Bellator 211: “Sakara vs. Kauppinen” aired Saturday afternoon (Dec. 1, 2018) from RDS Arena in Genoa, Italy. It was a scenic venue for an evening full of fistic wizardry.
Local superstar Alessio Sakara (23-12, 2 NC) was ready for a Light Heavyweight war with England’s knockout artist Kent Kauppinen (10-4). The crowd was singing during Sakara’s entrance and roaring at the start of the fight but a left hand that dropped Sakara and left him flat on his back stunned the partisan crowd into silence followed by polite applause. The official time of the knockout was 1:10 of Round 1.
Kickboxing veteran Hesdy Gerges took an opportunity to showcase newfound skills in his pro MMA debut against undefeated Heavyweight fighter Domingos Barros (5-0) in the co-main event.
Unfortunately for Gerges, he was only able to stop one takedown, and when Barros got him on the second try he quickly moved from one dominant position to another. Half guard led to a mounted crucifix, which led to a full mount, which lead to a barrage of unanswered strikes to the head that forced Todd Anderson to save Gerges at 2:53 of the very first round.
Barros hugged his opponent and raised his hand in respect before taking a bottle of Le Chemin du Roi as his post-fight prize, presumably courtesy of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
Little known Welterweights also got a piece of the broadcast pie as Kiefer Crosbie (4-0) faced off against Orlando D’Ambrosio (7-3). Crosbie used kicks to keep his opponent at range, clinch work to do damage against the fence, and takedowns to prevent D’Ambrosio from having any significant offense of his own. His best strike came late in Round 1.
By the time Crosbie slowed and D’Ambrosio landed a nice combo in the third round it was already far too late. Crosbie earned scores of 30-27 from all three judges to improve to 5-0.
The unblemished Alen Amedovski (7-0) was looking for another first or second round finish against Bellator newcomer Ibrahim Mane (7-1). Amedovski only needed 12 seconds to plaster Mane with a right hand that left him unconscious and improve his undefeated record to 8-0.
That left Amedovski plenty of time to speak to “Big” John McCarthy afterward.
“I feel so happy, happy, really happy. I love you all guys, thank you so much, thank you Italy, thank you Macedonia.”
Also on the card was a Lightweight scrap between Luca Vitali (11-4) and Pedro Carvalho (8-3). Carvalho stepped in for Luka Jelcic on 10 days notice and proved it to be a wise decision when he pulled guard for a guillotine and submitted Vitali in just 43 seconds. He too spoke to McCarthy after his fast finish.
“I mean, actually like, several times in the gym I was able to catch this flying guillotine. Actually like I didn’t feel it was 100 percent but I was like ‘Nah he’s not getting out of here - I’m taking his head off!’ So the thing is like this, I am the best in the world, period. Fight after fight, I don’t talk shit, I prove that I’m the best. 145, 155, I prove it. Thank you. I go for 145 and I’m gonna clean the Featherweight division out.”
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