made quick work of Gono last night, much like Eddie Alvarez did with Shinya Aoki at Bellator 66 a few weeks ago, is a rematch between the two scrappy 155-pound fighters in order? Or will Eddie make the jump to the UFC, ending all hopes of part deux? How will Bryan Baker fair against wrestling stalwart Ben Askren when the two meet later this year for Aksren's 170-pound strap?
For complete Bellator 67 results and detailed round-by-round commentary of all the televised fights as well as the main event click here.