Volcano gives Thomas second shot at Bellator

source: cagepotato.com

 Ben Askren's technical submission win over UFC vet Ryan Thomas at Bellator XIV drew some controversy last week, as referee Dave Smith called a halt to the welterweight quarterfinal when it appeared that Thomas had been put out by a guillotine choke — then caught an earful from Thomas who didn't seem to be unconscious after all. Ryan Thomas was bounced out of Bellator's 170-pound tournament just as quickly as he arrived.

This Thursday, he'll get a chance to redeem himself. Due to the apocalyptic ash cloud floating above Europe, welterweight GP participant "Judo" Jim Wallhead will be unable to travel from England to the Bellator XV show in Uncasville, Connecticut. Said Bjorn Rebney:

“While I am very disappointed that Jim won’t be able to make it to the U.S. this week, at least some good comes out of this situation as Ryan will get the opportunity to step back into our welterweight tournament. After the fight last Thursday, I promised Ryan that he would be our first alternate for the tournament and, based on a natural disaster, his opportunity came much sooner than anyone would have guessed. Ryan and Ben Askren were locked in a tough fight last week that was ended, somewhat controversially, by the referee. While I respect that decision, I am pleased that this opportunity has presented itself for Ryan.”

Thomas will re-enter the tournament quarterfinals against Jacob "Tick Tock" McClintock, an undefeated Arizona Combat Sports product who has won all six of his professional fights by first round stoppage.

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mike pruitt 1970 site profile image  

4/21/10 10:53 PM by mike pruitt 1970

Trains more than u sleep.Sacrifices more then you can imagine.Eats sleeps and breaths fighting then mistake (lack of submissions knowledge) by the Ref and its gone. You call that crying. Thank you GOD oh yea valcano nice touch.

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4/21/10 12:55 PM by Combat Sport Fan

every ref makes a mistake. The guy had is arms looking like trex and his eyes closed. THe ref stepped in too quick though but i understand why he did it. Its about protecting the fighters and these guys have a lot of preassure to protect them. And bellator is a fantastic org and i love what they are doing for the sport. I hope Dana and the UFC embrace them and use them as a stepping stone to get a ufc contract. Win the bellator tourny and you are shown to be a very worthy fighter of getting in the big show.

Baki Stout site profile image  

4/21/10 12:34 PM by Baki Stout

 you call it crying, I call it getting what is due to you... Learn some respect!

Ryase site profile image  

4/21/10 10:54 AM by Ryase

I guess all the crying paid off.

Baki Stout site profile image  

4/21/10 10:53 AM by Baki Stout

 Thats awesome to hear! I see Thomas in the finals...

The Sundance Kid site profile image  

4/21/10 10:36 AM by The Sundance Kid

I just got off the phone with Ryan, Such a good guy.Look for a new interview latertoday.

Tim Wills site profile image  

4/21/10 8:37 AM by Tim Wills

This will be an awesome fight. Both fighters very skilled in jiu jitsu. I believe that Thomas will bang this guy out. He is hungry and wants to get back to Askren. I predict that it will be Thomas and Hornbuckle in the finals. That fight will produce fireworks.

mike pruitt 1970 site profile image  

4/20/10 6:14 PM by mike pruitt 1970

He wasnt trying to get out of it that's the whole point. He was letting Askren wear some strength down. But I forgot eveybody is a world champ from the couch.

mike pruitt 1970 site profile image  

4/20/10 4:40 PM by mike pruitt 1970

Thank you Bellator Thomas fans deserve a fair fight. Now you should have a guest ref (Lyman Good) if thomas and Askren fight again. GO TANK ENGINE!!

MetaDevil site profile image  

4/20/10 3:50 PM by MetaDevil

Good on Bellator, that was an entertaining show ... outside of the early stoppage, of course.