Mike Tyson captured public attention in 1985, by going 15-0, all by stoppage, in one year. That’s how it was at Bellator 225 – electrifying.
The event in Bridgeport, Conn broke the record for finishes on a major MMA event. There was no decision in the UFC until UFC 5, and UFC 2 saw 15 fights end inside the distance. But in the modern era, for major MMA events, Bellator 225 broke the record.
UFC Fight Night 55 on November 8, 2014, saw every fight end inside the distance, but that was eleven fights. Strikeforce: San Jose on January 29, 2011, also every fight end in a finish, but that was ten fights. Bellator 225 was 14 fights, and they were awesome.
The finishes at Bellator 225 were split perfectly – seven T/KOs. seven submissions. And of the 14 finishes, nine were in Round 1.
Nick Newell opened the event with a Round 1 Arm Triangle. Then there were the two longest fights on the card – Connor Dixon tapped Kastriot Xhema mid Round 3, and John Manley saved the record night, choking Thiago Rela with just 13 seconds left in the fight. From there, it accelerated, with back to back Round 1 T/KOs. And then the event got more exciting still.
Austin Vanderford covered the Burger King logo with extra ketchup hold the lettuce so completely that the doctor stopped it.
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Next, Sabah Homasi knocked out Micah Terrill in 17 seconds. Then Aviv Gozali Imanari rolled into a Heel Hook vs. Eduard Muravitsky, setting the promotional record for a submission in just 11 seconds. And lastly Royce Gracie’s son Khonry armbarred Oscar Vera in a moment eerily reminiscent of Royce Gracie def. Jason DeLucia at UFC 2. However, Vera didn’t bite Khonry.
And that was just the prelims.
The main card opened with Yaroslav Amosov and Tyrell Fortune earning Round 2 submissions. And each of three final fights ended with a bang, or bangs. Alejandra Lara and Vitaly Minakov earned Round 1 strike stoppages, before the main event, where Sergei Kharitonov battered Matt Mitrione brutally, ending it with a punch-knee KO in Round 2.
You can catch the main card highlights here (4:20):