Bellator 185 has now come and gone. Looking forward, is it time for Gegard Mousasi to get his title shot? What’s next for Heather Hardy after her first MMA loss? Can Kristina Williams keep the momentum after an amazing debut win?
It’s time to play matchmaker and break down what comes next:
Gegard Mousasi’s Bellator debut was underwhelming, to say the least. A broken orbital bone in the first round put a damper on his performance. Fighting with one eye is no easy task though. The lack of depth perception and ability to see his opponent factored into how he fought. Regardless of that fact, Mousasi did enough to pull out two rounds against Shlemenko. Going forward he will want to put this performance away as he makes his campaign for a title. The Moose is loose, and I hope Rafael Carvalho is ready.
Shlemenko will walk away from this loss with a chip on his shoulder for sure. Even though he put his all into a tough performance, it just wasn’t enough to pip Mousasi. Shlemenko did prove his credentials as a contender for this division. If he gets an opportunity to correct the No Contest against Melvin Manhoef, that would be an immediate title shot opportunity.
Neiman Gracie is turning out to be an interesting prospect for the Bellator promotion. After disposing of Luke Thomas’ doppelganger in record time, Gracie might be looking for a step up in competition. His world-class pedigree of jiu-jitsu has yet to be matched. The winner of Storley/Secor would be an fascinating challenge.
Kristina Williams blew fight fans away with her demolition of Heather Hardy over the weekend. The kickboxer and TKD blackbelt put on a striking clinic. Her ability to find Hardy’s chin seemingly at will provided too much damage and was ended in the second. If she’s looking for a quick turn around, a fight against Sabriye Sengul could be another fresh face to make an interesting fight.
It was a brutal night for Heather Hardy this past Friday. Even with all the hype going into this fight it wasn’t enough to overwhelm the striking of Kristina Williams. After two fractures and nine stitches, the comeback is going to be farther away than expected. The former boxing talent has now taken her first loss in all competitions, and this will be a valuable growing experience. Moving forward, I’m not sure if there’s currently a fighter on the flyweight roster that will be good for her return. For now, Hardy’s next opponent will be in the lurch.
Other fights to make:
Zac Bucia vs. Joey Davis
Ryan Quinn vs. Ryan Couture
Marcus Surin vs. loser of Freeman/Awad
Lisa Blaine vs. Bruna Ellen
Ana Julaton vs. Veta Arteaga
What do you think? Leave a comment below.
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