Undercard Shines at Bellator 150
*Written on Location- Kansas Star Arena, Mulvane KS
Kyle Noblitt vs. David Hammons
A great undercard ended in brilliant fashion with this shocker from just 1-0 Kyle Noblitt. After getting the call-up to a major promotion following a Rear-Naked victory of Chris Beal in Branson, MO last May, Noblitt didn’t disappoint.
An initial effort to strike is resisted as Hammons (who hadn’t fought in two years) sinks in underhooks, but he leaves his legs open and Noblitt takes what he’s given. Noblitt then takes the back but continues with his striking as Hammons is face-first in the canvas with only the cage wall in his line of sight if he were to lift his head up.
He covers up–defeated.
Kyle Noblitt def. David Hammons via TKO- 0:45 of Round 1
Rome Lindsay vs. Marcio Navarro
There is zero hesitation in the boxing-centered Lindsay as he looks for his moment, starting off with a left jab. He put The Locomotive in reverse with rib shots almost too quick to count. Navarro has remained stagnant for over a minute.
Failure to get out of the starting blocks would ultimately prove to be his undoing as his Muhammad Ali-esque strategy of waiting to pounce (Rope-A-Dope) resulted in the dropping of his hands–an opening. Lindsay notices and swarms in a left hook from Lindsay that will help keep Navarro’s dentist in business drops the man of local lore. From there, you know the drill.
Rome Lindsay def. Marcio Navarro via TKO- 2:30 of Round 1 Chris Harris vs. Julian Marquez The first 30 seconds tick away with a few opening leg kicks from Harris and a left. Marquez is like the Energizer bunny, constantly bouncing and changing levels. Marquez is swinging heavily and early, as an uppercut whizzes by Harris.
Harris’ main plan of attack appears to be a sheer numbers game as they exchange again. A push kick buys him some breathing room as Marquez is knocked back. Marquez is not only larger, but clearly the power hitter, but to this point Harris’ defense is holding up as hook shots and overhand face-breakers are stuffed.
With just under 1:40 left in the first, Harris catches a leg of his adversary and goes on the offensive with a pair of strike. Around one minute left, a left hand from Harris sneaks it’s way inside and makes contact.
Marquez sidesteps along the fence but gets caught with another flurry, the highlight being uppercuts and a left body kick..A variation of strikes and another left kick land at will for Harris and before the bell bring with it a rest period.
Early on in the second, Marquez comes storming out as the aggressor with his hands high after Harris slips and finds himself in some trouble after throwing yet another left high kick.
They clinch. A knee from Harris catches his man on the forehead, but he looks to be gassing out after the first with a lot of time left in the second. He seems to call an audible though, switching things up from legs kicks that had previously worked so well, to more clinch knees to power through the remaining minutes.
A teeth-rattling power elbow from Harris doesn’t bring the boat to a complete stop, but each combatant catches their breath as the Marquez’ mouthpiece is replaced.
An uppercut finds the mark for Marquez with a Harris standing still for a little while longer during each exchange as the frame nears a close. Harris may have been tiring, but he was more dominant, and a jab/right combo helped him put an exclamation point on the second, staggering Marquez.
As the third bells sounds, the pair meet in the center of the cage and share a hug as Harris laboring says, "Fight of the night…!" before they get back to work.
Low leg kicks from Harris starts the road to the final bell for these men. Harris opens up a little more now and gets blasted with a right hook. They edge toward the fence again as a strategy from the second of a setup knee and following elbow proves useful for Harris.
Marquez ducks under as a wild left hook zips passed his dome.They trade knees in tight. Marquez then sets up Harris with a body shot and overhand right/ left hook tandem. The first half of the last minute inarguably belongs to marquez as he pops Harris again as he’s bleeding and smiling–a true sign of a fun fight for fighters.
Marquez put for a valiant showing but it unfortunately wasn’t enough. However, the crowd is left roaring. Surely he will be back inside the Bellator cage.
Chris Harris def. Julian Marquez via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) Andre Fialho vs. Manuel Meraz
When I met a teammate of Portugal’s Andre Fialho outside the venue who said to bet on his man, I continued on in polite conversation. Boy, was he right! The teammate described Fialho as easy money and Easy Money Andre didn’t disappoint, getting the fastest finish of the night, including the televised main card. The commentary team discussed that Fialho had been turning heads as of late. In this duel, he made the head of Meraz hit the floor.
They take turns feinting, trying to locate the perfect spot. CRACK! A right hand is the first major shot to connect and many thought it was over. Big John McCarthy allowed the fight to continue, if only for a few more seconds. Meraz turtled-up after landing on the canvas, but had no real defense to speak of as a trio of hammerfists left no doubt and Meraz limp.
Andre Fialho def. Manuel Meraz via KO- 0:29 of Round 1
Gregory Babene vs. Brandon Farran
In much the same way that you can’t win at any sport (often) Farran started the round as the counter striker, for the most part remaining stationary. Babene peppers Farran with opening kicks. Farran then clones the movement and returns fire, backing Cheick Kongo’s teammate up.
In similar backing a wounded animal into a corner fashion, Babene explodes off the fence and shoots for a takedown. Commentator Jimmy Smith noted that in half guard (as these two were,) that distancing by the top man (Babene) usually indicates G ̃n’ P, whereas staying in close was a good cue for a pass in position.
Shots soften up Farran, but Babene immediately goes in tight as mentioned and passes to side-control. Babene controls the left leg of Farran, slides his knee over and secure full mount– a prime position to rain down bombs. One or possibly two strikes later, the contest was no more as Farran surrendered his back and was snuffed out with a Rear-Naked Choke.
Gregory Babene def. Brandon Farran via Rear-Naked Choke- 3:37 of Round 1
Thai Clark def. Deron Carlis via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)