Sensational slugger Paul Daley made his Bellator debut last night at Bellator 72 and reminded the world why he is one of the most dangerous welterweights in MMA with a first-frame finish of opponent Rudy Bears. The stoppage came after the Brit blasted Bears with some brutal knees from the clinch, sending the Kansas City product to the mat where he was ultimately pounded out.
The win improved Daley’s overall record to 30-12-2 and was his 21st win by way of strikes. He also likely earned a spot in the company’s upcoming welterweight tournament with the performance.
Another 170-pounder turning heads at the event was Karl Amoussou after the Frenchman submitted Bryan Baker in less than a minute with a rarely-seen Inverted Heel Hook. The victory locked up a title-shot for the 16-4 Amoussou who will face unbeaten Ben Askren later this year for divisional gold.
Highlights from the show and a complete breakdown of results can be found below:
Julien Williams def. Ryan DeRocher via Technique Submission Round 2 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Paul Barrow def. Jason Carapelluci via Submission Round 3 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Matt McCook def. Shanon Slack via Split Decision
Raul Amaya def. Kenny Moss via TKO Round 2 (Injury)
Ben Saunders def. Brian Warren via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Marius Zaromskis def. Waachiim Spiritwolf via Split Decision
Travis Wiuff def. Tim Carpenter via Unanimous Decision
Attila Vegh def. Emanuel Newton via Split Decision
Paul Daley def. Rudy Bears via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Karl Amoussou def. Bryan Baker via Submission Round 1 (Inverted Heel Hook)
PHOTO CREDIT – BAMMA
MMATraining Take: Both men looked fantastic in their fights, though Bears was definitely overmatched from the beginning. However, Daley looked sharp and adds a lot to a division/company desperately needing some stars.