Complete 'Bellator 146: Kato vs. Manhoef' Recap & Photos
MELVIN MANHOEF SHOWS HISAKI KATO 'NO MERCY' IN 'BELLATOR 146' HEADLINER
THACKERVILLE, OK. (November 20, 2015) – Hisaki Kato’s (5-2) story has been highly publicized this week, but the headline following the main event of "Bellator 146: Kato vs. Manhoef" inside the WinStar World Casino once again revolves around Melvin Manhoef's (30-12-1) thunderous punching power.
In what was an absolutely captivating round of action, both middleweights unloaded on one another, putting everything behind each shot until "No Mercy" did as he's now done 28 times in his career and stopped "The Japanese Musketeer" at 3:43 of the opening frame. The Parisian loses nothing the effort he put forth, as he valiantly went toe-to-toe with one of mixed martial arts most dangerous strikers.
After an impressive victory against veteran Melvin Guillard just a few months earlier, Brandon Girtz (14-4) shined again, only needing 37 seconds to knockout Derek Campos (15-6) in the co-headliner at "Bellator 146: Kato vs. Manhoef." Girtz caught "The Stallion" with shots to the temple that sent the Texan falling backwards and in need of referee Jason Herzog calling a stop to the action. Both men have strong wrestling backgrounds, but it was the striking of the Grudge Training Center product that ended this fight before a whole minute had elapsed.
The beef between Bubba Jenkins (10-2)and Jordan Parsons (11-2) came to a head during the main card on Spike, with both men tearing into eachother for the entire 15 minutes during their violent featherweight encounter. In the end, “The Highlight Kid” took home a split decision victory with scores of (29-28, 28-29, 30-27). After the fight, Jenkins made it clear that his opponents can talk all they want leading up to a fight, but when it comes time to square off inside the Bellator MMA cage, “talk is cheap.” It will be interesting to see who the 27-year-old is paired with by Bellator MMA matchmakers in an extremely deep pool of featherweight sharks.
- Stephen Banaszak defeats George Pacurariu by submission (guillotine) Round 1
- Francisco France defeats Ben Reiter by submission (rear-naked choke) Round 2
- Julia Budd defeats Roberta Paim by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2)
- Andre Santos defeats Josh Neer by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
- Arlene Blencowe defeats Gabrielle Holloway by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
- Alonzo Menifield defeats Zach Rosol by TKO (punches) Round 1