Cris Cyborg after retaining the title:“I knew she was robust and I’ve fought her earlier than. I do know her and respect her and he or she’s an actual fighter. I knew along with her it might be a terrific match, as a result of she’s succesful and he or she’s robust.”
“I used to be actually working in sparring to maintain going and going as a result of I knew it was going to be this fashion. I observed I loved it slightly extra. It’s going to be 16 years as knowledgeable fighter this month so I began to get pleasure from it in there.”
“I’ve been engaged on grappling my entire life however I simply really feel like I’m getting higher and higher daily. I acquired a black belt, however it’s like a white belt as a result of I’m all the time studying.”
“I’ve been doing this 16 years, I’ve acquired 4 titles. However earlier than you could be a G.O.A.T. it’s important to struggle the ‘Cat.’ So, I’d prefer to struggle with Cat Zingano and I’ll ask Scott Coker. As a result of earlier than you could be a G.O.A.T. it’s important to struggle the ‘Cat.’”
#6-Leandro Higo (20-5) defeated Darrion Caldwell (15-5) by way of cut up choice (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
“I’ve been ready for this struggle for 3 years now. It’s precisely how I wished it to go. I used my wrestling and I used my jiu-jitsu. I’m an entire fighter and I’m prepared for any fighter on the planet as a result of I imagine I’m one of the best. I knew I had misplaced the primary spherical, however within the second when he was throwing all these elbows and minimize me open, I’m from a poor household in Brazil and that was nothing I hadn’t seen earlier than. I felt glad being in that cage with blood throughout me.
“He ended up taking me down within the second and I went for a kimura, which is one thing I’m very accustomed to doing, however he reversed it however then he didn’t do something and I hit him with numerous strikes on backside. Quite a lot of elbows and strikes and I stayed very on backside and he wasn’t doing something. That’s why I gained the second and third spherical.”
“I feel that I deserve a title shot. I simply beat three of the largest names within the sport and I simply beat a former world champion. And no person has overwhelmed the highest three guys of this world-class caliber like I’ve carried out in three consecutive wins. I’m going for that world title and that’s what’s subsequent for me. So let’s make it quick.”
#3-Austin Vanderford (11-0) defeated #4-Fabian Edwards (9-2) by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Austin Vanderford following his unanimous choice win:
“I like my fights bloody, whether or not it’s me or my opponent. I’ll get a scab. However hats off to Fabian who minimize me up slightly bit. However glad to get the win.”
“He was a giant, sturdy man. I began feeling him give me that head and arm choke. Sadly, I didn’t capitalize on it. However I knew what I used to be going to do. I used to be going to simply grind it out. He’s an excellent striker so I needed to be cautious however I felt good. Wrestling … it’s my coronary heart. I’m prepared for the subsequent step.”
Jaleel Willis (15-2) defeated Maycon Mendonca (11-5) by way of unanimous choice (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Hannah Man (3-1) defeated #8-Valerie Loureda (3-1) by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Hannah Man following her first win contained in the BELLATOR cage…
“I felt like I had actually good cardio, in order that was superior as a result of I used to be actually anxious about that slightly bit. I’m so grateful she took the struggle and I’m so grateful BELLATOR gave me this chance.
“I assumed I used to be going to complete with the triangle (choke), actually. She simply slipped proper out of there, in order that was superior of her. Her protection was actually good. I used to be actually impressed with that. I didn’t know what her floor sport was however it was rather a lot higher than I assumed it was going to be.
“Grappling is simply the place I need to be for those who’ve seen any of my different fights. My putting has actually improved rather a lot although so I’m hoping to alter that. However grappling has all the time been my sturdy swimsuit. I didn’t need to simply depend upon my grappling, however I assumed I landed some photographs fairly properly a couple of occasions. On this struggle I assumed I might see when the punches have been coming. And I used to be capable of defend slightly bit higher and the way I’ve grown. So I’m simply actually happy with myself proper now.”
Saad Awad (24-13, 1 NC) defeated Nate Andrews (16-4) by way of KO (strikes) at 3:16 of spherical one
#7-Grant Neal (6-0) defeated #8-Tyree Fortune (5-1) by way of submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:20 of spherical one
Sumiko Inaba (2-0) defeated Kristina Katsikis (1-2) by way of TKO (strikes) at 3:35 of spherical three
Aviv Gozali (6-0) defeated Sean Felton (5-3-1) by way of submission (heel hook) at 1:17 of spherical one
#9-Davion Franklin (3-0) defeated Tyler King (12-10) by way of KO at 2:02 of spherical one
#7-Leah McCourt (5-1) defeated 6-Janay Harding (6-5) by way of submission (triangle choke) at 2:42 of spherical two
Danny Sabatello (11-1) defeated Brett Johns (17-3) by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alexander Shabliy (20-3) defeated #9-Alfie Davis (14-4) by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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