Sabah Homasi (12-8) had been around the block a few times. “The Sleek Sheik” had already fought three times for Bellator MMA, twice for Titan FC and three times for UFC (after a stint on The Ultimate Fighter) before his promotional return at Bellator 225 in Bridgeport, Conn., on Aug. 24, 2019. The “Prelims” undercard bout with Micah Terrill (14-7) was “local flavor” pitting a guy from New Brunswick, New Jersey against one from Millersville, Maryland. No big deal.
Homasi felt otherwise and went into the bout with the intention to reassert himself as a player at Welterweight. Though he was giving up both height (6’0” to 6’1”) and reach (73” to 74”) to an opponent with a better record overall, the veteran American Top Team fighter was not going to be intimidated by the numbers — or for that matter anything else.
Referee Keith Peterson called for the bell and Mike Goldberg began to play up Terrill’s jiu-jitsu game as a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, even though he didn’t have a single professional win by submission before or since. That’s telling. He tried to control the center to stand and trade but Homasi absolutely DRILLED him with a right hook 14 seconds in. The sound is astounding. It’s like someone standing next to you lit a firecracker or snapped a wooden plank with a karate chop. CRACK. POW. It took Peterson three seconds to arrive, but it was OVER.
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